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Welcome to the What’s On Guide for City Varieties Music Hall New shows are added to the line-up frequently – for the most up-to-date list please visit our online booking site

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Wed 27 March 7.30pm

Foster & Allen

Sun 24 March 4pm & 8pm

Circus of Horrors The Circus of Horrors is back with a bang in a brand new show including an amazing amalgamation of acts, driven by a rock‘n’roll sound scape – a show that will have you sat on the edge of your seat when not falling off it with laughter. 8pm show ages 16+ only Presented by The Circus of Horrors Ltd Tickets from £27*

Mick Foster and Tony Allen have been touring for over 40 years yet the popularity of this enduring Irish folk due shows no sign of waning. Expect all the hits including Bunch of Thyme, Maggie, After All These Years and I Will Love You All My Life. Presented by ETM Agencies Ltd Tickets from £25.60*

Thu 28 March 7.30pm

The Jive Aces

Tue 26 March 7.30pm

Big Beat Revue

Jason Manford Muddle Class

with the Satin Dolls, Lottie B and Grazia Bevilacqua

Jason’s new show promises to feature a wealth of new material about Jason growing up ‘working class’ then finding, over the years, that part of him has become ‘middle class’ – causing much confusion! Delivered with Jason’s amiable charm and captivating wit, this is a show not to be missed.

The UK’s No 1 and worlds’ busiest swing and jive band, The Jive Aces present their biggest theatre show to date featuring the best in 40s and 50s jive, rhythm and blues and rock ‘n’ roll. With classic tunes from artists such as Louis Jordan, Louis Prima and Keely Smith, this show will have you out of your seat with its larger than life big-beat sound

Ages 13+ Presented by Phil McIntyre Entertainments Tickets from £29.10* VERY LIMITED AVAILABILITY Presented by Peter Howell Tickets from £21* + concessions

Fri 29 March 7.30pm

Shappi Khorsandi Skittish Warrior... Confessions of a Club Comic

A brand new show packed full of sharp-tongued gags and cultural observation, this is Shappi’s warts and all journey through the 90s comedy scene, to breaking through on telly and then letting it all slip away. Ages 14+ Presented by Impatient Productions Tickets from £16.60*

Sat 30 March 8pm

Andrew Newton The Hypnotist Live!

World famous Hypnotist Andrew Newton returns by public demand with an evening of mischief and absurdity – always something new, always something surprising and delightful. Presented by Andrew Newton Tickets from £14* + concessions

* Prices include £1 Booking Fee per ticket and 60p Restoration Levy. Postage charge £1 per order where applicable.


Irresistible FUN!


Sun 31 March 11am, 3pm & 7.30pm


The Greatest Showman (PG)

Sing-a-long-a Productions brings you their newest show, the smash hit film musical that everyone can’t stop singing – The Greatest Showman! Cheer on Hugh Jackman, lust after Zach Efron and hiss Rebecca Ferguson (…or maybe not) as you experience The Greatest Showman in the greatest way possible – with lyrics on the screen so you can join in as loud and proud as you want Presented by Sing-a-Long-a Productions Tickets from £17.10* + concessions

APRIL Tue 2 April 7.30pm

Hormonal Housewives

Written by Julie Coombe and John MacIsaac Join Vicki Michelle and the ‘hormonal housewives’ as they blast their witty way through a catalogue of women’s bits: weight gain, weight loss, mood swings, moody teenagers, men, Zumba, therapy, housework, homework, electrolysis, men, sex, working out, staying in, going out, bikini waxes, celebrity gossip, eating, not eating, chocolate, wine, more chocolate, social media, more wine, and all the other joys of being a 21st century woman! Ages 14+ Presented by Red Entertainment Tickets from £25.60* LIMITED AVAILABILITY

Fri 5 April 7.30pm

Saba Douglas-Hamilton

Living with the Elephants Join Saba Douglas-Hamilton, the highly acclaimed elephant conservationist and wildlife TV presenter of This Wild Life and Big Cat Diaries for an evening of exciting animal stories and intimate behind the scenes tales of life in Kenya with her young family. Presented by Jo Sarsby Personal Management Ltd Tickets from £24.10*

Sat 6 April 3pm & 8pm

Micky P Kerr Z-List Celebrity

In June 2018 Leeds’ leading musical comedian, Micky P Kerr, was rocketed to stardom when he won the hearts of the nation with his performances on Britain’s Got Talent. Time has passed and he’s now been brought safely back down to earth and back into his comfort zone as a Z-List celebrity. Presented by Avalon Productions Tickets from £16.60* VERY LIMITED AVAILABILITY FOR 8pm.


