Grizzly food duo rev up for return

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SCARBOROUGH’S Futurist Theatre is celebrating another coup after securing the return of TV cooks The Hairy Bikers to the town.

Grizzly food heroes Si King and Dave Myers will bring their Larger Than Live tour to the seafront venue on Thursday October 9.

The duo last roared into Scarborough on their Harley Davidsons three years ago when they set up their outdoor kitchen in the Town Hall Gardens for an afternoon of filming and cooking, watched by a crowd of hundreds.

They said: “We like to do things a little differently to most, which is why we’re not just giving you a show, we’re giving you a real night out. There will be cooking and a chance for some of our lucky audience members to enjoy a slap up meal on stage courtesy of the chefs.

“Starting with our northern roots, we’ll share our rip-roaring tales of decadent do’s, big dinners and culinary catastrophes.

“There will be a bit of dancing, a bit of flirting, a bit of singing, and some downright hilarious stand-up comedy.”

In more good news for the Futurist, ShangHi by Cirque Du Ciel will be at the venue on August 18, 19, 28 and 29.

The two-hour extravaganza, originally directed by Cirque Du Soleil’s Guy Caron, combines acrobatics, modern dance, original music, martial arts and many other Chinese elements.

The show, which was performed at the Spa last summer, features the world-renowned Beijing Acrobatic Troupe.

Yesterday the Evening News revealed the venue will host the theatre production of Little Voice, the 1998 movie filmed in Scarborough, from September 10 to 15.

Its line-up will include Coronation Street’s Liz McDonald, Beverley Callard, X Factor runner-up and former Brookside actor Ray Quinn, and impressionist Jess Robinson.

The Futurist has enjoyed a string of successes over the past few months.

Calendar Girls, starring Lynda Bellingham, attracted around 15,500 spectators over seven performances last September, Billy Connolly performed to 4,200 people over two nights in January, and Dreamboats and Petticoats, featuring Scarborough’s own Ben Ellis, attracted about 10,000 punters over seven performances before it closed at the weekend.

Other acts expected to pull in the crowds at the venue later this year include singer Peter Andre, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, legendary funnyman Ken Dodd, Mock the Week comic Stewart Francis, and the Chuckle Brothers.