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As part of a series of community events to commemorate the 880th anniversary of the Battle of the Standard, Professor Matthew Strickland M.A., Ph.D. FRHist, FRAI, FRSA – Professor of Medieval History at Glasgow University - will give a lecture entitled 'Chivalry and Barbarity: David I and the Scots at the Battle of the Standard, 1138'.
Professor Strickland will explore the allegations of barbarism and atrocity supposedly committed by the Scots in 1138, as well as the relationship between David I and his brother-in-law Henry I and how their friendship was seemingly betrayed when David led the horde of Scottish barbarians against northern England.
Following on from the classic cult movie Mamma Mia, this sequel is set ten years later, on the Greek island of Kalokairi where Sophie is pregnant whilst running her mother's villa. Struggling because she can't do all the work by herself, she seeks help and guidance from her childhood friends Tanya and Rosie and finds out more about her mum Donna's past and how she came to start up her villa, met each of Sophie’s dads, and raised a daughter, bravely all on her own.
Just when she thinks things can't get any more complicated, her Nan (played by Cher) makes an unexpected appearance on the island...
Join our favourite monster family as they embark on vacation aboard a luxury monster cruise ship. It’s smooth sailing for Drac’s Pack as the monsters indulge in all of the shipboard fun the cruise has to offer, from monster volleyball to exotic excursions and catching up on their moon tans.
However, the dream vacation turns into a nightmare when Mavis realizes Drac has fallen for the mysterious captain of the ship, Ericka, who hides a dangerous secret that could destroy all of monsterkind.
The Full Monty in Speedos! When an accountant seeks to win back his wife, he stumbles upon a surprising solution in the form of a male synchronised swimming team. Joining his local team, Eric finds a surprising brotherhood in this motley crew as they train for the world championships in Milan. Can their coach Susan (Charlotte Riley) whip them into shape? Will they master 'the flower’, 'the pyramid’ and 'the spinning circle’ in time? More importantly, can Eric win Heather back with the help of his newfound confidence?
Starring Rob Bryden, Rupert Graves and Jane Horrocks.
Six professional singers ... one stage ... one night only!
The WestEnders sing 'The World’s Greatest Musicals' in an outstanding concert-style production showcasing the vocal talents of six professional performers (who between them have appeared in over twenty of the most prestigious West End musical shows of the last decade, including Beauty & The Beast, Les Miserables, Miss Saigon, Aspects of Love, Jesus Christ Superstar, Oliver! and many more).
Delivered with style and panache, the Westenders exceptional cast, under the musical direction of Jae Alexander (current MD of 42nd Street) and accompanied on stage by their fantastic band, perform a huge selection of favourite songs from the World’s Greatest Musicals.
NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE performance
BAFTA award-winning actress Vanessa Kirby (The Crown) and Eric Kofi Abrefa (The Amen Corner) feature in the cast of this brand new production.
Wild and newly single, Julie throws a late night party. In the kitchen Jean and Kristina clean up as the celebration heaves above them. Crossing the threshold, Julie initiates a power game with Jean which rapidly descends into a savage fight for survival.
Enjoy an evening of beautiful Irish singing at the Forum with one of Ireland’s most popular female singers.
Northallerton Silver Band have organised this fund raising evening with ANN BREEN who will be giving a magical concert accompanied by acoustic and bass guitarists, Jimmy and Graham.
Enjoy Ann’s lovely brand of crystal clear Irish singing.
Ann comes from Downpatrick, a lovely little town that nestles at the foot of the Mourne Mountains in County Down, Northern Ireland. Ann has been involved in music all her life, listening to her grandmother singing all their favourite popular songs of her time.
In her junior years, Ann won her first competition at the age of nine. Ann performed the song "Edelweiss" from "The Sound of Music" at a competition in her local town. At sixteen Ann was singing with a local country band and did so for several years. She continued to sing at semi-professional level on the local cabaret circuit until 1981 when she recorded her first album "Country Songbird" with Belfast Record Company "Outlet Records".
"Pal of My Cradle Days" was released as a single and went straight to No 1 in the Irish charts; then soared up the British National charts to number 47. The single was so successful that it entered the Guinness Book of Song Records for remaining in the charts for two years!
PLEASE NOTE - seating for this event is unallocated so you are free to select your seat when you arrive for the show.