* Prices include £1 Booking Fee per ticket and 60p Restoration Levy. Postage charge £1 per order where applicable.

Sun 7 April 7.30pm

Thu 11 April 6.50pm

The Life I Lead

NT Live presents

All About Eve

with Miles Jupp


A new comedy by James Kettle

By Joseph L Mankiewicz Adapted and directed for the stage by Ivo van Hove

Best remembered for portraying Mr Banks in Disney’s classic film Mary Poppins, David Tomlinson was renowned for playing the classic English gent, forthright, proper, and a loveable fool. The Life I Lead sees Miles Jupp – one of Britain’s leading comics and actors – bring David Tomlinson’s remarkable story to life. A richly comic and moving tale of fathers and sons across the generations.

Gillian Anderson (X-Files, NT Live: A Streetcar Named Desire) and Lily James (Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again) lead in All About Eve, broadcast live from the West End in London. All About Eve tells the story of Margo Channing. Legend. True star of the theatre. The spotlight is hers, always has been. But now there’s Eve. Her biggest fan. Young, beautiful Eve. The golden girl, the girl next door. But you know all about Eve… don’t you…?

Presented by Jonathan Church Productions Tickets from £20*

Tue 9 April 8pm

Seann Walsh

Fri 12 & Sat 13 April 7.30pm

Julian Clary Born to Mince

In this outrageously camp new show, (that he was going to call Bed Knobs and Knee Pads but was advised might not sell too well in Harrogate), renowned homosexual Julian Clary will bare his soul as never before in the interests of light entertainment. Ages 16+ Presented by Mick Perrin Worldwide Ltd Tickets from £26.60* + concessions LIMITED AVAILABILITY productions/ntlout34-all-about-eve Tickets from £17* + concessions

After This One I’m Going Home + support Fresh from the dancefloor of Strictly… this dishevelled, fiery, animated, fiercely idle, millennial man child is one of best live comedians to have come out of the UK. Ages 14+ Presented by Off The Kerb Tickets from £16.60*

* Prices include £1 Booking Fee per ticket and 60p Restoration Levy. Postage charge £1 per order where applicable.


Mon 15 April 8pm

The Totally Football Live Show

Tue 16 April 8pm

Wed 17 April 7.30pm

Sat 20 April 7.30pm

With support from

Hold Fast: Yosemite to Everest To Meru

The Tank Top Tour

Lucy Rose

with James Richardson

Samantha Crane

The Totally Football Show checks in for a night of puns and punditry – but certainly not espionage – for its dirtiest live show ever. James Richardson, Producer Ben and their special guests will discuss whether this is finally the year Leeds make it back into the top flight or will their promotion push kick (Marcelo Bielsa’s blue) bucket?

Something’s changing in Lucy Rose. After two albums of feeling her way through the densely-populated landscape of contemporary singersongwriter music she has picked a point in her career when most people are recycling their hits to bin the satnav, head off the map and commit to a graphically authentic version of her musical self.

They’ll also check in on the Premier League, the Champions League and all the other goings on in the wide world of football.

Sometimes you have to lose yourself to re-invent yourself.

Ages 14+ Presented by Off The Kerb and Amanda Emery PR Tickets from £21.60*


Conrad Anker

One of the greatest mountaineers of our time, Conrad Anker, is perhaps best known for locating Mallory’s body on Everest, searching for climbing partner Alex Lowe for two days straight after an avalanche gashed his head and cracked his ribs, and for being leader of the The North Face climbing team. Presented by Speakers From the Edge Tickets from £20.60* Presented by Futuresound Group Tickets from £18.10* LIMITED AVAILABILITY

* Prices include £1 Booking Fee per ticket and 60p Restoration Levy. Postage charge £1 per order where applicable.


