Soul legend Dionne to kick off Open Air Theatre season

Tickets are still available for tomorrow night’s first concert of the summer season at Scarborough Open Air Theatre.

Dionne Warwick, whose songs include Say A Little Prayer and the classic Bacharach/David recording, Walk on By, will take to the stage at 7pm and organisers are keen to point out that anyone who still wants to buy tickets can get hold of them right up until the day of the performance.

Rumours had circulated on social networking sites that the show had been cancelled, but Scarborough Council has confirmed it will definitely go ahead.

People can purchase tickets in cash from the box office at the Open Air Theatre, or all methods of payment can be taken at the Escape to The Sands office on Peasholm Gap in Scarborough’s North Bay, tourist information centres in Scarborough, Whitby and Filey or online from

Warwick, who began singing professionally in 1961 after being discovered by the young song writing team, Burt Bacharach and Hal David, has enjoyed a glittering music career and has a clutch of Grammy awards to her name, not to mention more than 100 million record sales. In the last week she has picked up the Icon Award at the Glamour Women of the Year ceremony in London’s Mayfair.

She is second only to Aretha Franklin among female vocalists with the most Billboard Hot 100 chart hits during the rock era (1955–1999) with 56.

In all, Warwick, who has also enjoyed film and television success, has released 35 studio albums, five live albums, 22 compilation albums and 85 singles. In the UK, her highest charting studio album came with Heartbreaker, which reached number three – the title track of the same name also reached number two in the UK singles charts.

Throughout the 80s and 90s, she collaborated with many of her musical peers, including Johnny Mathis, Smokey Robinson, Luther Vandross, Jeffrey Osborne, Kashif and Stevie Wonder.