Gilbert & Sullivan – Yeoman of the Guard - LIve Opera at The Forum!
The Forum is pleased to welcome the talented and experienced cast of the northern touring Gilbert & Sullivan company (with cast members from Yorkshire and Lancashire) in this new production of one of Gilbert & Sullivan's best loved operas.
Energising and enthusing to watch...punchy, toe-tapping and thrilling to hear, The Yeoman of the Guard is an opera set at The Tower of London in dangerous Tudor England. Containing some of Arthur Sullivan's finest music, plenty of witty dialogue coupled with drama and intrigue, this is certainly one of the most emotionally engaging of all the Savoy operas.
The Bookshop is a film based on the novel of the same name by Penelope Fitzgerald. Set in 1959 it tells the story of Florence Green, a free-spirited widow, who puts grief behind her and risks everything to open up a bookshop in the sleepy seaside town of Hardborough, England but soon discovers that this mini social revolution brings her fierce enemies.
This British/Irish historical war drama based on a true story, recounts the antics of a 12-year-old boy and his misfit friends who enlist an older woman (Penelope Wilton) in their fight to save Buster the baby elephant during the air raids on Belfast in 1941.
Director: Colin McIvor
Stars: Toby Jones., Art Parkinson, Penelope Wilton
Runtime: 97 minutes
Another great night in our current series of Friday Night at the Forum acts, this is the funniest show you will see this year! Ken is a fully qualified hypnotherapist and psychotherapist and was once voted Scotland’s funniest hypnotist. Ken has been performing comedy hypnosis for over 12 years and now combines his show with mind reading - can he read what you are thinking? Come along and see!
Dusty & The Shades of the 60s celebrates the life and music of one of the most iconic female artistes of our time, the legendary Dusty Springfield.
The show covers an incredibly successful decade for Dusty featuring the songs ‘I Only Want to be With You’, ‘You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me’, ‘Son of a Preacher Man’, ‘I Just Don’t Know What to do With Myself’ and ‘You Don’t Own Me’.
The ever-graceful Shades of the 60s take you on a journey through the artists and writers who worked with Dusty over a career spanning 3 decades; including hits by Burt Bacharach, Carole King, Aretha Franklin and performing popular songs such as ‘Natural Woman’ and ‘Downtown’.
Supported by the glamorous Shades, the soulful Dusty Springfield is honoured and her personality brought back to the stage in a great night out that takes you back to the era of peroxide blonde bouffant hair.
Celebrate the 60s in style, relive memories and create new ones with this unforgettable evening of Dusty and The Shades of the 60s.
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Broadcast live from London’s West End, this new production stars Ian McKellen in an ‘extraordinarily moving portrayal’ (Independent) of King Lear. Considered by many to be the greatest tragedy ever written, King Lear sees two ageing fathers – one a king, the other his courtier – reject the children who truly love them. Their blindness unleashes a tornado of pitiless ambition and treachery, as family and state are plunged into a violent power struggle with bitter ends.
THIS IS A FREE EVENT, SO NO NEED TO BOOK - JUST COME ALONG AND BRING YOUR FRIENDS, FAMILY AND NEIGHBOURS!
The Forum is holding its own Macmillan coffee morning in partnership with Scones R U. Join us from 10am for a coffee and home- baked scone, with all proceeds going to Macmillan. We'll be serving coffee and scones until approximately 12 noon.
About Macmillan coffee mornings...
The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning on Friday 28th September is Macmillan’s biggest fundraising event for people facing cancer. We ask people all over the UK to host their own Coffee Mornings and donations on the day are made to Macmillan. Last year alone we raised over £27 million and together we can make this another successful year.
We understand how cancer can affect people’s whole lives – health, money, family, job; everything. And, after more than 100 years of caring, we understand that the most important thing is to treat people as individuals, not patients.
So we take the time to understand the support people need to live their lives as fully as they can. From the moment of diagnosis and whenever we’re most needed, we’re here to help people find their best way through. Our help is totally focused on each individual person, so everyone receives the support that’s best for them.
Tara is a housewife in suburban London who's raising two young children while married to an overworked, self-absorbed husband. In desperate need of a change, Tara makes the bold decision to leave everything behind and buy a one-way ticket to Paris. Her newfound freedom and journey of self-discovery soon give way to the realization that walking out on life isn't as simple as one imagined.
