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Saturday 3 Sep 20228:00pm Book Now (Sold Out)

The decade where Shaparak left an important part of her brain somewhere in a field in Hampshire…


From indie discos to unflattering crop tops…a trip down memory lane to the decade where ‘kinky’ was nurse roleplay and whipped cream, and Shaparak found herself flying about London with hope in her heart, a tenner in her pocket and spare knickers in her handbag.


How does the decade of binge drinking and walks of shame look now without snakebite and black tinted specs?"


“She has plenty to say, and says it with pointedness and potency” Guardian


“Has the crowd in the palm of her hand" The List


“Makes live comedy thrilling” Evening Standard

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Friday 16 Sep 20228:00pm Book Now

Virtuoso guitar supremo Chantel McGregor's stunning live performances have demonstrated that she had the ability to perform rock for the new age, with a loyal and growing fan base who follow her every move.


If you measure an artist’s prospects by the company they keep, then Chantel has been moving in the right direction. Early in her career she was invited to perform with Joe Bonamassa, on two of his UK tours.


Over the last few years, Chantel has received great reviews of her 5 albums, the last 2 being released during the 2021 Covid lockdown. The ‘Shed Sessions Volumes 1 & 2’ were recorded at home and mixed by Wayne Proctor of Superfly Studios. They were born out of a weekly livestream which Chantel performed throughout lockdown. As well as the 2 albums, Chantel also released a rock cover of ‘Stupid Love’ by Lady Gaga and had a track on ‘Gumbo Blues, a tribute to Dr John’, both through Cleopatra Records in the USA. She also released the single ‘I Will See’, which she co-wrote and recorded with David ‘Nova’ Nowakowski (Scars on 45). Chantel is currently writing for her next studio album, and is debuting some of the new tracks on her UK tour.


Chantel said ‘I’m over the moon to be back out on tour again, the last couple of years have been incredibly tough for everyone in the music industry and it’s just so wonderful to be able to play live music in front of great crowds once again’.

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Sunday 18 Sep 20227:30pm Book Now

One of the top comedy club nights in the country, The Comedy Network, is coming to Selby for the first time this autumn!


Each event will feature a compere, support act and headliner for the bargain introductory price of just £10.


Delivering the best new talent in the UK, The Comedy Network gives you the chance to see tomorrow's stadium fillers today. Over the years the club has played host to the likes of Russell Howard, John Oliver, Harry Hill, Bill Bailey, Lee Mack, Stewart Lee, Greg Davies, Al Murray, Noel Fielding, Ross Noble, Chris Ramsey, Roisin Conaty, Joe Wilkinson, Richard Herring, Dave Gorman, Jenny Eclair and many more.

SEPTEMBER 18th

HEADLINER - PHIL ELLIS

Edinburgh Comedy Award winner Phil Ellis has entertained audiences of all ages with his amalgamation of off-beat observational material and physical comedy.


Phil won the Fosters Edinburgh Comedy Award’s panel prize for hi anarchic sleeper hit Funz and Gamez. After meeting incredible critical acclaim, Funz and Gamez was broadcast as part of Fresh from the Fest (BBC Radio 4), as well as BBC Comedy Feeds (BBC Three). The show went on to have an 18-show run at the Soho theatre as well as a further run at the Udderbelly on Southbank.


Phil has written and starred in three series of his radio sitcom Phil Ellis is Trying (BBC Radio 4), with cast including Lolly Adefope, Johnny Vegas, Sean Lock and Lee Mack. The second series was nominated for Best Scripted Comedy (Longform) in the BBC Audio Drama Awards 2020.


Phil’s TV appearances include Roast Battle (Comedy Central), The Tez Show (Channel 4), The Russell Howard Hour (Sky) and Drunk History: UK (Comedy Central), as well as writing and performing credits on The Tapeface Tapes (BBC Three).

SUPPORT - KATIE MULGREW


Writer, actor and comedian Katie Mulgrew has been heard on BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio 2 and seen on CBBC and ITV2.


She is the daughter of legendary Irish funnyman Jimmy Cricket and has supported The Boy With Tape On His Face, Vikki Stone and Matt Richardson on their UK tours.


Her play Omnibus was shortlisted for the Tobacco Theatre Prize and won the inaugural Liverpool Hope Playwriting Prize. It was co-produced by the Liverpool Royal Court and Liverpool Unity Theatre. She has written for the Newsquiz (BBC Radio 4) and Class Dismissed (CBBC). Katie co-presented and was a contributing writer on the broadcast pilot Lovefix (ITV2) and script edited for international award winning short film Ctrl Z.


Katie won the Kudos North Writers Award, a joint award between BBC Writersroom and Kudos North, and she is also a member of BEAM, a developing writers programme from Mercury Musical.

