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Sept – Oct

Fri 3rd Sept

MARK THOMAS – 50 Things About Us
City Varieties Music Hall, Leeds. 50 Things About Us is a show about songs, gongs, loot, tradition, wigs, nicking, statues, art and identity. A sort of funny national edition of Who Do You Think You Are? Presented by Phil McIntyre Live. 8pm. £14.10 – £22.10. leedsheritagetheatres.com

Sat 4th Sept

THE HOLLOW
Ilkley Playhouse, Weston Rd, Ilkley. Agatha Christie said that she thought this was one of the best stories she ever wrote. There are no secret formulas, stolen jewels, or mistaken identities, just human nature, love and hate, in the raw. And a very disturbing sculpture, The Worshipper. 4th – 11th Sept. 7.30pm. Sat mat 2.30pm. ilkleyplayhouse.co.uk

Mon 6th Sept

PETER JAMES’ Looking Good Dead
Leeds Grand Theatre, Leeds. The thrilling Roy Grace series from multi-million No.1 best selling author Peter James returns to Leeds Grand Theatre with the world premiere stage production of Looking Good Dead. 6th – 11th Sept. 7.30pm. Wed & Sat mat 2.30pm. £29 – £41. leedsheritagetheatres.com

BOUNCERS
Chorley Theatre, Dole Lane, Chorley. John Godber’s timeless play set in a seedy Northern nightclub, where we meet the boys, the girls, the cheesy DJ. 6th – 11th Sept. 8pm. £10. chorleytheatre.com

MONDAY AFTERNOON VARIETY SHOW
Blackburn Empire Theatre, Aqueduct Rd, Blackburn. Featuring host and compère Michael Berry, Anthony Mason, The Ukulele Virtuoso, Classic Sound, The Well known Singing Duo, Bob Lawrence, Fabulous Comedian. 2pm. £5. blackburnempire.com

Thurs 9th Sept

LA VOIX – The Return of the UK’s Funniest Redhead
City Varieties Music Hall, Leeds. Global Superstar La Voix’s show has become a phenomenon in many towns and cities around the world. Expect side splitting comedy, huge vocals, mesmerising impressions of the world’s biggest divas and buckets full of energy. 7.30pm. £25. leedsheritagetheatres.com

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THREE MUSKETEERS
Dukes Theatre and Cinema, Moor Lane, Lancaster. Featuring hilarious heroics, raucous romances and some bonkers fun with BMX bikes, Le Navet Bete condense Dumas’ 70 page classic into two hours of non stop comedy gold. 9th – 11th Sept. 7.30pm. £12 – £18. dukeslancaster.org

Sat 11th Sept

GLEE & ME
The Royal Exchange Theatre, St Ann’s Square, Manchester. Glee & Me is Stuart Slade’s 2019 Bruntwood Judges Prize winning dark comedy, an unexpectedly optimistic portrayal of love and the extraordinary resilience of the human spirit. 11th Sept – 30th Oct. 7.30pm. Various prices. royalexchange.co.uk

Sun 12th Sept

DASILVA CIRCUS BY NOISY OYSTER
Skipton Town Hall, Skipton. This traditional family show, now in its second generation, has been brought right up to date with all the thrills and spills of a real life circus. 11am & 2pm. £7.50. ticketsource.co.uk

Mon 13th Sept

HAIRSPRAY
The Alhambra Theatre, Bradford. The international musical phenomenon Hairspray returns to Bradford this year! After breaking box office records and delighting audiences in the West End, on Broadway and on the big screen since 1988. 13th – 19th Sept. 7.30pm. Wed mat 2pm, Sat mat 2.30pm. £21.50 – £47. bradford-theatres.co.uk

Tues 14th Sept

WAITRESS
Leeds Grand Theatre, Leeds. London’s smash hit musical comedy. Matt Willis (Busted, A Christmas Carol, Wicked) as Dr Pomatter. 14th – 18th Sept. 7.30pm. Thurs Sat mat 2.30pm. £33 – £49. leedsheritagetheatres.com

