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Comedy for Kids, Britain’s Got Talent Fans and a Little Bit of Crazy at This Year’s Halifax Comedy Festival

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Now in its 4th year the Halifax Comedy Festival is returning with some fantastic shows to warm our cockles this autumn. The festival kicks off on Saturday 20 October with the Comedy Club 4 Kids, an afternoon stand-up show bringing some of the best comedians on the circuit to perform for some of the most discerning audiences you can get – CHILDREN! Will they crumble under the unabashed honesty of this tough crowd?

On Sunday 21 October actress, expressionist and star The Imitation Game Debra Stephenson brings A Night of 100 Voices to Halifax, with an evening of comedy and music. Monday 22 October sees all your favourite comedians from Britain’s favourite talent show take to the stage in Comedy Stars of BGT; featuring 2018 winner Lee Ridley (AKA Lost Voice Guy) and show finalists Robert WhiteMicky P KerrMandy Muden and Daliso Chaponda.

Headlining the festival on Wednesday 24 October we’re pleased to welcome zany master of improvisational comedy and randomness Ross Noble back to Halifax with his new tour El Hablador. Thursday is definitely the new Friday in Comedy Festival week, with renowned party girl Eleanor Conway returning to Halifax with the second part of her 100 date tour; Walk of Shame 2: Reality Bites on Thursday 25 October.

On Friday 26 October the town’s monthly comedy club; Dick & Liddy’s will be in full effect with its usual lucky dip line up of up and coming talent on today’s comedy circuit. For the past 18 years Dick & Liddy’s has been a must stop on the circuit for now top comedians such as Alan Carr, Dara O’Briain and John Bishop.

Saturday 27 October is another day for the children, revolting children to be precise, with Radio 4’s Jay Foreman bringing his wonderful blend of music and comedy in Disgusting Songs for Revolting Children, another afternoon show for all the family.

The Comedy Festival would not be complete without its annual trip to the stunning Halifax Minster and the festival closes on the evening of Saturday 27 October with Comedy Congregation at the Minster. This evening of stand-up comedy is a must see, as comedians are undoubtedly bamboozled by the wonder of their hallowed surroundings. This year The Minster welcomes Yorkshire funny man Tom Wrigglesworth, American chat show favourite Al Lubel and Edinburgh Fringe sell out comedy duo The Kagools. The evening is compared by experienced MC & fellow comedian Any Kind.

With the exception of Comedy Congregation at The Minster, all events will be at the Victoria Theatre in either the main auditorium or Green Room Bar.

Tickets for all shows are available from the Halifax Comedy Festival Box Office at the Victoria Theatre, as well as online, please visit www.victoriatheatre.co.uk/hxcf

The Magic of Motown at the Victoria Theatre

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Music fans are invited to the biggest party of the year as the unstoppable Magic of Motown show steams into town on Friday 12 October, 8:00pm.

Seen by over a million people, it’s no surprise that the show is one of the biggest success stories in British theatre history, even performing for Her Majesty the Queen, as special guests at the Royal Variety Performance.

Prepare yourself for 40 back-to-back classic Motown hits, glittering costume changes, dazzling dance moves and outstanding musicianship in this explosive concert experience. With timeless music of Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, The Supremes, The Four Tops, Jackson 5, Smokey Robinson and more, are sensationally recreated for you by an exceptionally talented cast and band.

This breath-taking concert spectacular takes you on a musical journey through all your favourite songs, including: Ain’t No Mountain, Signed Sealed Delivered, Dancing In The Streets, My Cherie Amour, Heatwave and many more.

Tickets from £27.50 are available online at the Victoria Theatre website or by calling the Box Office on 01422 351158.

Bizet’s Carmen at the Victoria Theatre

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Featuring an impressive cast and accompanied by a live Orchestra numbering over 30 musicians the Russian State Opera will be presenting Carmen on Friday 5 October, 7:30pm at the Victoria Theatre, Halifax.