Starring Gemma Arterton and Dominic Cooper.
As her marriage to Jack flounders, eminent High Court judge Fiona Maye has a life-changing decision to make at work - should she force a teenage boy, Adam, to have the blood transfusion that will save his life? Her unorthodox visit to his hospital bedside has a profound impact on them both, stirring strong new emotions in the boy and long-buried feelings in her.
In the aftermath of 'Captain America: Civil War,' Scott Lang grapples with the consequences of his choices as both a Super Hero and a father. As he struggles to re-balance his home life with his responsibilities as Ant-Man, he's confronted by Hope van Dyne and Dr. Hank Pym with an urgent new mission. Scott must once again put on the suit and learn to fight alongside The Wasp as the team works together to uncover secrets from their past.
Another fantastic FRIDAY NIGHT AT THE FORUM...
Karen Carpenter and Country Legends is a tribute show of two halves. In the first half, Tanya Taylor pays tribute to the irreplaceable talent of Karen Carpenter singing many of the Carpenters' greatest hits with her uncanny vocal resemblance, identical tracks and full costume.
In the second half of the show, 'Country Legends' Tanya sings a whole range of country classics made famous by some of the biggest names in country music.
LIVE STREAMED EVENT
Oscar Wilde's classic and much loved comedy, The Importance of Being Earnest, is brought to The Forum screen in this new production broadcast live from the Vaudeville Theatre in London's West End.
Two young gents have taken to bending the truth in order to put some excitement into their lives. Worthing has invented a brother, Earnest, whom he uses as an excuse to leave his dull life behind to visit Gwendolyn. Montcrieff decides to take the name Earnest when visiting Worthing's young and beautiful ward, Cecily. Things start to go awry when they end up together in the country and their deceptions are discovered.
Robin Ince's Chaos of Delight
The co-star of the Rose D'Or award winning 'The Infinite Monkey Cage and author of How to Build a Universe (part 1) with Professor Brian Cox is back on the road with an artist's manifesto of delight and curiosity.
Robin Ince mashes up the two cultures of art and science in this celebration of the human mind from Bohemians to black holes, Dali to DNA, another of his stand up sort of lectures.
‘The Ince brain is like a black hole in a galaxy of knowledge. When it collides with another black hole – say the Fringe – the energy waves that are produced are perceived, by us, as “shows”. **** The Scotsman
Incorporating dramatic stills and video clips, local man Alan Hinkes illuminates his extreme exploits on the highest Himalaya mountains. Alan is one of an exclusive club of only 12 people alive who have summited all the world's highest mountains - the same number of people who have stood on the moon.
Alan's talk is poignant, humorous, inspiring and entertaining. He also illustrates his passion for the hills of Britain, rock climbing and tramping the fells, ice climbing and his plans for the future. An evening not to be missed.
About Alan Hinkes OBE
Alan is the first Briton to have climbed the world's highest mountains, the fourteen 8000m peaks, all of which are in the 'death zone', where human survival rate is measured in hours. They are the most dangerous mountains on the planet and many have perished attempting the challenge.
Alan began his mountaineering career whilst at Northallerton Grammar School. He progressed to the Alps with ascents of many difficult mountains, including the notorious North Face of the Eiger, eventually graduating to the Himalaya.
He works as an outdoor equipment technical consultant, writes for magazines and lectures on his exploits. He is also an accomplished cameraman (filming 11 documentaries), photographer, author, motivational speaker, environmentalist and mountain guide. His book '8000 Metres Climbing the World's Highest Mountains' won the TGO Awards 'Outdoor Book of the Year'.
Alan was awarded the OBE in the 2006 New Year's Honours. He is an Honorary Citizen of his home town, Northallerton; Yorkshireman of the Year; an Honorary Fellow of the University of Sunderland; Honorary Doctor of the University of York, Honorary Doctor of Teesside University, and has received the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Royal Institute of Navigation and the President’s Award for Outstanding Voluntary Contribution to Water Aid. He is involved in charitable work including, Water Aid, the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, British Red Cross and Mountain Rescue.
Alan lives in North Yorkshire and enjoys being in the hills, rock climbing and fellwalking. You will regularly see him in the Lake District and Yorkshire tramping the fells and moors, clinging to a rock face or climbing a frozen waterfall.
