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THE MIKADO THE GILBERT AND SULLIVAN OPERA COMPANY

Show is starting at...02 August 2014 to 23 August 2014

Harrogate Royal Hall

The Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company are the finest professional performers of G&S to be found anywhere in the world. Not without reason The Mikado is one of the most popular of the Savoy Opera and has delighted audiences for more than a century. This is a hilarious, topsy-turvy tale, which shows the talents of this remarkable British duo at their very best.

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HMS PINAFORE G & S OPERA COMPANY

Show is starting at...03 August 2014 to 25 August 2014

Harrogate Royal Hall

All aboard for a sparkling, brand- new professional production of HMS Pinafore, performed by the acclaimed Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company and directed by John Savournin. 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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YEOMEN OF THE GUARD PLYMOUTH G & S FELLOWSHIP

Show is starting at...04 August 2014

Harrogate Royal Hall

We are delighted to welcome back Plymouth G&S Fellowship who made such an impact on their last appearance in 2010. The Yeomen of the Guard is set in the Tower of London. Colonel Fairfax has been sentenced to be beheaded in an hour on a false charge of sorcery. To avoid leaving his estate to his accuser (his cousin) and with the help of the Lieutenant of the Tower, Fairfax secretly marries Elsie Maynard, a strolling singer. The bride agrees to be blindfolded during the ceremony and expects to be a well-paid widow within the hour. With the help of the Meryll family, Fairfax escapes, throwing everyone into confusion and despair. But Fairfax, in disguise, woos Elsie who falls in love with him not knowing who he really is. The outcome leaves Jack Point broken-hearted.

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THE GONDOLIERS

Show is starting at...05 August 2014

Harrogate Royal Hall

Trent Opera is a firm favourite with Festival audiences winning many awards over the years including the coveted 'International Champions Trophy'. The Company has specialised in staging non-traditional productions of the operas, whilst remaining faithful to both Gilbert’s words and Sullivan’s music.

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THE SORCERER

Show is starting at...06 August 2014

Harrogate Royal Hall

Festival favourite, Peak Opera was founded in 2005 especially for the Festival and brings performers from a wide variety of sources. The company mixes college students with talented amateur singers and they are anxious to attract music-lovers who are new to Gilbert & Sullivan.

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IOLANTHE SOUTH ANGLIA SAVOY PLAYERS

Show is starting at...07 August 2014

Harrogate Royal Hall

South Anglia Savoy Players opened the first International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival in 1994 and in 1996 were the first British group to play in the first American leg of the Festival and the first British group to win the coveted International Trophy. They have now won the major award on five occasions and are the only group to have performed at every Festival.

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PIRATES OF PENZANCE NEW YORK G & S PLAYERS

Show is starting at...08 August 2014 to 09 August 2014

Harrogate Royal Hall

The New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players (NYGASP), brings the humour and wit of The Pirates of Penzance to life in this sparkling production and the spritely music places the orchestra in a starring role in this popular operetta. Featuring the tongue tying “I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major-General,” The Pirates of Penzance promises to be a rollicking voyage on the high seas. Make sure you don’t miss it!

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THE YEOMEN OF THE GUARD NEW YORK G & S PLAYERS

Show is starting at...10 August 2014

Harrogate Royal Hall

We are treated to a second production from the outstanding New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players, America’s major professional touring company. This will be a superb evening’s entertainment. The Yeomen of the Guard has a darker, deeper atmosphere than other G&S tales and many consider the music to be Sullivan’s finest. It is a story of betrayal, intrigue and heart-break. Don’t miss it!

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PRINCESS IDA UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE G & S SOCIETY

Show is starting at...11 August 2014

Harrogate Royal Hall

The University of Cambridge were the winners of last year’s inaugural UNIFest competition with their outstanding production of ‘Patience’. The society is one of the country’s most well-established university G&S societies, having delighted an estimated quarter of a million audience members through 52 years of live performances.

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HMS PINAFORE HARROGATE G & S SOCIETY

Show is starting at...12 August 2014

Harrogate Royal Hall

Harrogate G&S Society performed for the first time at the Festival in 2013 and scooped the second runners-up prize with their excellent production of 'The Mikado'. Come along and set sail on the HMS Pinafore with the crew of Harrogate G&S! The Captain’s daughter, Josephine, falls in love with a lower-class sailor instead of her father’s choice, the First Lord of the Admiralty, Sir Joseph Porter. This charming story pokes fun at the Royal Navy, parliamentary politics and the rise of unqualified people to positions of authority.