COMPERE - TRAVIS JAY


Despite the pandemic, Travis has had a busy couple of years writing for classic hit show ‘Spitting Image’, appearing on Channel 4’s ‘Black, British and Funny’ and also Comedy Central’s ‘Drunk History’.


He has supported Britain's Got Talent Golden Buzzer winner Kojo Anim on his nationwide Taxi tour, as well as the legendary Dave Chappelle on his Sticks & Stones London dates.  


“He’s amazing!” – Dave Chappelle 

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Thursday 22 Sep 20228:00pm Book Now

"Political, intense, angular and beautiful.” — BBC Radio 1


Luke Concannon has early memories of falling asleep at Irish family parties to the sound of guitars, singing, and dancing.  Upon meeting double-bassist John Parker in school, the two formed the folk duo Nizlopi (best known for the “JCB Song”) selling a million records in their twenties and deeply influencing a young Ed Sheeran.


Through the strain of recording and touring world-wide with a small family-run label, Nizlopi parted ways. Invigorated by a hitch-hiking trip to Palestine, Luke wrote his first solo album ‘Give It All’ kindling the fire for a solo singer song writer career. EP ‘In The Sea’ followed, with single releases including ‘Join The Liberation’. Luke followed his love, singer Stephanie Hollenberg, to the United States and they married in 2019.

 

‘Ecstatic Bird In The Burning', Luke’s new album, is a mesmerisingly honest collection of songs. Part love letter, part poem, part call-to-action, it explores the ecstasy of being alive, even (perhaps especially now) in a burning world.


Luke now resides on Abenaki land in Vermont with his wife Stephanie, wonderful neighbours and fifteen chickens.


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Wednesday 28 Sep 20227:30pm Book Now

“O brave new world that has such people in’t!”

 

On an island an unusual collection of people are thrown together by a storm. Old injuries must be resolved, a new generation makes new plans, and everyone is driven to find something of themselves in a disrupted world. But only the island truly understands…

 

York Shakespeare Project's final performances of Shakespeare's powerful last play, The Tempest, bring their two-decade mission of performing all of his plays to an end. The island setting comes to life through communal storytelling in a new interpretation that captures the play's themes of colonisation, reconciliation and change, and which harnesses all the experience of the company’s 20 years of performing Shakespeare.


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Friday 30 Sep 20228:00pm Book Now

Doctor, journalist, broadcaster, campaigner and comedian. Dr Phil Hammond qualified as a GP in 1987 and has been Private Eye’s medical correspondent since 1992, campaigning for patient empowerment, open data in healthcare and for the NHS to be honest and transparent.


Phil presented five series of Trust Me, I’m a Doctor on BBC2,  co-wrote five series of the medico-political satire Polyoaks for Radio 4 and has appeared regularly on Have I Got News for You, The News Quiz, The Now Show, The One Show and Countdown.


He visits Selby fresh from a run at the Edinburgh festival with a brand new comedy double bill.


Dr Hammond’s Covid Inquiry


The more certain someone is about Covid, the less you should trust them. Do we know what went right and wrong? Could we have prevented it? Why are experts so polarised? Can you trust a leader who petrifies the people while partying? Should we have copied Sweden? Or Taiwan? Have vaccines saved us? Will we be kinder to animals and children? Are pandemics here to stay? Can we disagree without hate? Warning: may contain traces of doubt, compassion, humour, nuance and batshit.


How I Ruined Medicine


The outrageous confessions of a retiring NHS whistleblower. Doctoring used to be like Downing Street. Posh unaccountable alcoholics working silly hours, cocking up, covering up and laughing it off. Then I broke ranks and ruined it. For 37 years I've worked in the NHS and exposed its darkest secrets. The NHS is still dangerously understaffed and error-strewn but now everybody knows it. I've spawned an army of regulators, lawyers and aggressively informed patients demanding excellent care in a collapsing service. You're even supposed to know what you're doing and prove it. How unfunny is that?


‘If Dr Phil were a medicine, you should swig him by the litre’ ★★★★ The Times

‘One of the most entertainingly subversive people on the planet’ The Guardian

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Thursday 6 Oct 20227:00pm Book Now

A rollicking new comedy by Richard Bean (One Man, Two Guvnors) and Oliver Chris (Twelfth Night).


After an aerial dog fight, Pilot Officer Jack Absolute flies home to win the heart of his old flame, Lydia Languish. Back on British soil, Jack’s advances soon turn to anarchy when the young heiress demands to be loved on her own, very particular, terms.


Emily Burns directs this spectacularly entertaining new version of Sheridan’s The Rivals. Featuring a cast including Caroline Quentin, Laurie Davidson, Natalie Simpson and Kelvin Fletcher.


‘One of the funniest productions in the National’s history.’ Guardian on One Man, Two Guvnors

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Saturday 15 Oct 20227:30pm Book Now

For a long time I didn’t know how it’d work.  

Or what I’d be able to feel.