An aging actress named Irina Arkadina pays summer visits to her brother Pjotr Nikolayevich Sorin and her son Konstantin on a country estate. On one occasion, she brings Trigorin, a successful novelist, with her. Nina, a free and innocent girl on a neighboring estate, falls in love with Boris Trigorin. As Trigorin lightly consumes and rejects Nina, as the actress all her life has consumed and rejected her son, who loves Nina. The victims are destroyed while the sophisticates continue on their way.
Enjoy an evening of live music with the fabulous Northallerton Silver Band when they perform their annual ‘Last Night of the Proms’ concert, featuring a Last Night of the Prom’s audience sing-a-long to traditional and patriotic music, as seen on TV.
Recognised as the Number 1 'Take That' tribute act in the world, Rule The World appeared alongside Nicole Kidman, Hugh Bonneville, Julie Walters and the REAL Take That on ‘The Graham Norton Show’. Hearing Dan Maines speak, a stunned Gary Barlow exclaimed “He sounds like me!” before going on to praise the band saying “These guys are good!”. Come along and judge for yourself just how good they are!
‘Rule The World’ have also been featured on ITV1′s ‘Daybreak’ and have had rave reviews from many people including TV personality Ricky Tomlinson, Denise Van Outen, Jason Orange’s mother and Gary Barlow himself who tweeted the band to say he thought they are “brilliant”.
The band have performed at many prestigious events around the world including a private party for ‘Coldplay' and their management team featuring many celebrity guests. They have also performed with the cast of ITV1’s ‘Emmerdale’ and have been very fortunate to travel the world playing large outdoor festivals in Barcelona, Germany, Austria, Ireland and elsewhere. They have performed as a headline act on Royal Carribbean cruise ships and regularly perform at Butlins Holiday Parks as well as at national theatres throughout the UK.
The show is an accurate portrayal of a Take That concert and features all the biggest hits including ‘Never Forget’, ‘Greatest Day’, ‘Back For Good’, ‘Relight My Fire’, ‘Everything Changes’, ‘Shine’, ‘Pray’ and many more.
LIVE STREAMED PERFORMANCE.
Mayerling is a classic of the Royal Ballet repertory, with its emotional depth, haunting imagery and one of the most demanding roles ever created for a male dancer.
Kenneth MacMillan choreographed a complex work around the psychologically tormented heir to the Habsburg Empire, Crown Prince Rudolf. From the ballet’s start, the glamour of the Austro-Hungarian court is contrasted with undercurrents of sexual and political intrigue that drive the story to its violent climax in a double suicide.
The large cast allows for impressive ensembles in addition to the ballet's many solos of distinctive character and pas de deux of disturbing eroticism. This ballet, bursting with intensity, madness and passion, proves that sometimes the truth is more
scandalous than fiction.
This is a dementia friendly screening which means there will be a break halfway through, where we will be serving complimentary teas and coffees and cake and biscuits, lighting will be let on low and the sound will be adjusted to suit the audience.
Carers go FREE.
About the film...
A widowed Welsh mother becomes a governess and English tutor to the wives and many children of the stubborn King Mongkut of Siam. Anna and the king have a clash of personalities as she works to teach the royal family about the English language, customs and etiquette.
'A Lady of Letters' followed by 'Bed Among the Lentils' - both written by Alan Bennett and performed by Deborah Kelly of the Library Touring Theatre Company in a special live theatre production to raise funds on behalf of Macmillan Cancer Support for the Sir Robert Ogden Cancer Support Centre at the Friarage Hospital, Northallerton.
Alan Bennett sealed his reputation as the master of observation with this series of 12 ground-breaking monologues. Darkly comic, tragically poignant and wonderfully uplifting the series of ‘Talking Heads’ is widely regarded as a modern classic.
A Lady of Letters
Miss Ruddock’s civil liberties are dear to her, and writing letters is how she likes to assert those rights. One of these missives pushes her to the brink, with unexpected, but liberating consequences.
Bed Among the Lentils
Susan, an alcoholic, nervous vicar's wife who has to travel into Leeds to go to the off-licence because of her debts with the local shopkeeper, distracts herself from her ambitious and, as she sees him, vainly insensitive husband and his doting parishioners, by conducting an affair with a nearby grocer, Ramesh, discovering something about herself and God in the process.
