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Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without a nativity and this nativity will have you laughing in the stable! We're delighted that popular local amateur drama society, The Allerton Players, are back on The Forum stage with a new comedy by the author of Calendar Girls.
The children of Flint Street primary school (all played by adults) are putting on a nativity play, although some seem more committed to it than others! Some are not happy with the part they have been given, some are more interested in their favourite television series or the class pet, and others are concerned about their parents coming to see them. Or not coming... Funny and sad at turns, this play will bring back memories of all the school nativity plays you've ever seen!
"...exposes what an ungodly snake pit of paediatric power politics the staging of your average Nativity play can be" Alfred Hickling - The Guardian
The Little Stranger (12A)
During the long, hot summer of 1948, Dr Faraday travels to Hundreds Hall, home to the Ayres family for more than two centuries. The Hall is now in decline, and its inhabitants -- mother, son and daughter -- remain haunted by something more ominous than a dying way of life. When Faraday takes on a new patient there, he has no idea how closely the family's story is about to become entwined with his own.
Director: Lenny Abrahamson
Stars: Domhnall Gleeson, Ruth Wilson, Will Poulter
Run time: 111 minutes
We're delighted to welcome Joe back at The Forum with his all new show, easy wit and charm that endears him to all ages from 5 - 95!. Joe recently starred as Joseph in the UK tour of Bill Kenwright's production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat for which he received 5-star acclaim from critics and then went on to release his 5th album - Saturday Night at the Movies - with a successful tour in the summer of 2017. Now, following numerous apearances at the London Palladium, Joe is back on the road and live on stage here at The Forum.
Christmas simply wouldn't be Christmas without a visit to 26 Oil Drum Lane to catch up with the nation's favourite rag-and-bone men and indulge in some classic, festive misadventures! Albert and Harold, united by blood, divided over everything else, seem doomed to spend Christmas in each other's company. But Harold has his flights of fancy including a flight he fancies abroad or to throw the biggest Christmas party London has ever had to offer! Albert of course has other ideas... who wouldn't want to spend Christmas at Mrs Clifford's B&B in Bognor Regis?
These much-loved episodes of classic comedy from Ray Galton and Alan Simpson have been freshly adapted for the stage and are presented by Hambledon Productions - the company behind the recent sell-out successes 'Just Like That! The Tommy Cooper Show' and 'Steptoe and Son'.
The Greatest Showman is the number one musical film of the year and we're thrilled to bring you The Greatest Showman Tribute, a live show which includes a remarkable vocal trio led by the Greatest Showman who will take you on a journey through the amazing soundtrack of the original film.
Acrobats, fire throwers and stilt walkers make this a magical event along with brilliantly choreographed dance routines, authentic costumes and a medley of sing-along hits. This is a show not to missed and a perfect family treat in the run up to Christmas.
Ten-year-old Lewis goes to live with his uncle in a creaky old house that contains a mysterious ticktock noise. When Lewis accidentally awakens the dead, the town's sleepy facade magically springs to life with a secret world of witches and warlocks.
Britains ultimate pop star, Cliff Richard is celebrating 60 years in the music industry and he wants to invite you to the most fabulous big screen party of the year! His incredible energy and passion on stage will sweep you off your feet and be sure to have you swaying in the aisles.
North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service and The Fire Fighters Charity present
Lockwood Brass Band Carol Concert
The Lockwood Brass Band Carol Concert is back at the Forum for the annual concert in aid of The Fire Fighters Charity on Tuesday 4th December 2018. Doors open at 6.30pm and the concert will begin at 7.30pm.
What better way to start the festive season than with an evening of beautiful Christmas carol favourites performed by the Lockwood Brass Band? Appealing to all ages, this event is guaranteed to put you in the festive spirit as well as helping raise funds to support injured fire fighters and their families.
Antony & Cleopatra
by William Shakespeare
Broadcast live from the National Theatre, Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo play Shakespeare’s famous fated couple in his great tragedy of politics, passion and power.
Caesar and his assassins are dead. General Mark Antony now rules alongside his fellow defenders of Rome. But at the fringes of a war-torn empire the Egyptian Queen Cleopatra and Mark Antony have fallen fiercely in love. In a tragic fight between devotion and duty, obsession becomes a catalyst for war.
Director Simon Godwin returns to National Theatre Live screens with this hotly anticipated production, following broadcasts of Twelfth Night, Man and Superman and The Beaux’ Stratagem.
We are holding a coffee morning in memory of our dear friend Anne Baker.
Scones, cakes and coffees will be on offer as well as a tombola and raffle to raise funds for a bursary in Annes name.
The bursary is to meet the needs of adults and young people with a learning or physical disability in the Hambleton and Richmondshire Districts of North Yorkshire via the provision of vocational support equipment or opportunity.
Please come along and support this worthy cause.
Free Admission no ticket needed.
“Me, you and the old guitar,
How perfectly, perfectly happy we are.
MEEE-EW and the old guitar.
How PURRR-fectly happy we are!”
Tabby McTat is a cat with the loudest of meee-ews and a best friend with a guitar. Together they sing their favourite songs delighting the crowds, until one day Fred disappears. Separated and alone, Tabby finds shelter and a new life with all the home comforts that any cat could dream of. However, memories of his life with Fred haunt him, and he sets off to search the streets for his long-lost friend.
Interwoven with original songs, Tabby McTat is the heart-warming tale of friendship and loyalty from the team behind Tiddler and Other Terrific Tales.
Suitable for children and families of all ages.
