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Gangsta Granny
It’s Friday night and Ben knows that means only one thing – staying with Granny! There will be cabbage soup, cabbage pie and cabbage cake and Ben knows one thing for sure – it’s going to be sooooooooo boring! But what Ben doesn’t know is that Granny has a secret – and Friday nights are about to get more exciting than he could ever imagine, as he embarks on the adventure of a lifetime with his very own Gangsta Granny!

From the acclaimed producers of Horrible Histories comes this amazing story by David Walliams, the UK’s best-selling author for children.

"I am over the moon that Gangsta Granny is coming to the stage. It's the most popular of all my books and I am sure this production by the brilliant Birmingham Stage Company will delight not just children but their parents and of course grandparents." David Walliams

Illustrations © Tony Ross, 2011
Cover lettering of author’s name © Quentin Blake, 2010
28/06/2017 To 02/07/2017
Simon Says Weekend 2017

Simon Says... let's do it all again in 2017!

Simon Says... returns to De Montfort Hall and Gardens for the fifth year running, presented in partnership with three of Leicester's finest music venues, The Donkey, Firebug and The Musician.

The festival will showcase the finest talent from Leicester's music scene and beyond, along with real ales, cocktails, food and drink and much more!

Acts confirmed so far:

By The Rivers | Jah Wobble | Jim Bob | Smoove & Turrell | 
Uncle Frank 

Ash Mammal | Bellatones | Bluebird Parade |  Charlotte Carpenter | Cohesion | Chris Conway & Dan Britton | Dexeter | Echolocation | Eden | Ex Comets | Goan Dogs | GU-RU | Her Name is Calla | King Brasstards | Lakuta | Lets Play 2016 | Nia Soul | SKAM |  Sophia Marshall | The Cult of Dom Keller | The Double Yellers | The Daydream Club | The Dedbeats | The Della Grants | The Midnight Dogs | The Tin Pigeons | 

29/07/2017 12:00
Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan

Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan returns to De Montfort Hall for one night only in what promises to be the most intimate concert in The Tribute Tour. 

2017 marks the 20th year since the death of Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. Regarded as the greatest singer in the genre of Qawali, Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan brought the modest form of devotional singing to international attention. He collaborated with and influenced countless musicians. His nephew, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, is proof that the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. 

There is the same clear, ringing voice, with that slight bit of gravel rasping at its edge, just like Nusrat. Rahat shines at classic Qawali, the Sufi devotional music made famous by his uncle, even though he has brought the house down in India's thriving, immensely popular Bollywood industry, lending his voice to dozens of projects. 

His Leicester appearance is one you shouldn't let pass by as the protégée pays tribute to his mentor.

08/09/2017 19:30
John Bishop
Comedy superstar John Bishop is coming here to warm up his brand new show Winging It in autumn 2017!

It will have been three years since his last tour and Winging It is gearing up to be his biggest and best yet. John is very much looking forward to this new adventure and can’t wait to be back on the road again.  

John has achieved huge success with a number of his own comedy, entertainment and documentary shows including John Bishop’s Australia (BBC1), John Bishop’s Britain (BBC1); John Bishop’s Only Joking (Sky1); The John Bishop Show (BBC1); The John Bishop Christmas Show (BBC1) and John Bishop’s Gorilla Adventure (ITV1).  More recently his new series John Bishop: In Conversation With… sees him chatting, one to one with some of the UK’s biggest names. 

John has also been a regular on A League of their Own (Sky1) as well as a host of The Royal Variety Performance.

"King of the one-hundred-liner." **** Daily Telegraph

"Home is not only where Bishop’s heart clearly and endearingly is – it’s where his art is, too." **** Daily Telegraph

"His Supersonic show easily confirms that John Bishop has finally taken on the mantle of Britain’s top comic." **** Daily Mirror

**** The Times
12/09/2017 20:00
UKBFF East of England Championships
Come to De Montfort Hall this September to see the finest bodybuilders in the UK compete for entry to the UK British Championships.
17/09/2017 13:00

With their glorious new album Jump On Board coming out in April, Texas announce 21 UK dates this autumn.

