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THE GONDOLIERS- NATIONAL G & S OPERA COMPANY

Show is starting at...01 August 2015

Harrogate International Centre

The National Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company open the 22nd International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival with a sparkling new production of The Gondoliers. This is a visually stunning show with toe-tapping tunes and glorious, lively dances and has proved to be one of Gilbert and Sullivan’s most enduring successes.

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HMS PINAFORE - NATIONAL G & S OPERA COMPANY

Show is starting at...02 August 2015

Harrogate International Centre

Back by popular demand! This outstanding show, directed by John Savournin makes a welcome return to Harrogate. HMS Pinafore is one of the most popular and well-known of the G&S operas and overflows with Gilbert's wittiest characters and Sullivan’s most memorable music

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THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE - EDINBURGH G & S SOCIETY

Show is starting at...03 August 2015

Harrogate Royal Hall

Look out for a swashbuckling performance from festival favourites Edinburgh G&S Society with their new production of The Pirates of Penzance.

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RUDDIGORE - GROSVENOR LIGHT OPERA COMPANY

Show is starting at...04 August 2015

Harrogate Royal Hall

Ruddigore or 'The Witch’s Curse' is one of Gilbert & Sullivan’s lesser-known works but one that every G&S fan should certainly see. Grosvenor Light Opera Company are competing for this year’s International Festival Champion’s Trophy and audiences will be treated to a top-notch performance.

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EDITH IN THE DARK

Show is starting at...05 August 2015 to 30 August 2015

Harrogate Theatre is touring its highly acclaimed production of Edith in the Dark to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Celebrated children's author Edith Nesbit unleashes her ghostly Tales of Terror on an unsuspecting party guest. But all is not what it seems in this thrilling new drama by Fringe First award-winning Philip Meeks. 'Highly original' Guardian


THE YEOMEN OF THE GUARD - PEAK OPERA

Show is starting at...05 August 2015

Harrogate Royal Hall

The Yeomen of the Guard is set in the Tower of London. Colonel Fairfax, a gentleman, soldier and scientist, is wrongly accused of sorcery, imprisoned in the Tower of London and sentenced to be beheaded within the hour. To avoid leaving his estate to his accuser he secretly marries strolling gypsy,

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THE GONDOLIERS - SOUTH ANGLIAN SAVOY PLAYERS

Show is starting at...06 August 2015

Harrogate Royal Hall

Sullivan’s sparkling music and Gilbert’s delicious wit combine all the right ingredients for a stunning show. South Anglia Savoy Players opened the first festival in Buxton in 1994 and have performed at every Festival since winning the coveted International Trophy five times.

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WHO SHOT THE SHERIFF?

Show is starting at...06 August 2015 to 08 August 2015

Harrogate Theatre Main House

Thwish...thunk! The Sheriff of Nottingham has been shot. And so begins this whodunnit from Harrogate Youth Theatre, with all your favourite characters from the tales of Robin Hood and his friends before they were famous. Join Maid Maraian, Tuck, little John and many more for an action-packed adventure of good versus evil this summer.

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HMS PINAFORE - WWOS

Show is starting at...07 August 2015

Harrogate Royal Hall

WWOS were Runners-up in 2013 and the International Champions in 2014. You just know this show is going to be a cracker. Come aboard the HMS Pinafore with this lively group from West Wickham and you can be sure you will leave theatre with a smile on your face and a skip in your step!

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RUDDIGORE - CHARLES COURT OPERA

Show is starting at...08 August 2015

Harrogate Royal Hall

Following their smash-hit success with a take on Patience, Charles Court Opera are celebrating their 10th anniversary with a brand new production of Ruddigore. Ruddigore is a spooky spoof on melodrama, with mad damsels, moustachioed villains and a gallery of deceased ancestors and it’s be given a spark of electricity and plenty of punch in the way that only CCO can do.

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PATIENCE - BLUE HILL TROUP

Show is starting at...09 August 2015

Harrogate Royal Hall

The Blue Hill Troupe from New York City mount a full-scale Gilbert & Sullivan production each spring in the 'Big Apple'. We are delighted to welcome these talented performers to Harrogate with their new production of Patience set in the American Southwest in 1957.

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THE MIKADO - CAPE TOWN G & S SOCIETY

Show is starting at...10 August 2015

Harrogate Royal Hall

Tonight is the third occasion that the Festival has had the pleasure of welcoming the Cape Town Gilbert & Sullivan Society, travelling all the way from South Africa. They are sure of a warm welcome from enthusiasts who certainly enjoyed their previous visits.

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YEOMEN OF THE GUARD - BIRMINGHAM UNIVERSITY G & S SOCIETY

Show is starting at...10 August 2015

Harrogate Theatre Main House

The Yeomen of the Guard is deeper and darker than the usual comic Gilbert & Sullivan operas and is perhaps the most emotionally engaging of the canon. Many consider the score to be Sullivan’s finest.

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IOLANTHE - INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY PRODUCTION

Show is starting at...11 August 2015

Harrogate Royal Hall

This production enables students from universities to take part and be at the heart of what is the most exciting Gilbert and Sullivan programme anywhere in the world. Directed by Festival Chairman, Ian Smith, this will be a traditional production of one the most popular G&S operas.

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THE GRAND DUKE - CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY G & S SOCIETY

Show is starting at...11 August 2015

Harrogate Theatre Main House

The Grand Duke was the last of the Savoy operas to be written and is great fun. Sullivan's varied score includes lilting Viennese waltz music.

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PATIENCE - MANCHESTER UNIVERSITIES G & S SOCIETY

Show is starting at...12 August 2015

Harrogate Theatre Main House

With its foppish poets, lovesick maidens, beautiful tunes and mesmerising wit, this rip-roaring riot of love will enchant and amuse. Premiering in 1881, Patience portrays the absurdity of love and the over-the-top aspects of the aesthetic movement of 1870s and 80s. This is a light-hearted tale of the rivalry of two poets fighting for the affection of Patience, a milkmaid. This is English eccentricity at its absurd best. Don’t miss it.

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PIRATES OF PENZANCE - SAVOYNET PERFORMING GROUP

Show is starting at...12 August 2015

Harrogate Royal Hall

SavoyNet Performing Group are firm Festival favourites. In 2013 they won the coveted International Champion’s Trophy with an outstanding production of The Yeomen Guard and were runners-up in 2014. This year we can expect an equally impressive production of The Pirates of Penzance from this talented group.

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IOLANTHE - SOTHAMPTON UNIVERSITY G & S SOCIETY

Show is starting at...13 August 2015

Harrogate Theatre Main House

Iolanthe is a charming operetta about a fairy banished from Fairyland for life for marrying a mortal. Gilbert’s incisive witty political satire is as relevant today as it was when Iolanthe was first performed in 1882 and many consider the Iolanthe music among the best of Sullivan’s work. In this "fairy opera", the House of Lords is lampooned as a bastion of the ineffective, privileged and dim-witted. The political party system and other institutions also come in for a dose of satire.

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THE SORCERER - BUS PASS OPERA

Show is starting at...13 August 2015

Harrogate Royal Hall

Well the name says it all! Bus Pass Opera was formed three years ago by Festival founder and Chairman Ian Smith. All the performers are 60 years plus and in 2014 the combined age of everyone on the stage was in excess of 2000 years… But never fear, there isn’t a glimmer of zimmer to be seen and these more mature individuals can certainly give our younger performers a run for their money.

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PATIENCE - NATIONAL G & S OPERA COMPANY

Show is starting at...14 August 2015 to 22 August 2015

Harrogate Royal Hall

The National Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company’s new production of Patience will be a major highlight of the 2015 Festival. We are thrilled to have the one and only Donald Maxwell directing his first Opera Company production. Donald brings a vast theatrical experience with him as performer, teacher and director. David Steadman conducts and the star cast of the NGSOC will delight audiences with this highly amusing and colourful story.

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THE MIKADO - DAUNTLESS THEATRE

Show is starting at...14 August 2015

Harrogate Theatre Main House

The Mikado is one of the most popular of the Savoy Operas and this hilarious, topsy-turvy tale, shows the talents of this remarkable British duo at their very best. The famous melodies include “Three Little Maids from School”, “A Wandering Minstrel”, “Tit Willow” and many more.

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PIRATES OF PENZANCE - FESTIVAL YOUTH PRODUCTION

Show is starting at...15 August 2015

Harrogate Theatre Main House

Prepare to be amazed by the energy, enthusiasm and talent that we see every year in our annual Festival Youth Production. The Pirates of Penzance is a swashbuckling tale awash with tender-hearted, hapless Pirates, bumbling, blundering policemen, a Major General, his large family of unwed daughters and the handsome Frederic who was apprenticed to the Pirates as a child until his 21st birthday.

