We are the UK City of Culture. This is our story so far.

Hull was announced the winner of UK City of Culture 2017 in 2013. The award is given every four years to a city that demonstrates the belief in the transformational power of culture.

To deliver on this promise, Hull City Council set up Hull UK City of Culture 2017 as an independent company and charitable trust. The team are now working hard to deliver 365 days of transformative cultural activity in 2017.

The arts and cultural programme for the year celebrates the unique character of the city, its people, history and geography. In 2017, the programme runs from 1 Jan to 31 Dec and is split into four seasons, each with something distinctive and intriguing to say, and each created to challenge and thrill.

We’re working with the artists of Hull to celebrate the culture of the city and its place in the wider cultural offer of the North, and make Hull a cultural destination for must-see events. Young people are at the heart of the programme – it is this group who will inherit the longer-term benefits as a result of our focus around learning and participation. We are giving every young person of school age the opportunity to participate in 2017 as well thousands of volunteers who will help deliver the year.

Working with businesses and organisations who want to help us, we will make Hull a better place for the people who live and work here, in particular those who have a presence in Hull or a connection to the city, and an interest in being here for the long haul.








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What's on

  "Rigoletto" [CL]RoH Opera Saturday 20th January 2018 7.15 pm
Rigoletto, court jester to the libertine Duke of Mantua, is cursed by the father of one of the Duke’s victims for his irreverent laughter. When the Duke seduces Rigoletto’s daughter Gilda, it seems the curse is taking effect…with tragic cosequences.
Giuseppe Verdi wrote in 1855 that Rigoletto was his ‘best opera’ and,indeed, it has remained one of the most popular of all operas.
David McVicar’s production highlights the cruelty at the heart of the court of Mantua. Richly dressed courtiers engage in orgies and revelries to Verdi’s heady, spirited dances.
The opera’s many musical highlights include the ebullient ‘La donna è mobile’, in which the Duke boasts of his disregard for women, and the gorgeous Act III quartet that beautifully weaves the voices together as the story quickens to its shattering conclusion.
  "Tosca" Met Opera NY Saturday 27th January 5.55 pm
Puccini's opera takes place in Rome in 1800, during the month of June. A tragic and political love story, Tosca explores how love overcomes all.
Under the cloud of rebellion on all sides, Rome is in the middle of a tumultuous change as the Royalist regime is winning over the Republic
Whilst the merciless Baron Scarpia is rounding up rebels and jailing them, Tosca rehearses in a church before meeting her fugitive lover Cavaradossi.
When the embittered Baron catches up with him he falls for Tosca, much to her anger, and tortures her lover in front of him.
If she yields to him, she is promised his life under the guise of a false execution. But Scarpia's meanness knows no bounds and before the day is out, all life will be extinguished.
  "L'Elisir d'Amore " Met Opera NY Saturday 10th February 5 pm
In Donizetti's comic opera when the shy Nemorino approaches the beautiful but shy Adina, he proclaims his love to her - only to find her indifferent to him.
Nemorino buys a bottle of the "potion" from a traveling salesman not realising it is a fake.
Nemorino, with his new,found confidence that he believes his elixir has given him, acts indifferently to Adina, who immediately agrees to marry a soldier out of revenge.
When the nuptials are called Nemorino panics; he buys yet another bottle, using money earned through enlisting with the army as a last resort. Comically, this brings all the local girls to him, but not Adina.
Will these two be able to stop playing mind games long enough to realise their love for each other?
  "Tosca"[CL] RoH Opera Sunday 11th February 7.15 pm

From its strident opening chords Puccini's Tosca conjures up a world of political instability and menace. Jonathan Kents production for The Royal Opera captures the dangerous political turbulence of Rome in 1800.

