McArdle stars in Brassed Off

John McArdle will lead cast of Brassed Off
John McArdle will lead cast of Brassed Off

From Friday 14 February to Saturday 1 March you will hear lots of noise from York Theatre Royal’s Main House as its new show opens.

It has joined forces with the Consortium Theatre Company and Bolton Octagon to present a new production of Brassed Off.

Directed by York Theatre Royal’s artistic director Damian Cruden, adapted by Paul Allen and based on the film of the same name by York writer-director Mark Herman, this production coincides with the 30th anniversary of the Miners’ Strike of 1984.

Former Brookside actor John McArdle, who was also in Waking the Dead, leads the cast.

It is 1992, Grimley Colliery faces the threat of closure and the future of the brass band seems uncertain.

With the miners torn between redundancy packages and the picket lines, band-leader Danny’s hopes of winning the national brass band competition seems like a distant dream.

Danny, played by McArdle, has to conduct a colliery brass band fighting its way to the finals of a national competition at the Royal Albert Hall in London – and conducting is something of which he has no experience. But the arrival of flugelhorn-playing Gloria (Clara Darcy) brings hope, romance and controversy to the Yorkshire brass band on the brink of collapse.

Berwick Kale r is in Aladdin and The Twankeys at York Theatre Royal until Saturdauy February 1.