What's on at Ilkley Playhouse

Ilkley Gazette: Honor Blackman and John McCallum in A Girl, a Boy, and a Bike is being shown at the Playhouse Honor Blackman and John McCallum in A Girl, a Boy, and a Bike is being shown at the Playhouse

Film

Ilkley Playhouse Picturehouse, is screening ‘A Boy, a Girl and a Bike’ (PG) on Sunday at 7pm.

Presented in partnership with Cine Yorkshire, the action is centred on the romantic escapades of a Yorkshire cycling club and stars the young Honor Blackman, Diana Dors, John McCallum and Patrick Holt. Tickets £4 or £3 (concessions), family tickets £10 for two adults and two children.

This is part of the Yorkshire Festival, the first ever arts fe4stival to precede the Tour de France.

Jazz

Jazz nights at Ilkley Playhouse are proving to be a very successful addition. On Friday, July 4 at 8pm, quartet Djangonauts is playing the gypsy jazz style made popular by legendary guitar virtuoso Django Reinhardt. The repertoire features many original arrangements by Reinhardt and jazz standards from the era alongside Bebop and contemporary pieces from composers like Charlie Parker and Chick Corea. Guest singer Beverley Beirne there will also be celebrating Le Grand Depart with one or two Edith Piaf favourites. Tickets £10.

Comedy

The Stagefright Club, on Saturday, 5 July at Ilkley Playhouse will host a special Edinburgh Festival preview line-up of Chris Turner, Kiri Prichard-McLean and Richard Jow with Anthony J Brown as compare.

Previously performing in the US, Australia and India, Chris’s sharply written gags, assured stage presence and blistering, improvised raps have established him as one of the best comics on the international circuit. His keen wit and intelligent wordplay have seen him rack up over 1.6 million views on YouTube, appear live on BBC2 radio and perform sold-out runs at Edinburgh Festival fringes. In 2012 he was part of the prestigious Pleasance Comedy Reserve.

Nottingham Comedy Festival named Kiri Prichard-McLean its Breakout Act of the Year. Delivering observational comedy, coupled with a deft wit, this likeable next-door-type girl from Anglesey will give you inventive wordplay and well-delivered anecdotes drawn from her daily life.

The BBC website describes Richard Giles style “worldly wise and undeniable logic runs through his set provoking many and loud applause breaks.” Tickets £12.

Theatre

Ken Ludwig’s ‘Shakespeare in Hollywood’ will run from July 9-19 in Ilkley Playhouse’s Wharfeside Theatre. Set in 1930s, Hollywood this hilarious farce, directed by Robin Green, unfolds during a production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Oberon and Puck cause chaos and fun with stars James Cagney, Dick Powell and Jo E Brown.

The sets have been designed in collaboration with the arts and media students of Bradford College. Supporting the talented wardrobe team at Ilkley Playhouse, second year students have also been helping with the design of some of the costumes. It is hoped that this partnership will just be the first of a long-standing relationship.

To book for all of the above, contact the Playhouse box office on (01943) 609439 or visit www.iIkleyplayhouse.co.uk

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