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SPRING SEASON 2014


How to book Booking in person at our Swan Street Box Office will not incur any fees. A £1.50 transaction fee will apply for internet and phone bookings. Where applicable, a £1 charge for postage will also be payable.

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Registered disabled patrons may purchase a half-price ticket for themselves and an essential carer. Please contact Box Office for details.

All sales are non-refundable – please see full terms and conditions of sale on our website cityvarieties.co.uk or ask at Box Office. Unless stated otherwise, all ticket prices include a 60p levy towards the preservation of this Grade II* Listed Building.

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By phone 0113 243 0808 Standard hours are Monday to Saturday* from 10am to 6pm or until evening performance start. For Sunday and Bank Holiday performances, Box Office will open one hour prior to show start. *Excluding certain public holidays

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THE RACIST Fresh from a record-breaking season of shows at London’s Soho Theatre and a critically acclaimed total sell-out season at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, South African comedian, Trevor Noah is proud to present his critically acclaimed show, The Racist, on a ground-breaking tour of the UK. Trevor has been performing for a little over five years but his explosion onto the South African entertainment scene has been nothing short of meteoric, taking on TV, radio and his first love, stand-up comedy, which he has performed on both local and international stages including the UK and US. His sharp wit, intelligent commentary, unmistakable charm and clinical delivery have established him as an extremely popular performer with undoubted world-class potential.

Access Following our refurbishment, we now have lift access to all levels of the auditorium and wheelchair spaces are situated at each level (subject to availability). Please contact the Box Office to discuss your requirements.

‘Slick, intelligent, blissfully funny… this is insightful, warm, classy comedy’ Time Out Recommended for ages 16+ trevornoah.com

Accessible toilets are available at Stalls and Circle level. An induction loop is installed to aid our customers with hearing difficulties. Please contact Box Office before purchasing tickets for advice over the best seats for this service.

Baby Changing Facilities These are provided in the unisex toilets within the Circle Bar

Circle Bar and Kiosk Refreshments are available pre-show and during the interval from the Circle Bar and the Kiosk at the rear of the Stalls. Pre-ordering Interval drinks in advance is highly recommended.

A Box Office service is usually available at our Reception in Swan Street as above.

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VARIETY

MUSIC

When available, standard concessions apply to Under 16s, full-time students, senior citizens, Leeds Card Holders and Friends of the City Varieties. Please check performance listings for details. Entry will be subject to proof of eligibility.

In person

Tickets may also be purchased from the Leeds Grand Theatre Box Office on New Briggate, Monday to Saturday – 9.30am to 8pm. Earlier closing hours may operate on nonperformance days.

COMEDY

The White Swan public house in Swan Street is operated by Leeds Brewery and may be accessed via our Reception area. Details correct at time of going to print. City Varieties reserves to right to make changes to the advertised programme.

Mon 20 January 8pm Tickets: £15.60, Boxes (to seat 2) £37.20

VERY LIMITED AVAILABILITY

FOGGY & WHIT GIVIN’ IT GAS

Givin’ It Gas is a rare chance to get up-close and personal with two legends of motorbike racing at their irreverent best. Four-times World Superbike champion, Carl Fogarty, is joined by friend and former British champ, TV pundit James Whitham, for a live and uncut evening of opinionated and hilarious chat. With their own unique brand of verbal sparring, Carl and James provide insight into today’s world of racing, recall former glories and disasters and discuss the burning issues of the day – on and off the track. An unmissable experience for all sports fans. foggyandwhit.co.uk

Tue 21 January 7.30pm Tickets: £20.50, Boxes (to seat 2) £47.20 A £1.50 transaction fee will apply for internet and phone bookings. Postage charge £1 where applicable.

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Red Ladder Theatre Company presents a

IS THE CHAP YOU’RE THINKING OF Actor, writer and comedian Miles Jupp has not been all that idle since 2012’s Fibber in the Heat tour, having regularly appeared on Have I Got News For You, The News Quiz, Mock The Week as well as an assortment of other shows of that ilk and acting in Alan Bennett’s People at the National Theatre for eight months. Miles will be tackling issues such as domestic imprisonment, fatherhood, having to have opinions, hot drinks, the bloody government, bad balance, housing, ill health, the ageing process, navigation, other people’s pants and, inevitably, a number of other things. Pretty spicy stuff, I’m sure you’ll agree. Bits of it will be quite mild-mannered, and some of it will probably be a tad on the stroppy side.

Directed by Justin Audibert Written by Boff Whalley Performed by Ella Harris A one-woman musical set in February 1918. Parliament is poised to grant what the suffragettes have been fighting for – votes for all women. After years of imprisonment and force-feeding, it seems their time has come. This is the story of a Lancashire mill-girl on her journey from schoolroom to prison cell and beyond.

‘Jupp’s endearing, sharp humour is irresistible’

redladder.co.uk

The List

milesjupp.co.uk

O’Hooley & Tidow were The Guardian’s favourite act of Cambridge Folk Festival and Best Duo Finalists at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2013. Belinda and Heidi write and perform beautiful, unusual and thought-provoking songs of wry social observation, love, loss, darkness and humour. Their new album Hum will be released in February 2014. ohooleyandtidow.com

Thu 23 & Fri 24 January 7.30pm Tickets: £12, Boxes (to seat 2) £30 Concessions: £2 off

Fri 31 January 7.30pm

Tickets: £15, Boxes (to seat 2) £36 LIMITED AVAILABILITY

AMATEUR TRANSPLANTS

ADAM KAY’S BUM NOTES

Amateur Transplants’ frontman Adam Kay sits at a grand piano and sings smutty songs. With a string of sell-out tours and Edinburgh Fringe seasons, his cutting-edge, darkly humourous re-imaginings of pop and rock classics have gained him a cult following across the UK. He has had three number one albums in the iTunes comedy charts and over 20 million hits on YouTube (including the iconic London Underground Song).

