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Mike Vernon & The Mighty Combo

Thursday 2 Nov 20178:00pm Book Now

Best known as the founder of Britain’s number one blues record label, Blue Horizon, Mike Vernon is musical royalty.


As a producer, he has made records for everyone from Eric Clapton, Fleetwood Mac and Muddy Waters to John Mayall, Bo Diddley, Alexis Korner and Rod Stewart. Although primarily rooted in the blues, he achieved considerable commercial success across musical genres, collecting gold discs for Bowie’s Laughing Gnome, Fleetwood Mac’s Albatross, the debut album by Andrew Roachford, a fistful of records from Dutch rockers Focus and Bo Diddley’s Grammy nominated A Man Amongst Men.


Mike came out of retirement in 2010 and is now finally realising a lifelong ambition fronting his own stellar rhythm and blues band, striking gold with a handpicked collection of some of the blues scene’s most notable musicians including Kid Carlos (guitar), Paul Tasker (saxophone), Matt Little (keyboards), Ian Jennings (upright bass) and Mike Hellier (drums).

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The Paperboys

Tuesday 7 Nov 20178:00pm Book Now

For two decades, much-loved Canadian folk rock band The Paperboys have been touring the world and lighting up stages with their free-wheeling blend of influences from Celtic and bluegrass to Mexican son jarocho and brass bands.


They’ve been called everything from Cajun slamgrass to worldbeat, received a Juno award (Canadian Grammy) and two further nominations, released nine albums and sold out venues across the globe without the aid of major labels or commercial radio play. It is word of mouth and independent print and radio that have fuelled the success of this band and made it possible for them to take musical chances and expand their creative horizons.


With a signature sound that incorporates explosive brass lines, Celtic fiddle and pennywhistle reels, English rock songs with strong pop influences, Spanish-language tunes and Afro-Latin grooves that reflect band leader Tom Landa’s Mexican heritage, they produce a kind of melting pot of rhythm and melody that echoes not only the diversity of the band’s home city, Vancouver, but also a larger vision of what modern Canadian roots music should sound like. It’s glorious, foot tapping, smile inducing stuff.

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Animals & Friends

Friday 10 Nov 20178:00pm Book Now (Sold Out)

In 1964, with an electrifying brand of globe conquering rhythm and blues, Newcastle band The Animals became the second British act after The Beatles to top the US charts, with the now multi-million selling anthem House of the Rising Sun.


They went on to notch up over twenty global Top Ten hit records, charting no less than 15 times in Britain alone with songs including We Gotta Get Out Of This Place, Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood, It’s My Life and Don’t Bring Me Down. The Animals were international sensations - the first British act to tour Poland and Japan - and have influenced generations of musicians, including Bruce Springsteen who labelled them as his greatest inspiration, and Bob Dylan who, rumour has it, went electric after hearing their definitive take on House of the Rising Sun.


Featuring original members John Steel and Mick Gallagher, plus Danny Handley and Roberto Ruiz, Animals & Friends continue to pack concert halls across Europe playing all the classic hits which have lodged them firmly in the public’s affections for nearly 60 years.

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Jan Ravens: Difficult Woman (14)

Friday 17 Nov 20178:00pm Book Now (Sold Out)

Who runs the world? Fiftysomething women, apparently.


Dead Ringers star Jan Ravens takes to the road with her well loved impressions of Theresa May, Nicola Sturgeon, Diane Abbott, Hillary Clinton and many others, including Kirsty Wark, Lyse Doucet and Fiona Bruce.


Why, she asks, are women perceived as Difficult when we are just being decisive, ambitious and tenacious? Well, come on, why?


On TV Jan has been seen in two series of Hebburn for BBC2, Skins, Love Soup, Big Bad World, Midsomer Murders, Bremner, Bird and Fortune, Big Impression, Alexei Sayle's Stuff, Carrotts Lib, The Grimleys, and of course seven series of ‪Dead Ringers.

She contributes to many topical programmes on radio and television such as Newsnight, Peston on Sunday, The Daily Politics, Mock the Week, QI, Question Time, Today and PM.

She also wrote and presented her own programme on radio parody for BBC Radio 4Extra, Parody Please. In 2009 she toured the UK with her own show ‘A Funny Look at Impressions’ and more recently has completed a UK tour with Rory Bremner in his show 'Partly Political'.


‘A consummate impressionist’ Times

‘Modern, topical, with a fresh satirical twist’ Telegraph.

