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COMING TO YORK Tue 9 Sat 20 Aug

SUMMER 2011 0844 871 3024 (bkg fee) GROUPS HOTLINE 0844 871 3044 www.grandoperahouseyork.org.uk


WELCOME Welcome to our new brochure for the spring and summer. Whatever the weather outside, we offer a ray of summer sunshine in the form of the smash hit musical Legally Blonde coming to York as part of its first ever national tour. Get your tickets now, while you still can!

DIARY APRIL BACK FOR GOOD Fri 1 Apr TIM VINE Sun 3 Apr

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CINDERELLA Tue 5 Apr

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Other fabulous touring musicals visiting our city include the return of the smash hit Blood Brothers, starring X Factor’s Niki Evans, or if you are looking for more of a party then Thriller Live, featuring the songs of Michael and the Jackson 5, will be right up your street. We are also delighted to be hosting a showcase of Billy Elliot the Musical starring the region’s brightest young stars.

DRUMCHASERS Wed 6 Apr

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DAVE SPIKEY Sat 9 Apr

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DAN CLARK Sun 10 Apr

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The compelling murder mystery drama, Agatha Christie’s Verdict, will have you sitting on the edge of your seats at the beginning of May and for the younger (and young at heart) audience members don’t miss Shaun The Sheep live on stage In June.

MILTON JONES Mon 11 Apr

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THE BIG BALLET Tue 12 Apr

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Following a magical first term of Wizardry Classes, we are pleased to announce that the classes will continue into the summer and autumn, perfect for all budding Harry Potters!

THE SOLID SILVER 60S SHOW Wed 13 Apr 5

Ever popular, our line up of top comedians includes Al Murray, Dom Joly and a second visit to us this year from Milton Jones. Plus don’t miss the celebrated Monty Python John Cleese this summer. Finally, don’t miss our hugely exciting Stage Experience production of West Side Story during the summer. The show features 70 hugely talented performers from the local area who rehearse and perform this full scale production in just two weeks! We look forward to welcoming you to the Grand Opera House York soon. Best regards,

Lizzie Richards General Manager

AMBASSADOR THEATRE GROUP (ATG) is the largest theatre operator in the world combining its international stature with core local values. As a successful and respected theatre provider, ATG has years of experience helping millions of customers enjoy the very best theatre and live entertainment - and now it’s your turn to be part of it.


JASON MANFORD Fri 13 & Sat 14 May SOLD OUT

SHAUN THE SHEEP Wed 8 - Sun 12 Jun

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JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR Mon 18 - Sat 23 Apr 4

BLOOD BROTHERS Mon 16 - Sat 21 May

DOM JOLY Tue 14 Jun

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BELLOWHEAD Wed 27 Apr

BILLY YOUTH THEATRE SHOWCASE Sun 22 May

JIMMY CARR Wed 15 Jun

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AL MURRAY Thu 16 Jun

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SALLY MORGAN Thu 14 Apr

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LENNY HENRY Fri 29 Apr KEN DODD Sat 30 Apr

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MAY MIKE & THE MECHANICS Sun 1 May VERDICT Mon 2 - Sat 7 May STEPHEN K AMOS Sun 8 May TANGO FIRE Tue 10 May ED BYRNE Wed 11 & Thu 12 May

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GLENN HUGHES Mon 23 May

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LOUDON WAINWRIGHT III Wed 25 May

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MERCURY - THE VERY BEST OF QUEEN Fri 17 Jun 14

DYLAN MORAN Thu 26 May

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PRIMA VOCAL ENSEMBLE Wed 22 Jun

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THAT’LL BE THE DAY Sun 26 Jun

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JULY SLP COLLEGE’S SHOWSTOPPERS Fri 1 & Sat 2 Jul

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THE DRIFTERS Sun 3 Jul

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ROY CHUBBY BROWN Thu 21 Jul

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SUMMER GALA EVENING Sun 24 Jul

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AUGUST WEST SIDE STORY Thu 4 - Sat 6 Aug

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LEGALLY BLONDE Tue 9 - Sat 20 Aug

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SEPTEMBER THE PRODUCERS Mon 12 - Sat 17 Sep

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OCTOBER THE JUNGLE BOOK Tue 4 - Sat 8 Oct

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LA TRAVIATA Fri 14 Oct

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MADAMA BUTTERFLY Sat 15 Oct

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BUDDY HOLLY & THE CRICKETERS Fri 27 May

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JOHN CLEESE Sat 28 & Sun 29 May

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THRILLER Mon 30 May - Sat 4 Jun JUNE SPIRIT OF THE DANCE Tue 7 Jun

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VERDICT 2-7 MAY PREVIOUS CAST PHOTO


CELEBRATING ITS FORTIETH ANNIVERSARY YEAR MON 18 - SAT 23 APR Mon - Sat eves 7.30pm, Sat mat 2.30pm C L C Inspired by the political and personal struggles between Judas Iscariot and Jesus Christ, this spectacular musical follows the last seven days in the life of Jesus Christ, beginning with the preparations for his arrival in Jerusalem and ending with his crucifixion.

JCS Logo © & ™ 1996 RUG Ltd

Originally written as a concept rock-opera album by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, Jesus Christ Superstar exploded onto the Broadway stage in 1971 earning itself five Tony Award nominations by the following year. Now celebrating its fortieth anniversary, the show has gone on to become one of the greatest and most enduring musicals of all time.

