Danny Baker – Cradle To The Stage

Phil McIntyre Entertainments proudly presents




Wednesday 26 April


Tickets on sale now


Broadcasting legend Danny Baker is on tour for the first time ever in his illustrious and varied career.  ‘Cradle To The Stage’ will come to the Grand Opera House York on Wednesday 26 April as part of a 35 date tour across the UK. Tickets are on sale now.

To hear more about his live stage debut, over to Danny himself:

“The stage has always been my first love. Let me put that another way. I have never done anything like this before in my life. However, to travel from town to town addressing a fabulous gathering of like-minded chums each night seems to me exactly what Shakespeare would have done, had not the hefty rent at The Globe kept him in London. As a consequence, William Shakespeare toured about as frequently as Kate Bush. Well not me. I own very few theatres anymore and so I am now totally free to charge about here and there wowing the folks with my anecdotal back catalogue, games involving sausages and impressive six octave range.

No two nights of this extravaganza will be the same. This is less of a boast than admission that a) I am hopeless at learning scripts and b) I still have no idea what I am going to include. Perhaps you can help?  If you’ve read my books, watched the series based on them or, indeed, ever caught anything I have presented on television/radio then maybe you might contribute to the feast of reason and flow of the soul that I guarantee these evenings will contain. Questions like, “Did your friend really eat saveloys from a pith helmet” or “What was meeting John Lennon/Michael Jackson/David Bowie/Kenneth Williams like?” or, I suspect, most popular of all “How comes you’ve made so many rotten TV programs, Dan?”

“I will of course arrive in front of you going off like a Cacophonous Catherine Wheel of Chat, armed with hundreds of tall tales to tell many complete with proof from my family picture album to stop you thinking I am simply raving. I’ve been at this showman racket a full 40 years now my friends – there is truly much to discuss and plenty to be held to account for.

A night at the theatre can either be deep dish or high kicking. What I promise to haul before you is very much in the latter category. Content wise I will make Springsteen and Dodd look like short changing slackers. I can’t wait. This is the sort of radio I’ve always wanted to do, ie, radio without radio. Just me and you.

In fact, if you don’t show up I’m going to do it in your local theatre anyway. So you may as well come. Why should the ushers have all the fun?  So, in short, roll up, pile in and hang onto your hats. I am back where I belong. On the stage! Shove over Tommy Steele – there’s a new sheriff in town!  See you there.”

Danny Baker is a broadcaster and writer who has worked throughout print, television and radio for over 30 years. His recent bestselling autobiographies were adapted into the hit BBC series Cradle to Grave and he is currently working on the third instalment. He can be heard Saturdays mornings with his multi award winning BBC Radio 5 Live show which includes his usual mixture of music, sport, guests and, of course, Danny’s signature encyclopaedic wit.



Listings Information:

Ticket prices: £21.25 (Concessions: £19.25)

Box office: 0844 871 3024

For tickets: www.atgtickets.com/york  www.ticketmaster.co.uk

Easter Show Listings

UK Tour until 10 June 2017
Based on an inspiring true story, Michael Morpurgo’s RUNNING WILD is about a girl named Lilly who is saved from a tsunami by an elephant named Oona. Miles from civilisation, at first there’s wonder, discovery and tree-top adventures with the orangutans, but, as thoughts turn to her mother left behind on the beach, and wild tigers prowl, and hunger hits, Lilly must now learn to survive the rainforest. Adapted by Samuel Adamson and co-directed by Chichester’s Festival Theatre’s Education Director, Dale Rooks and Artistic Director of Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, Timothy Sheader, with puppetry design and direction by Finn Caldwell and Toby Olié for Gyre & Gimble, both previous Associate Puppetry Directors on War Horse. Complete with spectacular life-size puppets, RUNNING WILD tells an emotional and moving story of love, loss and loyalty and of living for the moment. RUNNING WILD is produced by The Children’s Touring Partnership with Arts Council funding and the production will work to support the Born Free Foundation’s global elephant conservation projects.
Suitable for all ages 6+
Duration: 110 minutes including interval


