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Summer What's On



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"Theatre Royal Wakefield is a jewel in the region's crown. As well as the wide variety of touring shows, the beautiful historic auditorium is the backdrop for its own acclaimed pantomime and musical productions which draw audiences from across Yorkshire. The theatre puts the community at the heart of its work and helps make a reality of the Arts Council's ambition of great art for everyone." - Cluny Macpherson, Regional Director, Arts Council England, Yorkshire

Welcome to our Summer season The cornerstones of the season include the third annual Wakefield Dance Festival – Moves. This year’s festival includes a special performance from the highly acclaimed Phoenix Dance, Ballet Central and new to this year The Demon Barbers! The annual drama festival ‘7 Plays in 7 Days’ celebrates its 10th anniversary year this season. Who would have thought when we started the festival ten years ago that it would become such an important annual event.

Welcome to another summer season with Theatre Royal Wakefield, where we finally get to enjoy the balmy evenings before a trip to the theatre! The summer season has a wonderful mix of shows with the regular summer features you've come to know and love.

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We welcome the return of high quality drama and open the season with Cider With Rosie a beautiful new show from Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds, as well as launching the national tour of Stepping Out, Me and Me Dad presented by Hull Truck and Jus’ Like That, the Tommy Cooper story which played recently in the West End. We have an amazing variety of music from Gordon Giltrap to Kenny Ball, and from John Walker and The Dakotas to One Night in Vegas. Back by popular demand is The Magic of Motown which took Wakefield by storm last year.

Finally it would be remiss of me not to mention the inclusion of Peppa Pig's Party. The stage version of this wonderful TV show is touring the UK and will be here in Wakefield at the end of June. If you have young children then this is an absolute must. We hope that you will enjoy the programme that we have put together for you and that you will find much of interest. Audiences lie at the heart of what we do and we take a great deal of time and effort to seek out performances of quality that cover a wide range of interests. If you feel you’d like to find out more about what we do then We Love Theatre might be just the thing. Members enjoy ticket discounts and opportunities to learn more about what we do through regular newsletters and opportunities to meet staff and artists.

Murray Edwards Executive Director

Tel: 01924 211 311 Web: Email: Theatre Royal Wakefield, Drury Lane, Wakefield, WF1 2TE Theatre Royal Wakefield

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'10 /Theatre Drama September '10April / Musical

Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds Presents

Cider With Rosie By Laurie Lee In a new adaptation by Daniel O'Brien 'I belonged to a generation which saw, by chance, the end of a thousand years' life.' Rural Gloucestershire, England 1917. Horses pulling ploughs. Charabanc outings to Westonsuper-Mare. The frozen white winters and blazing orange summers of memory. Heroic fourteen-year-old giant Spadge


Hopkins. Tyrannical teacher Old Crabby. The warring ancient rival Grannies Trill and Wallon. And of course that first, unforgettable, cider-fuelled encounter in the harvest fields. Laurie Lee's story puts on record the England that we have traded for the petrol engine in an evocative prose poem that sparkles, winks and wryly smiles. "He had a nightingale inside him" read his Guardian obituary - it will be heard singing clearly in this charming and lyrical production.

When: Thursday 8 ― Saturday 10 April ― 7.30pm How Much: £16, £14, £12 (plus concessions) £13.50 & £12 Book online: Box office: 01924 211 311

In a dusty church hall, exprofessional dancer Mavis Turner holds her weekly tap class. Every Thursday, in stumbles her well-intentioned but not overly talented troupe – the awkward but hugely enthusiastic Lynne, snooty Vera, streetwise Maxine and the rest of the group – all brought together to dance as if no one is watching, and hopefully no-one ever will!

April '10 / Drama

Stepping Out On Tour Ltd Presents

That’s until they’re invited to perform at a charity gala. As disbelief is replaced by sheer terror, can this bunch of amateurs pull together and put on the performance of a lifetime? Starring Brian Capron, known to millions for his award-winning portrayal of the sinister Richard Hillman in Coronation Street and Anita Harris, one of the brightest singing sensations of the ‘60s who famously set pulses racing as Nurse Clarke in Carry On Doctor, this hilariously funny and heart warming play proves that in dancing as in life, it’s always better to follow your own tune.

When: Monday 12 ― Saturday 17 April ― 7.30pm, Wednesday & Saturday matinee 2.30pm (Wed & Sat mat all seats £15) How Much: £19.50, £17.50, £15.50 (plus concessions) £17 & £15.50 Book online: Box office: 01924 211 311

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March / April / May / June / July '10 / Film

Wakefield Film Society Summer 2010 Programme Wakefield Film Society continues its season of diverse films from around the world. Tuesday 23rd March 2010 @ 7:30pm Gomorrah (Italian with English Subtitles) Monday 19th April 2010 @ 7:30pm Conversations with My Gardener (French with English Subtitles)

Tuesday 18th May 2010 @ 7:30pm Flame and Citron

£4 per film

(Danish with English Subtitles)

Tuesday 8th June 2010 @ 7:30pm Katyn (Polish with English Subtitles)

April '10 / Dance

Tuesday 20th July 2010 @ 7:30pm Blame it on Fidel (French with English Subtitles)

NETTUK Ltd Presents

Rhythm Of The Dance Having played to over 3 million people in 43 countries around the world, Rhythm Of The Dance is produced by The National Dance Company of Ireland. This stunning special edition 10th anniversary celebration features breathtaking dance with the very best music and song of the Emerald Isle. The show is performed by many of the world’s finest dancers and musicians. Together with beautiful costumes and wonderful production, this fully live phenomenon delivers the premier Irish dancing experience! Not to be missed!


