Selby Town Hall hosts six top comedians across three weekends in July as they prepare for a month long run at the world's biggest performing arts festival, the Edinburgh Fringe.
Each night you get to see two full length comedy shows for just £7 as a little slice of the greatest festival on earth comes to Selby! Almost every major comedy act of the last 25 years made their name in Edinburgh - you could be watching the next big thing...
Seve Bugeja was crowned the BBC Radio New Comedy Award winner in 2013 and has gone on to have a number of critically acclaimed sell-out runs at the Edinburgh Fringe and Leicester Square Theatre.
As seen on Love Island Aftersun (ITV2), Russell Howard’s Stand Up Central (Comedy Central) and heard on BBC Radio 4’s Fresh From The Fringe. Steve performed at The Melbourne Comedy Festival 2017, where he appeared in the prestigious 'Opening Night Gala' and 'Comedy Up Late' on ABC.
“Bugeja has an eye for original comic detail that’s all his own” The Guardian
“Plentiful jokes and compelling storytelling” ★★★★ Scotsman
“Truly hilarious” ★★★★ Fest Mag
“drum-tight, as if polished by a sitcom writers’ room to cram as many jokes in as humanly possible” ★★★★ Steve Bennett, Chortle
Ray Badran is a stand-up comedian and writer. Originally from Sydney, Ray has performed in England, Wales, Scotland, Holland, Norway, Belgium, America, Hong Kong, New Zealand and across Australia. He has written comedy for various TV shows, comedians, advertising agencies, theatre, radio, and more.
Widely considered to be one of the rising stars in Australian comedy, Ray has performed two solo shows, Raised and Confused (2015) and Junior (2016) at Melbourne International Comedy Festival. He has also performed shows as part of the Sydney, Perth, Brisbane and New Zealand comedy festivals. He has appeared on the Sydney Comedy Festival Gala twice in 2014 and 2017.
In 2017 he created the Comedy Central Australia/NZ TV show No Experience Necessary and the ABC Comedy Podcast Positions Vacant (Top 5 comedy podcasts in Australia, Top 20 Podcasts in Australia). He was also awarded Best International Guest Comedian by the New Zealand Comedy Guild.
Ray is currently based in London, where he is a regular at comedy rooms and festivals across the UK.
The Lehman Trilogy
by Stefano Massini, adapted by Ben Power
directed by Sam Mendes
The story of a family and a company that changed the world, told in three parts on a single evening.
Academy Award-winner Sam Mendes (Skyfall, The Ferryman) directs Simon Russell Beale, Adam Godley and Ben Miles who play the Lehman Brothers, their sons and grandsons.
On a cold September morning in 1844 a young man from Bavaria stands on a New York dockside. Dreaming of a new life in the new world. He is joined by his two brothers and an American epic begins. 163 years later, the firm they establish – Lehman Brothers – spectacularly collapses into bankruptcy, and triggers the largest financial crisis in history.
This critically acclaimed and five-time Olivier Award nominated play features stunning set design from Es Devlin (NT Live: Hamlet) and will be broadcast live from London’s West End as part of National Theatre Live’s 10th Birthday season.
Front Country are an acclaimed acoustic roots band from California, fronted by gifted singer and songwriter Melody Walker and her huge bluesy voice. The quintet is based around bluegrass instrumentation but draws on a broad palette of Americana, pop, blues and jazz influences.
Now based in Nashville, this entertaining five-piece are packed with instrumental and songwriting talent, including Jacob Groopman (guitar/vocals), Jeremy Darrow (double bass), Adam “Roscoe” Roszkiewicz (mandolin/vocals) and Leif Karlstrom (fiddle).
Touring almost continually across the world over the last five years, Front Country have received acclaim for their creativity and impressive live performances. They released their second album Other Love Songs to warm reviews in 2017 and their highly anticipated third album is slated for a late 2019 release. With three previous tours of the UK under their belts, Front Country return in late August and early September 2019 for a range of festival and concert performances.
Cluster-bombed with yoghurt on 'Taskmaster', half-killed on 'Bear Grylls' Celebrity Island', Watson returns to what he's best at: being indoors.
