Barrowman set for return show in Scarborough - but indoors!

John Barrowman's concert at Scarborough Open Air Theatre. The fans loved it, despite the weather. Picture by Andrew Higgins   sn122541a
John Barrowman's concert at Scarborough Open Air Theatre. The fans loved it, despite the weather. Picture by Andrew Higgins sn122541a
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Multi-talented entertainer John Barrowman has vowed to return to Scarborough following his show at the Open Air Theatre.

The Glasgow-born 45-year-old said the experience was “absolutely incredible” and added he was impressed with the venue.

He said: “At one point I looked out and there was a flock of birds flying over. It was one of the most beautiful things I have seen in a long time.”

The charismatic star told the rain-sodden crowd of about 2,000: “I will definitely come back to Scarborough but next time, it will be indoors!”

There were downpours before last Thursday’s concert but conditions stayed dry for most of the two-hour show, which saw Barrowman belt out hits from the last few decades.

His diverse setlist included You to Me Are Everything, Life is a Rollercoaster, Never Gonna Give You Up, Don’t Cry out Loud, Fireflies and Celebration.

Fans had come from all over to see the performance, including Lisa Aab, who had travelled from Michigan in the USA to witness all dates on Barrowman’s UK tour, which also stopped at Glasgow and London. A scheduled Blackpool date was cancelled due to the severe weekend weather.

Friends Christopher Williamson and Jessica Freeston, of Barrow-upon-Humber, won a competition to meet the Torchwood star before the show.

Christopher, 21, said: “It was brilliant, absolutely brilliant.”

Jessica added: “It was fantastic, everything about it. I loved it from start to finish.”

Three major dates remain on this summer’s Open Air Theatre calendar.

Singer Olly Murs’ sold out concert at the £3.5 million venue will take place on Sunday July 15.

Superstar tenor Russell Watson will perform his first Scarborough show in more than five years when he appears at the theatre on Saturday August 4.

And chart-topping boyband JLS will bring the season to a close in their rescheduled concert on Saturday August 25.

Earlier this month Scarborough Council unveiled fresh plans to make the theatre an all-year-round attraction which could also stage community shows and events.

It hopes to build an aluminium stage structure on the theatre’s island throughout the year.