'A brilliantly funny woman in her prime' Kirsty Wark

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Lady Maisery

Sunday 19 Nov 20178:00pm Book Now

In an English folk scene currently bursting with bold and innovative music, BBC Folk Award nominated vocal trio Lady Maisery shine brightly. With their unique approach to harmony singing and thoughtful, striking arrangements of both traditional repertoire and original compositions, the group are skilful explorers of the power, beauty and vitality of folk song.


Each member is also an accomplished instrumentalist, expertly creating a rich tapestry of fiddle, banjo, harp, concertina, accordion and foot percussion. Lady Maisery are also one of the foremost English proponents of traditional mouth music, or “diddling”, a form of singing without words which is a perfect showcase for their sheer musicality.


Over the last five years the trio have released two critically acclaimed albums, scoring five stars in the Financial Times and landing Album of the Week in The Independent, made many appearances on national radio and toured widely, performing sell out shows across the UK and Europe.

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Soft Machine

Saturday 25 Nov 20178:00pm Book Now

The central band in the fabled Canterbury scene of the late 1960s and early 1970s, Soft Machine pioneered the progressive and jazz-rock genres and gave lovers of intelligent, alternative music something to swoon over.


One of the most influential underground bands of their era, Soft Machine also launched the distinguished pop music careers of founding members Robert Wyatt and Kevin Ayers as well as jazz and jazz-rock explorations of saxophonist Elton Dean and bassist Hugh Hopper. Formed in 1966 they became, along with Pink Floyd and Tomorrow, one of the very first underground psychedelic bands in Britain, attracting a significant cult following.


A revolving line-up saw the band embrace more experimental and improvised free-jazz as Soft Machine moved into predominantly instrumental territory through the decades.


Now featuring three quarters of the celebrated 70s version of the group which recorded the acclaimed Softs album in 1975, guitarist John Etheridge, drummer John Marshall and bass player Roy Babbington are joined by sax, flute and keyboard player Theo Travis, to perform material from that era as well as many contemporary works.

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The Way Down Wanderers

Sunday 26 Nov 20178:00pm Book Now

Equal parts fast-paced and soulful, five piece modern folk Americana act, The Way Down Wanderers, draw listeners in with energy, originality and big hearted generosity, spreading a particularly infectious brand of joy on their travels across the USA with a camaraderie that’s rare and joie de vivre that is simply inspirational.


Playing, performing and writing together for just three short years, the Peoria, Illinois based band, who were finalists in the 2015 International Song-writing Competition, have built an enthusiastic and rapidly-increasing following. Youthful and professionally trained, these young men captivate audiences with soaring instrumentals, foot stomping sing-alongs, gorgeous harmonies, sunshine melodies, lush strings and a lively stage show filled with a love-of life zest, full of sincerity, that truly lifts the spirits.


The Wanderers have created a buzz for themselves with their unplugged, off-stage encores and propensity for performing free acoustic sets at rest and truck stops along their tour routes and are tipped by music journalists on both sides of the Atlantic to take the world by storm.

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Stephen K Amos: Bread & Circuses (16)

Tuesday 28 Nov 20178:00pm Book Now (Sold Out)

Brexit. Trump. No more Mary Berry on the Great British Bake Off. Things are looking bleak, so wouldn’t it be better to just forget all about it? Comic maestro Stephen K Amos might not be able to provide bread to the hungry masses, but no one else is going to put on a better circus.


Leave your problems behind for an evening in the company of the ‘effusively charming’ Amos and who knows? Maybe the world will seem just a little bit brighter. After all, when Ancient Rome needed to distract itself from politics, a few solutions were suggested, but none hit the spot quite like the simple idea of giving the people cheap food and plentiful entertainment – ‘panem et circenses’ or ‘bread and circuses’.


Our circuses might no longer involve gladiator fights to the death, but the same principle applies. Modern politics is a confusing mess, so no one can blame you for giving it a miss in favour of a night of laughs.


Stephen K Amos is a star of BBC2’s Live at the Apollo, BBC1’s Have I Got News For You and his own BBC2 series The Stephen K Amos Show amongst many other. He is also a regular on BBC Radio 4 both as a guest and in his own shows, including Life: An Idiot’s Guide and What Does The K Stand For?  

