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MAGIC OF MOTOWN 2015

Show is starting at...05 June 2015

Harrogate Royal Hall

The REACH OUT® 50 Years of No1 Hits Tour Britain’s biggest Motown spectacular returns with an all-new, all-star show celebrating 50 years of the label’s legendary artists in the UK. Five-star performances revive 36 classics from the Temptations, Supremes, Four Tops, Jackson 5, Isley Brothers, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross, Lionel Richie and more, featuring the dance moves, costumes and musicianship made famous by Motown

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ROSSETT SCHOOL SUMMER SPECTACULAR CONCERT 2015

Show is starting at...18 June 2015

Harrogate Royal Hall

Showcasing the school’s many ensembles and soloists featuring talented students from Year 7 to 13. The programme will include performances by Rossett Jazz, Concert Band, Saxophonix, The Choir, Plugged-In and a Year 8 massed choir. The programme will also feature students from Pannal and Saltergate primary schools. The evening promises to be a thoroughly enjoyable occasion for everyone and will provide an excellent opportunity for pupils to shine. Come along and support what will be a memorable night for everyone involved.

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HSO SUMMER GALA SPECTACULAR

Show is starting at...20 June 2015

Harrogate Royal Hall

Songs from the Shows ! A wonderful selection of everyone's favourites including songs from: The Sound of Music, Phantom of the Opera, Westside Story, My Fair Lady, Chicago, Evita . . . . too many to list here. HSO are delighted to welcome local Musical Theatre Stars to perform some of these wonderful songs with them

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ALL THINGS BRIGHT AND BEAUTIFUL

Show is starting at...27 June 2015

Harrogate Royal Hall

The Harrogate Choral is excited at the opportunity to sing again works by John Rutter having had the once in a lifetime experience of singing his Requiem in his presence, a challenge to any choir to lift its performance! His Magnificat, like his other works, is beautifully written for the voice and superbly orchestrated. We will also be singing his anthems All Things Bright and Beautiful, For the Beauty of the Earth, & The Lord Bless you and Keep You. It is fitting that the concert also includes Andrew Carter’s Magnificat as he has so many local links through his musical education and his many compositions. As an additional bonus the society is joined by the Harrogate Ladies College Choir, the presence of enthusiastic young voices always guaranteeing interest and support from loyal audiences.

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THE OVERTONES

Show is starting at...30 June 2015

Harrogate Royal Hall

After three consecutive Top 5 albums, 750,000 sales and three sold-out headline tours, The Overtones continue to reboot classic sounds for contemporary audiences

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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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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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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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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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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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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 - 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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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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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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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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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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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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LA TRAVIATA - RUSSIAN STATE BALLET AND OPERA HOUSE

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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SARAH MILLICAN : OUTSIDER

Show is starting at...04 June 2016

Harrogate Royal Hall

On sale Friday 27th March 2015
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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