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Camille O’Sullivan’s ‘Carny Dream’ at City Varieties




Award winning singer and actress Camille O’Sullivan brings her new show The Carny Dream to Leeds City Varieties on March 12th.

The French-Irish songstress is one of the country’s most celebrated artists and is taking her unique and enchanting performances on tour in the spring of 2017.

Camille O’Sullivan is one of Ireland’s most exciting performers who enjoys a formidable international reputation for her dramatic interpretations of the narrative songs of Nick Cave, Brel, Waits, Bowie, Radiohead and more. As much a storyteller as a singer, chameleon-like on stage, her performances are sometimes heartrending, occasionally mischievous but always a spine-tingling, exhilarating carousel ride. With her voice ranging from emotive rock to vulnerable whisper, Camille is fierce, playful and totally mesmerizing, transforming each song she interprets into a gripping theatrical experience. In this new show she has been inspired by the strange, magical, dark and light world of Circus and dreams, asking herself ‘where are you now and what did you dream?’

Camille has performed to audiences at London’s O2, Sydney Opera House and Royal Festival Hall. She returned to London’s  Roundhouse Theatre last year performing her show to a sold out crowd.

She has won numerous awards and garnered attention with a scene stealing performance on BBC Two’s Later…with Jools Holland (which lead her to support him at Royal Albert Hall). Camille was also chosen by Yoko One to perform John Lennon’s Double Fantasy alongside Patti Smith and Siouxsie Sioux at Meltdown 2014.




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The Rock ‘N’ Roll Panto Rocks The City Varieties



The famous Rock ‘n’ Roll Panto is rocking City Varieties Music Hall once again, and this year’s show, ‘Sleeping Beauty’ seems to have even more energy than previous years!

And they didn’t waste any time – it was only minutes before everyone was shouting at the stage. Justin Brett as Dame Taffeta Trott was suitably outrageous; Bethan-Wyn Davies made a lovely Princess Susie (cue ‘Wake Up Little Suzie’!); and Hannah Price as the bad witch was superbly nasty. Lisa Goodhand as Fairy Fanciful, who was the main narrator too, never missed a beat. Dyfrig Morris as King Camelot was hilarious and he and his sidekick Harold the Herald (Kenny Davies, who is basically addicted to Rock’n’Roll panto and appears nearly every year), produced some great slapstick moments.


Alex Wingfield was the handsome prince (Simon Steadfast) and Dan Bottomley Morgana’s hapless son and Simon’s competition – his rendition of ‘Sex Bomb’ was something else! Katia Sartini was excellent as a scatty sprite trying to win her fairy wings; and Scott Haining’s opening number ‘Celebration’ got the show off to a great start.


What always surprises me is how supremely talented the cast is – all play at least one instrument and there were some lovely voices. The show was packed with great music, featuring songs from the 50s through to the present. The show was rounded off with the traditional ‘Boulder Fight’, where giant balls (boulders!) are bouncing all over the audience.


“Our Rock’n’Roll Pantos have been extremely popular since they were first introduced in 2011”, says Ian Sime, General Manager at City Varieties. “They have grown year on year and have now become a Christmas tradition for families in Leeds and beyond.”

A great time was had by all! The show continues until 8th January. Tickets (£14 – £25) are available from 0113 243 0808 or online at cityvarieties.co.uk


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Shappi Khorsandi at City Varieties




Shappi Khorsandi is celebrating the fortieth anniversary of her arrival in Britain and bringing her new show, Oh My Country! From Morris Dancing to Morrissey to City Varieties Music Hall on Wednesday 21 September. She’s reclaiming patriotism, sending a love letter to her adopted land. Please don’t come if you’re a skinhead (though naturally bald folk are welcome).

Star of Live At The Apollo, Have I Got News for You and Q.I., Shappi is back with whip-crack jokes and is effortlessly funny as she handles every subject with a razor sharp wit, softened only by her deliciously mischievous delivery and endless charm.