SUGGS: A Life in the Realm of Madness…
Due to huge popular demand after his first tour-de-force, smash hit, sell out tour, ‘My Life Story’, Suggs is treading the boards again with a brand new show.
If the first show was about how on earth he got there, ‘Suggs: A Life in the Realm of Madness…’ is about the surprises that awaited him when he did.
Vertigo on the roof of Buckingham Palace ... nearly blowing the closing ceremony of the Olympics ... the embarrassing stuff that happened at Glastonbury - things have certainly gone a 'smidge' surreal since the Madness frontman was a twelve year old in shorts on the tough streets of North London.
Constantly expecting an inevitable tap on the shoulder to hear ‘What are you doing here, sunshine?’ Suggs ponders on how he has come this far. In this business you can be washed up at any minute. How has he managed to get away with it for so long?
Fame is a tightrope and Suggs has fallen off many times.
With help from Deano, his trusty pianist, he tells his story in words and music with the help of some Madness classics and a couple more 'what he wrote all on himself'.
Following its record-breaking, sell-out run in London’s West End and national tour, the critically-acclaimed musical Funny Girl comes to The Forum, featuring the utterly brilliant Sheridan Smith in “an unforgettable star turn” (The Times).
Funny Girl is semi-biographical, based on the life and career of Broadway star, film actress and comedienne Fanny Brice (a role made famous by Barbara Streisand on Broadway and in the 1968 film adaptation), and her stormy relationship with entrepreneur and gambler Nick Arnstein.
Praised by critics as having “irresistible charm, wit and warmth” (Metro), and hailing Sheridan Smith as “the greatest star by far” (The Daily Telegraph), Funny Girl features a host of iconic and timeless musical numbers including “People,” “I’m the Greatest Star,” and “Don’t Rain On My Parade.”
Hilarious, glorious, and ‘exhilarating’ (The Independent), don’t miss this sensational production from the comfort of your local cinema seat.
Directed by: Michael Mayer
Starring: Sheridan Smith, Darius Campbell
A fun-filled evening of trivia. Assemble your team carefully as there are some amazing prizes up for grabs! There will also be a raffle, with all proceeds from the evening going to Northdale Horticulture – who provide training and work-based activities for adults with learning disabilities. All ages welcome. Maximum team size is 10.
Christopher Robin -- now a family man living in London -- receives a surprise visit from his old childhood pal, Winnie-the-Pooh. With Christopher's help, Pooh embarks on a journey to find his friends -- Tigger, Eeyore, Owl, Piglet, Rabbit, Kanga and Roo. Once reunited, the lovable bear and the gang travel to the big city to help Christopher rediscover the joy of life.
Join us for our spooky Halloween Children's Disco at the Forum with spooky decorations, disco lights and plenty of great music to dance to with DJ Darren Kirk (Freedom Discos, Sound & Lighting).
Refreshments, including hot dogs and drinks, will be available to purchase. This event is aimed at children up to the age of 11.
Fancy dress is encouraged, but optional.
A caper film about the unlikely gang of retirees that pulled off the daring Hatton Garden jewellery heist of 2015.
Developed from Mark Seal's Vanity Fair piece 'The Over the Hill Mob', the film tells the story of the epic multi-million-pound robbery initially believed to be undertaken by a gang of super-thieves. The actual perpetrators were a group of tough-guy retired criminals in their late 60s and 70s — with all kinds of physical maladies — who were mostly unoccupied and bored, until they consulted a bunch of how-to books and figured out a way to pull off one last hurrah over a long weekend in April 2015.
Entering the Hatton Garden Safe Deposit Company property via a lift shaft, they drilled through the 50cm thick vault walls with heavy machinery and escaped with a haul estimated to be worth around £200 million.
Ahoy there ship mates! The pirates return to The Forum this autumn dress up and climb aboard Captain Knickerbockers' vessel, the good ship Naughty Nellie, and join family favourites Double Trouble in their timber-shivering adventure! Live on stage this Halloween featuring hilarious comedy, sensational circus performers, barrels full of laughter and much more.
Will evil Captain Coralline manage to take over the seven seas? Will Swash and Buckle save the ship from sinking? Find out by booking your tickets today for this half-term swashbuckling treat!'