Robert White

Wed 1 May 7.30pm

As the only gay, Aspergic, quarter-Welsh comic on the British comedy circuit, Britain’s Got Talent has helped to highlight Robert’s distinctive comedy genius. Known for his brilliant timing and anarchic performance style, Robert’s chaotic stage presence, improvisational skills and delivery saw him win the Malcolm Hardee Award for Comic Originality.

Sat 27 April 8pm

An Evening with

Devin Townsend

Mark Steel

Susie Dent

Every Little Thing’s Gonna Be Alright

Alongside stories of mysterious forgotten words, you will hear Susie’s selection of the funniest moments from her 25 years on Countdown and 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, as well as some startling results from eavesdropping on a group of waiters.

Mark’s sell-out show Who Do I Think I Am, revealed his natural father was a world backgammon champion. Now the star of Radio 4’s Mark Steel’s in Town and newspaper columnist of the year is touring a show which is guaranteed to make the world seem even more mental than it is.

The Secret Life of Words

Ages 16+ Presented by Cuffe and Taylor Tickets from £21.10*

Fri 3 May 8pm

Susie will also include some of her favourite words from Leeds and beyond, plus she’ll be asking the audience for theirs and welcoming any questions about word origins, and the very future of our language in her very own ‘word surgery’.

Ages 14+ Presented by Off The Kerb Productions Tickets from £16.60*

Presented by No Third Entertainments Tickets from £24.10*

I Talk Too Much

Sat 4 May 7.30pm

Francis Rossi

Devin Townsend is pleased to announce a very special European ‘An Evening With’ solo acoustic tour featuring Devin performing tracks from across his catalogue, as well as taking part in a Q&A.

Legendary Status Quo lead singer Francis Rossi will share the extraordinary secrets of his 50+ years in rock ‘n’ roll when he takes to the stage for an intimate evening talking about his mishaps and adventures of life on the road.

Ages 14+ Presented by Kilimanjaro Live (NB. Strict ticket/admission rules apply) SOLD OUT Presented by A Way With Media Productions Tickets from £26.60* to £34.10* (VIP) VERY LIMITED AVAILABILITY * Prices include £1 Booking Fee per ticket and 60p Restoration Levy. Postage charge £1 per order where applicable.


Thu 9 May 7.30pm

Chris Norman

The Original Voice of Smokie Famed for fronting huge 70’s hit band Smokie, Chris Norman has gone on to carve a successful solo career since leaving the band. In 1986 his first single Midnight Lady became a massive hit throughout Europe, including holding the German No 1 slot for six weeks, plus in 1994 Chris was awarded ‘International video Star of the Year’ by CMT Europe. Presented by Steven Lloyd Promotions Ltd Tickets from £26.60*


Fri 10 May 7.30pm

Jerry Sadowitz

Make Comedy GRATE Again! Jerry Sadowitz is back! Yes, the man with no visible demographic returns to make you laugh while simultaneously parting you of hardearned cash! Sadowitz is the only comic hardly working today who campaigns against human rights. He now suffers from Alzheimer’s disease and has to watch Netflix comedy specials so he can remember his own material. Ages 18+ Presented by Jerry Sadowitz Tickets from £24.10*

Sat 11 May 7.30pm

Richard Herring RHLSTP

Richard Herring’s interview podcast is usually recorded in London’s glittering West End at the Leicester Square Theatre, but now it’s going on the road. Join the ‘Podfather’ (Guardian) and ‘King of the Internet’ (Time Out) as he chats with hilarious star guests here at City Varieties. Previous guests include Stephen Fry, Dawn French, Steve Coogan and Bob Mortimer. You can listen to all the 200+ previous episodes on Acast and iTunes. But it’s much more fun to see it live and hear all the bits that are too libellous and controversial to podcast. Ages 14+ Presented by Avalon Promotions Tickets from £17.60*

* Prices include £1 Booking Fee per ticket and 60p Restoration Levy. Postage charge £1 per order where applicable.