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TREASURE ISLAND

Show is starting at...15 August 2015

RHS Harlow Carr

Ahoy there landlubbers! Don't ye be missin' this tale of treasure and treachery on the high seas. Join Jim Hawkins as he spins his yarn of plotting pirates and potty parrots. Featuring a cast of just three actors playing all the characters - including the infamous Long John Silver - this unforgettable show from the critically-acclaimed Pantaloons Theatre Company will thrill adventure-seekers of all ages. X marks the spot, me hearties! Arr.

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THE MIKADO - NATIONAL G & S OPERA COMPANY

Show is starting at...16 August 2015 to 23 August 2015

Harrogate Royal Hall

This is a new production of the most popular of all the Savoy operas. The director is John Savournin who has delighted Festival audiences with top quality traditional productions. The Mikado is a hilarious, topsy-turvy tale, which shows the talents of this remarkable British duo at their very best. The famous melodies include “Three Little Maids from School”, “A Wandering Minstrel”, “Tit Willow” and many more.

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PRINCESS IDA - YORK UNIVERSITY G & S SOCIETY

Show is starting at...17 August 2015

Harrogate Theatre Main House

Princess Ida founds a women's university and teaches that women are superior to men and should rule in their stead. The prince, to whom she had been married in infancy sneaks into the university, together with two friends, with the aim of collecting his bride. They disguise themselves as women students but are discovered. Chaos ensues when King Hildebrand and his army storm the castle. Princess Ida contains some of Sullivan’s finest music, especially the sequence of solos and concerted numbers in Act II often known as the “string of pearls”.

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UTOPIA LIMITED- NEW LONDON OPERA GROUP

Show is starting at...17 August 2015

Harrogate Royal Hall

We are delighted to welcome back to the festival the New London Opera Company offering an excellent opportunity to see this rarely performed gem.

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PRINCESS IDA - HARROGATE G & S SOCIETY

Show is starting at...18 August 2015

Harrogate Royal Hall

Feisty and beautiful Princess Ida founds a women's university, and teaches that women are superior to men. Prince Hilarion - to whom she had been married in infancy - and his friends, disguise themselves as women students to gain entry to the castle with hilarious results. This is a delightful, comic battle of the sexes that combines Gilbert's wicked humour with Sullivan's most vibrant music. The local Harrogate Gilbert & Sullivan Society are popular Festival performers winning third prize in 2013.

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RUDDIGORE - HULL UNIVERSITY G & S SOCIETY

Show is starting at...19 August 2015

Harrogate Theatre Main House

Sir Despard Murgatroyd has inherited a witch's curse, compelling him to commit a daily crime, or die in agony. So when his long-lost elder brother, Robin Oakapple, is exposed as the true inheritor of the curse, he can begin to atone for his earlier crimes. Robin's troubles, however, are just about to begin as his pathetic attempts to commit a daily crime bring his ancestors back from the dead. However, with a true Gilbertian twist, all ends happily.

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THE YEOMEN OF THE GUARD - TRENT OPERA

Show is starting at...19 August 2015

Harrogate Royal Hall

The Yeomen of the Guard is set in the Tower of London. Colonel Fairfax, a gentleman, soldier and scientist, is wrongly accused of sorcery, imprisoned in the Tower of London and sentenced to be beheaded within the hour. To avoid leaving his estate to his accuser he secretly marries strolling gypsy, Elsie Maynard. Jester Jack Point is also in love with Elsie but agrees to the marriage knowing that Fairfax will soon be executed. However, with the help of the Meryll family, Fairfax escapes, throwing the Tower into confusion and setting in motion a number of intriguing plot twists ending in tragedy for one of the players.

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HMS PINAFORE - NATIONAL G & S OPERA COMPANY

Show is starting at...20 August 2015

Harrogate Royal Hall

Back by popular demand! This outstanding show, directed by John Savournin makes a welcome return to Harrogate. HMS Pinafore is one of the most popular and well-known of the G&S operas and overflows with Gilbert's wittiest characters and Sullivan’s most memorable music. The story takes place aboard HMS Pinafore where the Captain’s daughter, Josephine, falls in love with a lower-class sailor instead of her father’s choice, Sir Joseph Porter, the First Lord of the Admiralty.

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IOLANTHE - SAVOY SINGERS

Show is starting at...20 August 2015

Harrogate Theatre Main House

Iolanthe is a charming operetta about a fairy banished from Fairyland for life for marrying a mortal. Gilbert’s incisive witty political satire is as relevant today as it was when Iolanthe was first performed in 1882 and many consider the Iolanthe music among the best of Sullivan’s work. In this "fairy opera", the House of Lords is lampooned as a bastion of the ineffective, privileged and dim-witted. The political party system and other institutions also come in for a dose of satire.

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THE GONDOLIERS- NATIONAL G & S OPERA COMPANY

Show is starting at...21 August 2015

Harrogate Royal Hall

A sparkling new production from the National Gilbert & SUllivan Opera Company. This is a visually stunning show with toe-tapping tunes and glorious, lively dances and has proved to be one of Gilbert and Sullivan’s most enduring successes.

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THE MIKADO - KINGS COLLEGE LONDON

Show is starting at...21 August 2015

Harrogate Theatre Main House

The Mikado is a hilarious, topsy-turvy tale, which shows the talents of this remarkable British duo at their very best. The famous melodies include “Three Little Maids from School”, “A Wandering Minstrel”, “Tit Willow” and many more.

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THE ZOO + TRIAL BY JURY

Show is starting at...22 August 2015

Harrogate Theatre Main House

This year Putteridge Bury G&S Society form a unique partnership with Wolverton Gilbert & Sullivan Society who are celebrating their 40th anniversary, to bring this sparkling double bill to Harrogate Theatre.

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TWELFTH NIGHT - THE LORD CHAMBERLAINS MEN

Show is starting at...27 August 2015

RHS Harlow Carr

Join the Lord Chamberlain’s Men this summer to see Shakespeare’s best-loved romantic comedy, Twelfth Night . A joyous tale of love, longing and laughter and mischief, mayhem and mistaken identity, set in fair Illyria.

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ROYAL NORTHERN SINFONIA - PART OF RIPON INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL

Show is starting at...05 September 2015

Ripon Cathedral

Janusz Piotrowicz conductor Bradley Creswick violin Dvorak Serenade for Strings Vivaldi The Four Seasons Dvorak’s delightful Serenade is a wonderful example of the charm of his youthful works - finespun, intimate and wistful. Vivaldi’s Four Seasons is intricate and virtuosic, bursting with energy and bucolic atmosphere. His descriptions of icy rain, fireside warmth, the hunt, a threatening summer storm, lethargy at the end of the day, are full of wit and wisdom. Expect a vivid, supercharged performance!

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ROYAL NORTHERN SINFONIA UNRESERVED - PART OF RIPON INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL

Show is starting at...05 September 2015

Ripon Cathedral

Janusz Piotrowicz conductor Bradley Creswick violin Dvorak Serenade for Strings Vivaldi The Four Seasons Dvorak’s delightful Serenade is a wonderful example of the charm of his youthful works - finespun, intimate and wistful. Vivaldi’s Four Seasons is intricate and virtuosic, bursting with energy and bucolic atmosphere. His descriptions of icy rain, fireside warmth, the hunt, a threatening summer storm, lethargy at the end of the day, are full of wit and wisdom. Expect a vivid, supercharged performance

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SIMON MAYOR & HILARY JAMES - TEARS OF LAUGHTER AT HELPERBY MILENNIUM HALL

Show is starting at...06 September 2015

Music and merriment with Britain's leading hot-fingered mandolin virtuoso Simon Mayor, and silver-voiced songstress, Hilary James, whose elegant singing easily crosses the great musical divides from folksong to blues, Irving Berlin and Berlioz. From Latvia to Los Angeles and Vancouver to Singapore theyhave delighted audiences with their comic songs and mandolin and fiddle wizardry, in a show that ranges from witty to hilarious.

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SIMON MAYOR AND HILARY JAMES AT ST CUTHBERTS CHURCH PATELEY BRIFGE

Show is starting at...07 September 2015

A show of mandolin wizardry and humour, combined with one of Britain’s finest voices: expect anything from trad folk, jazz standards, Celtic, ragtime and blues, to a deadly accurate tribute to Jake Thackray - and, of course, there’s that song about the parrot! A chance for Nidderdale dwellers to see this renowned duo close at hand.

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CONCERT BY CANDLELIGHT - LOUISE THOMSON - HARP

Show is starting at...08 September 2015

A delightful programme of music by Glinka, Scarlatti, Debussy, Fauré, Pierné, Gismonti and Metheny in a beautiful candlelit setting. Winner of the Ida Carroll String Prize for outstanding achievement, Louise Thomson has performed at the Royal Albert Hall, St David’s Hall Cardiff and Bridgewater Hall Manchester, working with the Hallé Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra and on BBC TV for the Heaven and Earth show with Katherine Jenkins.