People would ask me if I could have sex and I’d feign shock and act wildly offended whilst secretly wanting to grab them by the shoulders and be like “I don’t know, Janet!”


Juno was born with spina bifida and is now clumsily navigating her twenties amidst street healers, love, loneliness – and the feeling of being an unfinished project.


Winner of the Women’s Prize for Playwriting 2020, Amy Trigg’s remarkable debut play REASONS YOU SHOULD(N’T) LOVE ME is a hilarious, heart-warming tale about how shit our wonderful lives can be.


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Friday 21 Oct 20228:00pm Book Now

Fancy five free drinks? Two of the world’s leading alcohol experts return with a hilarious quiz show that gets the rounds in – in more ways than one.


With a pen and question sheet in one hand and several world-class drinks in the other, join them on a uniquely absurd, fact-filled journey through time.


You will learn and laugh a lot as the answers to life’s most important and unusual questions appear at the bottom of your glass. And did we mention the five free discerning drinks?

 

'Terrific show. The best value for money in town' **** Scotsman

‘An erudite, liquor-loving duo’ Metro

‘Pioneers of alcohol-based comedy’ Sunday Times

 ‘An intoxicating success…as interesting as it is hilarious’ **** Sunday Express

‘Great fun, informative, and at times completely mental’ Edinburgh Evening News

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Saturday 22 Oct 20228:00pm Book Now

Armed only with a chair and a mic, stories, jokes and poetry Henry Normal takes on the world looking for a win-win situation.


Henry is a writer, poet, TV & Film producer, founder of the Manchester Poetry Festival (now the Literature festival) and co-founder of the Nottingham Poetry Festival. In June 2017 he was honoured with a special BAFTA for services to Television.


He co-wrote and script edited the multi-award winning Mrs Merton show and the spin off series Mrs Merton and Malcolm. He also co-created and co-wrote the first series of The Royle Family. With Steve Coogan he co-wrote the BAFTA winning Paul and Pauline Calf Video Diaries, Coogan's Run, Tony Ferrino, Doctor Terrible and all three of Steve's live tours and the film The Parole Officer.


Setting up Baby Cow Productions Ltd in 1990, Henry executive produced all and script edited many of the shows from its 17 and a half year output during his tenure as MD. Highlights of the Baby Cow output during his time include the Oscar nominated film Philomena, I believe in Miracles, Gavin and Stacey, Moone Boy, Uncle, Marion and Geof, Nighty Night, The Mighty Boosh, Red Dwarf, Hunderby, Camping and Alan Partridge.


Since retiring in April 2016, Henry has written and performed eight BBC Radio 4 shows combining comedy, poetry and stories about family. His ninth show 'A Normal Community' will be recorded on the 1st june 2022 for transmission in the summer.


In April 2018, Two Roads publishers released his book of memoirs 'A Normal Family' which was written with his wife Angela Pell, drawing on his family experience. It immediately became a best seller on Amazon and has already been reprinted.


Henry performs poetry at literature festivals around the UK and has eleven poetry books available from Flapjack Press, with the latest - 'Collected Poems Vol.2' - out in August.


He was recently given an honorary doctorate of letters by Nottingham Trent University, another by Nottingham University and has a beer and a bus named after him in the city!


Henry Normal - Sit Down Poetry...it's like stand up poetry but more thoughtful and relaxed and easier on the legs.


"Succinct, heartrending and peppered with gentle punchlines" Hannah Verdier, The Guardian

"Shove up National Treasures. We need to make room for Henry Normal" Simon O'Hagan, Radio Times

"The Alan Bennett of poetry" The Scotsman

"Dovetails bittersweet poetry with a sublimely observant wit" The Guardian

"Witty and uncannily accurate with his observations" The Stage

"The poetry itself is stuff of proper substance, marrying the suburban beauty of Beatles ballads with the blunt candour of the kitchen sink" The Guardian

"Not heard anything that jumps from hilarious to moving in such an intelligent, subtle way as Henry Normal's show" Radio Times

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Thursday 27 Oct 20227:00pm Book Now

Katherine Parkinson (The IT Crowd) and John Heffernan (Dracula) lead the cast in Shakespeare’s romcom of sun, sea and mistaken identity.

 

The legendary family-run Hotel Messina on the Italian Riveria has been visited by artists, celebrities and royalty. But when the owner’s daughter weds a dashing young soldier, not all guests are in the mood for love.

A string of scandalous deceptions soon surround not only the young couple, but also the adamantly single Beatrice and Benedick.


Following the award-winning success of National Theatre Live’s Romeo & Juliet, Twelfth Night and Antony and Cleopatra, director Simon Godwin returns with this irresistible comedy, broadcast live from the National Theatre stage.


