Bridlington Arts Festival begins May 12

Visitors to the Bridlington Arts Festival will be treated to outdoor entertainments
Visitors to the Bridlington Arts Festival will be treated to outdoor entertainments

The annual Bridlington Arts Festival will be taking place from 12 to 28 May.

Now in its 27th year, it offers something to suit every taste, with concerts, plays, exhibitions, opera, and more.

The festival starts at 10.30am on Sunday 12 May with a Civic Service at the Priory Church.

The Grand Opening Concert will be a brand new production called ‘Robin from the Hood’ by the ReMarkable Kids Theatre Company.

This musical take on the popular classic moves it to a dystopian future, when a band of street children rise up to defy the wicked Sheriff. The show features children from 7 to 16 years old, and takes place at 7.30pm on Wednesday 15 May at the Spa Theatre.

From Thursday 16 May to Sunday 19 May at the Spotlight Theatre there will be a chance to see stories about Greek Gods and heroes performed by more than a hundred actors in total, ranging from three to 70 years old.

The ‘Spotlight Showcase’ involves performers from nurseries, schools, youth groups, and day centres for adults with learning difficulties.

Shows start at 7pm on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings, with a Saturday matinee at 2.30pm.

The Saturday evening performance will be a special ‘Murder Mystery’, and the £6 ticket price includes a glass of wine.

On Sunday 19 May at 2.30pm the Swansea City Opera will perform Donizetti’s ‘Don Pasquale’. This popular comic opera, sung in English, is at the Spa Theatre, and there is a free talk beforehand at 1.30pm for anyone who would like to find out more about the production.

On Wednesday 22 May at 7pm in the Spa Royal Hall the Schools Showcase Spectacular will return for its 13th year.

The entertaining display – including music, song and dance – features more than 200 pupils from 12 schools in Bridlington and across the East Riding.

Judy Wilson, schools liaison officer for the Bridlington Arts Festival said: “The whole show is drawn together in a single day, and is a tribute to the hard work and professionalism of all the teachers and helpers involved.

“As in previous years, we all look forward to seeing a brilliant display of young performing talent. Please come and support the children in the evening, as they do appreciate it, and I know you will have a most enjoyable time.”

On Sunday 26 May at 7pm, in the Spa Theatre, the Stagedoor Academy of Performing Arts presents ‘A Night at the Movies’, featuring routines from popular films including Toy Story, Titanic and A Chorus Line.

Also on Sunday 26 May, and continuing on Monday 27 May, there will be an outdoor festival in and around the Spa Gardens from 11am to 4pm, including a craft fair, exhibitions and free entertainment.

At 7pm on Tuesday 28 May festivities close with a concert, ‘That’s Entertainment’, at the Spa Theatre. Featuring a wealth of local talent, the show will act as a grand finale to the 2013 festival.

Tickets for all the events at the Spa can be bought from the box office on 01262 678258. Tickets for the Spotlight Theatre can be bought at Bridlington Blinds and Curtains at the top of Bridge Street.