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THE FIERI CONSORT CHORAL WORKSHOP AT ST JOHNS CHURCH SHAROW

Show is starting at...08 September 2015

Come and Sing with the Fieri Consort, professional singers trained on The Sixteen’s prestigious Young Artists programme, Genesis Sixteen 'they might have been young, but they are very special indeed: they sang Monteverdi and it knocked my socks off' The Guardian.

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MUSIC AT MARKENFIELD - THE FIERI CONSORT

Show is starting at...09 September 2015

'Out of the Shadows' Music by Byrd, Gesualdo, Gibbons, Lassus, Cecilia MacDowall, James MacMillan 'They may be young, but they knocked my socks off' The Guardian The Fieri Consort - singers who trained on The Sixteen’s prestigious Young Artists Programme – are rapidly building a reputation for vibrant and committed performances. They explore the transition

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ROBYN STAPLETON TRIO

Show is starting at...10 September 2015

Robyn Stapleton is BBC Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2014. She has one of the finest voices in Scottish music with uniquely pure tone, warm and distinctive, and has performed to an audience of 8,000 with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra Proms in the Park, at the Commonwealth Games, on TV and radio. She is joined by the dynamic Kristan Harvey of Blazin’ Fiddles, and Aaron Jones, currently working with Kate Rusby. The church is linked to the award-winning Washburn Heritage Centre where refreshments will be served.

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CLARE TEAL- MORE DIVAS AND ME! WITH JASON REBELLO PIANO - PART OF RIPON INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL

Show is starting at...11 September 2015

Holy Trinity Church Ripon

The celebrated jazz singer, prolific recording artist and BBC Radio 2 presenter celebrates the music of her heroines Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee, Judy Garland, Doris Day and their illustrious contemporaries. Voted Jazz Vocalist of the Year, Clare Teal’s stunning voice and warm personality has made her one of the most sought-after performers in the country. Beautiful melodies and fabulous arrangements, interspersed with Clare’s witty and outrageous anecdotes about the extraordinary lives of the Divas, promise an enthralling evening in the splendidly refurbished church.

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ME, MY WIFE AND MUFFIN THE CAT - PAUL BERIFF'S ACCOUNT OF 9/11

Show is starting at...11 September 2015

Crown Hotel

Award winning documentary film maker, Paul Berriff, presents a compelling account of the events surrounding the World Trade Centre in 2001*. On September 11 Berriff was filming with the FDNY’s Deputy Chief Fire Commissioner at the World Trade Center when the twin towers collapsed on top of him. Berriff was knocked to the ground and lay unconscious for 25 minutes before crawling out of the debris. His camera was smashed but his tape showing the iconic sequence of the south tower collapsing survived…

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HYENA COMEDY CLUB SEPTEMBER

Show is starting at...12 September 2015

Harrogate Theatre Main House

Harrogate Theatre's Monthly Comedy Club. Line tbc

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JUAN MARTIN - 2 GUITARRAS MALAGUENAS - PART OF RIPON INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL

Show is starting at...12 September 2015

Holy Trinity Church Ripon

With Chaparro de Málaga 'a giant of the flamenco guitar tradition' The Times Juan Martin brings Mediterranean passion and virtuosic skills to his duo with Chaparro de Malaga. Voted one of the world’s top three guitarists by US Guitar Player magazine, Juan has played with Herbie Hancock and Miles Davis, performed at the Barbican and Sadlers Wells with his famous dance ensemble, and with the Nash Ensemble at the Wigmore Hall. Melodic and explosive, the music evokes the visceral power of authentic flamenco which will transport you to the Classic Spain of Málaga, Granada, Córdoba and Jerez. The refurbished church has comfortable seating and all facilities.

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THE EPIC STRAIN IN ENGLISH POETRY

Show is starting at...14 September 2015

In this10 week course we will look at the continuing influence of the epic tradition on English poets from Chaucer to the present day. We shall read extracts from Chaucer, Spenser, Milton, Wordsworth, Keats, Tennyson, Whitman, Eliot and Walcott to show how poets have striven to emulate the classical tradition exemplified by The Iliad, the Odyssey and The Aenid terms of both style and subject matter. There will be the opportunity for course members to introduce poems of their own choice dealing with the recurrent themes of heroism, adventure, love and friendship, rebellion, adventure, travel and quest.

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LIQUID GOLD - DOUBLE BILL - ANNA HASHIMOTO, CLARINET & HUW WIGGIN, SAXOPHONE

Show is starting at...15 September 2015

Some of the UK’s finest prizewinning musicians present an exciting and varied programme. Anna Hashimoto made her London début, aged 15, at the Barbican with the ECO and has toured Europe, the USA and Japan “stylish phrasing and a lovely liquid tone” New York Times. Huw Wiggin is winner of the ROSL Competition and Commonwealth Musician of the Year 2014, a Park Lane Group artist and performs throughout the UK and abroad as soloist and with his Ferio Saxophone Quartet “liquid gold tones and enviable breath control” The Times

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AN EVENING WITH BOYCOTT AND AGGERS - THE SECOND INNINGS

Show is starting at...16 September 2015

Harrogate Royal Hall

England. Summer 2015. And it’s Ashes time again... Following their first run of hugely popular events in London, Nottingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Harrogate, Leicester, Liverpool, Birmingham, Southampton and York, the extraordinary odd couple return again in 2015 by popular demand to enthrall, dazzle and entertain in a new show. Aggers challenges GB to justify his forthright views on cricket and life in general and our Geoffrey will say exactly what he thinks (what else?) about the ECB, England’s management and coaching staff, team selection, the captaincy, Kevin Pietersen and many other subjects he has hit out on in his latest autobiography, on air and in print.

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THE LAND OF LOST CONTENT

Show is starting at...16 September 2015

A celebration in words and music of the work of A. E. Housman With actors Sunny Ormonde (Lilian of The Archers) and David Timson, soprano Marilyn Cutts (Fascinating Aida, RSC) and Malcolm McKee, director and piano

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DUO DORADO - A BAROQUE EXTRAVAGANZA

Show is starting at...17 September 2015

Hazel Brook, violin and viola d’amore David Pollok, harpsichord Works by Bach, Telemann, Scarlatti, Corelli and others

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AUTHOR - NEIL HANSON

Show is starting at...18 September 2015

Neil Hanson presents an evening of humour, wit and wry observations on life. He has appeared in Chicago, New York, Kansas City, New Orleans, at the Sydney and Brisbane Writers’ festivals, the Cheltenham Literature Festival, and numerous other events around the world and is often voted 'best speaker'

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THE WINTERS TALE

Show is starting at...18 September 2015 to 26 September 2015

Harrogate Theatre Main House

Northern Broadsides in partnership with Harrogate Theatre presents
William Shakespeare’s
The Winter’s Tale
Directed by Conrad Nelson

The Winter’s Tale is a rich, romantic fable of jealousy, love and redemption. King Leontes falsely accuses his Queen of infidelity with his closest friend. He proclaims their newborn daughter a bastard and condemns the innocent to death. But the child, Perdita, survives.
Audi Described  BSL Interpreted  Captioned 

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FRIENDS TRIP TO SJT SCARBOROUGH FOR MATINEE OF HERO'S WELCOME

Show is starting at...19 September 2015

Tickets and coach travel from Harrogate to Stephen Joseph Theatre to see the matinee performance of Alan Ayckbourn’s 79th play – Hero’s Welcome. The coach departs from Harrogate Library, Victoria Avenue at 9.30am prompt. The matinee performance begins at 2.30pm at Stephen Joseph Theatre.

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LONDON MOZART PLAYERS - PART OF RIPON INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL

Show is starting at...19 September 2015

Harrogate Royal Hall

Janusz Piotrowicz conductor Jennifer Pike violin Mendelssohn Overture The Hebrides Mendelssohn Violin Concerto Beethoven Symphony no 3 (Eroica) The London Mozart Players has an outstanding reputation at the forefront of classical music. Jennifer Pike was BBC Young Musician 2002, aged 12, and is taking the world by storm with her dazzling interpretative flair. Her recent recording of Sibelius with the Bergen Philharmonic has received the highest accolades: 'molten intensity' The Glasgow Herald 'marvellously warm, flowing and passionate' BBC Music Magazine. Beethoven’s noble Eroica concludes a spellbinding programme with a conductor of mesmerising authority.

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AUTHOR - ALISON WEIR - THE LOST TUDOR PRINCESS

Show is starting at...21 September 2015

Alison Weir has sold over 2.7 million books worldwide. Her new book, to be published this autumn, is the life of Margaret Douglas, Countess of Lennox, whose eventful career spanned the reigns of four Tudor monarchs. She has recently signed a six novel deal with Headline on the six wives of Henry the Eighth, the first one to be published in 2016. An inspirational and passionate speaker, she holds audiences spellbound. Q & A and book signing.

