Skating legend Robin Cousins, pop opera star Russell Watson, adventurer Sir Ranulph Fiennes and indie veteran Morrissey will all be treading the boards during a shimmering new summer season of theatre in Bradford.

Back by popular demand at the Alhambra is Grease, from a hit run in the West End. Robin Cousins, former World Champion and Olympic gold medalist skater, and head judge on ITV’s Dancing on Ice, swaps the rink for the stage when he stars as the Teen Angel.

Also from the West End is Avenue Q, a “musical like no other” featuring a cast of puppets. Su Pollard stars in family favourite Annie and Nichola McAuliff stars in Alan Bennett’s The Lady in the Van.

Dance fans are in for a treat with An Evening of Burlesque; The Twist, celebrating songs of the 1960s; and Royal New Zealand Ballet, is coming to Bradford as one of only four UK stops.

Theatre-goers are also invited to climb aboard the ‘Alhambra Express’ for a series of Murder Mystery Evenings.

At St George’s Hall, there’s music from Russell Watson, on his first tour since suffering brain cancer twice; Yorkshire singer Tony Christie; former Smiths frontman Morrissey; and Jonathan Ansell, former frontman with X Factor runner-ups G4.

American songwriter/guitarist Nils Lofgren gives a rare concert and there is more music from the Harlem Gospel Choir.

Action comes in the shape of American Wrestling and martial arts maestros the Shaolin Warriors while Sir Ranulph Fiennes – described as the world’s greatest living explorer – will talk about his adventures.

There are laughs-a-plenty from comics Dylan Moran, Freddie Starr, Sarah Millican and Reginald D Hunter.

At the Alhambra Studio, veteran broadcaster Johnnie Walker looks back on his radio career in Musical Milestones, while over at King’s Hall, Ilkley, former schools inspector turned writer Gervase Phinn will be tickling ribs. For young theatre-goers there’s a stage version of The Jungle Book, and the return of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

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