Tickets are now on sale for the eagerly-anticipated The Great Yorkshire Fringe – a mix of the weird, wise and wonderful shows and entertainment coming to York with a bang for ten days in the Summer of 2015.
Today’s announcement promises an explosion of talent as part of The Great Yorkshire Fringe, which will run from July 24th to August 2nd 2015. Parliament Street will be transformed into a vibrant and exciting performance space, with fantastic venues and plenty of entertainment for young and old alike as well as bars and food areas celebrating and serving up the finest food and drink from the region.
The festival in the heart of the city, which is a celebration of all-things Yorkshire, will see four purpose built venues, seating from 60 – 400 people, named The White Rose Rotunda, The Barm Pot, The Turn Pot and The Tea Pot.
For families, Stick Man is live on stage after three acclaimed, sold out West End seasons! This touching, funny and utterly original live action adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s hugely popular children’s book, aimed at children aged 3+, features a trio of top actors and is packed full of puppetry, songs, live music and funky moves.
Meanwhile the first of the big-name comedy signings is announced. Henning Wehn – Eins, Zwei, DIY, features the wonderful German comedian Henning Wehn, the German Comedy Ambassador to The United Kingdom. Henning won the Hackney Empire New Act of the Year, and regularly appears on TV on 8 Out of 10 Cats and QI. He will be raising the roof in the White Rose Rotunda.
Heading the cabaret field, The Supreme Fabulettes – The World Tour, finds the sensational all singing male girl group combining slick choreography with amazing vocal harmonies, stunning couture outfits. They perform signature Glee-style song mash-ups of classic 1960s hits and contemporary songs by likes of The Supremes, The Andrews Sisters, Adele, Alison Moyet and Beyonce among many others. Directed and styled by William Baker, Kylie Minogue’s Creative Director, the show also features original songs written by Boy George. The Supreme Fabulettes have earned a clutch of 5-star rave reviews and they were twice named No1 Critics Choice in London by Time Out. They are appearing with their manager Sheila Simmonds and friends.
Just Like That! The Tommy Cooper Show is running in The Tea Pot direct from a West End run in the Museum of Comedy. Tommy Cooper was a true comic genius, his impeccable timing, love of slapstick and quick-fire gags made him an international star. Complete with his trademark fez and a plethora of misfiring magic, the man is an undisputed icon of live entertainment. Commemorating 30 years since his passing, this all-encapsulating show of magic, music and mirth is the perfect celebration of arguably Britain’s top comedian of all time. Just Like That! The Tommy Cooper Show will be featured on The Alan Titchmarsh Show on ITV1 at 3pm tomorrow, Thursday, November 6.
With the launch of The Great Yorkshire Fringe website, there’s also a sneak peak of our Great Yorkshire Fringe New Comedian of the Year 2015 competition, with the chance to win the coveted Golden Pudding Award, £500 and the opportunity to perform at London’s Leicester Square Theatre. Entries will be opening in December.
Anne Taylor, spokesperson for The Great Yorkshire Fringe, said: “It’s fantastic to be able to announce some great comedy shows as well as some wonderful family entertainment in the shape of Stick Man.
“Yorkshire is a happy and humorous county and as we add to the line-up, we’ll be showcasing Yorkshire’s finest as well as some of the world’s weirdest, wisest and most wonderful acts.
“We’re excited to welcome the superb Henning Wehn, and not forgetting the Supreme Fabulettes!”
Martin Witts, The Great Yorkshire Fringe founder, has long time links with York. He said: “We’re pleased to announce these fantastic acts so far, and more will continue to be added as we get closer to the event so sign up to our newsletter or find us on social media to keep up to date.”
Visit www.greatyorkshirefringe.com to buy your tickets or follow The Great Yorkshire Fringe at www.facebook.com/yorkfringe and www.twitter.com/yorkfringe using the hashtag #funnyasowt. You can also contact the Box Office on 01904 500600.
Wednesday 5th November 2014