Sarah Millican for Harrogate Comedy Festival

Sarah Millican.

Sarah Millican.

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By Graham Chalmers

This year’s Harrogate Comedy Festival has a new coup which should certainly strengthen Harrogate’s reputation as ‘comedy capital of the north’ - Sarah Millican is coming!

Organised by Harrogate Theatre, the seventh annual fortnight of laughs has been programmed specifically to explore the breadth of comedy performance.

As well as sketch and stand-up, this year’s festival will also offer sock puppets, magic, cabaret, film, beatboxing, storytelling, and even ventriloquism.

There are stars aplenty, from Jimmy Carr to Tim Brooke-Taylor, but none is likely to outshine Geordie favourite Sarah Millican who stars in one of two special launch events held at Harrogate Theatre in conjunction with online women’s magazine Standard Issue.

To be held on Monday, October 5, In Conversation with Standard Issue will see a panel of Bridget Christie, Katherine Ryan, Susan Calman and Sarah Millican talking about comedy, feminism and more.

The second event, Standard Issue on… Alien combines a screening of James Cameron’s classic sci-fi movie with stand-up Hannah Dunleavy and guests providing running commentary.

Tickets for the show featuring Sarah Millican are expected to go fast. They go on sale at the theatre box office and online tomorrow, Friday from 10am, as do tickets for all of this year’s Harrogate Comedy Festival which runs from Monday, October 5 to Saturday, October 17.

Tickets are also now on sale for the theatre’s action-packed new autumn/winter season which includes everything from a talk by cricketer Freddie Flintoff to this year’s panto, Aladdin, from Agatha Christie adaptations to a production of The Great Gatsby, concerts by Squeeze and Nils Lofgren and a visit by English Touring Opera.

www.harrogatetheatre.co.uk