Novello Theatre

Currently booking until 14 October 2017

From West End to global phenomenon, MAMMA MIA! is Judy Craymer’s ingenious vision of staging the story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs with an enchanting tale of family and friendship unfolding on a Greek island paradise. To date, it has been seen by 60 million people in 50 productions in 16 different languages grossing more than $2 billion at the box office.The London production of MAMMA MIA! has been seen by more than 10% of the entire UK population. The show will celebrate its 18th London Birthday on 6 April 2017. The current cast stars Linzi Hateley as Donna Sheridan, Mazz Murray as Tanya, Jo Napthine as Rosie and Sanne Den Besten as Sophie Sheridan.
Duration: 2 hours 35 minutes

Ambassadors Theatre
Currently booking until 7 January 2018
STOMP, created by Luke Cresswell and Steve McNicholas, is the inventive and invigorating stage show that blends dance, music and theatrical performance into one electrifying rhythm. One of Britain’s greatest exports, STOMP, which celebrated its 25th birthday in 2016, having opened at the Edinburgh Fringe in 1991, has toured the globe for 22 years, playing over 20 thousand performances to more than 12 million people in 53 countries on 6 continents. The show played Sadler’s Wells Theatre in 1994 and won the Olivier Award for Best Choreography, before opening in New York, where it celebrated its 21st birthday in 2016.
Duration: 100 minutes with no interval

A Month At The Grand Theatre



As Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games gets ready to hot foot it into Leeds this week, it high-kicks-off a month of drama, musicals and comedy at The Grand Theatre.

Celebrating 20 years since he debuted Lord of the Dance, this new show is produced, choreographed and directed by Michael Flatley and stars his protégés; catch it from Tuesday 28th March to Saturday 2nd April.

The following week the theatre welcomes Jodie Prenger to the stage in Shirley Valentine and another celebration as this tour marks the play’s 30th anniversary. The play became an instant hit in 1986 with Shirley famously talking to the kitchen wall and making her husband’s tea – chips and egg. And nothing has changed; Jodie will command the stage alone and cook chips and egg whilst telling the much-loved story.  Shirley Valentine is at The Grand from Monday 3rd to Saturday 8th April.


Count Arthur Strong is a comedy character created by Steve Delaney and Graham Linehan.  He is an eccentric, semi-retired music hall performer from Doncaster who has delusions that he is a showbiz legend – fortunately his creators are legends having been nominated for British Comedy Awards, Best Comedy Breakthrough, Best Comedy Writers and Best Situation Comedy.  Count Arthur’s new show The Sound of Mucus is at The Grand for one night only on Sunday 9th April.


Those with a passion for Michael Jackson’s music are in for a treat from Tuesday 11th to Saturday 15thwhen Thriller Live moonwalks into Leeds. Direct from London’s West End, where it is now in its record-breaking 9th year, Thriller Live is a spectacular concert of non-stop hits that pay homage to his legendary live performances and innovative dance moves.


Last year’s Strictly Come Dancing winner Joanne Clifton is next up at The Grand in the jazz-tasticThoroughly Modern Millie. Based on the Academy Award-winning film, the show is set in the height of New York’s Jazz Age when ‘moderns’ – including a flapper named Millie Dillmount – were bobbing their hair, raising their hemlines, entering the workforce and rewriting the rules of love.  Featuring a Fred and Ginger dance routine the family show is on from Monday 17th to Saturday 22nd April.

Drama and intrigue fill into the last week of the month with Ruth Rendell’s A Judgement in Stone.  An all-star cast present a grizzly murder mystery from the much-respected crime writer.

And finally, I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here runner up, comedian Joel Dommett takes over for just one night on Sunday 30th April with his solo show.

For more information on all shows at Leeds Grand Theatre and to book tickets go to leedsgrandtheatre.com or call Box Office on 0844 848 2700




  • An extraordinary piece of theatre exploring revolution, hope, defeat and exile based on the memoirs of 19th century French feminist icon Louise Michel
  • Running 25th April – 20th May The White Bear Theatre
  • Written by award-winning journalist Paul Mason



‘As of Today we refuse to stand in line’


Paris, 1871. A revolt seizes control of a global city. In its final days, working class women – from seamstresses to teachers to sex workers- take up arms, desperate to defend the freedoms they have fought for and won. And then it is over, in a sea of blood.