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THESPIS SAVOYNET PERFORMING GROUP

Show is starting at...13 August 2014

Harrogate Royal Hall

This production of Thespis will be directed by New York’s Gary Slavin and is an excellent opportunity to see this rarely performed operatic extravaganza performed by an outstanding cast. It is certainly one show not to be missed.

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PIRATES OF PENZANCE WWOS

Show is starting at...14 August 2014

Harrogate Royal Hall

You can be sure of a fun-filled evening when WWOS take to the stage with all-time favourite, “The Pirates of Penzance”. WWOS were runners-up at last year’s Gilbert & Sullivan Festival with their hilarious production of Ruddigore and you can be absolutely certain that this will be a fun-filled evening.

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IOLANTHE G & S OPERA COMPANY

Show is starting at...15 August 2014 to 26 August 2014

Harrogate Royal Hall

Iolanthe is a delightful 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. This sparkling new production is simply a joy.

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THE MIKADO GROSVENORE LIGHT OPERA COMPANY

Show is starting at...18 August 2014

Harrogate Royal Hall

We are delighted to welcome Grosvenor Light Opera Company (GLOC) back to the Festival. GLOC was founded in 1949 and has become the leading amateur company in London for presenting the Savoy Opera. It is one of the only societies to rehearse and perform in Central London and as a result, attracts a membership largely of young professionals.

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PATIENCE CHARLES COURT OPERA COMPANY

Show is starting at...19 August 2014

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PRINCESS IDA GODALMING OPERATIC SOCIETY

Show is starting at...20 August 2014

Harrogate Royal Hall

Godalming Operatic is a traditional amateur society and its members are extremely proud of their established pedigree. The Society’s members are looking forward to representing the south for the third time since 2005 at the International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival.

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RUDDIGORE OVER 60'S SAVOYARDS

Show is starting at...21 August 2014

Harrogate Royal Hall

The Over 60s Savoyards said it was a one-off last year – but they were wrong. They are back with vim, vitality and lots of ginseng and they are hoping to get into the Guinness Book of Records as the oldest performing group ever to tread the G&S boards! We are delighted that Bruce Graham and Sylvia Clarke from The Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company have agreed to make “guest appearances” as Sir Roderick and Dame Hannah.

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PIRATES OF PENZANCE G & S OPERA COMPANY

Show is starting at...24 August 2014

Harrogate Royal Hall

The Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company are the finest professional performers of G&S to be found anywhere in the world. This wonderful, jolly romp complete with a brave(ish!) band of swashbuckling of pirates, a completely dotty Major-General Stanley, his beautiful unwed daughters and a bumbling bunch of hopeless but hilarious British policeman, has all the elements for simply excellent entertainment.

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THE HALLE - RIPON INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL

Show is starting at...14 September 2014

Harrogate Royal Hall

Janusz Piotrowicz conductor Verdi Overture: The Force of Destiny Grieg Peer Gynt Suites 1 & 2: Morning, Death of Ase In the Hall of the Mountain King Ingrid’s Lament, Arabian Dance, Solveig’s Song Rachmaninov Symphony No 2 in E minor

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RICHARD AND ADAM IN CONCERT FOR YORKSHIRE CANCER RESEARCH

Show is starting at...26 September 2014

Harrogate Royal Hall

The pop opera brothers Richard and Adam perform at Harrogate Royal Hall – 26th September in aid of Yorkshire Cancer Research.

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THE HOLLIES

Show is starting at...04 October 2014

Harrogate Royal Hall

No support act is needed as The Hollies perform their Classics; The Air That I Breathe, Bus Stop, Carrie Anne, Jennifer Eccles, Stop,Stop,Stop, Just One Look, He Ain’t Heavy He’s My Brother, On A Carousel... and many more in a brilliant two-hour-plus Hollies celebration

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OMID DJALILI

Show is starting at...06 October 2014

Harrogate Royal Hall

He’s back on tour with a new show, following a sell-out four week West-End residency and a sold-out season at the Edinburgh Festival.

