Some highlights include The Glenn Miller Story starring music legend Tommy Steele, global superstar Gilbert O’Sullivan and Northern Ballet's latest ballet for children Tortoise & the Hare at the Alhambra Theatre. At King’s Hall, Ilkley; Steeleye Span, The Simon & Garfunkel Story and an evening with Monty Don. Comedy fans should definitely visit our newly refreshed Studio with Dane Baptiste, Paul Foot and Jerry Sadowitz all making appearances. For classical music lovers the 29th Bradford Chamber Season continues from September in the beautiful Bradford Cathedral.
Adam Renton, General Manager Bradford Theatres says:
‘We have enjoyed a very dynamic and exhilarating time so far during 2016 at Bradford Theatres. We’re sure that the remainder of the year will be just as exciting for everyone. Our city centre venue, St George’s Hall, closed temporarily in Spring for renovation work. While the venue is undergoing refurbishment, some of our popular one night events will be presented at the Alhambra Theatre instead, including: Ken Dodd, Jimmy Carr and Halfway To Paradise – The Billy Fury Story.
You can also continue to enjoy the best in dance and drama at the Alhambra Theatre, with return visits from Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Northern Ballet and Touring Consortium Theatre Company. Later in the year, our trilogy of long running musicals for 2016 culminates with Mary Poppins; and as ever, the festive season is graced by our annual pantomime, this year it is
Basil & Co The Comedy Dinner Show - Friday 2 & Saturday 3 September, Restaurant 1914 at The Alhambra Theatre.
Entertainment by Laughlines Comedy Entertainment. A fabulous evening hosted by Basil Fawlty, his long-suffering wife Sybil and their confused but loyal waiter Manuel. Includes a three course dinner.
Peter Donohoe (Piano) – Friday 9 September, Bradford Cathedral – Part of Bradford International Classical Concert Season 2016/17: Bradford 29th Chamber Season
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 line-up 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. (Recommended age 12+)
Professor Brian Cox - Friday 30 September, Alhambra Theatre – SOLD OUT!
Jimmy Carr: The Best of, Ultimate, Gold, Greatest Hits Tour - Saturday 1 October, Alhambra Theatre (Recommended age 16+)
A Tale of Two Cities – Tuesday 4 – Saturday 8 October, Alhambra Theatre
Captioned: Wed 5 Oct 7.30pm, Audio Described: Sat 8 Oct 2.30pm
Dickens considered his novel, A Tale Of Two Cities the best story he had ever written. Interweaving one family’s intensely personal drama with the terror and chaos of the French Revolution, it is an epic story of love, sacrifice and redemption amidst horrific violence and world changing events. A Touring Consortium Theatre Company and Royal & Derngate Northamptonshire production. (Recommended age 12+)
Northern Ballet: Romeo and Juliet – Tuesday 11 – Saturday 15 October, Alhambra Theatre
Audio Described: Sat 15 Oct 2.30pm
Northern Ballet is the first Company to bring Jean-Christophe Maillot’s Les Ballets de Monte Carlo’s Romeo and Juliet to the UK. Share in the passion and stolen moments of the world’s most famous young lovers, and get swept up in the heartbreak as the tragedy of their world consumes them.
Northern Ballet: Tortoise & the Hare – Friday 14 October, Alhambra Theatre
Following the successes of Ugly Duckling, Three Little Pigs and Elves and the Shoemaker and the TV adaptations for CBeebies, Northern Ballet bring their magic to Tortoise & the Hare.
Alauda Quartet – Friday 14 October, Bradford Cathedral - Part of Bradford International Classical Concert Season 2016/17: Bradford 29th Chamber Season
Dane Baptiste: Reasonable Doubts - Saturday 15 October, The Studio
Original, provocative and exceptionally prolific, Dane Baptiste is already being hailed as one of the most exciting comic talents to break in years. (Recommended age 16+)
Shane Filan: Right Here Tour 2016 - Monday 17 October, Alhambra Theatre
Westlife front-man Shane Filan joins us this season to extend the huge success of Right Here 2016 The Tour. Following the release of the Right Here album, the Irish pop sensation will perform Westlife favourites as well as his own recent tracks from the album.
