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The Y Theatre

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

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Aladdinsane - The Sound & Vision of David Bowie
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Aladdinsane, The Sound & Vision of Bowie, widely acclaimed as the best Bowie tribute in the UK.

With so many songs to chose from you can hear many hits like – Space Oddity. Changes, Ashes to Ashes, Heroes, Lets Dance, Drive In Saturday, Jean Genie, Life On Mars, Fame, Starman and Diamond Dogs to list but a few, including some classic album tracks from Bowie's vast repertoire.

Shaparak Khorsandi: IT WAS THE 90s!
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The decade where Shaparak left an important part of her brain somewhere in a field in Hampshire…

From indie discos to unflattering crop tops…a trip down memory lane to the decade where ‘kinky’ was nurse roleplay and whipped cream, and Shaparak found herself flying about London with hope in her heart, a tenner in her pocket and spare knickers in her handbag. How does the decade of binge drinking and walks of shame look now without snakebite and black tinted specs?

"She has plenty to say, and says it with pointedness and potency" Guardian "Has the crowd in the palm of her hand' The List "Makes live comedy thrilling" Evening Standard

Mark Watson: This Can’t Be It
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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.

Luke Kempner: Macho Macho Man
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Star of Spitting Image, Steph’s Packed Lunch and with over 10 million views of his online videos, Luke Kempner is one of the UK’s hottest mimics and stand-up comics. With a hilariously razor sharp roster of contemporary impressions ranging from Piers Morgan and Bojo to Ru Paul, Luke has become a household name and is bringing his highly anticipated brand-new show, Macho Macho Man on the road. 

Luke is a Macho Macho Man. He came up with the title whilst listening to his Les Mis album for the 28,000th time. Luke tries to work out what masculinity really means with the help of Louis Theroux, the cast of Downton Abbey and even Jürgen Klopp. Luke struggles to fit in, between turning up to a dance audition in football boots to falling in love with a “cool guy” that sits in the row in front of him at the football. Will Luke ever become the Macho Macho Man he dreams of? 

Ahir Shah: Dress
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Featuring his signature blend of philosophical inquiry, personal examination, and sweet gags, Double Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee Ahir Shah returns to stand-up with a new show about significance, insignificance, and scurvy.

Ahir’s last show, Dots, was recorded as a special for HBO Max (albeit after a 14 month delay brought about by events you may recall). That show was about uncertainty. Ideally, this tour will end in a way that is less on the nose.

As seen on Mock The Week, Live At the Apollo, Have I Got News For You, and The Mash Report.

‘Intricately crafted, profoundly moving, howlingly funny ... a blazing talent firing on all cylinders’????? Telegraph
‘Tremendously thoughtful, woundedly candid and self-laceratingly funny’???? Scotsman
“It’s a highly personal howl in the dark from this sharpest of operators. Impassioned, probing and unexpectedly moving.” ???? Mail on Sunday

Knightmare Live
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Knightmare Live the award winning stage adaption of the cult television show Knightmare is back! After a long temporal disruption the quest is on giving YOU the chance to don the iconic Helmet of Justice and try your luck against Lord Fear’s Dungeon. Volunteers will be guided round our three levels by two special guests; will they survive? Probably not.

If you’d like the chance to wear the helmet yourself and play the game, get in touch at: We will need ‘Quest’ items from the audience to include in the show so please bring tributes with you. No weapons, no food.

Patrick Monahan: Leicester Lifetime Lover 2022
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Comedy Gold from the Leicester Comedy Festival’s Lifetime Contribution Award Winner!

Everybody’s favourite comedian, lovable Patrick Monahan blends a high energy comedy style with hilarious and engaging topical and observational material. Known for working a room, Patrick is adored by all audiences with whom he makes an effortless connection!

So, join him as he performs a medley of hits from over the years as well as some brand new material! Not to be missed!

‘Terrific comic’ Scotsman
‘Fringe legend’, Mirror ????
‘A definite must see’ Edinburgh Festivals Magazine ????
‘Plays to packed audiences’, One4Review, 2019 ????

