Andrew Dipper

First shows announced for the Great Yorkshire Fringe

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Tickets are now on sale for the first Great Yorkshire Fringe – a mix of stand-up and family entertainment coming to York for ten days next summer.

Today’s announcement promises a wealth of talent as part of The Great Yorkshire Fringe, which will run from 24 July to 2 August 2015.

Parliament Street will be transformed into a vibrant and exciting performance space, with fantastic venues and plenty of entertainment for young and old alike as well as bars and food areas celebrating and serving up the finest food and drink from the region.

The festival in the heart of the city, which is a celebration of all-things Yorkshire, will see four purpose built venues, seating from 60 – 400 people, named The White Rose Rotunda, The Barm Pot, The Turn Pot and The Tea Pot.

For families, Stick Man is live on stage after three acclaimed, sold out West End seasons. The original live action adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s hugely popular children’s book, aimed at children aged 3+, features a trio of top actors and is packed full of puppetry, songs, live music and funky moves.

Meanwhile the first of the big-name comedy signings has been confirmed. Henning Wehn will be raising the roof in the White Rose Rotunda with his new show, Eins, Zwei, DIY.

Heading up the cabaret is The Supreme Fabulettes – The World Tour. They perform signature Glee-style song mash-ups of classic 1960s hits and contemporary songs by likes of The Supremes, The Andrews Sisters, Adele, Alison Moyet and Beyonce among many others.

Just Like That! The Tommy Cooper Showis running in The Tea Pot direct from a West End run in the Museum of Comedy.

Commemorating 30 years since his passing, this all-encapsulating show of magic, music and mirth is the perfect celebration of arguably Britain’s top comedian of all time.

With the launch of The Great Yorkshire Fringe website, there’s also a sneak peak of the Great Yorkshire Fringe New Comedian of the Year 2015 competition, with the chance to win the Golden Pudding Award, £500 cash and the opportunity to perform at London’s Leicester Square Theatre. Entries will be opening in December.

Anne Taylor, spokesperson for The Great Yorkshire Fringe, said: “It’s fantastic to be able to announce some great comedy shows as well as some wonderful family entertainment in the shape of Stick Man.

“Yorkshire is a happy and humorous county and as we add to the line-up, we’ll be showcasing Yorkshire’s finest as well as some of the world’s weirdest, wisest and most wonderful acts.

“We’re excited to welcome the superb Henning Wehn, and not forgetting the Supreme Fabulettes!”

Martin Witts, The Great Yorkshire Fringe founder, has long time links with York. He said: “We’re pleased to announce these fantastic acts so far, and more will continue to be added as we get closer to the event so sign up to our newsletter or find us on social media to keep up to date.”

For tickets, visit The Great Yorkshire Fringe website. You can also contact the Box Office on 01904 500600.