The Chief of Police, Scarpia – one of the most malevolent villains in opera – ruthlessly pursues and tortures enemies of the state.
His dark, demonic music contrasts with the expansive melodies of the idealistic lovers, Tosca and Cavaradossi, who express their passion in sublime arias, including ‘Vissi d’arte’ and ‘E lucevan le stelle’.
A candle-lit church, Scarpia’s gloomy study with its hidden torture chamber and the false optimism of a Roman dawn: this handsome production throws into relief the ruthlessly taut drama, as the tension is wound up towards a fateful conclusion.
  "Twelfth Night" [CL] RSC Saturday 17th February 7pm
'I am all the daughters of my father's house, And all the brothers too.'
Twelfth Night is a tale of unrequited love – hilarious and heartbreaking.
Twins are separated in a shipwreck, and forced to fend for themselves in a strange land.
The first twin, Viola, falls in love with Orsino, who dotes on OIivia, who falls for Viola but is idolised by Malvolio.
Enter Sebastian, who is the spitting image of his twin sister...
Christopher Luscombe, directs Shakespeare’s greatest comedy, a brilliantly bittersweet account of "the whirligig of time".
  "La Bohème" Met Opera NY Saturday 24th February 5.30 pm
A four-act tragedy, by Puccini, the story delves into 1830s Paris where a group of struggling artists live in destitute slum conditions, yet are determined to celebrate love in all its simple glory.
When Rodolfo helps his pretty neighbour Mimi to find her keys in the dark, their hands touch, and attraction flares within them.
The story then moves on over the course of a few months, where Mimi is found to be terminally ill from consumption; despite having broken up, Rodolfo cares for her deeply, and is heartbroken to hear that she is dying.
.He carries her upstairs to his couch and caresses her, as she slips away in his arms.
  "The Winter's Tale" [CL] RoH Ballet Saturday 3rd March 7.15 pm
Christopher Wheeldon, Artistic Associate of The Royal Ballet, created his adaptation of Shakespeare’s late great romance The Winter’s Tale for The Royal Ballet in 2014.
King Leontes, possessed by a mad jealousy, believes his pregnant wife Hermione to be having an affair with his childhood friend King Polixenes.
His actions tear their families apart.
The story follows the destruction of a marriage through consuming jealousy, the abandonment of a child and a seemingly hopeless love.
Yet, through remorse and regret – and after a seemingly miraculous return to life – the ending is one of forgiveness and reconciliation
  "Semiramide" Met Opera NY Saturday 10th March 5.55 pm
The overture to Rossini’s ancient royal drama Semiramide is one of his most popular.
In the ancient world where conspiracy, murder and secrecy are the rule of the day, Semiramide has ruled for decades, after conspiring with her lover Assur to murder her husband King Nino.
Now she is due to elect her successor. Assur assumes the crown is his, but is furious when Semiramide leaves it to the young officer Arsace, whom she loves.
When Arsace learns from the high priest Oroe that he is Semiramide and Nino’s son, lost since his father’s murder tragedy ensues.
  "Carmen" [CL] RoH Opera Sunday 11th March 6.45 pm
Georges Bizet’s Carmen is one of the most successful operas ever written.
Its gorgeous melodies have secured the opera’s hold on the popular imagination – Escamillo’s Toreador Song, Carmen’s Habanera, Don José’s Flower Song and many passages for orchestra and chorus are among the most widely known pieces of Western classical music.
Don José falls in love with Carmen and sacrifices everything to be with her.
When Carmen becomes infatuated with the toreador Escamillo, she loses interest in Don José, whose love quickly turns to violent jealousy ending in tragedy.
  "Julius Caesar " [CL] NT Saturday 24th March 7 pm
Broadcast from The Bridge Theatre, London,Ben Whishaw and Michelle Fairley play Brutus and Cassius, David Calder plays Caesar and David Morrissey is Mark Antony, in Shakespeare's political thriller.
Caesar returns in triumph to Rome and the people pour out of their homes to celebrate
Alarmed by the autocrat’s popularity, the educated élite conspire to bring him down
After his assassination, civil war erupts on the streets of the capital.


