A round-up of events at the Grand Opera House for 2018


…and what a line-up!


2018 Cilla The Musical comes to York in January and it stars Andrew Lancel with Kara Lily Hayworth as Cilla.  This is the spectacular musical adaptation of the critically acclaimed hit ITV television series that tells the extraordinary story of the ordinary girl from Liverpool who becomes one of Britain’s best-loved entertainers of all time.

From the award-winning West End producers of Gangsta Granny comes the world premiere of David Walliams’ amazing tale of frights, fights and friendship: Awful Auntie, featuring

Just married. Buried alive. Hedda longs to be free…Lizzy Watts (The Durrells) plays the title role inHedda Gabler, National Theatre’s modern production of Ibsen’s masterpiece, coming next February.

For the little ones we have Dear Zoo, a brilliant new stage production.  Dear Zoo live on stage is suitable for children aged 2 – 6 years. Brought to life through child-engaging puppets, original music and lots of audience interaction, it will immediately appeal to those who love the book as well and those coming to the story for the first time.

A major new production of Strangers on a Train is set to steam into theatres across the UK next year. The masterful and gripping thriller is based on the taught psychological drama by the celebrated writer Patricia Highsmith (The Talented Mr Ripley, Carol).  John Middleton who leftEmmerdale earlier this year stars alongside Hannah Tointon and Christopher Harper.

We are really pleased to announce The Kite Runner; based on Khaled Hosseini’s international best-selling novel, this powerful story has been adapted into a stunning new stage production. A haunting tale of friendship as it follows one man’s journey to confront his past and find redemption.

If it’s a laugh you’re after then you’ll love The Play That Goes Wrong.  2015 Olivier Award Winner for Best New Comedy.  The Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society are putting on a 1920s murder mystery, but as the title suggests, everything that can go wrong… does!  The accident-prone thespians battle against all odds to make it through to their final curtain call, with hilarious consequences!

More laughs with stand up comedy in the form of Joe LycettEd ByrneDavid Baddiel, Brian Conley, Tim Vine and Ross Noble who will be gracing the Grand Opera House stage next year.

Suggs is treading the boards again with a brand new show.  If the first show was about how on Earth he got there, Suggs: What a King Cnut 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.  Watching his underpants fall to earth on Bowie’s driveway.

The wonderful Belle and Sebastian will be coming to the theatre for the first time in March.  The band recently put out a new single, “We Were Beautiful”. In December 2017, January and February 2018, the band will release a trio of EPs under the name How to Solve Our Human Problems.

A couple of new tributes are on the way and are proving to be popular with the public:  Wannabe – The Spice Girls show featuring favourite Spice Girls hits such as ‘Spice Up Your Life’ through to the hip shaking ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’, the Wannabe show recreates the era of Girl Power giving you a 90s night out to remember!  If you’re a fan of one of X Factor’s finest exports, the BRIT award-winning Little Mix, you’re sure to love Little Mix Experience, a high-energy show from beginning to end, packed with all of Little Mix’s greatest hits and it’s suitable for all ages! Featuring songs such as DNA, Wings, Salute, Black Magic, Shout Out To My Ex and many, many more.

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