AD | Carole King Songbook Premiers At Yeadon Town Hall | Come And Celebrate One Of The World's Greatest Songwriting Legends | Toe-Tapping, Dancing In The Aisles Fun!

Monday, 3 June 2019

*AD - Post in collaboration with Yeadon Town Hall. I have been invited as press to attend the premiere*

Yeadon Town Hall is an entertainment venue based in Yeadon, Leeds. They serve the local community in addition to providing professional standard entertainment. Yeadon Town Hall’s own work tours to theatre stages and performing arts venues across the UK, and they also curate a diverse programme of live music gigs, classical concerts, theatre performances and comedy shows - ensuring there is something for everyone. 

Yeadon Town Hall is passionate about bringing theatre and the arts to the local community and beyond, inspiring every generation to connect with creative activity and experience new styles of theatre and performance. We are proud to be supported by Key Fund, Leeds City Council and of course our wonderful audiences, enabling us to continue bringing quality entertainment to the town. 

Productions for 2019 include the world premiere of The Carole King Songbook (13th-15th June, before embarking on a UK-wide tour) A Night at the Musicals (24th-27th July), Mr Montgomery’s Circus Spectacular (27th August - 1st September) and our much-loved Christmas Spectacular (19th-23rd December)

Carole King Songbook

Carole King is one of the world’s greatest songwriting legends, having penned and performed classic tunes as well as being the genius behind several other artists’ hits. This June, her talents are being celebrated in a brand new musical revue show, The Carole King Songbook. The two-hour adventure explores Carole King’s fascinating musical journey, so audiences can expect hit after hit. 

The Carole King Songbook will feature classics such as “Beautiful”, “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman”, “The Loco-Motion”, “He’s Sure The Boy I Love”, “Take Good Care Of My Baby”, “Up On The Roof”, “You’ve Got A Friend” and “One Fine Day”. 

The small cast of leading vocalists and musicians provide an intimate and original show to take on other well-known Jukebox-style musicals. 

The concert-style musical puts heavy focus on Carole King’s music, including her work for artists such as The Drifters and Neil Sedaka. Jamie Hudson, Producer of the show, said: “Carole King’s music is very much still treasured by all ages today. 

Those who don’t think they’re familiar with Carole King’s music will be surprised by how many tunes in the show they recognise. Her songs are timeless and The Carole King Songbook recognises and celebrates that.” 

The show will also include video projection and multi-media technology, providing an intriguing visual element to the show. The Carole King Songbook is the first original production from Yeadon Town Hall. 

The building was recently taken over by Yeadon Town Hall CIC from Leeds City Council, and this new production signifies a great step forward for the venue - providing professional theatre to the local and wider community. 

The world premiere of the show will take place at Yeadon Town Hall from 13th-15th June, before embarking on a UK tour in the summer of 2019. There are also plans to continue the tour throughout 2020. 

Jamie continued: “We’re delighted to be taking this original production on tour, showing the talents of Yeadon Town Hall and really putting the venue’s name on the map. As we continue restoring and regenerating the building, we hope to also grow our reputation both locally and nationally.” 

Cast Announcement

Yeadon Town Hall is bringing ​ The Carole King Songbook ​ to the stage from 13th-15th June, starring a cast of four incredibly talented vocalists  supported by leading professional musicians. Eve Kitchingman joins the cast fresh from her role performing at Universal  Studios Japan in Osaka. Eve has previously had roles in Futurist Theatre Productions and LIDOS shows, receiving a Leeds Guild Award in 2018 for  her performance. 

Eve said: “Carole King is such a legendary and inspiring  singer-songwriter, so I am honoured to be given the opportunity to  perform some of her iconic music. Yeadon Town Hall is very special to me  and has played a huge role in my life as a performer so I can’t wait to be  part of this new and exciting chapter.”     

Eve is joined by Kara Mottram, who has previously travelled Europe as  lead vocalist and dance captain for TUI and First Choice Holiday Villages.  Her theatre credits include: Fairy Flora (​Sleeping Beauty​) and Belle (​Beauty  and the Beast ) for Fame Factory Spotlight. 

Since returning to Yorkshire, Kara has worked as a theatre and dance teacher and will launch her new  dance school, KM Academy of Dance, later this year.

 Danny Dixon works across the UK as a vocalist for live events and musical  theatre, and has a host of theatre credits to his name. 

These include: ​ Over  The Wire​ (Menin Gate Belgium 2018), ​ The Wind Road Boys ​ (Regional Tours  2018, 2016; Edinburgh Fringe 2014), and ​ Jesus Christ Superstar ​ (Durham  Cathedral 2015). 

Danny said: “Carole King is the songwriter of a generation 
and an inspiration to musicians everywhere. It is an incredible opportunity to showcase her catalogue of iconic hits across the UK.”    

The cast is completed by actor and singer-songwriter Thomas Lillywhite.  His television credits include ​ Ackley Bridge, Emmerdale, Heartbeat, My Spy Family​ and ITV’s ​ The Royal.​ He has also appeared in many theatre and  musical theatre productions, including Helena Fox’s ​Bomb Happy ​ in 2017.     

Each cast member has Yorkshire roots, nurturing successful careers in the  local area. Jamie Hudson, Director of Yeadon Town Hall CIC and Producer of The Carole King Songbook, said: “We wanted to give young  professionals an opportunity to grow and develop, offering an exciting  chance to tour the UK and show the country our Town Hall talents! 

Many of the cast, including Eve and Thomas, have worked with youth theatre  company Futurist Theatre Productions which is based at Yeadon Town  Hall - so they have strong connections with Yeadon. 

We know the Yorkshire region has a lot to offer the arts and creative industry, and being able to  champion local talent is particularly important to us.” The show will be directed by Louise Denison. Marie Collins takes on the role of Musical Director. 

Live music will be provided by a professional band, made up of musicians Darren Watson, Alex Hogg, Hugh Vincent and  Michael Turnbull. 

The Yeadon Town Hall CIC production team will be  creating stunning visual effects, including the use of video projection, to  provide a unique viewing experience for audiences.    

 The Carole King Songbook ​ showcases the musical genius of one of the  world’s greatest songwriters. With performances of her classic hits,  including songs she wrote for other artists such as The Drifters, this is an  experience not to be missed for any Carole King fan.     
The show runs from 13th - 15th June at Yeadon Town Hall, before embarking on a UK tour in the summer of 2019.   

Ticket Information:

The Carole King Songbook Yeadon Town Hall  13th, 14th and 15th June, 7.30pm (Press night: 13th June)   Tickets £15

For more information and to book tickets, visit ​  or contact Box Office on 0333 666 33 66. 

Love, Sarah

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