In Divine Chaos of Starry Things, award-winning journalist Paul Mason explores the agony of the defeat and exile of the Parisian women revolutionaries deported to the remote Pacific island of New Caledonia, their depression and isolation upon arrival and loss of hope as dreams of escape fade and a new reality descends. Tension simmers amongst the island’s indigenous people as resentment and rebellion hang in the air.


Based on the memoirs of 19th century feminist icon and revolutionary Louise Michel, this piece of theatre looks at what happens when downtrodden people experience the transformative power of mass action, only to be defeated. In our current world increasingly scarred by torture, mass incarceration, censorship and razor wire, the play looks at key questions surrounding oppression and resistance; what makes people refuse to surrender in the face of repression and how do people survive once the exhilaration of revolt is over?


About to star in his self-penned show ‘Why It’s Kicking Off Everywhere’ at the Young Vic, Divine Chaos of Starry Things reflects Mason’s extensive research of the former French penal colony of New Caledonia, his travels there and his interviews with both descendants of the deportees and oral historians of the indigenous Kanak people. Post-show talks will be held after selected performances, hosted by Mason himself and including an exclusive look at his short video documentary ‘Traces of Louise Michel’.


Mason says: “After the miners’ strike, in 1984, I saw a whole generation of people struggle with the psychological impact of defeat. It made me want to discover how people survive. When I started writing this play, during the mass upsurge of revolt and optimism we call the Arab Spring and Occupy, these problems – of despair in the face of injustice – seemed very distant. They seem totally relevant now. Hundreds of thousands of people have experienced the exhilaration of revolt, followed by the reality of defeat.”


Matthew Bourne’s Early Adventures Review

York Theatre Royal – 24 March 2017 and on tour around the UK.  Reviewed by Marcus Richardson

The famed Sir Matthew Bourne with his tour across the UK was in York with a collection of his most earliest work from his company ‘New Adventures’, the show with its title ‘Early Adventures’ was a collection of dance pieces that were choreographed by him.

Bourne has won 5 Olivier’s and is regarded the most loved and known British Choreographer. The cast of 9 all danced through different episodes, and did so with perfection on their side.

The opening episode was labelled ‘Watch With Mother’ and captures the early starts of young life and kids at school, the dancing was absolutely stunning here and captured the naïve and innocent way of children, this was joyful to watch as it started the whole performance with such high energy.

The second episode was Called ‘Town and Country’, which had the interval between each section of the episode, this focused on the different lifestyle in the town and in the countryside, although the Town section was very good, Country stole the second episode with its hilarious take on milking cows. Country featured a lot of comedic sections with hand puppets being used on the side of the stage for an adorable dance along with the dancers, which then led to a funeral. I felt that the show couldn’t get any better or top country off, but I wouldn’t be more wrong.

Episode three ‘The Infernal Gallop’ just blew everything out of the water for me, based in France the story was hilarious. The two men who took part in my favourite dance of the night the ‘Pistiere’ witch absolutely amazing and the dancers created this funny and close bond on stage through dance, Tom Clark stood out here and gave a powerful and strong performance, without wearing a shirt you could see his muscles move and work to deliver the stunning yet hilarious point – with Bourne’s known tongue in cheek humour.

The whole night was perfect and I can’t describe in enough words hold much I loved it, the dancing was top key all the way throughout the show and all the dancers were perfect with dancing as individuals and in unison as a group which meant for stunning visuals on stage.

On a side note during the performance I ended up sitting next the Matthew Bourne himself to which I felt unworthy. If you have the chance to go and see this show, DO IT, it will make you laugh and it will be money well spent.


Interactive storytelling at Theatre N16 in April


April 4th – 8th, Theatre N16

Press Night: April 5th 2017, 7.30pm

After creating a splash on the Edinburgh and Brighton Fringes, including winning the FringeGuru Editor’s Choice Award and being nominated for ‘Most Groundbreaking Act’ by Latest 7 Magazine, ONEOHONE returns to London with a mix of old and new scenarios.