Sun 12 May 7.30pm

Music Hall Tavern The UK’s premier comedy drag show is back for its sixth year with a brand new hilarious fabulous glamorous show for 2019! Starring the sensational Paul Carroll as Mrs T, Lee Sanderson as Peggy Lee and featuring the Showcase International Dancers. Presented by Music Hall Tavern UK Ltd Tickets from £20.50* + concessions

Tue 14 May 6.50pm NT Live presents

All My Sons (12A)

By Arthur Miller Directed by Jeremy Herrin Broadcast live from The Old Vic in London, Academy Award-winner Sally Field and Hollywood legend Bill Pullman star in Arthur Miller’s blistering drama All My Sons. America, 1947. Despite hard choices and even harder knocks, Joe and Kate Keller are a success story. They have built a home, raised two sons and established a thriving business. But nothing lasts for ever and their contented lives are about to shatter, and the price of their American dream laid bare. productions/ntlout33-all-my-sons Tickets from £16*

Wed 15 May 7.30pm

Emily Atack

Talk Thirty To Me Following her recent jungle adventures, Emily takes to the stage for her debut solo comedy show. A live memoir of anecdotes, impressions and tales of an actress in her twenties, unravelling today’s anxiety-inducing world of scrolling through social media, swiping right, slimming apps and the never-ending search for ‘the one’. Don’t miss out on a truly hilarious, tongue in cheek look at ‘having it all’ and turning 30 in the millennial age. Presented by Emma Brunjes Productions Tickets from £21.60* SOLD OUT

* Prices include £1 Booking Fee per ticket and 60p Restoration Levy. Postage charge £1 per order where applicable.


Thu 16 May 7.30pm


The Improvised Musical 2016 Olivier Award Winners – Best Entertainment and Family Show. Spontaneous musical comedy at its absolute finest – direct from the West End with 11 years as an Edinburgh Fringe must-see phenomenon, a BBC Radio 4 series, and an Olivier Award to their name, The Showstoppers have delighted audiences across the globe with their ingenious blend of comedy, musical theatre and spontaneity. A brand-new musical comedy is created from scratch at each performance of this award-winning show as audience suggestions are transformed on the spot into all-singing, all-dancing productions with hilarious results. Presented by Showstopper Productions Ltd Tickets from £19.60*

Sat 18 May 7.30pm

Albert Lee & Band Undoubtedly one of the finest guitarists the world has ever seen, Double Grammy Award-winner Albert Lee is also an accomplished piano player and has a fine soulful singing voice but can equally ‘tear it up’ rock ‘n’ roll style. Presented by Sue Hargreaves Tickets from £22*

Sun 19 May 7.30pm

An Audience with

Mark ‘Billy’ Billingham

Join TV’s most experienced, highest ranking and most decorated SAS leader and sniper, Mark ‘Billy’ Billingham (as seen on Channel 4’s SAS Who Dares Wins), for an exciting evening of inspirational speaking and stories. Hosted and produced by Ultra Distance World Record Breaker and Author Mark Llewhellin. There will also be a Q&A and a chance to meet Billy himself.

Mon 20 May 8pm

Ross Edgley

The World’s Fittest Live Show Ross Edgley made history in 2018 with his historic 2,000-mile swim around mainland Great Britain. Catch Ross live, for the very first time in 2019, as he discusses tales from the world’s longest staged sea swim, packed with the physical and mental fitness secrets that will allow you to unlock your superhuman physical potential. Presented by One Inch Badge Tickets from £28.10* VIP package £71.60*

Tue 21 May 7.30pm

Fri 24 May 7.30pm

An Evening with

Thea Gilmore

In an evening of reminiscence and revelation, Andy will look back over his 40 years in comedy and 60 (ish) years on the planet. You, the audience, get to ask the questions on any subject you may choose (apart from tofu, wellness, or Meghan Markle).