When: Tuesday 20 April ― 7.30pm How Much: £20, £18.50, £17 (plus concessions) £17.50 & £16.50 Book online: Box office: 01924 211 311

April '10 / Drama

Fool’s Proof Theatre Presents

Je Suis Dead Following a sell out success at the Fury Factory Festival in San Francisco, Fool’s Proof Theatre is now touring the UK nationally!

Je Suis Dead is a show about inheritance, or everything we carry with us from our families and cultures. What stories are we living which are not our own? What happens when inherited lines meet? Three strangers are thrown together in the aftermath of a near fatal train crash. In their vulnerable post-crash state, unknown ancestral figures step through the veil of their once ordered lives. Each has a story to tell from the past, which reveals family secrets and intrigues that intermingle and connect together like a twisted puzzle with the changing realities of the present day characters - three people desperately clinging on to who they believe they once were. 'I would recommend it to one and all for a fabulous evening of selfreflective physical theatre.' - Theatre in Wales 'Like a poem...Every movement, tone and syllable is packed with meaning.' - The Baltimore Sun, USA on The Eagle Has Landed

When: Wednesday 21 April ― 7.30pm Where: Wakefield Arts Centre How Much: £10 (£7.50 concessions) Book online: Box office: 01924 211 311

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April '10 / Music

Wakefield Chantry Rotary Club Presents

Brass Band and Choir Concert Wakefield Chantry Rotary Club present the 3rd Charity Concert to raise funds for Rotary Charities. This year the band is Wakefield Metropolitan Band, who have recently gained promotion to the first section and will now compete against the likes of Black Dyke.

This year’s choir is Rodillian Singers who recently performed in York Minster with Katherine Jenkins. The Second Chance Headway Centre has been nominated as the main charity this year and the concert will support Second Chance along with Kingsland Special School who the

Rotary Club have been associated with since it opened almost eight years ago.

When: Wednesday 21 April ― 7.30pm How Much: £14, £12.50. £11 (plus concessions) Book online: Box office: 01924 211 311

April '10 / Local Stars



ElliTe Studios Presents

Lights, Camera, Action! Enjoy a reminiscent night at the movies with ElliTe Studios’ production of Lights, Camera, Action! Featuring iconic music from the most memorable movies of all time, this production will entertain and excite as our team of nearly 200 talented young dancers pay tribute to the silver screen. Don’t miss this opportunity to see the local stars of tomorrow in action as they dazzle and delight for the second-year running!

When: Saturday 24 ― Sunday 25 April ― Sat 2pm & 7pm Sun 2pm How Much: £14, £12.50. £11 Book online: Box office: 01924 211 311

April '10 / Speakers

Nigel McIntyre Presents

Peter Hook - Unknown Pleasures With your compare for the night Howard Marks

A show based on his best selling book The Hacienda - How Not To Run A Club, the bass slinging Manchester legend tells the story of the iconic club, New Order, Joy Division and the 'Madchester' scene, from the haze of 80s acid house to the 90s gangs, drugs and corporate greed. A funny and engaging raconteur, Hooky's personal account of the people - Tony Wilson, Bernard Sumner, Shaun Ryder ­- and the era is sadder, scarier and stranger than you could imagine.

Marks. Expect to hear stories that were not allowed in the book. Featuring never seen before footage of Joy Division, New Order and The Hacienda.

When: Tuesday 27 April ― 7.30pm How Much: £17.50, £16, £14.50 (plus concessions) £15 & £14 Book online: Box office: 01924 211 311

Hosting the evening will be none other than Mr Nice himself Howard

April '10 / Speakers

Speakers from the Edge Presents

Mark Beaumont - The Man who Cycled the World The Man who Cycled the World is the remarkable story of adventurer Mark Beaumont. In 2008, he broke the world record for cycling solo around the world, an epic journey of over 18,000 miles, cycling 100 miles per day for over half a year. In 2009, Mark set out on his second ultra-endurance solo challenge; to cycle the length of the American Cordillera. On this 13,000 mile expedition, Mark will not only be cycling down the longest mountain range on the planet, but will also be climbing the continents two highest peaks, Mt McKinley in Alaska and Aconcagua in Argentina, making his second self-filmed documentary for BBC1 - Cycling the Americas.

The Man who Cycled the World is Mark’s story of his adventures, a personal rollercoaster of mental and physical endurance as well as a fascinating insight into the world we live in. When: Wednesday 28 April ― 7.30pm How Much: £14, £12.50, £11 (plus concessions) £11.50 & £10.50 Book online: Box office: 01924 211 311

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April '10 / Music

SmartMove Productions Presents

Gordon Giltrap In Concert The Shining Morn Tour An evening celebrating four decades of extraordinary live music from one of the UK’s greatest guitar legends. From pop in the Sixties and Seventies, through the iconic BBC Holiday theme Heartsong, to his many classic compositions, Gordon Giltrap is without doubt, a musical national treasure. A concert of superb music that combines rock, blues, folk and classical, played on five or six different guitars with some clever technology to enhance the show! In his performance of the renowned Dodo’s Dream, he actually samples his live music on stage so no two

performances are ever the same. 'A truly outstanding musician who delivers a dazzling and enchanting performance'.

- Evening News When: Thursday 29 April ― 7.30pm How Much: £16.50, £15, £13.50 (plus concessions) £14 & £13 Book online: Box office: 01924 211 311

April '10 / Music

& OTW Productions Presents

Off The Wall - The Music of Pink Floyd One of Europe’s leading Pink Floyd shows, are back on the road in the UK for their spectacular 10th anniversary tour. Performing all the old favourites, fans of all ages won’t be disappointed. Off The Wall play the music of Pink Floyd in their own innovative style, recreating classics from the 60’s to the present day, backed up with superb sound and dramatic visual effects. To further celebrate their 10th anniversary tour Off The Wall will be joined on occasions by special guests and friends.


Off The Wall bring together seven of the best, to create a 'Floyd' experience, that fans old and new, will want to repeat time and time again. Lets Rock!!