Lyrics by Tim Rice Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber Director Robert Readman Musical Director Adam Tomlinson

An amateur production in association with The Really Useful Group Ltd, presented by York Stage Musicals.

BACK FOR GOOD

CINDERELLA

DRUMCHASERS

FRI 1 APR 7.30pm F S C

TUE 5 APR 7.30pm C L S C

WED 6 APR 7.30pm F

The story of Cinderella is one of the best known fairytales, and Vienna Festival Ballet’s full length version has all the familiar ingredients; a downtrodden young girl, a glass slipper, two comical ugly step-sisters and a handsome prince. A specially commissioned score, with music from Rossini’s most famous operas, adds to the magical fantasy world of the ballet Cinderella.

A new percussion spectacular from the creators of international success Noise Ensemble. Ten virtuosic percussionists and dancers in an explosion of sound and light with a story of rivalry, romance and rhythm. Powerful and energetic, for fans of percussion or lovers of theatre, this is a show for all ages and promises an evening unlike anything you’ve seen before.

Recreating the magic of Take That. If you like Take That you will LOVE Back For Good! With their amazing dance routines, numerous costume changes and phenomenal live performances, adoring fans will be singing and dancing within minutes and left with little doubt that they are watching ‘THE GREATEST BOY BAND OF ALL TIME’.

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From the classic Lloyd Webber score, songs include: Hosanna, Gethsemane, Everything’s Alright, I Don’t Know How To Love Him, Heaven On Their Minds and the title song itself Superstar.


DAVE SPIKEY WORDS

DAN CLARK

MILTON JONES

DON’T COME EASY

SUN 10 APR 8pm

LION WHISPERER

SAT 9 APR 7.30pm C G L Inspired by the audience reaction to his deconstruction of song lyrics in his Best Medicine Tour, plus his fascination with the vagaries of the English Language, Dave’s hilarious new show examines situations in life where words really don’t come easy. From tongue-tied parents explaining the facts of life, to pathetic adolescent chat-up lines and more!

THE BIG BALLET TUE 12 APR 7.30pm A ballet like no other, The Big Ballet is an ensemble of 16 dancers, each weighing no less than 16 stone and united in a common cause; not to lose a single pound. These ladies enchant their audiences with different classical and modern ballet pieces in a hilarious comedy show full of fun and astonishing choreography, proving that you shouldn’t take life, or yourself, too seriously.

Dan Clark, star of BBC2’s How Not To Live Your Life, brings his unique brand of live comedy on a national tour. The show will feature some of Dan’s acclaimed stand-up but will mostly consist of his comedy songs, performed with his band (including regular collaborator and composer of HNTLYL - Ben Parker) HHHH ‘UNINTERRUPTED COMIC ECSTASY’ METRO

THE SOLID SILVER 60s SHOW WED 13 APR 7.30pm Now in its 26th year the show features the unforgettable talents of Dave Berry, Chris Farlowe, Wayne Fontana, Terry Sylvester (formerly of The Hollies) all backed by Vanity Fare and The Merseybeats. Hear the classic hits performed by the original hitmakers. The Crying Game, Handbags and Gladrags, Game of Love and more!

MON 11 APR 8pm You know the weird bloke with the shirts from Mock the Week. As well as star of the Michael McIntyre Roadshow, the voice of 8 series for Radio 4 (including The Very World of Milton Jones and Another Case of Milton Jones) and all sorts of other radio and telly. Awards too. Youtube him or something. Back in York for a second night.

BELLOWHEAD WED 27 APR 7.30pm C The hottest band in British folk music today. The extraordinary, multi award-winning 11 piece folk juggernaut have been voted Best Live Act at BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards an unprecedented five times and this year were also voted Best Band. They edge into world, jazz, rock and music hall with songs that are often bawdy, invariably anarchic and always impossible to sit still to! 5


ONE NIGHT SHOWS

LENNY HENRY

MIKE & THE MECHANICS

IN CRADLE TO RAVE: A MUSICAL JOURNEY

SUN 1 MAY 8pm

FRI 29 APR 7.30pm Age 12+ The brand new show fresh from his award winning stint in Northern Broadside’s Othello. Lenny returns to his roots with a funny and touching show about the thing he loves most: music. A musical journey, exploring the role that music has played and will play at every stage of Lenny’s life from the womb to the tomb.

STEPHEN K AMOS

TANGO FIRE

THE BEST MEDICINE

TUE 10 MAY 7.30pm C G L

SUN 8 MAY 8pm Age 16+ Fresh from a busy year filming his own BBC2 comedy series The Stephen K Amos Show, Stephen is back on tour with more melt in the middle, heartfelt humour to warm the very cockles of your heart. Laughter really is the best medicine and the Doctor will see you now! ‘A JOY TO BEHOLD’ THE TIMES

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Following a 6 year hiatus and a massive reunion with Genesis, Mike Rutherford has joined forces with one of the UK’s most successful R&B acts Andrew Roachford and Canadian born singer and actor Tim Howar for a new generation of Mike & The Mechanics. Hear all the hits: Silent Running, All I Need Is A Miracle, The Living Years and Over My Shoulder and more.

