Northern Broadsides will be serving up a double helping of hilarity in West Yorkshire this autumn.
The Halifax-based theatre company, founded by Barrie Rutter, will be presenting their latest production ‘The Grand Gesture’ in two West Yorkshire venues.
The comedy, which promises to combine the flavour of ‘Rising Damp’ and ‘Monty Python’ with a hint of ‘Mrs Brown’s Boys’, will be at the Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield, from October 22 to 26 and at the Viaduct Theatre, Dean Clough, Halifax - the company’s home base - from November 26 to 30.
The hilarious comedy has been adapted by Deborah McAndrew from a play by Nikoli Erdman and directed by Conrad Nelson.
Set in Liverpool in the 1970s, the production stars Broadsides’ favourite Michael Hugo as Simeon Duff , a man who has been brought to the edge by unemployment and life on the scrap heap.
Fast-paced and engaging, ‘The Grand Gesture’ has rousing live folk-inspired music and a human heart.
Husband-and-wife team Deborah McAndrew and Conrad Nelson worked together on the highly-successful Broadsides’ production ‘A Government Inspector’.
Box office information for the Lawrence Batley Theatre is on 01484 430528 and for the Viaduct Theatre is on 01422 255266.
The music of Ivor Novello will be celebrated in a fundraising concert at St Matthew’s Church, Lightcliffe, on Saturday, October 26 at 7.30pm.
Taking part will be baritone Aidan Edwards, a former pupil at Rastrick High School, and soprano Juliet Montgomery. Both are students at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.
The concert will be narrated by John Brooke with pianist Rob Paxman, cellist Barbara Stephenson and violin player Virginia Sherborne.
The concert has been organised by the Friends of St Matthew’s Churchyard and all proceeds will go the Lightcliffe Church graveyard restoration fund. Mr Brooke said: “We have recruited three excellent musicians to accompany our soloists and it should be a wonderful celebration of Novello’s music.”
Tickets are £5, available from Lightcliffe Tea Rooms, Colin’s News, on 07941 286821 and on the door.