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THE DANCE DIVINE

Show is starting at...22 September 2015 to 23 September 2015

Harrogate Studio Theatre

The ‘Dance Divine’ by Kala Sangam is an unique production on the Japanese Goddess of light. The production presents varied fascinating movements, poignant words of wisdom and wit , eloquent hand gestures and soulful music to describe the divine presence of ‘sunlight’ in the life of a common man, capturing the importance of the Sun as a female energy and her deification as a ‘divine cosmic being’.

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THE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF POETRY WITH A FIRM OF POETS

Show is starting at...24 September 2015

Harrogate Studio Theatre

A quartet of poets faces the audience; in turn they step up to the mic to perform their poems. A cross between a poetic super-group and 'Whose Line Is It Anyway?' the show is fast-paced and never the same twice.


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PROJECT JUNO

Show is starting at...25 September 2015 to 26 September 2015

Harrogate Studio Theatre

Project Juno is a one woman show about Helen Sharman’s remarkable story of becoming the first Briton in Space. Sheffield born, Helen was driving home from work and heard a competition announced on her car stereo: Astronaut wanted: no experience necessary A life changing moment

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DOUG SCOTT'S EVEREST: THE HARD WAY - 40TH ANNIVERSARY LECTURE

Show is starting at...28 September 2015

Harrogate Theatre Main House

Autumn 2015 will mark the 40th anniversary of the first ascent of ‘Everest: The Hard Way’, when the late Dougal Haston and Doug Scott made the first ascent of the mountain’s massive South West Face. In this special lecture Doug will tell of the epic expedition and climb, how his life led up to this defining moment and where it took him upon his return from the summit. This is a brand new lecture for the anniversary, lavishly illustrated with Doug’s celebrated mountain photography and will provide a very personal account of this legendary first ascent.

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La Traviata

LA TRAVIATA - FEATURING BOLSHOI THEATRE GUEST SOLOIST

Show is starting at...28 September 2015

Harrogate Royal Hall

Music by Giuseppe Verdi Sung in Italian with English Surtitles Featuring an impressive cast and accompanied by a large live Orchestra with over 30 musicians

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THE RAGGED TROUSERED PHILANTHROPISTS

Show is starting at...29 September 2015 to 03 October 2015

Harrogate Studio Theatre

Townsend Productions present this classic story of a group of painter-decorators who are joined by artist Owen, whose spirited attacks on the dishonesty of Capitalism, along with his Socialist vision, highlight exploitation in the workplace and inequality in society. Relevant still, this tale is told with vigour and passion. This hugely successful production is a gem of Edwardian humorous theatre with songs and music of the time.

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WAITING FOR GODOT

Show is starting at...29 September 2015

Harrogate Theatre Main House

Vladimir and Estragon meet as dusk approaches. Estragon tries to remove his boot.Vladimir examines his hat. A conversation begins, a joke is interrupted. A carrot is eaten.The two men quarrel, then embrace. Unannounced, two eccentric travellers arrive.Seemingly master and servant, one stands weighed down at the end of a long rope, the other carries a whip...

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PADDY MCGUINNESS - PRESENTED BY SJM

Show is starting at...30 September 2015

Harrogate Royal Hall

One of the country’s best-loved and most popular comedians Paddy McGuinness has announced a brand new UK tour for 2015 & 2016. Starting in September this year, the star of ITV’s Take Me Out will return to his performing roots, with his first stand-up comedy tour since 2011. Tickets will go on-sale from Friday 30 January at 10am.

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ROCKIN' AT THE PEARLY GATES

Show is starting at...02 October 2015

Harrogate Theatre Main House

This unashamedly retro concert is special. Why? Because award winning Past Masters is composed mainly of guys who were there, and played in concert, on recordings, and on TV, with the very best. A truly authentic blast from the past, featuring 50’s, 60’s and early 70’s, never to be forgotten classics, made famous by iconic artists who are no longer with us, including Elvis, Eddie Cochran, the Everly Brothers and a stunning Buddy Holly set. Be there or be Square!

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THE ULTIMATE EAGLES

Show is starting at...02 October 2015

Harrogate Royal Hall

From BAFTA winning producers, comes the show that celebrates the legacy of the world's bestselling artists, The Eagles. Starring Grammy nominated musicians, the internationally renowned Ultimate Eagles perform legendary hit such as Hotel California, Take It Easy, and Desperado with reverence and accuracy, taking you right back to 1970's California.

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PUPPETCRAFT - MONKEY!

Show is starting at...04 October 2015

Created and directed by John Roberts Written by Michael Rosen The comic adventures of a fantastical superhero based on the classic Chinese story Journey to the West. Charming string puppets, antique shadow puppets, a beautiful set, live music and a script by poet and former Children’s Laureate, Michael Rosen. A stunning theatrical show for everyone aged 4 to 104! PuppetCraft’s magical shows have delighted audiences throughout the UK and overseas.

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Standard Issue Magazine

IN CONVERSATION WITH STANDARD ISSUE

Show is starting at...05 October 2015

Harrogate Theatre Main House

A unique comedy event for Harrogate Comedy Festival in association with Standard Issue Magazine

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STANDARD ISSUE ON... ALIENS

Show is starting at...05 October 2015

Harrogate Studio Theatre

A unique comedy event for Harrogate Comedy Festival in association with Standard Issue Magazine

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COMEDIAN OF THE YEAR HEAT 1

Show is starting at...06 October 2015

Harrogate Studio Theatre

Our annual talent hunt is back. During two heats a whole host of tip-top comics battle for your vote to secure a place in the final of the fourth Harrogate Comedy Festival Comedian of the Year competition. Who goes through? You decide.
Part of Harrogate Comedy Festival 2015

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JEREMY HARDY

Show is starting at...06 October 2015

Harrogate Theatre Main House

Part of Harrogate Comedy Festival 2015

Jeremy Hardy begins his 4th decade as a stand-up this year. That's a more dramatic way of saying he started 31 years ago and, without a lottery win, probably has at least another 31 years to go. He's back on the road in 2015.

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COMEDIAN OF THE YEAR HEAT 2

Show is starting at...07 October 2015

Harrogate Studio Theatre

Our annual talent hunt is back. During two heats a whole host of tip-top comics battle for your vote to secure a place in the final of the third Harrogate Comedy Festival Comedian of the Year competition. Who goes through? You decide.

Part of Harrogate Comedy Festival 2015

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JUSTIN MOORHOUSE - DESTINY CALLING

Show is starting at...07 October 2015

Harrogate Theatre Main House

Justin is back on the road with his brand new stand-up show for 2015 'Destiny Calling' doing what he does best - making people laugh up and down the country.

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FRISKY AND MANNISH - JUST TOO MUCH

Show is starting at...08 October 2015

Harrogate Theatre Main House

Since 2008, Frisky and Mannish have been peddling their peculiar brand of popmusicy-seriocomic-mashparodic-vaudevillian-sketchcabaret-bapsbotty-infotainment all over the world, appearing at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe (to great acclaim), the Sydney Opera House (yes, the real one), Melbourne Comedy Festival, Adelaide Fringe Festival, New Zealand International Arts Festival, New York, Berlin, Perth and Singapore

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TOM ADAMS IN HOWL AT THE MOON

Show is starting at...08 October 2015

Harrogate Studio Theatre

It’s July 1969. David Bowie has just released 'Space Oddity'. The Apollo 11 Rocket is going to the moon. On board are Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins. Two of them are destined to be the most famous men on the planet. You are about to meet the third.

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DANIEL SLOSS

Show is starting at...09 October 2015

Harrogate Studio Theatre

Part of Harrogate Comedy Festival 2015

Don't miss the smash-hit new show from Scotland's internationally acclaimed and award-winning comedy half-man-half-Xbox!

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JASON BYRNE : 20 YEARS A CLOWN

Show is starting at...09 October 2015

Harrogate Theatre Main House

Part of Harrogate Comedy Festival 2015

Byrne’s very own brand of verbose, organised chaos and near legendary stock-in-trade audience participation has seen him coined “the outright king of live comedy” by The Times. So it is no surprise that he is the biggest selling comedian at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and that in 2015 he will be celebrating his 20th year of solo shows!

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JOSH WIDDICOMBE: WHAT DO I DO NOW

Show is starting at...09 October 2015

Harrogate Royal Hall

Josh Widdicombe, that guy from the TV comedy shows with the curly hair, is back on the road with a brand new tour.

Part of Harrogate Comedy Festival 2015.

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HYENA LOUNGE COMEDY KIDS CLUB

Show is starting at...10 October 2015

Harrogate Theatre Main House

Part of Harrogate Comedy Festival 2015 Our regular monthly comedy club now brings you live comedy that the whole family can enjoy. Guaranteed to be full of good jokes and no swearing.