Written and produced by Texas stalwarts Johnny McElhone and Sharleen Spiteri, Jump on Board is the first new Texas studio album since The Conversation in 2013 and is nothing short of a pop classic.

19/09/2017 19:00
Greg Davies

Greg Davies, BAFTA nominated star of Cuckoo, Man Down, The Inbetweeners and Taskmaster, is back with his first stand up show in four years.

Join “undoubtedly one of the kingpins of British comedy” (Evening Standard) on his biggest ever tour. Come witness the magnificent beast that is Greg Davies. 

“One of this country’s best comedians.” The Times.

22/09/2017 To 23/09/2017
Jon Richardson - Old Man

The British Comedy Award nominee and star of Live At The Apollo and 8 Out Of 10 Cats is embarking on a nationwide tour to complain about the state of the world and offer no solutions.  Since his last show he has become a husband and father, seen the UK vote to leave the EU and watched the rise of Donald Trump, all of which leaves him asking one question, why does it seem that no one else alive can correctly load a dishwasher?

Come and see what Jon Richardson can do with words when he has more than thirty seconds to work with.  Or should that be “with which to work”?

Best known as team captain on 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown, Jon has been massively in demand for television and radio appearances including; Have I Got News For You(BBC1), Live At The Apollo (BBC1), Comedy Gala Live At The 02 (Channel 4) and most recently Taskmaster (Dave).

"Jon Richardson is developing into a quietly sophisticated comedian who is at turns hilarious and disturbing and under no circumstances should you miss." **** The Mirror

"One of our most individual and interesting stand-ups." **** The Times

"Sublimely brilliant, stunning...." Time Out

"For 10 years he has been among the funniest men in Britain." The Mirror


27/09/2017 20:00
Russell Brand - Re:Birth

Following a series of sold-out preview shows in November and December 2016, Russell Brand announces a new stand-up tour of UK and Ireland.

What is real? Who are we? Where did this baby come from?

In Re:Birth, Russell Brand wrestles with these questions while unravelling the matrix of modern media, politics, sex, fatherhood and death. Join one of comedy’s fiercest talents as he tries to make sense of life having just made a new one.

03/10/2017 To 06/12/2017
Philharmonia Orchestra 2017/18
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Jakub Hrusa conductor
Hilary Hahn violin

DVORAK Violin Concerto in A minor
SMETANA Má Vlast (complete)

Violinist Hilary Hahn has been called "America’s best classical musician", and tonight she brings all her world-class
artistry to a very Czech masterpiece: the lovely Violin Concerto by Antonin Dvorak. The title of Smetana’s Má Vlast meanwhile, simply means "My Country". But this isn’t just a series of colourful postcards from Bohemia. It’s an adventure, too — a tale of battles, warrior-maidens, and a nation awakening to freedom.

Jakub Hrusa is one of the Philharmonia's two newly announced Principal Conductors. Find out more here http://www.philharmonia.co.uk/news/article/31/the_philharmonia_announces_two_principal_guest_conductors_jakub_hrusa_and_santtu-matias_rouvali

6pm, pre-concert talk, FREE entry.
Jakub Hrusa in conversation with John Florance.


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Karl-Heinz Steffens conductor
Esther Yoo violin

BEETHOVEN Overture, Egmont
TCHAIKOVSKY Violin Concerto
BRAHMS Symphony No. 4

The great Romantic composers did everything on a grand scale, and from the jubilant trumpets of Beethoven’s Egmont overture to the storm clouds that tower over Brahms’s Fourth and final symphony, this concert is filled with emotions at their most uninhibited. So it’s the perfect setting for the “bewitching” young violinist Esther Yoo.
This concert is supported by Friends of the Philharmonia Orchestra.

