What’s on at the Harrogate Theatre during October

A packed month of entertainment during October at the Harrogate Theatre, including the Comedy Festival bringing over 40 comedians in 15 days. We challenge you to not like at least one of the events, but more likely many more!

 



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Wednesday 28 September – Saturday 1 October

Three Stones Media present

BROKEN TIME

Written by Mick Martin



Sparkling with wit and sweat-soaked with passion, Broken Time is the gripping portrayal of how Rugby League burst painfully into life, exposing dishonest ambitions and bitter rivalries arising from the industrial, class and sporting disputes of the era.  A world premiere of the brand new work from the writer of Once Upon a Time in Wigan.

Date:                                      Wednesday 28 September – Saturday 1 October

Time:                                     7.30pm

Matinee:                                Saturday 1 October 2.30pm

Tickets:                                 £11 – £16

Box Office:                           01423 502116

Book Online:                        www.harrogatetheatre.co.uk

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Friday 30 September & Saturday 1 October

Maison Foo present

MEMOIRS OF A BISCUIT TIN

Following a sell-out run at the Edinburgh Festival in 2010, this intriguing tale for grown-ups follows the story of a wall, a floor, a chimney, a forgotten old tale and the memories that lie within.  With an inventive blend of visual theatre and puppetry Maison Foo brings to life the imaginative topsy turvy world lurking behind the door of Number 92.  “Touchingly and beautifully crafted.” The Guardian

Date:                                      Friday 30 September & Saturday 1 October

Time:                                     7.45pm

Matinee:                                Saturday 1 October 2.45pm

Tickets:                                 £12 (concessions available)

Recommended for:            Ages 12+

Box Office:                           01423 502116

Book Online:                        www.harrogatetheatre.co.uk

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Monday 3 October

Little Bulb Theatre presents

OPERATION GREENFIELD

With a stage full of instruments and an eclectic mix of recorded music, Little Bulb Theatre capture the confusing, awkward and beautifully naïve time of adolescence. The time when the once simple beliefs you held dear need re-adjusting to face the complexities of adulthood. A bizarre and visually fantastical exploration of music, faith and friendship, from Total Theatre, Fringe First, Arches Brick (Crocosmia 2008) and  Herald Angel Award Winners (Operation Greenfield 2010)

“This genuinely original, charmingly offbeat company has well and truly earned its wings” **** Time Out Show of the Week & Critic’s Choice

Date:                                      Monday 3 October

Time:                                     7.30pm

Running time:                      1 hour 20 minutes (No interval)

Tickets:                                 £12 (concessions available)

Box Office:                            01423 502116

Book Online:                        www.harrogatetheatre.co.uk

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Sunday 9 October

RODDY WOOMBLE (IDLEWILD)

Celebrated solo songwriter and performer in his own right Roddy Woomble, (familiar to thousands of music fans as the front man in Scottish rock bank Idlewood) stops off at Harrogate Theatre as part of his national tour.

Support: Chris Helme

Date:                          Sunday 9 October             

Time:                         7.30pm

Tickets:                     £15

Box Office:               01423 502116

Book online:             www.harrogatetheatre.co.uk

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Monday 10 October

AL MURRAY

The Pub Landlord: Barrel of fun Extra

Part of the Harrogate Comedy Festival 2011 Britain’s best-known Pub Philosopher will be serving up his own special brew of bar room banter at venues across the UK this autumn.   Barrel of Fun Extra will see the Guv going back to basics; returning to many of the intimate venues where he made his name. 

The way he integrates the crowd into the show is awe-inspiring” The Times

Date:                                      Monday 10 October

Time:                                     8.00pm

Tickets:                                 £25.50

Recommended for:            Ages 14+

Box office:                            01423 502116         

Book online:                         www.harrogatetheatre.co.uk

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Tuesday 11 October

TONY HAWKES

Part of the Harrogate Comedy Festival 2011

Join best selling author of Round Ireland with a Fridge and Playing the Moldovans at Tennis as he looks back on the strangest and funniest moments in his life- expect a unique evening of stories, songs and silliness.