Reviews for Freckle Productions’ previous shows:
★★★★ 'A delight from start to finish. A room of children laughing hysterically, all totally mesmerised by the action.' Time Out
★★★★★ 'Brings such joy to children and adults alike. The show was so captivating that no one wanted to miss a moment' The Spy in the Stalls
‘TO CALL THIS SHOW LIVELY WOULD BE A WHOPPING UNDERSTATEMENT. Packed with gleeful songs and jolly good fun.’ The Guardian
★★★★ ‘Zesty and delightful. A clever compelling treat’ Independent
Tabby McTat © 2009 Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. Published by Alison Green Books, an imprint of Scholastic Children’s Books
Making their West End debuts are the original broadway stars: reprising her Tony Award-winning performance as "Broadway's musicals undisputed Queen" Kelly O Hara (Anna) and Tony and Oscar nominee Ken Watanabe (The King).
Set in 1860's Bangkok, the musical tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna, a British schoolteacher whom the modernist King, in an imperialistic world, brings to Siam to teach his many wives and children.
With one of the finest scores ever written including: Whistle a Happy Tune, Getting to Know You and Shall We Dance? and featuring a company of over 50 world-class performers, The King and I is testament to the lavish heritage of gloriously romantic musical theatre.
Join us for our latest "Relaxed Screening" a special screening of a classic film accessible to all including those living with Dementia. We'll be keeping the lights on low and adjusting the sound to suit the audience. There'll be an interval halfway through where we will be serving complimentary teas and coffees and cake and biscuits.
Please note, there is no admission charge for carers.
About the film...Singers Bob Wallace (Bing Crosby) and Phil Davis (Danny Kaye) join sister act Betty (Rosemary Clooney) and Judy Haynes (Vera-Ellen) to perform a Christmas show in rural Vermont. There, they run into Gen. Waverly (Dean Jagger), the boys' commander in World War II, who, they learn, is having financial difficulties; his quaint country inn is failing. So what's the foursome to do but plan a yuletide miracle: a fun-filled musical extravaganza that's sure to put Waverly and his business in the black!
Based on Charles Dickens’s own performance adaptation, Simon Callow and director Tom Cairns have created a one-man theatrical extravaganza of festive storytelling that is both heart-warming and deeply moving. Following critically acclaimed, sold-out theatre seasons in 2011, 2012 and again in 2016, Simon Callow (Four Weddings and a Funeral, Shakespeare in Love) returns to wow audiences with this tour de force performance, reimagined especially for cinema. A Christmas must see!
‘Beautiful and magical’ The Telegraph
‘Toe-wrigglingly delightful’ The Stage
‘As rich as figgy pud’ The Guardian
Roy Chubby Brown is back and hes as naughty as ever. His choice of language and his politically incorrect jokes are all delivered with a cheeky grin and perfect comedy timing.
His trademark flying helmet and goggles, coupled with his coat of many patches makes him instantly recognisable.
Chubby Brown is a master of his craft and guarantees a regular supply of new jokes every time you see him. So if you are not easily offendedand want a good old fashioned laugh,book your tickets early to avoid disappointment.
STRICTLY OVER 18S ONLY
The Madness of George III by Alan Bennett
Multi-award-winning drama The Madness of George III will be broadcast live to cinemas, in National Theatre Live’s first ever broadcast from Nottingham Playhouse.
Written by one of Britain’s best-loved playwrights Alan Bennett (The History Boys, The Lady in the Van), this epic play was also adapted into a BAFTA Award-winning film following its premiere on stage in 1991.
The cast of this new production includes Olivier Award-winners Mark Gatiss (Sherlock, Wolf Hall, NT Live Coriolanus) in the title role, and Adrian Scarborough (Gavin and Stacey, Upstairs Downstairs, After the Dance).
It’s 1786 and King George III is the most powerful man in the world. But his behaviour is becoming increasingly erratic as he succumbs to fits of lunacy. With the King’s mind unravelling at a dramatic pace, ambitious politicians and the scheming Prince of Wales threaten to undermine the power of the Crown, and expose the fine line between a King and a man.
FRIDAY NIGHT AT THE FORUM PRESENTS: LAUREN PATTISON - PEACHY
Following a whirlwind year of awards, nominations and sell-out shows on top of a run at Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Lastminute.com Best Newcomer nominee 2017 Lauren Pattison brings her second show to Friday Night at The Forum here in Northallerton.
Lauren will be delivering some new home truths with her wicked, warm and authentic brand of humour.
As usual, tickets for Friday Night at the Forum are just £8!
'Razor wit and brutal honesty' ***** (List).
'Spiky, deliciously bawdy and remarkably assured' **** (Telegraph).
'A breath of feisty fresh air' ***** (Herald).
'Robust and impressive' **** (Scotsman).
'Wickedly engaging company' **** (Chortle.co.uk).
Recommended by the Guardian: 'Fast, forthright and filthy'.
Northallerton Male voice choir Christmas concert with their guests, Easington Colliery Band.
Musical Director Andrea Rhodes.
Accompanist Catherine Woods.
3 Count Wrestling returns to the Forum for another night of hard hitting, body slamming pro wrestling action! Come along and see your live pro wrestling favourites and all the action on this great family friendly evening.
Please note: meet and greet passes will be available to purchase on the night at the event. The meet and greet will take place after the event has finished.
This winter, join in the fun and enjoy your favourite Christmas show in the cinema for the first time ever! The much anticipated annual CBeebies Christmas Show is coming to the big screen for a family-friendly cinema experience. The makers of Alice in Wonderland, A Christmas Carol and Snow Queen will delight audiences this year with the classic tale of Thumbelina. This CBeebies Christmas Show recreates on the big screen the live Thumbelina performance and includes an exclusive, additional show made for cinema audiences only starring the much-loved Justin Fletcher (Something Special) in "Justin’s Countdown to Christmas". This holiday season, laugh and sing along with your favourite CBeebies Stars and be part of a fabulous interactive show for all the family.