Part of Harrogate Comedy Festival 2014

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ROSS NOBLE

Show is starting at...15 October 2014

Harrogate Royal Hall

Ross Noble will be showcasing his talent in brand new UK show, Tangentleman. With an on-stage presence like no other, his exuberance, spontaneity and cerebral style have established him as one of Britain’s best-loved comedians.

Part of Harrogate Comedy Festival 2014

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DAVE GORMAN

Show is starting at...16 October 2014

Harrogate Royal Hall

The wonderfully innovative comedy mind behind Modern Life Is Goodish (Dave TV), Are You Dave Gorman? and Googlewhack Adventure is back with a brand new live show that promises more of his unique blend of stand-up comedy and visual story-telling as Dave Gorman Gets Straight To The Point*... (*The PowerPoint).

Part of Harrogate Comedy Festival 2014

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EDDI READER

Show is starting at...22 October 2014

Harrogate Royal Hall

Scottish singer-songwriter Eddi Reader, known both for her work with Fairground Attraction and for an enduring solo career, returns to Harrogate. She is the recipient of three BRIT awards and has topped both the singles and album charts.

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SIR CHRIS BONINGTON

Show is starting at...23 October 2014

Harrogate Royal Hall

Sir Chris Bonington is Britain's best known mountaineer and one of the most successful expedition leaders in history.

This autumn, Chris will be presenting a “life and times” audio visual account, covering his sixty years spent in the mountains. With original images and raw footage, this is a rare opportunity to hear about some of the greatest expeditions of the twentieth century.

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PAUL CARRACK

Show is starting at...24 October 2014

Harrogate Royal Hall

Legendary Sheffield-born singer, songwriter and former frontman of Ace, Squeeze and Mike & The Mechanics returns to the road following his widely acclaimed recent album release 'Rain or Shine', a mix of new original songs and classic tracks.

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RAF IN CONCERT

Show is starting at...25 October 2014

Harrogate Royal Hall

Join the Bands of the Royal Air Force as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of one of the UK’s greatest national icons - the Red Arrows.

Expect a programme of music spanning the past five decades to match the colour, flamboyance and entertainment provided by Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines.

From the Beatles to Bolero, Queen to Lloyd-Webber, big band to Puccini, there’s something for everyone to enjoy on the Royal Air Force in Concert Tour.

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THEATRE OF ILLUSION

Show is starting at...27 October 2014

Harrogate Royal Hall

Master Illusionist James More burst onto an unsuspecting world following an amazing run of performances on Britain’s Got Talent in 2013.

Unlike the magic you’ll often see on TV, James prides himself on being the guy that can actually ‘do it live’. No camera tricks or special edits here! With James More, what you see is what you get. Fantastic illusions from a charismatic performer-taking the art of magic to new heights.

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THE SLEEPING BEAUTY

Show is starting at...28 October 2014

Harrogate Royal Hall

The Sleeping Beauty - a story lovingly repeated throughout generations but never before performed so magnificently as with this colourful spectacle of Russia’s finest, Moscow Ballet - La Classique.

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JOAN ARMATRADING

Show is starting at...04 November 2014

Harrogate Royal Hall

Over her 42 years of touring Joan Armatrading has never done a solo world tour. For her last Major tour she has decided this is the perfect time to perform her first ever full scale solo concerts. Her performances will include songs that span her entire career so far.

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IN REMEMBRANCE - HARROGATE CHORAL SOCIETY

Show is starting at...08 November 2014

Harrogate Royal Hall

Harrogate Choral Society present a concert of music in remembrance and tribute to all those who died in the two World Wars. Haydn’s Mass in Time of War in C major was composed in 1796 and sets the tone with the menacing drum beats that give it the nickname Paukenmesse (Drum Mass). In more reflective mood the choir turn to Elgar’s The Spirit of England, which he dedicated to "the memory of our glorious men, with a special thought for the Worcesters” in 1915 and was written as his version of a war requiem. The concert concludes in a more celebratory mood with a series of “Songs that won the wars” led by soloist Sarah Fox in which everyone is invited to join the choir singing.