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Friday 28 Oct 20228:00pm Book Now

Cologne based Americana quartet Stereo Naked, led by Julia Zech of acclaimed all-female Parisian outfit Fierce Flowers, embark on their first full scale tour of the UK, supported by Melbourne bluegrass and swing duo Rain Of Animals. 


Stereo Naked have repackaging their shared passion for bluegrass and old-time music, taking it out of its niche and capturing a wider audience, just as great bands such as Elephant Revival and Lake Street Dive do, with an indie-Americana edge, pop sensibilities and sharp, engaging writing. Their music draw the listener in with hand crafted story songs, close harmonies, bass, banjo, mandolin, guitar and an abundance of homely charm.


Dazzling with a style that’s influenced by the finest American roots music traditions, Stereo Naked continue to tickle taste buds that others fail to reach as they notch up a marathon's worth of concerts and tours across mainland Europe.

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Sunday 30 Oct 20227:30pm Book Now

One of the top comedy club nights in the country, The Comedy Network, is coming to Selby for the first time this autumn!


Each event will feature a compere, support act and headliner for the bargain introductory price of just £10.


Delivering the best new talent in the UK, The Comedy Network gives you the chance to see tomorrow's arena fillers today. Over the years the club has played host to the likes of Russell Howard, John Oliver, Harry Hill, Bill Bailey, Lee Mack, Stewart Lee, Greg Davies, Al Murray, Noel Fielding, Ross Noble, Chris Ramsey, Roisin Conaty, Joe Wilkinson, Richard Herring, Dave Gorman, Jenny Eclair and many more.


HEADLINER - ROBERT WHITE


Musical comedian Robert White found early success as a finalist in the prestigious Hackney Empire competition and has gone on to win the Malcolm Hardee Award at the Edinburgh Festival.


After coming second in Britain's Got Talent 2018 Robert has become a hugely a sought after circuit act who regularly performs in big clubs, little clubs, those in-between, theatres and festivals around the UK and abroad.


‘Just one of the funniest performers I’ve ever seen, I’ve never laughed like that!’ – David Walliams


‘He may sound like a niche act, but the musical comedian has managed to garner a wide appeal with his chaotic style and improvised musical skills.’ – The Sun


‘…souped-up risqué keyboard-based songs, waspish asides and neurotically charged camperie from a hyperactive man-child who is among the most original of this year’s Fringe….Superb’ – Telegraph


‘Surprisingly original, and funny…. exactly the sort of act who should win Britain’s Got Talent.’ – The Daily Mail


SUPPORT - MAFF BROWN


Maff Brown is a legend of the comedy circuit. An established MC & headliner, Maff has performed all across the globe, headlined across the UK, done TV warm up for some of the biggest shows on your screens, appeared on Mock The Week and has provided tour support for Greg Davis, Omid Djalili, Lucy Porter, Michael McIntyre and Jack Dee, and on top of all that he has taken more than half a dozen solo shows to the Edinburgh Festival!


COMPERE - MERYL O'ROURKE


Acclaimed stand-up and TV writer Meryl O'Rourke revels in her bitterness. She has been a regular support for Frankie Boyle since 2010 - in his book, 'Work!Consume!Die!', he calls Meryl "Inspiringly funny".


A sought after gag writer, Meryl has written for Have I Got News for You, Room 101, and three series of Mock the Week. She worked on all of Frankie Boyle's Autopsies, his documentaries on Scotland and Russia, script edited his stand up special Excited For You To See And Hate This and is now working on New World Order. She also script edited a new sitcom The Weekly Wembley and wrote for burlesque star Ivy Paige (The Voice)


Her solo stand up show Bad Mother… was an Edinburgh Festival hit. Directed by Foster's Comedy Award nominee Thom Tuck, it received 5 star reviews and was The Times’ Critic’s Choice.


"Bold, forthright and (most importantly) very funny" - Paul Sinha

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Sunday 20 Nov 20227:30pm Book Now

A new show from James Rowland featuring his captivating mix of theatre, comedy and music.


LEARNING TO FLY sees James tell the story of a remarkable friendship he made when he was a lonely, unhappy teenager with the scary old lady who lived in the spooky house on his street.


It's about connection, no matter what the obstacles; about love’s eternal struggle with time; about music and its ability to heal. It's also about her last wish: to get high once before she dies.


Uplifting, big hearted and hilarious, this show is James’ first since his acclaimed Songs of Friendship trilogy.


Age guidance 14+


Made with the generous support of Arts Council England, Arts at the Old Fire Station (Oxford), The Spring (Havant), The Attenborough (Leicester) and Tobacco Factory Theatres (Bristol).


Acclaim for James:


‘A master storyteller’ ★★★★ Whatsonstage

'Joyous... flooded with love' ★★★★★ Stage

'Thrilling... one mighty, passionate epic' ★★★★ Scotsman

'Captivating... a generous, deepening hymn to friendship' ★★★★ Sunday Times

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Thursday 24 Nov 20228:00pm Book Now

Jimmy Carpenter, saxophonist, singer-songwriter, and arranger, began his musical journey over 35 years ago. In the '80s, he toured the east coast with the renegade blues band, The Alka-Phonics, in the ’90s with the blues-rock band The Believers, with whom he learned about the music business.


