BRADFORD THEATRES ANNOUNCE SPRING 2017 SEASON
Some highlights at the Alhambra Theatre include Anton & Erin Swing Time, Sunny Afternoon, Anita and Me, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat starring Joe McElderry and two operas from Ellen Kent Productions.  At King’s Hall, Ilkley there are delights such as We’re Going on a Bear Hunt and Ruby Wax – Frazzled.  Plus comedy fans should definitely visit our newly refreshed Studio with Patrick Monahan, Tom Allen and Suzi Ruffell all making appearances.  For classical music lovers the 29th Bradford Chamber Season continues at the beautiful Bradford Cathedral. 
 
Adam Renton, General Manager Bradford Theatres says: 
‘As this year draws to a close, we are now looking ahead to exciting times in 2017 at Bradford Theatres, with a diverse and vibrant selection of shows. As ever, you can continue to enjoy the best in live entertainment at the Alhambra Theatre, including opera; musicals, dance, drama; and don’t forget our pantomime runs until the end of January 2017.
 
There is still time to find the perfect festive gift and if you’re not quite sure which show your friends and family members want to see, why not treat them to a Bradford Theatres Friends Membership package or Gift Vouchers. Alternatively you could treat them to a pre-show meal in our very popular Restaurant 1914 or an upgrade to the Laidler Lounge VIP bar.’ 
 
December/January 
Peter Pan- The Swashbuckling Pantomime Adventure - Saturday 17 December 2016 – Sunday 29 January 2017, Alhambra Theatre. Signed: Thur 22 Dec 2.30pm, Audio Described: Wed 4 Jan 2pm & 7.15pm, Captioned: Sun 15 Jan – 1pm, Relaxed Performance –Tue 17 Jan, 7.15pm
Take a trip to Neverland with the Alhambra Theatre’s magical family pantomime adventure, Peter Pan. King of Yorkshire pantomime funny-man Billy Pearce returns to lead a star cast including actor, singer and television presenter Darren Day, Emmerdale soap-star Charlie Hardwick and pop and musical theatre sensation Jon Lee. 
 
 
We’re Going on a Bear Hunt - Tuesday 17 & Wednesday 18 January, King’s Hall, Ilkley (Recommended for ages 3+)
Fidelio Trio – Friday 27 January, Bradford Cathedral – Part of Bradford International Classical Concert Season 2016/17: Bradford 29th Chamber Season
 
Del & Rodney & Edmund & Queenie The Comedy Dinner Shows – Monday 30 January & Tuesday 31 January, Restaurant 1914 at The Alhambra Theatre. Entertainment by Laughlines Comedy Entertainment. Includes a three course dinner. 
 
February
Aida & La Boheme - Sunday 5 & Monday 6 February, Alhambra Theatre 
Opera & Ballet International proudly presents two Ellen Kent productions, with international soloists, highly praised chorus and full orchestra. Sung in Italian with English surtitles. 
 
Anton & Erin Swing Time - Tuesday 7 & Wednesday 8 February, Alhambra Theatre 
Join the nation’s favourite ballroom couple Anton du Beke & Erin Boag when they return with an exciting new show for 2017! 
 
Omid Djalili -Schmuck For a Night - Friday 10 February, Alhambra Theatre (Suitable for ages 16 +)
Ruby Wax - Frazzled A Guide to Mindfulness - Thursday 16 February, King’s Hall, Ilkley 
Gerry Cross the Mersey - Tuesday 21 February, King’s Hall, Ilkley 
 
The King is Back - Ben Portsmouth is Elvis - Saturday 18 February, Alhambra Theatre 
Internationally renowned as one, if not the best Elvis tribute in the world today, Ben Portsmouth will bring his unique style, charisma and tenpiece band to show you why he is regarded as the best in the business.
 
Sister Act - Monday 20 – Saturday 25 February, Alhambra Theatre 
Signed: Thur 23 Feb 7.30pm, Captioned: Fri 24 Feb 7.30pm, Audio Described: Sat 25 Feb 2.30pm
This all new critically acclaimed production of the Broadway and West End smash hit musical comedy starring Alexandra Burke (The X Factor, The Bodyguard) is coming to Bradford for one week only! Directed and choreographed by Craig Revel Horwood, Sister Act is the feel-amazing show based on the movie starring Whoopi Goldberg and Maggie Smith.
 
John Shuttleworth - My Last Will and Tasty Mint - Monday 27 February, King’s Hall, Ilkley
 
Sunny Afternoon - Tuesday 28 February – Saturday 4 March, Alhambra Theatre 
Signed: Thur 2 Mar 7.30pm, Captioned: Fri 3 Mar 7.30pm, Audio Described: Sat 4 Mar 2.30pm
Sunny Afternoon tells the captivating tale of how one of Britain’s greatest bands, The Kinks, rose to stardom. Featuring the iconic hits You Really Got Me, Waterloo Sunset, Dedicated Follower of Fashion, All Day and All of the Night, Lola, Sunny Afternoon and many more.
 
 
March 
Croft & Pearce - Are Not Themselves - Friday 3 March, The Studio
You’ve Got A Friend - The Music of James Taylor and Carole King - Friday 3 March, King’s Hall, Ilkley 
Count Arthur Strong - The Sound of Mucus - Saturday 4 March, King’s Hall, Ilkley (Recommended age 14+)
 
Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games - Tuesday 7 – Sunday 12 March, Alhambra Theatre
Celebrating 20 years since he debuted Lord of the Dance, Flatley’s UK tour will star his protégés James Keegan, Morgan Comer and Matthew Smith in the role of the Lord of the Dance. The show is produced, choreographed and directed by Michael Flatley.
 