Direct from Buenos Aires, following sell-out seasons in New York, London, Barcelona, Hamburg and Cape Town, Argentina’s hottest dance show returns to the UK with their brand new show Flames of Desire. This sizzling show features 10 sensational dancers including 3 world Tango champions, accompanied by Quatrotango, a quartet of brilliant musicians and one of Argentina’s finest young singers.


ED BYRNE

GLENN HUGHES

CROWD PLEASER

MON 23 MAY 7.30pm

WED 11 - THU 12 MAY 7.30pm 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. Continuing his quest to turn into a grumpy old man. ‘BYRNE IS AT THE TOP OF HIS GAME’ ★ ★ ★ ★ THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPH

DYLAN MORAN

Following concerts with Black Country Communion, iconic vocalist and bass guitarist Glenn Hughes is on tour. Hailed as one of the last of the great British classic rock vocalists, the former lead singer and bassist of Trapeze and Deep Purple, Hughes’ blistering live concerts feature an unforgettable career retrospective. Supported by Joanne Shaw Taylor.

LOUDON WAINWRIGHT III WED 25 MAY 8pm The songwriting legend returns following his latest album 10 Songs For the New Depression. With 23 albums, and a Grammy, Wainwright has written music for films, theatre and his songs have been recorded by Johnny Cash, and Rufus Wainwright, among others. Supported by Lucy Wainwright Roche.

YEAH, YEAH

BUDDY HOLLY & THE CRICKETERS

SPIRIT OF THE DANCE

THU 26 MAY 8pm C G L

ROCK ‘N’ ROLL JUKEBOX

TUE 7 JUN 7.30pm C

Dylan Moran, star of Black Books, Shaun of the Dead and Run Fat Boy Run is about to spread a little happiness with a brand new tour for 2011. Searing observations delivered with Dylan’s renowned, shambolic charm. ‘AS SHARP AS BARBED WIRE’ THE SCOTSMAN

FRI 27 MAY 7.30pm C G L Featuring all of Buddy’s classics, plus the greatest hits from the legends of the 50s and 60s. This breathtaking show has, for 18 electrifying years, delighted audiences across the globe and is guaranteed to have everyone singing and dancing in the aisles.

The International smash hit dance sensation is one of the most successful shows ever to come out of Ireland and has been seen by more than 25 million people in 15 countries. Bursting with raw energy, this explosive show combines heart-pounding Irish Dance with the sensual Latino rhythms of Flamenco and Red Hot Salsa. 7


GRIPPING AND POWERFUL DRAMA FROM THE ‘QUEEN OF CRIME’ AGATHA CHRISTIE BILL KENWRIGHT BY SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT WITH AGATHA CHRISTIE LTD PRESENTS

CAST INCLUDES

SUSAN PENHALIGON ROBERT DUNCAN ELIZABETH POWER PETER BYRNE MATTHEW LEWIS AND

MARK WYNTER

Following huge success, the Agatha Christie Theatre Company, now in its sixth outstanding year, is proud to present Verdict, the most riveting and compelling drama by the undisputed ‘Queen of Crime.’ A superb cast includes Emmerdale’s Susan Penhaligon, Robert Duncan (Drop the Dead Donkey), Peter Byrne (Dixon of Dock Green), Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom in the hugely successful Harry Potter films), Elizabeth Power (EastEnders) and 60s pop idol Mark Wynter. The brilliant Professor Hendryk leads a content and morally upstanding life, but his world is turned upside-down when the prospect of life-saving treatment for his invalid wife persuades him to take on a new pupil against his better judgement; the spoilt, conniving minx Helen who will stop at nothing to get her way. With murderous intentions afoot, it only remains to be seen what verdict will be delivered, and if justice will prevail.

‘A MOVING, INTRIGUING AND THOUGHTPROVOKING PLAY OF FORBIDDEN LOVE’ SURREY HERALD 8

AGATHA CHRISTIE® Copyright © 2010 Agatha Christie Limited (a Chorion company). All rights reserved. Photos of a previous cast.

‘KEEPS THE SUSPENSE BUZZING TO THE LAST’ GAZETTE AND HERALD

MON 2 - SAT 7 MAY Mon - Sat eves 7.30pm Wed & Sat mats 2.30pm AUDIO DESCRIBED Sat 7 May 2.30pm & 7.30pm LIVECARD BEST DISCOUNT 2 for 1 on opening night C G L S

0844 871 3024 (bkg fee) www.grandoperahouseyork.org.uk


THE MUSICAL FOR ALL TIME RETURNS BY POPULAR DEMAND ‘A TRIUMPHANT EVENING UNMISSABLE AND UNBEATABLE’ THE SPECTATOR

Bill Kenwright presents

‘DEVASTATING. A MASTERPIECE. IF YOU HAVEN’T SEEN IT GO. IF YOU HAVE, GO AGAIN’ NEWS OF THE WORLD

‘THE MUSICAL OF THE DECADE’ INTERNATIONAL HERALD TRIBUNE

‘BRINGS THE AUDIENCE CHEERING TO ITS FEET AND ROARING ITS APPROVAL’ DAILY MAIL

Starring X Factor’s

NIKI EVANS as Mrs Johnstone Written by Willy Russell, the legendary Blood Brothers tells the captivating and moving tale of twins who, separated at birth, grow up on opposite sides of the tracks, only to meet again with tragic consequences. Starring X Factor’s Niki Evans as Mrs Johnstone, the superb score includes Bright New Day, Marilyn Monroe and the emotionally charged hit Tell Me It’s Not True. Few musicals have received quite such acclaim as the multi-award-winning Blood Brothers, and this production, having recently celebrated its 21st phenomenal year in London, continues to enjoy standing ovations at every devastating performance. No wonder Blood Brothers is now ‘THE MUSICAL FOR ALL TIME’.

