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The Y Theatre

7 East Street, Leicester, LE1 6EY
0116 255 7066

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Ed Byrne – If I’m Honest…
From:28-09-2021
To:28-09-2021
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Join Ed as he takes a long hard look at himself and tries to decide if he has ANY traits that are worth passing on to his children.

Ed Byrne presents his brand-new masterclass in observational comedy hot on the heels of his 17/18 Touring hit, Spoiler Alert!

A TV household name, in the past year Ed has appeared on Live At The Apollo (Host, BBC), Mock The Week (BBC), The Pilgrimage (BBC), Top Gear (BBC) and QI (BBC).

Sindhu Vee: Alphabet
From:30-09-2021
To:30-09-2021
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A brand-new show about the hair we want, the friends we have, and living the vast difference between virus and viral.

Expect "outspoken, frank and funny stand-up" (Evening Standard) from this Edinburgh Comedy Awards Best Newcomer nominee.

As seen on Live At The Apollo, QI, Have I Got News For You and Sex Education and heard on Radio 4's Things My Mother Never Told Me (...About Lockdown) and The Guilty Feminist podcast.

"Acerbic perspective and unapologetic delivery" The List

An Evening With Shaun Ryder
From:01-10-2021
To:01-10-2021
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Shaun William George Ryder (born 23 August 1962) is an English singer, songwriter, television personality and author. As the lead singer of the Happy Mondays he was a leading figure in the Madchester cultural scene in the late 1980s. In 1993 he formed another band, Black Grape.

Ryder was the runner-up of the tenth series of I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!. The film 24 Hour Party People featured the story of Ryder's youth. Join Shaun as he discusses his life, career & the music industry.

You will also have the opportunity to ask Shaun a question.

Live music support act: No Conflict feat. Harrison Gent

Bridget Christie: Who Am I?
From:02-10-2021
To:02-10-2021
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Brand new show from the Edinburgh Comedy Award, Rose D'or and South Bank Sky Arts Award winner, star of her own Netflix special and BBC Radio 4 series, Bridget Christie Minds the Gap .

"she is among the last decade's most blissfully funny, ridiculous and radical standups ..." – Brian Logan"
A masterclass" ***** (Guardian)
"Superb" **** (Telegraph)
"10th-best living comedian" (Times)
"I absolutely could not have done Nanette without the work that [Bridget] did" – Hannah Gadsby

Age guidance: 14+

The Upbeat Beatles
From:03-10-2021
To:03-10-2021
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The Upbeat Beatles are a rockin' band with tight musicianship and powerhouse vocals! You'll be jumping from the word go! There isn't a band to touch them - 8 bars of "Twist and Shout" and you will know why!

Breath taking harmonies and guitar solos all wrapped up in Scouse humour, the audience will be left on an emotional high.

From the depths of the Cavern to the Apple roof top, through Beatlemania, America, Sergeant Pepper to Abbey Road, their attention to detail will draw you into the world of the Beatles like no other show.

If you love the Beatles you'll love this show, and if you don't love the Beatles you'll love this show!

Siobhan Phillips: Live and Unhinged
From:07-10-2021
To:07-10-2021
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Siobhan Phillips recently wowed audiences as the only female finalist in Britain's Got Talent 2019.

Described as "the love child of Peter Kay and Victoria Wood", her hilarious self-penned songs really struck a chord with the nation, who could totally relate to a selection of her observational daft ditties.

Covering subjects from becoming a first-time Mum at 40, tantrum-throwing toddlers and the frustrations of mother-daughter relationships, you'll be treated to an insight to her life presented with exceptional candour and warmth.
This brand new show has variety at its core and features the smash hit songs performed on Britain's Got Talent, along with more daft ditties, comedy and the chance to experience Siobhan's breathtaking vocals in an evening guaranteed to be Live and Unhinged.

Steeleye Span
From:14-10-2021
To:14-10-2021
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1970 would prove to be a vintage year for music and the start of an era that would change the world.

For Steeleye Span – formed the year before - it would mark a major milestone. The band released their debut album Hark The Village Wait, a record that would not only launch one of the most enduring stories in the folk world and beyond but also come to influence further generations of artists.

Five decades on and the band, led as ever by the iconic vocals of Maddy Prior and with a seven piece line-up featuring some of the most skilled musicians on the UK folk scene, their 50th anniversary tour will be a celebration of the key tracks from that famous album as well as favourites and gems from their long and famous career.