For their eighth fully animated feature, Illumination and Universal Pictures present The Grinch, based on Dr. Seuss' beloved holiday classic. The Grinch tells the story of a cynical grump who goes on a mission to steal Christmas, only to have his heart changed by a young girl's generous holiday spirit. Funny, heartwarming, and visually stunning, it's a universal story about the spirit of Christmas and the indomitable power of optimism. Academy Award® nominee Benedict Cumberbatch lends his voice to the infamous Grinch, who lives a solitary life inside a cave on Mt. Crumpet with only his loyal dog, Max, for company. With a cave rigged with inventions and contraptions for his day-to-day needs, the Grinch only sees his neighbors in Whoville when he runs out of food. Each year at Christmas they disrupt his tranquil solitude with their increasingly bigger, brighter, and louder celebrations
Bohemian Rhapsody is a foot-stomping celebration of Queen, their music and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury. Freddie defied stereotypes and shattered convention to become one of the most beloved entertainers on the planet. The film traces the meteoric rise of the band through their iconic songs and revolutionary sound. They reach unparalleled success, but in an unexpected turn Freddie, surrounded by darker influences, shuns Queen in pursuit of his solo career. Having suffered greatly without the collaboration of Queen, Freddie manages to reunite with his bandmates just in time for Live Aid. While bravely facing a recent AIDS diagnosis, Freddie leads the band in one of the greatest performances in the history of rock music. Queen cements a legacy that continues to inspire outsiders, dreamers and music lovers to this day.
Director Bryan Singer
Cast Rami Malek, Lucy Boynton, Roger Taylor, Joseph Mazzello.
A yeti named Migo is convinced that a human known only as "Small Foot" is real and has to prove to his tribe that it does exist with the help of Meechee and the S.E.S - Smallfoot Evidentiary Society.
Director Karey Kirkpatrick and Jason Reisig
Cast Channing Tatum, James Corden, Zendaya, Danny Devito.
In an effort to thwart Grindelwald's plans of raising pure-blood wizards to rule over all non-magical beings, Albus Dumbledore enlists his former student Newt Scamander, who agrees to help, unaware of the dangers that lie ahead. Lines are drawn as love and loyalty are tested, even among the truest friends and family, in an increasingly divided world.
Director David Yates
Cast Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterson, Dan Fogler.
Seasoned musician Jackson Maine (Bradley Cooper) discovers-and falls in love with-struggling artist Ally (Gaga). She has just about given up on her dream to make it big as a singer - until Jack coaxes her into the spotlight. But even as Ally's career takes off, the personal side of their relationship is breaking down, as Jack fights an ongoing battle with his own internal demons.
Director Bradley Cooper
Stars Bradley Cooper, Lady Gaga, Sam Elliott and Alec Baldwin
Six years after the events of "Wreck-It Ralph", Ralph and Vanellope, now friends, discover a wi-fi router in their arcade, leading them into a new adventure.
Directors: Phil Johnston, Rich Moore
Stars: Gal Gadot, Kristen Bell, Mandy Moore
The staff and students at St. Bernadette's Primary School audition for a coveted place in a spectacular rock musical competition.
Director Debbie Isitt
Cast Celia Imrie, Anna Chancellor, Helen George, Craig Revel Horwood.
A Biopic on the life of the legendary American Astronaut Neil Armstrong from 1961-1969, on his journey to becoming the first human to walk the moon. Exploring the sacrifices and costs on the Nation and Neil himself, during one of the most dangerous missions in the history of space travel.
Director Damian Chazelle
Cast Ryan Gosling, Claire Foy, Jason Clarke
The King of Waltz will bring his New Years concert, recorded live in Sydney, Australia to millions of fans across the world.The first full production from leading Event Cinemadistributor Piece of Magic Entertainment, Andre Rieu will present a festive concert like neverbefore, recorded live in Sydneys iconic Town Hall.
Join the Maestro for a magical evening of music and dance featuring hisworld class sopranos, The Platin Tenors and plenty of surprises. With show tunes, classical music and plenty of festivefun, it promises to be a great start to the new year!
Take a front row seat and experience this spectacular musical event on the big screen. Enjoy backstage access, interviews with Andre and hisspecial guests, musical favourites and much, much more, exclusive to cinema and hosted by ITV'S Charlotte Hawkins, a familiar face for all those who continue to enjoy Andre's annual Maastricht concert each July.
Allelujah! by Alan Bennett
‘Leaves you bobbing on a wave of happiness’ Independent
Alan Bennett’s sharp and hilarious new play is ‘just what the doctor ordered’ (Daily Telegraph). Filmed live at London’s Bridge Theatre during its limited run, don’t miss this ‘rousing chorus line for the NHS’ (Observer) in your local cinema.
The Beth, an old fashioned cradle-to-grave hospital serving a town on the edge of the Pennines, is threatened with closure as part of an efficiency drive. A documentary crew, eager to capture its fight for survival, follows the daily struggle to find beds on the Dusty Springfield Geriatric Ward, and the triumphs of the old people’s choir.
Alan Bennett’s celebrated plays include The History Boys, The Lady in the Van and The Madness of George III, all of which were also seen on film. Allelujah! is his tenth collaboration with award-winning director Nicholas Hytner.
An epic portrayal of the events surrounding the infamous 1819 Peterloo Massacre, where a peaceful pro-democracy rally at St Peter's Field in Manchester turned into one of the bloodiest and most notorious episodes in British history. The massacre saw British government forces charge into a crowd of over 60,000 that had gathered to demand political reform and protest against rising levels of poverty. Many protesters were killed and hundreds more injured, sparking a nationwide outcry but also further government suppression. The Peterloo Massacre was a defining moment in British democracy which also played a significant role in the founding of The Guardian newspaper.
Director Mike Leigh
Cast Rory Kinnear, Maxine Peak
This new smash-hit tribute concert show, starring the world’s leading Elvis impersonator & tribute artist JD KING, is a musical journey through all eras of the King’s incredible career. ELVIS THE LEGEND features Elvis’ greatest, most-memorable songs from ground-breaking 1950's Rock ‘n’ Roll to the dramatic Las Vegas big-band ballads of the 1970's.
