Nic Wright

Great Yorkshire Fringe Pop Up Shop opens for business

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With less than 50 days until The Great Yorkshire Fringe kicks off, the festival is marking the countdown with the launch of a pop up shop in York city centre.

The festival will see Parliament Street is transformed into a giant village green, with performances held in two Spiegeltents – The White Rose Rotunda and The Turn Pot – as well as specially commissioned venue The Tea Pot.

Taking over part of Visit York’s Information Centre in Museum Street, The Great Yorkshire Fringe Pop Up Shop is open Wednesdays to Sundays 10.30am to 3.30pm.

Visitors can pop in for more, pick up a What’s On guide, and book tickets for the festival.

The Great Yorkshire Fringe launches on Friday 24 July with Stick Man Live on Stage!, Matsuri – A Festival Of Music Inspired By Japan, Al Murray – The Pub Landlord’s Saloon, Tony Law and Henning.

Steve Brown, MD of Make It York, said: “The Great Yorkshire Fringe is a great addition to the York Festival calendar.

It is bold, it is ambitious and I’m sure there will be a tremendous response from the people of York and across Yorkshire – it looks set to be a brilliant new festival. We’re delighted to host The Great Yorkshire Fringe Pop Up Shop and we look forward to the event this July and August.”

The Great Yorkshire Fringe run includes Yorkshire Day on 1 August, during which former Goodies star Tim Brooke-Taylor will be delivering The Great Yorkshire Fringe Podcast in conversation with Robert Ross.

The celebration will also see famous At Last the 1948 Show sketch The Four Yorkshiremen, written by Brooke-Taylor along with co-stars, John Cleese, Graham Chapman and Marty Feldman, recreated with some special guest stars.

Martin Witts, The Great Yorkshire Fringe founder, said: “The Great Yorkshire Fringe is just around the corner and the Pop Up Shop is the perfect city centre spot to book tickets and find out what’s on throughout the festival.”

Boasting 100 shows over 10 days, comedy is just one of the things on offer at the festival; The Great Yorkshire Fringe will feature international talent, from award-winning children’s theatre to cabaret, magic shows, burlesque, variety acts and music.

Paul Merton (and his impro chums), Reginald D. Hunter and C4’s Stand Up for the Week host Paul Chowdhry are among the recent additions to the lineup.

The Great Yorkshire Fringe culminates on Sunday 2nd August with The Great Yorkshire Fringe New Comedian of the Year Final, which so far has garnered over 100 entries. Heats will be held daily in The Tea Pot.

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