She's a regular on 'Mock The Week' and a much-loved figure on 'Live At The Apollo', as well as being all over Radio 4 - for whom she's making her very own series in 2018, after extensive stints on 'The News Quiz', 'Just A Minute', 'The Now Show' and plenty more. All this makes it sound like Zoe Lyons has some sort of idea what she's doing in life. But does she? Or is she the perfect example of an Entry Level Human?
Decide for yourself, as this hugely popular comic returns with a fresh crop of 'quick-fire observational gags, delivered with utter conviction' (Chortle), not to mention 'proper laugh-out-loud one-liners' (The Herald). And, she 'has what it takes to delight any crowd'. That one's from the Guardian. Are you going to argue with them? Actually, don't answer that. Just come and see Zoe to find out.
★★★★★ ‘Ian McKellen reigns supreme in this triumphant production.’ (Daily Telegraph)
Broadcast live from London’s West End, see Ian McKellen’s ‘extraordinarily moving portrayal’ (Independent) of King Lear in cinemas.
Chichester Festival Theatre’s production received five-star reviews for its sell-out run, and transfers to the West End for a limited season. Jonathan Munby directs this ‘nuanced and powerful’ (The Times) contemporary retelling of Shakespeare’s tender, violent, moving and shocking play.
Considered by many to be the greatest tragedy ever written, King Lear sees two ageing fathers – one a King, one his courtier – reject the children who truly love them. Their blindness unleashes a tornado of pitiless ambition and treachery, as family and state are plunged into a violent power struggle with bitter ends.
For almost two decades, Kiki and Carmelo have been touring their spellbinding acoustic live show across the UK and Europe. Performing in this stripped back fashion allows each of their exceptional talents to shine through and create a wonderful and warm sense of intimacy for the audience.
2018 marks Kiki’s 55th year in the music industry and has cemented her status as one of the UK’s finest and most revered vocalists. She has covered all bases, from classic soul renditions as the first European artist signed by the legendary Motown label to a repertoire which includes eight UK Top 40 hits as well as masterful performances in major West End musicals.
Join Kiki and Carmelo for an acoustic journey of stories and song which include unique covers of songs by the likes of Kate Bush and Frank Sinatra and of course Kiki’s own hits Don’t Go Breaking My Heart, I Got The Music In Me and the stunning Amoureuse.
The Wonder Stuff’s Miles Hunt embarks on a solo acoustic tour of the UK in October this year under the guise of The Custodian. With a back catalogue of over two hundred self penned songs to choose from, written over the last four decades, Hunt says that the idea of becoming The Custodian came from a conversation with one of his musical heroes.
“I was in New York a few years back and was invited to guest at a Tom Robinson solo show. Tom has long been an inspiration to me and given the opportunity to perform with him... well, lets just say I couldn’t polish my boots quick enough. During our brief rehearsal together on the afternoon of the show Tom asked me who I felt now owned the songs that I have written over all these years. I answered that whoever the publishing company I signed with probably did, but ultimately, I did. Tom was quick to correct me pointing out that all of my songs now belonged to my audience. Going on to explain that the songs I have written have been part of the sound track to thousands of people’s live and it is those people that now truly own them. He said that my position was now of The Custodian, the person who’s job it is to see that the songs are treated and performed with the respect the audiences deserve. It was an incredibly important thing to have said to me and something I have not and will not ever forget.”
With this in mind Hunt has rehearsed over sixty of his best loved compositions to perform in chronological order on his upcoming UK tour.
“There are a couple of songs from the back catalogue that I just couldn’t bring myself to sing again. Either a lazy or nonsense lyric, or just a rotten set of chords. When you’ve been at it as long as I have I don’t think anyone could expect a 100% strike rate. But really there are only two or three songs I would prefer no to revisit.”
As well as performing songs Hunt will also be reading a handful of excerpts from his three acclaimed books, ‘The Wonder Stuff Diaries’.