‘Bracingly intelligent… enormous fun’ The Times

amateurtransplants.com

Sun 2 February 7.30pm Tickets: £15.60, Boxes (to seat 2) £37.20

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JASON MANFORD

DAVID BADDIEL

Jason returns with two intimate dates onhis latest stand-up tour. Get ready for the trademark comedy anecdotes, misunderstandings and audience banter delivered with his unique likeable charm and teasingly intelligent wit.

Fame – our society is obsessed with it – but who will talk honestly about what it’s really like? David Baddiel, in his first full show for fifteen years, does. From accidentally stealing the spotlight at Russell Brand’s wedding, to realising Andrew Lloyd Webber cannot tell him apart from Ben Elton, David Baddiel takes aim at himself and examines his strange relationship with the New Lad/Token Jew/Comedy rock‘n’roller/Football singer-songwriter that people see him as.

FIRST WORLD PROBLEMS

FAME: NOT THE MUSICAL

‘Effortlessly entertaining’ Evening Standard Recommended for ages 16+ jasonmanford.com

‘Very funny and thought-provoking’ Daily Telegraph ‘Hilarious and weirdly moving’ The Guardian

Fri 7 February & Wed 26 March 8pm Tickets: £23.50, Boxes (to seat 2) £53 LIMITED AVAILABILITY

Fri 14 February 8pm Tickets: £20.60, Boxes (to seat 2) £47.20

ANDY & MIKE’S TICK TOCK TIME MACHINE Created by Mike James, Andy Day, Iain Lauchlan Directed by Iain Lauchlan Music and Lyrics by Jamie Ledwith Starring Andy Day from Andy’s Wild Adventures (CBeebies) alongside comedy partner Mike James.

DAVID O’DOHERTY

SHAPPI KHORSANSDI

David O’Doherty: the Ryanair James Bond, the Kevin McCloud of the tiny keyboard, former Miss Ireland, the offspring of Shannon/Pete Doherty. His new look is Jaws era Steven Spielberg. Recipient of the 2008 Edinburgh Comedy Award and inventor of the last remaining swimming stroke, The Squid (on back, feet first), has written a new comedy show with both talking and songs. No Scrubs.

Shappi Khorsandi is one of the hottest comedy prospects in the country. She’s feisty, flirty and effortlessly funny. She handles every subject with a razor sharp wit, softened only by her deliciously dizzy delivery and endless charm. She is also the best-selling author of A Beginners Guide to Acting English.

WILL TRY TO FIX EVERYTHING

davidodoherty.com

Sat 8 February 8pm Tickets: £15, Boxes (to seat 2) £36

LIVE

‘She has plenty to say, and says it with pointedness and potency’ The Guardian

Suitable for anyone over 3 and their families andyandmike.com

Recommended for ages 15+

Sat 15 February 2pm

Thu 13 February 7.30pm

Tickets: Child £10.60, Adult £12.60, Boxes (to seat 2) £31.20

Tickets: £14.60, Boxes (to seat 2) £35.20

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Join Andy and Mike as they go on a marvellous adventure in a Time Machine which sends them on a quest to collect the things they need from the past to help a very old Andy in the future. Will they make it back to the here and now or be trapped in the mists of a time forever? One thing’s for sure; they haven’t a chance without your help!

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IT’S TIME TOUR 2014 Louise Dearman, star of Cats, Evita and Wicked, invites you to spend an evening in her company on her first UK tour. British actress Louise is the first performer in the history of the musical Wicked to have played both the lead female roles of Glinda and Elphaba between 2010 and 2013. Coinciding with the release of her third album It’s Time, Louise will be performing some of her favourite musical theatre songs live with her band, as well as other familiar favourites. A show that is set to leave you spellbound. louisedearman.com

Sun 16 February 7.30pm Tickets: £18, Boxes (to seat 2) £42 Concessions: £3 off

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CHRIS RAMSEY

THE MOST DANGEROUS MAN ON SATURDAY MORNING TELEVISION After being ‘sent off’ the Soccer AM sofa for misbehaving, the star of BBC 2’s Hebburn wonders whether he really is The Most Dangerous Man on Saturday Morning TV – not to mention whether he wants to be. Taking his brush with on-air censorship as a jumping off point to muse on life, mistakes, expectation and offense, Chris examines what happens when you say the wrong thing in the wrong place at the wrong time.

THE DUBLIN LEGENDS

FORMERLY OF THE DUBLINERS

chrisramseycomedy.com

Mon 17 February 8pm Tickets £17.10, Boxes (to seat 2) £40.20 LIMITED AVAILABILITY

JIMEOIN

YES, YES, WHATEVER…?! Hilarious world-class stand-up from one of live comedy’s internationally acclaimed masters! Jimeoin returns with his ever-evolving live show. A fluid mixture of his signature observations, with hawk-eye dissection of more of the absurdities of life and how we live it. You’ve seen him on loads of TV shows but nothing beats seeing Jimeoin live – book early!

SMALLNESS What is it with us and smallness? We Brits love it – being tiny but fierce, close but distant. This Jedward-haired award-winner is the same and he returns with a new blisteringly big-small show. Watch him ejaculate thoughts about smallness – on keeping things small when life gets big.

