Bishop ticket-mania as top comic picks Harrogate

editorial image

IT was a case of John Bishop-mania outside Harrogate Theatre last week when tickets for the UK’s biggest comedian were snapped up in just ten minutes online before the doors even opened.

Some waiting fans voiced their frustrations to an apologetic theatre staff unable to meet the huge demand last Friday for tickets for Bishop’s hastily-announced dates in June.

The two shows called Work in Progress, will see the famous Scouser testing out new material in advance of a full, national tour later in the year.

It’s a massive coup for the theatre’s new-found status as ‘comedy capital of the north.’

The theatre later posted an apology on its website to fans who were unsuccessful in getting tickets.

Part of the statement read: “We sincerely apologise for the disappointment caused but it is testament to the popularity of comedian John Bishop.

“Tickets went on sale online at 9am in conjunction with the other venues on the John Bishop tour and was, therefore, beyond our control. We have to comply with these arrangements in order to bring big names to Harrogate.

“We take all comments and feedback extremely seriously and will be looking into ways of improving our booking process for high profile events such as this.”

Bishop’s visit adds another jewel to an already sparkling line-up for the new season at Harrogate Theatre, not to forget the Royal Hall which the theatre has taken a hand in choosing the line-up.

Star of the award-winning podcast As It Occurs to Me and Radio 4 comedy shows, Richard Herring is presenting his Edinburgh Festival smash hit What is Love, Anyway? at Harrogate Theatre on Wednesday, February 22.

Aussie comic Steve Hughes brings his Big Issue show to the theatre on Monday, February 6.

Having supported Reginald D Hunter on a national tour recently, it’s his debut UK tour after sell-out shows at the Sydney and Melbourne Comedy Festivals.

The former heavy metal drummer has also performed on Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow (BBC One), Stand Up For The Week (CH4) and One Night Stand (Dave).

In terms of music, the next few weeks will also be busy ones for the theatre.

The Syd Lawrence Orchestra are back on Saturday, February 4 with their brand new show – Carry on Swinging, featuring the music of Ella Fitzgerald, Artie Shaw, Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey and many more.

Guitarist extraordinaire Preston Reed returns for two shows in the studio theatre on Friday, February 10 and Saturday, February 11 with a dazzling display of musicianship on the acoustic guitar.

Sincerely Noel sees impressionist, stand-up comedian, actor and writer Alistair McGowan presenting a Valentine’s Day special in tribute to Noel Coward in the company of musical actress Charlotte Page (Christine, Phantom of the Opera and more) in an evening of mini dramas and songs.

l For tickets, call 01423 502116 or visit