After its successful season of Madame Butterfly and Tosca last year, Russian State Opera returns to delight you with the powerful and dramatic production of Carmen – feel the thrill of fiery passion, jealousy and violence of 19th century Seville Bizet’s most popular opera. Carmen tells the story of the downfall of Don José, a naïve soldier who falls head over heels in love with Carmen, a seductive, free-spirited femme fatale. The infatuated Don José abandons his childhood sweetheart and neglects his military duties, only to lose the fickle Carmen to the glamorous toreador Escamillo.

The music of Carmen has been widely acclaimed for the brilliance of its melodies, enthralling atmosphere and orchestration, as well as for the skill with which Bizet musically represented the emotions and suffering of his characters. The Toreador Song is among the best known of all operatic arias. The rich and colourful vigour of the gypsies’ scenes will have you on the edge of your seat, the vibrancy, enthusiasm and intensity of the performances will reverberate long after the final curtain has fallen Love, treachery, passion and betrayal, Carmen has it all.

Tickets starting at £26.75 can be booked at the Victoria Theatre box office or via the website.

For more information, please visit: www.russian-state-opera.co.uk

Breaking Tradition – QUEST at the Victoria Theatre

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Breaking Tradition, the UK’s leading folk and hip hop dance company, comes together with award-winning folk powerhouse ‘The Demon Barbers’ to invite families, gamers and live music & dance lovers of all ages on an unforgettable adventure on Friday 21 September, 7:00pm at the Victoria Theatre.

When Kai’s sister disappears it’s down to him to find her, but should he be looking in the real world? Or somewhere else…

QUEST ventures inside an extraordinary computer game world fusing morris, clog and sword dance with popping, locking, breaking and martial arts to the beat of new songs and traditional melodies with an electronic edge to create a rousing family show.

‘Quest is a radically eclectic show that sustains fast action with great choreography as well as being totally immersive…a totally fabulous evening’s entertainment for both young and old’.

Tickets start at £15.75 and can be purchased through the box office on 01422 351158 or online at https://www.victoriatheatre.co.uk/

To find out what else is happening at the Victoria Theatre, download the latest brochure.

International Women’s Day Festival at Victoria Theatre

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Annapurna Indian Dance are proudly celebrating International Women’s Day with a Festival at Victoria Theatre on Saturday 10 March, 12:30pm-3:00pm. 

Enjoy a variety of activities at this FREE event: Demonstrations of beautiful temple dancing, tap & contemporary dance, storytelling, music, singing and drumming.

We welcome Award Winning classical Indian Dancer, Dr. Swati Raut, who will be presenting excerpts from her innovative dance project “Half of Me” which explores the theme of Assisted Reproductive Therapy whilst drawing parallels from a storyline in the famous Indian epic “Mahabharata”​.

For more information email info@annapurnadance.com

The campaign theme for International Women’s Day 2018 (March 8) is #PressforProgress

With the World Economic Forum’s 2017 Global Gender Gap Report findings telling us that gender parity is over 200 years away – there has never been a more important time to keep motivated and #PressforProgress. And with global activism for women’s equality fuelled by movements like #MeToo, #TimesUp and more – there is a strong global momentum striving for gender parity.

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Chinese New Year Extravaganza at Victoria Theatre

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On Friday 9 February, 7:30pm come and join the celebration as Chinese New Year lands in Halifax with a unique and exciting show of cultural spectacle.

Touring across the country to celebrate the biggest festive event on the Chinese calendar, ‘Chinese New Year Extravaganza’ features a team of performers showcasing amazing Chinese performing arts. From the cheerful spirit of the auspicious Lion Dance to the majestic and awe-inspiring contortionists, the show is a colourful display of Chinese cultural tradition.

Witness the daring stunts of Chinese acrobatics alongside energetic kung fu, the ancient magic of Face Changing and more.

This colourful and action-packed show is the perfect entertainment for all ages to enjoy on this auspicious occasion. Do not miss!

Tickets from £19.75 can be purchased from the Victoria Theatre Website.

Let your dreams take flight with Peter Pan this Christmas

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peter-panJoin Imagine Theatre on a magical journey and fly away to Neverland in this fantastic new panto for 2016 and see if Wendy, Michael and John can help Peter Pan and the Lost Boys defeat the villainous Captain Hook!

