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THE PANTALOONS' HISTORY OF BRITAIN

Show is starting at...29 July 2014

RHS Harlow Carr

Mud, blood and stiff upper-lips! It's the History of Britain as you've never seen it before. Join the critically-acclaimed Pantaloons Theatre Company for a breathless race through the centuries in this delightfully inventive open-air show. Harold II and William the Conqueror don't see eye to eye. Henry VIII decides five marriages just isn't enough. Queen Victoria is most certainly not amused. This historitcally hysterical show is packed with songs, sketches and silliness and is suitable for all ages.

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WORLD WAR ONE GALA CONCERT

Show is starting at...03 August 2014

Festival favourite Richard Suart will host this fantastic gala concert at the magnificent Newby Hall in Ripon. The programme will include Gilbert & Sullivan favourites and solos and choruses from some of the best-loved music from Novello, Monckton and Coward. We will also enjoy an award-winning Barbers Shop Choir, a local Brass Band ad a choir taking a walk down memory lane with World War One medleys – it’s a Long way to Tipperary; K-K-K-Katy; Keep the Home Fires Burning; Pack up your Troubles in your Old Kit Bag; Roses of Picardy and many more. Pack your picnic blanket and be prepared for an English summer! And why not make it even more enjoyable and come along in period costume?

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YEOMEN OF THE GUARD AT KNARESBOROUGH CASTLE

Show is starting at...03 August 2014

We are delighted to welcome back Plymouth Gilbert & Sullivan Fellowship who made such an impact on their last appearance at the Festival in 2010. The dramatic backdrop of Knaresborough Castle is the perfect setting for this outdoor performance of The Yeomen of the Guard. Those visitors wishing to go to the concert at Newby Hall in the evening will be back in time to take the connecting bus. Set in the Tower of London, critics consider the score of The Yeomen of the Guard to be Sullivan’s finest.

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SULLIVAN CHORAL SPECTACULAR

Show is starting at...04 August 2014

Ripon Cathedral

This event is no longer availableOxbridge Opera Company present an evening of Sir Arthur Sullivan’s rich and exciting choral music. Using the massed voices of some of the finest young choral singers in the country and outstanding professional soloists, this promises to be one of the highlights of this year’s Festival. The programme includes: On Shore on Sea; Two movements from The Martyr of Antioch; Two movements from The Golden Legend; Festival Te Deum; Te Deum Laudamus (Boer War). A nine-piece brass ensemble and the magnificent Cathedral organ will be features of the evening.


SULLIVAN SYMPHONY CONCERT

Show is starting at...06 August 2014

The concert will be presented by the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) Festival Symphony Orchestra conducted by James Hendry. The host for the evening is The Very Rev Ian Bradley and the programme will include The Overture di Ballo; Sullivan’s Cello Concerto in D major and his Symphony in E. The evening will be completed with participants from the afternoon Choral Workshop presenting three short Sullivan Choral Pieces.

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RICHARD SUART ENTERTAINS

Show is starting at...07 August 2014

Crown Hotel

Festival Favourite Richard Suart treats us to one of his very popular “Richard Suart Entertains” programmes. Always a highlight of the Festival Fringe, make sure you don’t miss this hugely entertaining afternoon. Richard will lead a ‘Pirates from Scratch’ at Fountains Abbey tomorrow.

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PIRATES FROM SCRATCH

Show is starting at...09 August 2014

Fountains Abbey

Welcome to “Pirates from Scratch” in the magnificent setting of Fountains Abbey – which with a little imagination could be the ancestral home that Major General Stanley has bought. How does it work? Festival Musical Director Andrew Nicklin will be on hand to welcome anyone to a Pirates Chorus rehearsal in the Utopia Pavilion, Harrogate on Saturday morning – 10.30 to 12.30. Off then to Fountains Abbey where Richard Suart (Major General Stanley) and a team of experienced principals will be waiting to present a Pirates From Scratch. This really is fun , friendly and for all the family. It’s a sing-a-long of a show where anyone and everyone can sing-a-long!

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TOSCA - HERITAGE OPERA

Show is starting at...10 August 2014

Fountains Abbey

Heritage Opera returns with Puccini’s Tosca, after their smash hit show La boheme at last year’s festival. Tosca contains such gems as the famous tenor aria E Lucevan Le Stelle and the soprano aria Vissi D’Arte. Nicholas Sales plays Cavaradossi, Sarah Helsby Hughes sings Tosca, and Thomas Eaglen is Scarpia.