Mark Watson: This Can’t Be It
From:15-10-2021
To:15-10-2021
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We've all had some pondering to do about the fragility of life recently, but don't worry, skinny national treasure Mark Watson has it covered. At 41, he's halfway through his days on earth, according to the life expectancy calculator app he paid £1.49 for. That life is in the best shape in living memory... but one problem remains, and it really is a huge one.

Spiritual enquiry meets high-octane observational comedy as the 'Taskmaster' survivor, multi-award-winner and "No More Jockeys" cult leader attempts to cram a couple of years of pathological overthinking into an evening of stand-up. Maybe we'll even solve the huge problem. Doubt it, though.

Geoff Norcott: I Blame the Parents
From:17-10-2021
To:17-10-2021
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In the age of victimhood, it seems like whatever's wrong with your life it can be blamed on someone else. Every generation there's an opportunity for a new set of mums and dads to set their kids straight and make a stand against whatever trendy nonsense is currently doing the rounds. But do we? Or is it easier to give into fear and the pursuit of a quiet life?

With a child of his own, Geoff spies a one-off chance for his family to finally get it right and produce a balanced human being, but can he filter out his own bollocks before it gets to his son?

Iain Stirling: Failing Upwards
From:22-10-2021
To:22-10-2021
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Iain Stirling (Love Island and Taskmaster) is taking his ‘extremely funny' (Telegraph) comedy back on the road for his biggest ever nationwide tour, following his 2018 sell-out smash U OK HUN? x.

Do you ever wonder how people manage to be normal? Iain does. So much so he's written a brand new stand-up show about it. Join the ‘star of comedy' (The i) as he explores his inability to function in the most basic of public settings, social media's constant pressure to "live your best life" and that one time a man stole his shoes.

Sukh Ojla: Life Sukhs
From:23-10-2021
To:23-10-2021
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Following her debut solo run at the Edinburgh Fringe 2019, Sukh Ojla brings her brilliant solo comedy hour to Leicester.

Join Sukh as she tries to figure out how to move forward in reverse. From dealing with mental illness to moving back in with her parents, Sukh explores mental health, identity, and living a double life in a searingly honest look at what happens when life doesn't go to plan.

COBO: Comedy Shutdown - Black History Month
From:23-10-2021
To:23-10-2021
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Join COBO : Comedy Of Black Origin as we come to Leicester for a Black History Month Special with an almighty bang!

If you need an evening filled with laugher and more, then you are not going to want to miss this experience – grab your tickets today!

Acts: Kane Brown
Aurie Styla Kat B
Annette Fagon

SLIM: KING
From:27-10-2021
To:27-10-2021
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As tour support for both Kevin Hart and Dave Chappelle, with seven sell out tours and six smash hit comedy specials: the multi award winning Slim has been called the King of the Black British Comedy Circuit, but how does he feel about this title? Catch this spectacular star as he guides us through hilariously honest tales of fatherhood, relationships and working life, all whilst racking up 20 years as a comic.

Tez Ilyas: The Vicked Tour
From:29-10-2021
To:29-10-2021
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The brand-new stand-up show from brand new author and the star of The Tez O'Clock Show (Channel 4), TEZ Talks (BBC Radio 4) and the multi-award-winning Man Like Mobeen (BBC Three).

Join Tez as he uses his trademark silly, smart and subversive humour to celebrate all that we still have.
Expect mega laughs, happy groans and cheeky provocations, as Tez guarantees a vicked time.

Demons of Ruby Mae
From:30-10-2021
To:30-10-2021
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Having headlined the BBC Introducing Festival at De Montfort Hall, Demons Of Ruby Mae are back!

Performing old songs and recent releases, including their single Hero, the band will be joined by a number of fellow musicians and friends on stage.

Leicester Stand Up Challenge 2021
From:03-11-2021
To:03-11-2021
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The Stand Up Challenge competition returns to The Y Theatre again this Autumn.

Watch the brave participants perform their first ever 5 minutes of original stand-up comedy live on stage, in front of their colleagues, clients, friends, family & supporters; competing to be crowned the Leicester Stand Up Challenge 2021 winner! The event is in aid of Big Difference (registered charity 1135167), the charity behind the annual Leicester Comedy Festival.

Undr The Cosh
From:11-11-2021
To:11-11-2021
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Since the first episode in early 2018, Undr The Cosh has fast become one of the UK's most popular football podcasts, seeing over 50,000 audio downloads and 20,000 video views each week, and featuring in the UK Sports Top 10 Podcast Chart throughout 2019.