Date:                          Tuesday 11 October

Time:                         8.00pm

Tickets:                     £16

Box office:                01423 502116         

Book online:             www.harrogatetheatre.co.uk

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Tuesday 11 October

PEACOCK & GAMBLE: EMERGENCY BROADCAST

Part of the Harrogate Comedy Festival 2011

Ray Peacock & Ed Gamble (Russell Howard’sGood News, Peacock & Gamble Podcast) make their Harrogate debut fresh from the Edinburgh Festival with their brand new show. Expect ramshackle, seat-of-the-pants comedy. Chortle Award Nominees 2011 

“Unfettered roars of laughter” The Guardian

Date:                                              Tuesday 11 Oct

Time:                                              8pm

Tickets:                                          £12 (concessions available)

Box Office:                                    01423 502116

Book Online:                                 www.harrogatetheatre.co.uk

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Wednesday 12 October

SHAPPI KHORSANDI & JON RICHARDSON

Part of the Harrogate Comedy Festival 2011

This exciting double bill sees Shappi Khorsandi, star of BBC One’s Live at the Apollo and Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow join forces with Jon Richardson, Edinburgh Comedy Award Newcomer Nominee and Chortle Award winner for a cracking night of comedy.  

“Don’t be fooled by her innocent looks, she packs a deceptively powerful punch” Evening Standard on Shappi   

“Stunning … If you haven’t seen him yet get your finger out and sort it” Time Out on Jon  

Date:                          Wednesday 12 October

Time:                         8.00pm

Tickets:                     £13

Box office:                01423 502116

Book online:             www.harrogatetheatre.co.uk

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Wednesday 12 October

THE BOY WITH TAPE ON HIS FACE

Part of the Harrogate Comedy Festival 2011

Combine the sheer, childlike absurdism of Vic Reeves with the deft, physical intonation of Hugh Laurie and the genius of Buster Keaton and you have Sam Wills: The Boy with Tape on His Face.Wills’ piercing blue eyes stare out over a rectangle of gaffer tape as he takes us on a romp through his swag of entertaining visual gags, approaching his craft with a childlike inventiveness. He holds his audience spell bound as he deftly unfolds tangents of his wonderful and delightful brain process, deliberately preparing each scene and finally breaking the suspense with each hilarious and unpredictable manoeuvre.

“The Boy with Tape on his Face is utterly spectacular! Endlessly funny, poignant and fuelled by real-intelligence and passion” 5* Time Out

Date:                                                 Wednesday 12 October

Time:                                                 8pm

Tickets:                                             £12 (Concessions available)

Box Office:                                        01423 502116

Book Online:                                    www.harrogatetheatre.co.uk

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Thursday 13 October

JUSTIN MOORHOUSE

Part of the Harrogate Comedy Festival 2011

Since winning the City Life Comedian of the Year and starring in the award- winning Phoenix Nights and Ken Loach’s film Looking for Eric, Justin’s reputation as one of Britain’s brightest and best comedians continues to grow- watching him live is a joy to behold. Don’t miss this stand-up romp from one of Britain’s best comedians.

“Moorhouse charms the pants off the crowd” Sunday Times

Date:                                      Thursday 13 October

Time:                                     8.00pm

Tickets:                                 £15

Recommended for:            Ages 16+

Box office:                            01423 502116

Book online:                         www.harrogatetheatre.co.uk

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Thursday 13 October

DIANE SPENCER: ALL PERVADING MADNESS

Part of the Harrogate Comedy Festival 2011

2011’s breakout comedy star tells “a cleverly inter-woven series of dark, edgy and hilarious experiences” (Theatreview) covering one journey home descending into madness. Chortle Best Newcomer 2011and Best Comedy (Emerging) Nominee. Please note: not recommended for the prudish!    “deliciously dirty, raucously rude and delightfully intelligent talent” **** ThreeWeeks

Date:                                                 Thursday 13 October

Time:                                                 8pm

Tickets:                                             £12 (Concessions Available)?Running Time:                                 60 minutes

Box Office:                                       01423 502116

Book Online:                                    www.harrogatetheatre.co.uk

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Friday 14 October

NICHOLAS PARSONS

Part of the Harrogate Comedy Festival 2011

In this hilarious evening show business legend, Nicholas Parsons shares his experiences of the unpredictable and fascinating aspects of life and work. More irrepressible, more outrageous, more surprising, more hilarious than you have ever seen him before!