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I'VE GOT A LITTLE TWIST

Show is starting at...11 August 2014

Crown Hotel

An award-winning, original NYGASP production that highlights the timelessness of Gilbert & Sullivan and its relevance in today’s world. The show accomplishes this in several ingeniously re-written lyrics for G&S tunes. G&S numbers are juxtaposed with more modern musical theatre and sometimes classic Gilbert & Sullivan is left intact and allowed to speak for itself. It simultaneously speaks to audiences who are new to G&S as well as diehard aficionados. Audiences are treated to song and dance, beautiful ensemble singing and laugh-out loud comedy, leaving the performance with an intimate knowledge of what the famous 20th lyricist Johnny Mercer said – “we all come from Gilbert”.

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RUDDIGORE REVISITED

Show is starting at...11 August 2014

Crown Hotel

We have a fascinating afternoon in store from a group of professional American actors – House of Murgatroyd Entertainment (HOME) a production company created by some enthusiastic G&S aficionados. This premiere in Harrogate will be a thought-provoking remounting of Ruddigore with a cast of just seven people. The dialogue of the production has been lovingly trimmed, and more excitingly, has reinstated some sections that are cut from most modern-day scripts.

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BLUES BROTHERS AT THE CAIRN HOTEL

Show is starting at...16 August 2014

Come and enjoy a fun packed tribute night from the Blues Brothers on a mission for just £10.00 per person. The night will be filled with entertainment from both the live act and a dj to get you dancing, with Burgers and Hot-dogs available to pre-book and collect at the interval. Book early to avoid disappointment!

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PINAFORE FROM SCRATCH

Show is starting at...16 August 2014

Will we create a new World Record? The excitement mounts following our World War One Concert in the Valley Gardens. Where are the record creators? If the attempt to perform all 13 G & S Operas in 13 different locations in around 28 hours is going to plan they will be in Valley Gardens ready for a 5.00 “Pinafore from Scratch” performance – Pinafore being the 13th opera to be performed. We will have some “star” performers and others who will be very tired. Come and help them out and join a celebratory chorus.

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WORLD WAR ONE GALA CONCERT

Show is starting at...16 August 2014

Festival favourite Richard Gauntlett will host this fantastic gala concert in the beautiful Valley Gardens in Harrogate. Donald Maxwell will join him and we will also feature the WWOS Cast with an appropriate medley. The programme will include Gilbert & Sullivan favourites and solos and choruses from some of the best-loved music from Novello, Monckton and Coward. Our choir will takie a walk down memory lane with World War One medleys – it’s a Long way to Tipperary; K-K-K-Katy; Keep the Home Fires Burning; Pack up your Troubles in your Old Kit Bag; Roses of Picardy and many more.

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AFTERNOON OF FLANDERS AND SWANN

Show is starting at...17 August 2014

Crown Hotel

This is always one of our most popular events with all the old favourites such as “Madeira M’dear”, The “Hippopotamus Song” and “The Gnu”. Make sure you book your tickets early!

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ALICE THE MUSICAL

Show is starting at...18 August 2014

RHS Harlow Carr

Come and meet Mad Hatter, White Rabbit and Alice as they travel through Wonderland. Crikey! It’s a crazy place, full of madness and musical mayhem. This performance is for all the family.

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ROMEO AND JULIET - PRESENTED BY THE LORD CHAMBERLAINS MEN

Show is starting at...21 August 2014

RHS Harlow Carr

Did my heart love till now? Join the Lord Chamberlain's Men this sumer for the worlds greatest love story. With action from the outset, jealousy, comedy, murder, banishment and the most famous balcony in the history of theatre! Bring a picnic, settle back and be swept up in the romance, the drama and the passion of Romeo & Juliet.

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AFTERNOON WITH IVOR NOVELLO

Show is starting at...25 August 2014

Crown Hotel

Oxbridge Opera Company’s Ivor Novello performance wowed audiences at last year’s Festival. The programme explores a wide range of this master’s work. Using an unspoken narrative, a series of ‘bright young things’ showcase some well-loved classics as well as obscure yet engaging surprises.

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KYLIE TRIBUTE NIGHT

Show is starting at...30 August 2014

Enjoy a three course meal followed by Coffee and entertainment at the Cairn Hotel. The meal begins at 7.30pm. Last booking through Harrogate Box Office 27th August. After this date please call the Cairn Hotel directly on 01423 504005.