‘A smart, probing brain lurks below the vertiginous quiff’ The Evening Standard russellkane.co.uk

Thu 20 February 8pm Tickets: £18.10, Boxes (to seat 2) £42.20 LIMITED AVAILABILITY

Recommended for ages 14+ jimeoin.com

FAIRPORT CONVENTION Hailed as the originators of British folk-rock music, Fairport Convention has just celebrated its forty-fifth anniversary and remains one of the most entertaining bands on the live music scene. The band’s Winter tour will feature songs from their most recent studio album, the critically acclaimed Festival Bell as well as favourites chosen by the audience. There will also be an opening set from John Watterson who will perform revivals of Jake Thackray’s quirky songs. Fairport Convention features Simon Nicol on guitar and lead vocals, Dave Pegg on bass and backing vocals, Chris Leslie on fiddle, mandolin, bouzouki and lead vocals, Ric Sanders on violin and Gerry Conway on drums and percussion. fairportconvention.com

Fri 21 February 7.30pm Tickets: £24.10, Boxes (to seat 2) £54.20

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Sat 22 February 7.30pm Tickets: £18.10, Boxes (to seat 2) £42.20

Sean Cannon, Patsy Watchorn, Eamonn Campbell and Gerry O’Connor are all true legends of Irish Folk music. Sean and Eamonn were members of The Dubliners for close to thirty years while Patsy joined ‘The Dubs’ ten years ago. Meanwhile Gerry was a member of the iconic Four Men & A Dog and has played with everyone from Sharon Shannon to Shane MacGowan and also tours with guitar legend Joe Bonamassa. ‘The Lads’ are looking forward to entertaining and meeting all their old friends and fans and will continue to play all the classic songs and ballads known the world over, including; Whiskey in The Jar, Dirty Old Town, Seven Drunken Nights and The Irish Rover.

Wed 26 February 7.30pm Tickets: £18.50, £20.50, Boxes (to seat 2) £47 Concessions £2 off

In the award-winning

PENGUINS

Sean Hughes is back on tour following a critically acclaimed and audience packed run of his new show Penguins at The Edinburgh Fringe. This is a show so full of surprises and hidden twists and recurring themes that you find yourself mapping it out hours later. Sean takes us back to his Dublin upbringing and the (at times) utter awkwardness of teenage life – weaving in his family, his school days and the business of friendship and tying it all in to the present. Why does society tell us how to behave and react? What does it have to do with Penguins? Buy a ticket and all will be revealed… Recommended for ages 14+

Fri 28 February 7.30pm Tickets: £15.60, Boxes (to seat 2) £37.20 Concessions: £2 off A £1.50 transaction fee will apply for internet and phone bookings. Postage charge £1 where applicable.

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SING-A-LONG-A

GREASE PG The brand new sing-along screening of the classic film starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John brought to you by the producers of Sing-a-Long-a Sound of Music. Ever wanted to know what it’s like to be a T-bird or a Pink Lady but never quite felt cool enough to pull it off? Well, now is your chance to don those pink jackets, grease up those quiffs and let your inhibitions go for an evening where you are the stars and remember Grease is the word... The evening begins with your host leading a vocal warm-up before they show you how to use your magic moments fun packs. You’ll even get a chance to learn how to hand jive. Then just sit back and watch Danny and Sandy and the gang, while singing and dancing along to the lyrics as shown on the screen. It couldn’t be easier... or more fun! Fancy dress is strongly encouraged and full audience participation essential. singalonga.net/grease/

Sat 1 March 2.30pm & 7.30pm Tickets: Adult £15.60, Child £14.10 Groups of 10+ get one free for every ten paid

PC’S WORLD Paul Chowdhry, host of Channel 4’s Stand Up For The Week and star of BBC 1’s Live At The Apollo, is back with his biggest tour to date, asking why is one person’s offence another person’s humour? PC may be his initials but the relentless world he lives in definitely isn’t. Why has tackling the preconceptions of political correctness become so offensive? In this new hard-hitting show, Paul takes on a whole host of sensitive and taboo subjects – it’s time to enter PC’s World. Recommended for ages 16+ paulchowdhry.com

Thu 6 March 7.30pm Tickets: £14.60, Boxes (to seat 2) £35.20

FULL FRONTAL NERDITY Fresh from the Edinburgh Fringe, the sell-out comedy phenomenon is back on tour with a brand new show for the insatiably sci-curious. Whether you loved or loathed the school science lab, Festival of the Spoken Nerd is here to feed your brain, tickle your ribs and light your Bunsen burner. Stand-up mathematician Matt Parker (BBC 2 Things You Need To Know) experiments maestro Steve Mould (BBC 1 Britain’s Brightest Street Scientist) and geeky songstress Helen Arney (BBC Radio 4 Infinite Monkey Cage) mix astonishing science with statistically significant comedy – and maybe some things that go BANG! With over a million views on YouTube for their experiments, songs and stand-up, this is your chance to see three of the UK’s best (and nerdiest) performers in an unforgettable night of comedy and curiosity. Full Frontal Nerdity guaranteed!

Harmony Productions, who brought you My Big Fat Jamaican Funeral, proudly present The Real Housewives of Brixton starring Lavern Archer, Olive Miller, Lovena Brown, Charles Tomlin and Wayne Rollins. Four housewives (or maybe they’re really just ‘housemates’), share a luxurious apartment above a meat shop in Brixton. Claudine is a Hygiene Technician, Jazz an Interior Decorator, while sisters and fierce rivals Barbie and Ohsoo are a Hairdresser and Event Organiser respectively – all watched over by Jack the Caretaker. Lavern Archer’s new play has an eclectic mix of explosive characters which makes for an hilarious comedy cocktail.