“Icon of post modern cool” The Independent

Date:                                                 Friday 14 October

Time:                                                7.30pm

Tickets:                                             £16.50

Box Office:                                       01423 502116

Book Online:                                   www.harrogatetheatre.co.uk

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Friday 14 October

TONY LAW: GO!

Part of the Harrogate Comedy Festival 2011

As seen on Russell Howard’s Good News, Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle, Edinburgh Or Bust and Edinburgh & Beyond. Join Tony Law for an evening of off-the-wall, boundary-defying stand-up comedy and find out why it is that he’s regarded as one of the finest performers on the comedy circuit by audiences and peers alike.  “the best comedian I’ve seen this year… highly recommended” **** Three Weeks

Date:                                                 Friday 14 October

Time:                                                8pm

Tickets:                                            £12 (Concessions available)

Running time:                                  40 minutes

Box Office:                                      01423 502116

Book Online:                                   www.harrogatetheatre.co.uk

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Saturday 15 October

COMEDY WORKSHOP

Part  of the Harrogate Comedy Festival 2011

Award-winning comedian James Cook leads the session.Ever wondered whether you had what it takes to get up on stage and make people laugh

From turning ideas into material to performance skills to building the self-confidence to stand in front of an audience, our one-day workshop is interesting, challenging and fun. No previous experience necessary. Bring a pen, a notepad and a willingness to participate.

Date:                                                Saturday 15 October

Time:                                                10am-4pm

Tickets:                                             £25 (places limited)

Recommended for:                        Ages: 18+

Box Office:                                      01423 502116

Book Online:                                   www.harrogatetheatre.co.uk

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Saturday 15 October

JAMES CAMPBELL’S COMEDY 4 KIDS

Part of the Harrogate Comedy Festival 2011

James Campbell is a stand up comedian for children over 6, their parents and anyone who likes comedy without the rude words. His brand new show will cover ways to make parsnips interesting, how to look a chicken in both eyes at the same time and why owls don’t like Easter.  Side effects may include your sides hurting…

“My seven-year-old howled with laughter and so did I” The Daily Mail

Date:                                               Saturday 15 October

Time:                                              1.30pm

Tickets:                                           £12 (Concessions available)

Recommended for:                       Ages 6+

Box Office:                                     01423 502116

Book Online:                                  www.harrogatetheatre.co.uk

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Saturday 15 October

RUSSELL KANE: MANSCAPING

Part of Harrogate Comedy Festival2011

Join Fosters Comedy Award Winner and star of loads of stuff on telly, Russell Kane as he mercilessly explores the ridiculous state of masculinity in the modern world. He shaves his chest fur; you watch and laugh.

“A seriously good comedian” * * * * * The Times.

Date:                          Saturday 15 October

Time:                         8.00pm

Tickets:                     £17.50

Box office:                01423 502116

Book online:             www.harrogatetheatre.co.uk

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Saturday 15 October

EDWARD ACZEL: DOESN’T EXIST

Part of Harrogate Comedy Festival 2011

“Britain’s greatest entertainer” (Time Out) presents an evening of moderately amusing stand-up comedy in order to gain some meaningful television exposure. Aczel comes tired and under-prepared from three consecutive years of sell-out runs on London’s West End and Edinburgh Fringe.

“Aczel turns unprofessionalism into an artform. Scintillatingly shambolic”  The Times

Date:                          Saturday 15 October

Time:                         8.00pm

Tickets:                     £12 (concessions available)

Box office:                01423 502116

Book online:             www.harrogatetheatre.co.uk

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Sunday 16 October

THE SUNDAY ROAST WITH ANDRE VINCENT

Part of Harrogate Comedy Festival 2011

A live comedy show hosted by Andre Vincent in which he and a few well known/topical guests will help pull apart the views and opinions found in the Sunday newspapers.

