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Sparkling summer season at Bradford Theatres

Bradford Theatres are very pleased to announce a superb season of top-quality dramas, sensational musicals and great family entertainment for Summer 2013 at their leading Yorkshire venues: the Alhambra Theatre, St George\'s Hall, The Studio and King\'s Hall & Winter Garden in Ilkley. 

Please find show information in a listings style for each month of the new season; more information can be found on the Bradford Theatres website or by contacting a member of the Bradford Theatres Press Team.

Adam Renton, General Manager Bradford Theatres says:

\"The summer months bring an exciting array of shows and other events to all of our venues. We also celebrate the 160th anniversary of St George\'s Hall in August.  We have something for everyone to enjoy -from dramas to a new musical; a vast array of comedy in The Studio; multiple variety entertainment shows; classical, pop and folk music; a bumper number of family-friendly and childrens\' shows; and we even turn the Alhambra Theatre\'s stage into an ice rink for one week only!

This August, you can also savour Sunday lunch at the Winter Garden in Ilkley or drop in to the Winter Garden Tea Room for a lighter meal. Don\'t forget you can enjoy a pre-show meal in Restaurant 1914 plus we\'re hosting a variety of other events there during August: Murder Mystery Evenings, Fawlty Towers Dinner Events and a Wine Tasting.\"

MAY

Lord Mayor\'s Appeal Concert, Friday 3 May, St George\'s Hall. A magnificent evening of Brass and Voices with the City of Bradford Brass Band and the Airedale Male Voice Choir.

Abigail\'s Party, Monday 6 - Saturday 11 May, Alhambra Theatre. Audio Described: Wed 8 May 2pm. Captioned: Fri 10 May 7.30pm

After a triumphant West End, Lindsay Posner\'s acclaimed revival of one of the most popular plays ever written is touring the UK. Donna Summer is playing on the stereo. Dishes of cheese and pineapple are on the coffee table...the social get-together from hell is about to begin. It is a ruthlessly accurate observation of the pretensions of suburbia, a world obsessed with class and taste and ruled over by the monstrous Beverly! [Played by Hannah Waterman].

London Philharmonic Orchestra with Milos Karadaglic, Tuesday 7 May, St George\'s Hall.

Billy Ocean, Wednesday 8 May, St George\'s Hall
Billy Ocean is the biggest black recording star Britain has ever produced. From his 70s hits such as Love Really Hurts and Red Light to the 80s mega hits of Caribbean Queen and When The Going Gets Tough, he has blessed the charts with many timeless songs.

Gerry Cross the Mersey, Thursday 9 May, King\'s Hall Ilkley

Verve 13 - Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Thursday 9 May, The Studio.

Sean Hughes - Life Becomes Noises, Saturday 11 May, The Studio

Patrick Monahan - Shooting from the Lip, Friday 17 May, The Studio

The Noise Next Door, Boys On Tour, Friday 18 May, The Studio
The UK\'s premier improv comedy troupe are finally taking their mind-blowing brand of off-the-cuff humour on a national tour. With a perfect blend of ludicrous characters, witty one-liners and musical extravagance, this exhilarating new show simply cannot be missed!

Soul Sister, Monday 20 - Saturday 25 May, Alhambra Theatre. Captioned: Fri 24 May 7.30pm. Audio Described: Sat 25 May 2.30pm. Signed: Sat 25 May 7.30pm
The story follows the highs, lows, passions and heartbreak of Ike and Tina Turner as their careers soared whilst their marriage crumbled, ultimately leading to Tina being catapulted to super stardom and heralded as one of the greatest solo artists of all time. Full of heart and soul, electrifying choreography, and stunning musical numbers, Soul Sister is sure to have you on your feet, partying the night away. Featuring Emi Wokoma as Tina Turner straight from her sensational West End season. EARLY BOOKING OFFER: £5 off top priced tickets (Mon-Thu) booked by 30 April 2013 (T&C\'s apply).

Timothy West with The Pavao String Quartet: Intimate Letters, Monday 20 May, King\'s Hall Ilkley
A dramatic retelling of the passionate illicit love affair that resulted in one of the finest and most passionate string quartets of the 20th century. Timothy West reads the composer\'s love letters chronologically placed between the movements of the composer\'s magnificent 2nd string quartet.

