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