Wifi Wars
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WiFi Wars is the World Record-Breaking live comedy game show where the entire audience play along. Log in with your smartphone or tablet and compete in a range of games, quizzes and challenges to win the show, and prizes! Hosted by comedian and regular video-games commentator Steve McNeil (Team Captain on hit TV show Dara O’Briain’s Go 8 Bit), the show was first developed at the prestigious Royal Institution.

The Dark Room: Boss Level ALL DLC 10th Anniversary Arena Spectacular
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YOU AWAKE TO FIND YOURSELF IN A DARK ROOM! Come play the world’s only live-action text adventure! Will you: A. Find Light Switch? B. Win terrible prizes? C. Die? It’s a choose-your-own-adventure, so choose it! Now celebrating its 10th year, this videogaming improv cult classic is the most interactive and insane game show on the Festival circuit.

????? “utterly unique” Skinny
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An Interview with Ahir Shah
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Double Edinburgh Comedy Award 'Best Show' nominee Ahir Shah has been seen on Mock The Week, Have I Got News For You, Live At The Apollo, and The Mash Report. His sharp, intellectual brand of stand-up features a blend of philosophical inquiry, political vigour, and sweet gags. Join him as he chats with Leicester Comedy Festival Founding Director Geoff Rowe about his comedy career.

The Swinging 60's Show
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From the magical sounds of American soul and its fantastic girl groups, to the British invasion of The Beatles, Kinks and Rolling Stones, The Swinging Sixties Show will take you on a visual and musical journey through the iconic decade.

Gay Comedy Night
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The longest running (we think) Gay Comedy Night is back, showcasing excellent LGBTQ+ comedians for 25 years! To celebrate we’ve invited the headline for our very first night, Scott Capurro, surrounded by an exciting mix of comedic talent, including Sian Davies, winner of Best Debut Show at LCF 2020. From warm hearted and engaging, to sharply focussed wit and a verbal tapestry of vulgar pub jokes, we've got a good giggle for anyone!

An Interview with Rosie Jones
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Rosie Jones has quickly become a must-see act on the UK comedy circuit. She was awarded 2nd place in the Leicester Mercury's New Comedian Of The Year Award 2018 and has gone on to star on Live At The Apollo, 8 Out Of 10 Cats, 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown, The Last Leg, Joe Lycett's Got Your Back, Comedy Central UK's Roast Battle, Mock The Week. Join her as she chats with Festival Founding Director Geoff Rowe about her career.

Don Kipper Family Gig
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A funky multi-award winning band who will take you on a musical adventure around Eastern Europe and the Mediterranean. Expect surprises and a radical fusion of rhythm, harmony and imagination at this special performance for all the family. Whether it’s your first music gig or you’re an old hand, you’ll experience something completely new. The music is inspired by many different cultures and people's lives. Your body and your soul will dance!

Don Kipper are a band bound by friendship and who together explore a love of the music that surrounds them. The band have won multiple-awards, produced three albums, performed at WOMAD festival, toured Europe and featured on BBC Introducing and the BBC World Service

Part of The Spark Festival, for more information and other amazing events for families please visit

The Mighty Kids Beatbox Comedy Show
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Are you a kid? Do you like music, laughing and whack-a-doodle-noodle craziness?

Grab your pet adult and join us! New show from award-winning comedian Jarred Christmas and world champion beatboxer Hobbit packed with interactive jokes, silly billyness, beatboxing, and epic sounds created by you! Direct from a sell-out run at the Edinburgh festival, UK tour and ‘Sleeping Beauty’ at DeMontfort Hall (Jarred). ‘Best Kids Show’ Nominee Leicester Comedy Festival. As recommended in The Week Junior.

“Brilliant! An elating combination of seriously awesome music and laughter” Primary Times

Sukh Ojla: Life Sukhs
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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.

Reginald D Hunter: Bombe Shuffleur
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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.

