BRADFORD THEATRES ANNOUNCE SUMMER 2020 SEASON

Adam Renton, General Manager Bradford Theatres says:

“There’s something for everyone in our summer season, with a fantastic range of exciting events taking place at all four of our venues. 

Disney’s The Lion King returns to Bradford, after its first visit to the Alhambra Theatre during the venue’s centenary year in 2014. We’re incredibly excited to welcome back this global phenomenon which is with us for 7 weeks – don’t miss it, last few seats remaining! 

As well as returning favourites such as Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story, we have brand new musicals heading to Bradford: Bring It On inspired by the film of the same name is at the Alhambra Theatre in July; and Friendsical, an original and unique new parody musical inspired by Friends (the iconic TV show), visits St George’s Hall in May 

It’s just over a year since St George’s Hall reopened its doors after transformational refurbishment –

The Heritage Outreach Programme (supported by The National Lottery Heritage Fund) continues this year and includes themed heritage tours, open days and free family activity sessions. You can find details of these events in this brochure or on our website. St George’s Hall also now has a beautifully decorated and elegantly furnished Café, where you can call in to enjoy a drink and some food with us.”

April

Disney’s The Lion King - Thursday 30 April – Saturday 20 June, Alhambra Theatre

Signed: Thur 14 May 7.30pm, Audio Described: Thur 4 June 2.30pm, Captioned: Thur 11 June 7.30pm, Relaxed performance: Tue 16 June 5pm

Brilliantly reimagined by acclaimed director Julie Taymor, Disney’s beloved film has been transformed into a spectacular theatrical experience that explodes with glorious colours, stunning effects and enchanting music. Selling fast! Single seats are still available for most performances. The Lion King is recommended for ages 6 and up. Children under 3 years of age are not permitted.

May

Martin Roscoe (piano), Carducci Quartet & Daniel Storer (double bass) – Friday 1 May 7.30pm, St George's Hall
Part of Bradford’s International Classical Music Season 2019/20 - 32nd Bradford Chamber Season 

The Phoenix Club Pack of Three - Tuesday 5 May 7.30pm, King's Hall Ilkley

Three Stars of Phoenix Nights Neil Fitzmaurice, Barbara Nice & Archie Kelly 

A Beautiful Noise - Wednesday 6 May 7.30pm, St George's Hall

Led by Fisher Stevens and his full live band fresh from London’s West End, this internationally acclaimed production pays homage to Neil Diamond’s incredible career. 

Back To The 60s Brothers in Song - Friday 8 May 7.30pm, King's Hall Ilkley
This show features songs from The Walker Brothers, The Righteous Brothers and The Everly Brothers. 

Heritage Tour - Saturday 9 May 11am - St George's Hall

Discover the fascinating history of the magnificent, grade II* listed St George’s Hall with this guided tour around the venue. 

Henry Normal - The Escape Plan - Tuesday 12 May 8pm, King's Hall Ilkley

Joel Dommett - Unapologetic (If That’s Ok?) - Thursday 14 May 8pm, King's Hall Ilkley

A Brass Band Spectacular Brighouse & Rastrick Band with the City of Bradford Band - Friday 15 May 7.30pm, St George's Hall

Showaddywaddy - Saturday 16 May 7.30pm - King's Hall Ilkley

Calling Planet Earth - Saturday 16 May 7.30pm - St George's Hall

A New Romantic symphony that goes on a journey through one of the greatest musical eras of all time – the electrifying 80s. 

The Unbelievable Chris Kamara Show - Wednesday 20 May 8pm, St George's Hall

Popular TV personality Chris Kamara takes to the stage for the first time! 

Rich Hall - Hoedown Deluxe - Thursday 21 May 8pm, King's Hall Ilkley 

Friendsical - Thursday 21 - Saturday 23 May, St George's Hall

Friendsical is an original and unique new parody musical inspired by the gang in Friends, the iconic TV show. With original new songs such as (He’s her) Lobster!, Richard’s Moustache and You’re Over Me, When Were You Under Me, the gang take on naked Thursdays, a power cut, and a dinosaur convention! What could possibly go wrong?

Peppa Pig Family Activity - Tuesday 26 May 11am, St George's Hall

This family-friendly session includes a short tour of St George’s Hall, taking you behind-the-scenes and on the stage for a Peppa Pig storytelling session. It will finish with a free craft activity.

