SUMMER 2016 SEASON ANNOUNCEMENT

Adam Renton, General Manager Bradford Theatres says:

“This year promises to be a very dynamic and exhilarating time for everyone at Bradford Theatres.
Our city centre venue, St George’s Hall, closes temporarily at the end of March for renovation work and we also undertake some work to refresh the look and style of The Studio space over the coming months.

We welcome a trio of long-running international musicals to the award-winning Alhambra Theatre this year: Billy Elliot the Musical is in town with the only Yorkshire dates on their ten venue UK tour; and Bradford is the only UK city to host Wicked outside London during 2016. Mary Poppins completes the trio, with a visit later in the autumn months.

As well as our very popular Restaurant 1914, there are plans to open another eatery at the Alhambra
Theatre – The Pit Kitchen – during the summer; and the Laidler Lounge VIP champagne bar continues to offer the perfect start to your evening with us.”

 
April 
Opera & Ballet International proudly presents two Ellen Kent Productions:
Tosca – Tuesday 26 April & Carmen – Wednesday 27 April, Alhambra Theatre
PUCCINI TOSCA - This traditional production is a heady mixture of true love, torture and treachery. 
BIZET CARMEN - Featuring a spectacular dance sequence by Caspian – a majestic white Andalucian stallion – ridden by Joe Butcher.
 
Nederlands Dans Theater 2 - Friday 29 & Saturday 30 April, Alhambra Theatre 
Artistically directed by award-winning choreographer Paul Lightfoot, NDT2 presents 18 international dancers aged 18 – 23. With a winning combination of fresh exuberance and astonishing athleticism, NDT2 promise to thrill and entertain, performing a vibrant mixed repertoire of work. Post show Q&A on Friday 29 April. 
 
May
An Inspector Calls - Tuesday 3 – Saturday 7 May, Alhambra Theatre 
Signed: Thur 5 May 2pm, Captioned: Fri 6 May 7.30pm, Audio Described: Sat 7 May 2.30pm 
From Stephen Daldry, the Oscar nominated Director of The Reader, The Hours and Billy Elliot, comes the multiaward-winning West End production of JB Priestley’s classic thriller, An Inspector Calls.
 
Billy Elliot The Musical - Tuesday 10 May – Saturday 11 June, Alhambra Theatre 
Captioned: Wed 8 June 7.30pm, Audio Described: Thur 9 June 2pm, Signed: Thur 9 June 7.30pm
Billy Elliot the Musical, one of the most beloved shows on stage today, is embarking on its first ever UK and Ireland tour after eleven extraordinary years in London’s West End. See this multi-award winning sensation when the tour arrives at the Alhambra - THE ONLY YORKSHIRE DATES!
 
The 56 - Wednesday 4 – Saturday 7 May, The Studio (Schools performances: Wed, Thur & Fri 1.15pm)
At 3.40pm on 11 May 1985, a small fire broke out in the main stand at Valley Parade football ground during the last game of the season. Within four minutes, the wooden structure was ablaze. On the 31st anniversary of the disaster, The 56 examines strength, solidarity and community in the face of overwhelming tragedy.
 
Gyles Brandreth Word Power! - Monday 16 May 7.30pm, Kings Hall, Ilkley 
Join Edinburgh Fringe award-winner Gyles Brandreth on an uproarious and unexpected magic carpet ride around the awesome world of words. Whether it’s global domination you’re after – or getting some nookie on a Friday night – you need the right words to get the right results. Discover them right here.
 
An Audience with Martin Kemp - Tuesday 17 May 7.30pm, Kings Hall, Ilkley
From the incredible global success of Spandau Ballet to hitting the headlines on BBC1’s EastEnders, Martin has a truly amazing career. Now it’s your chance to get up close and personal as Martin talks about his life and being in the business– all of it is “true” and with your chance to put your questions forward to Martin – live!
 
June 
Dr Feelgood - Thursday 2 June 7.30pm, Kings Hall, Ilkley
 
The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain® The Gigasecond Tour - Thursday 16 June 7.30pm, Alhambra Theatre. The world renowned all-singing, all-plucking superstars return with their toe-tapping music, hilarious banter, and sheer superlative entertainment.
 
The Nile Project - Saturday 18 June, 7.30pm, Alhambra Theatre 
Inspired by Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Project, Egyptian musicologist Mina Girgis and Ethiopian-American singer Meklit Hadero created this concert experience to raise awareness of the cultural and environmental challenges along the world’s longest river. Part of Yorkshire Festival 2016
 
Footloose The Musical - Tuesday 28 June – Saturday 2 July, Alhambra Theatre 
Signed: Thur 30 June 7.30pm, Audio Described: Sat 2 July 2.30pm
Everybody Cut Loose as the explosive Rock ‘n’ Roll musical Footloose bursts on to the Alhambra Theatre’s stage. With a dynamic cast, including Gareth Gates as Willard and Maureen Nolan as Vi Moore. 
 
July
David Walliams Gangsta Granny - Tuesday 5 – Saturday 9 July, Alhambra Theatre 
Signed: Thur 7 July 7pm
From the acclaimed producers of Horrible Histories comes the world premiere of this amazing story by David Walliams, the UK’s best-selling author for children. Join Ben as he embarks on the adventure of a lifetime with his very own ‘Gangsta Granny’!
 
Wicked - Wednesday 20 July – Sunday 21 August, Alhambra Theatre 
Wicked has been casting its magical spell across the world for more than a decade and is already one of Broadway and the West End’s most celebrated, spectacular and successful musicals of all time.
BRADFORD WILL BE THE ONLY UK CITY TO HOST WICKED OUTSIDE LONDON IN 2016. ALSO PLAYING SUNDAY MATINEES. 
 
Bradford Theatres present Basil & Co The Comedy Dinner Show - Friday 16 & Saturday 17 July, Restaurant 1914 at The Alhambra Theatre. Doors 7pm, event starts 7.30pm 
Entertainment by Laughlines Comedy Entertainment A fabulous evening hosted by Basil Fawlty, his long-suffering wife Sybil and their confused but loyal waiter Manuel...
 
Coming soon...
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Tuesday 27 & Wednesday 28 September, Alhambra Theatre 
‘The irresistible dancers of Ailey are back’ (The New Yorker) after a five year absence from the UK with a 
dazzling array of offerings. The all-star lineup will include new works by some of today’s most acclaimed choreographers, as well as Ailey classics including the beloved crowd-pleaser Revelations, the most widely-seen modern dance work in the world. Post Show Q&A – Tue 27 September. 
 
Mary Poppins - Wednesday 2 November – Saturday 10 December, Alhambra Theatre 
Captioned: Wed 16 Nov 7.30pm, Audio Described: Wed 23 Nov 2pm, Signed: Thur 24 Nov 7.30pm
The magical story of the world’s favourite Nanny arriving on Cherry Tree Lane has been triumphantly and spectacularly brought to the stage with dazzling choreography, incredible effects and unforgettable songs.
 
Peter Pan - Saturday 17 December 2016 – Sunday 29 January 2017, Alhambra Theatre 
This Christmas Bradford pantomime king Billy Pearce leads a star cast in the swashbuckling family panto adventure Peter Pan. TICKETS ON SALE TO GROUPS & FRIENDS MONDAY 4 APRIL AND ON PUBLIC SALE MONDAY 18 APRIL
 
Amateur 
Ballerina Productions present One Night Only - Sunday 1 May, Alhambra Theatre
Ballerina Productions has assembled dance schools and vocal groups from across Yorkshire to appear in One Night Only, a special performance giving them a chance to appear at the jewel in Bradford’s crown, the 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 

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