Previous guests include Phill Jupitus, Punt & Dennis, Dom Joly, Stewart Lee, Frank Skinner, Nicholas Parsons, Ed Byrne, Dave Gorman, Rich Hall, Mark Steel and Les Dennis to name a few and this line-up will be no exception.

Date:                                                  Sunday 16 October

Time:                                                 1.30pm

Tickets:                                             £10 (Concessions available)

Box Office:                                       01423 502 116

Book Online:                                    www.harrogatetheatre.co.uk

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Monday 17 October

FRISKY & MANNISH: POP CENTRE PLUS

Part of the Harrogate Comedy Festival 2011

Following 11 five star reviews at Edinburgh and a total sell-out tour – the hit comedy act Frisky & Mannish return to Harrogate with a brand new show. Hilarious musical mash-ups from the hottest property in comedy – like “Smash Hits with Claws” The Sunday Times.

“Unerringly sharp and upbeat from start to finish, this is a gold-star masterclass in the mechanics and semantics of pop”Mail on Sunday

Date:                          Monday 17 October

Time:                         8.00pm

Tickets:                     £14 (concessions available)

Box office:                01423 502116

Book online:             www.harrogatetheatre.co.uk

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Monday 17 October

STEVE HALL

Part of Harrogate Comedy Festival 2011

“A show about achieving things. If I can be bothered to write it.”  One third of “We Are Klang” man Russell Howard’s tour support brings a brand new show to Harrogate Theatre. June 1997 ‘Temp of the Month’ Nominee.

“The most intelligent stand-up you’ve never heard of” GQ

Date:                                               Monday 17 October

Time:                                               8pm

Tickets:                                           £12 (Concessions available)

Box Office:                                     01423 502116

Book Online:                                  www.harrogatetheatre.co.uk

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Tuesday 18 October

ED BYRNE: CROWD PLEASER

Part of Harrogate Comedy Festival 2011 ??After the massive success of his last show, Different Class, master of observational comedy and star of Mock The Week and Have I Got News For You, Ed Byrne is back with his new show Crowd Pleaser.

“A seamless and perfectly timed show that could stand proudly next to any Izzard, Bailey, Carr or Skinner stadium-filler”Sunday Times

Date:                          Tuesday 18 October

Time:                         8.00pm

Tickets:                     £20

Box office:                01423 502116         

Book online:             www.harrogatetheatre.co.uk

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Tuesday 18 October

ALEX HORNE: SEVEN YEARS IN THE BATHROOM

Part of Harrogate Comedy Festival 2011  A hugely talented and diverse young comedian, Alex has already established a remarkable reputation among critics, comics and audiences as one of the most creative solo performers at work today. Don’t miss his new show where he recreates your life in one hour.

“Beautifully structured, endearingly honest… joyous” The Scotsman

Date:                                                 Tuesday 18 October

Time:                                                 8pm

Tickets:                                             £12 (Concessions available)

Box Office:                                       01423 502116

Book Online:                                    www.harrogatetheatre.co.uk

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Tuesday 18 – Saturday 22 October

Slung Low invites you to

THE KNOWLEDGE EMPORIUM

The Knowledge Emporium is an old-fashioned sweetshop in a converted 1950’s airstream caravan. The Emporium trades in sweets, the sort you remember as a kid. But The Emporium does not accept money. It only trades in knowledge. Throughout the week, you’re invited to The Emporium to share a secret, a fascinating fact, a favourite poem, a family recipe – whatever you want – and enter it in The Big Book of Everything We Know. In return for your generosity, you can help yourself to some sweets. At the end of the week, Slung Low will create a performance solely formed of the knowledge shared by you and your fellow sweet-lovers, celebrating the collective knowledge of our community.

Date:                               Tuesday 18 – Saturday 22 October

Time:                               The Knowledge Emporium will be parked by the cenotaph in Harrogate Town Centre from Tuesday 18 – Friday 21 October from 10am – 4pm. The final performance will be performed by the caravan on Saturday 22 October at 7.30pm.