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Young Marx - National Theatre Live (12A)

Thursday 7 Dec 20177:00pm Book Now

NOTE - THIS IS A LIVE CINEMA SCREENING BROADCAST FROM LONDON'S BRIDGE THEATRE


National Theatre Live is a groundbreaking initiative to broadcast the best of British theatre to cinemas around the world via satellite. It has been a huge hit in the UK, and will be coming to Selby Town Hall throughout 2017.


YOUNG MARX


Rory Kinnear (The Threepenny Opera, Penny Dreadful, Othello) is Marx and Oliver Chris (Twelfth Night, Green Wing) is Engels, in this new comedy written by Richard Bean and Clive Coleman. Broadcast live from The Bridge Theatre, London, the production  is directed by Nicholas Hytner and reunites the creative team behind Broadway and West End hit comedy One Man, Two Guvnors.


1850, and Europe’s most feared terrorist is hiding in Dean Street, Soho. Broke, restless and horny, the thirty-two-year-old revolutionary is a frothing combination of intellectual brilliance, invective, satiric wit, and child-like emotional illiteracy.

Creditors, spies, rival revolutionary factions and prospective seducers of his beautiful wife all circle like vultures. His writing blocked, his marriage dying, his friend Engels in despair at his wasted genius, his only hope is a job on the railway. But there’s still no one in the capital who can show you a better night on the piss than Karl Heinrich Marx.

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Matthews Southern Comfort

Friday 8 Dec 20178:00pm Book Now (Sold Out)

Prolific singer songwriter Iain Matthews, as frontman of folk-rock and country band Matthews Southern Comfort, scored a global smash hit with his cover of Joni Mitchell’s Woodstock. It was a huge UK number one in 1970, and also reached the Top Ten of the Canadian charts as well as the higher echelons of the US Billboard Hot 100.


Having begun his career as front man of a nascent Fairport Convention, singing alongside Sandy Denny, Matthews went on to form his classic song writing vehicle, Matthews Southern Comfort, rooted in American country music and rockabilly. He left the group after three albums (recorded in a space of just two years) to pursue a highly successful US based solo career, where further hits flowed, and form the critically acclaimed Plainsong with The Scaffold’s Andy Roberts.


In 2010 Matthews assembled a new group of spirited and likeminded players for a new Southern Comfort, surpassing all expectations. The musicianship and commitment are second to none and the sumptuous, soaring vocal harmonies instantly bring to mind the original 60s band. Nearly 50 years on, the sounds and songs just keep on coming.

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Tom Allen: Absolutely (14)

Saturday 9 Dec 20178:00pm Book Now (Sold Out)

'Catch him now and you'll be able to tell people how you saw him before he was famous' The Telegraph


The sharply dressed, well-spoken, disparagingly camp son of working class Bromley, Tom Allen embarks on his debut solo tour this autumn.


As seen on 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, Live at the Apollo, The Great British Bake Off’s Extra Slice, The John Bishop Show, Virtually Famous, Channel 4’s Comedy Gala at the O2 and heard on Radio 4’s Just a Minute.


‘riotous stuff, perfectly delivered’ **** Scotsman


In the last year Tom has supported Sarah Millican around the world, sold out his Edinburgh and London runs and even passed his driving test!


Age 14+

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Cat On A Hot Tin Roof - National Theatre Live (15)

Friday 23 Feb 20187:00pm Book Now

NOTE - THIS IS AN PRE-RECORDED CINEMA SCREENING FROM LONDON'S YOUNG VIC

National Theatre Live is a groundbreaking initiative to broadcast the best of British theatre to cinemas around the world via satellite. It has been a huge hit in the UK, and will be coming to Selby Town Hall throughout 2017.


CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF

Tennessee Williams’ twentieth century masterpiece Cat on a Hot Tin Roof played a strictly limited season in London’s West End in 2017. Following his smash hit production of A Streetcar Named Desire, Benedict Andrews’ ‘thrilling revival’ (New York Times) stars Sienna Miller alongside, Jack O’Connell and Colm Meaney.


On a steamy night in Mississippi, a Southern family gather at their cotton plantation to celebrate Big Daddy’s birthday. The scorching heat is almost as oppressive as the lies they tell. Brick and Maggie dance round the secrets and sexual tensions that threaten to destroy their marriage. With the future of the family at stake, which version of the truth is real – and which will win out?