When: Friday 30 April ― 7.30pm How Much: £18, £16.50, £15 (plus concessions) Book online: Box office: 01924 211 311

John Walker & The Dakotas John Walker (of the Walker Brothers) in concert with The Dakotas The Walker Brothers were a huge part of the soundtrack of the 60s, with No. 1 hits Make It Easy On Yourself, and the iconic The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore along with chart topping hits like Love Her, My Ship Is Comin’ In, and No Regrets. John Walker, the only original member of The Walker Brothers still actively touring, will once again take to the stage in a series of

exclusive dates bringing these hits and others to audiences throughout the UK, Europe, and America. John will be backed and supported by the fabulous Manchester band The Dakotas, who will perform their 60s hits, including Little Children, and the Lennon and McCartney classic Do You Want to Know A Secret.

May '10 / Music

Mark Lundquist MLM Concerts Ltd Presents

When: Saturday 1 May ― 7.30pm How Much: £20, £18.50, £17 (plus concessions) £17.50 & £16.50 Book online: Box office: 01924 211 311

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May '10 / Dance

Northern School Of Contemporary Dance Presents

Verve 10 Featuring work by Laïla Diallo, Luis Lara Malvacías, Michael Schumacher, Kathinka Walter and David Zambrano.

Watch Verve for a night of energetic, thought provoking contemporary dance performed by some of Europe’s most talented young dancers. The company perform a mixed bill of new dance works specially created by leading international choreographers. The variety of choreographic styles and ideas will appeal to all, whilst the phenomenal strength and energy of the dancers


will impress and inspire. Verve is the award winning postgraduate performance company of the Northern School of Contemporary Dance, one of the UK’s leading conservatoires. With dancers fresh from intensive technical training at some of Europe’s leading conservatoires, Verve is well known for passionate, engaging performances. The company presents invigorating work by leading international choreographers performed by dancers who will go on to work with some of the UK’s most highly regarded dance companies.

'This excellent company danced four specially commissioned works that amply revealed the talents of the 11 graduates.' - Jonathan Gray Dancing Times

When: Tuesday 4 May ― 7.30pm How Much: £14, £12, £10 (plus concessions) £11.50 & £10 Book online: Box office: 01924 211 311

May '10 / Comedy

Sports Media Promotions Ltd Presents

Return of the Comedians Johnnie Casson & Mick Miller

When: Wednesday 5 May ― 7.30pm How Much: £17.50, £16.50, £15 (plus concessions) Book online: Box office: 01924 211 311

The Return of the Comedians sees two of the country’s favourite comedians back in Wakefield in this one-off concert. Johnnie Casson is back for the first time since filming his DVD here in Wakefield – and Mick Miller returns after a lengthy tour of cruise ships. Two brilliant storytellers in one night.

May '10 / Local Stars

Wakefield West Riding Operatic Society Presents

Spend Spend Spend Spend, Spend, Spend is the musical story of Castleford girl Viv Nicholson, who in 1961 shared a win on the football pools of £152,319 with her husband, Keith. The equivalent of 5 million pounds, today, they proceeded to Spend, Spend, Spend the lot.

They became the 'Celebrities' of their day and went from rags to riches and back to rags. This musical tells their story in laughter, sadness and song. 'A fantastic production that certainly left you wanting MORE.' - Wakefield Express on Oliver! 2009

When: Tuesday 11 ― Saturday 15 May ― 7.15pm Evenings ― 2.15pm Saturday matinee How Much: £14.50, £13.50, £12.50 (plus concessions) Book online: Box office: 01924 211 311

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May '10 / Drama

Hull Truck Theatre Company Present

When: Thursday 6 ― Saturday 8 May ― 7.30pm How Much: £16, £14, £12 (plus concessions) £13.50 & £12 Book online: Box office: 01924 211 311

Written by Nick Lane

A story of friendship, fish pie and flick-tokick football. Andy Green’s dad needs a recipe for toast. He thinks that tortilla fought King Kong and that Tiramisu played midfield for Brazil in the 1974 World Cup. In short, he’s rubbish. Good at Subbuteo; hopeless with spaghetti. 12

So when Andy’s mum dies, Andy does the decent thing, he takes a month off work and moves back home with his dad to teach him how to cook. Fighting memories and occasionally each other - and risking the sanity of friends and neighbours, not to mention Andy’s new girlfriend, the pair boil pans, set grills on fire and worse in an attempt to prevent a diet of pickled beetroot and jam sandwiches (not necessarily in that order).

Can their relationship survive? Or is this is one kitchen nightmare even Gordon Ramsay couldn’t fix? 'Right now, no Yorkshire playwright is writing with more affectionate humour, comic punch and lovable cheek than Lane.' - Charles Hutchinson, York Press

May '10 / Comedy

Bound and Gagged Comedy Presents

Lucy Porter - Fools Gold Lucy Porter’s latest solo show is a witty romp through the history of gold. In these times of recession, gold is prized more highly than ever, as other forms of currency grow worthless. What’s so special about gold, and why is it that human beings have long been obsessed with the yellow, shiny stuff? The show will feature live alchemy, a tribute to Mr T. and a very valuable, big gold thing with security guards and everything! Lucy’s tour shows have been sell-out hits every year since 2005. Fool’s Gold promises to be another gilt-edged treasure.