Tickets:                           FREE

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Wednesday 19 October

JASON BYRNE: CIRQUE DU BYRNE

Part of the Harrogate Comedy Festival 2011

As seen on Live At The Apollo, The Royal Variety Performance.

Roll up, roll up as Edinburgh’s top selling comedian Jason Byrne takes to the road to hotwire your comedy funny bones with his brand new show, Cirque du Byrne! Chortle Award for Best Headliner 2007, Perrier Newcomer Award Nomination 1998 and Perrier Award Nomination 2001. 

“Full-on, doubled-up, gasping-for-oxygen hilarious”Chortle

Date:                                      Wednesday 19 October

Time:                                     8.00pm

Tickets:                                 £15

Recommended for:            Ages 16+

Box office:                            01423 502116

Book online:                         www.harrogatetheatre.co.uk

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Wednesday 19 October

JAMES SHERWOOD: ONE MAN AND HIS PIANO

Part of Harrogate Comedy Festival 2011

Following a successful run at the Edinburgh Festival James makes his Harrogate debut with his brand new show. Moral musings and musical meanderings are the order of the day from the Radio 4 favourite and creator of the topical panel show ‘ I Guess That’s Why They Call It The News”

His entire set, from humorous songs to witty repartee, is beautifully, painstakingly sculpted. There’s no flab and no filler” The Scotsman

Date:                                                 Wednesday 19 October

Time:                                                8pm

Tickets:                                             £12 (Concessions available)

Box Office:                                       01423 502116

Book Online:                                    www.harrogatetheatre.co.uk

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Thursday 20 – Saturday 22 October

Scamp Theatre & Watford Palace Theatre present

STICK MAN

From the book by Julia Donaldson  Illustrated by Axel Scheffler  Scamp Theatre present an adaptation of Gruffalo-creator and newly appointed Children’s Laureate Julia Donaldson’s fabulous book –  Stick Man. The world is a dangerous place for Stick Man. A dog wants to play with him. A swan builds a nest with him. He even ends up on a fire! Will he ever get back to the family tree Packed full of puppetry, songs and live music, Stick Man promises more fun than you can shake a stick at! Touching, funny and utterly orginal, this sure-fire hit is the perfect way to start your half term.

“An atmospheric show which has the wit to appeal to both children and adults alike, music to lift the spirits, and a magical quality which can genuinely touch their hearts” The Stage

Date:                                   Thursday 20 – Saturday 22 October

Time:                                   Thursday 4.00pm

                                              Friday 1.30pm/4.00pm

                                              Saturday 10.00am/ 1.00pm

Tickets:                               Adults: £12, Children £10

Box Office:                         01423 502116

Book Online:                     www.harrogatetheatre.co.uk

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Thursday 20 October

TOMMY TIERNAN: POOT

Part of Harrogate Comedy Festival 201

Following a barnstorming performance at last year’s festival and several high- profile TV and radio appearances, including Live At The Apollo and Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, Tommy Tiernan returns to make you laugh harder than you’d ever believe possible.

One of stand- up comedy’s true contemporary greats” The List

Date:                                      Thursday 20 October

Time:                                     8.00pm

Tickets:                                 £17

Recommended for:            Ages 18+

Box office:                            01423 502116

Book online:                         www.harrogatetheatre.co.uk

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Thursday 20 October

ANDREW O’NEILL

Part of Harrogate Comedy Festival 2011

Andrew O’Neill is, quite simply, British comedy’s hottest property right now. Britains’s only occult- practising metalhead transvestite comedian returns with his highly acclaimed new show. Expect a funny comedy show by a long- haired man, including a short play about gravy. All styles of comedy will be covered, sometimes twice.