Thea Gilmore releases Small World Turning on 17 May – her first new collection of songs since 2017’s The Counterweight which was her third successive top 40 album. She also embarks on a UK tour calling at Leeds with her band and support from Matt Owens (Noah And The Whale).

Andy Hamilton

Expect a hilarious and illuminating night out with a master of comedy. Age 14+ Presented by Lakin McCarthy Entertainment Ltd Tickets from £21.60*

plus support Matt Owens

A gifted and exceptional artist at the peak of her powers, Thea Gilmore has delivered a vibrant and deeply resonant album, rooted in folk music but completely transcending any genre related limitations. Presented by The MJR Group in Arrangement with DMF Music Tickets from £21.60*

Sat 25 May 2pm

Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake comes to the big screen with a fresh look for the 21st century and is ‘as bold and beautiful as ever’ (bbbbb Telegraph). This thrilling, audacious and witty production is perhaps still best known for replacing the female corps-de-ballet with a menacing male ensemble which shattered convention, turned tradition upside down, and took the dance world by storm. Filmed live at Sadler’s Wells Theatre in London, this ‘spellbinding’ (bbbbb Independent) re-imagining of the classic New Adventures production stars Will Bozier as The Swan/The Stranger, Liam Mower as The Prince and Nicole Kabera as The Queen. Presented by New Adventures Tickets from £15* + concessions

Ages 14+ Presented by Mark 7 Productions Tickets from £24.60 * LIMITED AVAILABILITY


* Prices include £1 Booking Fee per ticket and 60p Restoration Levy. Postage charge £1 per order where applicable.

* Prices include £1 Booking Fee per ticket and 60p Restoration Levy. Postage charge £1 per order where applicable.


Sun 26 May 2.30 & 7.30pm

Al Murray

Landlord of Hope and Glory “Citizens of Hope and Glory! Our new tomorrow beckons. A new tomorrow that smells reassuringly of yesterday, but with Wi-Fi. One last heave and we will be there. And when the going gets tough the tough get going. Although the going won’t get tough and anyone who tells you it is going to be tough is lying. Come join me to marvel at the majesty of our green and pleasant land. A land globally renowned for our culture, history and places, like the world-famous Salisbury Cathedral. Join me to step backwards into the future.” PG (strong language + alcohol references) Presented by Avalon Productions Tickets from £29.10


JUNE Sat 1 June 7.30pm

Sofie Hagen

Bubblewrap/Happy Fat Sofie comes to City Varieties with the show that won her the Edinburgh Fringe Best Newcomer award, Bubblewrap, all about self-acceptance and mental health. Plus, a first chance to hear her read from her new book Happy Fat, a manifesto for happiness and acceptance. Followed by a Q&A, it will be an evening of varied delights from one of the most exciting talents of recent years.

Sun 2 June 7.30pm

Paul Merton’s Impro Chums Paul Merton, Lee Simpson, Richard Vranch, Suki Webster, Mike McShane and accompanist Kirsty Newton are back on the road visiting some of their favourite parts of the UK with another evening of mind-blowing improvisation. Ages 14+ Presented by Mick Perrin Worldwide Tickets from £24.60* + concessions SOLD OUT

Ages 14+ Presented by Impatient Productions Tickets from £15.60*

* Prices include £1 Booking Fee per ticket and 60p Restoration Levy. Postage charge £1 per order where applicable.

Sun 9 June 7.30pm

Wed 12 June 8pm

Oliver Samuels’ 70th Birthday Celebration

Devil’s Fairground

Tiger Lillies

56 East Avenue

The Grammy nominated Godfathers of Alternative Cabaret return with a very special show celebrating their 30th anniversary.