Moscow State Symphony Orchestra, Friday 24 May, St George\'s Hall

Shazia Mirza: Cuckooland, Friday 24 May, The Studio

Shaolin Warriors: Return of the Master, Saturday 25 May, St George\'s Hall

Derren Brown Live 2013, Monday 27 May - Saturday 1 June, Alhambra Theatre
The multi-award winning acknowledged master of psychological illusion returns to the stage this year with his new one-man show Derren Brown: Infamous. Infamous is Derren\'s sixth show since 2003. He has toured every year since then and been watched by an estimated audience of over 2 million people. He has won two prestigious Olivier Awards, for Something Wicked This Way Comes (2006) and Svengali (2012),

Julian Clary - Position Vacant: Apply Within, Tuesday 28 June, St George\'s Hall

One Night of Queen, Thursday 30 May, St George\'s Hall

The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, Friday 31 May, St George\'s Hall

JUNE

Sleeping Beauty on Ice, Tuesday 4 - Sunday 9 June, Alhambra Theatre
Set to the magnificent music of Tchaikovsky, The Sleeping Beauty On Ice tells the classic fairytale love story through sublime world class skating, breathtaking high speed lifts and throws, awe inspiring aerial gymnastics, stilt skating and fire effects - all in the intimacy of the theatre stage. The thrilling production features a 26-strong cast of Olympic, World, European and National Championship skaters. Starring Olga Sharutenko from ITV\'s Dancing On Ice. SPECIAL BOOKING OFFER: £10 off top two priced tickets booked by 15 April 2013 - opening night only (T&C\'s apply).

The Dublin Legends, Wednesday 5 June, St George\'s Hall

Movin\' Melvin Brown - Me, Ray Charles and Sammy Davis Jr, Friday 7 June, St George\'s Hall
The \'genius\' of Ray Charles and Sammy Davis Jr will be brought to life in an extraordinary one-night show, filled with singing, dancing, tap, comedy, mime, and robotics! Accompanied by the Ray Charles Sound Band.

Hats Off to Led Zeppelin, Saturday 15 June, St George\'s Hall

Mike Oldfield\'s Tubular Bells \'For Two\', Thursday 20 June, St George\'s Hall

Rat Pack Vegas Spectacular Show, Friday 21 June, S George\'s Hall

Nickelodeon\'s Dora The Explorer Live! Search for The City of Lost Toys, Alhambra Theatre, Tuesday 25 & Wednesday 26 June
Everyone\'s favourite explorer is embarking on a LIVE musical adventure across the UK! Dora the Explorer fans will delight in this two act, song and dance spectacular that invites them to think, sing and play along.

Bourgeois and Maurice - Sugartits, Saturday 29 June, The Studio

JULY

Go Back For Murder, Tuesday 2 - Saturday 6 July, Alhambra Theatre. Captioned: Fri 5 July 7.30pm. Audio Described: Sat 6 July 2.30pm

Now in its eighth thrilling year, the Agatha Christie Theatre Company presents a brand new production of the Queen of crime\'s classic time piece.  Starring Liza Goddard (Bergerac, Give Us A Clue), Sophie Ward (BBC\'s Land Girls, ITV\'s Heartbeat, BBC\'s Holby City and the 2011 film Jane Eyre), Robert Duncan (Drop The Dead Donkey), Gary Mavers (Peak Practice), Lysette Anthony (BBC sitcom Three Up, Two Down, ITV\'s soap opera Night & Day and Woody Allen\'s award-winning film Husbands & Wives) and Ben Nealon (ITV drama Soldier Soldier). EARLY BOOKING OFFER: £5 off top priced tickets (Tue-Thu) booked by 30 April 2013 (T&C\'s apply).

King of Pop - The Legend Continues, Friday 5 July, St George\'s Hall

Rising Damp, Tuesday 9 - Saturday 13 July, Alhambra Theatre. Captioned: Fri 12 July 7.30pm. Audio Described: Sat 13 July 2.30pm
ITV\'s top comedy of all time comes to the Alhambra stage in a brand-new production from the Comedy Theatre Company, producers of the stage versions of Victoria Wood\'s dinnerladies and BBC TV\'s Birds Of A Feather. EARLY BOOKING OFFER: £2.50 off top priced tickets booked by 30 April 2013 (T&C\'s apply).

Dreamboats and Petticoats, Monday 15 - Saturday 20 July, Alhambra Theatre. Signed: Thu 18 July 7.30pm. Captioned: Fri 19 July 7.30pm. Audio Described: Sat 20 July 2.30pm.
Inspired by the smash hit multi-million selling albums Dreamboats And Petticoats One, Two, Three, Four, Five and Six, the West End sell-out sensation Dreamboats and Petticoats The Musical, featuring some of the greatest hit songs of the Rock \'n\' Roll era, returns to Bradford\'s Alhambra Theatre by phenomenal public demand!