Inspired by the mostly alarming state of the world his children are growing up in, and a genuine, urgent desire to do something about it, this show is about empathy. 99 percent of the world's population is made up of other people: why can't we understand them? As scrawny and impassioned as ever, one of the UK's most beloved and thinnest acts offers some suggestions, with his usual notoriously high joke- and-rant-per-minute rate.
‘He sparkles with originality and verve' Chortle
'A kind of unstoppably funny Superhero' Sunday Times
'Hugely entertaining, craftsmanlike, remarkable' Telegraph
To celebrate Selby Abbey’s 950th anniversary, the Town Hall will host an evening of comedy in the Abbey itself, headlined by the UK’s top satirical impersonator, Rory Bremner.
As a mimic, Rory has provided definitive impersonations of PMs and presidents from Major to Mandela, Blair to Brown, Clinton to Cameron and Bush to Trump. As himself, he’s been presenter, writer, quiz-show host, actor, translator and even (briefly) ballroom dancer.
His 30-year TV career includes three BAFTAs for the long-running Channel 4 series Bremner, Bird & Fortune, while he’s also written and starred in satirical specials covering four elections, the Blair government, the Iraq War, the Scottish referendum and the coalition government, retraced his family history for Who Do You Think You Are and appeared on every panel show worth its salt.
This will be a completely one-off show featuring Rory alongside two special guest comedians.
'Everybody’s Gotta Learn Sometime’ was a massive worldwide hit, and ‘If I Had You’ is often cited as a favourite love song of all time. Add to that the George Martin produced album ‘The Man With the Bowler Hat’ by Stackridge, of which James was a founder member, and it becomes clear that the fanbase for The Korgis is huge.
James and the band have worked hard at creating a show that is both musically superb and visually stunning. Backing vocal group, 'Born To Win' bring a vibrant energy to the show, and James' meticulous attention to musical detail has elicited comments such as 'flawless musicianship', and 'breath-taking musicality'.
The set has been designed to bring in fans from all of the era's. Going back to the very first Stackridge song ever released, through all the Korgis hits and favourites, the reformed Stackridge of the 2000's and the new material that is being compared to 'Lennon at his finest'. The shows to date have drawn standing ovations at every performance.
One Man, Two Guvnors
by Richard Bean
based on The Servant of Two Masters by Carlo Goldoni, with songs by Grant Olding
Featuring a Tony Award-winning performance from host of the The Late Late Show, James Corden, the hilarious West End and Broadway hit One Man, Two Guvnors returns to cinemas to mark National Theatre Live’s 10th birthday.
Fired from his skiffle band, Francis Henshall becomes minder to Roscoe Crabbe, a small time East End hood, now in Brighton to collect £6,000 from his fiancée’s dad. But Roscoe is really his sister Rachel posing as her own dead brother, who’s been killed by her boyfriend Stanley Stubbers.
Holed up at The Cricketers’ Arms, the permanently ravenous Francis spots the chance of an extra meal ticket and takes a second job with one Stanley Stubbers, who is hiding from the police and waiting to be re-united with Rachel. To prevent discovery, Francis must keep his two guvnors apart. Simple.
Winner of the Holden Street Theatres' Edinburgh Fringe Award, Adelaide Fringe Best Theatre Award 2019 and The Sunday Mail’s Best Female Solo Show, Build a Rocket is a powerful and uplifting play about triumph over adversity.
Yasmin is a bright 16-year-old from Scarborough. In an instant, her world is turned upside down when she becomes pregnant with her son, Jack. Suddenly her life isn't sandcastles, arcades, and donkey rides. Abandoned by both the father of her child and her alcoholic mother, Yasmin faces one of life's great challenges completely alone - but can the thing which threatens to ruin her life actually be the thing which saves her?
"A breathless, swaggering hour of female endurance and defiance” (★★★★ The Telegraph), this play challenges our perceptions about young motherhood in this brilliant, funny, and heart-warming production.