An interactive and high-energy event, the show boasts JD’s powerful vocals, pulsating dance moves and a truly uncanny characterisation of Elvis that not only leaves audiences utterly amazed, but thoroughly entertained and immersed throughout.
For over 15 years JD KING (Jim Devereaux) has wowed audiences worldwide with his incredibly dynamic and energetic portrayal of the King. At 33 years old (the same age as Elvis when he performed his 1968 Comeback Special) JD is the perfect age to re-create all eras of Elvis Presley with energy and credibility – rendering Elvis at his very best.
A professionally trained actor and singer, JD becomes the character of Elvis in a way that transports the audience to that special place and time – the closest anyone can get to Elvis himself.
National Theatre Live
The Tragedy of King Richard the Second
By William Shakespeare
Simon Russell Beale plays William Shakespeare’s Richard II, broadcast live from the stage of the Almeida Theatre in London to cinemas.
This visceral new production about the limits of power will be directed by Joe Hill-Gibbins, whose previous plays include Little Revolution at the Almeida and Absolute Hell at the National Theatre.
Richard II, King of England, is irresponsible, foolish and vain. His weak leadership sends his kingdom into disarray and his court into uproar. Seeing no other option but to seize power, the ambitious Bolingbroke challenges the throne and the king’s divine right to rule.
Simon Russell Beale returns to National Theatre Live screens following broadcasts of Timon of Athens and King Lear, and his recent role in the National Theatre’s critically acclaimed production of The Lehman Trilogy.
This well known patomime has all the usual ingredients for a fun show. Come and meet Dick and his friendly cool cat,Tom. Sail away with them to meet the Sultan of Morocco but beware of King Rat who is determined to bring Dick down but Fairy Bowbells will see that all ends well. Of course our panto wouldnt be complete without Dolly Dumpling and her silly son, Idle Jack who both manage to cause chaos along the way. With super scenery and costumes and great music this is a panto definetely not to be missed!!
Fourteen-year-old Joe is the only child of Jeanette and Jerry—a housewife and a golf pro—in a small town in 1960s Montana. Nearby, an uncontrolled forest fire rages close to the Canadian border, and when Jerry loses his job—and his sense of purpose—he decides to join the cause of fighting the fire, leaving his wife and son to fend for themselves. Suddenly forced into the role of an adult, Joe witnesses his mother's struggle as she tries to keep her head above water.
Director: Paul Dano
Cast: Carey Mulligan (Never Let Me Go, An Education, Shame, Suffragette), Jake Gyllenhaal (Nightcrawler, Brokeback Mountain, Donnie Darko), Ed Oxenbould (The Visit, Paper Planes), Bill Camp (The Night Of, Loving, Midnight Special)
LIVE STREAMED PERFORMANCE
Richard Eyre's beautiful production provides the perfect setting for Verdi's opera about a courtesan who sacrifices all for love.
From the thrill of unexpected romance to a heartbreaking reconciliation that comes too late – Verdi’s La Traviata is one of the
most popular of all operas. Alfredo falls in love in with the courtesan Violetta in glamorous Paris society, but underneath the
surface run darker undercurrents, leading to a tragic ending.
The opera’s wealth of melodies includes the famous Brindisi and the exuberant ‘Sempre libera’ – both showing the lyricism of Italian opera at its most immediately appealing.
Richard Eyre’s production for The Royal Opera brings out all the emotional colour, from the giddy discovery of love, through painful confrontation to the inevitable conclusion. Lavish period sets and costumes enhance the reality of a moving story based on true life.
National Theatre Live
I’m Not Running
by David Hare
I’m Not Running is an explosive new play by David Hare, premiering at the National Theatre and broadcast live to cinemas.
Pauline Gibson has spent her life as a doctor, the inspiring leader of a local health campaign. When she crosses paths with her old boyfriend, a stalwart loyalist in Labour Party politics, she’s faced with an agonising decision.
What’s involved in sacrificing your private life and your piece of mind for something more than a single issue? Does she dare?
Hare was recently described by The Washington Post as ‘the premiere political dramatist writing in English’. His other work includes Pravda and Skylight, broadcast by National Theatre Live in 2014.
Another 'Friday Night at the Forum' comedy event
Edinburgh Best Newcomer nominee, Chris Washington, brings us his new show about the best year of his life Including receiving the prestigious 10 years' service tie pin from Royal Mail and the series of 'You Beauty!' moments that followed. A feel-good underdog story about a Wigan postman who used all his annual leave to take a show to the world's biggest arts festival and got five numbers and the bonus ball on the comedy lottery.
Chris has supported Jason Manford on tour and as seen on 'Live from the BBC.' He was Breakthrough Comedian of the Year Winner and a finalist in the Magners New Comedy Act in 2015. Without a doubt Chris has proved he’s a definite one to watch, being likened to a “Peter Kay for the smart phone generation”.
"Funny, relatable and heartwarming" - Broadway Baby
“Gaining big laughs from the really small stuff”...The List
"A timeless storytelling jokesmith"...Beyond The Joke
"A comic with full potential and a bright future"...Arts Award Voice
Plus support act - you can't say fairer than that for £8!
Antiques, art, cars and tv: live and unscripted
A live and unscripted talk by David Harper.
The show will feature funny behind the scenes anecdotes from TV, exciting antique finds, huge profits, even bigger losses, disaster stories from celebrity TV appearances and historical journeys through time are all part of what makes this show like no other.
David Harper is a BBC TV presenter. Bargain Hunt, Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is, Flog It, For What It’s Worth and The Antiques Road Trip are all shows he presents. These hugely popular BBC programmes are shown in over 50 countries worldwide. David has appeared on many other BBC TV programmes too from The One Show to Celebrity Masterchef, Through The Keyhole to Countryfile, Celebrity Eggheads to The Heaven & Earth Show!