★★★★ Hot Show – Daily Pick of the Fringe “Very empowering (…) feels special” The Scotsman

In 101, a small audience is directly involved in an interactive performance grounded in the fundamental values of traditional and classical storytelling. Guided by the cast using a mixture of suggestion technique, physical theatre and improvisation, every audience member is personally involved in the performance.

There are 5 separate performances: KNOW ME (…at my worst to know me at my best. The others have two faces / I place myself in your hands / Peel away my skin); FIND ME (…under the moon; chase me laughing through the trees. Keep true, love); SAVE ME (…from the dark; innocence crumbles. You are my teacher); TRUST ME (…and only me; you face betrayal. Mark me, and stay close); BIND ME (…so we’ll never break apart; don’t break the circle. I’ll never let you go).

★★★★ “I was acutely aware of how rare it is for a performance to provoke such extreme emotions (…) the ultimate in exciting and experimental theatre” ThreeWeeks

ONEOHONE Theatre Company is a performing arts group founded in 2009 to develop new, accessible and democratic approaches to theatre. We’ve performed our critically-acclaimed signature piece, 101, throughout the UK, in Croatia as part of the NU:Write Festival, and in the USA, where we were visiting artists at Northwestern University, Chicago. We have also performed immersive adaptations of several classic texts, including ‘Dracula’, ‘Woyzeck’ and Jane Austen’s ‘Emma’. Now in our sixth year, we’re devising new shows and looking for new performance opportunities.

Flabbergast Theatre bring two shows to Wilton’s Music Hall in May

Flabbergast Theatre’s
Boris & Sergey’s Astonishing Freakatorium and Tatterdemalion
Visit Wilton’s Music Hall 9th – 13th May 2017
Flabbergast Theatre is delighted to announce two of its favourite productions are heading to Wilton’s Music Hall.
Boris and Sergey’s Astonishing Freakatorium 9th – 13th May
Created by War Horse, Blind Summit and Handspring puppeteer, Henry Maynard and his highly skilled team of expert puppeteers who have been working together in sweaty and physically compromising conditions since 2010, Boris and Sergey’s Astonishing Freakatorium is an improvised crossover cabaret featuring tabletop puppetry and character comedy for discerningly twisted adult audiences
Profanely hilarious…shows this excellent don’t stay secret for long’ Fest  «««««
Following sell out runs at the Edinburgh and Adelaide Fringes and gathering three awards, 10 five star reviews (and counting), puppetry’s Balkan bad boys Boris & Sergey; simply the greatest vaudevillian double act ever conceived for the small stage, are back in London with freak show cabaret like no other.
Starring a variety of puppet characters, Boris & Sergey follow the tragic story of Pierre le Petit Tête Gustav and his wildly deranged tap dancing companion Juan Tamino. Audiences must hold on to their hats as they delve into a titillation filled world of the macabre. Boris & Sergey recreate traditional scenes of geeking, feats of incredible fortitude, endeavours of unimaginable physical endurance with formidable artistry, all whilst beguiling with their roughish wit and erudite jocularity.
‘An audience that is flabbergasted, left in awe, astonishment and fits of laughter’ Three Weeks «««««
Boris faces El Pollo Diablo (or ‘Betsy’, as he likes to call her) in a live onstage cock fight; and there is ample opportunity for audience interaction, improvisation and comedy banter between the two brothers in ‘super spooky storytime’.
‘An unexpected masterpiece’ Broadway Baby «««««
The show culminates in a spine tingling séance, where the lines between reality and fantasy become blurred and the audience are left wondering what they have been witness to… Not for the faint hearted or those with a tendency to swoon.
‘puppetry genius’ Across The Arts «««««
Tatterdemalion 11th – 13th May
Performed by the man behind puppetry’s Balkan bad boys Amused Moose Finalist Henry Maynard presents a one man show featuring puppetry, physical comedy, and mime where audiences are invited to join our hero for a silent expedition as they witness one man’s quest for a friend.
‘Clowning has never been so enchanting or absorbing’ ««««« ThreeWeeks
Pathos, dark humour and Victorian aesthetics combine to create a wonderful and mysterious backdrop to a surreal and poetic journey with more than a little silliness thrown in.
“Performed with tremendous poise and panache this show offered a glimpse into a strange and beautiful other place”
Judges Award:  Mimetic Festival 2015
With clowning at the heart of this comedic piece of theatre, Henry has developed a touching, absurd and often magical show, which explores the themes of loneliness and belonging side by side with joy and exhilaration.
‘A bravura display of masterful physical comedy’ ««««« Edinburgh Spotlight
‘The perfect blend of funny, emotional, and intelligent’ ««««« Arts Award Voice
About Flabbergast Theatre
Flabbergast Theatre was set up to make uncompromising and exciting physical theatre drawing on the Bunraku style of puppetry, and on their belief that all theatre should be engaging and sweaty.
Their multi award-winning hit shows include: Boris and Sergey’s Vaudevillian Adventure and its follow-up Boris and Sergey’s Perilous Escapade and they have devised and performed puppetry for a Paul McCartney music video and appeared in his live tour in Japan and a music video for Plan B to be released later this year.
SHOW: Boris & Sergey’s Astonishing Freakatorium
VENUE: Wilton’s Music Hall, Graces Alley, London E1 8JB
DATE: 9th – 13 May 2017
TIME: 9th & 10th 7:30pm // 11th – 13th 9pm
PRICE: £10.50 – £17.50
(20% off when you book to see Tatterdemalion on the same night)
SHOW: Tatterdemalion
VENUE: Wilton’s Music Hall, Graces Alley, London E1 8JB
DATE: 11th – 13 May 2017
TIME: 7:30pm
PRICE: £10.50 – £17.50
(20% off when you book to see Boris & Sergey’s Astonishing Freakatorium on the same night)