Over the years, Jimmy has toured internationally with Tinsley Ellis, Jimmy Thackery, Walter Wolfman Washington, Eric Lindell, and others. In 2012 Jimmy joined Mike Zito, his long-time friend and musical cohort, and recorded and toured as a member of Mike Zito and the Wheel. In addition to touring nationally & internationally, Jimmy has written, arranged and recorded the horns for many artists, and has gained a reputation as a master Blues, Rock-n-Roll and R&B saxophonist. Jimmy has also released three solo albums: Toiling in Obscurity, (2008); Walk Away (Vizztone 2014), and Jimmy Carpenter Plays the Blues (Vizztone 2017). After many years in New Orleans, he currently lives in Las Vegas with his partner in crime and musical inspiration, Ms. Carrie Stowers.


In addition to leading his own band and playing with numerous others, he is the Musical Director for the Big Blues Bender, and leader of the Bender Brass, The Bender’s house band. He is the current president of the Las Vegas Blues Society, and in 2020 was nominated for a Blues Music Award, his 5th for Best Instrumentalist/Horn.

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Friday 25 Nov 20228:00pm Book Now

Legendary Irish folk band Dervish are one of Ireland's best known traditional acts, described by the BBC as “icons of Irish music”. They received a prestigious lifetime achievement award at the most recent BBC Folk Awards, a fitting tribute to the band after more than 30 years of recording and performing all over the world, playing at festivals from Rock in Rio to Glastonbury and appearing on bills alongside James Brown, Neil Young, Sting and even Iron Maiden! .


Dervish have a line-up which includes some of Ireland’s finest traditional musicians, fronted by one of the country’s best-known singers, Cathy Jordan, regarded by many as the most distinctive voice and finest front-woman in Irish traditional music today. The instrumental line-up of fiddle, flute, bouzouki, mandola, bodhran and accordion draw from seemingly limitless depths of talent, finesse, subtlety and fiery energy. Exceptional musicianship, breath-taking vocals, vibrant sets of tunes and instantly compelling songs all come together to make Dervish as complete a band as are to be found anywhere in the tradition.


All six members are steeped in the musical traditions of counties Sligo and Leitrim in north-west Ireland. It’s an area which matches Atlantic coastline with storied mountains and rural landscapes. It has inspired a host of musicians, artists and writers, including the Nobel Prize-winning poet W. B. Yeats.

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Thursday 1 Dec 20228:00pm Book Now

Since their first get together, to record the eponymous St Agnes Fountain album in 2001, the quartet; David Hughes, Fairport Convention's Chris Leslie and multi award winning duo Chris While and Julie Matthews, have brought musical invention and laughter to the star-dust atmosphere of the season.


In 2020, David decided to leave the band to concentrate on solo pursuits and whilst his presence will be missed, Chris, Chris and Julie will be keeping the Christmas Aggie spirit alive and touring as a trio celebrating 21 years together with a tour of the new material and reworking those old Aggie classics.


Although the albums accompany the putting up of a thousand Christmas trees throughout Britain and around the globe as their reputation reaches further afield, it is, without question, their magical live performances which have endeared them to an ever-growing audience (tickets were again being sold for this year's tour as the curtain fell last year).


Chris While and Julie Matthews


Chris While: vocals, guitar, bodhran, dulcimer, banjo, darbuka and percussion.

Julie Matthews: vocals, piano, guitar, acordion and gazouki


The duo have been nominated ten times in the BBC Folk Awards in the 'Best Song', 'Best Duo' and 'Best Live Act' categories and winning Best Duo in 2009. In 2019 year they celebrated 25 years - making them the longest lasting female duo in the country - with a brand new album and an extensive tour of the UK as well as numerous summer festival performances.


Chris and Julie are more powerful and popular than ever in their 29th year as a duo and remain at the very top of their game.

Chris Leslie


Chris is a multi instrumentalist, singer and songwriter from Oxfordshire. Primarily known as a member Fairport Convention, he has toured and recorded with, amongst others: Steve Ashley, the Albion Band, Jez Lowe, Ian Anderson, Whippersnapper, Alan Stivell and Feast of Fiddles. Chris has also provided music for a number of Radio Four plays and classic serials.


His fiddle playing has been heard on the TV series Heartbeat, Midsommer Murders and Billy Connolly’s World Tour of Scotland.


Chris plays: fiddle, mandolin, tenor guitar, bouzouki, ukulele, banjo, oud, whistle, Native American flute and anything else he can lay his hands on!




