Autumn at the Alhambra

Summer’s barely started but, for keen theatre-goers, you’ll know the importance of booking your ticket way in advance to get the best seats for the best shows.

An Officer and a Gentleman is first up from 3rd-8th September. Having seen the show at Leeds Grand, I won’t be returning… but if you’re a fan of 80s classics, then it’ll have you bopping along regardless of its imperfections.

Then we’ve got Miss Saigon bursting onto the stage from 19th September -20th October.  It’s a long run for the show, indicating it’s likely to be pretty spectacular.

I’m particularly excited for Madagascar The Musical from 23rd-27th October. It’s starring X-Factor Winner Matt Terry, who hasn’t quite reached the dizzy heights of One Direction stars, but I’m sure he’ll be good all the same.

Hot on its heels is Benidorm from 29th October to 3rd November. If you’re a fan of the TV show (who isn’t?) you have chance to see all your favourite stars live on stage – Jake Canuso (Mateo), Janine Duvitski (Jacqueline), Adam Gillen (Liam), Sherrie Hewson (Joyce
Temple-Savage), Shelley Longworth (Sam) and Tony Maudsley (Kenneth) are all part of the all-star line-up. Excitement doesn’t even cover it. I’m planning to hum the Benidorm theme tune on repeat until October.

From Benidorm to Ballet, for the more refined audiences (which, of course, does not include myself), Bradford’s welcoming Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake from Tuesday 6th – Saturday 10th November. I’m sure it’ll be entertaining, but I’m just not a dance fan. For me it’s all about the words, so I’ll struggle to get into a piece that’s seems silent.

If dance is your thing, though, don’t miss Brendan Cole – All Night Long, for one night only on Tuesday 13th November. It’s followed by Ruby Wax’s How to be Human on Wednesday 14th November, King of Pop starring Navi on Thursday 15th November, Chicago Blues Brothers – Motown Mission on Friday 16th November and finally Sarah Millican’s Control Enthusiast on Saturday 17th November. It’s great to see one-off shows come to our lovely theatre. 

On Tuesday 20th – Saturday 24th November you can get your boogie on with Saturday Night Fever. I’ve not seen the show yet so I’m certainly interested to see what it’s all about. It’s followed by a total U-turn of genre and style with Bram Stoker’s Dracula arriving from Tuesday 27th November – Saturday 1st December. It’s described as a multi-sensory stage adaptation with breath-taking illusions and spine chilling effects. I’m thinking it will probably have Woman in Black vibes, but I’ll have to wait and see.

The year rounds off with Aladdin (Saturday 8th December 2018 – Sunday 20th January 2019). This year’s Panto spectacular stars Billy Pearce, Christopher Biggins and Simon Webbe. It’s going to be a good’un.

Adam Renton, General Manager Bradford Theatres says: “We hope you are looking forward to our exciting Autumn 2018 season – we’re sure you’ll agree that there’s something for everyone to enjoy.”

I certainly do agree, Adam! Which shows are you heading to see? Tweet me @_SophieJoelle and let me know.

For more information on any of the shows, visit the Bradford Theatres website.

Photograph credited to Manuel Harlan

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