Bring a question or an antique for evaluation! The show is unscripted and very much audience led with involvement in the form of questions from the audience or questions and challenges from David throughout, as the talk develops. Audience members are even invited to bring items along (small antiques or collectibles) which will be used, discussed and valued during the evening.
Talking about the show David Harper said, ““The audience does not need to have a particular interest in antiques to enjoy this show, as subjects ranging from how to build the confidence to appear on TV, money making schemes, meeting of famous characters and humorous real life experiences from TV and the world of art and antiques are shared…and sometimes fabulous stories are unexpectedly shared by an audience members too!”
“One of the best after dinner talks and display of expertise we have ever experienced.”…Media Messages Ltd
“Fantastic results and very funny, you had the room buzzing!” …Tessa Sanderson OBE
From the opening beats of Waterloo to the final notes of Thank You For The Music, Swede Dreamz will take you on a journey through some of ABBA’s greatest, most memorable hits including Dancing Queen, Mamma Mia, Take A Chance On Me, SOS, Fernando, Chiquitita, Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!, Knowing Me Knowing You, Money Money Money and many, many more.
This ABBA tribute stage show features superb live vocals and clever harmonies throughout, stunning replica costumes and a fantastic lightshow. A Swede Dreamz ABBA tribute show really does capture all the magic and excitement of one of the world's most successful and entertaining live bands. With audience participation encouraged throughout, you're sure to be having the time of your life!
MATT FORDE: BREXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP
The whole thing's a mess and only one person can sort it out. Sadly, we have no idea who it is.
Join Britain’s leading political comedian, Matt Forde, for the show that was a complete sell-out at this year’s Edinburgh Festival and his last as an EU citizen.
As host of Unspun on Dave and his own Political Party podcast, Matt has interviewed some of British politics’ biggest and most notorious characters including Tony Blair, David Davis, Ruth Davidson, Nigel Farage, Nick Clegg, Anna Soubry, Harriet Harman, Ed Balls and Jacob Rees-Mogg.
His monthly residence at Westminster’s The Other Palace has sold out every show for over 5 years and sells out months in advance.
“Possibly the best political comedy show on the Fringe” ★★★★★ The Telegraph
“Is there a better political comic than Matt Forde currently working in the UK? I can't think of another to touch him”
“a stand-up of rare skill” ★★★★ The Sunday Times
Love and friendship triumph in Carlos Acosta's vibrant production of this dazzling ballet.
Cervantes’s story of the bumbling knight Don Quixote has inspired countless artistic interpretations. Marius Petipa choreographed this sparkling ballet about the encounters of the man from La Mancha and his faithful squire Sancho Panza. At its heart are virtuoso roles for the lovers Basilio and Kitri.
Carlos Acosta chose this joyful classic for his first production for The Royal Ballet. His vibrant staging brings together the
whole Company in such roles as exuberant villagers, passionate gypsies and even fantasy flowers. The story follows Don Quixote’s picaresque journey to do deeds in honour of his imaginary noble lady, Dulcinea. Sunny, charming, funny and touching – Don Quixote is a ballet as full of uplifting emotion as it is of astonishing ballet technique.
Big name comedy at the Forum with author and comedian Mark Watson. Cluster-bombed with yoghurt on 'Taskmaster', half-killed on 'Bear Grylls' Celebrity Island', Watson returns to what he's best at: being indoors.
Inspired by the mostly alarming state of the world his children are growing up in and a genuine, urgent desire to do something about it, this show is about empathy. 99 percent of the world's population is made up of other people: why can't we understand them? As scrawny and impassioned as ever, one of the UK's most beloved and thinnest acts offers some suggestions, with his usual notoriously high joke-and-rant-per-minute rate.
‘He sparkles with originality and verve' Chortle
'A kind of unstoppably funny Superhero' Sunday Times
'Hugely entertaining, craftsmanlike, remarkable' Telegraph
Sailing dangerously close to National Treasure status, one of the most outspoken politicians of our time, Ann Widdecombe, embarks on her first ever national tour.
Entertaining, enlightening and as controversial as you would expect, Margaret Thatcher and Craig Revel Horwood collide as Ann lifts the lid on life in Westminster and shares behind-the-scenes gossip from some of the nation’s best-loved programmes, including Strictly Come Dancing, Have I Got News For You and Celebrity Big Brother.
The Jive Aces Big Beat Revue
The Jive Aces Big Beat Vintage Revue
The UKs No.1 and worlds busiest swing and jive band, The Jive Aces present their biggest theatre show to date, the Big Beat Revue
Featuring special guests, vintage pinup dancing, singing and tapping troupe, The Satin Dollz; The low down baritone sax of Lottie B and the smooth accordion of Grazia Bevilacqua, this show features the best in 40s and 50s jive, rhythm and blues and rock roll.
With classic tunes from artists such as Louis Jordan, Louis Prima & Keely Smith, Big Joe Turner and Bobby Darin with the flair of an Alan Freed rock and roll extravaganza, this show will have you out of your seat with its larger than life big-beat sound!
"With a classic set from The Jive Aces and vintage vocals, songs from the three Satin Dollz singers, plus tap dance routines from the two dancers, the entire on-stage line-up of 12 performers was certainly giving their sold out audience value for money..."
***** (Five -Stars) - Southside Advertiser Edinburgh
"The show also ended late, on account of the stream of encores forced upon the Aces & Dollz by a full house audience which had increased in enthusiasm with every beat."
- Mumble Music Reviews
"The crazy energy of the Jive Aces can certainly whisk you away to a different era and tempt you to Jump, Jive and Wail out of happiness and joy!"