Nicholas Hytner’s production will thrust the audience into the street party that greets Caesar’s return, the congress that witnesses his murder, the rally that assembles for his funeral and the chaos that explodes in its wake.
  "Cosi fan Tutte" Met Opera NY Saturday 31st March 5.55 pm
Originally set in Naples,this production of Mozart's comic opera is set in Coney Island of the 1950s, filling the stage with fire-eaters, bearded ladies and carousels.
The story begins with a wager - the cynical philosopher Don Alfonso bets two young soldiers that their fiancees will be unfaithful, but they have unshaken faith in them.
The soldiers agree to pretend to be called away on duty and then return in disguise and try and seduce their the other's betrothed.
And so begins a comedy of the sexes in this deliciously sparkling opera.
  "Bernstein Centenary " [CL] RoH Sunday 1st April 7.15 pm
The Royal Ballet celebrates the centenary of Leonard Bernstein's birth.
Leonard Bernstein was one of the first classical composers in America to achieve both popular and critical acclaim. He was eclectic in his sources – drawing on jazz and modernism, the traditions of Jewish music and the Broadway musical – and many of Bernstein’s scores are remarkably well suited to dance.
The Royal Ballet has united all three of its associate choreographers to celebrate the dynamic range and danceability of Bernstein’s music.
The programme includes two world premieres by Resident Choreographer Wayne McGregor and Artistic Associate Christopher Wheeldon.
At the heart of the programme is the first revival of Artist in Residence Liam Scarlett’s The Age of Anxiety, created in 2014 to Bernstein’s soul-searching Second Symphony.
  "Macbeth" [CL] RoH Opera Saturday 7th April 7.15 pm
 Verdi’s life-long love affair with Shakespeare’s works began with Macbeth, a play he
considered to be ‘one of the greatest creations of man’.
The warrior Macbeth fights on the side of the King of Scotland – but when a coven of witches prophesy that he shall become king himself, a ruthless ambition drives Macbeth and his wife to horrific acts.
Phyllida Lloyd’s production for The Royal Opera is richly hued, shot through with
black, red and gold.
The witches – imagined by designer Anthony Ward as strange, scarlet-turbaned creatures – are ever-present agents of fate.
  "Luisa Miller " Met Opera NY Saturday 14th April 5.30 pm
In Verdi's tragic story of fatherly love rising above social snobbery and rivalry, Placido Domingo sings the iconic role of Miller, Luisa's devoted father.
Luisa loves Rodolfo, the son of nobleman, Walter who,being a proud man refusing to have his son marry the poor daughter of a retired soldier, conspires with his retainer Wurm to part them and have Rodolfo marry a wealthy, widowed duchess, by throwing Luisa's father into jail for a perceived insult..
While Rodolfo meets with the duchess and confesses his love for Luisa, she is being poisoned by Wurm, who convinces her to marry him in order to save her father's life.
Luisa renounces Rodolfo and the deceit around the innocent couple culminates in tragedy.
  "Cendrillon" Met Opera NY Saturday 28th April 5.55 pm
Romantic and glittering, this witty and elegant production of Massenet's adaptation of the enduring Cinderella story has astoundingly pretty sets and costumes full of rococo flourish and fairytale magic.
When her father remarries a spiky and spoilt Madame after her mother's death, Cendrillon is cast as a servant in her own house. Whilst her stepmother and mean spirited step-sisters prepare for a lavish Royal ball, Cendrillon has only chores to do.
But when she finds herself alone and reflecting on her sorry situation she discovers help is at hand in the form of a Fairy Godmother.
Enchanted and transformed into the fairest maiden in the land Cendrillon heads to the ball where she catches the eye of a very important suitor..
  "Manon" [CL]RoH Ballet Saturday 5th May 7.15 pm
Kenneth MacMillan’s masterpiece of modern ballet, based on the 18th-century French novel by Abbé Prévost, is revived this Season as part of continuing celebrations of MacMillan’s profound impact on British ballet, to mark the 25th anniversary of his death.
MacMillan’s spectacular ensemble scenes for the whole Company create vivid, complex portraits of the distinct societies of Paris and New Orleans.
Manon’s brother Lescaut is offering her to the highest bidder when she meets Des Grieux and falls in love. They elope to Paris, but when Monsieur G.M. offers Manon a life of luxury as his mistress she can’t resist.
With the Lescauts’ encouragement Des Grieux cheats at cards in an attempt to win Monsieur G.M.’s fortune, but things go badly wrong.......
  "Swan Lake " [CL] RoH Ballet Saturday 16th June 7.15 pm
Swan Lake" is a ballet composed in 1876 by Pyotr Ilich Tchaikovsky.
The story begins with a hunting journey by Prince Siegfriend, when he comes across a swan.
Before he is able to shoot, the swan turns into a beautiful woman named Odette.
She reveals that she is under a spell by the evil Von Rothbart, and can only be saved by a virgin prince who swears eternal fidelity to her.
Siegfriend falls rapidly in love, inviting her that night to a ball at his castle where he will marry her and reverse her spell.
The evil sorcerer,not to be beaten, upsets Siegfriend's plans, with tragic consequences.






Home of the Bridlington Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society

The BAODS make an entrance

In 1909, there was a world premiere in Bridlington; the first performance by the Bridlington Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society (BAODS). The production was the Yeoman of the Guard and with applause ringing in their ears, the company never looked back from that opening night.

Throughout the early years, the BAODS led a nomadic existence performing wherever they could from the grand surroundings of the Spa Opera House to the less glamorous halls of local leisure centres and schools.

