The North Yorkshire coast has been a favourite destination for holidaymakers for decades. Immaculate beaches, spectacular coastline and fantastic family accommodation all keep people coming back year after year. Bridlington’s enduring reputation owes more than passing thanks to the show business industry, however. With a schedule packed full of quality productions, any fans of ‘stage and screen’ will feel right at home in Bridlington’s classic theatres. Featuring two main venues – the Spotlight and Bridlington Spa – a programme teeming with variety and choice is available all year round.
Indulge in the classics of opera & ballet
Opera fans will be spoilt for choice with regular visits from New York Met Opera Company, scheduled to perform ‘Die Zauberflote’ and ‘The Examining Angel’ this winter, and shows from the Royal Opera House touring to Bridlington on a regular basis. Other features include ‘Rigoletto’, the tale of a court jester to the libertine Duke of Mantua. Giuseppe Verdi wrote in 1855 that ‘Rigoletto’ was his ‘best opera’ and, indeed, it has remained one of the most popular of all operas today. And for lovers of dance, classic and modern ballet shows are available, with ‘The Nutcracker’ and an adaptation of ‘Alice In Wonderland’ set to arrive this winter.
There’s plenty of musical theatre to enjoy too, with the pick of the shows being ‘The Temperance Seven’. The band came to popularity during the resurgent traditional-jazz era of the early 1960s, and in March 1961, ‘You’re Driving Me Crazy’, produced by Sir George Martin, became a No.1 hit. Playing tuneful jazz classics and original numbers, their unique sound, coupled with their musicianship and ingeniously humorous compositions, set them apart from their contemporaries.
If you’d like to get a glimpse of what goes on behind the scenes, the Bridlington Spa Theatre runs tours which are completely free of charge. Spa staff guide you around backstage areas, front of house and parts of the building not usually open to the general public. Along the way, you will learn about the history and running of the venue so be ready with all those questions you always wanted answering about show business.
Choosing to stay in one of the many relaxing and accommodating holiday cottages in Bridlington provides access to the area’s wonderful, historic entertainment culture. As they say, there’s no business like show business.