Who says Edinburgh should get all the fun? The Great Yorkshire Fringe – a 10-day festival of weird and wonderful shows – is set to explode in York next summer.
Tickets are now on sale for the eagerly-anticipated event which runs from July 24-August 2.
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, is a celebration of all-things Yorkshire.
There will be 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!
This touching, funny, and utterly original, live action adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s hugely popular children’s book, is aimed at children aged 3+.
It 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 is announced.
Henning Wehn – Eins, Zwei, DIY, features the wonderful German comedian Henning Wehn, the German Comedy Ambassador to The United Kingdom.
Henning won the Hackney Empire New Act of the Year, and regularly appears on TV on 8 Out of 10 Cats and QI. He will be raising the roof in the White Rose Rotunda.
Heading the cabaret field, The Supreme Fabulettes – The World Tour, finds the sensational all singing male girl group combining slick choreography with amazing vocal harmonies, stunning couture outfits.
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 others.
Directed and styled by William Baker, Kylie Minogue’s Creative Director, the show also features original songs written by Boy George.
The Supreme Fabulettes have earned a clutch of 5-star rave reviews and they were twice named No1 Critics Choice in London by Time Out. They are appearing with their manager Sheila Simmonds and friends.
Just Like That! The Tommy Cooper Show is running in The Tea Pot direct from a West End run in the Museum of Comedy.
Complete with his trademark fez and a plethora of misfiring magic, the man is an undisputed icon of live entertainment.
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.
Just Like That! The Tommy Cooper Show will be featured on The Alan Titchmarsh Show on ITV1 at 3pm today (Thursday).
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.
“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!”
Visit www.greatyorkshirefringe.com for more information.