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Saturday 10 Dec 20228:00pm Book Now

Nymphette of the Nail Varnish and the High Priestess of Hair Spray, acclaimed songstress MARI WILSON presents a Christmas cracker of a show.


Mari will be performing her much-loved, fabulous hits, Just What I’ve Always Wanted, Cry Me A River, Beat the Beat and many more favourites, along with tunes of yuletide yesterdays. Singalong-a-Christmas and more seasonal surprises will be sure to captivate, charm and entertain you until you drop, like the needles of a Norway Spruce.


Dressing up is a must - it’s Christmas after all - so don’t get your tinsel in a tangle, rummage through your gladrags and doll yourself up with something cheery and bright to ensure your holidays go with a swing, as you join Mari for a bumper of a Christmas party.


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Thursday 15 Dec 20227:00pm Book Now

By Anton Chekhov, in a version by Anya Reiss

directed by Jamie Lloyd


Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones) makes her West End debut in this 21st century retelling of Anton Chekhov’s tale of love and loneliness.


A young woman is desperate for fame and a way out. A young man is pining after the woman of his dreams. A successful writer longs for a sense of achievement. An actress wants to fight the changing of the times. In an isolated home in the countryside, dreams lie in tatters, hopes are dashed, and hearts broken. With nowhere left to turn, the only option is to turn on each other.


Following his critically acclaimed five-star production of Cyrano de Bergerac, Jamie Lloyd brings Anya Reiss’ adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s classic play to stage. Filmed live in London’s West End with a cast including Tom Rhys Harries (White Lines), Daniel Monks (The Normal Heart), Sophie Wu (Fresh Meat) and Indira Varma (Game of Thrones).


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Friday 16 Dec 20228:00pm Book Now

Chris Difford is a Grammy nominated and double Ivor Novello Award winning lyricist who has brought us characters and sketches from everyday life, and has successfully turned the mundane into the beautiful, the urbane into the exquisite, for over forty years.


Chris has co written some of the most enduring and best-loved songs of our time such as Up The Junction, Cool For Cats and Labelled With Love, Tempted and many others. Squeeze returned with two new albums in recent years Cradle to the Grave in 2015 and The Knowledge in 2017.


Chris hosts songwriting retreats and has done so for over twenty-five years, some in prisons, some in rehabs, but mostly in Somerset with the Buddy Holly Foundation at Pennard House. He is one of the country’s most respected songwriters and has co-written with a host of musicians and performers that reads like a veritable who’s who of the music industry.


His autobiography Some Fantastic Place was released in 2017 and found some wonderful praise in the UK press and with fans around the world who recognised his journey into recovery while touring with his friends in Squeeze. The book continues to be part of his solo touring and became the focus of his sell out two week run at the Edinburgh Festival. A stand up show with a bit of sit down.


In 2020 Squeeze did not stand still while the global pandemic took centre stage, they toured in America with Hall and Oates, covering over 23,000 miles and playing to more than 180,000 fans. The year ended with a tour supporting Madness, Chris also took the stage to sing with his mate Jools Holland. Online workshops, zoom concerts from home raising money for charity totalling £60,000 and podcasts with his chums in the industry he is a busy bee. Another book? Who knows, another solo record, yes indeed.


Support comes from folk roots singer songwriter Yvonne Lyon

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Sunday 18 Dec 20227:30pm Book Now

One of the top comedy club nights in the country, The Comedy Network, is coming to Selby for the first time this autumn!


Each event will feature a compere, support act and headliner for the bargain introductory price of just £10.


Delivering the best new talent in the UK, The Comedy Network gives you the chance to see tomorrow's arena fillers today. Over the years the club has played host to the likes of Russell Howard, John Oliver, Harry Hill, Bill Bailey, Lee Mack, Stewart Lee, Greg Davies, Al Murray, Noel Fielding, Ross Noble, Chris Ramsey, Roisin Conaty, Joe Wilkinson, Richard Herring, Dave Gorman, Jenny Eclair and many more.


Headliner - Steve Bugeja


BBC New Comedy Award winner Steve Bugeja is one of the circuit’s most exciting comedians, writers and performers. Steve co-created and co-wrote the ITV2 sitcom Buffering with Iain Stirling, hosted the BBC Radio 4 series Economics with Subtitles and has made numerous appearances on TV shows including The Russell Howard Hour (Sky One), Love Island: Aftersun (ITV2), Russell Howard’s Stand Up Central (Comedy Central) and Zoe Ball on Saturday (ITV1).


A prolific writer, Steve is the head writer for Iain Stirling’s CelebAbility (ITV2) and was a key member of the writing team for The Russell Howard Hour (Sky One). He has contributed material to Mock the Week (BBC2), 8 Out of 10 Cats (Channel 4) and BBC Radio 4.


Making a name for himself internationally, Steve has twice been invited to perform at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, appearing on Opening Night Comedy Allstars Supershow (ABC1) and on Comedy Up Late (ABC1).