“I’m so very thankful to my younger self for keeping hand written diaries during the early years of The Wonder Stuff’s activities. I’m fortunate that I do have a pretty decent memory of what went on in those days, but to have the actual voice from the past, recorded on the page, to tell me straight how things were and how I felt about what was going on, well, I would like to buy that young man a beer for having the foresight to give such a gift to his elder self.”
The Thinking Drinkers are back on tour with a brand-new, hilarious, intoxicating bar-hop through history. Enjoy five free drinks as the award-winning experts take you from the symposiums of Ancient Greece to the classic British boozer via Wild West saloons, Victorian gin palaces and the secret Speakeasy. You'll learn a lot, you'll laugh a lot and, don't forget, you get five free drinks.
“Pioneers of alcohol based comedy” Sunday Times ★★★★
"A terrific show. The best value for money in town” THE SCOTSMAN ★★★★
Rooted in traditional music yet fearlessly creative, the Slocan Ramblers blend impressive bluegrass virtuosity with a fresh and modern appeal. As leading lights of Canada’s roots music scene, they’ve built on their reputation for energetic live shows, impeccable musicianship and an uncanny ability to convert anyone within earshot into a lifelong fan.
The band blend lightning fast, devilishly intricate instrumentals with evocative vocals on songs ranging from fine originals to rowdy old-time numbers. Their list of Canadian awards and plaudits is growing, including the 2015 Emerging Artist Award at Edmonton Folk Festival and a Traditional Album of the Year nomination at the 2016 Canadian Folk Music Awards.
The Slocan Ramblers have also been making inroads into the USA roots scene, touring relentlessly across North America over the last few years and winning over festival audiences from Merlefest to Rockygrass.
‘Leaves you bobbing on a wave of happiness’ Independent
Alan Bennett’s sharp and hilarious new play is ‘just what the doctor ordered’ (Daily Telegraph). Filmed live at London’s Bridge Theatre during its limited run, don’t miss this ‘rousing chorus line for the NHS’ (Observer) in your local cinema.
The Beth, an old fashioned cradle-to-grave hospital serving a town on the edge of the Pennines, is threatened with closure as part of an efficiency drive. A documentary crew, eager to capture its fight for survival, follows the daily struggle to find beds on the Dusty Springfield Geriatric Ward, and the triumphs of the old people’s choir.
Alan Bennett’s celebrated plays include The History Boys, The Lady in the Van and The Madness of George III, all of which were also seen on film. Allelujah! is his tenth collaboration with award-winning director Nicholas Hytner.
Letterpress graphic by Alan Kitching, art directed by Michael Mayhew.
So Comedy & Broken Robot Productions by arrangement with Troika
GEOFF NORCOTT: TRADITIONALISM
The star of BBC2’s The Mash Report and Live At The Apollo takes to the road with this extension to his sell out spring tour and Edinburgh Festival residency.
The world is changing at a dizzying rate. Geoff is trying to hold modern views, but worries that tradition is becoming a dirty word.
As a satirical comic, Geoff has also written for programmes including Channel 4’s Alternative Election, featured as a guest on Question Time (BBC1), Daily Politics (BBC2), and supported Katherine Ryan on her UK tour. Geoff is also a regular on BBC Radio with appearances on The Now Show, The Today Programme and his own Radio 4 stand-up special.
'An absolute tonic' **** - Telegraph
'Objectively funny regardless of your political leaning' **** - Fest
'Repeatedly and satirically incisive' - The Scotsman
One of the most distinguished song craftsmen of the 21st century is to make his long-awaited return to record. On 17 August 2018, Tom Baxter will unveil his first official release in a decade, 'The Other Side of Blue.'
It was in 2008 that Tom brought out the self-funded 'Skybound,' the follow-up to the 2004 debut 'Feather & Stone,' which first alerted the wider world to his singular talent for absolutely believable, emotionally immersive composition. Since then, he's released one fan-only album, travelled the world, been through plenty of soul-searching and emerged at the other end with what may well be his best-ever work.