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SHOW OF HANDS

Show is starting at...13 November 2014

Harrogate Royal Hall

If you haven’t heard of Show of Hands by now, where have you been?! Celebrating a remarkable 22 year partnership, Knightley and Beer have sold out the Royal Albert Hall four times and are triple winners at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards (Best Duo, Best Original Song, Best Live Act). Joined by Miranda Sykes on double bass they have become one of the acoustic roots scene’s major players, widely recognised for their resonating original songs, stunning musicianship and remarkable audience rapport.

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FOSTER & ALLEN

Show is starting at...14 November 2014

Harrogate Royal Hall

For over three decades in the music business, FOSTER & ALLEN have continuously managed to scale new heights! In late October and throughout the majority of November 2014, FOSTER & ALLEN will be touring the UK, performing all their hits including ‘Bunch of Thyme’, ‘Maggie’, ‘After All These Years’, ‘I Will Love You All My Life’…and many more, the list is endless.

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THE NUTCRACKER

Show is starting at...18 November 2014

Harrogate Royal Hall

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.

Presented by Moscow Ballet - La Classique

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ONLY MEN ALOUD

Show is starting at...01 December 2014

Harrogate Royal Hall

With hundreds of thousands of album sales, a Classical Brit Award, countless TV appearances and numerous live shows including the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games, Only Men Aloud’s annual Christmas Tour is now firmly part of the UK festive calendar.

This year, with songs from Hollywood and Broadway, OMA will add some sparkle to your Christmas with their unique take on music from movies and musicals. Expect to hear White Christmas, We Need A Little Christmas, O Holy Night, Puttin' On The Ritz (Top Hat), Razzle Dazzle (Chicago), Luck Be A Lady (Guys and Dolls) and many many more!

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RUMOURS OF FLEETWOOD MAC

Show is starting at...02 December 2014

Harrogate Royal Hall

Having performed 500 major concert shows to over a half a million fans around the world since they formed over a decade ago, Rumours of Fleetwood Mac return to the UK to present a spectacular new stage production celebrating the music of the legendary rock supergroup Fleetwood Mac.

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THE ELO EXPERIENCE

Show is starting at...03 December 2014

Harrogate Royal Hall

MR BLUE SKY TOUR featuring the fabulous ELO EXPERIENCE The Official UK No 1 Tribute Show 2014. 40 years on, and the music of Jeff Lynne and the Electric Light Orchestra is still regularly played on radio stations throughout the world. This show is currently touring UK theatres bringing these great songs back to the live stage. Currently wowing audiences up and down the country, this show is not to be missed

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HANDEL _ MESSIAH HARROGATE CHORAL SOCIETY 2014

Show is starting at...06 December 2014

Harrogate Royal Hall

Join Harrogate Choral Society accompanied by Manchester Camerata for the annual Harrogate performance of this great work which has enjoyed over two and a half centuries of undiminished popularity.

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BBC BIG BAND FRANK AND ELLA

Show is starting at...07 December 2014

Harrogate Royal Hall

Join the internationally acclaimed BBC Big Band for a celebration of two of most iconic entertainers of our time, Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald.

An unmissable evening of feel-good music inspired two of the Twentieth Century’s greatest vocalists and entertainers.

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ONE NIGHT OF QUEEN

Show is starting at...10 December 2014

Harrogate Royal Hall

In 2000, Gary Mullen won ITV’s “Stars In Their Eyes” Live Grand Final, with the largest number of votes ever received in the shows history. The record of 864,838 votes was more than twice that of the runner-up.

One Night of Queen is a spectacular live concert, recreating the look, sound, pomp and showmanship of arguably the greatest rock band of all time. This show will ROCK you!

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ABBA MANIA PRESENTED BY THE ROYAL HALL RESTORATION TRUST

Show is starting at...11 December 2014

Harrogate Royal Hall

ABBA MANIA is now accepted as the world's number one touring ABBA tribute production, featuring a special concert presentation, which celebrates the music of ABBA in a respectful and enjoyable way, reviving special memories of when ABBA ruled the airwaves.

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NORTH YORKSHIRE FIRE-FIGHTERS CHRISTMAS CHARITY CONCERT

Show is starting at...14 December 2014

Harrogate Royal Hall

In aid of Fire-fighters Charity


HOLLY AT CHRISTMAS

Show is starting at...15 December 2014

Harrogate Royal Hall

Buddy Holly and the Cricketers once again herald in the Yuletide festivities with Holly at Christmas, the show that is now as traditional as mulled wine and mince pies!