MON 16 - SAT 21 MAY Mon - Sat eves 7.30pm Wed & Sat mats 2.30pm AUDIO DESCRIBED Sat 21 May 2.30pm & 7.30pm LIVECARD BEST DISCOUNT 2 for 1 on opening night C G L S

0844 871 3024 (bkg fee) www.grandoperahouseyork.org.uk

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MONTY PYTHON STAR LIVE ON STAGE

©2008 Billy Broadway LLC.

BILLY YOUTH THEATRE SHOWCASE

The region’s brightest young stars together on one stage performing a specially adapted version of Billy Elliot the Musical. School and youth groups from across the country have taken on the challenge of staging their very own version of Billy Elliot the Musical. Now, the Grand Opera House York has partnered with Billy Youth Theatre to host one of four regional showcases. Billy Elliot is the inspirational story of one boy’s dream to realise his ambitions against the odds. Set in the North East of England against the background of the historic 1984-85 miners’ strike, Billy pursues his passion for dance in secret to avoid the disapproval of his struggling family. Full of life, laughter and unforgettable music by Elton John, this inspirational showcase of young talent will set your spirits soaring.

For the first time ever this comedy legend and the most senile member of Monty Python will be bringing his Alimony Tour to the UK. Best known for his idiosyncratic turns in Monty Python's Flying Circus and Fawlty Towers, John Cleese will bring his unique comedic perspective to audiences across the UK. Cleese has achieved a lot in his career. Monty Python was created with Cleese co-writing and starring in four series and three films. Cleese created Fawlty Towers with then wife Connie Booth and A Fish Called Wanda which he wrote and starred in with Jamie Lee Curtis. The 90s brought roles in Bond movies The World is Not Enough and Die Another Day. Cleese has done it all, and now it’s time for him to tell you about his jam-packed life!

SUN 22 MAY Sun eve 7.30pm F C 10

SAT 28 & SUN 29 MAY Sat & Sun eves 7.30pm


CELEBRATING THE UNDISPUTED KING OF POP PAUL WALDEN & DEREK NICOL FLYING MUSIC IN ASSOCIATION paul walden & derek nicol FOR for flying music in association WITH with ADRIAN GRANT KEYconcerts CONCERTS PRESENT adrian grantFOR for key present

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Thriller Live is a spectacular concert created to celebrate the career of the world’s greatest entertainer. Moonwalking its way around the world, award-winning director Gary Lloyd’s Thriller Live brings to life the sensational dancing and distinctive sound of Michael and the Jackson 5. In a career spanning 40 years, Michael Jackson sold an unparalleled 750 million records worldwide with the Thriller album still the world’s best-selling recording of all time. His music continues to sell in its millions, winning new fans young and old alike. Thriller Live includes over two hours of non-stop hit songs in a show that pays homage to the world-class spectacle of Jackson’s legendary live performances. Expect your favourite Jackson songs delivered by an exceptionally talented cast and live band, including the smash hits I Want You Back, ABC, Can You Feel It, Off The Wall, The Way You Make Me Feel, Smooth Criminal, Beat It, Billie Jean, Dirty Diana, They Don’t Care About Us and Thriller plus many more!

‘A GLITZY CONCERT OF SONG AND DANCE. THE HITS JUST KEEP ON COMING’ DAILY TELEGRAPH

MON 30 MAY - SAT 4 JUN Mon - Thu 7.30pm Fri eve 5pm & 8.30pm Sat eve 4pm & 8pm LIVECARD BEST DISCOUNT Just £16 on opening night C G L

0844 871 3024 (bkg fee) www.grandoperahouseyork.org.uk

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GREAT FAMILY FUN GET A FLEECE OF THE ACTION! FROM THE CREATORS OF WALLACE AND GROMIT BEST CHILDREN’S PROGRAMME INTERNATIONAL EMMY 2010

BEST ANIMATION CHILDREN’S BAFTAS

BY ARRANGEMENT WITH AARDMAN LTD Come and join Shaun and his friends in their very own live show. All your favourite characters from the hit BBC show will be here including Bitzer, Shirley, Timmy and the rest of the flock in this magical, fully choreographed music and dance extravaganza. Shaun is stage struck and has decided to put on a very special show for all his friends, so get ready for some fabulous madcap mayhem as they dance and prance their way through a series of wonderful adventures under the nose of the short-sighted Farmer. This EMMY and BAFTA award-winning BBC family favourite has been specially adapted for the stage by the ‘National Children’s Dramatist’ David Wood (The BFG, The Witches). 12

WED 8 - SUN 12 JUN Wed 7pm Thu 11am & 5pm Fri 2pm & 7pm Sat 11am, 2pm & 7pm Sun 11am, 2pm & 5pm LIVECARD BEST DISCOUNT £3.50 off top two prices C G L F

0844 871 3024 (bkg fee) www.grandoperahouseyork.org.uk


THE WORLD’S GREATEST LOVE STORY

Director & Choreographer Louise Denison Musical Director Adam Laird The world’s greatest love story takes to the streets in this landmark Broadway musical. Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is transported to modern-day New York City, as two young idealistic lovers find themselves caught between warring street gangs, the American Jets and the Puerto Rican Sharks. Their struggle to survive in a world of hate, violence and prejudice is one of the most innovative, heart-wrenching and relevant musical dramas of our time.

