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Picture from John Cooper Clarke with special guest Toria Garbutt - SOLD OUT

Thursday 27th April at 7.30pm

John Cooper Clarke With Special Guest Toria Garbutt - Sold Out

John Cooper Clarke shot to prominence in the 1970s as the original ‘people’s poet’. Since then his career has spanned cultures, audiences, art forms and continents. Today, JCC is as relevant and vibrant as ever, and his influence just as visible on today’s pop culture.

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Picture from NT LIVE: Twelfth Night

Tuesday 2nd May at 7.00pm

Nt Live: Twelfth Night

Simon Godwin directs this joyous new production of Shakespeare’s classic comedy of mistaken identity with Tamsin Greig (Friday Night Dinner, Black Books, Episodes) as a transformed Malvolia.

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Picture from Tony Law: A Law Undo His-elf What Welcome

Saturday 6th May at 8.00pm

Tony Law: A Law Undo His-Elf What Welcome

Multi award-winning comedian, Tony Law embarks on a UK tour with a brand new show of the inimitable surreal comedy-art that has made him one of the most celebrated live performers in the UK.

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Picture from Hopeless Romantic By Reform Theatre

Tuesday 9th May at 7.30pm

Hopeless Romantic By Reform Theatre

In an age of internet dating, speed dating, blind dating and Tinder, isn’t it harder not to find someone these days? Alan doesn’t think so. And he should know; aside from the girl with the pigtails and the lisp in Primary School, he’s spent his entire life as a “non-elective celibate.”

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Picture from Burnby Hall Gardens Lecture

Wednesday 10th May at 4.30pm

Burnby Hall Gardens Lecture

As part of the Burnby Hall Garden's Heritage Lottery Fund lecture series, discover the story of the development of the Edwardian Garden, join us for a talk with Garden historian Dr Peter Goodchild on the Backhouse Nursery of York who were employed by Major Percy Stewart and his wife Katherine to construct the garden over 100 years ago.

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Picture from Hot 8 Brass Band

Thursday 11th May at 8.00pm

Hot 8 Brass Band

Hot 8 Brass Band is a New Orleans based brass band that blends hip-hop, jazz and funk styles with traditional New Orleans brass sounds. Transcending genres and trends, Hot 8 have performed and collaborated with a wide range of artists, from Lauryn Hill to Mos Def to the Blind Boys of Alabama and were nominated for a Grammy in 2013 for their second album ‘The Life and Times Of…’.

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Picture from NT LIVE: Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf

Thursday 18th May at 7.00pm

Nt Live: Who'S Afraid Of Virginia Woolf

Sonia Friedman Productions present Imelda Staunton (Gypsy, Vera Drake, the Harry Potter films), Conleth Hill (The Producers), Luke Treadaway (A Street Cat Named Bob, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time) and Imogen Poots (A Long Way Down, Jane Eyre) in James Macdonald’s critically acclaimed, 5 star production of Edward Albee’s landmark play, broadcast live in HD to cinemas from the Harold Pinter Theatre, London.

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Picture from The East Pointers

Tuesday 23rd May at 8.00pm

The East Pointers

The East Pointers’ slew of Celtic-inspired tunes and original songs carry a diverse mix of influence and the trio are rapidly earning a worldwide reputation for shows that get audience on their feet and dancing with mind-blowing musicianship. While each member of The East Pointers – banjoist/vocalist/step-dancer Koady Chaisson, fiddle player/vocalist Tim Chaisson, and guitarist/vocalist Jake Charron – is an accomplished musician in his own right, together they are even greater than the sum of their parts.

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Picture from RSC Live: Anthony & Cleopatra

Wednesday 24th May at 7.00pm

RSC Live: Anthony & Cleopatra

Following Caesar’s assassination, Mark Antony has reached the heights of power. Now he has neglected his empire for a life of decadent seduction with his mistress, Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt. Torn between love and duty, Antony’s military brilliance deserts him, and his passion leads the lovers to their tragic end.

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Picture from Katy Brand

Friday 26th May at 8.00pm

Katy Brand

Katy Brand’s hit Edinburgh Festival show I Was a Teenage Christian is an honest, fascinating and funny exploration of her self-imposed conversion and total immersion in evangelical Christianity.