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JAMES HAMILTON IS SO LONELY

Show is starting at...10 October 2015

Harrogate Studio Theatre

The hotly anticipated solo debut of a multi award-winning sketch comedian is probably happening elsewhere. Meanwhile, James Hamilton (another multi award-winning sketch comedian, significantly less anticipated) presents a solo(nely) debut of his own. Expect a forlorn, desperate tangle of tragic characters and time travel, and your expectations will probably be met. Praise for his sketch group Casual Violence (as heard on BBC Radio 4):

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NINA CONTI : IN YOUR FACE

Show is starting at...10 October 2015

Harrogate Theatre Main House

Part of Harrogate Comedy Festival 2015

She’s won a British Comedy Award, stormed Live at the Apollo, Russell Howard’s Good News, Sunday Night at the Palladium, and made a BAFTA nominated film - all without moving her lips. This year, Nina will create a new show each night by plucking inspiration from the audience. Strap into the mask as Nina gets in your face. With the help of Monkey and a bag of tricks, truly anything can happen in this unmissable improvised adventure of hilarious witchery.

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THE BEST OF CASUAL VIOLENCE

Show is starting at...10 October 2015

Harrogate Studio Theatre

Critically acclaimed sketch villains and stars of BBC Radio 4's 'Sketchorama' return to the Harrogate Comedy festival and bring their multi award-winning 'best-of' show. Come and watch them fling their darkest, weirdest, strangest, silliest bits at you for an hour. Expect monsters, mayhem and live music, and your expectations will probably be met.

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COMEDY QUIZ 2015

Show is starting at...11 October 2015

Harrogate Theatre Circle Bar

It's the return of our comedy festival quiz. So if you think you know your Jimmy Carr from your Jamie Farr. Your Sarah Millican from your Spike Milligan and your Little from your Large, then have we got a quiz for you!

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JENNY ECLAIR: HOW TO BE A MIDDLE AGED WOMAN (WITHOUT GOING INSANE)

Show is starting at...11 October 2015

Harrogate Theatre Main House

Part of Harrogate Comedy Festival 2015

Professional Grumpy old woman, Splash survivor, amateur soup maker, and novice knitter, Jenny Eclair is younger than Madonna but eats crisps and likes wine. Semi-bearded and suffering from outbreaks of gout and hysteria, Eclair puts middle age under the microscope and decides whether to laugh, cry or buy a dachshund! You are most welcome to join her, just button your cardi up properly and wipe that lipstick off your teeth.

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SUNDAY SUPPLEMENT IN THE THEATRE BAR

Show is starting at...11 October 2015

Harrogate Theatre Circle Bar

Part of the Comedy Festival 2015 We know that laughing and having a good time can be awfully tiring, so join us for a restorative, hangover-busting morning going through the morning papers in our bar with a panel of funny people.

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CHRIS RAMSEY - ALL GROWED UP

Show is starting at...12 October 2015

Harrogate Theatre Main House

Part of Harrogate Comedy Festival 2015

Critically acclaimed stand-up comedian, Celebrity Juice regular, star of BBC2’s Hebburn, and the man who once got pizza delivered to a moving train embarks on his biggest stand-up tour yet! Following sell-out runs of his last three UK tours, Chris is back with a brand new show for 2015. Join him as he explores getting older, finding yourself, taking responsibility, realising you are no longer a child and all of the other terrifying realisations that come with being dragged kicking and screaming into modern adulthood.

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COMEDIAN OF THE YEAR FINAL

Show is starting at...12 October 2015

Harrogate Studio Theatre

It all comes down to this, the big one: who will walk away with this year’s title of Harrogate Comedy Festival Comedian of the Year 2015? The power to pick the winner lies with you!

Part of Harrogate Comedy Festival 2015

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JIMMY CARR

Show is starting at...13 October 2015

Harrogate Royal Hall

**NEW DATE ADDED. PART OF HARROGATE COMEDY FESTIVAL**

‘Funny Business’ is Jimmy’s brand new stand up show. Come for the witty and incisive musings on the human condition; stay for the gags.

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ROB BECKETT

Show is starting at...13 October 2015

Harrogate Theatre Main House

Part of Harrogate Comedy Festival 2015
Beckett's back with a brand-new hour of funnies and he's taking on the big issues like Kit Kats and flatbread!

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SCOTTISH FALSETTO SOCK PUPPET THEATRE - MINGING DETECTIVES

Show is starting at...13 October 2015

Harrogate Studio Theatre

There's been a murrrder! Some criminals put stockings on their heads, now Earth's funniest Socks get their heads around crime. Tackling every genre from film noir to Breaking Bad, from Z Cars to scandi-crime, Scotland's finest bring you brand new songs, sketches, socks and violence, all on the subject of cops and robbers. Their 8th (bound to be) sellout Edinburgh show.

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ALI COOK - THE ART OF ASTONISHMENT

Show is starting at...14 October 2015

Harrogate Studio Theatre

Witness breathtaking trickery from a master of his craft, star of ITV1's 'Penn & Teller: Fool Us', BBC1's 'Now You See It', Ch4's 'Dirty Tricks' and Ch5's 'Monkey Magic'.

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BEARDYMAN - ONE ALBUM PER HOUR

Show is starting at...14 October 2015

Harrogate Theatre Main House

Part of Harrogate Comedy Festival 2015

Following two sell-out runs at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2013 and 2014, Beardyman is proud to present the debut UK tour of his critically acclaimed show One Album Per Hour. Travelling at the speed of thought in his music production spaceship, the world-class multi award-winning musician and comedian transcends mere mimicry to produce studio quality compositions faster than most could imagine them.

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MORGAN BERRY - WATERSHIP DOWN

Show is starting at...15 October 2015

Harrogate Studio Theatre

Join award winning character comedian Joe Rowntree for Morgan Berry: Pet Bereavement Counsellor. (Rabbit Specialist) Born in Barnsley raised in Africa- Bafrican! The car wash is in trouble. Morgan must save it from going under. Can his on-line course in Pet Bereavement yield dividends and stop it from going ‘Watership Down.’

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THE THINKING DRINKERS GUIDE

Show is starting at...15 October 2015

Harrogate Theatre Main House

Drink Less. Drink Better Alcohol: One minute a soul mate, the next a psychopath; it can be both creative muse and pesky mischief-maker. Slide onto the bar stool of discovery and enjoy several free deluxe drinks as the Thinking Drinkers embark on an intoxicating journey through the liquid lives of history's most extraordinary elbow-benders including Dorothy Parker, James Bond and Jesus Christ.

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AN EVENING WITH TIM BROOKE-TAYLOR

Show is starting at...16 October 2015

Harrogate Theatre Main House

An unforgettable evening in the company of one of the funniest and best-loved comedy performers of our time as he discusses his long career with the writer and broadcaster Chris Serle. Tim Brooke-Taylor delights as he tells hilarious stories from a lifetime in comedy. This is an evening of warmth and good-humour spiced with a few revealing anecdotes about many of the names Tim has appeared with including his fellow Goodies Graeme Garden and Bill Oddie.

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ANDREW LAWRENCE

Show is starting at...16 October 2015

Harrogate Studio Theatre

As seen on Live at the Comedy Store and BBC1’s Live at The Apollo. Subversive and intelligent comedy from a double Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee who is about to record his fourth series for BBC Radio 4. Direct from this year’s Edinburgh Fringe, his tenth show in consecutive years, Andrew Lawrence brings you his most honest, fearless and uncompromising stand-up show to date. No joke is unacceptable. No subject off-limits. Absolutely no concessions made to political correctness. Stand-up without boundaries.

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HYENA COMEDY CLUB CLOSING GALA 2015

Show is starting at...17 October 2015

Harrogate Theatre Main House

Part of Harrogate Comedy Festival 2015 Line-up* includes Nick Helm, Jeff Innocent, David Trent, Mickey Hutton & winner of Comedian of the Year 2015 competition. * Line-up can change

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STEWART FRANCIS PUN GENT TOUR

Show is starting at...21 October 2015

Harrogate Royal Hall

Part of Harrogate Comedy Festival 2015

The star of 'Mock The Week', 'Michael McIntyre's Roadshow' and 'Live At The Apollo', embarks on a brand new stand up tour with a fantastic and hilarious new show!

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WHITE CHRISTMAS - ST ANDREWS PLAYERS

Show is starting at...21 October 2015 to 24 October 2015

Harrogate Theatre Main House


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STEVE BACKSHALL'S WILD WORLD

Show is starting at...22 October 2015

Harrogate Royal Hall

Wildlife TV Presenter, Adventurer, naturalist and writer Steve Backshall takes us on a tour of the real life expeditions that have inspired his novels ‘The Falcon Chronicles’. It’s a wild journey, illustrated with photos and films from his expeditions from the Arctic to the Antarctic, from the tundra to the top of the world’s highest peaks, and from the depths of the rainforest to the bottom of the sea. This talk is suitable for wildlife enthusiasts of all ages from eight to eighty. There will be extended Q and As, and book signings at the event.