“O’Neill packs in more gags and info than anyone else on the circuit … I doubt you’ll find a funnier (and more thought-provoking) show – a Must-See Show” The Stage

Date:                                                 Thursday 20 October

Time:                                                 8pm

Tickets:                                             £12 (Concessions available

Running Time:                                 60 minutes

Box Office:                                        01423 502116

Book Online:                                    www.harrogatetheatre.co.uk

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Friday 21 October

ELIS JAMES & CHRIS RAMSEY

Part of Harrogate Comedy Festival 2011 This will be your chance to see Elis James (Russell Howard’s Good News) and Chris Ramsey (Comedy Rocks), two of the fastest rising stars on the comedy circuit in one exclusive Harrogate Comedy Festival event. Don’t miss it as we tip these two to be big very soon. “Charming, impish, excruciatingly funny” The Scotsman on Elis “High quality, consistently funny, observational material” The Guardian on Chris

Date:                                                  Friday 21 October

Time:                                                 8pm

Tickets:                                             £12 (Concessions available)

Box Office:                                        01423 502116

Book Online:                                     www.harrogatetheatre.co.uk

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Friday 21 October

LATE NIGHT GIMP FIGHT

Part of Harrogate Comedy Festival 2011

Late Night Gimp Fight, winners of the Chortle Award for best sketch show 2011, bring their Edinburgh Comedy Award Nominated show to Harrogate Theatre. After a complete sell-out run at the Edinburgh Fringe that cemented their position as the most exciting new sketch groups in the country. This hour of fast-paced sketch comedy combines song, dance and the occasional gimp with their trademark off-the-wall sketches that’ll leave you feeling violated, but in a good way.

“Sketch comedy doesn’t get much better than this” The Scotsman

Date:                                                  Friday 21 October

Time:                                                 10.30pm

Tickets:                                             £12 (Concessions available)

Recommended for:                        Ages 16+

Box Office:                                        01423 502116

Book Online:                                     www.harrogatetheatre.co.uk

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Saturday 22 October

TOM DEACON: CAN I BE HONEST?

Part of Harrogate Comedy Festival 2011

Radio 1 DJ Tom Deacon, whose slick stand up has featured on The Rob Brydon Show and Dave’s One Night Stand, returns with a brand new show.

“Looks, confidence, charm and great material, expect other comics to lynch him.”The Sunday Times

Date:                                                    Saturday 22 October

Time:                                                   8pm

Tickets:                                               £12 (Concessions available)

Box Office:                                          01423 502116

Book Online:                                       www.harrogatetheatre.co.uk

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Saturday 22 October

HYENA COMEDY CLUB CLOSING GALA

Part of Harrogate Comedy Festival 2011

Harrogate’s longest standing monthly comedy club will close the Harrogate Comedy Festival in style with a bumper night of comedy. Four comedians will take to the stage in a special night to celebrate the final night of the Festival.

They are still finalizing the line-up, keep an eye out on their Facebook, Twitter or website for updates or sign up to our ebulletin at hyena@harrogatetheatre.co.uk

Date:                                                    Saturday 22 October

Time:                                                   8pm

Tickets:                                                £15

Box Office:                                          01423 502116

Book Online:                                       www.harrogatetheatre.co.uk

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Thursday 27 – Saturday 29 October

Little Angel Theatre in association with the Royal Shakespeare Company presents

THE MAGICIAN’S DAUGHTER

Written by Michael Rosen Little Angel Theatre in association with the Royal Shakespeare Company make a welcome return this autumn with a brand new production of The Magician’s Daughter. Inspired by Shakespeare’s story of The Tempest, Little Angel Theatre bring their trademark blend of puppetry and song to this captivating story of the adventures of a young girl on a magical faraway island. Join Miranda’s daughter as she discovers for herself the wonders of the ‘isle full of noises’, just like her Mum did many years ago. 

“Little Angel’s puppetry and Michael Rosen’s writing prove a magical combination, gently introducing children to snippets of Shakespearean verse” The Stage

Date:                                       Thursday 27 – Saturday 29 October

Time:                                     Thursday 2.00pm/ 4.00pm,

                                                 Friday 10.30am/ 2.00pm

                                                 Saturday 10.30am/ 2.00pm

Tickets:                                  Adults: £8, Children: £7, Family Ticket (for a family of four): £28

Box Office:                            01423 502116

Book Online:                        www.harrogatetheatre.co.uk

 

 

 

 


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