The first Great Yorkshire Fringe was such a roaring success that it’s coming back in July – and is promising to serve up even more of the very best comedians, music and family entertainment from all over the world in York’s historic city centre.
The inaugural event, this year taking place from 15th July to 1st August, proved a hit with both residents and visitors to the city alike, with more than 120,000 people flocking to a festival of entertainment, music, cabaret, magic and theatre. Building on that success, this year’s weird, wise and wonderful event has been extended by an extra week – so there will be 18 days of entertainment, again centred on Parliament Street.
The full Great Yorkshire Fringe programme is announced today and it features 150 shows or events, 300 performances in total and over 600 performers taking part.
Festival founder and York resident, Martin Witts said: ‘The Great Yorkshire Fringe in 2016 is going to be an even bigger non-stop cavalcade of laughs. Comedy is going to take over the city centre and the sound of infectious laughter will be everywhere! We are also creating The Great Northern Comedy Trail, which will celebrate the lives and work of many of our greatest laughter heroes and venues.’
Parliament Street will again be at the centre of things, as it is transformed into a massive Lazy Lawn village green a 1/4-mile long, a vibrant and exciting space with three fantastic entertainment venues.
Among The Great Yorkshire Fringe highlights for 2016 are several major productions direct from successful runs in London’s West End, including classic radio comedy from Round The Horne: The 50th Anniversary Tour and Showstopper! The Improvised Musical, the first improvised comedy group to win an Oliver Award who have just finished a three-month West End season at the Apollo Theatre.
Returning stand up stars include the incredible Henning When, Tony Law and Simon Munnery. ‘King of the internet’ Richard Herring will pick his favourite routines from his 12 previous one-man shows and cram them into 60 minutes.
‘We’re also thrilled that the Great Yorkshire Fringe will be the first place you can see new material from many established acts,’ said Martin Witts. ‘It will be the place where acts give birth to new shows before moving on to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and beyond. Whatever your taste in comedy or entertainment we promise to have something for you!’
The full Great Yorkshire Fringe programme can be viewed here: