Many happy returns as theatre plans a star-studded springtime

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FIRM favourites and a flock of fresh faces are packing the pages of the Victoria Theatre’s spring brochure.

The Halifax theatre has hosted numerous big names in the past 12 months, including entertainer Ken Dodd, comedians Ed Byrne, Jason Byrne, Alan Carr, Lee Evans and Milton Jones and West Yorkshire-based hit-makers Smokie.

Doddy returns in May - as does comic Dara O’Briain with his Craic Dealer tour (Tuesday, May 8), and in March rock ‘n’ roll legend Joe Brown (Sunday 11), the Bootleg Beatles (Saturday 17) and The Chuckle Brothers (Sunday 4) all arrive with shows to delight. But newcomers will also grace the stage at the Victoria - including feisty Geordie chatterbox Sarah Millican, whose February gig is already sold out.

Heart-throb Adam Ant is the first arrival of the New Year and will play on Thursday, January 19, with his band, the Good, the Mad and the Lovely Posse.

Other new attractions include:

l Science Museum Live on Tour (Saturday and Sunday, February 4-5);

l Bobby Davro as Scarecrow in a new, professional pantomime version of Wizard of Oz on Tuesday and Wednesday, April 3 and 4;

l Paul Merton’s Out of My Head show (Saturday, May 12) in which the entertainer returns to his stand-up roots for an evening of sketches, music, magic and variety.

Later in the year Jimmy Carr makes another welcome return with his Gagging Order tour (Friday, October 12) and Scottish comedian Kevin Bridges plays in November.

There are many happy returns too for Letz Zep (Saturday, April 7) and Fireman Sam (Sunday, April 29) while Brendan Cole stars in the Live and Unjudged show on Tuesday, February 7 and Halifax Amatwur Operatic Society stages Titanic the Musical, marking 100 years since the sinking of the RMS Titanic on its maiden voyage (Tuesday to Saturday, April 10 to 14).

Theatres manager Tim Fagan said: “There are performances to suit everyone’s tastes.”