Fri 7 March 8pm Tickets: Advance £18.10, Boxes (to seat 2) £42.20 On the door £20.60, Boxes (to seat 2) £47.20 Concessions: £2 off

THE TEDDY BEARS’ PICNIC

Recommended for ages 14+

It’s a teddy bears’ picnic to remember with some surprise visitors (including possibly the biggest teddy bear in the world) and non-stop fun and games. Don’t forget to bring your own teddy along as there will be prizes for the biggest, smallest, oldest and friendliest and more! So, if you go down to the woods today, (especially if it’s your birthday!), you’ll be sure of a big surprise…

Tue 4 March 8pm

Sat 8 March 12.30pm

Tickets: £15.60, Boxes (to seat 2) £37.20

Tickets: Adult £9.50, Child £7.50, Boxes (to seat 2) £25

‘A riotously funny show about science… brimming with unashamed geekery’ Three Weeks

‘Charm and perky curiosity is in its DNA’ The Guardian

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THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF BRIXTON

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FRI 14 MAR, 7pm SAT 15 MAR, 2pm & 7pm

STEVE HEWLETT TWO VOICES IN ONE ACCORD

FRI 21 MAR, 7pm SAT 22 MAR, 2pm & 7pm

ANDREW NEWTON WORLD FAMOUS HYPNOTIST

Comedy Hypnotist Andrew Newton returns to the Varieties with a recharged show packed with new routines and even more laughs!

‘Newton’s skill as an entertainer raises him far above others of his ilk’ Sydney Morning Herald

Sat 8 March 8pm Tickets: £13, Boxes (to seat 2) £32

NORMAN PRINCE IN A CLASS OF HIS OWN

take your seats for a trip back to The Good Old Days of the music halls, sit back and enjoy an unrivalled bill filled with the cream of Variety entertainers from across the globe!

FRI 28 MAR, 7pm SAT 29 MAR, 2pm & 7pm

ANITA HARRIS DELIGHTFUL DIVA

WITH FULL SUPPORTING CAST

Tickets: Friday Evenings & Saturday Matinees Side Stalls, Side Circle & Upper Circle: £16 Stalls & Circle: £19 is wholeheartedly Boxes (to seat 2): £44 encouraged Saturday Evenings but by no means Side Stalls, Side Circle & Upper Circle: £19 compulsory! Stalls & Circle: £22 A prize will be given Boxes (to seat 2): £50 for the best Discounts: costume. Concessions: 10% off Friends of City Varieties: 15% off Groups of 20 or more: 15% off (plus 2 free seats for every 47 paid) Season Tickets including all 3 weekends: 20% off full-price ticket

FANCY DRESS

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BRENDAN SHINE THE RAMBLING IRISHMAN

One of the great live bands returns with a classic mix of old and new songs. Oysterband emerge from their hugely successful collaboration with June Tabor, (the multi-award-winning Ragged Kingdom) and take to the road with a brand new album of original songs full of big, open melodies and uplifting, insightful lyrics. Their new momentum is driven by core members John Jones, Alan Prosser, Ian Telfer and Dil Davies, augmented by the bass playing of Al Scott, (their producer), the cello of Adrian Oxaal, (formerly of the band James), and the emotional singing of Rowan Gödel. oysterband.co.uk

Tue 18 March 7.30pm

Hailing originally from Athlone Tickets: £19.10, Boxes (to seat 2) £44.20 on the River Shannon, Brendan Shine is one of Ireland’s best loved entertainers and has performed to huge audiences all over the world. He began playing drums and accordion before graduating to vocals and in a career spanning more than forty years has released over fifty albums and forty-five singles. He is probably best known in the UK for his huge 1970s hits, O’Brien Has Nowhere To Go and Do You Want Your Old Lobby Washed Down and his latest album Where Did You Meet Her has reminded audiences of his timeless appeal.

Tue 11 March 7.30pm Tickets: £20, Boxes (to seat 2) £46 Concessions: £2 off A £1.50 transaction fee will apply for internet and phone bookings. Postage charge £1 where applicable.

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WE’RE ALL GOING TO DIE! Herring returns to tackles the undiscovered country from whose bourn no traveller returns (apart from Jesus and that canoe bloke). Is death a tragedy or an excuse to have an extended lie-in? Are we snuffed out or forced to endure eternity without bodily pleasures? Death is inevitable, so let’s laugh in its face while our hearts still beat and our jaws are still attached

ANDY McKEE Andy McKee is considered one of the world’s finest acoustic guitar soloists. Hailing from Topeka Kansas, the self-taught McKee has released five albums since 2001 and his live shows are a true testament to the art of stringsmanship and engaging repartee. He manages to captivate audiences with his expert skills and down to earth wit and humour and whether he’s explaining how his harp guitar tunes or why his frets are backward, Andy maintains a connection with both fan and guitar aficionado.

‘A cracking hour of intelligent, thought-provoking satire’ The Edinburgh Evening News

richardherring.com

Thu 27 March 8pm Tickets: £15.60, Boxes (to seat 2) £37.20

JASON MANFORD

BRENDAN GRACE

Thu 20 March 8pm

Wed 26 March 8pm

Tickets: £19.10, Boxes (to seat 2) £44.20 Students: £2 off

Tickets: £23.50, Boxes (to seat 2) £53 LIMITED AVAILABILITY

Brendan’s latest show features some brand new material and some old favourites from his vast repertoire over the last 41 years. His sense of timing and ability to read an audience is without equal. A brilliant comedy actor, his Bottler character is legendary and is now featured at every performance. Brendan has a very special bond with audiences and is much loved by young and old. Family comedians with the talent of Brendan Grace are as rare as Halley’s Comet and only come around now and again.

andymckee.com

FIRST WORLD PROBLEMS

BLESS ’EM ALL The producers of We’ll Meet Again, bring you a brand new wartime cavalcade Bless ’Em All. Starring comedy entertainer Steve Barclay, a favourite of the Varieties and Britain’s greatest virtuoso of the ukulele – Andy Eastwood plus new singing star Lucia Mattess. With full supporting cast of singers Jamie Steen and Mervyn Francis and the live music of the Martyn St James Band… here is a tribute to our armed forces of yesterday, today and tomorrow. With all the great songs and music of the 1940s, this is damp eye nostalgia that leaves everyone with a warm and sentimental glow.