Shappi has notched up numerous high profile television appearances including; Live At The Apollo (BBC ONE), Channel 4’s Comedy Gala At The O2 (Channel 4, 2010 – 2016), Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow (BBC ONE), The Graham Norton Show (BBC ONE), Have I Got News For You (BBC ONE) and her own Comedy Store Special for Comedy Central. She also had the honour of being nominated at the prestigious British Comedy Awards in the Best Female Comic category up against fellow nominee’s Jo Brand and Sarah Millican.  Shappi has also appeared as a panelist on ITV1’s Loose Women and BBC ONE’s Question Time.

In December 2015, Shappi was also elected president of the British Humanist Society.

Tickets: 0113 243 0808, www.cityvarieties.co.uk

www.shappi.co.uk / @shappikhorsandi




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The Story of Guitar Heroes


Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Hank Marvin, Brian May and Slash are just some of the outstanding guitar heroes you will have the chance to experience. This live concert-style ‘rockumentary’ is performed by renowned musician Phil Walker and his exceptional band.

Phil grew up in Cleckheaton and started playing the guitar at the age of six, thanks to his father who was a guitar player in the 1960s. He turned professional as soon as he left school and soon got a reputation as one of the most versatile guitarists in the country. Over the years, he has toured the world with various artists, including Cliff Bennett & The Rebel Rousers, Sarah Jory, Circus Of Horrors, Doctor & The Medics, Rose Marie and many more.


“To get the chance to bring my own show to City Varieties is just fantastic”, said Phil. “I have seen some of my favourite bands play there, so for me to play there myself is just incredible.”

With over 20 guitars used on stage, the show accurately recreates the sound and ambiance of each guitar hero, starting from the 1950s through to the present day. The show also uses the very latest in video screen technology to create a larger than life event.

The Story of Guitar Heroes is at City Varieties on Thursday 31st March, 7:30pm. Tickets (£ 21.60) are available from 0113 243 0808, or www.cityvarieties.co.uk


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“Ventriloquist for the South Park Generation” Comes to City Varieties

The America’s Got Talent 2015 winner, British ventriloquist and comedian Paul Zerdin, returns to the UK with a major tour kicking off here in Leeds: Spongefinger is at City Varieties Music Hall on Friday 8th April .

Paul Zerdin’s award-winning and redefining puppetry work is aided and abetted by his loveable sidekicks the precocious Baby, cantankerous OAP Albert and cheeky pre-teen Sam.

Zerdin made his TV debut in 1996 as the first outright winner – by over 100,000 votes – of LWT’s The Big Big Talent Show, hosted by Jonathan Ross. Since then he has appeared on countless TV shows including Comedy Central’s The World Stands Up, ITV1’s Comedy Rocks with Jason Manford, Tonight at The London Palladium, The Princes Trust Gala and three appearances at The Royal Variety Performance. Winning Series 10 of America’s Got Talent in September last year, Zerdin and his sidekicks soon went viral on YouTube, receiving millions of views from around the world.

Since his win, Zerdin has completed a headline show at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas and is also in talks with various US TV networks; catch him in the beautiful intimate venue that is City Varieties!

Paul Zerdin Spongefinger is at City Varieties Music Hall on Friday 8th April

Tickets: £19.10

Book online at cityvarietes.co.uk or call box office on 0113 243 08 08


“Technically immaculate, it’s what he does with his slick talent that really sets him apart. His relationship with the characters has all the dramatic tension of a real life double act” The Guardian

“When you are not laughing you are simply in awe” Three Weeks Edinburgh

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Eddi Reader at City Varieties


After years as a session singer and touring around Europe, it was Fairground Attraction really brought Eddi Reader to the attention of a wider audience. The single ‘Perfect’ and album ‘First of a Million Kisses’ both topped the British charts, and her subsequent albums signalled her ability to assimilate different musical styles and make them all very much her own.

In 2001 she moved back to Glasgow where she recorded the classic ‘Songs of Robert Burns’ album. She took her Burns songs all over the world and found connections to the bard everywhere from Kolkata, India, to Sydney, Australia. In 2006 she released ‘Peacetime’ on Rough Trade Records featuring some of the finest traditional players and produced by John McCusker.

‘Love Is The Way’, Eddi’s seventh solo album, was released in 2009. Produced by Eddi herself, it is her best work so far. Recorded in a matter of days with her band in Glasgow, the record has captured her finest form. It includes songs written with Boo Hewerdine, and John Douglas (The Trashcan Sinatras); a song from Irish singer/songwriter Declan O’Rourke, a rare Brian Wilson composition, an Eddi/Fleetwood Mac ‘mash up’, and a wonderful song from Dublin songwriter Jack Maher.