Wed 15th Sept

A BUNCH OF AMATEURS
Lowther Pavilion, West Beach, Lytham St Annes. A Bunch of Amateurs is a British comedy written by Ian Hislop of ‘Have I Got News for You’ and Nick Newman. Presented by the award winning Anonymous Players. 15th – 18th Sept. 7.30pm. £14. lowtherpavilion.co.uk

GIRLS JUST WANNA HAVE FUN
The Victoria Theatre, Fountain St, Halifax. From the writers of hit sketch show Hormonal Housewives comes the brand new musical comedy Girls Just Wanna Have Fun! This show will get you in the mood for dancing as it’s jam packed with your favourite night out anthems. 7.30pm. £28.75. victoriatheatre.co.uk

Thurs 16th Sept

ED BYRNE – If I’m Honest
The Albert Halls, Victoria Square, Bolton. Tour extension due to popular demand. Since storming the Edinburgh Festival in 2019, this master class in observational comedy has been filling venues across the country. 8pm. £25. alberthalls-bolton.co.uk

Fri 17th Sept

THE GOOD OLD DAYS
City Varieties Music Hall, Leeds. The legendary music hall experience. 17th – 25th Sept. 7pm. Sat mat 2pm. £16 – £19. leedsheritagetheatres.com

LOUDER IS NOT ALWAYS CLEARER
Skipton Town Hall, Skipton. ‘Louder Is Not Always Clearer’ is an honest portrayal of the vulnerability of a deaf man, created and performed by a deaf man. 7pm. £12.50. ticketsource.co.uk

Wed 22nd Sept

STAGS & HENS
The Bradford Playhouse, Bradford. From the pen of Blood Brothers writer Willy Russell, Stags and Hens is a laughter filled romp from start to finish – focusing on a group of girls and local lads who venture out for a night of pre-marriage stag and hen party celebrations. £10 – £12. 22nd – 25th Sept. 7.30pm. bradfordplayhouse.org.uk

JOE ORTON’S LOOT!
Blackburn Empire Theatre, Aqueduct Rd, Blackburn. Presented by Blackburn Drama Club this ensuing black comedy shocked and delighted audiences in equal measure when the play premiered five decades ago, winning the Evening Standard Best Play award. 22nd – 25th Sept. 7.30pm. £12. blackburnempire.com

Thurs 23rd Sept

LLOYD GRIFFITH – Not Just A Pretty Face
Darwen Library Theatre, Knott St, Darwen. Lloyd is back on the road with his latest stand up tour, Not Just A Pretty Face. 8pm. £13. bwdvenues.com

BEST GIRLS
Dukes Theatre and Cinema, Moor Lane, Lancaster. Meet Annie, a veteran’s child on her way to change her life. Best Girl is a tour de force one woman play about the power of the past, help and hope. 23rd – 25th Sept. 7.30pm. £8. dukeslancaster.org

FLAMINGOLAND
Ilkley Playhouse, Weston Rd, Ilkley.
A wonderful bittersweet story written with love, humour, sadness, and a twist that you didn’t see coming. 23rd – 25th Sept. 7.30pm. £10, concs £8. ilkleyplayhouse.co.uk

Fri 24th Sept

JIMMY CARR – Terribly Funny
King George’s Hall, Blackburn. Jimmy’s brand new show contains jokes about all kinds of terrible things. Terrible things that might have affected you or people you know and love. But they’re just jokes, they are not the terrible things. Having political correctness at a comedy show is like having health and safety at a rodeo. 8pm. £31. bwdvenues.com

Sat 25th Sept

STEVE ROYLE
Burnley Mechanics, Manchester Rd, Burnley. Following his much loved appearances on Britain’s Got Talent and a performance in the final that left the judges breathless with laughter. comedian Steve Royle is proud to announce that he will be setting out on his debut UK Tour in 2021 with a fun filled evening for all the family. 7.30pm. £16 – £18. burnleymechanics.ticketsolve.com