Aquaria, Tuesday 18 - Saturday 20 July, St George\'s Hall
You will marvel at spectacular aerial acrobatics, fire juggling, feats of strength and balance and the brilliant water ballet as the elements compete to show off their talents. Telling the story of Aquaria - the goddess of the deep - this visually stunning show will have you mesmerised.

Grandpa in my Pocket - Teamwork!, Wednesday 24 - Saturday 27 July, Alhambra Theatre
A brand new story told by a young ensemble cast who bring all your favourite Sunnysands characters and places to life before your eyes. Imaginative and highly theatrical, children will fall in love with Grandpa in my Pocket all over again. Based upon the television series Grandpa In My Pocket produced by Adastra Creative Limited.

AUGUST 

Wine Tasting Evening, Friday 8 August, Restaurant 1914 at The Alhambra

Murder Mystery Evenings - Matrimonial Mayhem, Fridays 9, 16 & 23 August, Restaurant 1914 at The Alhambra

Fawlty Towers the Dinner Show, Wed 14, Wed 21 & Thur 22 August, Restaurant 1914 at The Alhambra

Sunday Lunch in the Winter Gardens: Carvery Lunch and Tea Room, Sunday 25 August, King\'s Hall

Aliens Love Underpants, Friday 30 & Saturday 31 August, St George\'s Hall
This zany and hilarious tale based on the best-selling children\'s book is delightfully brought to life on stage for the very first time. With stunning effects, madcap action, original music (and lots of aliens of course!) this fantastically fresh and funny production will delight the whole family.

Amateur shows at Bradford Theatres
SLP College
presents West End to Broadway, Friday 21 & Saturday 22 June, Alhambra Theatre

Rachael Swann School of Dancing
presents Curtain Call, Saturday 29 June, St George\'s Hall
Footsteps Theatre Company
presents 21st Anniversary Show, Fri 12 & Sat 13 July, St George\'s Hall

Spotlight Stage School
presents Simply the Best celebrating 20 years, Wednesday 31 July & Thursday 1 August, Alhambra Theatre
DM Academy
presents One Night Only, Saturday 3 August, Alhambra Theatre

COMING SOON

New Jersey Nights, Tuesday 10 - Saturday 14 September, Alhambra Theatre. Captioned: Fri 13 Sep 7.30pm. Audio Described: Sat 14 Sep 2.30pm. Signed: Sat 14 Sep 7.30pm.
Direct from the USA the international smash-hit show New Jersey Nights comes to the Alhambra Theatre as part of their world tour. EARLY BOOKING OFFER: £5 opening night or £2.50 off all other performances - top priced tickets booked by 30 April 2013 T&C\'s apply.

Rocky Horror Show, Tuesday 16 - Saturday 21 September, Alhambra Theatre. Signed: Fri 20 Sep 5pm. Audio Described: Sat 21 Sep 5pm.
Bursting at the seams with timeless classics, including Sweet Transvestite, Damn It Janet and of course, the pelvic thrusting Time Warp, Richard O\'Brien\'s Rocky Horror Show is a guaranteed non-stop party! Party on after the show - only available when the show\'s in Bradford: Thu 19, Fri 20 & Sat 21 Sep. After show party in The Studio - see website for details.

Kate Rusby, Thursday 19 September, St George\'s Hall
Stewart Lee - Much A-Stew About Nothing,
Thursday 26 September, St George\'s Hall


Priscilla Queen Of The Desert The Musical
, Monday 7 - Saturday 12 October, Alhambra Theatre. Signed: Thu 10 Oct 7.30pm. Captioned: Fri 11 Oct 5pm. Audio Described: Sat 22 Oct 2.30pm.
Based on the smash-hit movie, Priscilla is the heartwarming, uplifting adventure of three friends who hop aboard a battered old bus searching for love and friendship and end up finding more than they could have ever dreamed of. Party on after the show - only available when the show\'s in Bradford: Fri 11 & Sat 12 Oct. After show party in The Studio - see website for details.

Ed Byrne: Roaring Forties, Saturday 26 October, St George\'s Hall

Aladdin - Magical Pantomime Adventure, Saturday 14 December 2013 - Sunday 26 January 2014, Alhambra Theatre  

To book for all of these shows please contact the Box Office

on 01274 432000 or visit our website bradford-theatres.co.uk (booking fees apply)

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