Emily Sun (Violin) & Jennifer Hughes (Piano) - Friday 10 March, Bradford Cathedral – Part of Bradford International Classical Concert Season 2016/17: Bradford 29th Chamber Season
 
The Full Monty - Monday 13 – Saturday 18 March, Alhambra Theatre
Captioned: Fri 17 Mar 7.30pm, Audio Described: Sat 18 Mar 2.30pm
Based on his smash hit film and adapted for the stage by Oscar-winning writer Simon Beaufoy, this hilarious and heartfelt production stars Gary Lucy, Andrew Dunn, Louis Emerick, Chris Fountain, Anthony Lewis, Kai Owen and a cast of fourteen and is directed by Jack Ryder.
 
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show - Thursday 16 March, King’s Hall, Ilkley 
The timeless classic makes its way off the page and onto the stage in this wonderful production, featuring a menagerie of 75 loveable puppets. (Suitable for ages 3+)
 
Pub Quiz For Kids with Patrick Monahan - Saturday 18 March, The Studio (Recommended age 5+)
Patrick Monahan - That 80s Show - Saturday 18 March, The Studio (Recommended age 16+)
Miles Jupp -Songs of Freedom - Monday 20 March, King’s Hall, Ilkley 
 
Anita and Me - Tuesday 21 – Saturday 25 March, Alhambra Theatre
Captioned: Wed 22 Mar 7.30pm, Audio Described: Sat 25 Mar 2.30pm
Meera Syal’s much-loved novel bursts on to the Alhambra stage after sell-out runs at Birmingham Repertory Theatre and Stratford East. With Shobna Gulati (Coronation Street, Dinnerladies) as Daljit.
 
Rob Beckett - Mouth of the South - Tuesday 28 March, King's Hall, Ilkley
 
Matthew Bourne's Production of The Red Shoes - Tuesday 28 March – Saturday 1 April, Alhambra Theatre 
Matthew Bourne’s magical adaptation of the classic Powell and Pressburger film. An intoxicating drama where life imitates art with fateful consequences; The Red Shoes will dazzle your senses and break your heart.
 
 
April 
Menopause The Musical - Sunday 2 April, Alhambra Theatre 
Starring Cheryl Fergison (EastEnders), Maureen Nolan (The Nolans), Rebecca Wheatley (Casualty) and Ruth Berkeley (Penny Dreadful)
 
The Matt Monro Story - The Singer’s Singer - Wednesday 5 April, King’s Hall, Ilkley  
 
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat - Tuesday 4 – Saturday 8 April, Alhambra Theatre
Audio Described: Thur 6 April 2pm, Signed: Thur 6 April 7.30pm
Retelling the Biblical story of Joseph, his eleven brothers and the coat of many colours, this magical musical is full of unforgettable songs including Those Canaan Days, Any Dream Will Do and Close Every Door. Starring Joe McElderry. 
 
European Union Chamber Orchestra With Bradford Cathedral Choir - Friday 7 April, Bradford Cathedral – Part of Bradford International Classical Concert Season 2016/17: Bradford 29th Chamber Season
 
Dick and Dom Live! Tuesday 11 April, Alhambra Theatre 
Dick & Dom are touring the UK in a show that promises to get the whole family on their feet. The performance will be full of madcap challenges and audience participation games that will guarantee to have you in stitches. This is a show you won’t want to miss! On public sale Mon 21 November 2016.
 
An Evening with Boycott & Aggers 2017 - Friday 14 April, Alhambra Theatre 
Following their first run of hugely popular events, the extraordinary odd couple return again by popular demand to enthral, dazzle and entertain. On public sale Mon 21 November 2016. 
 
Justin’s Party - Saturday 15 & Sunday 16 April, Alhambra Theatre
Justin’s Party is a brand new show which is packed full of fantastic songs, dances and hilarious games guaranteed to make it the party of the year! There will be lots of exciting surprises along the way and you’ll
get to meet Justin’s adorable new puppy Engelbert! (Age suitability 2+)
 
Tez - Saturday 22 April, The Studio 
Following a smash-hit run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, join Tez Ilyas as he leads you on a truly unique journey through his silly, smart and subversive take on life in his Britain.

Tom Allen & Suzi Ruffell - Hit the Road! Saturday 29 April, The Studio 
 
The Wedding Singer - Tuesday 25 – Saturday 29 April, Alhambra Theatre 
Captioned: Fri 28 Apr 8.30pm, Audio Described: Sat 29 Apr 2.30pm
Don’t miss your chance to join the party of the year – with a musical that promises to get you up dancing faster than your Dad at a wedding, packed with songs which capture all the fun and energy of the Adam Sandler smash-hit film. Starring Ray Quinn, Ruth Madoc and Roxanne Pallett. 
 
Amateur 
Buttershaw St Paul’s Amateur Operatic Dramatic Society presents Fiddler on the Roof - Thursday 2 – Saturday 4 February, Alhambra Theatre 
 
Bradford Dance Network presents Exchanges - Saturday 11 February, Alhambra Theatre 
The Dance Bradford network stages its inaugural dance event Exchanges – an evening of dance performed by hundreds of young people and six professional dance artists from the Bradford district in a creative dance exchange.
 
ENDS

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