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Comedian Bernie tops the Variety Show bill
The Friends of the King’s Hall and Winter Garden are getting ready to welcome comedian Bernie Clifton and international violinist Gary Lovini – among a host of other entertainers – to their big Jubilee Variety Show in August.
The show at the King’s Hall, Station Road, will open this year’s Ilkley Summer Festival on August 2.
Heading the bill this year is Bernie Clifton, who delighted a packed audience on his previous appearance at the Ilkley theatre in 2009. His visual humour appeals to all ages as he cleverly mixes laughter and music.
Dynamic top violinist Gary Lovini has also appeared in Ilkley before – his previous appearance in 2012 was a huge success. Also appearing is Steve Galler – one of the most popular and accomplished artistes to appear on previous variety shows – with a medley of well-known songs accompanied by his banjo.
A newcomer to the Ilkley stage this year is Victoria Simmonds – an extremely versatile singer – with her repertoire of classical and music hall songs.
A novelty act, reviving memories of Charlie Chaplin, will be Duo du Sol, a clever and unique mime act.
The orchestra will once again be from Leeds City Varieties, under the direction of David Smith, and the compere for the show this year is Ilkley’s very own BBC presenter, John Thirwell. Proceeds will be donated to the restoration fund for The King’s Hall and Winter Garden.
All ticket holders are invited to a wine reception in the Winter Garden prior to the show, provided by the summer festival committee.
Tickets cost £16, available from Ilkley Visitor Information Centre and Ilkley Town Hall or call (01943) 602319.