York to host ten-day comedy and entertainment spectacular
York will host a ten-day comedy and entertainment extravaganza next year with a festival to rival the Edinburgh Fringe.
Well known comedians and fantastic family entertainment are promised as York city centre hosts The Great Yorkshire Fringe.
The brainchild of a successful West End impresario, the event will take place between July 24 and August 2 2015 and will see the city’s streets transformed into vibrant and exciting performance spaces.
Founded by Martin Witts, The Great Yorkshire Fringe will see London’s Leicester Square Theatre and the newly-opened Museum Of Comedy host a range of well-known acts and shows.
Announcing the news on Friday (September 5) he said there will be multiple stages and plenty of entertainment for young and old alike. There will also be a Yorkshire tent, promoting plenty of homegrown talent.
A key summer event
Anne Taylor, spokesperson for the Great Yorkshire Fringe, said: “This festival will become a key summer event in York’s entertainment calendar, bringing the best in comedy, cabaret, theatre and music to Yorkshire.
“The festival will engage residents and visitors alike, supporting local businesses and encouraging tourism for the wider area.”
Martin Witts, who has long time links with York, said: “The festival will be a great reason for people to visit the beautiful city of York and its many attractions, whether to take in a show or simply soak up the atmosphere and visit some of the great places to eat and drink.
“We’ll be making act announcements with tickets on sale in November, so people can sign up to alerts, or follow us on social media to find out first!”
Martin Witts reopened the Leicester Square Theatre with Lesley Ackland in August 2008. The first performer was the late comedienne Joan Rivers who played a 12-week run.
It soon established itself as one of London’s foremost comedy venues.
Stars to play there read like a who’s who of comedy: Bill Bailey, Michael McIntrye, Joan Rivers, Roseanne Barr, Sandra Bernhard, Mark Little, Julian Clary, Russell Howard, Richard Herring and Stuart Lee, among others.
Martin went on to found the Museum Of Comedy in London earlier this year.
It has more than 6,000 artefacts from British comedy history alongside a 100 seat performance space.
Memorabilia on display include both the Two Ronnies’ spectacles, Charlie Chaplin’s cane and Tommy Cooper’s handmade props.
Martin has long links with York, working as a carpenter and stage hand at York Theatre Royal between 1983 and 1985.
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I would like information please regarding events for children( freebies and chargeable events). Thankyou
We are Mud Pie Arts. We are based in York. We specialise in exciting highly interactive performances for primary schools, early years settings and festivals (Deershed Festival, Galtres Festival, Ilkley and Beverley Literature Festivals, Little Feet Festival, On Our Turf and more).
We would love to get involved in the Great Yorkshire Fringe. We are all about getting whole families to create stories and have fun together. Thank you for choosing our great city!
Here is what one school said about us:
“Fantastic day was had by all. Everyone laughed until they cried right from the Reception up to the oldest teacher! The whole concept of the play was a real refreshing change, with true audience participation. During the improvisation of the play, all children’s ideas were incorporated seamlessly and the story moved on faultlessly, with all children enthusiastically involved – dancing and acting on the stage. I just don’t know how they did it, but it certainly worked!”
‘The Three Sillies’ – Mrs. Aniko Sheppard – Acting Headteacher
Crayke C.E. Primary School
We are low tech and highly adaptable, so would be interested in performing in an unconventional venue. Hope we can talk more. Best wishes,
Jenna Drury – Artistic Director
Mud Pie Arts
Looks like an awesome venture, can’t wait to see what you have planned