‘A TRIUMPH’ YORK PRESS ON LAST YEAR’S GUYS AND DOLLS

Winner of ten Academy Awards and two Tony Awards, Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story is one of the all-time great American musicals, with explosive dancing and some of the most electrifying music ever written for the stage, including Maria, Tonight and Somewhere. Following 10 years of fantastic productions, this summer’s Stage Experience production stars York’s most talented young performers who will work with a professional creative team to put this classic show together in just 2 weeks! This amateur production is presented by arrangement with Josef Weinberger Limited on behalf of Music Theatre International of New York. Photographs of previous Stage Experience production

THU 4 - SAT 6 AUG Thu - Sat eves 7.30pm Sat mat 2.30pm C F

0844 871 3024 (bkg fee) www.grandoperahouseyork.org.uk

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ONE NIGHT SHOWS

WELCOME TO WHEREVER I AM

JIMMY CARR

AL MURRAY

LAUGHTER THERAPY

THE PUB LANDLORD

AN EVENING WITH DOM JOLY

WED 15 JUN 8pm Ages 16+

THU 16 JUN 8pm

If you have a sick sense of humour maybe laughter is the best medicine.

Recommended dose: one new show to be taken annually (I said annually).

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

Extra date due to popular demand.

‘A MAGICAL TOUCH’ THE TIMES

PRIMA VOCAL ENSEMBLE

THAT’LL BE THE DAY

TUE 14 JUN 8pm A truly hilarious evening with one of the UK’s most innovative comedians. Since Trigger Happy TV, Dom Joly has lead the most extraordinary of lives. In this laugh-out-loud show, Dom talks us through it, with the aid of some very peculiar holiday snaps.

THE VERY BEST OF QUEEN FEATURING

MERCURY

Not to be taken if you have a sensitive disposition.

WED 22 JUN 7.30pm G C

SUN 26 JUN 7.30pm G L

FRI 17 JUN 7.30pm C G L Mercury, who have performed before the legends Brian May and Roger Taylor, recapture the sight and sound of Queen with skilful instrumentation and superb harmonies. This tour includes fantastic renditions of the most popular hits as well as tracks from the band’s vast back catalogue.

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BRAND NEW 25TH ANNIVERSARY SHOW

York’s hottest Musical Directors, Ewa Salecka & Greg Birch, already renowned for breathing fresh life into choral shows, bring you the thrilling Prima Vocal Ensemble. With top-class music from Whitacre, Ravel, Avatar, Sting, Take That & much more, this unmissable musical celebration is guaranteed to leave you bursting with song! www.primavocalensemble.co.uk

The UK’s most successful touring rock ‘n’ roll production returns to York. Trevor, Gary and the gang return with the show’s greatest hits featuring the most popular feel-good comedy routines and favourite hits from the 1950’s, 60’s and 70’s which have been performed in the show over the last 25 years.


THE DRIFTERS IN CONCERT SUN 3 JUL 7.30pm C G L As one of the biggest selling groups of all time, The Drifters has featured over 60 different vocalists in almost six decades. The current recording line up perform new material alongside the group’s greatest hits including Under The Boardwalk, Save The Last Dance, Up On The Roof and many more. www.theofficialdrifters.com

ROY CHUBBY BROWN THU 21 JUL 7.30pm C G L Get ready for a barn-storming night of jokes, banter and hilarious mickey-taking from Britain’s most outrageous comedian. Laugh till it hurts as Chubby rips into his live audiences with a non-stop battering ram of laugh-out-loud comedy guaranteed! Get the hottest ticket in town but be warned – if easily offended please stay away. Ages 18+

SUMMER GALA EVENING SUN 24 JUL 7.30pm An evening of dance and song in aid of the Yorkshire Ballet Summer School, with stars of stage and screen. Featuring stars of the Royal Ballet with Derek Jacobi, Imelda Staunton, Samantha Bond, Alexander Hanson, Alan Titchmarsh, Richard Clifford, Wayne Sleep, Ballet Boyz, students from the Summer School and more.