Life on a Tenement Yard Oliver Samuels is the undisputed king of comedy and arguably Jamaica’s most compelling theatrical voice with a colourful mastery of the Caribbean style. In June, along with his faithful UK fans, the supreme legend celebrates his 70th Birthday. To mark this special occasion, he has written and directed one of his most scintillating plays ever, 56 East Avenue, with sold-out performances and great reviews in Jamaica, the Caribbean, America, and Canada. Presented by AJM Entertainment Tickets from £28.50*

The world of The Tiger Lillies is dark and hilarious with moments of immense beauty. In this new show they take you on a trip to the Devil’s Fairground – temptation and sin await! Formed in 1989, they perform new shows worldwide and remain one of the most unique, provocative and genre-defying bands of all time, winning an Olivier award for their hit West End musical Shockheaded Peter. Ages 14+ Presented by Bound & Gagged Comedy Tickets from £21.60*

Sat 22 June 7.30pm

An Evening with

Gill Sims

Why Mummy Doesn’t Give a S***! Author of online sensation Peter and Jane, Gill Sims is the number one best-selling author behind Why Mummy Drinks and its follow-up Why Mummy Swears plus the highly acclaimed Peter and Jane blog. Join Gill as she is interviewed about her blog, books, character and much more! There will be readings from her books plus a chance to ask Gill questions from the audience. Books will also be available to purchase and have signed. Ages 16+ Presented by Phil Mcintyre Tickets from £16.60*

* Prices include £1 Booking Fee per ticket and 60p Restoration Levy. Postage charge £1 per order where applicable.


Thu 27 June 7pm NT Live presents

Small Island (Cert TBC)

Andrea Levy’s Orange Prize-winning novel Small Island comes to life in an epic new theatre adaptation. Experience the play on screen at City Varieties, filmed live on stage as part of National Theatre Live’s 10th birthday. Small Island embarks on a journey from Jamaica to Britain, through the Second World War to 1948 – the year the HMT Empire Windrush docked at Tilbury. productions/73263-small-island Tickets from £15* + concessions

Fri 28 June 7.30pm

Gary Delaney

Gagster’s Paradise Another chance to catch this hugely popular sell-out show! Ages 16+ Presented by Impatient Productions Tickets from £18.60*

Sat 29 & Sun 30 June 7.30pm

Les Musicals

Les Musicals live concert tour is the ultimate celebration of Musical Theatre. Jonathan Ansell (G4 frontman) and Jai McDowall (Britain’s Got Talent winner) have joined forces to create a dramatic and spine-tingling concert. This vocally dynamic evening showcases even more smash hit songs from the greatest musicals of all time, brought to you by two of the world’s finest voices.

JULY Mon 8 July 7.30pm

Caitlin Moran

How To Be Famous Leeds! You’d better be ready for an evening of slightly excessive drinking, and a whole lot of truth about camel-toes, #metoo, why the Beatles were secretly girls, the nineties, sexual shame, pornography, how – exactly – to be famous, and a very long anecdote about the first time Caitlin took ecstasy – which she seems to remember she took in a way so sensible, she can almost imagine Newsround reporting on it, approvingly. Presented by Penguin Random House Tickets from £26.60* (includes paperback copy of the book) Presented by Amick Productions Ltd Tickets from £25* to £57.50* (Meet and Greet)


* Prices include £1 Booking Fee per ticket and 60p Restoration Levy. Postage charge £1 per order where applicable.

Fri 26 7.30pm & Sat 27 July 2pm & 7.30pm City Varieties Youth Theatre presents

Little Shop of Horrors with music and lyrics by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman Director: Lizi Patch Musical Director: Pete Rosser Choreographer: Dawn Holgate Designer: Scott Thompson Following the massive sell-out success of last year’s production of The Wizard of Oz, the City Varieties Youth Theatre will be taking over The Varieties stage for the 8th year this summer with the ever-popular horror musical Little Shop of Horrors. It’s New York, 1960: Seymour Krelbourne, a hapless orphan, changes the fortunes of Mushnik’s failing flower shop on Skid Row when he finds a very strange looking plant in the market after a sudden eclipse of the sun. He names the plant Audrey 2 after fellow co-worker and woman of his dreams, Audrey Fulquard, but it turns out the sinister succulent who sings for its supper has ambitions of his own, and before you can say Baby Bio, Seymour is feeding the horticultural horror a string of supporting cast members... Can Seymour and Audrey break free of Skid Row and be happy? Or will their all-consuming love be... well… CONSUMED! With a cast of 60 young people aged 8–17 years and a live band you’re in for a tasty treat. Tickets: Adult £15*, Child £9*