Saturday 10 December to Monday 2 January 2017
At Victoria Theatre, Halifax – In the Main Auditorium

Ticket Prices:

  • GREEN performances: £18.95(discounts available)
  • RED performances: £15.00 (discounts available)

* Prices inclusive of a £1 Theatre Support Fee when booking via the box office and an additional £1.10 booking fee if booking online

Assisted performances:

Schools’ ‘Side of Stage’ Signed performance – Wednesday 14 December, 10.15am

Touch Tour – Saturday 17 December, 12pm
Visually-impaired theatre-goers get direct access to the stage and the opportunity to handle props. Please reserve your place via the Box Office.

Integrated Signed Performance – 28 December, 5.30pm & 29 December, 1pm
Where a BSL interpreter is involved in the action on stage.

Relaxed Performance – Friday 30 December, 10.30am
For children or adults with special needs, including Autistic Spectrum conditions and/or learning difficulties.

Click here to book online

Santa’s Polka Dot Pirate comes to Victoria Theatre this weekend

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santas-polkadot-pirateFrom the creators of Santa’s Dizzy Day and Santa’s Rusty Robot comes a brand new festive show for 2-6 years olds, Santa’s Polka Dot Pirate on the following dates in the Green Room Bar at the Victoria Theatre.

  • Saturday 3 December – 10.30 am
  • Saturday 3 December – 1.30 pm
  • Saturday 3 December – 3.30 pm
  • Sunday 4 December – 10.30 am
  • Sunday 4 December – 1.30 pm
  • Sunday 4 December – 3.30 pm

The show is a fun packed festive experience for children aged 2-6 which will make them laugh, encourage them to get involved and sing their favourite songs as well as meeting Santa and receiving a gift from him.

Tickets cost Adults: £7.50. Children: £10.50, including gift – Nursery and preschool groups of 12+ all seats £9.50 with gift.

Click here to book online

Get involved with a new Friends of Victoria Theatre Group

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The Victoria Theatre is looking for like-minded, creative and passionate people to form a ‘Friends of the Victoria Theatre’ Group.

The group’s focus areas will be on preserving the heritage of the building, leading on and supporting key fundraising efforts, raising the profile of the venue and supporting the theatre’s cultural programme.

If you or anyone you know would be interested in becoming a friend of the Victoria Theatre, we are hosting an open day on Saturday 28 January 2017.

please email VTFriends@calderdale.gov.uk for more details.

Calderdale armed forces veteran network up and running

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“Veterans helping veterans”- providing comradeship and support in a safe environment.

That’s the motto of the new Calderdale Armed Forces Veterans Network which meets weekly in the Victoria Theatre in Halifax.

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is part of this initiative to create a weekly support group for serving and ex-service personnel and their families. Three people from the Trust set the group up when they noticed a gap in the support provided in Calderdale and the North for armed forces personnel and veterans.

The network will provide a place where serving army personnel and veterans of all ages, including their families, can meet in a non-clinical setting. Information, signposting, support and advice on a wide range of mental health and social issues unique to armed forces personnel will be offered at a one-stop-shop, alongside opportunities to socialise. The network is run by healthcare professionals who have served in the forces, who understand military mentality and who share many of their experiences.

The network is being funded by two Trust programmes designed to back initiatives which traditionally might not receive NHS funding: Creative Mind and the Trust Charitable Funds, both of which provide resources for services not normally paid for by the NHS.

Rob Webster, chief executive of South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust said:

“This new network will provide welcome support to our armed forces personnel and veterans.”

“We are bringing organisations together to make sure that our armed forces personnel are supported in dealing with any problems or issues they may face, and helping them to meet like-minded people who can share experiences and support.”

“This network is led by veterans so they understand what it is like to leave the forces and adjust back to civilian life. I am pleased that we are able to give something back and help our armed forces veterans in this way.”

The network meets every Wednesday at the Victoria Theatre in Halifax between 1pm and 3pm – Refreshments are provided and the whole family is invited.

Those interested in the group can call 07464 496490 for more information.