“Manteghi delivers what will surely be one of the best performances to be witnessed this Fringe”★★★★ Kryztoff RAW
“Delivered with pedal-to-the-metal conviction” ★★★★ The Scotsman
“A powerful one-woman show and a tour-de-force from Serena Manteghi whose performance blazes off the stage” ★★★★ Yorkshire Post
In October 2016, prolific TV and radio presenter, journalist, columnist, author and national treasure, Stuart Maconie, walked 300 miles from Jarrow to London retracing the famous Jarrow Crusade 80 years on, through a divided, complex country that echoes 1936 in many ways.
From choral evensong to curry house, from austerity to affluence, from Wearside to Westminster, through great cities and sleepy hamlets, quiet lanes and roaring motorways join him on an entertaining, impassioned, enlightening journey through Britain then and now.
Stuart is the UK’s best-selling travel writer and also hosts the Radcliffe and Maconie Show and Freak Zone on BBC Radio 6 Music. He is a former assistant editor of the NME and writer for Q, Select, Word, Mojo, The Times and The Guardian and has presented regular shows on BBC Radios 1, 2 and 4.
‘The course of true love never did run smooth.’
A feuding fairy King and Queen of the forest cross paths with four runaway lovers and a troupe of actors trying to rehearse a play. As their dispute grows, the magical royal couple meddle with mortal lives leading to love triangles, mistaken identities and transformations… with hilarious, but dark consequences.
Shakespeare’s most famous romantic comedy will be captured live from the Bridge Theatre in London. Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones), Oliver Chris (Green Wing, NT Live: Young Marx), David Moorst (NT Live: Allelujah!) and Hammed Animashaun (The Barber Shop Chronicles) lead the cast as Titania, Oberon, Puck and Bottom.
Directed by Nicholas Hytner, this production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream will build on the success of his immersive staging of Julius Caesar (NT Live 2018). The Bridge Theatre will become a forest – a dream world of flying fairies, contagious fogs and moonlight revels, surrounded by a roving audience following the action on foot.
Ma Bessie (Julia Titus) and her Blues Troupe (internationally renowned drummer, Sam Kelly, with Musical Director Paul Jobson on piano, Tony Qunta on acoustic guitar, Marianne Windham on upright bass, Clare Hirst on sax/clarinet and Kevin Davy on trumpet) perform to a narrated show, featuring music from the era and showcasing many of Bessie's songs. The show chronicles her life from a one-room shack in Blue Goose Hollow, to becoming the highest-paid black entertainer of that time, to the tragic accident on Route 61 in September 1937 that ended her life aged 43 years.
Nicknamed the “Empress of the Blues”, Bessie Smith was the most popular female blues singer of the 1920s and 1930s. She is often regarded as one of the greatest singers of her era and was a major influence on other jazz singers.
Jaki Graham is one of the most appealing Soul entertainers to emerge from the UK, as a true pioneer having paved the way for many a black British female solo artist who followed. Jaki achieved international success with a string of hits from '85 including Could it Be I'm Falling In Love?, Round and Around, Set Me Free, Step Right Up and Breaking Away, also making the Music Guinness Book of Records in the 80's as the first black British female solo artist to have 6 consecutive Top 10/20 hits.
Her career excelled in the 90's with her album Real Life selling more than 800,000 copies in less than four weeks. Her cover of Ain't Nobody reached No. 1 in the US Billboard Dance charts for 5 weeks as well as achieving gold in Australia, Japan and the USA.
Jaki is officially a Motown artist, as one of the only British females to hold this credential alongside Kiki Dee. Jaki also holds a Doctorate from the University of Wolverhampton, for which she was also made Pro-Chancellor due to her outstanding contributions to the music industry and awarded her very own Star on Birmingham’s Broad Street.
Jaki Graham firmly maintains her position as one of Britain’s most revered ladies of soul with the 2018 release of her long awaited new studio album When a Woman Loves which topped the UK Soul Charts and produced a US Independent Chart No.1 single!
An Evening With Jaki Graham gives the perfect opportunity for real music lovers to experience Jaki’s hits and Motown classics stripped back, whilst turning the spotlight on her powerful and emotive vocals, highlighting her effervescent personality that she’s known and loved for, up close and personal!
Gordon Haskell has often been described as a brilliant mix of Bill Withers and James Taylor with the feel of J.J Cale; but ultimately Haskell is a craftsman with his own unique style and presence, who has been consistently winning audiences with his warmth and golden voice for decades.