2010 saw Eddi play sold out shows promoting “Love Is The Way” all over the world. It also brought Eddi’s Hollywood movie debut as she featured in Richard Linklaters, “Me And Orson Welles” with Zak Efron and Clare Danes. Eddi plays a chanteuse in the movie and is featured singing ‘Lets Pretend That There’s A Moon’ with the Jools Holland Orchestra.

From the traditional to the contemporary, Eddi brings life to all forms of song. What sets Reader apart is the depth and quality of the emotional performance; her ability not only to move the listener but to connect her experience to that of her audience. She has effortlessly developed into one of popular music’s most thrilling and affecting performers.

Leeds City Varieties

Friday 25 March

Tickets: £24.10 (+ booking fee)


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Double Helping of Sing-a-Long-a Screenings

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On Saturday 20 February the team from Sing-a-long-a Productions present two very special screenings at City Varieties Music Hall in Leeds.

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The afternoon sees a welcome return for last year’s two-time sell-out Sing-a-long-a Frozen – a full screening of Disney’s Animated blockbuster Frozen with lyrics on screen to help you and your family sing along during the film. Introduced by a live host who will guide you through this interactive screening by showing you how to use your free prop bag, warm up your singing voices and teach you some dance moves with the help of the Singalonga Princesses. Watch as the film is brought to life to help you experience it in a whole new light.

On the evening of the same day get ready for the time of your life with Sing-a-long-a Dirty Dancing (15)
The brand new sing-a-long-a screening of the classic film starring Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey.
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It’s the Summer of 1963, it’s college boys versus dancing hunks, it’s one of the best loved movies of all time and, yes, there is a guy as great as your dad.

Join Baby and Johnny in a fun-filled screening of the1987 dance classic film where YOU are the stars of the show. The Singalonga host will lead a vocal warm up, show you how to use your ‘magic moments fun pack’ and will no doubt have you dancing really dirty…

Fancy dress not obligatory but highly recommended

Saturday 20 February
Sing-a-long-a Frozen (Cert PG) 2pm
Sing-a-long-a Dirty Dancing (Cert 15) 8pm

Online Booking: www.cityvarieties.co.uk
Box Office: 0113 243 0808

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Richard Herring….. Happy Now?


After years of drifting aimlessly and alone, Richard Herring is now settled down with a wife and a tiny baby. Is he finally Happy Now? Or does responsibility for the lives of others come with its own terrors? In his twelfth solo stand up show, Richard examines whether we can ever hope to be or are meant to be truly content.

If we were never unhappy would happiness have any meaning? Why do our brains force us to envision the worst possible outcomes even on a day when everything seems fine? How likely is it that Richard’s baby will be skewered by a stalactite of frozen urine falling from a plane and is it really worth him wasting his time thinking about it?

Does being happy mean a comedian loses his edge and true belly laughs only come from depression? How much pressure was there on Happy the dwarf to live up to his name? Is there any system that will guarantee us eternal bliss or should we just embrace the fact that life is a vale of tears and our only option is to laugh in its face?

Happy Now? is Richard Herring’s twelfth stand-up tour in twelve years. The show premiered in September 2015 when Richard completed the mammoth task of performing each of his previous eleven consecutive stand-up shows over eleven evenings, before debuting Happy Now? on the final night.

City Varieties Music Hall

Tickets: £16.60 http://bit.ly/1Q2nzBG

Thursday, 18th February



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Chas & Dave at City Varieties

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The legendary Chas & Dave are back on the road in the wake of their first new studio album in 27 years.

The critically-acclaimed ‘That’s What Happens’ (Warner Bros) was recorded in Studio 2, Abbey Road – “The Beatles Room” – with Grammy-winning bluesman Joe Henry on production duties. Released at the tail-end of last year It saw Chas and Dave not only return to the UK album charts but also return to their roots with a collection of early R&B, skiffle and rock n’ roll classics alongside new takes on songs of their own. The album also featured a crack team of musicians and special guests including guitarists Albert Lee and Martin Taylor, Buddy Holly & The Crickets’ drummer J. I Allison, and Jools Holland and Hugh Laurie on keys.