Baxter made his name with such heart-stopping originals as 'Better,' 'Almost There' and 'Day in Verona,' and his songs have been covered by much-loved entertainers from Dame Shirley Bassey all the way to Boyzone. He's admired by the likes of Tom Waits, Rufus Wainwright, Gary Barlow and actor David Schwimmer, and by a steadfast set of fans who've been waiting for word of his next adventure for more than a while.
They won't be disappointed. 'The Other Side of Blue’ is Baxter's most searingly personal work to date, performed entirely solo and with gorgeous illustration on guitar and piano. It's a beautiful and elegant return to his very core as a songwriter and a human being. “I feel like I've been though a very slow metamorphosis over the years,” he says. “Even I'm not sure into what, but I can say I'm calmer inside, and I thought it was time for a full-on new release.”
While other artists rush so readily to provide the personal information that feeds the beast of self-promotion, Tom has kept his counsel, determined to be defined only by his music, and at his own pace. But it has been a tumultuous ten years. He married the longtime girlfriend for whom he wrote the Ivor Novello Award-nominated 'Better,' but then endured a divorce and, more recently, was happily remarried. Along the way, he lived in Devon, travelled to India, Los Angeles, Spain and then to Brazil, the place that inspired him to find the impetus to write again.
The new album is entirely free of “production camouflage,” as he puts it, and is underpinned by 'The Ballad of Davey Graham,' the song he was inspired to write after a request to play at the unveiling of a blue plaque for the great guitar pioneer of the title. In a moment of pure serendipity, Davey's partner had written to request Tom's contribution because Graham was not only an admirer of his, but she revealed that Baxter's music was the last that Davey had listened to. Not that of Paul Simon, Jimmy Page or any of the other superstars he had inspired, but Tom Baxter.
What they didn't know is that the revelation completed a perfect circle, because Davey had been one of the very inspirations for Baxter to pick up a guitar in the first place. Tom duly paid back the compliment by playing at the ceremony, and found that the whole experience refuelled his creative spirits to remarkable effect. He went on to finish what has become 'The Other Side Of Blue' with a renewed sense of his place in the musical ecosystem. As he describes the record himself, “there's no bells or whistles. Just me, myself and I, with absolutely nowhere to hide.”
Baxter's albums have always enveloped the listener with a delicious intensity, and so it is again on 'The Other Side of Blue,' which takes us from the heartwrenching title track and others such as 'For Crying Out Loud,' to the happier place that Tom now himself inhabits, expressed in the gentle optimism of 'When I'm In Your Hands.'
Alongside the imminent prospect of this stunning piece of work, we can also look forward to Tom's return to the live stage, with dates to be announced in due course. An English original has returned.
A Concert to Commemorate the End of World War One.
Carlton Main Colliery Band will be headlining a festival of remembrance which also includes performances from local singers Michael De Costa and Lee De Costa as well as a host of others.
The event will feature a number of local speakers and readers including Jeremy Buxton (BBC Radio York), Alan Brown (Selby College) and the Bishop of Selby.
The evening will be compered by Perrier Award nominee and Pittancer of Selby, Tim FitzHigham.
All proceeds from ticket sales will go to the Royal British Legion.
Refreshments will be available in the interval with proceeds from these going to Selby Abbey.
Tickets are £10 (front seating) and £8 (rear seating)
No concessions are available.
A Paines Plough and Birmingham Repertory Theatre production in association with Latitude Festival
For anyone that’s ever been a dick on the dance floor.
A wedding. A free bar. A blast from the past.
G and Kayla’s lives are a mess but tonight they’re determined to Have It Large. As their veins course with adrenaline and cheap prosecco we follow them on an epic journey through thirty years of Pop.
