BRADFORD THEATRES ANNOUNCE SPRING 2018 SEASON
Opera and Ballet International proudly presents Ellen Kent’s Opera Festival including Rigoletto, La Traviata and Madama Butterfly and Anton du Beke & Erin Boag celebrate a decade of dance with their new show From Broadway to Hollywood. The National Theatre’s War Horse returns for a four week run and The Touring Consortium present Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic gothic thriller Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde starring Phil Daniels. 
 
The Alhambra Theatre, King’s Hall, Ilkley and The Studio boast some great names in comedy with 
Alun Cochrane, Dave Spikey, Mark Watson and Tim Vine and evenings with Michael Portillo, Joe Brown and larger than life British actor Brian Blessed. 
 
Adam Renton, General Manager Bradford Theatres says: 
"We are very much looking forward to our exciting Spring 2018 season, which is packed full of some of the best touring shows, including a return visit of the National Theatre’s War Horse; a new production of Sunset Boulevard; and a dance premier with Ballet British Columbia. Don’t forget to join us for Yorkshire’s biggest and most lavish pantomime this festive season: Cinderella is set to delight young and old. 
 
Following customer feedback, we have undertaken refurbishment works to the award-winning Alhambra Theatre’s foyer, stage and auditorium to improve customers’ experience when visiting us. 
 
The Box Office counter in the foyer has been completely refurbished to ensure services are accessible for all customers; and we have made space for additional female toilets to help reduce queuing times on show nights. Seating in the Dress Circle has been reupholstered; the safety bars in the Upper Circle have also been lowered to reduce viewing restrictions from certain seats on the front few rows. Finally, the stage has been fully replaced to continue to accommodate the sizeable and intricate sets from the large-scale touring productions we attract.”
 
December
Cinderella - Saturday 16 December 2017– Sunday 28 January 2018, Alhambra Theatre
Signed: Thur 21 Dec 2.30pm & Fri 12 Jan 1pm, Audio Described: Wed 3 Jan 2pm & 7.15pm, 
Captioned: Sun 14 Jan 1pm. Relaxed Performance: specially designed to welcome people with an Autistic Spectrum Condition, learning disability or sensory and communication disorder – Tuesday 16 January, 6pm 
Join us at the greatest Yorkshire pantomime of them all, Cinderella, starring Alhambra Theatre favourite Billy Pearce, singer and Loose Women panellist Coleen Nolan and stage star Shane Nolan. Cinderella will feature all of the ingredients of the perfect pantomime; a fabulous cast and orchestra, laugh-out-loud comedy, stunning scenery, 3D special effects, beautiful costumes and plenty of boos and hisses for all the family to enjoy.
 
January
Michael Portillo - Life: A Game... of Two Halves - Monday 15 January, King's Hall, Ilkley
Catrin Finch – Harp, Friday 26 January, Bradford Cathedral – Part of Bradford International Classical Concert Season 2017/18: Bradford 30th Chamber Season
Alun Cochrane, Wednesday 31 January, The Studio (Recommended age 16+)
 
February
Sunset Boulevard - Monday 5 – Saturday 10 February, Alhambra Theatre
Signed: Thur 8 Feb 7.30pm, Captioned: Fri 9 Feb 7.30pm, Audio Described: Sat 10 Feb 2.30pm  
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tony Award®-winning masterpiece Sunset Boulevard stars Ria Jones, who received standing ovations every night when performing at the London Coliseum, as Norma Desmond and Strictly Come Dancing’s Danny Mac as Joe Gillis.
 
Just Joe - Monday 5 February, King's Hall, Ilkley
Joe Brown MBE is unique, a genuine one off. With a history that spans music hall, skiffle, rock ‘n’ roll,
theatre, films, television, radio and even circus, there aren’t many that can claim such an entertaining background.
 
Dave Spikey - Juggling on a Motorbike - Thursday 15 February, King's Hall, Ilkley
Ella Rundle Cello and Miho Kawashima Piano – Friday 16 February, Bradford Cathedral – Part of Bradford International Classical Concert Season 2017/18: Bradford 30th Chamber Season
Mark Watson - MW - Saturday 17 February, King's Hall, Ilkley (Recommended age 14+)
Royal Shakespeare Company: First Encounters with Shakespeare - Julius Caesar - Wednesday 21 – Saturday 24 February, The Studio 
 
War Horse - Wednesday 14 February – Saturday 10 March, Alhambra Theatre
Signed: Mon 5 Mar 7.30pm, Audio Described: Wed 7 Mar 2pm, Captioned: Thur 8 Mar 7.30pm
Following 8 record-breaking years in London’s West End and having played in 11 countries around the world, the National Theatre’s acclaimed play War Horse is returning to Bradford in 2018. Post-show Q&A, Tue 27 Feb – free to ticket holders. 
 
March
Buddy Holly and The Cricketers with The English Rock and Roll Orchestra 1958–2018: The 60th Anniversary Show - Thursday 1 March, King's Hall, Ilkley
Martinu Trio Prague - Friday 9 March, Bradford Cathedral – Part of Bradford International Classical Concert Season 2017/18: Bradford 30th Chamber Season
Tim Vine - Sunset Milk Idiot, Tuesday 13 March, Alhambra Theatre (Recommended age 12+)
 
Anton & Erin – from Broadway to Hollywood, Wednesday 14 March. Alhambra Theatre 
Featuring dazzling new choreography, sparkling costumes and a sensational show band performing timeless music – Somewhere in Time, Cry Me a River, Mr Bojangles, Downtown, This Nearly Was Mine, New York,
New York, Couple of Swells and Libertango.
 
