Top star on way to Scarborough

John Barrowman.
John Barrowman.

ENTERTAINER John Barrowman has been added to the star-studded line-up at Scarborough’s Open Air Theatre this summer.

The multi-talented Scottish-born actor, singer, dancer and TV personality will tread the boards at the 6,500-seater venue on Thursday June 21.

Best known for his role as time traveller Captain Jack Harkness in Doctor Who and its spin-off series Torchwood, Barrowman has also been a judge on Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical talent shows including Any Dream Will Do, which gave Scarborough stage star Ben Ellis his big break in 2007.

Ben, 23, said: “I’ve done a couple of concerts with John and I see him quite a lot because we share the same agent. He is a very talented guy.

“It’s definitely a good result for Scarborough and I’m sure he will pack it out no problem. He is a great singer and a great performer.”

Nick Thomas, chairman of Scarborough-based Qdos Entertainment Group, added: “John Barrowman is one of the best live entertainers in the UK.

“He has appeared in pantomime for us for a number of years, and breaks box office records.”

Tickets, priced between £30 and £50, are set to go on general sale next week for the show, which has been booked by Scarborough Council.

Barrowman, 45, joins a stellar line-up at the £3.5 million venue, which already boasts American singing legend Dionne Warwick on June 6, chart-topping star Olly Murs on July 15, tenor Russell Watson on August 4 and X Factor stars JLS and Alexandra Burke on August 18.

More than 2,000 tickets for Watson’s concert at the theatre will be available for purchase in person from the Escape 2 The Sands office at Peasholm Gap on Friday April 6 from 8am.

Earlier this month, residents local to Scarborough were able to snap up tickets for the other shows before they went on general sale nationwide and the council has been able to secure the same arrangement for fans of the “People’s Tenor”.

The remainder of the tickets will then go on general sale from 9am on Monday April 9 via www.ticketmaster.co.uk

Tickets will cost £35 each and will be subject to booking and postage fees as appropriate.

David Archer, the council’s strategic director, said: “Once again, we are delighted to be able to give local people the first opportunity to purchase tickets in advance of general sale. The arrangement proved very popular earlier this month for the previously announced acts and we are hoping that demand will also be high for this much loved artist.

“Anyone unable to get to The Sands on Good Friday or not local to Scarborough, will still have the opportunity to purchase tickets from April 9. We particularly encourage any Russell Watson fans from outside the area to buy tickets and consider extending their stay to the whole weekend or longer to enjoy the many other attractions Scarborough has to offer.”