- The Student Newspaper, Edinburgh
Be ready for pretty much anything when Jason takes to the stage. Behind his cheerful Geordie exterior lurks a dark, sharp comedic mind. Jason has a way of presenting true-to-life stories that drag you in and won’t let go, close to the edge but always intriguing and blessed with the sort of charm that’ll have you laughing in spite of yourself.
In 2012 Jason’s sitcom “Hebburn” was commissioned by the BBC. Vic Reeves, Gina Mckee, Chris Ramsey and Fresh Meat’s Kimberley Nixon joined the cast in a story based on Jason’s own life and upbringing in the South Tyneside town of Hebburn. Hebburn earned him a Royal Television Society Award, the Journal Culture Award for “Best Writer” and National Television Award nomination.
In 2017 Jason wrote the UKTV Gold "Murder on the Blackpool Express" a star studded mixture of comedy and classic murder mystery set on a guided tour coach trip to Blackpool. The cast list included Griff Rhys Jones, Nigel Havers, Johnny Vegas and Una Stubbs. Later in 2018 a follow programme set on a North East Ferry is to be broadcast.
“A wonderfully life-affirming, beautifully crafted, total and utter joy. My jaw aches from laughing”...Time Out
Mowtown was the beat of a generation & the sound of a nation. It was the sound that changed America.
Made in Motown recreates the classic music & sounds of Detroit during the 1960s & 70s.
The band comprises high quality musicians dedicated to authentically recreating the ‘sounds of the ‘Motor City’, fronted by the incredible talents of the band’s three female vocalists.
If you're a fan of Martha Reeves, The Temptations, Supremes, The Marvelettes, Marvin Gaye & many more Motown legends, come along and dance the night away to this unmissable show and enjoy the songs that were ‘Made in Motown’.
The only Bon Jovi tribute show you need to see!
A high energy electric packed show guaranteed to get your hands in the air, Bon Jovi Forever have been reviving the heyday of the 1980/90's with their sellout tribute show in venues throughout the UK.
Come along to an electric performance that will recreate a stadium style show here at The Forum packed with Bon Jovi's hits, album tracks and so much more. This show is guaranteed to give all fans of Bon Jovi ‘One Wild Night’.
Bon Jovi Forever come loaded with authentic signature guitars, stage clothes and a stunning light show with a first class sound system as well as stunning stage effects and explosions to make you believe you're stepping back in time to watch the real thing!
Meet the band:
Gregg (Jon Bon Jovi)
A time served professional vocalist with over 20 years' experience in the rock industry, Gregg is a huge Bon Jovi fan which certainly comes across in his flawless live performance as Jon.
Also with over 20 years of teaching guitar and playing liv, Phil lays down the Richie role perfectly. Loaded with signature guitars and amp: seeing is believing!
Dan has toured the world with various rock legends! He's currently working with The Tony Martin Band (ex Black Sabbath) and continues to tour and record with UK metal band 'Venom'. Dan is a total powerhouse drummer perfect for Tico's style.
Stev a lecturer and teacher in all things bass. With 2 solo albums to his name and over 5,000 live show performances, Stev certainly has sold his soul to rock ‘n’ roll!
Matt has previously toured with the UK's best Pink Floyd show (Shine On) and his sounds and playing are second to none. Also providing stunning backing vocals, Matt is the perfect David.
LIVE STREAMED PERFORMANCE
Christof Loy directs a star-studded cast of singers, including Anna Netrebko, Jonas Kaufman and Ludovic Tezier, in Verdi's epic opera, conducted by Antonio Pappano.
Leonora falls in love with Don Alvaro, but when her father forbids their marriage, a fatal accident triggers a drama of obsession,
vengeance and tragedy. Jonas Kaufmann and Anna Netrebko star in Verdi’s epic La Forza del Destino (The Force of Destiny) an opera which demands the very best of singers for its powerful music and the fullest theatrical treatment for its story of bitter
revenge pursued across miles and years.
The production comes to The Royal Opera in a sensational staging from Amsterdam packed with colour and action. It is directed by Christof Loy and conducted by Antonio Pappan, Music Director of The Royal Opera.
Tom Jones & The Shades of the 60s brings Jones’ story of an unprecedented rise through the charts to the UK stage.
Rediscover his music in hit after hip-rocking hit! Relive his transformation from 60's sex symbol to 70's icon, to his
career rebirth in the early 2000s and the legendary status he has today. An exciting and nostalgic journey celebrating
the voice and the star, prized all over the world.
Starring the age-defying voice of Daniel Chettoe, best known for his outstanding vocal performances on Britain’s Got
Wide collars and tight trousers are back so ladies, warm up those hips for shaking and gents, bring along your
dancing shoes… it’s time to be Burnin’ Down the House!
Justin Moorhouse - Comedy
These days Justin’s not certain about anything apart from his uncertainty – Brexit looms, it appears the Cold War is being rebooted and that’s before we begin to worry about what’s happening in America…..Closer to home he’s starting to feel redundant as a parent. One kid is leaving home, the dog is getting older and doesn’t need much walking, and the youngest kid hits thirteen and cancels the family subscription to The Beano.
On top of this, the golden age of the Northern straight white male comedian has gone the way of the dinosaurs. How will he adapt if he wants to survive? What next for this Northern Joker? What can he talk to his daughter about now she cares little for Dennis the Menace and the Bash St Kids? Hang on - perhaps nothing has changed that much! When he was thirteen, the Russians were scary, the White House was a madhouse and he’d never been to Europe anyhow. Thinking back, this was when his reading habits changed too, more Dark Knight than Desperate Dan, more Catwoman than Minnie the Minx.
Perhaps our heroes never went away….they just waited for us to pick them up again. Perhaps she just needs a different type of comic.
Justin would ike to offer anyone in receipt of JSA a ticket for the reduced price of £5 this is something he is very passionate about, please bring proof that you are in receipt of this benefit to apply for the ticket.