SEPTEMBER Fri 6 September 7.30pm

The Story of Guitar Heroes

Guitar virtuoso Phil Walker and his extraordinarily talented band return to explore the guitar styles of legends such as Chuck Berry, Hank Marvin, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Brian May and Steve Vai. Presented by MLM Concerts Tickets from £26.60*

Sun 8 September 7.30pm

John Finnemore’s Flying Visit

From the writer and star of the multi-award-winning BBC Radio shows John Finnemore’s Souvenir Programme, Cabin Pressure and John Finnemore’s Double Acts – an evening of perfect sketch comedy also featuring the complete cast of Souvenir Programme. Web Presented Tickets from

* Prices include £1 Booking Fee per ticket and 60p Restoration Levy. Postage charge £1 per order where applicable.


Wed 11 September 7.30pm

John Robins Hot Shame

Perrier Award-winner, Digital DJ, Vibe-Magnet, yells into a well. Join John Robins for his new stand-up show following the critically lauded, sell-out smash, The Darkness of Robins. Ages 16+ Presented by Phil McIntyre Entertainment Tickets from £19.10*

Sat 14 September 7.30pm

Joe Longthorne

TV and recording star, Joe Longthorne, returns to City Varieties with his sensational show. Joe will be joined on stage with his sensational live band and special guest artist. Presented by Artists International Management Tickets from £25.60*

Sun 15 September & Sat 26 October 7.30pm

James Acaster

Cold Lasagne Hate Myself 1999 copy missing – might not need this tbh copy missing – might not need this tbh copy missing – might not need this tbh copy missing – might not need this tbh copy missing – might not need this tbh SOLD OUT

Thu 19 September & Sun 13 October 8pm

Count Arthur Strong Is Anybody Out There?

Fri 20 September 7pm & Sat 21 September 2pm Fri 27 September 7pm & Sat 28 September 2pm


Headliners and supporting cast to be confirmed

After a sell-out appearance in March, Ed Gamble is back with another chance to catch his sensational latest show!

The Good Old Days Take your seats for a trip back to the golden age of variety and enjoy an unrivalled bill of top talent, featuring a different line-up each weekend on the very stage where the BBC’s The Good Old Days was originally filmed! Tickets: Friday from £16* + concessions Saturday from £19* to £24* + concessions Group deals available call 0113 297 7040

In this, his brand new show, Arthur seamlessly combines the very best showbiz entertainment you’ll currently find in the world, possibly? as he wrestles with some of the big questions that other all-round entertainers shy away from. Presented by Live Nation Tickets from £23.10*

Ed Gamble Blizzard

Sat 5 October 7.30pm

Benjamin Zephaniah The Life and Rhymes of Benjamin Zephaniah

In a compelling and inspiring show, Zephaniah will explain how he fought injustice and discrimination to lead a remarkable life while sharing a selection of favourite stories and poems. Signed copies of The Life and Rhymes of Benjamin Zephaniah will be available after the show. Presented by A Way With Media Productions Tickets from £23.60*


* Prices include £1 Booking Fee per ticket and 60p Restoration Levy. Postage charge £1 per order where applicable.

Tue 15 October 7.30pm

Unplugged & Unscripted

How To Be Human


Wed 2 October 7.30pm

Ages 14+ Presented by Avalon Promotions Tickets from £16.60*

Fri 11 October 7.30pm

An intimate evening with Danny and Luke They usually headline arenas and festivals. But this autumn, British rock band Thunder will celebrate their 30th anniversary with a series of up-close-and-personal shows for fans. Founding members singer Danny Bowes and guitarist Luke Morley will talking through the highs and lows of life in Britain’s most popular rock band. And they’ll punctuate their unscripted conversation with host Mick Wall by playing acoustic versions of fan favourites.