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Picture from Ryley Walker plus support

Saturday 27th May at 8.00pm

Ryley Walker Plus Support

American singer-songwriter Ryley Walker plays guitar like Bert Jansch and sings like Tim Buckley. Still only in his mid-twenties, he’s going to be a major figure, as the rave reviews for his third full-length album, ‘Golden Sings That Have Been Sung’ attest.

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Picture from Justin Currie & The Pallbearers

Monday 29th May at 8.00pm

Justin Currie & The Pallbearers

Justin Currie released six albums in his role as lead singer, bassist and songwriter for multi-million selling pop-rock band Del Amitiri, with five top 10 UK album chart hits and no fewer than 15 UK top 40 singles including Nothing Ever Happens, Always The Last To Know and Roll To Me, which also became a top 10 US Billboard Chart hit.

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Picture from NT LIVE: Obsession

Tuesday 30th May at 7.00pm

Nt Live: Obsession

Jude Law (Closer, The Talented Mr Ripley) stars in this stage production originally broadcast live in HD from the Barbican Theatre in London. Ivo van Hove (NT Live: Hedda Gabler) directs this new stage adaptation of Luchino Visconti’s 1943 film.

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Thursday 1st June at 7.30pm

Damned United By Red Ladder Theatre Company

Down the stairs…Along the corridor…Round the corner…Into the dressing room… HIS dressing room. Hateful, hateful place. Spiteful, spiteful place. Dirty, dirty Leeds. 1974. Brian Clough, the enfant terrible of British football, tries to redeem his managerial career and reputation by winning the European Cup with his new team. Leeds United.

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Picture from NT LIVE: Peter Pan

Saturday 10th June at 6.00pm

Nt Live: Peter Pan

Captured live in HD at the National Theatre, a recorded performance of JM Barrie’s much-loved tale screens in cinemas this summer. When Peter Pan, leader of the Lost Boys, loses his shadow, headstrong Wendy helps him to reattach it.

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Tuesday 13th June at 8.00pm

Thea Gilmore

That Thea Gilmore’s latest album is as ethereal as it is thought-provoking, as bewitching as it is bold, will come as no surprise to her army of admirers. Since releasing her debut as a teenager nearly 20 years ago, the Oxfordshire-raised, Cheshire-based singer and songwriter has gained global acclaim for making music not only of extraordinary beauty, but of rare honesty and insight.

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Picture from Le Vent Du Nord

Wednesday 14th June at 8.00pm

Le Vent Du Nord

Combining a great stage presence with an energetic, dynamic flair, Le Vent du Nord are one of the leading names in Québecois folk music performing original songs inspired from their tradition- a truly fabulous sound! The group never fail to delight crowds with their glorious mix of fiddle and foot-tapping, guitar, accordion, piano, bass, hurdy-gurdy and wonderful four part harmonies.

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Picture from Burton

Wednesday 21st June at 7.30pm


Burton vividly presents the life of the great Welsh actor in his own words from humble beginnings to Hollywood mega-stardom. Beautiful women (not least Liz Taylor), alcohol, wealth, stage and screen are the threads woven into this sad, happy, exuberant often hilarious show.

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Picture from Paul Berriff

Tuesday 27th June at 7.30pm

Paul Berriff

Award winning Yorkshire film maker and photographer Paul Berriff presents 50 years of stories from behind the camera. Featuring The Beatles, the James Bond film set, the Piper Alpha disaster, NASA astronauts and his near death experiences including a helicopter crash and 9/11. An amazing insight into how the drama gets on your TV.

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Picture from Royal Opera House Live: Otello

Wednesday 28th June at 7.15pm

Royal Opera House Live: Otello

Antonio Pappano conducts a new production of Verdi’s thrilling Shakespeare-inspired opera directed by Keith Warner, starring Jonas Kaufmann and Gregory Kunde in the title role. Broadcast live in HD.

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Picture from Kate Rusby

Wednesday 12th July at 8.00pm (7.00pm Doors)

Kate Rusby

Of all the stars in folk music’s wondrous firmament few shine as brightly as Yorkshire’s Kate Rusby. A remarkable interpretive singer, Kate’s soulful vocals resonate with the wistful beauty of an earthbound angel. Inhabiting a lyric with unforced conviction – no matter how old or how modern – she has that rare ability to transport her audience, of touching them emotionally and making each tune live vividly within their experience and imagination.