After 35 years of dedication to developing his craft of the singer-songwriter, Gordon Haskell finally broke through in 2001 with his hugely popular song ‘How Wonderful You Are’ reaching No. 2 in the UK chart and top chart positions right across Europe.
In 2002 his albums ‘Harry’s Bar’ and ‘Shadows on the Wall’ reached No. 2 and No 44 in the UK chart, and in the top 20 in Germany, France, Poland, Finland and the Netherlands. Both albums reached Gold status with the single selling 400,000+.
Since then he has continued to perform and record mostly in Europe, travelling from his home in Greece, and released a book ‘The Road to Harry’s Bar’.
Having had a handful of sporadic concerts (& hugely successful) live appearances since, Gordon returns to the road in 2019 to bring his jazz/blues-influenced songbook and golden voice back to theatre audiences nationwide; up-close, intimate evenings with Gordon Haskell – the master singer-songwriter.
FROM BILLY ELLIOT TO AUF WIEDERSEHEN PET
FROM WHEN THE BOAT COMES IN TO THE LIKELY LADS
NOW BE ENTHRALLED AND ENTERTAINED BY THE PITMEN POETS
BILLY MITCHELL, BOB FOX, BENNY GRAHAM AND JEZ LOWE
A NIGHT OF SONGS AND STORIES LACED WITH NORTH EAST HUMOUR AND HUMANITY
“Whoever's idea it was to bring these four together for a show should be awarded a gold medal for services to music. ”
“A striking performance from The Pitmen Poets, one of the stand-out gems of this year’s festival.”… Costa Del Folk
Dave Burland - It was without a doubt one of the very best nights I have been to in 50 years of concert going.
Anne Marie Bailey - Thank you for the songs and fun. Your show is very moving in many ways.
John Wilson - Well, bonny lads, you gave wor lass and me one of the best nights out since we left Ashington in 1978
David Kennedy Saw - them at Keswick last night, brilliant show, great music and lots of laughs. Well done lads.
John Meechan - We went on Thursday in Coalville. I agree, one of the best concerts I've ever been to. The whole gamut of emotions!
David Attenborough - See these boys before they become extinct!
A free-thinking eight-piece Americana soul band from Venice, California, Dustbowl Revival mix New Orleans sounds, upbeat Americana swing, a little blues and a dash of roots-rock in their old school sonic safaris, evoking the work of Fleetwood Mac, Paul Simon and classic Stax recordings as well as contemporary stars like Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats or St. Paul & The Broken Bones.
Over the last half decade, the group have toured for more than 200 days per year and become known for free-flowing and joyous live shows, combining their funk rhythm and brass section with a fast-picking string band. They have toured China as guests of the state department and headlined festivals like Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, Bergenfest and Tonder, been named Best Live Band in Los Angeles by LA Weekly and received 10 million views for the video for single Never Had to Go, featuring Dick Van Dyke.
“Sugaray is a first-rate blues artist with a deep-runninig, church honed soulfulness” – Living Blues Magazine
“Sugaray Rayford is a singer by the power of Bobby Blue Bland and Solomon Burke” – Wax Poetics Magazine
Following on from his four nominations in last year’s Blues Music Awards in Memphis for: Best Soul Blues Album; Soul Blues Male Artist; Best Instrumentalist Vocals; and for the BB King Entertainer Award, Texas-born “Sugaray” Rayford is back in the UK.
“Sugaray” Rayford is an american blues singer and songwriter who has released four albums to date and is known for his high energy concerts with his USA band. His latest album, Somebody Save Me, showcases his old school vocal style that echoes Muddy Waters and Otis Redding. Musically, the album slides between the new blues sound of Gary Clark Jr. and the vintage soul sound of Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings.
Smokin’ hot Cincinnati four-piece The Tillers have been thumping their own distinctive string band style folk music for more than a decade. Their earliest gigs were for coins and burritos on the city’s famous Ludlow Street, playing songs that were older than their grandparents – Woody Guthrie numbers, southern blues laments and anonymous relics of Appalachian woods, railroads and prairies.