Steeleye Span In Concert with Maddy Prior - Tuesday 18 October, King’s Hall, Ilkley
Halfway to Paradise - The Billy Fury Story - Wednesday 19 October, Alhambra Theatre
Featuring the sensational Colin Gold as Billy Fury with the original Fury’s Tornados
Gilbert O’Sullivan In Concert - Thursday 20 October, Alhambra Theatre
A global superstar who topped the UK and US charts with the likes of Alone Again (Naturally) and Get Down,
Gilbert O’Sullivan is an artist who has never rested on his laurels. His songs have been covered by Neil Diamond amongst others. Don’t miss this acclaimed live show in support of new Latin influenced album Latin Ala G, performed with his fabulous ten piece band.
Starman - David Bowie A Musical Celebration - Friday 21 October, King’s Hall, Ilkley
The Ken Dodd Happiness Show - Saturday 22 October, Alhambra Theatre
Ken Dodd’s incredible and hugely successful career as a professional entertainer now spans over 60 fun-filled years. He is a comedian of unrivalled and legendary status who has been entertaining audiences for a lifetime of happiness and laughter.
The Glenn Miller Story - Tuesday 25 – Saturday 29 October, Alhambra Theatre
Signed: Thur 27 Oct 7.30pm, Captioned: Fri 28 Oct 7.30pm, Audio Described: Sat 29 Oct 2.30pm
Brought to the stage in a brand new musical spectacular, is the life, fame and vanishing of America’s most famous big band leader. Starring music legend Tommy Steele.
Only Fools & Boycie - An intimate evening with Only Fools and Horses actor John Challis - Wednesday 26 October, The Studio
Paul Foot - ’Tis a Pity She’s a Piglet - Thursday 27 October, The Studio
In Paul’s first new show in two years, Professor Ketchup and his camembert piglet join forces as he tackles the big issues such as terrorism. Plus Ant n’ Dec, Immigration, X-Factor and breakfast. (Recommended age 14+)
The Rubettes featuring Alan Williams - Thursday 27 October, King’s Hall, Ilkley
Mark Radcliffe - Should You Be Interested - Saturday 29 October, The Studio
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.
The Simon & Garfunkel Story 50th Anniversary Tour - Thursday 3 November, King’s Hall, Ilkley
Jerry Sadowitz - Comedian, Magician, Psychopath! Saturday 5 November, The Studio (Age 18+ only)
An Evening with Gervase Phinn - Tuesday 8 & Wednesday 9 November, The Studio
Raphael Wallfisch (Cello) & John York (Piano) - Friday 11 November, Bradford Cathedral - Part of Bradford International Classical Concert Season 2016/17 Bradford 29th Chamber Season
Down to Earth - An Evening with Monty Don - Monday 14 November, King’s Hall, Ilkley
Blofeld & Baxter Rogues on the Road - Wednesday 16 November, The Studio
Piers Adams (Recorder) & David Wright (Harpsichord) - Wild Men of the Baroque - Friday 2 December, Bradford Cathedral - Part of Bradford International Classical Concert Season 2016/17: Bradford 29th Chamber Season.
Johnny Cash Roadshow - Thursday 8 December, King’s Hall, Ilkley
Murder Mystery Evening – A Christmas Killing – Wednesday 14 & Thursday 15 December, Restaurant 1914 at The Alhambra Theatre. Entertainment by It’s Murder. Includes a three course dinner.
The Santa Trap - Sunday 18 & Monday 19 December, King’s Hall, Ilkley
Young audiences will adore this action-packed, explosively funny new musical show!
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, soap-star Charlie Hardwick and pop and musical theatre sensation Jon Lee.
It's Only Words - Friday 16 & Saturday 17 September, The Alhambra Theatre
The Deana Morgan Academy takes centre stage with another epic production full of dance, song and just a little drama.