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The Great Yorkshire Fringe 2019

The Great Yorkshire Fringe adds new venues to celebrate its fifth birthday! And the 2019 festival features a record-breaking 167 events in 7 venues across the great city of York.

The walls of the historic city of York will once again ring with laughter as The Great Yorkshire Fringe sets out to entertain the city and its thousands of daily visitors.

Back for a fifth year with a record-breaking 167 events over 10 days, The Great Yorkshire Fringe is a non-stop cavalcade of comedy, theatre, music and family entertainment.

Look out for Bob the double decker Box Office Bus – covered with green Astroturf from top to bottom – parked in the centre of the city. Around him, Parliament Street will be transformed into a massive village green setting complete with lawns, picket fencing, comfortable seating under cover in case of inclement weather and lots of stylish food and craft beer outlets.

Since its inaugural year in 2015, the festival’s gone from strength to strength – and 2019’s no different, with award-winning acts, delicious street food and more workshops than ever before. 

York is the heart of God’s Own county and The Great Yorkshire Fringe is now a vital part of the cultural DNA of the city. In previous years it has staged walks of fame featuring the lives of dozens of great Northern comedians from Victoria Wood to Ken Dodd, Les Dawson to Peter Kay and George Formby.

The expansion of venues and events means there are more opportunities for Northern acts of all experience and backgrounds to perform. Check out The Great Yorkshire Fringe New Comedian of the Year, which is back for a fifth year! See the best up and coming comedians from Yorkshire and beyond compete for this year’s title.

The Great Yorkshire Fringe is the perfect day out for all the family. There’s so much to choose from, whether you’re visiting for a weekend or a Yorkshire resident – check out our selection of top picks across the festival:

FAMOUS FACES AT THE FRINGE

Gyles Brandreth
from The One Show, Countdown and Celebrity Gogglebox stars in a brilliant one-man show, Gyles Brandreth: Break A Leg! (Sunday  21 July, 3pm, White Rose Rotunda) in which he celebrates all things theatrical

Comedy legend Tony Slattery (a regular on the Channel 4 improvisation show Whose Line Is It Anyway?) promises to reveal all, in candid conversation with comedy historian Robert Ross in Slattery Will Get You Nowhere (Wednesday 24 July, 7pm, 41 Monkgate). Anything can happen and it probably will...

Paul Sinha
, the brainy white-suited star of ITV1’s  ‘The Chase’ returns to the festival with Hazy Little Thing Called Love (Friday 19 July, 7.30pm, The White Rose Rotunda), a mixture of best bits and new material about the life-changing effect a couple of drinks can have.

Comedy

We’re thrilled to welcome back Germany’s greatest comedy export, Comedy Ambassador Henning Wehn. His first show sold out in record time so we’ve added a second at the 1,000-seat Barbican and that is also selling fast! Henning Wehn Get On With It (York Barbican, 8pm Friday 26 & Saturday 27 July)

Family

Magic is in the air for youngsters at the Great Yorkshire Fringe. As well as the debut of local boys Joshua Benson and WonderPhil in Making a Magic Show (The Tea Pot, 20/21 July at 2pm), there’s good old fashioned tom-foolery from Morgan and West’s Utterly Spiffing Spectacular Magic Show For Kids (and Childish Grown-ups!)

The York Dungeon Fringe Show (23 - 25 July, 4.45pm The Teapot)
For 3 nights only, the York Dungeon will open their cages to the city of York, open their arms to new audiences, and expose their smelly armpits at the Great Yorkshire Fringe!

The Tigon and the Liger (25 - 28 July, 10am & 12noon, The Teapot)
Adapted from the book by Keilly Swift, The Tigon and the Liger features actors, puppets, physical theatre and an original soundtrack.

Theatre

Acclaimed,award-winning actress/writer Caroline Burns Cooke returns with her third solo show, Testament of Yootha (Sunday 28 July, 6pm, The Arts Barge), which examines the life of glamorous sitcom legend Yootha Joyce, adored by friends and fans alike, hiding acute alcoholism from those closest to her, dying at 53.

And in Bed Among the Lentils by Alan Bennett (Wednesday 24 & Thursday 25 July, 3pm The Teapot). Susan, a frustrated vicar’s wife with a fondness for sherry distracts herself from her ambitious husband and his doting parishioners by conducting an affair with a local grocer, Ramesh. A must for fans of the ‘Talking Heads’ TV series.

Music

Clare Teal and her All Stars (Friday 19 July, 7.30pm, Grand Opera House)

Award-winning Yorkshire jazz vocalist and Radio 2 presenter Clare Teal and her All Stars traverse a rich landscape of timeless and sparkling material as they celebrate the Great American and British Song books as well as contemporary writers creating the standards of today. The Ronnie Scott’s All Stars present The Ronnie Scott’s Story - 60th Anniversary Concert (Saturday 27 July, 8.00pm, Grand Opera House), as in the 60th Anniversary of one of the world’s most iconic music venues, the Ronnie Scott’s All Stars take to the road to celebrate the ‘Ronnie Scott’s Story’

So many fantastic acts, and the best news? That’s not yer lot! Proper pooches at the festival’s annual dog show, boat cruises with celebrity skippers entertaining at the helm… The festival’s offering of culinary delights grows bigger every year, too. Grab a shawarma wrap or a tasty hot donut, or even sitting out in the picnic area with a Yorkshire gin and tonic, you can bask in the summer sun with a full stomach. A visit to York this summer won’t be complete without a day at the Great Yorkshire Fringe.

The fourth Great Yorkshire Fringe is taking place in York over 19-29 July 2018. You can purchase tickets for any show from the double decker box office bus on Parliament Square or from the festival website www.greatyorkshirefringe.com. For any other queries please call +44 (0) 1904 500600.