Opera and Ballet International proudly presents Ellen Kent’s Opera Festival: Verdi’s Rigoletto – Thursday 15 March, Verdi’s La Traviata – Friday 16 March and Puccini Madama Butterfly – Saturday 17 March, Alhambra Theatre (All sung in Italian with English surtitles)
 
Patsy Cline & Friends A tribute concert to Patsy Cline, Hank Williams and Jim Reeves - Thursday 15 March, King's Hall, Ilkley
 
An Evening with Brian Blessed - Tuesday 20 March, King's Hall, Ilkley SELLING FAST!
 
Ballet British Columbia - Friday 23 & Saturday 24 March, Alhambra Theatre 
Canada’s Ballet British Columbia presents an exhilarating evening of breath-taking dance by three internationally celebrated female choreographers. Recognised for their fresh creativity, this 18-strong company of dancers will astound UK audiences with their unique blend of cool, classical elegance and contemporary flair. Post-show Q&A, Fri 23 March – free to ticket holders
 
David Walliams Awful Auntie - Tuesday 27 – Saturday 31 March, Alhambra Theatre 
Signed: Thur 29 March 10.30am
From the award-winning West End producers of Gangsta Granny comes the world premiere of David Walliams’ amazing tale of frights, fights and friendship, featuring a very large owl, a very small ghost and a very awful Auntie! Suitable for 5 years and up, plus the rest of the family.
 
April 
Flashdance – The Musical - Tuesday 3 – Saturday 7 April, Alhambra Theatre 
Signed: Thur 5 April 7.30pm, Captioned: Fri 6 April 7.30pm, Audio Described: Sat 7 April 2.30pm
Flashdance – The Musical returns to the UK for the first time since 2011 starring Strictly Come Dancing Champion Joanne Clifton as Alex Owens and A1 heart-throb and singer-songwriter Ben Adams as Nick
Hurley.
 
Crazy For You - Tuesday 10 – Saturday 14 April, Alhambra Theatre
Signed: Thur 12 April 7.30pm, Captioned: Fri 13 April 7.30pm, Audio Described: Sat 14 April 2.30pm
Strictly Come Dancing winner Tom Chambers and West End and TV star Claire Sweeney appear in this multi-award-winning, romantic comedy, with Charlotte Wakefield as ‘Polly’ (Sound of Music, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang). The show features a fabulous score from the Gershwin brothers’ songbook.
 
The Johnny Cash Roadshow - Tuesday 10 April 7.30pm, King's Hall, Ilkley
Comedy Double bill - Adam Hess: Cactus and Glenn Moore: The Very Best of Belinda Carlisle - Saturday 14 April, The Studio (Recommended age 16+)
European Union Chamber Orchestra, Friday 20 April, Bradford Cathedral – Part of Bradford International Classical Concert Season 2017/18: Bradford 30th Chamber Season
The Roy Orbison Story - Saturday 21 April, King's Hall, Ilkley
 
Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde - Tuesday 17 – Saturday 21 April, Alhambra Theatre 
Captioned: Wed 18 April 7.30pm Audio Described: Sat 21 April 2.30pm
A twisted tale of nerve-jangling horror, this adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic gothic thriller stars Phil Daniels as the extraordinary Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.
 
Evita - Tuesday 24 – Saturday 28 April, Alhambra Theatre 
Signed: Thur 26 April 7.30pm, Captioned: Fri 27 April 7.30pm, Audio Described: Sat 28 April 2.30pm
Telling the story of Eva Perón, wife of former Argentine dictator Juan Peron, Evita follows Eva’s journey from
humble beginnings through to extraordinary wealth, power and iconic status which ultimately lead her to be heralded as the ‘spiritual leader of the nation’ by the Argentine people. Featuring some of the most iconic songs in musical theatre, including Don’t Cry For Me Argentina, On This Night of a Thousand Stars and Another Suitcase in Another Hall. 
 
Menopause The Musical - Monday 30 April, Alhambra Theatre 
Starring Cheryl Fergison (EastEnders), Maureen Nolan (The Nolans), Rebecca Wheatley (Casualty) and Hilary O’Neil (ITV’s Copy Cats). (Recommended age 16+)
 
Coming soon 
20th Century Boy - Tuesday 1 – Saturday 5 May, Alhambra Theatre
Signed: Thur 3 May 7.30pm, Captioned: Fri 4 May 7.30pm
This hit musical, inspired by the life of rock legend Marc Bolan, returns to the stage to mark the 40th anniversary of the iconic star’s untimely death. 20th Century Boy is a glorious celebration of glam rock at its colourful best! Featuring classic T Rex 70s hits: Ride a White Swan, Metal Guru, I Love to Boogie, 20th Century Boy and many more.
 
Jersey Boys - Tuesday 22 May – Saturday 2 June, Alhambra Theatre
Captioned: Thur 24 May 7.30pm, Signed: Fri 25 May 7.30pm, Audio Described: Wed 30 May 2pm
The internationally acclaimed stage sensation, Jersey Boys is working its way back to Bradford!
This smash hit musical has won 57 major awards worldwide, including the Olivier Award for Best New Musical. Featuring hit after legendary hit including Beggin’, December 1963 (Oh What A Night), Can’t Take My Eyes Off You, Walk Like A Man, Bye Bye Baby, Big Girls Don’t Cry and many more. 
 
Miss Saigon - Wednesday 19 September – Saturday 20 October, Alhambra Theatre 
Signed: Thur 4 Oct 7.30pm, Audio Described: Wed 10 Oct 2pm, Captioned: Thur 11 Oct 7.30pm
Cameron Mackintosh’s acclaimed new production of Boublil and Schönberg’s legendary musical Miss Saigon lands at the Alhambra Theatre in Bradford next September.
 
Amateur 
Buttershaw St Paul’s Amateur Operatic & Dramatic Society presents: Hello, Dolly! Thursday 1 – Saturday 3 February, Alhambra Theatre 

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