“Bugeja has an eye for original comic detail that’s all his own.’” – The Guardian


“Plentiful jokes and compelling storytelling”  – The Scotsman


Support - Annie McGrath


Annie McGrath is a comedian renowned for her joke writing skills and deadpan style. Described by The Feminist Fringe as “dark and hilarious” ★★★★★, Annie’s sell-out Edinburgh Fringe show, Shepherd, received critical acclaim and transferred to a run at London’s Soho Theatre.


This Autumn, Annie will appear on BBC Wales’ Live From Barry Island, which showcases the best stand-up comic talent from around the UK. A regular tour support for Lou Sanders, Annie’s stand-up has featured on Audible, BBC Radio Wales and BBC Radio 4 Extra.


Annie has written on multiple episodes of the award-winning panel show, A League of Their Own (Sky One), as well as on the upcoming series of Fantasy Football (Sky) hosted by Elis James and Matt Lucas. She also contributed to the latest series of The Emily Atack Show (ITV2), and to BBC Radio 4’s Newsjack. An established sketch writer, Annie has been nominated for multiple Funny Woman Awards.


As an actor, Annie appears alongside Eleanor Tomlinson in series two of Stephen Merchant’s comedy-drama, The Outlaws (BBC One). She plays Bits in The People We Hate at the Wedding, a FilmNation production for Amazon Studios, with Kristen Bell and Allison Janney, due for release later this year.  Further credits include Stath Lets Flats (Channel 4), Soccer AM (Sky Sports), Girls Go Trolling (Channel 4), and Grave New World (Amazon), Razor Sharp (Channel 4) and The Joy of Missing Out (Channel 4).


“Genuinely brilliant” — WHAT’S ON LONDON ★★★★

“Smart and smutty” — LONDON EVENING STANDARD

“A consummate performer” — ONE4REVIEW ★★★★

“Spot-on timing” — THREE WEEKS ★★★★

Comepere - Darran Griffiths


A comedian, host and podcaster born and raised in Harlow, to Jamaican parents, Darran Griffiths has a blend of Caribbean confidence and Essex irreverence. Flagrant, thought-provoking and funny.


In 2018 he was Amused Moose National New Comedian semi-finalist, BBC New Comedy Award nominee and Leicester Square Theatre New Comedian runner-up. In 2019 he sold out his debut show ‘Essex Bwoy’ at the Camden Fringe. In 2021 he was British Comedian of the Year semi-finalist. He has performed at some of the top comedy clubs in London as well as sold out shows at the Hackney Empire and the Indigo at the O2.

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Wednesday 18 Jan 20238:00pm Book Now

The Lonesome Ace Stringband is an old-time band with bluegrass chops that play some  righteous folk and country music. There's a depth of groove and sense of space not often heard in bluegrass today, a level of instrumental interplay and vocal blend uncommon in old-time, and an on-stage rapport that transcends all of this.


Three Canadians lost in the weird and wonderful traditional country music of the American South, the band members Chris Coole (banjo), John Showman (fiddle) and Max Heineman (bass) are each journeyman musicians and veterans of some of Canada's top roots music acts (New Country Rehab, The David Francey Band, The Foggy Hogtown Boys, Fiver).


Instrumentation alone instantly sets LAS's sound apart: consisting of just fiddle, clawhammer banjo, and upright bass, the band moves freely between having a sound so powerful that it doesn't seem like it should be coming from a trio, to a sparseness and fragility that draws the listener in and refreshes the ear. All three are compelling lead singers, each with his own character and range. This allows for the vocal texture to shift depending on how the song needs to feel - and what the song has to say. When those voices come together the power of the harmonies is unshakable. It's clear to anyone who's heard LAS that they just don't sound like any other band.

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Thursday 26 Jan 20237:00pm Book Now

By Arthur Miler

directed by Lyndsey Turner


A witch hunt is beginning in Arthur Miller’s captivating parable of power with Erin Doherty (The Crown) and Brendan Cowell (Yerma).


Raised to be seen but not heard, a group of young women in Salem suddenly find their words have an almighty power.  As a climate of fear, vendetta and accusation spreads through the community, no one is safe from trial.

 

Lyndsey Turner (Hamlet) directs this contemporary new staging, designed by Tony Award-winner Es Devlin (The Lehman Trilogy). Captured live from the Olivier stage at the National Theatre.


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Sunday 29 Jan 20237:30pm Book Now

One of the top comedy club nights in the country, The Comedy Network, is coming to Selby for the first time this autumn!


Each event will feature a compere, support act and headliner for the bargain introductory price of just £10.


Delivering the best new talent in the UK, The Comedy Network gives you the chance to see tomorrow's arena fillers today. Over the years the club has played host to the likes of Russell Howard, John Oliver, Harry Hill, Bill Bailey, Lee Mack, Stewart Lee, Greg Davies, Al Murray, Noel Fielding, Ross Noble, Chris Ramsey, Roisin Conaty, Joe Wilkinson, Richard Herring, Dave Gorman, Jenny Eclair and many more.