Can the DJ save them as they become Dancing Queens, reliving their Teenage Dream, Staying Out For The Summer and Spicing Up Their Lives? Pop makes promises it can’t keep, and soon they’ll discover they have more in common than their taste in tunes.
Pop Music is an emotionally contagious rollercoaster by Bruntwood Prize winner Anna Jordan. A night at the theatre like no other.
The latest gig-theatre extravaganza from the producers of WITH A LITTLE BIT OF LUCK by Sabrina Mahfouz, HOPELESSLY DEVOTED and WASTED by Kate Tempest.
Sunny Ormonde has been playing the ‘outrageous and raunchy’ Lilian Bellamy in BBC Radio 4’s The Archers for the past 17 years, becoming a firm favourite amongst listeners of Britain’s most popular radio drama.
Her antics have kept the nation gripped and entertained, whether it be riding round Ambridge on a Harley Davidson, drinking the Bull and Cider shed dry with Eddie Grundy, absconding to Costa Rica with her beloved Tiger or recklessly kicking off her sling-backs and leaping into bed with his brother Paul. Not to mention the knitting, the collagen, Calendar Girls and furlong frolics with Justin Elliot!
In her acclaimed one woman show, Sunny will fill you in on all the behind the scenes gossip about the world’s longest running soap opera with an evening of anecdotes, banter, questions and answers alongside some favourite theatrical pieces from Sunny’s long and distinguished acting career.
Multi-award-winning drama The Madness of George III will be broadcast live to cinemas, in National Theatre Live’s first ever broadcast from Nottingham Playhouse.
Written by one of Britain’s best-loved playwrights Alan Bennett (The History Boys, The Lady in the Van), this epic play was also adapted into a BAFTA Award-winning film following its premiere on stage in 1991.
The cast of this new production includes Olivier Award-winners Mark Gatiss (Sherlock, Wolf Hall, NT Live Coriolanus) in the title role, and Adrian Scarborough (Gavin and Stacey, Upstairs Downstairs, After the Dance).
It’s 1786 and King George III is the most powerful man in the world. But his behaviour is becoming increasingly erratic as he succumbs to fits of lunacy. With the King’s mind unravelling at a dramatic pace, ambitious politicians and the scheming Prince of Wales threaten to undermine the power of the Crown, and expose the fine line between a King and a man.
Parenthood is a crafty beast. The second you master something it changes the game so you're rubbish at it again.
Stand-up comedian, viral blogger and bestselling author Sam Avery (aka the Learner Parent) started his award-winning blog when his twin boys were born. A million nappies, Peppa Pig episodes and a head-full of hair loss later, he shares all the lows, highs and hilarious in-betweens of his experiences of first-time parenthood.
Sam's honest, messy account of wrestling with sleep deprivation and breast pumps - right through to his botched attempts at discipline and pathetic bids to stifle various toddler tantrums that definitely registered on the Richter scale - will have you testing your pelvic floor with laughter.
'Quick wit and painfully funny' METRO
'A gifted storyteller' THE LIST
In 1858, Charles Dickens toured Yorkshire and gave his renowned public reading of A Christmas Carol to rapturous applause. ‘The success was most wonderful and prodigious – perfectly overwhelming and astounding altogether!’ he said after the first night.
To celebrate the 160th anniversary of this momentous event you can experience what it must have been like to be in the audience! European Arts Company return with a delightfully heart-warming evening in the presence of the author himself as John O’Connor faithfully recreates Dickens’ stunning performance of his best-loved ghost story.
Come and enjoy a seasonal treat in the spirit of Christmas past, present and future.
Iconic and enigmatic, Canada’s Jane Siberry is one of the world’s most unique and gifted singer songwriters. Blessed with a sincere integrity and emotional depth, her work has spanned three decades with the release of 14 studio albums, moving from new wave, rock and art pop to jazz, folk, gospel and classically inspired music.