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ORCHESTRA OF OPERA NORTH - RIPON INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL

Show is starting at...06 September 2014

Ripon Cathedral

Orchestra of Opera North Janusz Piotrowicz conductor Samuel Coles flute Beethoven Symphony no 8 in F Mozart Flute Concerto no 2 in D Mendelssohn Symphony no 3 “Scottish”

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ORCHESTRA OF OPERA NORTH UNRESERVED SEATS

Show is starting at...06 September 2014

Ripon Cathedral

Orchestra of Opera North Janusz Piotrowicz conductor Samuel Coles flute Beethoven Symphony no 8 in F Mozart Flute Concerto no 2 in D Mendelssohn Symphony no 3 “Scottish”

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NIAMH NI CHARRA TRIO AT HELPERBY MILLENIUM HALL

Show is starting at...07 September 2014

Ireland’s premier folk singer and fiddler, globetrotting soloist with Riverdance, plays traditional Irish music and stories of old Ireland, presented with delightful charm. She tours extensively - recently to China, New England and Spain - and has recorded with The Chieftains and Carlos Nunez.

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NIAMH NI CHARRA TRIO AT THE PLAYHOUSE PATELEY BRIDGE

Show is starting at...08 September 2014

Niamh ní Charra fiddle, concertina, vocals Dom Keogh bodrán Paddy Kerr bouzouki A chance for Nidderdale dwellers to hear Ireland’s premier folk singer and fiddler, close to home in the intimate atmosphere of the restored Victorian theatre.

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THE CLASSIC BUSKERS - VERDI, VIVALDIAND LA DOLCE VITA

Show is starting at...10 September 2014

Michael Copley and Ian Moore The Classic Buskers have taken their madcap music, astonishing dexterity and side-splitting humour around the world, from Vienna to Valencia, London to Lyon, Toronto to Tokyo, Paris to Potsdam. Their concert features the delights of Rossini, Donizetti, Vivaldi, Corelli, Verdi and many others whose names inevitably end in I, all played on a vast assortment of unlikely instruments at improbable speeds!

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GREAT GUITAR CLASSICS - MORGAN SZYMANSKI

Show is starting at...11 September 2014

Morgan Szymanski’s musicianship and warm personality have won him following throughout the world. A top prizewinner at international competitions, he has toured Argentina, Austria, Belgium, China, Chile, France, Germany, Guatemala, Holland, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Macedonia, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, the USA and most recently to the Shanghai Oriental Arts Centre, Vienna Konzerthaus and Mexico’s Palacio de Bellas Artes.

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A ROOM OF ONES OWN - VIRGINIA WOOLF

Show is starting at...12 September 2014

Sarah Blake presents a show based on one of the most brilliant and original literary works of the 20th century – A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf. This inspirational book was originally based on a lecture series that Woolf delivered to Cambridge students. Sarah Blake has re-imagined that first lecture and brought it back to life, so audiences can experience how it must have felt to hear and see the famous author speak… and literary history being created.

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AQUILAE DUO - ENCHANTED WOOD

Show is starting at...12 September 2014

William Alwyn: Naiades Ravi Shankar: Enchanted Dawn Kojo no Tsuki: Moon over the Ruined Castle Debussy: Syrinx Tournier: Au Matin J. S. Bach: Sonata in G minor Baroque Flamenco Eleanor made her concerto debut at the QEH aged 15, won the Cardiff European Harp Competition in 2007, and Third Prize in the Netherlands International Harp Competition 2010. This year, she performs in the Dutch Harp Festival, at the American Harp Society in New Orleans, and the World Harp Congress, Sydney. Canadian, Lisa Nelsen, a founder-member of the New London Chamber Ensemble, has given recitals in Scandinavia, Greece, Italy, Holland, North America, and at the Wigmore Hall. Prepare to be entranced!

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NJABULO MADLALA - OPERA AND SONG

Show is starting at...13 September 2014

Winner of the Song Prize in the 2010 Kathleen Ferrier Competition, the Royal Overseas League 2012 and the 2014 Standard Bank Young Artist Award, the creamy baritone of South African Njabulo Madlala has enthralled listeners around the world. He has sung with the English Chamber Orchestra, London Mozart Players, Philharmonia, LPO, at the Wigmore Hall and Ravinia Festival Chicago.

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JAZZ REPERTORY COMPANY - PETE LONG AND HIS GOODMEN

Show is starting at...17 September 2014

An evening celebrating the music of the Benny Goodman Quartet in the 1930s. Pete Long – one of Ronnie Scott’s All Stars - has played with all the top names from Jools Holland to Dizzy Gillespie and the Stereophonics, the Blind Boys of Alabama to Sting. His dazzling playing of the great jazz classics has received critical acclaim on tours of South America, Russia and Europe. With Bunny Thompson (Glenn Miller Orchestra), the exotic skill of Richard Pite, and top vibes player Tony Kerr, an occasion of world-class jazz is assured.