JOSH WIDDICOMBE

41 YEARS OF LAUGHTER

INCIDENTALLY

The last year or so has been incredible for Josh Widdicombe with the hit Channel 4 show The Last Leg being commissioned for two series following its success during the Paralympics Games. Josh also picked up the coveted Saturday breakfast slot on XFM and his much-loved show features regularly in the iTunes Podcast Top 10. His regular TV appearances have included BBC 1’s Mock The Week plus Channel 4’s 8 Out of 10 Cats, Comedy Gala in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital and Stand Up For The Week. Recommended for ages 15+ joshwiddicombe.com

brendangrace.com

Tue 25 March 2.30pm

Sun 30 March 7.30pm

Tue 1 April 7.30pm

Tickets: £12.50, Boxes (to seat 2) £31 Concessions: £2 off + Group deals available

Tickets: £19 & £21, Boxes (to seat 2) £48

Tickets: £14.60, Boxes (to seat 2) £35.20

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SID’S SHOW

ROBERT NEWMAN’S NEW THEORY OF EVOLUTION

Comedian, journalist, novelist and activist Rob Newman makes a hotly anticipated return to stand-up with his first complete show in seven years. Rob describes the 150-year controversy in evolutionary theory and explores how the latest science demonstrates that DNA is not destiny. From a Devil’s Orchard made by lemon ants, to female buffalo voting which way to go, from Prince Kropotkin escaping a Tsarist dungeon to altruistic vampire bats and Richard Dawkins’ postman wrestling naked, Rob Newman argues that cooperation drives evolution more than competition.

Join Sid from Cbeebies live on stage in a fantastic fun-filled adventure that’ll knock your socks off! Sid is setting out on a heroic quest to find out where in the world his favourite socks and shoes have go to – share in the adventure at the bottom of the sea, deep in the jungle or floating in outer space you’ll meet some funny characters and discover plenty of surprises along the way. An interactive experience crammed with games, songs, poems and magic, Sid’s Show will leave you with a smile on your face and a spring in your step. Perfect for families with children aged 3 – 7

AN EVENING WITH

DAVID SEDARIS You may have heard him on BBC Radio 4’s Meet David Sedaris or you might be one of the millions worldwide who have purchased or read one of his many books. Following three sell-out runs in London and two sell-outs at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival he now brings An Evening With David Sedaris to City Varieties. Undoubtedly this will be one of the literary events of the year.

Thur 10 April 7.30pm Tickets: SOLD OUT

FEAST OF FIDDLES

Sat 5 April 2pm Tickets: Adult £12.50, Child £10.50, Boxes (to seat 2) £31

21st ANNUAL TOUR

THE FUREYS & DAVEY ARTHUR

robnewman.com

Fri 4 April 7.30pm Tickets: £13.10, Boxes (to seat 2) £32.20

The Neo-Nowka Cabaret is one of the most recognizable and popular Polish younger generation comedy groups. These three performers from Wroclaw have gained a huge following by creating distinct and sophisticated characters, which often mirror the Polish mentality, virtues and vices – indeed their sketch Heaven quickly became a huge hit in Poland. They are known for their lighthearted attitude, intelligence and ability to improvise in every situation. The group have performed in many places in their native Poland and abroad and can be often seen on Polish national television. kabareton.co.uk

Sun 6 April 4pm & 7.30pm

Legends of Irish music and song The Fureys & Davey Arthur, renowned for their hit songs I Will Love You, When You Were Sweet 16, The Green Fields of France, The Old Man, Red Rose Café, From Clare To Here, Her Father Didn’t Like Me Anyway, Leaving Nancy and Steal Away make their seventh appearance at City Varieties. The Fureys have been entertaining audiences worldwide for 36 years, playing the most prestigious concert halls in the world. They are responsible for some of the most stirring music ever to capture the public imagination and their emotive songs have been known to regularly provoke tears and laughter and sadness and joy. A Fureys’ concert is always a night to remember.

2014 marks the 21st year this group of musical friends have taken to the road to entertain their growing legion of fans with a show of huge dynamic range, passionate and joyful playing and a liberal dose of fun. Fiddlers Peter Knight (Steeleye Span), Chris Leslie (Fairport Convention), Phil Beer (Show of Hands), Brian McNeill (Battlefield Band), Ian Cutler (Bully Wee), Tom Leary (Zeus) and Garry Blakeley (Band of Two) add the large range of fiddle playing styles to the rock backline of guitars, keyboards, sax and accordion – all held together by legendary drummer Dave Mattacks. It’s a feast by nature and a feast by name – an all-round evening of fabulously entertaining live music. feastoffiddles.co.uk

Mon 14 April 7.30pm Tickets: £19.50, Boxes (to seat 2) £45

thefureys.com

Fri 11 April 7.30pm Tickets: £19 & £21, Boxes (to seat 2) £48

Tickets: £19.60 advance/£22.60 on the day Boxes (to seat 2) £47.20 advance/£53.20 on the day

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MIKE McGEAR McCARTNEY

SEX, DRUGS & ROCK‘N’ROLL (I WISH!) Mike takes you through his family album with stories of Liverpool life from early childhood to entering showbiz – how, because of Beatlemania, he had to change his name to McGear and how he became an integral part of the 60s Merseybeat era. Find out how Scaffold subverted BBC Children’s TV! Hear how Rod Stewart and Freddie Starr woke Mike’s relatives and how Jimi Hendrix became Mike’s backing musician! See George Harrison pinch Joe Brown’s guitar! And why did Billy Connolly have to separate Mike from Michael Parkinson? All will be explained along with several more wonderful tales.