'Hilarious Porter is definitely in credit after the crunch.' - Edinburgh Evening News

When: Wednesday 19 May ― 8pm How Much: £15, £13.50, £12 (plus concessions) £12.50 & £11.50 Book online: Box office: 01924 211 311

May '10 / Music

The Fureys & Davey Arthur Although The Fureys & Davey Arthur have been playing their music and singing their songs for over 32 years, this is their first visit to Theatre Royal Wakefield. They have performed for such people as former Australian Prime Minister John Howard, Irish President Mary McAleese and the late Pope John Paul. Featuring all their hits including When You Were Sweet 16, The Green Fields of France, The Old Man, Red Rose Café and From Clare To Here. When: Friday 21 May ― 7.30pm How Much: £18, £16.50, £15 (plus concessions) Book online: Box office: 01924 211 311

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May '10 / Music

Wakefield Oncology and Leukaemia Foundation Presents

Coppers For Cancer Following last year’s sell out success the band is again performing to raise funds for the Wakefield Oncology and Leukaemia Foundation. The night promises to be a real evening to remember for all the family featuring well known classics from stage and screen.

May '10 / Comedy

The West Yorkshire Police Band is composed of serving and retired police officers, civilian police staff and members of the public and they have been entertaining audiences for over a century. They are proud to support Wakefield Oncology and Leukaemia Foundation (WOLF)

Jus' Like That! 'I got a new car for the wife yesterday…not a bad swap!'

Jus’ like that! Brings Tommy Cooper back to life with all the familiar trademarks; the fez, the laugh and the magic. Jus’ like that! Is a hilarious tribute to one of the greatest comedians this country has ever seen. This show is the closest you can get to seeing the late, great comedian live. Book now for a hilariously funny and outstanding evening of stand up comedy. Clive Mantle- best known for his role as Dr Mike Barratt in Casualty and Holby City as well as Simon Horton in The Vicar of Dibley, stars as the legendary comedian…all 6’4” of him!


in their ongoing appeal to help gain much needed equipment that will provide additional comfort for those suffering cancer, leukaemia and other blood disorders.

When: Saturday 22 May ― 7.30pm How Much: £12, £11, £10 (plus concessions) Book online: Box office: 01924 211 311

Starring Clive Mantle When: Tuesday 25 & Wednesday 26 May ― 7.30pm How Much: £20, £18, £16 (plus concessions) £17.50 & £16 Book online: Box office: 01924 211 311

'I laughed to the bottom of my soul.' - Daily Mirror ‘Miraculously funny.’ - Daily Telegraph ‘An unashamed Tommy Cooper celebration’ - The Times

May '10 / Music

Entertainers Outside Events Ltd Presents

The Magic Of Motown Direct from the USA. . . The Reach Out Tour

Back following last year's sell-out performance, live on stage it's the music of The Temptations, Diana Ross & The Supremes, Four Tops, Stevie Wonder, Jackson 5, Marvin Gaye, Lionel Richie, Martha Reeves, Isley Brothers & more. The best live Motown tribute concert boasts a superblychoreographed cast, 36 millionselling hits, dozens of dazzling costume changes and that authentic Detroit sound. The show comes direct from sellout performances in London's

O2, Glasgow's SECC, Wales’ Millennium Centre and the Belfast Waterfront.

When: Thursday 27 May ― 7.30pm How Much: £19, £17.50, £16 (plus concessions) £16.50 & £15.50 Book online: Box office: 01924 211 311

May '10 / Music

Simon Fielder Presents

Buddy Holly & The Cricketers This breathtaking show from Buddy and the boys - who have, for seventeen sensational years, delighted audiences across the globe from Cardiff to California and Barking to Bangkok! - is guaranteed to have everyone singing along to the music and dancing in the aisles to such timeless hits as That’ll Be The Day, Peggy Sue, It Doesn’t Matter Anymore, Raining In My Heart, Oh Boy! – and many, many more.

Jailhouse Rock and Sunday In The Park With George. Don't miss your chance to see Britain's longest running and greatest Buddy Holly show live!

Featuring some of the finest and most talented actor-musicians in the business, whose combined West End credits include Buddy, Return to The Forbidden Planet,

£14 & £13 Book online: Box office: 01924 211 311

When: Friday 28 May ― 7.30pm How Much: £16.50, £15, £13.50 (plus concessions)

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May '10 / Comedy June '10 / Musical Theatre

Music First Presents

An Audience With Arthur Smith Comedian, compere and playwright. This grumpy old man par excellence presents the BBC Radio 4 show Excess Baggage and has written four plays including An Evening With Gary Lineker and Live Bed Show. His stand-up topics range from vigorous yodelling to mediaeval literature via death by drink. His

High School Rocks A high energy, foot stomping, totally interactive production featuring all the very best hits from High School Musical 1, 2, & 3, Hannah Montana and Camp Rocks!

Join the superb cast for a rollercoaster ride of fun, as they

June '10 / Art

When: Saturday 29 May ― 8pm How Much: £16.50, £15.50, £14.50 (plus concessions)

NETT UK LTD Presents

Celebrate the High School phenomenon which has smashed box office records everywhere.


delivery is relaxed and sardonic, but his shows are a surprising, dark and witty treat. He's also one of the many Grumpy Old Men that appear on BBC 2's hit show.

invite you to the ultimate party to celebrate all of these awesome teen sensations in one fantastic concert. Don’t forget your dancing shoes and be prepared to rock out as High School Rocks! When: Monday 7th June ― 7.30pm How Much: £15, £13.50, £12 (plus concessions) £12.50 & £11.50

Yorkshire Sculpture Park Presents

An Evening with David Nash To coincide with Yorkshire Sculpture Park’s major exhibition, Theatre Royal Wakefield presents a rare chance to hear one of the UK’s leading artists discuss his extraordinary forty year career. With fascinating insights into the life of this internationally successful artist, who for the most part lives and works in a small community in North Wales. David’s talk will illustrate the evolution of his practice, from student days

to the most important exhibition of his career, which opens at Yorkshire Sculpture Park on 29 May 2010. When: Friday 11 June ― 8pm How Much: £10, £8, £6 (plus concessions) £7.50 & £6

May / June '10 / Local Stars

Theatre Royal Wakefield welcomes Wakefield Drama Festival in it's 10th Anniversary year. A different play each night, presented by seven different companies from across the country and beyond. Each performance will be assessed by Marie O’Sullivan of the Guild of Drama Adjudicators, and awards for the winners will be presented at the end of the week. Seven night pass holders get to vote for their overall winner of the festival. If you book to see three or seven plays together a free buffet supper will be available after each performance, where you can chat about the play with the cast, the director and the adjudicator.

