Council book wrestling for Open Air Theatre in summer

Lycra-clad grapplers like this will grace the Scarborough Open Air Theatre this summe
Lycra-clad grapplers like this will grace the Scarborough Open Air Theatre this summe
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Scarborough’s multi-million pound Open Air Theatre is set to swap guitars and drums for headlocks and piledrivers when it hosts pro wrestling this summer.

American wrestling will entertain crowds at the near-6,000 seater venue every Tuesday throughout August.

The council-funded grappling is part of the free entertainment programme that will be put on at the theatre over the summer months.

In a report set to go before Scarborough Council next week, tourism portfolio holder Cllr David Chance reveals that the free summer shows, which debuted last year, will return again.

The variety shows will run between July 29 and August 29, and will be held every Monday and Thursday.

It means the venue, criticised previously for not being in use enough during the summer, will have entertainment on as often as four times a week during the season.

The free entertainment will run alongside the previously announced musical acts, and Cllr Chance says ticket sales so far are “very pleasing”.

In total, seven council booked stars will play this summer, including chart toppers Olly Murs, McFly and The Wanted. Another act, Katherine Jenkins, has been booked externally by Escape2Events.

The Scarborough News understands that support acts for all of these acts are close to, or have been, signed off by organisers, and an announcement is imminent.

Only one support act has so far been named, with dance pioneers 808 State set to warm up the crowd for The Happy Mondays, as part of a UK exclusive event, which will see The Spa be transformed into the iconic Hacienda nightclub.

In his report, Cllr Chance also confirms that several big name sponsors have been secured for the venue, which include the University of Hull and Castle Recruitment.

The authority are also close to signing off on a new production company for the shows, and in his report, Cllr Chance says: “The successful tender has led to some welcome savings in respect of the production cost estimates for the shows.”