Sat 19 April 7.30pm Tickets: £19.50, Boxes (to seat 2) £45 Concessions: £2 off

JONATHAN ANSELL’S INTIMATE SUNDAY

Jonathan Ansell, ex G4 front man, presents his Intimate Sunday show. G4 came second in the first ever series of the X Factor and Jonathan went on to achieve huge success as a solo artist, selling over two million albums. Jonathan will be accompanied by his live band performing a host of classic numbers including songs from Queen and Pavarotti plus showtunes from Jesus Christ Superstar, The Lion King and Les Miserables. Having recently relocated to Leeds, Jonathan is hoping to inspire the next generation of local talent and will be joined on stage by various school choirs from the region, for what promises to be a truly show-stopping moment. jonathanansell.com

Sun 20 April 6pm Tickets £20.00 (VIP* £50), Boxes (to seat 2) £46.00 (VIP* £106.00) *VIP tickets include Premium Seats plus a post-show Drinks Reception

Eddi Reader was brought into the limelight with Fairground Attraction and their single Perfect and parent album First of a Million Kisses which both topped the British charts. However, it has been her subsequent solo albums which signalled her increasing ability to assimilate different musical styles and make them all very much her own. From the traditional to the contemporary, Eddi brings to joyous life all forms of song and what sets Reader apart is the depth and quality of the emotional performance; her ability not only to move the listener but to connect her experience to that of her audience. She has effortlessly developed into one of popular music’s most thrilling and affecting performers. eddireader.co.uk

Mon 21 April 7.30pm Tickets: £22.50, Boxes (to seat 2)£51

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After taking the UK and West End by storm the hit musical comes home to Yorkshire. Northern songbird Maggie and her Jewish composer, George, are struggling to find their big break. Everything changes when they meet wealthy man about town Sir Frank WorthingtonBlythe who needs an act for his new nightclub. Maggie is transformed into Music Hall star Miss Nightingale and her outrageous outfits, satirical songs and scandalous love life make her the talk of London.

But away from the showbiz glamour, heartache and secrets threaten to change their lives forever. Miss Nightingale is a glorious show, where saucy humour spotlights a moving tale of love, loss and hope. The songs, from hilarious tongue in cheek numbers to tender ballads, perfectly capture the spirit of the Forties. missnightingale.co.uk

Thu 24 – Sun 27 April Thu, Fri & Sat 7.30pm + matinees Sat & Sun 2.30pm Tickets: £16.60, Boxes (to seat 2) £39.20

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MORECAMBE Rich Hall’s critically acclaimed grouchy, deadpan style has established him as a master of absurdist irony and the king of rapid-fire wit. The award-winning Montana native renowned for his expertly crafted tirades and quick fire banter with audiences and delightful musical sequences saddles up and hitches his wagon to tour the British Isles once again. This is a comedian who’s plain spoken growling indignation and acerbic observations have an unerring talent for hitting his targets with precision every time, leaving his audience hanging on every word winning him fans all over the globe

BILLY PEARCE FUNNY GUY

Recommended for ages 15+

Leeds born, Billy Pearce worked as a stagehand at our sister venue, Leeds Grand Theatre, before paying his comedy dues on the legendary northern club circuit and going on to become one of Britain’s most talented comedians. Billy returns to the Varieties with this everpopular show.

Thu 1 & Fri 2 May 7.30pm

This Olivier Award-winning play stars Bob Golding as comedy icon, Eric Morecambe. Don’t miss this moving, often hilarious tale about one of Britain’s best-loved entertainers; a heart-warming story of the man what brought us the sunshine. What do you think of it so far? Brilliant!

‘...will bring sunshine into the lives of all who see it’ The Daily Telegraph ‘Wonderful. Exceptional. Incredibly emotional. Hilarious’ The Times Tue 6 & Wed 7 May 7.30pm Tickets: £17.50, Boxes (to seat 2) £41

Tickets: £16.60, Boxes (to seat 2) £39.20

Recommended for ages 16+ billypearce.com

Wed 23 April 7.30pm Tickets: £19.10, Boxes (to seat 2) £44.20

IS (IN AND) OUT OF HIS MIND Robin Ince – Sony Gold Award-winning comedian and science enthusiast (Radio 4’s Infinite Monkey Cage with Prof Brian Cox) – presents another in his line of unhinged standup comic lectures. After dabbling in Darwin and Feynman, and cleaning out Schrodinger’s Cat, Robin now delves into his mind and possibly your mind too. From Freud and Jung to Laing and Milgram, from rats after rewards to insanity cured by ink spots, Robin looks at the last 100 years of psychiatry, psychology and skewiff brain dabblings. Just how hard is it being a self-conscious being on planet earth? Come along, he may cure you.

‘…thoughtful, provocative and very funny’ The Times Tue 29 April 7.30pm Tickets: £14.50, Boxes (to seat 2) £35 Concessions: £2 off

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ALBERT LEE & HOGAN’S HEROES Celebrating a new album, Frettening Behaviour, Grammy Award-winner Albert Lee returns with his multi-talented band Hogan’s Heroes, comprising Gerry Hogan, Peter Baron, Brian Hodgson and Gavin Povey. Albert Lee is one of the world’s finest guitar players and has worked with some of the world’s top artists including Emmylou Harris, The Everly Brothers, Dolly Parton and Eric Clapton. In 2002 he appeared in the Memorial Concert for George Harrison at London’s Albert Hall, and has played at Eric Clapton’s 2007, 2010 and 2013 Crossroads guitar festivals. He is also a member of Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings and fronted the band at the O2 Arena on the night of the Led Zeppelin reunion concert. albertleeandhogansheroes.com

Thu 8 May 7.30pm Tickets: £21.60, Boxes (to seat 2) £49.20 A £1.50 transaction fee will apply for internet and phone bookings. Postage charge £1 where applicable.

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THE BLUES BAND

JERRY SADOWITZ

The legendary Blues Band featuring Paul Jones, Tom McGuinness, Dave Kelly, Gary Fletcher and Rob Townsend, makes a welcome return to City Varieties. The individual members of The Blues Band were already held in admiration by generations of rhythm and blues fans when they formed back in 1979. Almost two and a half decades and over 16 albums later they continue to add to their growing army of followers, and it’s not unheard of to find three generations from the same family at a gig.