The Price

Like a Virgin

by Arthur Miller

The Life and Times of Barney Snow

Sunday 30 May ― 7.30pm

by Gordon Steel

Monday 31 May ― 7.30pm

Wakefield Little Theatre

In Yer Space

Tuesday 1 June ― 7.30pm

by Janet Shaw Jaba Inc


Death by Fatal Murder

Factory Girls

by Deborah McAndrew

by Peter Gordon

by Frank McGuinness

Thursday 3 June ― 7.30pm

Friday 4 June ― 7.30pm

St Austin's Players

Martello Productions

Halifax Thespians

Saturday 5 June ― 7.30pm Hebden Bridge Little Theatre

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Ladies Day by Amanda Whittington

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June '10 / Musical Film

Singalonga Productions Presents

Sing-a Long-a Rocky Horror Picture Show From the producers of the smash hit “Sing-a-long-a Sound of Music” The campest cult classic of all time gets the Singalonga treatment it’s been SCREAMING for! Featuring the film, starring Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, Meatloaf and Richard O’Brien, it’s the most outrageous, riotous, kitsch, wonderful romp ever.

If you’ve done The Time Warp before, you’ll never have done it quite like this! Fancy dress is not obligatory but highly recommended! When: Wednesday 9 June ― 7.30pm How Much: £14, £12, £10 (Plus concessions)

June '10 / Music

£11.50 & £10

Rotary Club of Wakefield Presents

Kenny Ball & his Jazzmen As part of its ambitious cultural programme to raise funds for charity, the Rotary Club of Wakefield proudly presents Kenny Ball and his Jazzmen, one of the most successful British jazz bands ever. For more than forty years Kenny Ball has flown the flag for his particular brand of traditional

jazz all over the world. He and his band are as popular today as they were in 1960 when they had their first hit with Samantha. When: Thursday 10 June ― 7.30pm How Much: £16, £14, £12 (plus concessions)

June '10 / Music

Mad About Productions Presents


Europe’s largest all live Abba show!

Waterloo is the show that guarantees a sensational night out, with stunning costumes and award winning lighting design, all providing a pure slice of entertainment! The whole show is performed live with no miming or backing tracks, just totally authentic live music and vocals! The ultimate party night is here… over two hours of Abba Hits


including Waterloo, Mamma Mia, Voulez Vous, Dancing Queen and many more. When: Saturday 12 June ― 7.30pm How Much: £17.50, £16, £14.50 (plus concessions) This performance is in aid of Second Chance Headway, a registered charity no 1121645 improving the lives of adults with acquired brain injury.

June '10 / Local Stars

Wakefield College Presents

Summer Festival Students from across the Performing Arts and Music department once again come together in collaboration with the Theatre Royal Wakefield, to present their fourth spectacular summer festival. The festival has grown and grown each year and this year promises a bumper crop of Music, Theatre and Dance.

There will be performances at Theatre Royal Wakefield, Wakefield Arts Centre and due to its continued success; we will once again be praying that the heavens don’t open on our two day open air music festival.

So come join us for A Blooming Marvellous time!

When: Thursday 10 ― Thursday 24 June ― Various Tiimes How Much: See festival brochure available at Wakefield College or see online at ― Book online: Box office: 01924 211 311

Following a triumphant sell-out at the Edinburgh Fringe 2009 and London's prestigious New End Theatre, the legendary Lionel Blair appears at Theatre Royal Wakefield for the first time. Amidst beautifully choreographed songs such as Me and My Shadow and They Can't Take That Away From Me, Lionel captivates his audience with spellbinding anecdotes, from tea at Number 10 to personal engagements with Liza Minnelli and his legendary performances with Sammy Davis Jnr. Share in this gem which revisits one of the most colourful showbiz careers of all time. This performance kick starts Theatre Royal Wakefield's Moves Festival of Dance.

June '10 / Dance

Tap & Chat with Lionel Blair

When: Tuesday 22 June ― 7.30pm How Much: £18.50, £17, £15 (plus concessions) £16 & £15 Book online: Box office: 01924 211 311

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June '10 / Dance

3 shows for the price of 2*

Phoenix Dance Theatre Presents

Ignite Phoenix Dance Theatre returns under new Artistic Director Sharon Watson with a stunning mixed programme. Featuring four contrasting pieces, the bill includes Class, former Phoenix Artistic Director Darshan Singh Bhuller’s upbeat and precise study of the Graham technique, followed by Alesandra Seutin’s evocative and haunting portrayal of the Soweto Uprising in 1976. Former Phoenix dancer Douglas Thorpe’s Beast immerses the audience into the darkest reaches of the mind, using six dancers in a performance that is as powerful and brutal as it is beautiful. The final piece is Watson’s own Fast Lane, a vibrant and exciting new work that examines the pressures and circumstances we all face in life, filling the stage with stunning choreography and vivid colour and sound. Suitable for ages 11+ When: Friday 25 June ― 7.30pm How Much: £15, £12.50, £10 (plus concessions) £12.50 & £10.50


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When: Saturday 26 June ― 1.30pm & 7.30pm How Much: £10 (£5 concessions)

Everybody Moves Young people storm the stage in two stunning performances by groups from across the district. With over 20 different dance groups and 300 performers, these action packed shows promise to romp through the coolest new moves around.