Alan Johnson is one of the most popular politicians of recent times and now a best-selling author, his memoirs 'This Boy, Please Mr Postman and The Long and Winding Road' selling half a million copies to date.
Inspired by his latest book 'In My Life', in this highly entertaining show Alan tells his personal story with the help of some of the music that has soundtracked his life, from growing up as an orphan in a West London slum in the 1950s to becoming a postman and his subsequent rise through the Labour Party ranks to hold several cabinet posts, including that of Home Secretary.
Tom Rolfe Productions are so EGGcited to be back at The Forum for the third consecutive year with a CRACKING new show this Easter featuring hilarious comedy, stunning costumes and an all-star cast.
Will Mother Goose manage to find the goose that lays the golden egg?
Will the wicked Demon Vanity succeed in taking over the entire kingdom?
Will beauty rule over evil?
Find out by booking your tickets today for our funniest show yet!
All seats £9.50 if booked before 1st April* (£12.00/£10.50 afterwards).
*Booking fees may apply at some venues.
Management reverse the right to change casting without notice.
Following their fabulous recent performance here at The Forum we're delighted to announce the return of Black Magic, the Little Mix Tribute Show, back here next Easter on Good Friday 19th April 2019.
Performing all of Little Mix's hits in a great show full of dance, lights and music that will have the audience on its feet, this is definitely not one to be missed!
Please note under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.
LIVE STREAMED PERFORMANCE
Experience the decadence and elegance of 1870s Paris in David McVicar's spectacular production of Gounod's best-loved opera.
There are many versions of the story of Faust, who trades his soul with the Devil for youth and power, but Gounod’s opera remains one of the most constantly enthralling. Michael Fabiano stars as Faust, with Diana Damrau as his beloved Marguerite and Erwin Schrott as the diabolical Méphistophélès.
Virtuoso leading roles, a large chorus, sensational sets, ballet and an ecstatic finale make this the epitome of theatrical spectacle – the lavish scale of French grand opera is wonderfully in evidence in this production by David McVicar, set in 1870s Paris. Above all, the music includes several of popular opera’s most recognizable numbers, performed by a cast of great international singers and the Royal Opera Chorus.
AS YOU LIKE IT
Come into the forest; dare to change your state of mind.
Rosalind is banished, wrestling with her heart and her head. With her cousin by her side, she journeys to a world of exile where barriers are broken down and all can discover their deeper selves. Director Kimberley Sykes (Dido, Queen of Carthage) directs a riotous, exhilarating version of Shakespeare’s romantic comedy.
Barbara Nice: ‘Raffle’
Join the Edinburgh Fringe’s favourite housewife Barbara Nice for an evening of proper good fun. Entrance price includes a complimentary raffle ticket!
Barbara Nice was all-conquering in her four-part BBC Radio 2 sitcom broadcast in March 2017.
Experience this critically acclaimed tip-top character comedy live from ‘Phoenix Nights’ actress and comedian Janice Connolly. A playful, life-affirming show for all the family including the chance to win a prize from Barbara’s table.
With her enviable track record of garnering five star reviews and sell-out shows, Barbara will put a smile on your face and a spring in your step with this new show about chance and luck.
With one of the biggest selling boybands of the last 20 years. Relive The Westlife concert experience like no other with Simply Westlife Tribute. This hits filled concert recreates the magic of Shane, Mark, Nicky & Kian and listen to their scintillating No.1 Hits such as Flying Without Wings, Swear it again, If i let you go, I have a dream and many more.Simply Westlife Tribute Will Recreate thrills of been at a live Concert and all immaculately delivered with fantastic Voices, Charisma, Costumes and dance routines delivered to you the audience as close to the real thing.
With Westlife announcing their 2019 stadium tour Simply Westlife tribute show will provide you with a show as close to the real thing.
Two recent works and one world premiere showcase the contemporary face of the Royal Ballet.
The contemporary face of The Royal Ballet is shown in works from three of today’s leading choreographers. Christopher Wheeldon’s Within the Golden Hour is based around seven couples separating and intermingling, to music by Vivaldi and
Bosso and lit with rich colours suggested by sunset.
Crystal Pite’s Flight Pattern, revived for the first time, uses a large dance ensemble and Górecki’s familiar music from his
Symphony of Sorrowful Songs for a poignant and passionate reflection on migration. Between them, a new work by
Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, created by The Royal Ballet has its premiere to bring the contemporary truly up-to-date.
Multi award winning comedian and Edinburgh Fringe favourite Patrick Monahan returns on Tour with another brand new stand-up show # Goals!
We all have life goals. Whatever amazing things they are, whether it’s to win the lottery or marry up, make it your goal to come and watch a great comedy show from an Irish Iranian smoggy!
Constantly touring, comedy website Ents24 has listed Patrick for the past 3 years in the
Top 3 of the hardest working comedians in the UK.
Patrick Monahan is adored by his audiences everywhere! He performs all over the UK and Europe and has appeared in far-flung hotspots including Dubai, Bahrain and Costa Rica! He is very much in demand performing literally hundreds of shows a year! His many TV appearances include ‘The Wright Stuff’ (C5) ‘Weekend’ (ITV) ‘Live Stand-up Set for BBC Asian Network’ (BBC iplayer 2017) ‘Safeword’ (ITV2) ‘Celebrity Squares’ (ITV) ‘Fake Reaction’ (ITV2) and ‘The One Show Edinburgh Festival’ (BBC1).
‘Patrick’s a Fringe Legend and it is easy to see why!’ The Mirror ★★★★
‘Delightful, impressive and very funny’ The Scotsman ★★★★
‘A definite must see’ Edinburgh Festivals Magazine ★★★★
‘He really hits the mark…great depth’ www.broadwaybaby.com ★★★★
If it is the wonderful tonic of laughter that you are looking for, then you have come to the right place!
Cannon and Ball bring their own magical and unique brand of humour to your theatre in 2019.