Their look doesn’t fit the stereotype – they are clearly recovering punk rockers – but that influence has given their sound a distinctive bite, with a hard-driving percussive strum and stomp alongside tender graceful melodies, all topped by crystal clear tenor harmonies.
Six-time winners of the Cincinnati Entertainment Award for best Folk and Americana Act, The Tillers are magnetic showmen, mature musicians and colourful storytellers mixing traditional folk, bluegrass, jazz, punk rock and anything else they might run into.
Amanda Owen is a shepherdess, farmer’s wife, mother to nine children, a passionate photographer and Sunday Times bestselling author. The Owens live a life that has almost disappeared in today's world, one ruled by the seasons and their animals. Home is Ravenseat, a 2000-acre hill farm at the
head of Swaledale, one of the highest and most remote places in England.
Amanda has written three funny, heartwarming and inspiring books about her transformation from Huddersfield townie to rural sheep farmer, and in 2018 her family became stars of their very own Channel 5 TV series, Our Yorkshire Farm, which was the channel's highest rated factual show of the year.
Amanda appears ‘in conversation’, delighting anyone who has dreamt of a new life in the country with her insightful opinions on farming and her good-humoured, plain-speaking attitude to life.
Over five decades, legendary British acoustic guitarist Gordon Giltrap has graced the music business with an unrivalled dedication to his craft. A hugely innovative performer with a unique guitar technique, he has worked with the likes of Brian May, Rick Wakeman, Midge Ure, Martin Taylor and Cliff Richard, and is regarded as one of the UK’s most important and influential guitarists.
Gordon's music continues to evade categorisation, influenced as it is by the rock licks of Hank Marvin and Pete Townshend, the folk of Bert Jansch and John Renbourn, and the classical guitar of Julian Bream and John Williams.
Expect to hear classics such as Lucifer’s Cage and the Ivor Novello Award nominated hit single Heartsong, alongside material from his latest album, The Last of England, in a show guaranteed to enthral guitar aficionados, acoustic enthusiasts and music lovers in general.
A Paines Plough and Tamasha production
Ella is from Yorkshire. Haseeb is from London. They order a pizza. House red for Ella. Hot chocolate for Haseeb.
“I think I’m falling in love with you.”
People and playlists. Christmas and Eid. Travelcards and Megabuses. London to Leeds. Love is more than just a game for two. Especially when there’s an elephant in the room.
A tender, funny, lyrical play about finding love and holding onto it with everything you’ve got. I WANNA BE YOURS is the debut play from Zia Ahmed, produced by Paines Plough, the ‘de facto national theatre of new writing’ and producers of Pop Music, Every Brilliant Thing and Kate Tempest’s Hopelessly Devoted and Wasted.
The official report of all parliamentary debates.
See two-time Olivier Award winners, Lindsay Duncan (Birdman, About Time) and Alex Jennings (The Lady in the Van, The Queen), in this brand-new play by Simon Wood, broadcast live from the National Theatre in London.
It’s a summer’s morning in 1988 and Tory politician Robin Hesketh has returned home to the idyllic Cotswold house he shares with his wife of 30 years, Diana. But all is not as blissful as it seems. Diana has a stinking hangover, a fox is destroying the garden, and secrets are being dug up all over the place. As the day draws on, what starts as gentle ribbing and the familiar rhythms of marital scrapping quickly turns to blood-sport.
Don’t miss this witty and devastating portrait of the governing class, directed by Simon Godwin (NT Live: Antony & Cleopatra, Twelfth Night) and part of National Theatre Live’s 10th birthday season.
Join comedian, writer, broadcaster and all-round British institution Arthur Smith for an evening of laughter and off the wall humour with one of the alternative comedians who shook up the world of light entertainment in the 1980s and 90s.
Expect a sublimely playful show, crammed with jokes, anecdotes, short stories, poems, songs and readings, as well as the story of his late father PC Syd Smith, survivor of Colditz POW camp and a 1950s London copper.