Ruby Wax

Based on her bestselling book, Ruby’s new show How To Be Human answers every question you’ve ever had about evolution, thoughts, emotions, the body, addictions, relationships, sex, kids, the future and compassion. Ages 14+ Presented by Chambers Management Tickets from £23.60*

Fri 18 & Sat 19 October 8pm


The 16-date Unplugged & Unscripted tour will give fans the chance to see them as they’ve never been seen before. And the addition of a strictly limited number of VIP tickets will also provide followers with the chance to meet them before each show.

Returning to City Varieties following the last sell-out performance, Austentatious is an improvised comedy play starring a cast of the country’s quickest comic performers. Every single show the cast conjures up a brand new ‘lost’ Jane Austen novel based on nothing more than a title suggested by the audience. Presented by Away With Media Tickets: on sale from 26 April (Members from 24 April)

Ages 12+ Presented by Mick Perrin Worldwide Tickets from £18.60*

* Prices include £1 Booking Fee per ticket and 60p Restoration Levy. Postage charge £1 per order where applicable.


Fri 29 November 2019 – Sun 12 January 2020 C I T Y VA R I E T I E S M U S I C H A L L presents

Thu 24 October 8pm

Geoff Norcott Taking Liberties

Geoff Norcott’s unique brand of provocative stand-up is hitting the road again with Taking Liberties. Whatever the contentious subject – he’ll be honest and blunt without being a dick. Mostly. As seen on The Mash Report, Live at The Apollo and Mock the Week. Ages 16+ Presented by LiveNation Tickets from £15.10*

Fri 25 October 7.30pm

The Legends of

American Country Direct from Ireland, Europe’s No 1 Country music show will showcase highly acclaimed tributes to Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Tammy Wynette and Kenny Rogers plus Willie Nelson, Charley Pride, Patsy Cline, Glen Campbell and Don Williams in this must-see extravaganza. Presented by JMG Music Group Tickets from £22.50*

NOVEMBER Fri 1 November 8pm

Andrew Newton The Hypnotist Live

World famous Hypnotist Andrew Newton returns by public demand for another evening of mischief and absurdity.

Tue 12 & Wed 13 November 8pm

Ed Byrne

If I’m Honest Join Ed as he takes a long hard look at himself and tries to decide if he has any traits that are worth passing on to his children. Presented by Andrew Newton Tickets from £14* + concessions

Ages 16+ Presented by Phil McIntyre Entertainments Tickets from £26.60*

Sun 3 November 8pm

Thu 14 November 7.30pm

Charlie Cunningham


Having heralded his return with the song Permanent Way and a sold-out show at London’s Omeara, Charlie Cunningham marks the announcement of a headline UK/ European tour in October with the unveiling of a second new track Sink In… dusty, driving music mining that rich seam of Flamenco guitar that runs through much of his music.

Following an amazing appearance last November, the unique Crooners returns to City Varieties.

Ages 14+ Presented by Futuresound Group Tickets from £18.60*


A brand new show with stunning sing-along songs!

Returning with their ever-popular live show featuring all the big hits, including Under the Moon of Love, Three Steps to Heaven, Hey Rock & Roll, When, Blue Moon and Pretty Little Angel Eyes.

Written by Peter Rowe Directed by Rob Salmon

Come and join the Dancin’ Party… after all, You’ve Got What It Takes! Presented by Handshake Limited Tickets from £26.60*

This rip-roaring comedy musical has been wowing audiences with its witty and exhilarating show full of satirical energy, hilarious one-liners, laugh out loud silliness and superb musical numbers. Presented by Murmer Music Management Tickets from £24*

Sat 26 October 7.30pm

James Acaster SOLD OUT


Fri 15 & Sat 16 November 7.30pm

* Prices include £1 Booking Fee per ticket and 60p Restoration Levy. Postage charge £1 per order where applicable.


PRICES HELD FROM LAST YEAR! Recommended for ages 4+


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City Varieties Music Hall is very grateful for the generous financial support of The Friends of City Varietes, the family of Jimi Heselden (for auditorium sponsorship) and Emerald Group Publishing Ltd (for Green Room sponsorship).

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