Show time bid to aid historic hall

editorial image

PERFORMERS from throughout Yorkshire are joining voices in a bid to raise thousands of notes for a historic Tadcaster building.

Over 50 amateur and professional artists from as far afield as Guiseley and Wakefield, are giving their time free of charge in a gala charity spectacular next weekend to help achieve the target of £5000 running costs for the Riley Smith Hall.

And the show will see talented musical producer Bev Jones step out of retirement to produce, write, arrange and direct as a favour to the charity and as a dedication to the memory of Geoff Pears who ran the management of the hall for four decades until he died last year.

A show spokesman said the building was commissioned in 1924 by John Smith Brewery and was bought by local residents after it was put up for sale in 1992, to be run as a charity for the benefit of local people.

“The hall plays host to a wonderful 400 seat theatre, with stage, stalls and balcony, and has a unique wooden sprung dance floor, the only one to be found in North Yorkshire, making it the perfect venue for dances and weddings.

“But it costs money to manage a building of this magnitude, and this show hopes to raise over £5000 for the charitable trust.”

Lesley Jones said: “It will be a truly spectacular show to remember, and all put together in a four-week period!”

With over 50 years in the business, including in the West End and on TV, Bev has written a special show for the occasion with some new exciting song and dance routines from such as Chicago, Hairspray, 42nd Street, and Miss Saigon.

Tadcaster-based Spirit of Harmony Barbershop chorus will also perform.

Tickets (£10, with concessions) are on sale for Friday September 9 at 7.30pm and the following day at 2.30 and 7.30pm.

They can be reserved on 01904 708825 or online at or bought on the door.