SLP COMPANY PRESENTS

‘SHOWSTOPPERS’ FRI 1 & SAT 2 JUL Fri & Sat eves 7.30pm, Sat mat 2.30pm C G Produced by Sandra Reid Directed by Tom Ball Musical Direction by Jodie Oliver A fast paced musical extravaganza that will give you great family entertainment with show stopping numbers from Musical Theatre to Pop and Rock and a bit of fun as well! Featuring stars of tomorrow, many performers from last year’s show are now touring or appearing in leading musicals so you could say you saw them in York first! Tickets on sale after Easter. 15


★★★★ ‘GREAT SONGS, WITTY LINES. SMART, SASSY, SPECTACULAR’ THE DAILY TELEGRAPH

‘LEGALLY BLONDE SIMPLY BLOWS OTHER MUSICALS OUT OF THE WATER. SENSATIONAL’ THE SUN

★★★★

‘HYSTERICALLY FUNNY’ THE MAIL ON SUNDAY 16

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OMIGOD YOU GUYS! THE BROADWAY & WEST END SMASH HIT MUSICAL

For the first time ever, the West End & Broadway sensation, winner Best New Musical (Whatsonstage.com Awards 2011) and nominated for 5 Olivier Awards, Legally Blonde The Musical comes to York. Based on the hit movie starring Reese Witherspoon, this critically acclaimed new musical is created by a top-of-their-class creative team, led by Tony Award-winning director and Olivier Award-nominated choreographer Jerry Mitchell (Hairspray). College sweetheart and homecoming queen Elle Woods doesn't take no for an answer. So when her boyfriend, Warner, dumps her for someone serious, Elle puts down the credit card, hits the books, and heads for Harvard Law School. Legally Blonde The Musical will take you from the social whirl of California Campus life to Harvard's Halls of Justice with the brightest new heroine (and of course, her Chihuahua, Bruiser). This all singing, all dancing, feel-good musical comedy will be the highlight of your year and the most fashionable ticket in town. The verdict? This much fun shouldn't be legal!

★★★★ ‘RIDICULOUSLY ENJOYABLE FROM START TO FINISH. PERFECTION’ THE INDEPENDENT Photos of the original London production by Ellie Kurttz. Original poster concept designed by aka. Photo Uli Webber.

TUE 9 - SAT 20 AUG Mon - Sat eves 7.30pm Wed & Sat mats 2.30pm LIVECARD 2 for 1 on opening night GROUPS 10+ £6 off plus 1 in 20 go free C G L

0844 871 3024 (bkg fee) www.grandoperahouseyork.org.uk

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YORK STAGE MUSICALS NEXT PRODUCTION

Book by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan Music and Lyrics by Mel Brooks Director John Hall Musical Director Michael Thompson Based on the 1968 cult film, The Producers chronicles the hilarious adventures of struggling theatrical impresario, Max Bialystock, and his mild-mannered accountant, Leo Bloom, as they scheme to get rich quick by producing the most notorious flop in the history of Broadway. Three times winner of the Best Musical award (Evening Standard, Critics Circle and Laurence Olivier Awards), The Producers is the biggest ever hit in the history of Broadway, sweeping up a record-breaking 12 Tony Awards. A rare opportunity to see this hysterical musical comedy, produced by York Stage Musicals.

‘A TRIUMPH - DO YOURSELF A FAVOUR AND GO’ THE TIMES MON 12 - SAT 17 SEP Mon - Sat eves 7.30pm Sat mat 2.30pm C G L 18

A FAMILY CLASSIC

The Birmingham Stage Company is proud to present Rudyard Kipling’s classic story about Mowgli, a young boy who is raised in the jungle by a family of wolves. When Shere Khan the tiger swears to kill the child, Baloo and Bagheera agree to take the boy to the man village for his safety. But the jungle holds dangers and surprises for them all – and Mowgli’s extraordinary adventure has just begun! If you’re looking for a magnificent experience for all the family, then don’t miss this acclaimed production of Kipling’s timeless story!

‘THIS EXHILARATING, RIP-ROARING SHOW TICKS ALL THE BOXES FOR A GREAT FAMILY TREAT’ TIME OUT

TUE 4 - SAT 8 OCT Tue 7pm Wed & Thu 10.30am & 1.30pm Fri 10.30am & 7pm Sat 2.30pm & 7pm SCHOOLS Tickets just £8 C G L F S


ELLEN KENT RETURNS WITH THE INTERNATIONALLY ACCLAIMED UKRAINIAN NATIONAL OPERA OF KHARKIV DEREK BLOCK & BLACKBURN INTERNATIONAL PROUDLY PRESENT TWO ELLEN KENT PRODUCTIONS WITH HANDPICKED SOLOISTS, HIGHLY- PRAISED CHORUS AND FULL ORCHESTRA

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND The love story that gripped Paris.

Starring the Korean soprano Elena Dee*.

A tragic tale of searing passion and memorable music, La Traviata is Verdi’s outstanding interpretation of one of the most popular love stories of the 19th century, La dame aux Camelias.

Back by overwhelming public demand, this award winning Opera returns with exquisite sets including a spectacular Japanese garden and fabulous costumes including antique wedding kimonos from Japan.

Based on a true story, it tells of the passionate consumptive Violetta. There are many echoes of Verdi’s own life in La Traviata and he threw himself into the music. The highlights include The Brindisi, the best known drinking song in opera, the duet Un Di Felice and Violetta’s haunting aria Addio Del Passato.

One of the world’s most popular operas, Puccini’s Madama Butterfly tells the heart-breaking story of the beautiful young Japanese girl who falls in love with an American naval lieutenant – with dramatic results. Highlights include the melodic Humming Chorus, the moving aria One Fine Day and the unforgettable Love Duet.