Holly At Christmas rarely pauses for breath and is, quite simply, the most compelling concert of its kind. The hits just keep on coming - That’ll Be The Day, Peggy Sue, Heartbeat, It Doesn’t Matter Anymore, Raining In My Heart, Oh Boy! – and much, much more.

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CLARE TEAL'S FESTIVE FIESTA

Show is starting at...18 December 2014

Harrogate Royal Hall

With the holiday season upon us, why not start it with an evening out to remember. Take an uplifting, retro journey into the intriguing and sensational world of Clare Teal's MASSIVE Festive Fiesta - a unique blend of seasonal swing, cheeky retro grooves and a smattering of cozy fireside ballads to add a little romance.

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OPERA NORTH'S VIENNESE WHIRL

Show is starting at...30 December 2014

Harrogate Royal Hall

What better way to say farewell to 2014 and to welcome in 2015 than to spend a scintillating afternoon in romantic Vienna!

The Orchestra of Opera North’s Viennese Whirl will whisk you off with music by the Waltz King himself – Johann Strauss II, his equally talented siblings and other contemporaries – and some later admirers!

These sparkling and lilting melodies will have your feet tapping in no time and give you an exhilarating lead-up to your New Year Celebrations.

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TOMMY EMMANUEL

Show is starting at...13 January 2015

Harrogate Royal Hall

Tommy Emmanuel is one of Australia’s most respected and best-loved musicians, his award-winning career now spans five decades and multiple genres including jazz, rock, blues, and country.

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SETH LAKEMAN

Show is starting at...29 January 2015

Harrogate Royal Hall

Celebrated folk-inspired singer-songwriter and virtuoso fiddle-player Seth Lakeman returns to Harrogate with his gorgeous laments and love songs for a night of first-class musicianship.

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MILTON JONES

Show is starting at...18 February 2015

Harrogate Royal Hall

Yes him with the loud shirts and messed up hair from Mock the Week, Live at the Apollo, Michael McIntyre’s Roadshow and multiple series on Radio 4.

An evening in the company of an idiot. Or is he? Yes he is. Only come if you like jokes though. If not you’ll be cross.

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AL MURRAY

Show is starting at...19 February 2015

Harrogate Royal Hall

Twenty years ago Britain’s favourite publican Al Murray, The Pub Landlord, embarked on his one man mission as the King Cnut of Common Sense, holding back a tide of bottled beer and ninny state nonsense.

To celebrate this milestone join this icon on his new tour with his brand new show One Man, One Guvnor.

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RIGOLETTO

Show is starting at...24 February 2015

Harrogate Royal Hall

After last year’s season of successful performances of Carmen and La Traviata, The Russian State Ballet and Opera House is back with another world-class Opera, Rigoletto - a tragic tale of misunderstanding, revenge and sacrifice.

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RAT PACK LIVE

Show is starting at...27 February 2015

Harrogate Royal Hall

Featuring all the patter and razzamatazz of the Rat Pack’s infamous live stage show, join the UK’s number one Dean, Sammy and Frank live concert extravaganza. Prepare to experience the definition of cool. Together the talented trio combine superbly, spectacularly, “swingsationally” in Rat Pack Live.

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A NIGHT OF DIRTY DANCING

Show is starting at...13 March 2015

Harrogate Royal Hall

The whole world loves Dirty Dancing: the 80s box office smash, the first movie to sell 1 million videos, a number one single and album sales of 42 million worldwide, Dirty Dancing is truly iconic entertainment.

Come and experience the brand-new spectacular featuring all the hits from everyone’s favourite dance movie Dirty Dancing in the ultimate tribute show.

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GRETCHEN PETERS

Show is starting at...20 March 2015

Harrogate Royal Hall

Double Grammy Award nominee and Nashville Songwrtiers Hall of Fame inductee, Gretchen Peters, comes to the Royal Hall to perform a whole host of hits as well as material from her brand new album.

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THE BOOTLEG BEATLES

Show is starting at...25 March 2015

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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BANFF MOUNTAIN FILM FESTIVAL

Show is starting at...22 April 2015

Harrogate Royal Hall

From the world's most prestigious mountain film festival comes an evening of extraordinary short films.

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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JIMMY CARR

Show is starting at...09 May 2015

Harrogate Royal Hall

‘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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