Her 1985 album The Speckless Sky was a huge critical and commercial success, while the follow up albums The Walking, Bound By Beauty, When I Was A Boy and her signature song Calling All Angels, cemented her status as one of the world’s foremost performance artists.
Jane’s songs have been covered by numerous artists, with particular success for k.d Lang on her renditions of Love is Everything, Haint It Funny and The Valley, while Jane’s recent albums Ulysses’ Purse and Angels Bend Closer have been released to rapturous acclaim.
The award-winning vocalist Jacqui Dankworth is joined onstage by her husband, acclaimed American pianist-vocalist, Charlie Wood, for a unique concert of duet arrangements celebrating a century of song.
Inspired by some of the great musical partnerships such as Ray Charles & Betty Carter, Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington & Billy Strayhorn, George & Ira Gershwin, Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway and James Taylor & Carole King, this concert features numbers including Alone Together, Autumn In New York, It Don’t Mean A Thing, A Foggy Day and You’ve Got a Friend.
The daughter of Dame Cleo Laine and the late Sir John Dankworth, Jacqui is one of the most highly regarded vocalists in the UK and has worked with the likes of Courtney Pine, Paloma Faith and Chick Corea. Born in Memphis, Tennessee, Charlie is an acclaimed singer-songwriter incorporating jazz, blues, R&B and popular music.
“I’m aware there isn’t much art made about love, so I thought I’d wade in and nail the definitive article before anyone else tried to…”
Three years ago, James Rowland met the love of his life. A year ago, they broke up. This is James’ story of falling in love and landing broken hearted. It’s also about him being Best Man of Honour at Sarah and Emma’s wedding. And it’s the story of a quest: to find the right words to make sense of love. A hilarious, heart-lifting story of romance, despair, and friendship from one of the UK’s most acclaimed storytellers. Featuring live music, original songs and unoriginal emotions expressed through all the wrong words, A Hundred Different Words for Love is set to break hearts and put them back together across the country.
A huge critical hit at the Edinburgh Festival and winner of the VAULT Festival Best Show Award 2017, this is the follow up to James’ acclaimed, national sell-out tour Team Viking.
Join stand-up comedian, poet, improviser and TV stalwart Phill Jupitus for tales, laughs and diversions. Watch in delight and/or horror as this experienced funny man drags laughs out of the chaos of his own life and the uncertain world that surrounds it.
Phill became a familiar face when he started as team captain on BBC2’s pop quiz Never Mind The Buzzcocks in 1996, which went on to run for 19 years. He also appears as a regular guest on QI (BBC2) and Alan Davies As yet Untitled (Dave) and in 2012 returned to television stand-up for the first time since 2000 with an appearance on Live at the Apollo (BBC1).
On BBC Radio 4 Phill is a regular panellist on I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue and The Unbelievable Truth and was resident curator on The Museum of Curiosity.
Adult themes and situations, but delivered childishly Age 16+
NOTE - THIS IS AN 'AS LIVE' CINEMA SCREENING RECORDED AT LONDON'S NATIONAL 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 2018.
ANTONY & CLEOPATRA
Broadcast live from the National Theatre, Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo play Shakespeare’s famous fated couple in his great tragedy of politics, passion and power.
Caesar and his assassins are dead. General Mark Antony now rules alongside his fellow defenders of Rome. But at the fringes of a war-torn empire the Egyptian Queen Cleopatra and Mark Antony have fallen fiercely in love. In a tragic fight between devotion and duty, obsession becomes a catalyst for war.
Director Simon Godwin returns to National Theatre Live screens with this hotly anticipated production, following broadcasts of Twelfth Night, Man and Superman and The Beaux’ Stratagem.
For four decades, Nine Below Zero have delivered an explosive mix of blues and rock in live performances that never fail to leave their audiences illuminated and exhausted.
Formed in 1977 by lead singer and guitarist Dennis Greaves and harmonica player Mark Feltham, the band recorded three albums for major label A&M, appeared on The South Bank Show, Old Grey Whistle Test and the first ever episode of The Young Ones, and supported The Who and The Kinks on tour.