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THE RAF IN CONCERT 2015 - BATTLE OF BRITAIN 75TH ANNIVERSARY

Show is starting at...23 October 2015

Harrogate Royal Hall

75 years on from the historic battle, the bands of the Royal Air Force present an evocative and rousing evening of musical entertainment that captures the essence of 1940s Britain and tells the story of how the spirit and capability of those who took part endures in the professionalism of the people who make up today’s RAF.

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DEL BOY AND RODNEY: THE SITCOM EXPERIENCE AT THE YORKSHIRE HOTEL

Show is starting at...24 October 2015

Del & Rodney – The Comedy Dinner Show This spectacular dinner show brings a new pastiche dimension to entertainment which was celebrated as iconic British sitcom. Your hosts for the evening are the crème brulee of Peckham, who look like Derek, Rodney, Uncle Albert, Trigger & Boycie will bring fun for a site-specific themed comedy experience.

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SQUEEZE WITH DR JOHN COOPER CLARKE

Show is starting at...24 October 2015

Harrogate International Centre

Squeeze, the enduring British pop act whose songs have tenderly and wittily chronicled life and love stretching across four decades, are to play an extensive UK tour in the autumn – their first, as a band, for three years. As well as a vast catalogue including hits such as Cools For Cats, Up The Junction and Tempted, it will include songs from forthcoming album From The Cradle To The Grave, which marks their first collection of new tracks since 1998. · The group will tour as a band for the first time in three years in the autumn - with special guest Dr John Cooper Clarke

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THE NUTCRACKER - MOSCOW BALLET LA CLASSIQUE

Show is starting at...24 October 2015

Harrogate Royal Hall

All is quiet in the great house…Clara creeps Downstairs...The Christmas Tree stands alone…In the darkness, through the curtains, the moonlight beams onto the colourful presents offered there. It’s midnight, the clock strikes heralding in the spirit of Christmas…Yet something stirs in the darkness beyond and thus unfolds this magical festive tale of THE NUTCRACKER.

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WERTHER – MASSENET

Show is starting at...29 October 2015

Harrogate Theatre Main House

Book for 2 out of 3 or all 3 English Touring Opera shows with the Flexi plan or Season Passport.

Based on the 1774 blockbuster novel that made Goethe a global literary superstar, Werther is a tragic story of forbidden love – and rarely in opera is its destructive power felt so close to the bone As the poet Werther becomes infatuated with Charlotte, the daughter of a local magistrate engaged to another man, all is threatened in the wake of his uncontrollable passion.

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PELLEAS ET MELISANDE - DEBUSSY

Show is starting at...30 October 2015

Harrogate Theatre Main House

Book for 2 out of 3 or all 3 English Touring Opera shows with the Flexi plan or Season Passport.
Pelléas et Mélisande – Debussy This mysterious opera is like no other. For years Debussy search for the perfect drama to set to music, and once he saw the strange, compelling play by Maurice Maeterlinck he had no doubt that this was it. The resulting marriage of music and drama is sensuous, mysterious and utterly captivating - for no other opera is the sensation of being ‘under a spell’ so applicable.

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THE HOLLYWOOD SPECIAL EFFECTS SHOW

Show is starting at...30 October 2015

Harrogate Royal Hall

Get closer to the action than ever before as this interactive and explosive family show takes you behind the scenes of your favourite films to discover the secrets of creating movie magic.

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THE TALES OF HOFFMAN - OFFENBACH

Show is starting at...31 October 2015

Harrogate Theatre Main House

Book for 2 out of 3 or all 3 English Touring Opera shows with the Flexi plan or Season Passport.
From the master of French operetta, who virtually reinvented comic opera in France, this work of genius, studded with famous melodies like the Barcarolle, is as dark a comedy as you can get! Late at night in a tavern, while waiting for his latest mistress, the character Hoffmann tells an audience the story of his former loves, always shadowed by a dark adversary.

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VAUGHAN WILLIAMS - SEA SYMPHONY & MENDELSSOHN VIOLIN CONCERTO

Show is starting at...31 October 2015

Harrogate Royal Hall

The 140 strong Harrogate Choral Society under its dynamic music director, Andrew Padmore, are looking forward to this concert when they will be joined by award winning local violinist William Dutton. William, who has been playing the violin since he was 4 years old, was a finalist in the 2014 BBC Young Musician of the Year and winner of the strings section. He was also BBC Radio 2 Young Chorister of the Year in 2006.

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AN EVENING WITH SIR ROGER MOORE

Show is starting at...01 November 2015

Harrogate Theatre Main House

On sale 10am Wednesday 10th June

Celebrating 70 years in show business this year, the Hollywood legend and James Bond star chats with biographer Gareth Owen about his extraordinary life and career. Featuring inside stories and exclusive anecdotes from an astonishing career that has included the hit TV series The Saint and The Persuaders, plus Hollywood blockbusters and, of course, seven iconic movies as the world’s most famous spy, 007. There will also be a unique opportunity to put your own question, live, to Sir Roger at the end of the show.

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LEGEND OF NEW ORLEANS - LEROY JONES FEATURING JOE STILGOE, IAN SHAW AND BAND

Show is starting at...01 November 2015

Harrogate Royal Hall

Legend of New Orleans Leroy Jones, Featuring Ian Shaw & Joe Stilgoe British Greats & New Orleans Swing An Evening of Wonderful Music Featuring Leroy Jones, Joe Stilgoe & Ian Shaw

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NILS LOFGREN LIVE IN CONCERT WITH VERY SPECIAL GUEST GREG VARLOTTA

Show is starting at...04 November 2015

Harrogate Royal Hall

Tickets on sale Friday 8th May

Legendary American songwriter, virtuoso guitarist and pianist, NILS LOFGREN returns to the UK in October / November 2015. After touring with Bruce Springsteen as a long-time member of the E Street Band on both the 2012-13 Wrecking Ball tour and the 2014 High Hopes tour NILS LOFGREN is back to perform his own legendary live show.

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FREDDIE FLINTOFF: 2ND INNINGS

Show is starting at...05 November 2015

Harrogate International Centre

Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff, hero of the historic 2005 victorious Ashes England team, is hitting the road celebrate the 10 years anniversary and share his memories of that long hot summer, as well as some behind the crease insights to the game. Freddie is joined on stage by comedy writer and producer, Clyde Holcroft, his podcast partner in crime. Featuring a little bit of Elvis and couple of googles, it’s unscripted, unedited, unguarded and unleashed ….buckle in.

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PYGMALION - PRESENTED BY HARROGATE DRAMATIC SOCIETY

Show is starting at...05 November 2015 to 07 November 2015

Harrogate Theatre Main House

The story of Pygmalion who created a statue so beautiful that he fell in love with it, is one of the most enduring romantic tales of all time. In Bernard Shaw’s witty version, Henry Higgins attempts to transform cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle into a society lady......until she exerts her independence that is!

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CELTIC WOMAN

Show is starting at...14 November 2015

Harrogate International Centre

International music sensation Celtic Woman has just added a series of UK dates to their 2015 world concert tour celebrating the group’s 10th anniversary together. The 14-city UK leg runs starts on November 7, 2015 and finishes at the Eventim Apollo London on November 23, 2015

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HYENA COMEDY CLUB NOVEMBER

Show is starting at...14 November 2015

Harrogate Theatre Main House

Harrogate Theatre's very own monthly comedy club.

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JOOLS HOLLAND 2015

Show is starting at...15 November 2015

Harrogate International Centre

Pianist, bandleader, singer, composer, television presenter and multiplatinum recording artist Jools Holland returns this year for his thirty-one date Autumn/Winter Tour across the UK and Ireland, including two annual dates at London’s famous Royal Albert Hall. A series of intimate shows in iconic venues accompanied by special guests, these gigs are not to be missed. Ivor Novello-winning KT Tunstall will join Jools on selected dates and in the accompaniment of the sound of Jools’ unforgettable Rhythm & Blues Orchestra.

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JASPER CARROTT'S STAND UP & ROCK - WITH BEV BEVAN BAND & GUESTS

Show is starting at...16 November 2015

Harrogate Royal Hall

Jasper Carrott's Stand Up And Rock does what it says on the tin....Jasper is back to his very best....mic in hand regaling the audience with his inimitable stand up routines before introducing his musical compatriots that have been 'rockin' audiences all over the world. Bev Bevan, as well as being Jasper's mate has rock star credentials that most dream of from the Move through ELO and has one of the finest bands around. Rockin' Berries lead singer Geoff Turton, celtic rock band Quills lead singer 'Joy' and the Bev Bevan band comprising some of the country's finest musicians.