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SIR ANDREW MOTION - THE CUSTOMS HOUSE

Show is starting at...18 September 2014

Andrew Motion – Poet Laureate 1999-2009 - presents Laurels and Donkeys, his 'lucid, brilliant, melancholic, poetry collection' (The Times). He has taken part in all the major literary festivals, received the Dylan Thomas Prize, the Somerset Maughan Award, Whitbread Biography Award, the Arvon/Observer Prize and the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize. He also reads from his book The Cinder Path and answers questions about his writing and the role of Poet Laureate.

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MUSIC AT MARKENFIELD - ENSEMBLE FANTASTICUS

Show is starting at...19 September 2014

Fantasticus present authentic performance of virtuoso French baroque music with a programme which shines as a gem out of the repertoire. Adventure and discovery were the spirit of the age and pervade every performance of this dazzling ensemble. Based in Amsterdam, the artists play with the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, De Nederlandse Bachvereniging, and Bach Collegium Japan and have won many prizes such as the Bruges Musica Antiqua Concours. 'Fantasticus are a white-hot addition to the early music scene …the sheer freshness and fiery joie de vivre of the playing recalls the young Andrew Manze and his collaborators' BBC Music Magazine 2013

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CARLTON MAIN FRICKLEY BAND

Show is starting at...20 September 2014

Celebration and Commemoration Sullivan: Overture Yeoman of the Guard Eric Ball: Journey into Freedom Bliss: Checkmate with favourites of Lennon & McCartney and Queen, Great War songs, marches and The Last Post One of the most famous names in the brass band world, Carlton Main Frickley was Yorkshire Regional Champion 2013 and Champion Band of England and Scotland. Their highest recent achievement was 3rd place in the 2011 British Open Championships (only beaten by Cory and Black Dyke bands). Their programme includes a famous Championship test piece, the dazzling Journey Into Freedom, and poignant WW1 songs such as Roses of Picardy and Keep the Home Fires Burning.

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FAWLTY TOWERS - THE DINNER SHOW

Show is starting at...20 September 2014 to 19 December 2014

Entertainment provided by Laughlines Comedy Entertainment A delicious three-course meal and interactive comedy is hosted by Basil Fawlty, his long-suffering wife Sybil and confused loyal waiter Manuel - all brought to life by a critically-acclaimed cast of professional actors! Performed at the Yorkshire Hotel, in the stunning Roof Top function room as you dine, Fawlty Towers - The Dinner Show is a spectacular tribute to the iconic British sitcom.

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FRIENDS OF HARROGATE THEATRE TRIP TO SJT SCARBOROUGH TO SEE ROUNDELAY

Show is starting at...20 September 2014

A friends of Harrogate Theatre trip to see Alan Ayckbourn’s new play Roundelay five self contained one act plays, written to be performed in any order, all of which are connected in some way with the order they are seen in affecting the audience’s perception of the plays and characters; it will have been world premiered ten days before our visit on the 20th!

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THE ESCHER STRING QUARTET

Show is starting at...21 September 2014

Based in New York, the Escher String Quartet is recognized as one of the finest quartets of its generation, performing at festivals and major venues around the world, such as the Alice Tully Hall, Kennedy Center, Ravinia, Perth and City of London festivals. They present enchanting Mendelssohn, haunting Ravel, and Beethoven at his most ingenious: the Cavatina – a passage of incomparable beauty – is perhaps the greatest movement in all chamber music.

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THE COAL PORTERS

Show is starting at...24 September 2014

Sid Griffin - best known as ringleader of 1980’s Indie-chart heroes, The Long Ryders – brings to the festival his exciting American/British All-Stars alt-bluegrass band with a dynamite live act: great four-part harmony singing and memorable melodies. They have taken this sound around the world, from Glastonbury to Stagecoach (USA), from Hultsfredsfestivalen (Sweden)to La Roche (France), and back again. Their recent album, Find The One, was produced by folk-rock legend John Wood, producer of Fairport Convention.

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ROBIN INCE

Show is starting at...09 October 2014

Crown Hotel

Robin Ince - Sony Gold Award winning comedian and science enthusiast (Radio 4’s Infinite Monkey Cage with Prof Brian Cox) - presents another in his line of unhinged stand up comic lectures.