Following their original split in 1983, the band regrouped to mark the tenth anniversary of debut album Live at the Marquee and have been wowing crowds ever since with their powerful sound and incendiary on-stage chemistry, headlining shows across Europe as well as supporting the likes of Sting, Brian May, Squeeze and Eric Clapton.
Wildly fun, musically fearless and bursting with bravado, 2018’s prestigious Blues Music Award-winning Band Of The Year, Rick Estrin & The Nightcats, have created one of the blues’ most instantly recognisable sounds and no-holds-barred styles.
Featuring the world-class talents of harmonica master, songwriter and vocalist Rick Estrin, guitar wunderkind Chris “Kid” Andersen, keyboard wizard Lorenzo Farrell and dynamic drummer Alex Pettersen, the band serve up sharp and incisive original blues and gritty roadhouse rock ‘n’ roll.
With his wily and unforgettable songs and hipster, street-smart vocals, no one on the blues scene writes like, sings like or looks like Rick Estrin as he fronts a band of the most colourful showmen around. He has won a total of five Blues Music Awards and written songs for Grammy nominated albums by artists including Koko Taylor, Robert Cray and John Hammond.
NOTE - THIS IS A LIVE CINEMA SCREENING BROADCAST FROM LONDON'S NATIONAL 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 2018.
I'M NOT RUNNING
I’m Not Running is an explosive new play by David Hare, premiering at the National Theatre and broadcast live to cinemas.
Pauline Gibson has spent her life as a doctor, the inspiring leader of a local health campaign. When she crosses paths with her old boyfriend, a stalwart loyalist in Labour Party politics, she’s faced with an agonising decision.
What’s involved in sacrificing your private life and your piece of mind for something more than a single issue? Does she dare?
Hare was recently described by The Washington Post as ‘the premiere political dramatist writing in English’. His other work includes Pravda and Skylight, broadcast by National Theatre Live in 2014.
To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the release of the classic live album Bitter Suite, Hue and Cry will be taking to the road for some very special stripped back shows in 2019.
Bitter Suite, released in 1989, was Hue and Cry’s third album and the band’s first live album following the critical acclaim and chart success of their debut album Seduced and Abandoned and follow up Remote. Bitter Suite features a beautiful acoustic version of classic Hue and Cry hit Looking For Linda along with their much loved cover of Michael Marra’s seminal Mother Glasgow.
For these special Bitter Suite 30th Anniversary Shows the brothers will be celebrating the songs from Bitter Suite as well as all the Hue and Cry hits and classics in a stripped back style.
With "SHOWTIME" Andrew continued his long run of domination of the Edinburgh Fringe. A memorable cocktail of personal stories, astute political observations and the odd surprise foray into character cameos, it won yet another barrage of five-star reviews for one of the festival's most universally acclaimed acts. Now, it's 'showtime' for the rest of the country.
Andrew is known for his eagle-eyed, passionate current-affairs comedy, showcased in his many appearances on BBC Radio 4 (News Quiz, Welcome To Wherever You Are, Public Enemies). He's been seen on - among others - Live at the Apollo (BBC One), Have I Got News for You (BBC One), Celebrity Juice (ITV2) and Mock the Week (BBC Two); and to a whole new generation he is the devilish voice of MTV's Ex On The Beach.
They say all political careers end in tears. In Brandreth's case it's tears of laughter as the actor, author, ex-MP, One Show reporter and QI, Have I Got News For You and Countdown star is back on tour with his new show celebrating all things theatrical. Without hesitation or repetition (and just a touch of deviation), Just a Minute regular Gyles delivers a dazzling hour of wit, wisdom, high drama, low comedy, and hilarious name-dropping.
*****‘A master raconteur’ Telegraph.
***** ’Total joy’ Scotsman
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