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BELLOWHEAD - THAT'S ALL FOLKS

Show is starting at...23 November 2015

Harrogate International Centre

BELLOWHEAD - The Farewell Tour After 12 amazing years, the UK’s most successful folk band Bellowhead are calling it a day. The band plan to mark their departure in characteristically ambitious style and have announced a two-part farewell tour in November 2015 and April 2016. Their final show on May Day, 1st May 2016, will be an intimate concert at Oxford Town Hall, the very same venue where it all began.

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SWAN LAKE - RUSSIAN STATE BALLET AND OPERA HOUSE

Show is starting at...23 November 2015

Harrogate Royal Hall

After sold-out premieres of Nutcracker, Swan Lake and Romeo & Juliet last year, The Russian State Ballet and Opera House is bringing a new and vibrant production from the rich culture of Astrakhan.

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DON QUIXOTE - RUSSIAN STATE BALLET AND OPERA HOUSE

Show is starting at...24 November 2015

Harrogate Royal Hall

Music by Ludwig Minkus Don Quixote is a ballet based on episodes from the famous novel Don Quixote de la Mancha by Miguel de Cervantes.

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CARO EMERALD

Show is starting at...28 November 2015

Harrogate International Centre

On sale Friday 24th April

The Amsterdam Conservatory jazz-trained vocalist is an original pop star with the look of a Hollywood icon of yesteryear and a voice that oozes warmth and vitality. Her live performance is not to be missed

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DIVERSITY - UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL TOUR

Show is starting at...29 November 2015

Harrogate International Centre

Five sell out UK tours later with 250,000 tickets sold and countless accomplishments; Diversity have announced their most up close and personal tour yet. The tour will see Diversity performing exclusively choreographed routines based on their ITV special.

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ALADDIN

Show is starting at...01 December 2015 to 17 January 2016

Harrogate Theatre Main House

Our next pantomime adventure promises to be even more magical than ever as we take a trip to the Far East with Aladdin. Featuring some of pantoland’s most memorable characters, including the fabulous Widow Twankey, Aladdin’s well meaning brother Wishee Washee, the evil Abanazar and not forgetting the mystical genie of the lamp, this fun-filled family adventure is not to be missed.
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COUNTRY LIVING FAIR 2015

Show is starting at...03 December 2015 to 06 December 2015

Harrogate International Centre

Soak up the magic of the festive season at the Country Living Magazine Christmas Fair, enjoy a great day’s shopping and leave with a hoard of heavenly gifts. The Fairs bring together hundreds of exhibitors from all over the UK in a festive extravaganza of quality and craftsmanship. Avoid the humdrum of the high street and support some of Britain’s most talented craftspeople.

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THE LOST BOY

Show is starting at...03 December 2015 to 05 December 2015

Harrogate Studio Theatre

Although a successful writer, JM Barrie is dissatisfied. He returns home to visit his mother who blames him for the long-ago death of his older brother in a skating pond. Haunted by his mother’s criticism, James begins to confront the past. Combining flashbacks from Barrie’s life with appearances from Peter Pan, Tinkerbell and Captain Hook, the play poses the question "who was the lost boy who wouldn’t grow up?

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HANDEL - MESSIAH AT ST AIDANS CHURCH HAREHILLS - HARROGATE CHORAL SOCIETY PRESENTS

Show is starting at...05 December 2015

Messiah is renowned as one of the greatest musical works ever produced and in an exciting new setting in Leeds the choir will be joined by soloists Sarah Power, Soprano; Hannah Mason, Contralto; Trystan Llyr Griffiths, Tenor; and Andrew Mahon Bass. It will be accompanied by Daniel Justin on the organ and conducted by the HCS Music Director Andrew Padmore.

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RUMOURS OF FLEETWOOD MAC 2015

Show is starting at...08 December 2015

Harrogate Royal Hall

The Ultimate Tribute To One Of Rock and Roll’s Most Remarkable Groups Having performed to over a million fans since they formed over a decade ago, Rumours of Fleetwood Mac returns to the UK in late 2015 and early 2016 to launch its stunning new stage production performing in meticulous note-for-note detail all the classic hits from one of the most outstanding and enduring catalogues in the history of rock music.

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ANDY WILLIAMS CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR STARRING THE OSMONDS

Show is starting at...11 December 2015

Harrogate International Centre

To celebrate the most wonderful time of the year and for the very first time in the UK Tony Denton Promotions are proud to announce the ‘Andy Williams Christmas Spectacular’ starring THE OSMONDS, and with special guest star Irish comedian Jimmy Cricket.

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PADDINGTON BEAR & THE SNOWMAN

Show is starting at...15 December 2015

Harrogate Royal Hall

Cherished by children and adults alike, The Snowman is the soundtrack to everyone’s Christmas. For this concert the Orchestra of Opera North brings the enchanting tale to life with a screening of the classic animated film. Paired with Paddington Bear’s First Concert, told by special guest narrator, this is the perfect way the whole family can begin the festivities. Conductor Hugh Brunt

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THE UKULELE ORCHESTRA OF GREAT BRITAIN - 30 PLUCKING YEARS TOUR

Show is starting at...17 December 2015

Harrogate Royal Hall

Eight Ukuleles, Sixteen Hands,Thirty Two Strings, Sixteen Million Minutes, One BillionSeconds, Thirty Years. In June 2015 the Orchestra will have clocked up Sixteen Million Minutes of ukulele action.

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GARETH MALONE

Show is starting at...18 December 2015

Harrogate International Centre

Join the nation's favourite choirmaster and his choir Voices for an all new show in 2015.

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BRASSED OFF AT CHRISTMAS - GRIMETHORPE COLLIERY BAND

Show is starting at...19 December 2015

Harrogate International Centre

The real stars of Brassed Off perform a spectacular programme of Festive Favourites, popular Brass Band classics and music from the hit movie. Featuring special guests the Operababes.The programme will include the William Tell Overture, O Holy Night, Radetzky March, Ode to Joy, Jingle Bells, carols and seasonal music. The perfect pre-Christmas curtain raiser!

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BRIGHOUSE AND RASTRICK WITH HARROGATE G & S SOCIETY CHRISTMAS CONCERT 2015

Show is starting at...19 December 2015

Harrogate Royal Hall

On sale from 10th August

A firm favourite in the Harrogate calendar, once again the award winning Brighouse and Rastrick Band join forces with Harrogate Gilbert and Sullivan Society for a fabulous Christmas Concert to remember. Get in the Christmas Spirit at the Royal Hall with rousing favourites from the band, Christmas medleys, songs from the shows and join in traditional carols for young and old.

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NORTH YORKSHIRE FIRE & RESCUE SERVICE CHRISTMAS CONCERT - HOSTED BY AND FEATURING ALED JONES

Show is starting at...20 December 2015

Harrogate International Centre

Join North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service Band for a fabulous evening of traditional and modern performances hosted by and featuring Aled Jones MBE with special guest Laura Wright.

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NIGHT + DAZE / DAZE + NIGHT

Show is starting at...21 January 2016 to 23 January 2016

Harrogate Studio Theatre

A wild night out for a northern lad and a girl who fell down from heaven Night + Daze is a dynamic, hilarious and provocative new piece of dance theatre with an underscore of club beats.

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HYENA COMEDY CLUB JANUARY

Show is starting at...23 January 2016

Harrogate Theatre Main House

Harrogate Theatre's very own comedy club.

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THE KITCHEN SINK

Show is starting at...23 January 2016 to 30 January 2016

Harrogate Studio Theatre

A funny and tender play. There are problems for the family in Withernsea. Martin’s milk float is falling apart and Kath has problems with the kitchen sink. Son Billie hopes for a place in art school and Sophie wants to be a Ju-jitsu teacher. Will their dreams come true?

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PAUL CARRACK - LIVE IN CONCERT 2016

Show is starting at...26 January 2016

Harrogate Royal Hall

Christened as 'The Man with the Golden Voice' in a recent BBC4 documentary, internationally respected British singer songwriter, Paul Carrack, the voice of pop classics such as How Long, Tempted, The Living Years, Over My Shoulder and many more, returns to familiar-ground.

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SWEET CHARITY

Show is starting at...04 February 2016 to 06 February 2016

Harrogate Theatre Main House

Described as a sweet, sexy, fairy tale that is funny, very funny! Charity Hope Valentine is a ‘lady of the evening’ who always gives her heart to the wrong man. She sings, dances, laughs and cries her way through life. Sweet Charity is a musical in every sense of the word and our heroine is irresistible.

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ELO TRIBUTE

Show is starting at...05 February 2016

Harrogate Royal Hall

Formed over 7 years ago, The ELO Experience are the world's foremost tribute to this great band. With a stunning light show and large screen projection to further enhance the experience, why not come along and enjoy this incredible show which accurately reproduces the songs and sounds and takes you on a musical journey through time.