Then in 2000, the society purchased its own space, a former print works, on West Street - not quite the West End but still our very own bit of theatreland.

The intimate Spotlight is now Bridlington s favourite little venue and is the permanent home of the BAODS. Alongside our talented amateur company, professional touring shows perform to enthusiastic audiences all year round. Locals and holiday makers alike pack the auditorium for music gigs, dramas, full-blown musicals and the legendary annual panto.

Spotlight has been a huge success story. So much so that there are plans in the pipeline to extend and upgrade key areas of the building. A multi-functional space for rehearsals and community activity will be developed. And facilities for both performers and visitors will also be improved, along with easier access for the less mobile.

So from Gilbert and Sullivan via Rodgers and Hammerstein and through to Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber, the Spotlight has become an important part of life in the town - a hit that looks set to run and run.



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History of The Spa

A building rich in history....

The Victorian tourists visiting Bridlington needed entertainment and in 1896 the New Spa and Gardens were opened as part of a development by the Whitaker bros. The five acres included a theatre, concert hall, bandstand and refreshment rooms. In 1906 the original theatre was destroyed by fire. The current Spa Theatre and Opera House, designed by W S Walker, was opened in 1907 and used to show that new invention, the cinematograph.

In 1914 East Riding of Yorkshire Council took a lease on the Spa and in 1919 they purchased it. In 1925 the council replaced the last of the 1890s Spa with the new Spa Royal Hall. Opened in 1926 and built at a cost of £50,000 it was a flagship art deco building. On the night of the 29 Jan 1932 it burnt down though fortunately the theatre was not badly damaged and able to reopen at Easter. In a remarkable feat of design and construction the current Royal Hall was designed by the borough architect Peter Newton and built in 52 days to re-open in July 1932.

Between the wars the Spa provided plays and variety in the Theatre and dancing in the Royal Hall. Herman Darewski was the well-known and very successful musical director at the Spa from 1924 to 1939. After the war the traditional holiday trade and entertainments continued but as the 60s dawned, the motorcar, increased wealth and the package tour brought about another set of changes. The British seaside resort was changing again, the Spa moved from weekly shows in theatre and dances in the hall to a new broader base. The Royal Hall has been a feature of the British Rock circuit now for over 30 years with many famous artists playing it, while conference and association use of the facilities has increased to balance the decline in the more

By 2005 it was evident that the general condition of the buildings had gradually deteriorated to the point where East Riding of Yorkshire Council had to take a bold decision to undertake a full and thorough refurbishment of the entire Spa facility to ensure that it would be fit for the demands of a changing market in the 21st century.

Breathing new life into a much-loved landmark...

The Spa Bridlington has been a vital part of the region's life for over one hundred years. It is a much cherished local landmark that hosts national and international events, enriching Bridlington's cultural life and economy. From 2006 - 2008 East Riding of Yorkshire Council, with the assistance of the European Regional Development Fund and Yorkshire Forward, funded redevelopment and refurbishment of the building to develop its traditional role for the future.

The classic 1930s Royal Hall ballroom and Edwardian theatre have been retained whilst state-of-the-art technology and new modern facilities have been added to give them a 21st century edge. Major elements of the redevelopment project include: a new main entrance and alterations to the South Marine Drive elevation; remodelling of the north end of the building with the construction of a two-storey conference suite; the addition of new glazed bays to the Promenade elevation and extensive repair and refurbishment of the Royal Hall and Spa Theatre.

The Royal Hall and Spa Theatre host the very best in drama, music, dancing, comedy, sports and more. Already a key touring venue for top bands (since reopening in May 2008 The Spa has hosted Oasis and Prodigy), the Royal Hall holds concerts with audiences of up to 3800 people.

New and refurbished rooms of different sizes are available for hire for events, conferences, exhibitions, weddings and meetings. Many of the rooms give stunning views onto the beach, promenade and sea and all are being built with state-of-the-art technical and catering facilities.

The Spa Bridlington's sheer size, character and history make it a venue with a difference. The refurbishment of this local landmark has enabled it to attract tourists, audiences and corporate clients at regional, national and international levels. By improving access and internal services and restoring the traditional rooms to their original splendour, The Spa Bridlington will be able to perform to the highest standards for many years to come.






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Guest Comments

great accommodation, spotlessly clean, warm welcome everything provided for a great holiday, enjoyed a glass of wine on the patio, plan to return soon.

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