Alty Fringe reveals festival programme

Alty Fringe At Garrick Theatre

Alty Fringe has revealed its festival programme and extended the event by an extra week with more shows to be announced.

Following this week’s announcement of the festival at Altrincham Garrick Playhouse and news that Odyssey will be performing, a string of other shows have now been confirmed.  Alty Fringe will now run from 23 November until Saturday 6 December.

The first full weeks’ programme of entertainment will include Andrew Lancel in Swan Song, Fascinating Aida’s Dillie Keane, Something About Simon and The Very Best Of Tommy Cooper, the programme also includes children’s show Hurrah For The Pirate King and a set by Manchester’s own alt-pop band Hi Sienna.

Speaking about the programme, organiser Max Eden explained, “I am absolutely delighted to announce the first full week’s line up for the inaugural Alty Fringe, we have something for all tastes and a high calibre of performers across the seven days.

“I wanted to create a new platform for the arts and live entertainment which could be enjoyed safely and have worked with the Garrick Theatre to ensure the visit is Covid-Secure and would like to re-assure everyone attending that will be a safe experience. That does mean we have limited seats on sale, so tickets are sure to go fast. Theatre is coming back, and I’m excited that not only do we have one week, but now two weeks of incredible performances, with the second week of shows announced very soon!”

What’s on at Alty Fringe at the Garrick Theatre?

The Very Best of Tommy Cooper
Monday 23 November 2020

Performance times 4pm / 8pm
Show duration: 60 minutes (no interval)
Tickets are £20 + BF
Monday night is comedy night with the multi-talented Daniel Taylor as comedy legend Tommy Cooper. The Very Best Of Tommy Cooper (Just like that!) is the follow up to the award winning The Tommy Cooper Show. He will focus the spotlight entirely on Tommy’s stand-up act offering all the misfiring magic, trademark one-liners and dazzling wordplay in this unmissable production!

Something About Simon – The Paul Simon Story
Tuesday 24 November 2020
Performance time 8pm
Show duration: 75 minutes (no interval)
Tickets are £24 + BF
In a poignant evening of song, story and reminiscence, brilliant Liverpudlian singer-songwriter, Gary Edward Jones, honours the genius of Paul Simon. Weaving the unforgettable melodies with biography and cultural history, Jones leads us deep into Simon’s extraordinary life and straight to the heart of his music. Spanning seven decades from Garfunkel to Graceland, Jones holds his rapt, audience deftly in the palm of his hand. The show should have been playing off-Broadway this autumn and instead it entertains you in Altrincham.

Hi Sienna – Live in Concert
Wednesday 25 November 2020

Performance time 8pm
Show duration: 70 minutes (no interval)
Tickets are £15 + BF
Manchester’s own alt-pop band Hi Sienna play their first gig since lockdown!  Their unique song-writing, infectious melodies and boisterous live performances captivate audiences from start to finish. Last year they played some incredible gigs at Manchester’s Deaf Institute and O2 Ritz, supporting Scouting For Girls, whilst releasing 4 singles in between, heavily supported by BBC Manchester, BBC Introducing, Amazing Radio and XS Manchester. The band are set to release more music in the coming months and will take to the stage at a number of festivals including Liverpool Sound City, Hit The North and the mainstage at Bingley Weekender.

Time & Again Theatre Co Presents Greyhound
Thursday 26 November 2020

Performance time 8pm
Show duration: 60 minutes (no interval)
Tickets are £20 + BF
The year is 1941 and rehearsals for Henry V are underway…
Greyhounds entwines Shakespeare’s famous story of ‘warlike Harry’ with the everyday trials and tribulations of small village life during World War Two. Whilst the war rages above them, the residents of Shuttlefield struggle to stage a production of Henry V to raise money for the local Spitfire fund. New writing combining a taste of Shakespeare, a touch of comedy and true vintage flair!

Swan Song by Jonathan Harvey, starring Andrew Lancel
Friday 27 November 2020

Performance times 6pm / 9pm
Show duration: 70 minutes (no interval)
Tickets are £24 + BF
It is Christmas time and forty-something Dave Titswell is a teacher with a crush, set in Liverpool in 1997. Life, love, and work – none are simple for Dave. Everyone knows someone like Dave – or could even be a Dave themselves. Will a school trip to The Lakes change things for the better, or make things decidedly worse? Swan Song will make audiences laugh, but equally pull at the heartstrings. SWAN SONG is a bittersweet comedy by award-winning writer Jonathan Harvey, first performed at the Edinburgh Festival and Hampstead Theatre. Directed by Noreen Kershaw.

Hurrah For The Pirate King!
Saturday 28 November 2020

Performance times 12pm / 2pm
Show duration: 50 minutes (no interval)
Tickets are £14 + BF
Direct from its Smash-Hit seasons at The Just So! Festivals (2018, 2019) and Liverpool Theatre Festival (2020), Follow the great Pirate King‘s Adventures as he takes us on a Magical and Musical journey to find a treasure beyond Gold and Jewels! Mysterious places shall ye see, Mateys! from Hushabye Mountain to Cat Island where the Queen of the Cats holds her Court, to mysterious and exciting places over the Briney Sea! With her help, can The Pirate King entice the legendary Unicorn, keeper of the magical Unicorn Diamond to appear? Buckle yer Swash ye Land-Lubbers! – experience Opera, Ballet and Art-Song in a fun and inclusive way designed for children and their grown-ups, from ages 0-99.

Hale Barns Carnival Presents ODYSSEY live in Concert
Saturday 28 November 2020

Performance times 6pm / 9pm
Show duration: 75 minutes (no interval)
Tickets are £32 + BF
Disco Superstars, Odyssey are set to perform an intimate show at the Altrincham Garrick Theatre with a show filled with all their biggest hits including ‘Use it Up & Wear it Out’, ‘Native New Yorker’, ‘Inside Out’ and the iconic disco anthem, ‘Going Back to My Roots’.
They will be joined by special guest R&B star; Junior, who was one of the first British R&B artists to be successful in America with his incredible hit ‘Mama Used to Say’ which he’ll be performing live alongside his other hits including the duet ‘Another Step (Closer to You)’ originally recorded with Kim Wilde.

Fascinating Aida’s Dillie Keane
Sunday 29 November 2020
Performance time 1pm
Show duration: 70 minutes (no interval)
Tickets are £30 + BF
New solo show – After far too much bloody gardening leave (thank you Covid!), Dillie is back where she belongs – on a cabaret stage, accompanied by the marvellous Michael Roulston. Her take on life, love and government is cheerfully sour, gently savage and peculiarly mordant – but the beautiful music softens the effect. She freely admits she has a voice like a dying crow being crushed beneath an angry sheep, but that’s never stopped her. In fact, she will be singing some perfectly wonderful songs by other songwriters which she recently discovered in New York. As well as a raft of her own songs too, of course.

North West End: Musicals Live
Sunday 29 November 2020

Performance time 7.30pm
Show duration: 70 minutes (no interval)
Tickets are £20 + BF
North West End will be staging an exciting concert celebrating musical theatre. Three of the best female vocalists in the North West, all award-winning performers, serve you up a mixture of old and new musical theatre anthems.

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