★★★★ "A bold reimagining…innovative and powerfully acted"  

Sunday Times


★★★★ "A brilliant, lacerating account of the play… unforgettable"  

The Independent


★★★★

"Miller and O’Connell get to a raw and naked truth"  

The Metro

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The Christians: Acoustic

Sunday 25 Feb 20188:00pm Book Now

Renowned for an endless string of soulful yet socially aware hits; Forgotten Town, Ideal World, Born Again, Harvest for the World, What’s in a Word, Hooverville, Words, Father, The Bottle and many more, The Christians enjoyed huge acclaim in the late 80s and early 90s both in the UK and Europe...over 30 years later and they're still going strong!


They often confused people with their band name (in fact, it was just the brothers’ surname with absolutely no religious connotation!) Another Liverpool success story emerging in the late 80s, they were described as a latter-day ‘Temptations in Ripped Jeans’.


Their first album, ‘The Christians’, exploded onto the scene spawning the aforementioned hit singles.Their 2nd album, ‘Colour’, knocked Phil Collins off the number one spot!...often forgotten until you hear the songs and remember how much you loved them!Still headed by enigmatic lead singer Garry Christian (very deserving of the Daily Mirror’s description of him as having ‘one of the finest voices in pop’) Garry has only gained in vocal stature (and wit) over the years!  


The band are enjoying a revival currently touring successfully in the UK and Europe with 2017 being their busiest yet with over 80 tour dates.

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Julius Caesar - National Theatre Live (12A)

Thursday 22 Mar 20187:00pm Book Now

NOTE - THIS IS A LIVE CINEMA SCREENING BROADCAST FROM LONDON'S BRIDGE THEATRE


National Theatre Live is a groundbreaking initiative to broadcast the best of British theatre to cinemas around the world via satellite. It has been a huge hit in the UK, and will be coming to Selby Town Hall throughout 2017.


JULIUS CAESAR


Ben Whishaw (The Danish Girl, Skyfall, Hamlet) and Michelle Fairley (Fortitude, Game of Thrones) play Brutus and Cassius, David Calder (The Lost City of Z, The Hatton Garden Job) plays Caesar and David Morrissey (The Missing, Hangmen, The Walking Dead) is Mark Antony. Broadcast live from The Bridge Theatre, London.

Caesar returns in triumph to Rome and the people pour out of their homes to celebrate. Alarmed by the autocrat’s popularity, the educated élite conspire to bring him down. After his assassination, civil war erupts on the streets of the capital.

Nicholas Hytner’s production will thrust the audience into the street party that greets Caesar’s return, the congress that witnesses his murder, the rally that assembles for his funeral and the chaos that explodes in its wake.

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Orphan Colours

Friday 6 Apr 20188:00pm Book Now

After the indefinite hiatus in 2013 of popular UK alt-country outfit ahab, songwriter Steven Llewellyn went on to form his own band with the help of ahab originator Dave Burn and former bassist Graham Knight.


Being firmly part of the London Americana scene made it easy to get involved in collaborations with members of bands like Danny & The Champions of The World, who’s drummer Steve Brookes, having already toured heavily with ahab, quickly became a permanent member of Orphan Colours, along with Fred Abbott, lead guitarist with Noah & the Whale.


The band have some impressive credentials with writers Llewellyn and Burn honing their songwriting craft during their tenure with ahab, who swiftly built a reputation as an unmissable live act after their electric performances almost every major UK festival, and subsequent tours in Scandinavia, Germany & Australia.


Their debut EP High Hopes was released in February 2016 with the catchy, Tom Petty-esque lead single Won't Let You Down creating a huge buzz.


The band are currently putting the finishing touches on their debut album - to be released in 2018 on popular independent label At The Helm Records. With an already established fanbase, huge critical acclaim and solid underground credibility so firmly ensconced in their DNA, Orphan Colours have rapidly established themselves as the hottest band to emerge from the London Country/Roots circuit. Highly, highly recommended.

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Lucy Porter: Choose Your Battles (16)

Saturday 14 Apr 20188:00pm Book Now

Lucy Porter’s brand new stand-up tour. In these combative times, it's easy to be irritated, offended or downright enraged by other people. How do we know which causes are worth fighting for? Lucy uses her hilarious experiences to help you decide.


Recent TV and radio appearances include: QI, Insert Name Here, Alan Davies' As Yet Untitled, Room 101, News Quiz, The Now Show.


“Impeccably punch-lined anecdotes…Genuinely delightful” (Telegraph)


"A treat from start to finish" (Herald)


“Rich with fine routines … an endearing hour” (Guardian)


Age 16+