There Are Exciting Times Ahead For Bradford’s Alhambra Theatre

The Alhambra Theatre in Bradford is one of my very favourite theatres. There’s something really magical about the vibe in the theatre – it’s home to many of my favourite childhood memories and it’s always a joy to go back for a visit!

So it’s really exciting to see a range of fab shows visiting Bradford in the coming months, from musicals to the return of Bradford’s incredible panto.

First up is My Fair Lady, coming to the Alhambra from 22nd September to 2nd October. Featuring over 30 members of cast on stage and a full orchestra, this is the first major revival of Lerner & Loewe’s much-loved musical on tour for over 15 years and a truly loverly way to celebrate the theatre scene back in bloom!

For just two nights only, on 14th and 15th October Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo are bringing their unique balletic performance to the stage. Originally from New York, the Trocks are now loved world-wide for their sassy spoofs and hilarious homages to classical ballet, where 16 dancers each transform into two personas, both male and female! It’s definitely going to be a different type of dance performance, and I’m so here for it.

Now, this one’s a biggie, get ready for Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat to visit Bradford from 17th to 22nd October. Fear not if you already saw this show in Leeds, as the show stars a different narrator, and a fantastic one at that: Alexandra Burke! It’ll also feature the fabulous Jac Yarrow as Joseph too, straight from his role playing Joe in The London Palladium production, too. You know this is my very favourite musical, featuring musical theatre classics including Any Dream Will Do, Close Every Door To Me, There’s One More Angel In Heaven and Go, Go, Go Joseph.

Fans of Cher are going to want to head to Bradford from 25th to 29th October for The Cher Show. Three West End stars play Cher telling the incredible story of her meteoric rise to fame. I suspect there’ll be PLENTY of Cher songs to keep you singing along.

Modern musical theatre lovers will be waiting patiently for SIX on 1st – 5th November. From Tudor Queens to Pop Princesses, the six wives of Henry VIII take to the mic to tell their tales, remixing five hundred years of historical heartbreak into an 80-minute celebration of 21st century girl power. I’ve seen the show before and it really is a completely unique live show, and well worth seeing.

Get your dancing shoes on from 8th – 12th November for Saturday Night Fever, which pays homage to the 1977 John Travolta classic film. Expect more drama, more music and even more hot choreography which is sure to have you dancing in the aisles.

The Commitments tells the story of Jimmy Rabbitte, a young working-class music fan, who shapes an unlikely bunch of amateur musicians and friends into the finest soul band Dublin has ever produced. It sounds like a musical that’s right up my street, and I’m really looking forward to this one when it comes to the Alhambra Theatre from 14th – 19th November.

Another new musical on my must-see list is The Osmonds: A New Musical, from 22nd – 26th November. It tells the official story from Jay Osmond about the five brothers from Utah who were pushed into the spotlight as children and went on to create smash hits decade after decade. I adore The Osmonds and I’m really interested in their story. Similar musicals such as Sunny Afternoon have always appealed to me so this one’s going to be a good’un, I can feel it.

Girl from the North Country, from 29th November to 3rd December, gives audiences chance to experience the legendary songs of Bob Dylan like you’ve never heard them before. After its premiere at London’s Old Vic Theatre and a sell-out West End season winning two Olivier Awards, this truly unique and deeply moving theatre event now comes to Bradford direct from Broadway where it has been nominated for a Grammy Award and an incredible seven Tony Awards, including Best New Musical.

Finally, and definitely saving the best until last, the legendary Alhambra Theatre panto returns! This year it’s Jack and The Beanstalk, and it’s running from 10th December – 22nd January so there’s plenty of time to try and catch the show! Fe-fi-fo-fum, a giant of a panto your way comes! Starring Bradford panto legend Billy Pearce as Farmer Billy, Emmerdale star and King of the Jungle Danny Miller as Jack and Ru Paul’s Drag Race UK runner-up Divina De Campo as The Spirit of the Beans, this magical adventure follows our hero Jack, who along with his family, fights to outwit the evil giant and win riches beyond his wildest dreams. It’s a family-friendly riot you’ll absolutely love – it’s one of my favourite pantos every year!

Adam Renton, General Manager Bradford Theatres says: “It’s been wonderful to see so many of you continuing to visit our venues over the last few months. We’re now looking forward to our autumn season, which is bursting with entertaining and exciting events.

There’s an array of top quality shows on offer for everybody to enjoy during the autumn months. We start with a new production of My Fair Lady which opens the season at the Alhambra Theatre in September. This is followed by a range of brand-new musicals, much-loved favourites, world-class dance, the best in stand-up comedy, intimate evening talks, music and more! I’m really delighted that our annual pantomime is back again this year – Jack & The Beanstalk – which will be packed with music, special effects and audience participation. This is a highlight of the year and promises to provide much laughter over the festive season.”

For more information about any of the shows, and to book your tickets, visit the Bradford Theatres website.

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