Time Gentlemen Please

When: Thursday 24 June ― 7.30pm How Much: £14, £12, £10 (plus concessions)

June '10 / Dance

The Demon Barber Roadshow Presents

£11.50 & £10

In 2001 The Demon Barbers, winners of Best Live Act at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2009, brought together some of England’s most exciting young traditional dancers to create their high energy spectacular Roadshow. Used to pushing the boundaries of English traditions they now take a further step and invite three young hip hop dancers for a night out at their local pub The Fighting Cocks. Clog, Rapper and Morris meet B-boying, Popping and Krump in this humourous and unmissable visual feast. Think Riverdance with a false moustache, Stomp with bells on and both sitting in the front seat of a Bugatti!

Ballet Central Presents

Ballet Central - 2010 Tour Ballet Central is proud to bring their 25th anniversary tour to Theatre Royal Wakefield offering a varied programme of ballet, contemporary and jazz from some of the world’s leading choreographers. The 2010 repertoire features work from David Nixon, Christopher Bruce, Peter Wright and Michael Pink. Ballet Central has been the performing company of Central School of Ballet since 1984. It is comprised of the School’s final year graduate students offering them a unique opportunity to experience ‘life on the road’ of a touring company. When: Wednesday 23 June ― 7.30pm How Much: £14, £12, £10 (plus concessions) £11.50 & £10

* If you purchase tickets for two different Moves performances you can book a third cheaper show ticket for FREE. Theatre Royal Wakefield - a great night out!


June / July '10 / Family

Fierylight Peppa Ltd Presents

Oink oink it's Peppa Pig! Peppa is a playful little piggy who lives with her younger brother George, Mummy Pig and Daddy Pig. Through everyday adventures she plays games, makes new friends and enjoys her absolute favourite activity – jumping up and down in muddy puddles! When: Wednesday 30 June & Thursday 1 July ― Wed 10am, 1pm & 4pm Thurs 10am & 1pm How Much: £16, £14.50, £13 (plus concessions) Family Tickets £55 £13.50 & £12.50 Book online: Box office: 01924 211 311


Today it’s a bright and sunny day. It’s a very special day. It’s Peppa Pig's birthday. Come and join the fun with Peppa and George, Suzy Sheep, Danny Dog and Emily Elephant. A charming, original and imaginative show, full of brand new songs, muddy puddles, and oinks! This BAFTA award-winning children's TV show is recreated live on stage featuring beautifully true-to-life puppets, for first time, from the producers of LazyTown Live! and Roald Dahl’s The BFG.

July '10 / Local Stars

G-Force Dance Academy Presents

Movie Magic G-Force Dance Academy presents their Summer Show 2010, Movie Magic.

The cast of young dancers will have you toe taping in your seat as you watch a nostalgic tribute to the stars of the silver screen such as Charlie Chaplin, taking right through to modern day movies such as Mamma Mia. A great dancing treat involving, ballet, tap & jazz guaranteed to have you smiling.

When: Saturday 3rd ― 2pm & 7pm Sunday 4th July ― 2pm How Much: £13, £11, £9 (plus concessions) Book online: Box office: 01924 211 311

July '10 / Local Stars

Outwood Grange Academy Presents

Performance Power: Students First Students between the ages of 11 to 18 from Outwood Academy’s family of schools will be celebrating their partnership through the arts. Students will be travelling from Outwood Academy Adwick, Harrogate High, Scalby School Scarborough and Thornaby Community School. This promises to be a lively fun filled evening with high energy dance performances, percussive STOMP ensembles, excerpts from the musical Our House using music from the group Madness. Various bands and choirs will also perform making it a night to remember for both participants and audience alike. Students will also exhibit

art work in the theatre café and schools from North Yorkshire and Teeside will exhibit locally making it a real collaboration of the arts.

When: Wednesday 7 July ― 7pm How Much: £7 Book online: Box office: 01924 211 311

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July '10 /Music

The Nick Ross Orchestra Presents

Sounds Of the Glenn Miller Era Recapture the bygone era as the Nick Ross Orchestra presents an unmissable evening of music and song capturing the classic Big Band Sound of the 1940’s.

Get ready to listen to some of the best toe tapping sounds and to experience an electric atmosphere as the orchestra plays music that will leave the audience wanting more!

July '10 / Local Stars

The songs and sounds of this show resonate with the audience, creating a full and timeless evening to be had by all.

When: Saturday 10 July ― 7.30pm How Much: £16.50, £15, £13.50 (plus concessions) £14 & £13 Book online: Box office: 01924 211 311

Wakefield Music Services Presents

Sing To The Top! Will ‘Pasture Best Primary’ ever drag itself into the 21st century? Will the pupils ever have a voice? Will the breakdancers ever stop breaking bones? Will the gardening club ever actually grow anything? All of these questions and many more will be answered in this exciting new production that takes a positive, thought provoking yet humorous, musical look at many of the challenges that schools face today. The musical has been specially written by Geraldine Gaunt, Music Adviser for Wakefield and Phil Needham, Advisory Teacher for Music.


'...stirring and evocative renditions of numbers such as In the Mood, Little Brown Jug, American Patrol and Moonlight Serenade.' -

When: Tuesday 13 July ― 7pm How Much: £6 Book online: Box office: 01924 211 311

‘It gladdens your heart and fills you full of joy to see and hear these talented young performers. This is definitely a show not to miss’ - Ian Clayton – Writer/Broadcaster

July '10 / Music

Martyn Lucas Presents

One Night in Vegas New Show For 2010 The West End Hit Show. Direct from Las Vegas. A concert style show featuring the music and dance from the entertainment capital of the world. Las Vegas. Powerful musical numbers, live big band swing. Beautiful dancing girls, spectacular costumes and a voice that will move you. Featuring West End performers and large video imagery starring the outstanding showmanship of singer/songwriter Martyn Lucas with his Grand Piano.

