THE NEW SEA­SON Stars of the fu­ture in Ki­pling clas­sic Star of Heb­burn to take on adult­hood Clas­sic pop­u­lar film takes to the stage

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quickly be­come a favourite among co­me­di­ans. Now in its sev­enth year, the fes­ti­val will fea­ture stand-up – ob­vi­ously and, less ob­vi­ously: magic, cabaret, beat­box­ing and sock pup­pets. Co­me­di­ans vis­it­ing the var­i­ous venues in Oc­to­ber are co­me­di­ans in­clud­ing Nick Helm, Jimmy Carr, Josh Wid­di­combe, and the leg­end that is Tim Brooke-Tay­lor.

Be­side the fes­ti­val, the theatre will also play host to a pro­duc­tion of Wait­ing for Godot. The in­creas­ingly in­ter­est­ingly pro­grammed Stu­dio Theatre will host a num­ber of pro­duc­tions from emerg­ing theatre com­pa­nies, in­clud­ing a stag­ing of The Ragged Trousered Phi­lan­thropist by Townsend Pro­duc­tions.

Some might be sur­prised to see Jim David­son ap­pear­ing on the bill at Wake­field Theatre Royal this au­tumn, but there will also be com­edy with wit and in­tel­li­gence on dis­play when John God­ber’s Poles Apart shares its world pre­miere at the venue on Septem­ber 9. The ever pop­u­lar De­mon Bar­bers will be vis­it­ing the venue and Wake­field is stag­ing what will be a re­ally spe­cial evening to say good­bye to the chief ex­ec­u­tive of the venue over the past 17 years when it stages An Evening With Mur­ray and Friends on Septem­ber 17. Chris Han­non will be back to ap­pear in pan­tomime, this year the show is Dick Whit­ting­ton.

Speak­ing of pan­tomime, you can prob­a­bly guess who ap­pears in the Brad­ford Al­ham­bra’s panto this year. Billy Pearce will be joined by Lisa Ri­ley for this year’s Jack and the Beanstalk.

The theatre will also be play­ing host to a three-week long run of the mu­si­cal Shrek, which is bound to be pop­u­lar and will be fol­lowed for a sin­gle-week run at the theatre from An­nie, star­ring Craig Revel Horwood as Miss Han­ni­gan – ex­cept for Satur­days. Ap­par­ently he has a danc­ing show on the BBC on Satur­days, so Lesley Joseph will be step­ping into his shoes.

There are sev­eral other high­lights, but the ones re­ally not to miss are a re­turn of dance com­pany Ram­bert and Re­becca, adapted from Daphne du Mau­rier’s novel by the inim­itable Knee­high Theatre Com­pany.

If there re­ally needs to be any stronger ar­gu­ment for the fund­ing of our the­atres than this list, there’ll be another next week – we haven’t the space to do jus­tice to all the pro­duc­tions you can see, so next week we’ll look at the au­tumn sea­son at some of the other venues around the county. A PRO­DUC­TION based on Rud­yard Ki­pling’s com­ing-of-age story will fea­ture young and upand-com­ing tal­ent.

The Jun­gle Book will bring to­gether arts groups from North Kirklees in­clud­ing West­bor­ough High School, Bat­ley School of Arts and West Drama Academy.

Orig­i­nal mu­sic for the show will be com­posed and per­formed live by Hud­der­s­field mu­si­cian Sam Hodg­son.

This pro­fes­sional pro­duc­tion of The Jun­gle Book will take place at the Lawrence Bat­ley Theatre in Hud­der­s­field from Au­gust 13 to 15. For tick­ets call the box of­fice on 01484 430528. A CRIT­I­CALLY AC­CLAIMED stand-up co­me­dian will per­form his show in the re­gion.

Chris Ram­sey will talk about mod­ern adult­hood in his new show All Grown Up, where he will dis­cuss age­ing, tak­ing on more re­spon­si­bil­i­ties and gen­er­ally ev­ery­thing which comes with be­ing a grown-up.

Chris will be re­mem­bered for play­ing Jack in the BBC2 com­edy Heb­burn along­side Vic Reeves and you can see the North East star at Ilk­ley Play­house on Au­gust 9. For tick­ets call the box of­fice on 01943 609539 or visit www.ilk­ley­play­house.co.uk A STAGE ver­sion of clas­sic fes­tive film It’s A Won­der­ful Life will be per­formed in York.

Adapted by Tony Palermo from the Frank Capra film it tells the story of the ide­al­ist Ge­orge Bai­ley (played in the film by James Stewart), who has his dreams dashed and be­lieves ev­ery­one will be bet­ter off with­out him.

This stage adap­ta­tion is re­told as a ra­dio play, com­plete with sound ef­fects.

You can see the show at the Grand Opera House in York on Novem­ber 9. For tick­ets call the box of­fice on 0844 871 3024.



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