Headliner - TBC


January's headliner will be announced soon


Support - Lovell Smith


Lovell is fast becoming one of the hottest new acts on the comedy scene with his fresh and unique approach on observations on life as a millennial, covering everything from dating disasters to the banality of working life in the 21st century.


Ex-champion bodybuilder Lovell started comedy mid 2019, after deciding modeling on that type of stage wasn’t the right platform moving forward. He won the Midlands Best New Act award after just a few months of gigging, joining previous winners Joe Lycett and Darren Harriot, and has supported Nathan Caton and Daliso Chaponda on tour.


“He’s got charisma, charm, confidence & quality jokes. A great formula. He’s the future.” - Nathan Caton


Comepere - Aaron Twitchen


Aaron has been making a name for himself in recent years. He is a stand-up comedian, actor and fantastically also a trained circus performer.


He’s a regular on the circuit working for many of the biggest promoters and is a warm, friendly and confident MC.


His ongoing solo show “Can’t Stop A Rainbow” made a mark the Edinburgh Fringe in 2019 with his own brand of intelligent, bubbly and frank stand-up.


Aaron runs his own podcast, A Matter of Pride, ‘a comedy education of gay history’. Recently Aaron has featured in Darren Harriot’s BBC Radio 4 Stand Up Podcast Red Label. He is also filming for an upcoming series with Pulped.


"Seriously talented. Hilarious, warm, energetic... the kind of new act that should have talent scouts excited and other comedians feeling nervous." - The Skinny


"Positive, fun, feel-good... Probably the best free fringe show I've seen" – Scotsgay


"Twitchen is an assured stand-up and navigates both his material and his venue with style...He is a flexible improviser, in tune with the spirit of live comedy" – Broadway Baby

Othello (12A)

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Thursday 9 Mar 20237:00pm Book Now

By William Shakespeare

directed by Clint Dyer


An extraordinary new production of Shakespeare’s most enduring tragedy, directed by Clint Dyer with a cast that includes Giles Terera (Hamilton), Rosy McEwan (The Alienist) and Paul Hilton (The Inheritance).


She’s a bright, headstrong daughter of a senator; elevated by her status but stifled by its expectations. He’s refugee of slavery; having risen to the top of a white world, he finds love across racial lines has a cost.


Wed in secret, Desdemona and Othello crave a new life together. But as unseen forces conspire against them, they find their future is not theirs to decide.  


Othello is filmed live on the Lyttleton stage of the National Theatre.

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Saturday 18 Mar 20238:00pm Book Now

Thoughtful Nashville songwriter, deft roots instrumentalist and stunning vocalist Rachel Baiman's music is centred around themes of global social and political issues and love in hard times moving effortlessly between bluegrass, folk, old-time and country.


Raised in Chicago by a radical economist and a social worker, Baiman was surrounded by social justice issues her entire life. “If I wanted to rebel against my parents I could have become a finance banker or a corporate lawyer” she says of her childhood. While her classmates went to church or temple on Sunday mornings, Baiman attended the Ethical Humanist Society of Greater Chicago, a non-religious community formed around discussions of morality and current events. “That was always a tough one to explain at school” she says with a laugh.


As a teenager, Baiman found music to be a welcome escape from worrying about global politics. “I often found the constant discussion of seemingly unsolvable problems to be intense and overwhelming, and when I moved to Nashville to pursue music it felt like something positive, beautiful and productive that I could put into the world. Now that I’ve had some years to devote to music,”—Baiman has been recording and touring internationally for the past 4 years with 10 String Symphony, and has played fiddle for numerous other artists including Kacey Musgraves and Winnipeg folk band Oh My Darling—“I find it hard to escape from the values that I grew up with, and I feel compelled to write politically, to speak out about things that I’ve experienced or seen. Songwriting is a unique opportunity to do that, because it avails a more emotional vehicle for discussion. I love the political tradition of folk music, from Woody Guthrie to Tupac, and my hope is that this record adds another voice to it.”

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Wednesday 28 Jun 20238:00pm Book Now

After the success of her tour in 2022, Nell Bryden is back on the road with an extensive set of dates promoting her latest album ‘Arms Around The Flame’.


In the lull of the pandemic Nell Bryden has been anything but quiet. She has written and recorded a whole new album in Manhattan and LA, digging deeper than ever to document the breakdown of her marriage. Themes of heartbreak, self-empowerment and resilience resonate throughout the album, already being called her strongest yet. With four more songs added to the BBC Radio 2 playlist since her release of her greatest hits album, “The Collection,” Nell is spoilt for choice on what to play. Expect one fabulous song after another from this New Yorker.