Including songs from Phantom of the Opera, Lion King, Copacabana and Dreamgirls and classics from Frank Sinatra, Bobby Darin, Elton John, Elvis, Barry Manilow and a special appearance from Michael Jackson! Accompanied by musicians from the world acclaimed British Philharmonic Orchestra who have accompanied the likes of Shirley Bassey and Michael Ball. All this and much more assisted by the fabulous showgirls. Prepare to be dazzled, sing and shout for more as the Number One Vegas show comes to your theatre.

When: Friday 16 & Saturday 17 July ― 7.30pm How Much: £18.50. £17, £15.50 (plus concessions) £16 & £15 Book online: Box office: 01924 211 311

Join us for our exclusive Las Vegas pre-show party! Call 01924 334 117

'Voice was Excellent…….' - London Palladium Theatre Royal Wakefield - a great night out!


Cafe / Art walk / Meal Deal

Wakefield's café in the theatre Theatre Royal Wakefield’s Interval Café is an intimate setting to enjoy a break from the hustle and bustle. Situated on the corner of the theatre the café has a tasty menu which aims to please any palate and pocket!


Choose from a range of light bites, homemade soups and daily specials, indulge in freshly baked cakes and scones or try one of our traditional cream teas. Open Monday to Friday ― 11am – 3pm

Art Walk 2010

Interval Café displays a series of visual art exhibitions as part of Artwalk which is an initiative that showcases local, national and international talent in a range of settings across Wakefield.

Artwalk is a free event on the last Wednesday of every other month where the various venues open their doors from 5pm until 9pm to exhibit the latest visual art exhibition. Venues provide refreshments - Interval Café provides free homemade snacks and a free glass of wine. 31/3, 26/5, 28/7, 29/9, 24/11.

Pre & Post Show Theatre Meal Deals Theatre Royal Wakefield is proud to work with local restaurants to bring you a choice of pre or post-theatre meals deals. Our Box Office team will take the hassle away by booking and taking payment, what more can you ask!


Choose from a tasty 2 course Indian with Mumbai for only £9.95 or go for a delicious 2 course Italian at Sloanes Restaurant for only £9.95 – both restaurants are very close to the theatre so you can relax and enjoy!

Performing For Success Our Performing for Success programme has entered its second year after being the first ever art organisation to deliver the scheme. We have worked with seven primary schools so far and has an extensive of schools signed up to take part throughout 2010 and beyond.

Creative Engagement Theatre Royal Wakefield’s Creative Engagement Team continues to work closely with the local community; working with a range of organsations as well as schools and colleges to deliver award winning workshops, artistic programmes and art activities.

The PfS programme aims to support young people from across the district to help improve confidence, speaking and listening, personal development, finding talents and working in an achievement based environment.

Wakefield Youth Music Theatre Over 200 talented young people have so far been involved in our Youth Music Theatre and have wowed audiences in brilliant productions of High School Musical and Footloose. The next highly anticipated production will be Stephen Sondheim's classic West Side Story which opens our winter season this September. The audition process is undergoing some changes this year to give as many talented young people as possible the chance to show us what they can do. To encourage new people to become involved we shall be holding a series of free, open workshops prior to the main auditions. For more information please contact us or look out for our West Side Story flyer. For information about any of these projects please contact engage@

Moves: A Festival of Dance June 2010 will see our third annual dance festival take place 22nd − 26th June. Moves - A Festival of Dance will be a week of internationally acclaimed dance performances, group and openaccess workshops and community performances. We also work closely with young people in community dance groups from across the district, providing opportunities to engage with different forms of art and dance and to perform on a professional stage in our Everybody Moves festival finale.

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Booking Information Phone: 01924 211 311 Online: Email: Write: Theatre Royal Wakefield, Drury Lane, Wakefield, WF1 2TE Opening Times: The box office is open Monday to Saturday 10am - 6pm (or until half an hour after the performance starts), Sundays and Public Holidays from 1 hour before the first performance. Please Note:

Tickets will be held for three working days only. All ticket prices quoted include a £1 voluntary donation to the Trust’s Capital Development Appeal. £:

We accept cash, cheque, debit or credit cards. Tickets can be posted to you at a cost of £1 or collected at Box Office. Cheques are made payable to Theatre Royal Wakefield, please include a SAE if you want your tickets posted. Tickets can be purchased through Wakefield TIC. T & C’s:

Unfortunately once tickets have been purchased we cannot refund them. We are happy to exchange them up to 48 hours before the performance. There is a charge of £1 for this service. Concessions


and discounted tickets must be requested when booking a ticket. When available these apply to under16’s, full-time students, those in receipt of means tested benefits, over 60’s and registered disabled. Proof of eligibility is required. Ticket offers or promotions cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer unless otherwise stated. Groups & Schools:

Groups receive the following discounts for any show: 10+ 50p off per seat 20+ £1 off per seat 50+ £2 off per seat Contact your dedicated group booker who will help you plan your visit and secure the discounts on: 01924 334117. Schools and Youth Groups pay £8 per ticket with one free adult place for every 10 seats booked.

The discounted ticket price is for children only, adults pay full price for extra seats. Contact your dedicated school/ youth groups booker who will help you plan your visit and secure the discounts on: 01924 334117. Access:

We have eight wheelchair spaces in the stalls area and accessible toilet facilities. Wheelchair users and one companion are entitled to discounted tickets. Please state at time of booking if a wheelchair space is required. An induction loop system is installed at the theatre. Mincom number is 01924 215 522. Guide dogs are admitted. There is a large print version of this brochure available, please ask at Box Office.

Seating Plan The seats shaded pale yellow on the diagram have restricted views of the stage.

Seats marked with 'W' are wheelchair spaces.

How to find us & Parking

Free parking is also available at Wakefield Arts Centre.


Parking is available at the 24 hour Pay and Display car park diagonally opposite the theatre on the Westgate/Smyth St crossroads. Free parking is available after 6pm at the rear of Unity House.

