Dolly Parton 9 to 5, Grand Opera House, Feb 4-9
“Working nine to five, what a way to make a living, Barely getting by –” Everybody! “– It’s all taking and no giving…” The Dolly Parton juke box musical hits the Grand Opera House from Monday till the following Saturday, Two Pints Of Lager star with Natalie Casey joined by stage veteran Bonnie Langford. Tap your toes. Kick up your heels. Not at the same time.
Full Dolly details here.
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Little Mix, the Barbican Centre, Feb 8
We’d like to claim Little Mix as the singing division of YorkMix, but alas we have no connection to the feisty foursome. Yet. That may all change of course after their Barbican concert when Leigh-Anne, Perrie, Jesy and Jade be performing hits like DNA and Wings. (Or it may not).
Full details for the Little Mix gig here
Harry Hill: Sausage Time at the Grand Opera House, Feb 12
Mr Saturday Night is in town on a Tuesday to serve a sizzling slice of sausage-based surreal silliness. Expect a load of nonsense interrupted by a cheesy musical chorus or two. Our favourite Harry Hill joke? “The trouble with heroin is it’s very moreish.”
All the gen on Mr Harry’s show is here
Other February laughs:
Mrs Barbara Nice at the Basement Bar – Feb 17
Russell Kane: Posturing Delivery at the Grand Opera House – Feb 14
Knock Knock Comedy presents Valentine’s Day at the Post Office Club – Feb 14
The Gillygate Comedy Open Mic – Feb 6 and 20
Roll out the Barrel – The British Pub on Film, City Screen, Feb 4
Beer in widescreen Technicolor. Life doesn’t get much better. This edited version of the British Film Institute collection of film clips about British pubs is followed by a chance to share anecdotes about York pubs (you can see a great film about the lost and much-lamented John Bull here‘).
Jorvik Viking Festival, across York, Feb 16-24
Those tough Viking men and the even tougher women are out to capture York all over again this half term. Scores of events across 23 venues include music, comedy, a chance to meet the experts, a Poo Day at Barley Hall (which will appeal to the kids) and a big scrap at the end.
You can download a PDF programme of the festival here.
More family fun:
Toy Stories – Come and Play! at York Castle Museum – from Feb 16
Big fun with little trains at the NRM – Feb 16-24
Woman In Black, Theatre Royal, Feb 25-Mar 2
It’s billed as “The Most Terrifying Live Event In The World”. The stage play of Woman In Black has been frightening the silk pantaloons off effete London audiences for years, and even tough northerners like us might experience a slight loosening of the lower intestines watching it. Much scarier than the yawn-fest film version with Harry Potter, by all accounts.
If you dare to find out more, go here.
Other theatre highlights:
Conversations not Fit for the American Dinner Table, Theatre Royal – Feb 15-16
Goodnight Mister Tom, Grand Opera House – Feb 26-Mar 2