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A MURDER IS ANNOUNCED BY AGATHA CHRISTIE

Show is starting at...09 February 2016 to 13 February 2016

Harrogate Theatre Main House

Middle Ground Theatre Company Ltd is delighted to present a lavish new production of a classic Miss Marple mystery. “A murder is announced and will take place on Friday, October the thirteenth, at little Paddocks – at six-thirty p.m.” The residents of Chipping Cleghorn are astonished to read an advert in the local newspaper that a murder will take place this coming Friday at Little Paddocks, the home of Letitia Blacklock.

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BRENDON COLE - A NIGHT TO REMEMBER

Show is starting at...20 February 2016

Harrogate International Centre

Always a sell out, Strictly Come Dancing’s Brendan Cole is once again set to dazzle audiences across the UK with his latest show A NIGHT TO REMEMBER. Brendan, one of Strictly Come Dancing’s most charismatic choreographers and performers, will host throughout as he leads his cast on a journey of music and dance in a spectacular night of theatrical entertainment. Loaded with ballroom magic and Latin excitement, Brendan’s newest live music and dance extravaganza will be 2016’s must see show!

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HYENA COMEDY CLUB FEBRUARY

Show is starting at...20 February 2016

Harrogate Theatre Main House

Harrogate Theatre's very own monthly comedy club. Line up tbc.

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ED BYRNE - OUTSIDE, LOOKING IN

Show is starting at...23 February 2016

Harrogate Royal Hall

That bloke. You know. The Irish guy. No, not the bald one. The other one. You know him. The one Carol from work really likes. Wait, that might be Jason Byrne. Anyway. Funny chap. Has a new show!

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THE GREAT GATSBY

Show is starting at...23 February 2016 to 27 February 2016

Harrogate Theatre Main House

By F. Scott Fitzgerald Adapted by Stephen Sharkey Directed by Eliot Giuralarocca Musical Director Ellie Verkerk Immersing you in the decadence of America’s ‘Jazz Age’, The Great Gatsby is brought to life in this sizzling new stage adaptation from nationally acclaimed Blackeyed Theatre. Recreating the sights, sounds and feel of America’s ‘Roaring Twenties’ as seen through the eyes of Nick Carraway, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s masterpiece is a brilliant evocation of a society obsessed with wealth and status.

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A LESSON FROM AUSCHWITZ

Show is starting at...26 February 2016 to 27 February 2016

Harrogate Studio Theatre

In 1941, Rudolf Höss, Commandant of the Nazi concentration camp known as Auschwitz, assembled his SS personnel in a secret meeting with the express purpose of introducing a new method for exterminating Europe's Jews: Zyklon B, a deadly poison gas. Every soldier in attendance was sworn to secrecy, and no one questioned its usage. No one except a lone Jewish prisoner, forced to participate and humiliated throughout; the very prisoner upon which this 'lesson' would be demonstrated.

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COLLABRO ACT TWO TOUR - SJM PRESENT

Show is starting at...26 February 2016

Harrogate International Centre

Fresh from the success of their debut No.1 album, current reigning Britain's Got Talent champions Collabro return with the spellbinding 'Act Two’.

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BANFF MOUNTAIN FILM FESTIVAL WORLD TOUR 2016

Show is starting at...27 February 2016

Harrogate Royal Hall

Experience an evening of extraordinary short films from the world's most prestigious mountain film festival. Follow the expeditions of some of today's most incredible adventurers, see amazing footage of adrenaline packed action sports and be inspired by thought-provoking pieces shot from the far flung corners of the globe

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MADAM BUTTERFLY - RUSSIAN STATE BALLET AND OPERA HOUSE

Show is starting at...01 March 2016

Harrogate Royal Hall

Music by Giacomo Puccini Italian libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa. Sung in Italian with English Surtitles Featuring an impressive cast and accompanied by a large live Orchestra with over 30 musicians This tale of the doomed love of an American naval lieutenant and his young Japanese bride inspired Puccini to write some of his most sublime and beautiful music. Set in Japan at the turn of the century, Madam Butterfly is among the most colourful and exotic of all operas, and from its theme of noble self-sacrifice spring melodies that grips your heart.

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PARALLEL

Show is starting at...01 March 2016 to 05 March 2016

Harrogate Studio Theatre

Parallel has been developed in association with Harrogate Theatre and was originally presented as a piece in development under the working title of Waiting for Light. Anna is stranded. Beth came for a think. C just wants some kip. With only loose change, some booze and a dodgy carrot at their disposal, will any of them find their way home?

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LOADED - IN HARROGATE

Show is starting at...03 March 2016 to 12 March 2016

Harrogate Theatre Main House

Written & Directed by David Bown

Local mechanics Mick, Pete and Hud are fed up with their lot. Inspired by a wave of successful jewelry heists in Harrogate decide to get in on the act. But as their carefully laid plans career out of control, their nerve is tested.

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SOUL LEGENDS - THE FEEL GOOD SHOW OF THE YEAR

Show is starting at...03 March 2016

Harrogate Royal Hall

Brand-new, live on stage, coming to you direct from the USA. . . it’s the music of soul legends Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Michael Jackson, Tina Turner, Lionel Richie, Barry White, Wilson Pickett, Earth Wind & Fire, George Benson, Sam & Dave, Eddie Floyd, The Emotions, Kool & the Gang, Chaka Khan, Edwin Starr and scores more.

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BACH - ST JOHN PASSION

Show is starting at...12 March 2016

Ripon Cathedral

Combining raw intensity with moments of exquisite intimacy, the St John Passion was written soon after Bach’s arrival as Kantor at Leipzig’s Nikolaikirche. Keen to impress a new congregation, Bach produced a new setting of the age-old passion story which overshadowed almost every piece of liturgical music the world had previously known. The drama of this remarkable work will be brought to life in the beautiful setting of Ripon Cathedral with a cast led by the Evangelist, Gwilym Bowen and Henry Hawkesworth singing Christus.

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THE BOOTLEG BEATLES

Show is starting at...13 March 2016

Harrogate Royal Hall

The world's most acclaimed Beatles band, The Bootleg Beatles, return to Harrogate.

They have won over the most-hardened sceptics and drawn critical-acclaim across the globe. And, with a little help from their orchestral ensemble, they even manage to reproduce live on stage songs The Fab Four never actually performed themselves. Every tiny detail is meticulously covered from costumes to authentic period instruments; from their witty 'Scouse' banter to their 'inflection perfect' vocal mimicry.

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THE BIG T 2016 VARIETY TALENT CONTEST

Show is starting at...19 March 2016

Harrogate Theatre Main House

Following the enormous successes of the last three productions in 2010, 2012 & 2014, we are again looking for entertainers for the next Big T. We are seeking:- Musicians, Singers from Pop to Opera, Dancers, Bands, Comedians, Mime, Musical Theatre, Magicians, Circus Skills, Thespians, Snake Charmers, ….…

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THE BIG CHRIS BARBER BAND UK TOUR 2016

Show is starting at...24 March 2016

Harrogate Theatre Main House

Europe’s finest Traditional Jazz and Blues Band Jazz Legend, Chris Barber, celebrates his 67th Anniversary as band-leader in 2016 with a Europe-wide concert tour. Inspired by the 'King Oliver Creole Jazz Band', Chris formed his first Band in 1949 at the age of nineteen and has since gone on to become not only Europe's most successful and influential bandleaders, but a bona fide jazz legend

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BRYONY KIMMINGS & TIM GRAYBURN - FAKE IT 'TIL YOU MAKE IT

Show is starting at...28 April 2016 to 29 April 2016

Harrogate Theatre Main House

Bryony is an outrageous, hilarious and fearless performance artist from London. Tim is an outrageous, hilarious and fearless account manager from a top advertising agency. Bryony and Tim are a couple. Bryony spends most of her life on tour, trying her best to change the world. Tim spends most of his life at a desk trying his best to sell the world. Six months into their relationship, Bryony found out that Tim suffers from severe clinical depression. He had kept it a secret for a very long time.

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AGATHA CHRISTIE'S THE MOUSETRAP

Show is starting at...03 May 2016 to 07 May 2016

Harrogate Theatre Main House

Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap A classic. A landmark. A legend. The Mousetrap is famous around the world for being the longest running show of any kind in the history of theatre, with over 25,000 performances and now the 60th anniversary production is back by popular demand following a record breaking sell out week in 2012/2013.
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SARAH MILLICAN : OUTSIDER

Show is starting at...04 June 2016

Harrogate Royal Hall

In the past when you put Sarah Millican outside, she asked things like: ‘Why? Where is the taxi? Do I need a cardie?’ and said things like: ‘There’ll be wasps. I’ve nothing to sit on. Is that poo? Can we go home?’ But things have changed. Now she has outside slippers. She can tell a chaffinch from a tit (hey).

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