Jerry Sadowitz is best known as an offensive comedian but he is also one of the world’s most skilled and creative card magicians. In this show you’ll get to see some amazing sleight of hand and some original magic projected on a large screen which means you automatically get a front row seat without having to actually sit near him! Please note that this show is not suitable for anyone with less than £22.50 (or under 18s).

thebluesband.com

COMEDIAN, MAGICIAN, PSYCHOPATH 2014

‘Genius ... astounds, amuses and appals in equal measure’ The Times

Sat 10 May 7.30pm Tickets: £17 & £20, Boxes (to seat 2) £46

jerrysadowitz.com

Fri 23 May 8pm Tickets £22.50, Boxes (to seat 2) £51

THE SOOTY SHOW A COMPÁS In a scintillating fusion of heart-wrenching vocals, explosive footwork and virtuoso guitar playing, Jaleo return to Britain after three years with their latest stage show A Compás, brimming over with the intoxicating rhythms, palpable energy and joie de vivre which has become synonymous with the company. A Compás (in rhythm) charts an evocative musical journey through the diverse flamenco regions of Andalusia in which some of Spain’s finest award-winning artists combine their talents in a mesmerising tour de force to produce a unique spectacle of universal appeal which encapsulates the very essence of flamenco. jaleoflamenco.com

Tue 20 May 7.30pm Tickets: £20.50, Boxes (to seat 2) £47

Izzy Wizzy let’s get busy! Direct from CiTV, Sooty heads into town in a fabulous new show to delight the whole family. Joining the nations favourite bear will be Sweep, Soo and Sooty’s TV Partner Richard Cadell – who will be attempting to keep Sooty from getting up to mischief! Boy will he have his hands full! There’s also a chance to meet Richard and Sooty after the show. A spectacular mix of magic, music and mess – guaranteed giggles for Sooty fans old and new! thesootyshow.com

Sun 1 June 11am & 2.30pm Tickets: Adult £12.50, Child £10.50, Boxes (to seat 2) £31 Group of 4: £38

JOE LONGTHORNE Joe’s big break came in 1981 when he was a finalist on LWT’s Search for a Star – this lead to appearances at the London Palladium with Bob Hope and The Talk of the Town. His repertoire of voices is endless and includes hundreds of the world’s top singers – however, he is perhaps best known for his impersonation of Shirley Bassey who has commented, “Joe can do me better than I can do myself”. During his career, he has received gold and platinum discs for his albums and enjoyed sellout concerts at the Royal Albert Hall. Now Joe is looking forward to new challenges, new songs to sing and new audiences to thrill. joelongthorne.com

Fri 20 June 7.30pm Tickets: £21, Boxes (to seat 2) £48

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City Varieties Music Hall presents

City Varieties Music Hall presents

RETURN OF THE GRUMPY OLD WOMEN

FIFTY SHADES OF BEIGE By popular demand the Grumpies are back to knock some sense into the nation. Perrier Award-winning comedian, writer and original star of Grumpy Old Women Jenny Eclair will be joined by fellow recruits Susie Blake (Mrs Brown’s Boys, Coronation Street) and actress and singer Kate Robbins (Where The Heart Is, Casualty) in this brand spanking new show. grumpyoldwomenlive.com

Fri 9 May 8pm – AMENDED DATE Tickets: £20.60, Boxes (to seat 2) £47.20

STEVE HEWLETT & FRIENDS THINKING INSIDE THE BOX

Steve Hewlett, fresh from his stunning appearance on Britain’s Got Talent, returns to City Varieties. From talking hands, to bottles of water, from Arthur Lager to Little Simon Cowell, Steve won the hearts of the nation and wowed the judges in the BGT final. Now Steve, along with international award-winning illusionist Richard Griffin, present a brand new, spectacular show to delight and amaze the whole family.

Written by Peter Rowe

thestevehewlettshow.com

Fri 4 July 7.30pm Tickets: £18.50, Boxes (to seat 2) £43

BRASS

NATIONAL YOUTH MUSIC THEATRE

December 2014 to January 2015 On general sale from 1 February 2014

Directed by Sara Kestelman Book, Music and Lyrics by Benjamin Till A new musical commemorating the Great War centenary.

Wed 20 – Sat 23 August On sale 20 January 24

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Behind the Scenes Tours

Hickory Dickory Dock

Learn how the Varieties grew from a humble music room above a pub to the world-famous home of The Good Old Days and marvel at how this beautiful venue has been restored to its former Victorian glory on a Public Heritage Tour.

Weekly sessions for pre-school children and their carers.

Our Family Tours also provide an opportunity for children and their families to hear stories of the weird and wonderful acts that have performed on our stage, dress up in period costume and join in with games and activities whilst discovering the hidden secrets of this beautiful Victorian building. Public Heritage Tours: Wed 22nd Jan, Sat 8th Feb, Wed 26th Feb, Sat 15th March, Wed 26th March, Sat 12th April, Wed 23rd April Family Tours: Wed 19th Feb, Wed 16th April All tours run from 11am – 12pm. Cost: £5 adult, £3 under 18s, under 5s free. Tickets can be booked through the Box Office on 0113 243 0808.

Come along to play, sing, create and discover in our themed sessions whilst being inspired by the history of our unique building! With a chance to glimpse behind the curtain of a working theatre and plenty of imaginative play, it’s the perfect way to introduce your child to performing arts.

City Varieties Youth Theatre The City Varieties Youth Theatre has now been running for two years and is going from strength to strength with a cast of 80 young people!

Drawing on the expertise of the Learning Team in conjunction with visiting storytellers and musicians, each session supports key areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage. But above all your child will have fun in a new and stimulating environment!

Look out for upcoming shows in April and July to see this fantastic Company take to the stage.

Sessions are held on Tuesday mornings and places are limited so booking is essential.