Suitable for all the family. Please be advised this performance will include pyrotechnics and smoke effects.
Early bird tickets are £8.50 before 1st October - £10 after that.
Sky sports tv pundit and former professional footballer and manager Paul Merson will be here live on The Forum stage talking about the highs and lows of playing the beautiful game for top teams including Arsenal, Middlesbrough and England and his (often public) battle with depression and addictions.
A night not to be missed that will be full of never heard before stories and laughs!
VIP tickets are £30 and include a meet and greet with Paul and a photo that will be printed on the night.
Although 'there can be only one' Freddie, Bulsara and His Queenies, a remarkable 7-piece band perform the music of Queen authentically. In recognition of this, they have recently been selected by Queen Productions Ltd. to headline the official Freddie Mercury Birthday Party in Montreux, Switzerland in September!
Fresh from performing in Montreux, they are excited to be playing at The Forum on Saturday 10th November for what will be a night to remember.
Founded in summer 2016 in the North of England, the band - made up of youthful music graduates and an ex-physics teacher - has its own identity which is far removed from the typical ‘Queen Tribute Band’: no wigs, no yellow jackets and no attempt to look like Queen! Bulsara and His Queenies are all about the music - think ‘homage’ rather than ‘pastiche’.
"We are quite 'alternative' and unique for a 'tribute band' as we don't attempt to look like Queen. The fact that we were still booked for the hottest party in showbiz by the world's biggest band is testament to our musical capabilities." - Gareth Taylor, Vocalist.
As well as performing several of Queen’s more mainstream hits, the Queenies place particular emphasis on the ‘Deep Cuts’ from the first half of Queen’s career. This is why BAHQ exist; providing the most discerning Queen fan with a unique experience which no other Queen band dares do.
Don't 'Leave it in the Lap of the Gods' to get your tickets - book early!
Leeming Military Wives Choir perform this remembrance concert with the Northallerton Music Centre Wind Band. With guest soloist Anthea Richardson-Owens.
All proceeds will be donated to the 'Lance Corporal Bden Hyde Memorial Trust' and 'Scotty's Little Soldiers'.
LIVE STREAMED PERFORMANCE
Marius Petipa’s fantasy, set in legendary India, tells the tale of a temple dancer and the prince who loves her, but marries another. The famous moonlit ‘white act’ – The Kingdom of the Shades – is a corps de ballet highlight, as multiple images of the prince’s lost love haunt his mind.
The choreography allows two opposing ballerinas to shine, while a bronze idol comes vividly to life in a stunning solo. Throughout, the melody and moods of Minkus’s music perfectly match the fluidity and precision of the classical choreography
and the drama of the storytelling.
The fabulous Northallerton Silver Band is here to host a very speical concert commemorating the centenary of the ending of the First World War. The programme includes a mixture of music associated with the First World War, military pieces and patriotic music all from a century ago.
JOHNNY ENGLISH STRIKES AGAIN is the third installment of the Johnny English comedy series, with Rowan Atkinson returning as the much loved accidental secret agent. The new adventure begins when a cyber-attack reveals the identity of all active undercover agents in Britain, leaving Johnny English as the Secret Service's last hope. Called out of retirement, English dives head first into action with the mission to find the mastermind hacker. As a man with few skills and analog methods, Johnny English must overcome the challenges of modern technology to make this mission a success.
Life. Death. Who has the right to decide? What is it that makes us tick? And what would it take to tip you over the edge?
ADAM is an insight into human nature, which asks us to second guess everything and asks us to explore an uncomfortable question: what does it mean to be human?
A lone man is the sole witness to a horrific crime; but as his story unfolds, so does the true exploration of evil in this dramatic and thought provoking piece.
Luke Merritt stars as ‘Adam’ in his English stage debut. Originally performed across Northern Ireland, this is an intense and ambitious piece of theatre which will cause you to question the very core of humanity and stay with you for a long time.
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
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'.
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.
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.
The Greatest Showman is the number one musical of the year for all the family!
The show includes a remarkable vocal trio led by the Greatest Showman who will take you on a journey through the amazing soundtrack.
The acrobats, fire act and stilt walkers make this a magical event.
With brilliantly choreographed dance routines, authentic costumes and a medley of sing-along hits, this show is not to missed.
“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
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'.
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.
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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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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!
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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.
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.
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.