Timeless performers lined up for Royal Hall shows

Tony Christie (2006)
Tony Christie (2006)

FRIEND of Peter Kay, collaborator with Amy Winehouse and a legend in his own lifetime, Yorkshire’s very own Tony Christie is just one of a host of top names featuring in Harrogate Theatres’ fabulous spring 2012 season at the historic Royal Hall.

Royal Hall audiences are certainly in safe hands as Christie takes to the stage on Friday, April 20.

Boasting 40 years in the biz and more than 10 million in record sales, the Sheffielder has scored hits with, among others, Avenues And Alleyways, I Did What I Did For Maria and (Is This The Way To) Amarillo.

Christie’s not the only timeless performer on hand this season, although he has competition in the glamour stakes courtesy of Elaine Paige who has chosen the Royal Hall to perform her only UK date this year on Wednesday, April 4.

The award-winning actress singer, producer and radio personality’s chart-topping songs, including Memory, Don’t Cry For Me Argentina and I Know Him So Well, have secured her place in the nation’s hearts and record collections.

Those of a more orchestral bent are also in for a treat as the Royal Hall celebrates some of the very best in classical music this April, with appearances from Northern Sinfonia on Thursday, April 5 and a Gala Opera Night with The Orchestra Of Opera North on Thursday, April 26.

As part of a new collaboration between Harrogate’s major venues, Harrogate Theatre, Harrogate Studio Theatre and the Royal Hall are now under the same programming umbrella.

The theatre’s packed programme sees a welter of top musical names, including Blake who bring theirLove Lifts Us Up UK tour to Harrogate on Friday, June 29.

The Love Lifts Us Up tour will see Blake, made up of Humphrey Berney, Ollie Baines, Jules Knight and Stephen Bowman, perform uplifting and romantic love songs including She, Up Where We Belong and With Or Without You.

l For tickets costing £20 each, telephone Harrogate Theatre box office on 01423 502116 or book online at www.harrogatetheatre.co.uk