Part of Harrogate Comedy Festival 2014

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LADIES NIGHT IN

Show is starting at...11 October 2014

Cocktail drinks reception, 3 course dinner with wine and disco.

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PETER & THE WOLF AND OTHER RUSSIAN TALES

Show is starting at...12 October 2014

In this spellbinding performance, renowned storyteller Martin Maudsley and musicians transform Prokofiev’s much loved musical tale into a playful interaction between live music and enchanting storytelling, brimming with vibrant images and musical delights. The tale of a brave little boy's adventurous encounter with a wolf is complemented by two other short Russian tales, one featuring a fiery fiend and some fiendish fiddling and the other about a bear, underscored by Ravel's Bolero - or 'Bear'lero!

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SILENT HEROES

Show is starting at...12 October 2014

Crown Hotel

Double takes, pratfalls and facial gagging. Mention silent comedy and immediately these visual qualities come to mind. And that’s understandable: most physical comedians are divorced from language and carry their best gag with them at all times, their body.

Your guide through this compendium of celluloid slapstick will be André Vincent, a stand-up comedian also trained in clowning, a man who knows literally how to take a fall. Accompanying him on the journey will be the finest silent film composer of his generation, Neil Brand.

Part of Harrogate Comedy Festival 2014

Family Friendly

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THE COMEDY ROAST

Show is starting at...12 October 2014

Crown Hotel

If you think you know your Reggie Perrin from your Lee & Herring, your Mrs. Merton from your Mrs.Brown, your Cannon from your Ball then have we got a quiz for you.

Part of Harrogate Comedy Festival 2014

Family Friendly

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JASON COOK

Show is starting at...13 October 2014

Crown Hotel

Having gained fans for his work in television and radio, Jason is back touring the country doing what he does best, lightning-fast stand up in front of a live audience.

Part of Harrogate Comedy Festival 2014

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THE HORNE SECTION

Show is starting at...15 October 2014

Crown Hotel

Gathering together the UK's finest musicians and throwing them together on stage with the worlds most exciting comics, The Horne Section brings its indomitable fanfare to the Harrogate Comedy Festival.

Part of Harrogate Comedy Festival 2014

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ABANDOMAN

Show is starting at...16 October 2014

Crown Hotel

After several years cutting a truly original path between rap music and comedy, Ireland’s top comedy hip hop improv team have leapt from strength to strength to fast becoming one of the most popular acts at the Edinburgh Festival and internationally on the live circuit. Abandoman are unrivalled by any other comedy / music act and constantly amaze audiences with their award-winning, mind blowing, interactive, word bending lyrical genius.

Part of Harrogate Comedy Festival 2014

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PHILL JUPITUS IMPROV QUARTET

Show is starting at...17 October 2014

Crown Hotel

Join Phill Jupitus and three of the finest exponents of improvised comedy in the UK: Andy Smart,Steve Steen & Steve Frost as they conjure up comedy delights right in front of your eyes. Totally unscripted, the quartet will create a new and unique comedy show based entirely on suggestions from the audience, no matter how bizarre or daft they might be. Their lightening fast wit and repartee ensure that the jokes flow thick and fast throughout the show and have left audiences all over the world spellbound at their comedy brilliance.

Part of Harrogate Comedy Festival 2014

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EDMUND & CO

Show is starting at...25 October 2014 to 12 December 2014

A new production brought to you from the UK’s leading comedy dinner show company. Fans of the television sitcom Blackadder will love this hilarious parody comedy tribute show. The dining audience are transported into the Queens Court and Edmund Blackadder, your cunning, shrewd and witty host for the evening, displays all the characteristic humour we know and love whilst endeavoring to keep in favor with the Queen. Baldric has a cunning plan, a Queen on a throne, Lord Melchette appears, what could do wrong!

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BOOTLEG BARLOW TRIBUTE NIGHT

Show is starting at...01 November 2014

Enjoy a three course meal followed by Coffee and entertainment at the Cairn Hotel. The meal begins at 7.30pm. Last booking through Harrogate Box Office 29th October. After this date please call the Cairn Hotel directly on 01423 504005.

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ALLO ALLO LE DINNER SHOW

Show is starting at...11 December 2014

Fresh from the success of Fawlty Towers The Dinner Show, Laughlines Comedy Entertainment brings you another hilarious treat ‘Allo ‘Allo - Le Dinner Show.

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CHRISTMAS CURRY PARTY NIGHT

Show is starting at...12 December 2014 to 19 December 2014


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