The Mix Six: Six things to do in York this February

2 Feb 2013 @ 1.57 pm
| Entertainment
Little Mix, Harry Hill and a Viking, all heading our way this month


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.

Other singalongs:
The Wizard of Oz at the Joseph Rowntree Theatre – Feb 8 and 9
Halfway to Paradise – The Billy Fury Story – Friday, February 15


Top Of The Pops

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

Other poptastic dates:
Rita Ora at the Barbican – Feb 12
The ELO Experience at the Grand Opera House – Feb 22
Robin Guthrie Trio at Fibbers – Feb 15



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


Screen specials

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‘).

Full barrel-busting details here.

More big screen specials:
The Apartment at South Bank Community Cinema – Feb 15
Two blockbusters for February: A Good Day to Die Hard and Hitchcock


Family fun

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


High drama

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