‘UPLIFTING, CHARMING, HEROIC AND FINALLY TEAR -JERKING’ LIVERPOOL ECHO

‘THIS IS A BUTTERFLY TO CHERISH’ MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS

FRI 14 OCT Fri eve 7.30pm

Sung in Italian with English surtitles.

LIVECARD BEST DISCOUNT £5 off top 3 prices C G L F S

SAT 15 OCT Sat eve 7.30pm Sung in Italian with English surtitles. *Cast subject to change.

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PREMIUM PACKAGE

TOURS AND VENUE HIRES

For a VIP experience why not purchase our premium package, available on selected top shows for just £20.

BACKSTAGE TOURS

The Premium Package includes: ■ VIP hospitality ■ Access to top price seats for sold out shows ■ Private access to The Empire Room pre show and during the interval ■ Express bar facilities ■ A glass of wine, beer or soft drink on arrival ■ Queue jumping privileges, should there be a signing. ■ Free house programme (when available) ■ Complimentary nibbles catered by local restaurant Melton’s Too. For a list of participating shows visit our Box Office or email yorkboxoffice@theambassadors.com Please note, cost does not include the show ticket which must be purchased at the same time

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Have you ever wanted to step on to the stage, or explore the dressing rooms? Are you interested in how things work here at the theatre? Tours of our venue are available for local groups and organisations. These can be arranged at a time to suit you and can be tailored to any specific need or interest. For more information please call 01904 678 704 or email katesmithson@theambassadors.com

VENUE HIRE Our venue is available to hire for conferences, meetings and other events, or why not make a theatre trip even more special and book a private bar for a party or celebration? Call 01904 678 700 for more information


WRITING COURSES

WONDER AND WIZARDRY WITH THE MAGIC HATTER

New weekly writing courses, every Saturday, starting in September.

WRITING FOR THE STAGE An introduction to the myriad possibilities of writing theatre. Aimed at enthusiastic beginners, this course will combine talks, practical exercises and group discussion on a range of topics with individual feedback and the potential for one-to-one tuition on your chosen project.

WRITING MUSICAL THEATRE If you have a song in your heart and an unnatural predilection for jazz-hands then this is the course for you. Learn why some musicals work and some don’t, determine the kind of show you want to write and gain practical advice in developing your project towards production.

EXPLORING STAND-UP COMEDY Stand-up comedy in the UK has never been more popular than it is today. If you fancy giving it a shot, come discover your voice, gain confidence and develop your style at the Grand Opera House York with honest, constructive feedback in a supportive and friendly environment. Courses led by Chris Bush, an award-winning playwright, lyricist and director, and one half of musical comedy duo Bush & McCluskey. Best known for satirical fringe hit TONY! The Blair Musical, his work has been performed to sell-out crowds across the UK. To register your interest email KateSmithson@theambassadors.com or call 01904 678 704

THE MAGIC HATTER’S SCHOOL OF WIZARDRY Back by popular demand, The Magic Hatter is returning to teach a second term of his spellbinding magic school! With wands at the ready, we invite budding young wizards to join this weekly course and learn amazing magic to dazzle friends and family. Term 2 will focus on stage magic, comedy magic and illusions... but don’t worry, we won’t saw anyone in half! Working with professional writer, director and children’s magician Dan Wood, this exciting course is suitable for complete beginners and will teach all new tricks and illusions. Each young sorcerer will receive their own mini magic set to practice with during lessons and at home. For children aged 7 to 10, the next 10 week term starts on Wednesday 27 April at 4pm and costs £90 per child. To book a place visit our friendly Box Office, call 01904 678 701 or email LizzieRichards@theambassadors.com. The Magic Hatter (aka Dan Wood) runs a busy children’s birthday party and events business. For more information visit www.magichatterbirthdays.co.uk

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BY POST Send us a cheque (with your card details on the back) made payable to The Ambassador Theatre Group Venues with a SAE to our address above with details of the performance and choice of seats (we’ll try our best to meet your requirements) plus your contact details. CONCESSIONS Shows with these symbols have the following concessions available:

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full time students, Reg Unemployed.

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Groups of 10 or more.

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LiveCard holders.

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Family (4 tickets max 2 adults)

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Concessions may be restricted to certain price levels and performances and can be withdrawn by management without notice. Only one concession can be applied at any one time and proof of status is required. Please call the box office for more information on different show discounts. RESTORATION FUND £1 from every ticket sold goes towards the restoration of the Grand Opera House York. The fund has so far paid for essential backstage improvements and repairs. Plans are in hand to improve on the heating and cooling in the auditorium. CARD CHARGES & TICKET COLLECTION Shows may have a credit/debit card fee applied in addition to the usual transaction and booking fees. For security, when purchasing tickets by card, the card used to pay must be presented on collection from the Box Office. ACCESS FOR ALL Grand Opera House York welcomes and strives to offer equal access for all. Please advise us of your access requirements at the time of booking.

Wheelchair spaces and level access available in the stalls Guide dogs are welcome.

Audio Described performances offered on selected shows see show pages for details.

A Sennheiser Infra Red Hearing System is available for people with hearing impairments. Please collect a headset from Front of House staff.