THE MOUNTAINTOP
The Royal Exchange Theatre, St Ann’s Square, Manchester. A brand new production of Katori Hall’s Olivier Award Winning The Mountaintop. This laugh out loud, visceral and powerful drama re-imagines the eve of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr and asks what the makings of a hero are. 25th Sept – 27th Oct. 7.30pm. Various prices. royalexchange.co.uk

Wed 29th Sept

LAUGH ME A LAUGH
The Grand Theatre, St Leonardgate, Lancaster. Tommy Cannon will be joined on stage by his good pals, Johnnie Casson and Stu Francis, for a magical nostalgic evening of laughter, song and a chance to join in and listen to Tommy recount tales from his life and career with Bobby Ball with Q&A’s from the audience. 7.30pm. £20. lancastergrand.co.uk

Thurs 30th Sept

ERIC AND ERN
St George’s Hall, Bradford. For all the family from 8 to 108 Eric and Ern is a brilliant homage to Morecambe and Wise crammed full of those famous comedy sketches, from Grieg’s Piano Concerto, Mr Memory’ Arsenal’, to the paper bag trick! 7.30pm. £24.50. bradford-theatres.co.uk

Fri 1st Oct

FASCINATING AÏDA
King George’s Hall, Blackburn. They’re back at last! Dillie Keane, Adèle Anderson and Liza Pulman are heading out on tour. With a selection of old favourites, songs you haven’t heard before and some you wish you’d never heard in the first place. The songs are hilarious and topical, the glamour is unstoppable. 7.30pm. £26. bwdvenues.com

Sat 2nd Oct

LOVE & SPICE
Skipton Town Hall, Skipton. Love & Spice from Balbir Singh Dance Company blends Kathak dance, music and live cooking in surprisingly delicious ways. 7.30pm. £15, under 18s £7.50. ticketsource.co.uk

Sun 3rd Oct

ANIMAL ANTICS
Opera House, Blackpool. Time for The Animal Guyz who are fast becoming one of the UK’s leading animal presenters to literally bring the stage to life with this brand new funny, entertaining and educational live show that will delight the whole family. 2pm & 5pm. £13.75 – £16.50. wintergardensblackpool.co.uk

Tues 5th Oct

IAN WAITE & VINCENT SIMONE – Act Two
The Atkinson, Lord Street, Southport. The fabulous Strictly Come Dancing stars promise another wonderful evening of old fashioned variety, dance, comedy and song. If you enjoyed The Ballroom Boys, then make sure you don’t miss the hilarious dancing duo when they bring you. Act Two! 7.30pm. £30 – £34. theatkinson.co.uk

Fri 8th Oct

JIMMY CRICKET LAUGHTER SHOW
Fox Lane Sports Club. Preston. Great night of comedy with the legend Jimmy Cricket and support acts all in aid of Jimmy’s charity. Francis House Children’s Hospice. 7.30pm. £10. Tel: 01772 433975.

Sat 9th Oct

FRANKIE ALLEN
The Muni, Albert Road, Colne. ‘The UK’s Most Feared Comedian’ Frankie Allen brings his no holds barred comedy roadshow to Colne for one night only. 8pm. £20. themuni.co.uk

GARY DELANEY – Gary In Punderland
The Atkinson, Lord Street, Southport. Get ready to dive into a rabbit hole of the best jokes in the world star of Live at the Apollo and sell out sensation Gary Delaney returns to The Atkinson. 8pm. £20. theatkinson.co.uk

Sun 10th Oct

HENRY NORMAL – The Escape Plan
Darwen Library Theatre, Knott St, Darwen. An evening of pure escape with stories, jokes and poems from writer, poet and TV and film producer Henry Normal. Featuring all your favourite poems from his BBC Radio 4 series and his seven poetry collections. 8pm. £12.50 – £14.50. bwdvenues.com