The ‘On The Road’ tour features songs from the album as well as all the Chas & Dave classics.

Chas & Dave first arrived on the music scene in the 70s. With hits such as ‘Gertcha’, ‘Rabbit’, ‘The Sideboard Song’, ‘Margate’, and ‘Aint No Pleasing You’ they created a sound that was uniquely British and rockin’ to boot. And it’s those songs that have ensured that the boys have continued to tour for over five decades to audiences across the world, enchanted by their down-to-earth charm and great song-writing.

Chas Hodges (piano, vocals, banjo, and guitars) and Dave Peacock (bass guitar, vocals, banjo, and guitars) first met in 1963 but only began recording together in 1972. Both largely came from session backgrounds with Chas working with the likes of Joe Meek, Jerry Lee Lewis, Ritchie Blackmore, and Albert Lee in bands such as The Outlaws, Cliff Bennett and the Rebel Rousers, and Heads Hands and Feet. And Dave being equally active with The Tumbleweeds, Mick Greenwood, Jerry Donahue among others.

Their debut album ‘One Fing ‘n’ Anuvver’ was released in 1975 earning critical acclaim from the likes of Radio One legend John Peel. Their proudly cockney vocals blended with Rock’n’Roll led them to title their 1978 EMI album ‘Rockney’. ‘Gertcha’ was the first of their eight Top 40 hits in 1979 while ‘Ain’t No Pleasing You’ reached number two in the singles chart in 1982.

As well as having their own TV specials the band also contributed theme tunes for TV shows such as Crackerjack and In Sickness & in Health as well as recording a special version of their hit ‘Margate’ for the classic Only Fools and Horses ‘Jolly Boys’ Outing’ episode.

In 2012 their contribution to popular culture was recognized by BBC Four with an hour-long documentary detailing their career and influence. The hugely popular show featured input from Jools Holland, Phill Jupitus, and Pete Doherty among others. That recognition was enhanced when they were invited to play the finale of the 2013 Royal Variety Performance with a rousing sing-song featuring the likes of Gary Barlow, Robbie Williams, Mary J Blige, and Jessie J singing along to ‘London Girls’!

After celebrating fifty years of their friendship in 2013, last year Chas & Dave performed a sold-out debut show at
London’s most iconic venue – the Royal Albert Hall, made numerous headline-grabbing festival appearances such as Sonisphere at Knebworth, and were recognized by the esteemed Nordoff Robbins Foundation who awarded Chas & Dave the 2014 Silver Clef Icon award at a ceremony that included fellow award-winners Pharrell Williams, Paloma Faith, Sir Tom Jones, and Giorgio Moroder.

Chas & Dave are at City Varieties Wed 11,Thur 12 Nov. ‘Gertcha’ tickets now!  

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Ed Byrne: Outside Looking In at City Varieties

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As an observational stand up, Ed Byrne is unrivalled. Wherever he performs, be it the Edinburgh Festival, on the International Circuit or a UK tour it is always to capacity audiences. He is consistently at the top of his game and produces time and time again not only fabulously funny shows but shows which critically are highly acclaimed!

Ed’s Television credits are far reaching. Notable appearances include Mock The Week, Have I Got News For You, The Graham Norton Show, Live At The Apollo (all BBC) and Comic Relief Bake Off 2015, which sees Ed Hosting one of the studio programmes as well as presenting the supporting Appeals VT, filmed in Uganda.

A future combining a TV career and his passion for the outdoors is in sights as he has now broken into Factual presenting. He continues to be a serious outdoors enthusiast e.g. he recently climbed Mt Blanc (Europe’s highest mountain) for the second time! The past two years have seen appearances on Dangerous Roads (BBC Two), Volcano Live (BBC Two) and he has co-presented a series, Dara & Ed’s Big Adventure on BBC Two.

Ed writes a regular column for The Great Outdoor Magazine and will be fitting in as much Munro Bagging as he possible can whilst on Tour!

www.edbyrne.com / TWITTER @EdByrne
Fri 30th Oct,

City Varieties 0845 644 1881



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