Each week the lads are joined by a different character from the world of football, from non-league players to seasoned internationals and Champions League winners. Uncovering the good, the bad and the downright ugly parts of their careers and football, in general, the lads' no-nonsense, interviewing approach has struck a real chord with supporters, bringing with it a new no holds barred insight into the game heard nowhere else.

Paul Zerdin: Hands Free
From:18-11-2021
To:18-11-2021
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Sam, Albert, Baby, Roger the bodyguard and an urban fox have all survived 2020 locked down with Paul....well nearly. They can't wait to see you, so get ready to be involved. As well as his hilarious characters ‘Hands Free' features Paul giving us a glimpse into his own world showing us what it's like to be able to throw your voice in everyday situations where anything and everything can talk back!

Don't miss out on your chance to see the winner of America's Got Talent, the star of London's Palladium Panto and without doubt one of Britain's finest entertainers at a theatre near you.

Made in Motor City - Tribute to the Motown Legends
From:21-11-2021
To:21-11-2021
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'Made in Motor City' bring to life the classic music & sounds of the Motown record label from the 1960s & 70s. The band comprises high quality musicians dedicated to recreating authentically the sounds of the 'Motor City' fronted by the incredible talents of the bands three female vocalists. If you’re a fan of Martha Reeves, Mary Wells, The Temptations, The Supremes & many other Motown legends then this is a show not to be missed. Sit back & enjoy the songs that were 'Made in Motown'.

Thunder's Danny & Luke: “The First 50 Years” Tour
From:29-11-2021
To:29-11-2021
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Thunder founder members Danny Bowes (singer) and Luke Morley (guitarist) will be in conversation owith rock writer Mick Wall, talking through the highs and lows of life in Britain's most popular and enduring rock band. Their new book "Danny Bowes & Luke Morley - The First 50 Years" will form the backdrop of each show, with acoustic renditions of Thunder classic songs in between the stories and chat. Poignant, revealing and hilarious, these guys are consummate professionals and extremely entertaining company.

The Bon Jovi Experience
From:03-12-2021
To:03-12-2021
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The Bon Jovi Experience are the world's first and finest tribute to the great Bon Jovi and are the world's ONLY tribute to have been requested by and to have performed live on stage with Jon Bon Jovi himself. They are also the only tribute to have been featured on the official Bon Jovi website.

"Have you seen this guy he looks so much like Jon Bon Jovi it's freaky man" – Chad Kroeger (Nickelback)
"The best tribute I've ever seen" – JON BON JOVI.

Two Mr P's in a Podcast LIVE
From:04-12-2021
To:04-12-2021
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Mr P has been a primary school teacher for over 12 years. He still works part-time in school and leads training in schools all over the UK and beyond. From sharing ideas and funny insights into life in the classroom he has now become the most followed teacher on social media in the UK. Alongside his younger brother (who also works in school) he started a podcast - Two Mr Ps in a Podcast. In a year, it has been the number one education podcast and amassed over 350,000 listeners.

Sharing funny stories from the front line of teaching, this live show will see the Two Mr Ps reminiscing on their own school days and looking at the wonderful and hilarious world of education. Anyone who went to school will enjoy and relate to this brilliant new show.

Santa's Best Ever Christmas
From:10-12-2021
To:11-12-2021
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SANTA'S BEST EVER CHRISTMAS - the show where every child receives a present from Santa!

“It’s always the most wonderful time of the year, full of peace and love, family and friends - so why does Santa think that this Christmas is going to be the best one ever… can you guess?

Join Father Christmas and friends in this brand new, festive, musical, interactive adventure to make 2021 Santa’s Best Ever Christmas! It’s a family show most suitable for 2-7 year olds, where every child will receive a specially wrapped present from Santa - after the most Christmassy Christmas show ever, HO-HO-HO!

Reginald D Hunter: Bombe Shuffleur
From:18-02-2022
To:18-02-2022
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Climate change. Mass unemployment. Economic pandemics. The rise of global fascism. So what the f*** could this man POSSIBLY say to upset you? Welcome to the world of the Bombe Shuffleur.

Reginald D Hunter is back with a brand-new show, and there's no time for niceties. Unafraid to tackle head on the subjects the rest of us skirt around, Reginald is the voice of his generation – searingly honest, brutally funny and uniquely placed to commentate on the unfolding meltdown of life as we know it.