Out There On Fried Meat Ridge Rd. | Trafalgar Studios 2 | May – June 2017

Out There On Fried Meat Ridge Rd.

Trafalgar Studios, 14 Whitehall, London SW1A 2DY

Tuesday 2nd May – Saturday 3 rd June 2017

Press Night: Thursday 4 th May 2017, 7pm

Following a sell-out, award-nominated run at the White Bear Theatre, Keith Stevenson’s comedy Out There On Fried Meat Ridge Rd. transfers to Trafalgar Studios this May.

Things could not get any worse for Mitchell, who just lost his girlfriend, his apartment, and his job. With nowhere to go, he answers an ad for a roommate and finds himself in a West Virginia countryside motel with JD, an affable hillbilly of mysterious origins. Soon JD’s neighbours – curmudgeonly Flip, meth-head Marlene, and her hot-headed boyfriend Tommy – have all but taken over the tiny room. When the zany group find themselves in a hostage situation, Mitchell must decide to save himself or join this dysfunctional family and let his freak-flag fly.

Writer and actor Keith Stevenson comments, It warms my heart that this little story set in Appalachia has received a universal response from people of all colours and creeds in places like London and Los Angeles. They come to the theatre and a little over an hour later they walk out feeling better than they did coming in. They’re buoyed by a fortified hope that goodness and kindness still have a shot.

Out There On Fried Meat Ridge Rd. became a cult hit amongst fans following its six month highly acclaimed run at the Pacific Resident Theatre in Los Angeles in 2012 – audience members returned again and again to watch the show. Fried Meat re-opened later that year with the festive sequel A Fried Meat Christmas. Then, in the summer of 2014, Stevenson thrilled audiences yet again with the third part in the series, The Unfryable Meatness of Being. The three plays were revived in December 2014 and December 2015 as The Fried Meat Trilogy. Stevenson who originated the role of JD in Los Angeles, hails from Keyser in West Virginia – the hometown of the actual Fried Meat Ridge Road.

Sometimes, a play just works on every level. Writing, directing, acting, costumes, lighting and sound all working in perfect harmony to present the audience with something they will remember for all the right reasons… A thoroughly brilliant show (London Theatre1).

Out There On Fried Meat Ridge Rd. is the first ever show to transform Trafalgar Studios 2 into an end-on space.