For further information or assistance please call our admin line on 01904 678 700 (Mon-Fri, 9.30am - 5.30pm) or email yorkboxoffice@theambassadors.com CONDITIONS OF SALE Tickets cannot be exchanged or money refunded. FINDING US & PARKING The Grand Opera House York is situated in the centre of York, close to the river. The theatre is a 10 minute walk from the train station and a few minutes from the closest car park at Clifford’s Tower (marked on map above). The information in this brochure was correct at time of going to press. We reserve the right to make alterations to the published programme of events and their prices and concessions.Ticketmaster Group Bookings call 0844 844 2121


PRICE BAND

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B

Cinderella

£22.50

£17.50

Dan Clark Milton Jones

All tickets £20

Summer Gala Evening

£42.50

£30

£30

£15

Adults £15 Children £10 £29.50 £35 £19.50

£19.50 £22.50 £19.50

£19.50 £22.50 £19.50

The Producers Mon eve Tue - Wed eves Thu eve & Sat mat Fri & Sat eves

£18 £19 £20 £21

£16 £17 £18 £19

£16 £17 £18 £19

£14 £15 £16 £17

£22

£16 £17 £18 £19

£16 £17 £18 £19

£14 £15 £16 £17

All tickets £23 All tickets £24.50

Mike & the Mechanics

Roy Chubby Brown

D

£39.50 £45 £29.50

£24

Lenny Henry

C

Legally Blonde** Mon - Thu eves Fri & Sat Wed mat

Solid Silver 60’s*

Bellowhead

B

All tickets £25

All tickets £16 £21

£18 £19 £20 £21

A

The Drifters

West Side Story

£23

The Jungle Book

£16

£14

£14

£12

La Traviata

£35

£30

£20

£15

Madama Butterfly

£35

£30

£20

£15

All tickets £40

£21 £19 £23

£18 £16 £20

£15 £13 £17

£12 £10 £14

All tickets £18.50

Stephen K Amos £25

£23

GRAND CIRCLE

DRESS CIRCLE

£23

£21

All tickets £21

Ed Byrne Blood Brothers** Mon - Thu eves & Sat mat Wed mat Fri & Sat eves

£12.50

PRICE BAND

All tickets £16

The Big Ballet*

Tango Fire

£14.50

All tickets £18.50

Dave Spikey

Verdict** Mon - Thu eves & Sat mat Wed mat Fri & Sat eves

D

All tickets £17

DrumChasers

Jesus Christ Superstar* Mon eve Tue - Wed eves Thu eve & Sat mat Fri & Sat eves

C

All tickets £19.50

Back For Good

£30.50 £27.50 £32.50

£27.50 £24.50 £29.50

£24.50 £21.50 £23.50

£16.50 £15.50 £18.50

* Different seating plan applies. ** Premium Seats available at an extra £3 - £10 per ticket. STALLS

Adults £15 Children £10

Billy Elliot

Prices are correct at the time of going to press, however we reserve the right to change or vary prices at any time. Please note that many of the lower priced seats are restricted view.

STAGE

All tickets £23

FiGlenn Hughes Loudon Wainwright*

£27.50

£23.50 All tickets £23

Dylan Moran Buddy Holly & The Cricketers*

£19.50

£17.50

John Cleese

£33.50

£30.50

£30.50

£21

Thriller** Mon - Thu eves & Sat mat Fri early Fri & Sat eves

£27.50 £24.50 £30.50

£24.50 £21.50 £27.50

£21.50 £18.50 £24.50

£18.50 £15.50 £21.50

Spirit Of The Dance

£24.50

£21.50

£19.50

£19.50

Shaun The Sheep

£16.50

£14.50

£14.50

£11.50

£25

£20.50

Dom Joly*

All tickets £26

Jimmy Carr Al Murray

All tickets £26.50

Mercury

All tickets £19.50

Prima Vocal Ensemble That’ll Be The Day* SLP College Showstoppers

Adults £10.50 Children £5 £22.50

£18

£20

£14

£14

£12

AMBASSADOR THEATRE GROUP Grand Opera House York is operated by the Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG), who have a total of 39 venues across the UK, including 12 in the West End, and 27 regionally. ATG’s impressive portfolio of West End theatres includes Apollo Victoria, Comedy, Donmar Warehouse, Duke of York’s, Fortune, Lyceum, Phoenix, Piccadilly, Playhouse, Savoy, Trafalgar Studio 1 and Trafalgar Studio 2. ATG’s regional theatres include The Ambassadors Woking encompassing the New Victoria and Rhoda McGaw Theatres and the award-winning Ambassador Cinemas; Aylesbury Waterside Theatre; New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham; Theatre Royal Brighton; Bristol Hippodrome; Churchill Theatre Bromley; Edinburgh Playhouse; Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone; King’s Theatre and Theatre Royal, Glasgow; Grimsby Auditorium; Liverpool Empire; Palace Theatre and Opera House, Manchester; Milton Keynes Theatre; New Theatre, Oxford; Richmond Theatre; Southport Theatre; Regent Theatre and Victoria Hall, Stoke-on-Trent; Sunderland Empire; Princess Theatre, Torquay; New Wimbledon Theatre and New Wimbledon Studio; Grand Opera House, York. ATG is also one of the country’s foremost theatre producers, in Britain and internationally. Current and recent ATG co-productions include The Misanthrope starring Damian Lewis and Keira Knightley; Legally Blonde, West Side Story, Guys and Dolls, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Sunset Boulevard, Spamalot and South Pacific.

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