NEW SEASON HIGHLIGHTS
Romeo and Juliet at lakeside setting Historic theatre to reveal hidden past
were actually opened to the public was celebrated earlier this year, the autumn sees the celebration proper take place.
Renton says: “We pay homage to the early days of variety with our very own unique A Night of Variety in September; which follows hot on the heels of the West End smash Singin’ in the Rain.”
The significant birthday of the theatre will be celebrated on September 20 when a special gala evening will hark back to the early glory days of the Alhambra when variety acts were staged to cheer the audience through two world wars.
Britain’s leading musical theatre star Michael Ball headlines the evening and is joined by Billy Pearce, Lesley Joseph, The Krankies, Joe McElderry, Joe Pasquale and dancers from Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures.
It is as though the word eclectic was coined simply so that such an evening could be adequately described.
Within the 100 year history of the theatre, the past decade will stand out for a number of reasons, high up on that list being the dedication the current management has shown to bring high quality, high class dance to the city.
Choreographer Matthew Bourne has brought a number of his shows to the theatre, including Edward Scissorhands and recently his all male Swan Lake completely sold out before it had barely got through the door.
While the purists of the dance world remain sniffy about Bourne, the fact that the Arts Council recently decided to make his company a not-for-profit organisation and therefore one of the companies it funds with public money, is an acceptance of sorts by the wider art world.
Bourne brings what is expected to be a thrilling adaptation of Lord of the Flies in December.
Bourne told me about this plan when he visited the Alhambra almost two years ago. I expect much. There are masses of other dance, big musicals and some really impressive comedy on the roster.
So without being entirely uncritical, it is safe to say that the Alhambra will be rounding off a celebratory year in some style.
For full season details visit www.bradford-theatres. co.uk and to book tickets for productions, or call the box office on 01274 432000. THE 10th Anniversary production of a Shakespeare classic will be performed in the original style in North Yorkshire.
A brand new version of Romeo and Juliet, by the Lord Chamberlain’s Men – an incarnation of Shakespeare’s original troupe, will perform with an all-male cast.
The 400-year-old play has a mixture of passion, excitement and heart-stopping moments as two young lovers from feuding families in Verona hatch a drastic plan.
The production is at at Kiplin Hall, Richmond on August 22. For tickets call 01748 818178. BRITAIN’S oldest working theatre will celebrate its Georgian roots with a heritage festival.
Visitors to Richmond’s Theatre Royal in North Yorkshire can see how the building would have been in this period, entering through a tiny original 1788 box office, with candle chandeliers to light their way.
The building has many hidden gems which will be revealed by guides dressed in period costume.
The festival takes place from August 11-25. For further information call 01748 825252.