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Friday 14th July at 8.00pm (7.00pm Doors)


The Levellers have long been and still are, widely acknowledged as one of the best live bands in the UK. But, often overlooked is their impressive back catalogue of recorded music, with the band selling more platinum, gold, and silver albums in the 1990s than any other act. 5 of their 6 Top 40 albums (which spawned 14 Top 40 singles including What A Beautiful Day and One Way), including the number 1 Zeitgeist, were recently re-released.

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Picture from Platform Festival

Saturday 15th July at 1.00pm (12.00pm Doors)

Platform Festival

KT Tunstall
Ward Thomas
Newton Faulkner
Benjamin Francis Leftwich
Holly Macve

Stillhouse, Buffalo Skinners, The Grand Old Ukes of York, Beth McCarthy, Bramble Napskins, Rachel Croft, Forgotten Voices Choir & an Access to Music Stage.

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Picture from NT LIVE: Angels in America (Part 1 Millennium Approaches)

Thursday 20 July at 7.00pm

NT Live: Angels In America (part 1 Millennium Approaches)

America in the mid-1980s. In the midst of the AIDS crisis and a conservative Reagan administration, New Yorkers grapple with life and death, love and sex, heaven and hell. Andrew Garfield (Silence, Hacksaw Ridge) plays Prior Walter along with a cast including Denise Gough (People, Places and Things), Nathan Lane (The Producers), James McArdle (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) and Russell Tovey (The Pass).

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Picture from NT LIVE: Angels in America (Part 2 Perestroika)

Thursday 27 July at 7.00pm

NT Live: Angels In America (part 2 Perestroika)

This new staging of Tony Kushner’s multi-award winning two-part play is directed by Olivier and Tony award winning director Marianne Elliott (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and War Horse). Part One: Millennium Approaches was first performed at the National Theatre in 1992 and was followed by Part Two: Perestroika the following year. Part One: Millennium Approaches will be broadcast live on 20 July 2017. Broadcast live in HD, from the National Theatre, London.

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Picture from The Wizard of Castle Magic by Magic Carpet Theatre

Wednesday 2nd August at 2.30pm

The Wizard Of Castle Magic By Magic Carpet Theatre

Things will never be the same again when the Wizard's nephew, Mickey, and an invisible cat called Catastrophe, arrive at Castle Magic. Will the Wizard teach Mickey any spells? Will Mickey discover the secret in the Spell Chest?

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Thursday 7th September at 7.30pm

Mark Radcliffe

Radio and television presenter, musician, writer, friend of the stars and all round cheese fetishist Mark Radcliffe has been making a little go a long way for several decades now. This show is no exception.

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Wednesday 27th September at 7.30pm

Jason Manford - Sold Out

Jason Manford, is back with a work in progress show ahead of his national tour in 2018, which promises to feature a wealth of comedy anecdotes, misunderstandings and audience banter delivered with Jason’s likeable charm and teasingly intelligent wit.

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Thursday 28th September at 7.30pm

Jason Manford - Sold Out

Jason Manford, is back with a work in progress show ahead of his national tour in 2018, which promises to feature a wealth of comedy anecdotes, misunderstandings and audience banter delivered with Jason’s likeable charm and teasingly intelligent wit.

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Picture from JOHN BRAMWELL

Wednesday 15th November at 8.00pm

John Bramwell

John Bramwell hits the road once again, for a key city UK autumn 2017 tour, in support of his brand new solo album Leave Alone the Empty Spaces, to be released in autumn 2017. The former I Am Kloot vocalist, songwriter and guitarist fronts a 6 piece live band for these shows, uniquely including piano and cello.

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Picture from Tom Russell

Tuesday 28th November at 8.00pm

Tom Russell

Singer-songwriter, painter, essayist - Tom Russell has recorded thirty five highly acclaimed records, & published five books and had songs recorded be Johnny Cash, Nanci Griffith, K.D. Lang, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, and a hundred others. He was once described as being Johnny Cash, Jim Harrison and Charles Bukowski rolled into one.

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