Richard Herring: RHLSTP
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Richard Herring has enjoyed phenomenal success as a writer and performer and is an innovator in the world of podcasts. RHLSTP sees him interview top comedians in front of a live audience for his podcast, but includes all the chat that is too controversial for broadcast. Previous guests include Stephen Fry, Michael Palin, Katherine Ryan, Dawn French, Stephen Merchant, Kathy Burke, Grayson Perry, Nish Kumar and James Acaster . The show regularly has up to 200,000 listeners per episode, won three Chortle Internet Comedy Awards and is the only non-BBC show to ever win a Sony Best Comedy Award.

Guests include Joz Norris and Rebecca Wheatley

Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year
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Now in its 29th year, the stellar list of past winners include Josh Widdicombe, Johnny Vegas, Jason Manford, Seann Walsh and Rhod Gilbert. Join us as we present this year's finest up and coming acts, nominated by top comedy promoters from across the UK. A serious comedy competition, hosted by Sikisa (nominated for Best Show at the Leicester Comedy Festival 2021, as seen on ITV and Comedy Central).

Sleeping with Beauty
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We are delighted to have Liam Mellor & Hot Rock Productions here at the Y Theatre to present Sleeping with Beauty.

Starring Hollyoaks & Waterloo Road's Ben-Ryan Davies as the Prince! Back for more hilarious antics are the cracking top UK comic Liam Mellor as Jangles & the fabulous and filthy Jimmy Burton-Iles as Queen Lusious Le-Coq.

This is for all you big boys & girls, so leave the kids at home and get your tickets for this fun & filthy show for one night only.

Will Jangles get to Sleep with Beauty? Will Carabosse manage to give the Princess a prick? And will Queen Lusious Le-Coq keep the Prince all for herself? Find out by seeing this hilarious adult panto that all started with a prick!

Suitable for 16 plus years

Aurie Styla: GREEN
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One of the UK’s most charismatic comedians, Aurie Styla, is touring nationwide to 13 cities with his fourth solo show, GREEN.

The global pandemic became difficult for nearly everyone to get through, showing us a different perspective on what life is and means, and the GREEN UK Tour will be Aurie’s hilarious outlet and transition into being less Styla and more Green (his real last name). Question is, what in the hell does being Green actually mean? Get your belly laughs finding out.

As Seen On: Jonathon Ross’ Comedy Club (ITV), Don’t Hate The Playaz (ITV2), Mo Gilligan’s Black British & Funny (Channel 4), Motherf**king Pep Talk (Comedy Central) & A Comedy Guide To Life (Dave)
As Heard On: BBC Radio London, Radio 4’s Newsjack, Pinterest, & eBay.
Aurie also works extensively with the popular streaming platform NextUp Comedy, and is a writer for The Lateish Show with Mo Gilligan.

The Hawkmen
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The Hawkmen draw from an array of influences such as rhythm’n’blues, soul, and rock’n’roll which they bring together in a classic, rootsy, hybrid blend. The band emerged as a full, live act in 2017 following the early successes of soul 45 and Craig Charles favourite, Don’t Judge A Book By Its Cover (Record Kicks, Italy), a northern soul remix of Emma Beatson’s debut single Do It (selected by Craig Charles for the second volume of his Freestyle Records compilation series) and The Hawkmen’s blazing Keep On Working EP (Mocambo, Germany) which yielded another 45 and was widely played on BBC Radio 2 and Radio 6.

2019 has seen the release of Soulful Dress (a huge dance floor hit), The Hawkmen’s self titled debut album, and the live video for ‘Baby Tonight’, which has gone viral on YouTube with over 200,000 views and rising. The bands’ live concerts have gone strength to strength with a mini uk tour, headlining the Frogfest Music Festival and an appearance at the Boomtown Festival 2019.

Matt Forde: Clowns to the Left of Me, Jokers to the Right
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There are wallies everywhere and half of them are running the country. The other half are trying to. Matt Forde (Spitting Image, Have I Got News For You, The Last Leg, The Royal Variety Performance) lashes out right, left and centre. And chucks in some funny voices.