Dean Friedman - In Concert, plus Special Guest: Boothby Graffoe
From:05-05-2022
To:05-05-2022
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Hailed by critics and fans alike as a one of the finest songwriters of his generation, Dean Friedman has achieved legendary, pop-icon status for chart-topping hits, Ariel, Lucky Stars, Lydia, McDonald’s Girl and more.

Following his sold-out 40th Anniversary Tour, Friedman returns to the stage armed with a stunning collection of his insightful and compelling, true-to-life ‘story songs’ - songs of pathos and humor that deal with family, friends, neighbors, work and the seemingly trivial, yet ultimately essential stuff of everyday life.

The Fleetwood Mac Songbook
From:14-05-2022
To:14-05-2022
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The Fleetwood Mac Songbook' is made up of six experienced musicians who are dedicated to recreating the magical sounds of one of music's most enduring groups – Fleetwood Mac!

During their dynamic, hit packed show you can expect to hear well loved songs from all eras of FM's incredible 50+ year career ... Go Your Own Way, Little Lies, Dreams, The Chain (the Formula One racing theme song), Don't Stop, Everywhere, Rhiannon, Seven Wonders, Oh Well, Big Love ... from the 60's 'Blues' incarnation of the band with frontman, Peter Green, through to the 70's massive, multi million selling 'Rumours' album and slick 80's, hit single packed production, 'Tango In The Night' this is a popular show for all ages and the urge to get up and dance always proves to be irresistible!

Gary Delaney: Gary in Punderland
From:28-05-2022
To:28-05-2022
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Get ready to dive into a rabbit hole of the best jokes in the world - star of Live at the Apollo and sell-out sensation Gary Delaney is back! One of the most sought after joke writers in the country and longstanding Mock the Week special guest, Gary has been through the laughing glass and he's ready to bring you a brand new show with hit after hit of the kind of one-liners only a master could craft. If you're hunting for snark, Gary's got it covered!

Larry Dean: Fudnut
From:22-06-2022
To:22-06-2022
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Double Edinburgh Comedy Award-nominee and star of Live At The Apollo returns with a brand new hour of "confessional storytelling at its funniest" (Herald ?????). As seen on Michael McIntyre's Big Show, Mock The Week and Roast Battle. "Destined to become a household name" Telegraph ????

Nominee for Edinburgh Comedy Award for Best Show 2018.
Winner of the Amused Moose Comedy Award for Best Show 2016.
Nominee for Edinburgh Comedy Award for Best Newcomer 2015.

Transport

The Theatre is located opposite Leicester Train Station which operates East Midlands Trains and other local services for easy access across the region. East Street is situated within the city centre with major bus links available including Arriva Bus and First Leicester Bus. The nearest cycle parking is directly in front of the Box Office entrance.

Parking

East Street NCP is a multi-story car park with allocated disabled bays. The post code for your sat nav is LE1 6NB. Discounted car park tickets are available at a cost of £7. Please ask reception for details.
There is also pay and display parking around the local area, the nearest being Dover Street Car Park, the post code for which is LE1 6PW. On street parking is free after 6pm.

Bar

The Theatre Bar is open one hour before and during shows, selling beers, wines, spirits, soft and hot drinks as well as a selection of sweets and snacks.

Access Info

The stalls of the Theatre have step-free access from the street, there is no lift access to the balcony. The Y Theatre holds seats in the stalls for all shows for access purposes which can be booked through box office.

Opened in 1900, The Y Theatre is the oldest and only surviving Victorian theatre in Leicester. A bustling live performance venue based in Leicester city centre, our eclectic programme includes music, comedy, theatre, dance and spoken word. The 300 seat theatre also comfortably hosts candle-lit cabaret style events and standing gigs.

The Y Theatre has established itself as one of the main venues in the city for comedy and has hosted many well known names from around the world. Performers such as Sarah Millican, Tim Minchin, Rachel Parris, John Bishop, Jimmy Carr, Grace Petrie, Michael McIntyre, and Ardal O’Hanlon have taken to the Stage and every February The Y Theatre plays a major role as a busy venue during the Leicester Comedy Festival, resulting in being awarded the Lifetime Contribution Award in 2018.

Owned by Leicester YMCA, a charity supporting young people experiencing homelessness, the local community is at the core of the Theatre's values. From local amateur groups to professional artists, The Y Theatre is always looking for ways to strengthen the arts in Leicester.

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