A BBC regular, Arthur is well-known for his appearances on Grumpy Old Men, QI, Have I Got News For You and The One Show, Radio 4’s Loose Ends and Balham Bash, and as host of Radio 4 Extra’s Comedy Club and Radio 2’s Smith Lectures. He is a Spirit of The Fringe Award-winning Edinburgh Festival stalwart, Olivier-nominated playwright and simply one of our funniest and most original comic performers. Age 16+
As seen on Comedy Central’s Stand Up Central and The Chris Ramsey Show & following a sold-out 2018 tour, Geordie comedian Carl Hutchinson is back with a brand new show ‘I Know I Shouldn’t Behave Like This…’.
From buying a house to having kids, Carl takes his unique adolescent approach to grown up issues. Join Hutchinson with his stories and observations that have had crowds laugh their heads off year after year.
***** “Captivating...Outstanding...An all-round comic.”
**** "Joyously funny...Great self-effacing warmth...Brilliant characterisations & expert timing."
Matthew Warchus directs Andrew Scott (BBC’s Sherlock, Fleabag) in Noël Coward’s provocative comedy Present Laughter.
As he prepares to embark on an overseas tour, star actor Garry Essendine’s colourful life is in danger of spiralling out of control. Engulfed by an escalating identity crisis as his many and various relationships compete for his attention, Garry’s few remaining days at home are a chaotic whirlwind of love, sex, panic and soul-searching.
Captured live from The Old Vic in London, Present Laughter is a giddy and surprisingly modern reflection on fame, desire and loneliness.
Join one of the world’s greatest brass bands, Carlton Main Frickley Colliery Band, for an evening of festive favourites raising money for Selby Abbey in its 950th year.
The South Elmsall Village Brass Band can be traced back to humble beginnings in 1884; adopted by the local Frickley Colliery in 1905, it has gone on become one of Britain’s most successful ever brass bands and a jewel in the crown of Yorkshire’s musical heritage.
During its long and impressive history, Carlton Main has competed and triumphed at many of the most prestigious competitions and is currently one of the top ranked bands in the world. Most notably, the band has held the titles of European Champions, National Champions, British Open Champions, Granada TV Band of the Year, BBC Best of Brass Champions, Spring Festival Grand Shield Champions and British Open Quartet Champions.
Berk’s Nest, in association with Dawn Sedgwick Management, presents
MAX & IVAN: COMMITMENT
Say ‘I do’ to the triumphant return of Edinburgh Comedy Award-nominees Max & Ivan, as seen in BBC One’s W1A and heard on BBC Radio 4’s The Casebook of Max & Ivan.
Commitment is the TRUE STORY of the unreasonable lengths one best man (Max) will go to give one groom (Ivan) the greatest weekend of his life.
It’s a show about dreaming big, growing up, and trying – but ultimately very much failing - to make it in the band.
Directed by three time Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee Kieran Hodgson.
‘Astonishing: fast-paced and unflaggingly funny’ ***** Times
‘Phenomenal’ ***** Mirror
‘The real deal’ **** Guardian
‘Essential’ **** Telegraph
‘Joyous’ **** Independent
‘First-rate’ **** Scotsman
‘Epic’ **** TimeOut
‘So, so, so good’ ***** Adelaide Advertiser
‘Formidable’ ***** British Theatre Guide
Purple Tangerine Promotions presents:
The hottest and most riveting tribute to Freddie Mercury and Queen. Publicly endorsed and featured on none other then Dr Brian Mays Guitars - www.brianmayguitars.co.uk
Performing a spectacular show, running for over 2 hours long; featuring both the mega hits and deeper cuts such as: Last Horizon, I'm In Love With My Car, Brighton Rock and more... Any major or casual QUEEN fan is in for an amazing time you will not forget.
A performance synonymous with the energy and passion of one of the world’s biggest bands, Killer Rhapsody use their years of experience in live music to produce one of the most genuine and authentic Queen and Freddie Mercury experiences.
TV favourite Lucy returns with another fantastic stand-up show.
At Brownies, Lucy thought she’d be prepared for anything as long as she had her emergency 10p for a phone box, and knew how to tie a Fisherman’s knot.
Life turned out to be slightly more complicated than Brown Owl let on.
‘A treat from start to finish’ - The Herald
‘Impeccably punch-lined anecdotes… genuinely delightful‘ - The Telegraph
Recent TV includes Would I Lie to You, QI and Impossible, she’s a regular on Radio 4’s News Quiz and The Now Show.