Mon 11th Oct

CHICAGO

The Alhambra Theatre, Bradford. The international multi award winning musical. Set amidst the razzle-dazzle decadence of the 1920s, Chicago is the story of Roxie Hart, a housewife and nightclub dancer who murders her on the side lover after he threatens to walk out on her. 11th – 16th Oct. 7.30pm. Wed mat 2pm, Sat mat 2.30pm. £25.50 – £52.50. bradford-theatres.co.uk

Wed 13th Oct

AN EVENING WITH SNOOKER GREATS
The Victoria Theatre, Fountain St, Halifax. An Evening with snooker greats starring Steve Davis & Dennis Taylor. Recreating the 1985 World Championship Final with host & referee John Virgo. 7.30pm. £36.75. victoriatheatre.co.uk

Thurs 14th Oct

FORBIDDEN NIGHTS
The Muni, Albert Road, Colne. Immerse yourself in this sexy, innovative and classy show this new age entertainment brings you world class circus acts with our signature Forbidden tease. Get ready for your ultimate ‘Forbidden’ night out with two hours of breath taking action, seductive choreography and our comedian compere for your entertainment. 7.30pm. £20.50 – £26.50. themuni.co.uk

ROMEO & JULIET
Dukes Theatre and Cinema, Moor Lane, Lancaster. With music, mayhem and more costume changes than you can shake a spear at, expect the HandleBards usual irreverent, charming and hilarious style to come bursting onto the stage. Forget the tears and tragedy, and get ready for some live and wired Shakespeare as you’ve never seen it before. 14th – 16th Oct. 7.30pm. Sat mat 2.30pm.£14 – £18. dukeslancaster.org

Fri 15th Oct

FOLLIES – National Theatre Live
Darwen Library Theatre, Knott St, Darwen. Tracie Bennett, Janie Dee and Imelda Staunton play the magnificent Follies in this dazzling production. Featuring a cast of 37 and an orchestra of 21, Stephen Sondheim’s legendary musical was directed by Dominic Cooke and filmed live on stage at the National Theatre in 2017. 7.30pm. £15 – £16. bwdvenues.com

Sat 16th Oct

OPERA NORTH’S BERNSTEIN DOUBLE BILL
Leeds Grand Theatre, Leeds. Trouble in Tahiti & West Side Story. American composer Leonard Bernstein was a major influence on the Broadway musical stage and this double bill brings together two of his pieces in a thrilling evening of music, dance and drama. 16th – 30th Oct. 7pm. £15 – £77.50. leedsheritagetheatres.com

Mon 18th Oct

SWAN LAKE – The Russian State Ballet
Scarborough Spa Grand Hall, Scarborough. The Russian State Ballet and Opera House Presents Swan Lake, a timeless ballet with exquisite dancing. 7.30pm. Adult £33, concs £28, child £21. scarboroughspa.co.uk

THE HAUNTINGS OF EBENEZER SCROOGE
Chorley Theatre, Dole Lane, Chorley. In this scary and atmospheric adaptation of the Dickens classic, the miserly Scrooge is visited by several ghosts who try to get him to change his ways. 18th – 23rd Oct. 7.30pm. £8. chorleytheatre.com

Tues 19th Oct

NUTCRACKER
Royal Hall, Ripon Rd, Harrogate. The Russian State Ballet and Opera House presents The Nutcracker, a lavish Ballet of festive season. Music by Pyotr I. Tchaikovsky, featuring live Orchestra with over 30 musicians. 7.30pm. £34 – £38. harrogatetheatre.co.uk

BEDKNOBS AND BROOMSTICKS
Palace Theatre, Manchester. Enter a world of magic and fantasy as Disney’s classic movie Bedknobs and Broomsticks makes its world premiere as an exciting new musical. 19th – 24th Oct. 7.30pm. Thurs & Sat mat 2.30pm. Sun 4pm. £13 – £70. atgtickets.com