“our foremost satirical stand-up...Whatever your politics, you’ll find excellence here”
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“Possibly the best political comedy show on the Fringe”
????? Dominic Cavendish, The Telegraph
“Forde is as gratifyingly sane as comedians come… smart, funny ideas”
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Gary Powndland & Friends
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Viral sensation Gary Powndland (pronounced like the shop, but not spelt the same) is back with an all-new live comedy show!

Gary lives in his dead Nan's house with his sister Tash, her son Kaylied and a family of ten foxes he's befriended. In this new show Gary's inviting you round to his place, where he'll be joined by his sister, Jimmy, and best mate Barry Mullet. "It'll be a right proper wot a joke!"

The Jam'd
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The Jam'd are the UK's best known and most authentic tribute to the live performance and sound of The Jam, gigging up and down the UK at festivals, scooter rallies and some of the UK’s top music venues & events! They are totally committed to giving an unforgettable, authentic performance with all the energy, passion and style of the Woking 3, and feature their own brass section!

Featured on BBC Radio 4 and described by the organisers of the I.O.W. Scooter rally as "the best Jam tribute you'll ever see!”

The Upbeat Beatles
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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!

Demons of Ruby Mae
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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.

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COLECTIVA explore the spaces between Afro-Latin music and Jazz while reflecting on themes of sisterhood and female empowerment. Blending wild horn lines with Afro-Latin groove and experimental textures, COLECTIVA’s thoughtful arrangements are rooted in the sounds of Africa, Latin America and the diaspora, creating a genre the group have affectionately dubbed jazz tropicaliente (hot-tropical-jazz).

Their debut single, Under The, written in collaboration with jazz pianist Maria Grapsa and released in April 2021, received huge global radio plays and DJ support from the likes of Huey Morgan and Jamz Supernova on 6 Music, Jazz FM’s Chris Philips and Tim Garcia, and Toshiro Matsuura and Papaoul on Worldwide FM, amongst many others. Premiering on Sounds and Colours magazine, the track was supported by Women in Jazz.

Winners of the Latin UK Awards, ‘Best Alternative Act 2019 and Yolanda Drake Award 2021

Kiri Pritchard-McLean: Home Truths
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Little Wander in association PBJ Management presents….

Kiri Pritchard-McLean (Have I Got News For You?, Live at the Apollo, Would I Lie to You?) is back with a brand new tour.

It’s been a big few years for most of us and Kiri is no different. She’s moved back to her home island of Anglesey, struggled with lockdown and got herself some rescue chickens. You can expect jokes about skinny jeans, learning Welsh and white supremacy - something for everyone.

“Making powerhouse stand-up from the thorniest of subjects” – The Guardian

Photo Credit: Drew Forsyth

The Cookie Presents: Protomartyr
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There is darkness in the poetry of ‘Ultimate Success Today’,Protomartyr’s fifth album. The theme of things ending, above all human existence, is present and reminiscent of Cormac McCarthy’s ‘The Road’.

‘Day Without End’, the first song, sets the tone for the whole album.“This is the dawning of the day without end / when fear steps into light”.The music here sounds delicate, airy and at the same time carried by an insistent, light, metallic drum part by Alex Leonard and a punctuating bass line by Scott Davidson.

The musicians that joined the band for these recordings are Jemeel Moondoc (Alto Sax), Izaak Mills (bass clarinet, sax, flute), Fred Lonberg-Holm (cello) and Nandi Plunkett (vocals). They were encouraged to bring in ideas of their own, making this a collaborative and open work. These wind and string instruments add richness to every song. 

Dean Friedman - In Concert, plus Special Guest: Boothby Graffoe
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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.

Oysterband Live
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With at least some reasons for celebration on the horizon, Oysterband can't wait to get back on stage where they belong, and to fulfil rescheduled shows and announce new ones. They'll be playing songs from a brand-new album as well as classic favourites.....uplifting songs for uncertain times.

Patrick Kielty: Borderline
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Bittersweet, poignant and laugh out loud funny, Borderline is a comedic love letter to the future of our islands from this award-winning comedian’s personal past.

Borderline sees Patrick Kielty return to his satirical roots with a personal take on borders, national identity and the future of the Union in a post Brexit landscape.