If you are aged 8 – 21 years and interested in finding out more about the Youth Theatre please contact the learning team for an information pack.

For your free taster session call 0113 391 7781 or email: learning@cityvarieties.co.uk.

NEW FOR 2014 To support the WWI centenary commemorations we’re ‘packing up our troubles’ and exploring the popular music hall songs that kept people’s spirits up in Leeds during this period. We’re working on a variety of exciting opportunities to discover more about theatres during wartime, which will be suitable for both primary and secondary school pupils. Interested? Please contact the learning team for more information.

To book workshops, projects and group tours, please contact the Learning Team: learning@cityvarieties.co.uk, 0113 391 7783.

The Learning programme is supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund.

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Founded in 1988, and registered as an independent charitable organisation, The Friends have campaigned tirelessly over the years to fund the essential upkeep of the Varieties. Events & Hospitality The Jimi Heselden Auditorium and other spaces within the City Varieties are available for private hire to host your meeting, conference or other event.* Or make your theatre visit even more memorable with intimate post show drinks and canapés for your friends, family, colleagues and clients. In addition to the £175,000 which the Friends have donated toward the recent refurbishment, their efforts over the years have also provided the venue with replacement auditorium seats, heating for the bars and hot drinks machines. These funds have been raised through activities such as street markets, cash collections, fair stalls, charity performances, dining events and the operation of city centre charity shops. Their social events regularly include luncheons, quizzes, garden parties, theatre, museum and cinema visits as well as ‘sail and shop’ trips to the continent. The Friends recently funded the completion of the Gold Leaf decoration on the Upper Circle balcony.

Coffee Mornings Throughout this season, The Friends will be holding a series of informal Coffee Mornings in our historic Circle Bar – why not stop by for a chat and a cuppa? Saturdays 10.30am to 12.30pm 11 January 8 February 8 March 15 March 22 March 29 March 12 April 10 May

Membership If you are interested in joining this dedicated and sociable group of City Varieties’ supporters, please contact Box Office on 0113 243 0808 or drop by the Reception in Swan Street to pick up an application form. Standard annual membership costs just £15* per person – lifetime memberships are also available. Benefits of membership include: 1 Priority Booking

(subject to promoter agreement)

1 Regular Newsletters 1 Discounts and Special Offers on selected shows or merchandise 1 Exclusive Friends’ Events * Prices correct at time of going to print.

Friends of the City Varieties Registered Charity Number: 1038435

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Please contact us to discuss your event or hospitality enquiries.

Your Wedding at City Varieties Holding your ceremony at City Varieties is certain to make your day memorable for all the right reasons. The auditorium seats up to 400 people but also feels intimate with much smaller numbers of guests making it a perfect venue whatever the size of your party. If you’d like drinks after the ceremony, our Circle Bar holds 60 people and is a lovely setting for your guests to mingle whilst you have photos taken or just as somewhere to chat before you move on to your reception venue. For further information about holding your marriage or civil partnership at City Varieties, please contact Anne Shaw on 0113 297 7003 or email weddings@cityvarieties.co.uk.

Sponsorship & Naming Opportunities Since re-opening, our auditorium has been named in memory of Leeds entrepreneur and philanthropist, Jimi Heselden, and the Green Room named in recognition of a generous donation made by Dr Keith Howard OBE, Chairman of Emerald Group Publishing Ltd. This generous sponsorship is helping to preserve this unique venue for future generations. Other areas and services within City Varieties are also available for naming rights. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.

Name a Seat Join the ever-growing numbers of supporters and celebrities who have already named a seat or a box in our stunningly restored auditorium, including John Bishop, Barbara Windsor MBE, Dame Judi Dench, Timothy West CBW and Prunella Scales CBE. The inscription could be your name, a company name, a celebration or commemoration, or simply a dedication to a loved one. Prices start from just £6 per month over four years. Call us on the number below for an application form or call into reception in Swan Street.

Volunteers The City Varieties relies upon a dedicated team of volunteer stewards to staff all of our events. If you are interested in offering your valuable time to help the venue run smoothly, please request an application pack by emailing HouseManager@cityvarieties.co.uk or by calling the office number below.

For all your enquiries, please call us on 0113 391 7777 or email info@cityvarieties.co.uk * Events and private hires are subject to space availability and licensing capacities.

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Location

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City Varieties Music Hall is situated right in the heart of Leeds city centre on Swan Street, which links Briggate with Lands Lane, close to the popular Victoria Quarter and the new Trinity Centre.

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There are several parking spaces available nearby to disabled badge holders including The Headrow, Wormald Row and Mark Lane.

We are just a ten minute walk from either Leeds bus or rail station and many city centre bus stops. Plan your journey via wymetro.com or call 0113 245 7676.

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Get in touch Tickets: 0113 243 0808 boxoffice@cityvarieties.co.uk General Enquiries: 0113 391 7777 info@cityvarieties.co.uk

City Varieties Music Hall Swan Street Leeds LS1 6LW

Marketing and Press: 0113 391 7775 marketing@cityvarieties.co.uk Technical Team: technical@cityvarieties.co.uk Like our City Varieties Music Hall page on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @CityVarieties

Proprietor: Leeds Grand Theatre and Opera House Ltd. Registered in England No. 978161. A company controlled by Leeds City Council. Registered address: 46 New Briggate, Leeds, LS1 6NZ. Reg Charity No: 500408. VAT Reg No: 865 9525 74 The information contained in this brochure is correct at the time of printing. Whilst every effort is made to avoid programme changes, we reserve the right to make alterations, where necessary, without prior notice, if unavoidable.

City Varieties Music Hall is very grateful for the generous financial support of the family of Jimi Heselden for sponsoring the Auditorium and Dr Keith Howard OBE, Chairman of Emerald Group Publishing Ltd for sponsoring the Green Room.

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