Opening the show with 45 minutes of unforgettable “Cannon & Ball” they will perform some of their legendary sketches and routines before the interval.
Tommy and Bobby open Act Two with a song and then into storytelling of their career after which they will open the Mike to the audience for Q & A’s.
This magical and intimate “Close and Upfront!” evening is a treat for all comedy fans of all ages!
THE TAMING OF THE SHREW
In a reimagined 1590, England is a matriarchy. Baptista Minola is seeking to sell off her son Katherine to the highest bidder. Cue an explosive battle of the sexes in this electrically charged love story. Justin Audibert (Snow in Midsummer, The Jew of Malta) turns Shakespeare’s fierce, energetic comedy of gender and materialism on its head to offer a fresh perspective on its portrayal of hierarchy and power.
Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers encounter passion and tragedy in Kenneth Macmillan's 20th century ballet masterpiece.
Shakespeare’s enduring love story is known the world over. Since its 1965 premiere with The Royal Ballet, Kenneth MacMillan’s Romeo and Juliet has become a modern ballet classic.
The choreography captures the emotions of the young couple as they fall in love, despite the barriers that finally bring about the story’s tragic end. Each revival gives opportunities for new dancers to interpret the doomed lovers. The whole Company brings the colour and action of Renaissance Verona, where a busy market all too quickly bursts into sword fighting, and a family feud leads to tragedy for both the Montagues and Capulets.
Celebrating the very best in music from America's 'Music City’, this brand new show promises an exciting fusion of pure Country gold with 'New Country' blockbusters!
Guitarist, vocalist and band-leader Bob Drury, who has been selling out in theatres across the country for the past 6 years with his highly acclaimed shows, heads up an amazing cast of musicians to a deliver a set of pristine classics from the likes of Johnny Cash, Glen Campbell, Brad Paisley, Garth Brooks, Willie Nelson and Kenny Rogers.
Featuring Bob's daughter Harriet on female lead vocals the band present stunning versions of monster hits from Shania Twain, Dolly Parton, Carrie Underwood, Alison Moorer, Eva Cassidy, June Carter and many more. Harriet is an established vocal performer with a "stunning, soaring voice" that will knock your socks off! With their combined talents, Bob and Harriet also lovingly re-create vocal duets from Country's Hall of Fame.
Tom Rosenthal & Lloyd Griffith
Two working in progress shows. Tom Rosenthal (Friday Night Dinner, Plebs) and Lloyd Griffith (Soccer AM) try out new material.
As seen as the drunkest guy on Drunk History (Comedy Central) and taking down Chris Ramsey on Roast Battle (Comedy Central).
This year Tom Rosenthal is discussing his manhood, or lack thereof.
A show that is about reaching maturity.
Lloyd Griffith: LIVE (Work in Progress)
Lloyd comes to the Forum to try out some new jokes for a new tour. Jokes and some singing probably. Host of Soccer AM (Sky), Flinch! (Netflix) & Taxi To Training (BBC3). As seen on Bounty Hunters (Sky), Drunk History (Comedy Central), The Premier League Show (BBC), Strictly Come Dancing (one day). Jack Whitehall and Rob Beckett’s tour support and Diane Griffith’s son.
"Supersub Lloyd Griffith delivered some punchy gags about growing up in Grimsby. He also revealed a jaw-dropping singing voice. Expect to hear more from Griffith"...BRUCE DESSAU, EVENING STANDARD
"Disarmingly good"...DOMINIC MAXWELL, THE TIMES
"There’s no doubt about it; Lloyd Griffith is the king of the unexpected. His sense of fun is infectious, his singing voice faultless and his anecdotes are told with boundless confidence. Griffith has clearly established his own style of comedy" ★★★★★...THREE WEEKS
Suitable for 16+
MEASURE FOR MEASURE
"To whom should I complain?"
When a young novice nun is compromised by a corrupt official, who offers to save her brother from execution in return for sex, she has no idea where to turn for help. When she threatens to expose him, he tells her that no one would believe her. Shakespeare wrote this play in the early 1600s, yet it remains astonishingly resonant today. Artistic Director, Gregory Doran, directs this new production.
Bob Drury's 'The Neil Diamond Story' - The life of a legend in song
Described in Las Vegas as one of the world's finest vocal tributes to Neil Diamond, Bob Drury has been astounding audiences with his vocal likeness for ten years during which time he has performed throughout the UK, Europe and in the United States for the Amerian Neil Diamond Fan Club in both Nashville and Las Vegas.
Bob is joined by his amazing band this year and the show tracks Neil’s journey from unknown and struggling New York songwriter to international mega-star. The music covers every stage of a staggering music career spanning five decades. Join in with all the favourites such as Cracklin' Rosie, America, Love on the Rocks, Play Me, Hello Again, Forever in Blue Jeans, Beautiful Noise, I'm a Believer, Red Red Wine and, of course, Sweet Caroline. Bob's duet with Harriet on the Diamond/Streisand classic 'You Don't Bring Me Flowers' is one of the best versions you'll ever hear. The show also features a couple of lesser known songs that are sure to become your favourites by the end of the evening. A fantastic evening guaranteed!
Only Fools and Boycie
John Challis is one of the nation's greatest comedy actors, best known as Boycie in BBC1's Only Fools and Horses, and latterly as Monty, in ITV 1's Benidorm. In his solo show, the national treasure will reveal secrets from the set with stories and anecdotes from his dazzling career. Having worked with some of the biggest names in showbusiness, he'll be spilling the beans about Only Fools and Horses stars like Sir David
Jason and Nicholas Lyndhurst and friends and fellow performers like The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Oliver Reed and George Best. He’ll also recall tales from his time in Dr Who, Coronation Street and other TV classics. Mr Challis will also meet fans after the show to sign autographs and pose for pictures, while signing copies of his autobiography.