As a Northern Ireland native, who grew up close to the Irish border, this new one man stand up show delves into his homeland’s recent history to try to make sense of what Brexit’s new borders and political upheaval means for our shared identities. 

‘Genius’ – The Sun
‘Ripped the place apart’ – The Guardian
‘Kielty is Fabulous’ – The Times
‘Funny and Inspiring’ – Daily Express
‘Kielty is a Revelation’ – Evening Standard
“a consummate provider of finely-engineered stand-up”- Chortle

The Fleetwood Mac Songbook
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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!

The Fleetwood Mac Songbook
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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!

Lou Sanders - One Word: Wow
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It's me again, your old internet friend Dr Giggles.

It's time for a little get together; so pull up a chair, get all cosy and let me tell you about the time I gave this horse a boner. I'll bring my skates, you bring your wallet and we'll all take some piccies.

Maybe this show is the real vaccine???

As seen on The Late Late Show with James Corden (CBS), Taskmaster (Channel 4), QI (BBC Two), Travel Man (Channel 4) and co-host of Mel Giedroyc’s Unforgivable (Dave).

‘A comedian who leaves you wanting more’ **** Times ’She’s terrific’ **** Guardian ’Thank the comedy Gods’ **** Chortle

Gary Delaney: Gary in Punderland
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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
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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.

The Stones
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‘The Stones’ are the UK’s No.1 and most authentic tribute to The Rolling Stones, bringing all the hits and timeless Rolling Stones tracks to the big stage - from ‘Satisfaction’ and ‘Jumping Jack Flash’, to ‘Ruby Tuesday’, ‘Start Me Up’ and ‘Brown Sugar’ - the Greatest Tribute Band in the World pays tribute to the World’s Greatest Rock and Roll Band.

With all the energy and charisma of The Rolling Stones themselves, ‘The Stones’ pay an accurate and faithful tribute to the sound and look of an authentic Rolling Stones show. Complete with authentic vintage instruments, costume, mannerisms and the 'look-alikes', the group perform each single song with the same accuracy, passion, energy and verve of the originals.

Since forming in 2007, ‘The Stones’ show has grown into a full-scale Rolling Stones concert, leaving audiences mesmerised up and down the UK, Europe, and further abroad.

Oceans Apart: Live in Concert 2.0
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Oceans Apart hit the Y -Theatre stage for a night of musical magic.

A Production fitting for a Theatre stage, Oceans Apart & supports take to the famous Y-Theatre stage,

This is an official Album release show from Oceans Apart

The Darkside of Pink Floyd
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More than just an ordinary Pink Floyd tribute band, The Darkside of Pink Floyd entertain audiences with a fantastic light show and passionate performances.

Due to the demand for their faithful reproduction of Pink Floyd’s classic music, The Darkside of Pink Floyd are a regular feature at major National music venues, festivals and theatres. They were also the first band to play a live public performance inside the prehistoric caves of the world famous Kents Cavern and they’ve had six sell-out concerts deep underground at Carnglaze Caverns as part of their highly acclaimed ‘Echoes of the Past’ tour.

The show has received rave reviews from audiences and critics alike;

“the best Floyd show I’ve seen in 25 years . . and I’ve seen them all” – Brighton Magazine.“WOW . . Absolutely fantastic ! Put them on your must see list” – BBC Radio Cornwall.“A more intense tribute band than The Darkside of Pink Floyd is hard to imagine” – The Stage.

Steeleye Span
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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.

The Peacock Lounge Burlesque & Cabaret
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Leicester's most decadent cabaret and burlesque experience is back!
Harking back to the traditions of variety in vaudeville and music hall, The Peacock Lounge is a sumptuous cabaret environment unique to the city's oldest surviving theatre.
The Y provides the perfect backdrop to a glittering soirée featuring award-winning burlesque and cabaret acts handpicked to captivate you; from the sublime and beautiful to the outrageous and downright ridiculous- this show will leave you feeling mesmerised and eager for our next instalment!


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.


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.


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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