Francis Rossi - I Talk Too Much - Wednesday 27 May 7.30pm, St George's Hall

Legendary Status Quo founder, lead singer and lead guitarist Francis Rossi will share the extraordinary secrets of his 50-plus years in rock ‘n’ roll 

Funny Girls - Thursday 28 May 7.30pm, St George's Hall

The original drag comedy experience! Age recommendation 16+ 

St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra - Friday 29 May 7.30pm, St George’s Hall

Part of Bradford’s International Classical Music Season 2019/20 - 152nd Bradford Orchestral Season 

The Opera Boys A Night at the Musicals - Friday 29 May 7.30pm - King's Ilkley

Go Now! The Music of The Moody Blues - Saturday 30 May 7.30pm, King's Hall Ilkley

Al Murray Landlord of Hope and Glory - Sunday 31 May 7.30pm, St George's Hall 

June

LGBT+ Heritage Tour - Monday 1 June 6pm, St George’s Hall

In conjunction with Bradford Pride, this bespoke heritage tour of St George’s Hall celebrates the rich history of LGBT+ artists and performers at the venue and their huge contribution to our cultural life. 

Peppa Pig’s Best Day Ever - Wednesday 3 & Thursday 4 June, St George's Hall

King of Pop - starring Navi - Saturday 6 June 7.30pm, St George's Hall

Dreamboys - Too Hard To Resist Tour - Friday 12 June 8pm, St George's Hall

Giovanni Pernice - This Is Me! - Saturday 13 June 7.30pm, St George's Hall 

Orchestra of Opera North presents The Best of the West End - Sunday 14 June 4.30pm, St George's Hall. For one night only, experience all your West End favourites performed live by the stars of the shows, backed by the full Orchestra of Opera North. 

What’s Love Got To Do With It? A Tribute To Tina Turner - Thursday 18 June 7.30pm, St George's Hall

Clinton Baptiste The Paranormalist Returns! Thursday 18 June 7.30pm, King's Hall Ilkley

The Ultimate 70s Show - Saturday 20 June 7.30pm, King's Hall Ilkley

Stewart Lee - Snowflake/Tornado - Saturday 20 June 7.30pm, St George's Hall. Age recommendation 14+

Here Come The Boys - Tuesday 23 June 7.30pm, St George's Hall

Strictly Come Dancing’s AljaĆŸ Škorjanec is joined by former Strictly favourite Pasha Kovalev, international ballet sensation and West End star Sam Salter and Australian dance sensation, NBC World Of Dance champion and Broadway star Michael Dameski. 

Million Dollar Quartet - Thursday 25 – Sunday 28 June, Alhambra TheatreThis worldwide smash-hit musical is inspired by the famous recording session that brought together rock‘n’roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins for the first and only time.Starring Peter Duncan as the Father of Rock‘n’Roll, Sam Phillips. 

An Evening of Adult Comedy with Billy Pearce - Thursday 25 June 7.30pm, St George's Hall. Age 18+

Bec Hill - Out Of Order - Thursday 25 June 7.30pm, The Studio. Age 16+ 

July

Dr John Cooper Clarke - The Luckiest Guy Alive - Sunday 5 July 8pm, King's Hall Ilkley. Age 14+

Heritage Tour - Thursday 9 July 11am, St George's Hall

Go behind-the scenes and on stage to find out about the recent refurbishment and the exciting range of people who have performed there since 1853. 

80’s Mania - Fri 10 July 7.30pm, St George's Hall 

Get ready to party like it’s the 1980s with this multi-tribute concert! 

Bring It On The Musical - Tuesday 14 – Saturday 18 July, Alhambra Theatre

Signed: Thu 16 July 7.30pm, Audio Described: Sat 18 July 2.30pm

Amber Davies and Louis Smith are ready to Bring It On as the smash-hit Broadway musical back flips into the UK. Bring It On is produced by Selladoor Productions (Flashdance, Avenue Q) and is written by Tony Award Winners Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton), Jeff Whitty (Avenue Q) Tom Kitt (Grease: Live) and lyricist Amanda Green (High Fidelity). 

Curtis Stigers - Friday 17 July 7.30pm, St George's Hall

Curtis Stigers returns with a brand new album, Gentleman (April 2020), featuring jazz arrangements of modern standards by Nick Lowe, Tom T Hall, John Fullbright and David Poe, plus four new original songs. 

Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story - Tuesday 21 – Saturday 25 July, Alhambra Theatre

Featuring two terrific hours of the greatest songs ever written, including That’ll Be The Day, Oh Boy, Rave On, La Bamba, Chantilly Lace, Johnny B Goode, Raining In My Heart, Everyday, Shout and many many more, this show is just Peggy Sue-perb!

August

Heritage Tour - Yorkshire Day - Saturday 1 August 1pm, St George's Hall

Celebrate Yorkshire Day with a heritage tour focusing on the Yorkshire qualities and characters that have contributed to the remarkable history of this magnificent venue.

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