Directions to Wakefield Arts Centre from Wakefield City Centre

Take the A642 signposted Horbury and Huddersfield. The turning is signposted ‘Wakefield College and Arts Centre’.

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Summer Season at a glance APRIL 2010 Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Mon Tue Wed Sat Sun Tue Wed Thu Fri

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8:00pm 7:30pm 7:30pm 7:30pm 7:30pm 7:30pm 7:30pm 2:30pm 7:30pm 15 7:30pm 16 7:30pm 17 2:30pm 7:30pm 19 7:30pm 20 7:30pm 21 7:30pm 7:30pm 24 2:00pm 7:00pm 25 2:00pm 27 7:30pm 28 7:30pm 29 7:30pm 30 7:30pm

JUNE 2010 John Bishop Essence of Ireland Cider With Rosie Cider With Rosie Cider With Rosie Stepping Out Stepping Out Stepping Out Stepping Out Stepping Out Stepping Out Stepping Out Stepping Out WFS: Conversations with My Gardener Rhythm Of The Dance Brass Band & Choir Concert Je Suis Dead @ Wakefield Arts Centre Lights, Camera, Action! Lights, Camera, Action! Lights, Camera, Action ! Peter Hook Mark Beaumont Gordon Giltrap Off the Wall

MAY 2010 Sat Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat


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7:30pm 7:30pm 7:30pm 7:30pm 7:30pm 7.30pm 7:15pm 7:15pm 7:15pm 7:15pm 2:15pm 7.15pm Tue 18 7:30pm Wed 19 8:00pm Fri 21 7:30pm Sat 22 7:30pm Tue 25 7:30pm Wed 26 7:30pm Thu 27 7:30pm Fri 28 7:30pm Sat 29 8.00pm Sun 30 7:30pm Mon 31 7:30pm

John Walker & The Dakotas Verve 10 Jonnie Casson & Mick Miller Me and Me Dad Me and Me Dad Me and Me Dad Spend, Spend, Spend Spend, Spend, Spend Spend, Spend, Spend Spend, Spend, Spend Spend, Spend, Spend Spend, Spend, Spend WFS: Flame & Citron Lucy Porter The Fureys & Davey Arthur Coppers For Cancer Jus’ Like That! Jus’ Like That! Magic Of Motown Buddy Holly & The Cricketers Arthur Smith Play Festival: The Price Play Festival: Like a Virgin

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7:30pm 7:30pm 7:30pm 7:30pm 7:30pm 7:30pm 7:30pm 7:30pm 7:30pm Various 11 8:00pm Various 12 7:30pm Various 13 Various 14 Various 15 Various 16 Various 17 Various 18 Various 19 Various 20 Various 21 Various 22 7:30pm Various 23 7:30pm Various 24 7:30pm Various 25 7:30pm 26 1:30pm 7:30pm 30 10:00am 1:00pm 4:00pm

Play Festival: The Life & Times of Barney Snow Play Festival: Flamingoland Play Festival: Death by Fatal Murder Play Festival: Factory Girls Play Festival:Ladies Day High School Rocks WFS: Katyn Sing-a-Longa Rocky Horror Picture Show Kenny Ball Performing Arts Festival @ Wakefield Arts Centre David Nash Performing Arts Festival Waterloo Performing Arts Festival @ Wakefield Arts Centre Performing Arts Festival Performing Arts Festival Performing Arts Festival Performing Arts Festival Performing Arts Festival Performing Arts Festival Performing Arts Festival Performing Arts Festival Performing Arts Festival MOVES: Tap & Chat with Lionel Blair Performing Arts Festival @ Wakefield Arts Centre MOVES: Ballet Central Performing Arts Festival @ Wakefield Arts Centre MOVES: Time Gentlemen Please Performing Arts Festival @ Wakefield Arts Centre MOVES: Ignite MOVES: Everybody Moves MOVES: Everybody Moves Peppa Pig’s Party Peppa Pig’s Party Peppa Pig’s Party

JULY 2010 Thu 1 Sat


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10:00am 1:00pm 2:00pm 7:00pm 2.00pm 7:00pm 7:30pm 7:00pm 7:30pm 7:30pm 7:30pm

Peppa Pig’s Party Peppa Pig’s Party Movie Magic Movie Magic Movie Magic Performance Power Sounds Of the Glenn Miller Era Sing To The Top! One Night in Vegas One Night in Vegas WFS: Blame It On Fidel

We Love Theatre is Theatre Royal Wakefield’s membership scheme that not only saves you money, but will also give you lots of lovely opportunities to get involved. Theatre Royal Wakefield has over 300 happy members who receive extra special love from us and have already enjoyed lots of ticket discounts with other benefits thrown in! Starting from just £11* a year benefits of We Love Theatre membership are... Buy one ticket and get one FREE for the show of your choice upon joining as a member** 2 discounted tickets per show for Individual members 1 discounted ticket per show for Young Person members 4 discounted tickets per show for Joint members Priority booking period for every new season Exclusive ticket offers and other treats Season brochures mailed direct to your home Regular membership updates and newsletters A special We Love Theatre membership card 10% discount on food and drink at Interval Café and the circle bar Opportunities to meet theatre staff and cast Life members are that little bit extra special as they get invited to all our VIP events!

We Love Theatre membership offers fantastic value for money: £15 per year for Individual Membership (*£11 per year concessions) £25 per year for Joint Membership (£20 per year concessions) £175 for Individual Life Membership £275 for Joint Life Membership £5 per year for Young Person Membership (under 25’s)


Contact 01924 334 117 for more information There are times when we have productions from visiting companies for which member discounts and priority booking periods can not be applied. Throughout our season brochures we highlight the We Love Theatre discount so you always know what ticket price you will receive as a member! **Buy one get one free ticket offer upon joining is subject to availability.

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