Back by popular demand, Phillip Schofield is to exclusively host the return of hit UK concert tour, The Knights of Music. The tour will visit Newcastle City Hall on Saturday 29 April 2017.


The show celebrates the legendary Knights and Dames of the entertainment industry who have transformed the face of music, film and theatre throughout the ages. The Knights include: – Sir Elton John, Lord Andrew Lloyd-Webber, Sir Cliff Richard, Dame Shirley Bassey, Sir Paul McCartney and The Beatles, Sir Cameron Mackintosh, Sir Tim Rice, Sir Mick Jagger, Sir Bob Geldof, Bono, and the newly knighted Sir Rod Stewart.


Last year’s tour saw Phillip dust off his dream coat after a 17 year hiatus and showcase his spectacular singing range, performing some of the greatest hits from Joseph and The Amazing Technicolour Dream coat. Joining Phillip on stage and helping to bring the best of British to life will be a vibrant cast of West end performers and a live band. Musical numbers will include: ‘I’m still standing’, ‘Rocket Man’ (EltonJohn) ‘Twist and Shout’, ‘Hey Jude’ (The Beatles)’ I Dreamed a Dream’ (Les Miserables) ‘Do you want to dance’ (Cliff Richard) ‘It’s not unusual’ (Tom Jones) ‘Close Every Door’ (Joseph) ‘Satisfaction’ (Mick Jagger) ‘Maggie May’ (Rod Stewart) to name just a few.


Phillip Schofield said: “It was such an incredible opportunity to share the stage with the Knights of Music cast last year, and perform the songs that we all know and love. I cannot wait to get back on stage, resurrect the dream coat once again, and warm up the vocal chords – this show is a true celebration and one not to be missed!” Schofield, who currently presents ITV’s This Morning, previously starred in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the London Palladium, as well as the UK tour of Dr Doolittle. The Knights of Music with Phillip Schofield plays Newcastle City Hall on Saturday 29 April 2017 Tickets from £30 and can be purchased atwww.theatreroyal.co.uk or from the Theatre Royal Box office on 08448 11 21 21 (Calls cost 7ppm plus your phone company’s access charge).


Chinglish, Park Theatre

Cast announced for Chinglish by David Henry Hwang

Park200, Park Theatre, Clifton Terrace, Finsbury Park, London N4 3JP

Wednesday 22nd March – Saturday 22nd April 2017

Press Night: Tuesday 28th March, 7pm

Gyuri Sarossy (The Rover RSC, Two Noble Kinsmen RSC, The Absence of War Headlong) and Candy Ma (Project New Earth, Chinese Arts Centre and Yellow Earth Theatre) have been announced to lead the talented bilingual cast of Chinglish. Tony Award-winning and Pulitzer Prize finalist David Henry Hwang returns to Park Theatre with the European premiere of his Broadway hit Chinglish following the sell-out success of Yellow Face (Park Theatre 2013, National Theatre 2014).

The result of an exhaustive four-month casting process, Sarossy and Ma are joined by Lobo Chan, Duncan Harte, Siu-see Hung, Minhee Yeo and Windson Liong. Producer Tim Johanson comments, So much of the joy of Chinglish hinges on East-West mis-translation, so we’re delighted to have assembled such a talented group of bilingual actors

It’s so conscientious in leading us through the maze of cultural confusion at its center — with “you are here” signs at every new twist in the labyrinth — that we’re never allowed to feel lost ourselves (New York Times)

Hwang’s hilarious comedy about the misadventures of miscommunication explores the modern difficulty of doing business between East and West. Daniel, an American, wants to open up China for his business. There are only three things standing in his way: he can’t speak the language, he can’t learn the customs, and he’s falling in love with the one woman he can’t have.

David Henry Hwang comments, I’m thrilled that Chinglish will receive its European premiere at the Park Theatre, who did such an excellent production of my play Yellow Face. America’s current political turmoil only serves to strengthen China’s power and influence, which perhaps makes this play even more timely than when it first ran on Broadway.

Acclaimed director Andrew Keates (As Is, Dessa Rose Trafalgar Studios) makes his Park Theatre debut.