Wed 20th Oct

THE VICAR OF DIBLEY
The Bradford Playhouse, Bradford. The Bradford Players present The Vicar of Dibley. 20th – 23rd Oct. 7.30pm. £12 – £14. bradfordplayhouse.org.uk

Sat 23rd Oct

THE LITTLE MERMAID
Burnley Mechanics, Manchester Rd, Burnley. This hilarious underwater adventure is a laugh-a-minute musical with glittering scenery, sparkling costumes and a memorable score you can sing along to and is suitable for the entire family. 11.30am & 3.30pm. £11 – £14, family £45. burnleymechanics.ticketsolve.com

TARZANNA
Dukes Theatre and Cinema, Moor Lane, Lancaster. Tarzanna is a playful aerial theatre show for all the family to enjoy. Join the performers as they climb, jump and swing through the air. 2pm & 4pm. dukeslancaster.org

Sun 24th Oct

RAPUNZEL – The Adult Pantomime
The Muni, Albert Road, Colne. Joseph Purdy proudly presents, Rapunzel, the adult pantomime. Start your engines as Adult Panto is returning to slay another day! 7.30pm. £24.50. themuni.co.uk

Mon 25th Oct

AN EVENING WITH SIR MICHAEL PARKINSON
King’s Hall Ilkley. An Evening with Sir Michael Parkinson is a unique opportunity to get an intimate, entertaining and informative look at his remarkable journey from a pit village in Yorkshire, to the top of those famous stairs. 7.30pm. £29.50 – £34.50. bradford-theatres.co.uk

THE CAT AND THE CANARY
The Opera House, Manchester. Twenty years after the death of Mr. West, his descendants gather at a remote mansion to learn who will inherit his vast wealth and the hidden family jewels. Presented by The Classic Thriller Theatre Company. 25th – 30th Oct. 7.30pm, Thurs & Sat mat 2.30pm. £13 – £42. atgtickets.com

Wed 27th Oct

SHARK IN THE PARK
The Muni, Albert Road, Colne. Featuring all 3 of the ‘Shark in the Park’ Series, 2pm. ££8 – £10. themuni.co.uk

DR JOHN COOPER CLARKE – I Wanna Be Yours
The Victoria Theatre, Fountain St, Halifax. Poet; Rock Star; TV & Radio Presenter; Comedian, Cultural commentator – Dr. John Cooper Clarke is returning to the Victoria Theatre Halifax for another electrifying evening of poetry and the spoken word.7.30pm. From £21.75. victoriatheatre.co.uk

JIMEOIN TURN IT UP
The Grand Theatre, St Leonardgate, Lancaster. A brilliant evening of world class comedy from the Irishman internationally celebrated as one of live stand-up’s true masters. 7.30pm. £16.50. lancastergrand.co.uk

ONLY FOOLS AND BOYCIE
Chorley Theatre, Dole Lane, Chorley. Enjoy an intimate evening with John Challis, one of the nation’s greatest comedy actors, best known as Boycie in BBC1’s Only Fools and Horses. In this one off show the national treasure will reveal secrets from the set with stories and anecdotes from his dazzling career. 7.30pm. £19. chorleytheatre.com

Fri 29th Oct

DAVE SPIKEY – A Funny Thing Happened
The Atkinson, Lord Street, Southport. Funny things happen all the time; at home, at work, out shopping, at the vets, in prison, out with your Gran. Dave Spikey’s comedy radar has always instinctively drawn him to these small, out of the ordinary events that wash over most of us and pass us by. 7.30pm. £18. theatkinson.co.uk

Sun 31st Oct

PIRATES OF THE SPOOKY LAGOON
Blackburn Empire Theatre, Aqueduct Rd, Blackburn. Climb aboard the good ship Naughty Nellie this October half term for a fun packed family adventure amidst the high seas cram packed with story, slapstick, circus performers, custard pie chaos and hilarious comedy. 1pm & 5pm. £13.50, concs £11.50, family £46. blackburnempire.com

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