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Krzysztof Urbanski conductor
Simon Trpceski piano

TCHAIKOVSKY Fantasy Overture, Romeo and Juliet
TCHAIKOVSKY Piano Concerto No. 1
PROKOFIEV Romeo and Juliet (excerpts)

Two houses, both alike in dignity… and two unashamedly melodious takes on Shakespeare’s greatest love story. Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet redefined musical romance, and gave us one of the most celebrated love themes in all music. And with his impassioned melodies, bittersweet harmonies and taut, angular rhythms, Sergei Prokofiev brought the star-cross’d lovers dancing into the 20th century. In between, superstar pianist Simon Trpceski brings his "phenomenal technique" (Daily Telegraph) to Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto.

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Juraj Valcuha conductor
Evgeni Bozhanov piano
KODALY Dances of Galánta
BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 3
BARTÓK Concerto for Orchestra

Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra isn’t just a magnificent showpiece for 80 world-class musicians. It’s a salute to
the human spirit by a composer in exile: filled with bold colours, supercharged dance-tunes and moments of piercing emotional honesty. This is music with a dash of paprika: an intoxicating climax to a concert that begins with the untrammelled joie de vivre of Zoltan Kodály’s riotous Hungarian dance suite, and stars the award-winning Evgeni Bozhanov as soloist in Beethoven’s darkest piano concerto.

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Carl Davis conductor

Programme to include music from:
Love Story, Gone with the Wind, La La Land, West Side Story, Dr Zhivago, Mamma Mia, Star Wars, James Bond, Romeo and Juliet, among many more.
Conducted by Carl Davis, Philharmonia at the Movies returns with a concert of some of the most iconic film scores
and unforgettable love songs from the greatest romantic films of all time. The themes of love, passion and romance shine through in the instantly recognisable yearning melody to 1970 film Love Story and the soaring notes that set the tone to Margaret Mitchell’s sweeping emotional epic Gone with the Wind, heard alongside soundtracks to Dr Zhivago, La La Land and the most tragic love story of all time, Romeo and Juliet.
6.15pm, pre-concert talk, FREE entry
Carl Davis in conversation with John Florance.

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Esa-Pekka Salonen
David Fray piano
BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 2
MAHLER Symphony No. 1
A magical spring dawn — or the creation of the universe itself? One thing’s for sure: the opening of Mahler’s First Symphony is the start of a thrilling journey, and from that extraordinary beginning right through to the roof-raising finish, there’s no more dynamic guide than the great Esa-Pekka Salonen — the Philharmonia’s Principal Conductor & Artistic Advisor, and one of the finest living Mahler interpreters in the world today. Beethoven’s wittiest piano concerto should make a delightful complement.
6.15pm, pre-concert talk Garden Suite, FREE entry
An introduction to the evening’s programme.

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Christoph Altstaedt conductor
Singers to be announced
WAGNER Siegfried Idyll
MASSENET Cendrillon (arias and excerpts)
VERDI La traviata (arias and excerpts)
LISZT Les préludes
Rising-star conductor Christoph Altstaedt brings a programme of romantic 19thcentury story-telling — both peratic and symphonic — to the De Montfort Hall stage. The evening opens and closes with two symphonic poems: Liszt’s lushly scored Les préludes and Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll. The music for the Idyll — later used in Wagner’s opera Siegfried — was composed for Wagner’s wife Cosima’s birthday, and first performed as a surprise for her on the stairs of their villa in Lucerne. In between, themes of love and heartache in two of the most popular operas of the Romantic era: Massenet’s Cinderella and the tragedy of Violetta in Verdi’s La traviata.
07/10/2017 To 08/05/2018
Blood Brothers
Written by Willy Russell, the legendary Blood Brothers tells the captivating and moving tale of twins who separated at birth, grow up on opposite sides of the tracks, only to meet again with fateful consequences.

Few musicals have received quite such acclaim as the multi-award winning Blood Brothers. Bill Kenwright’s production surpassed 10,000 performances in London’s West End, one of only three musicals ever to achieve that milestone. It has been affectionately christened the ‘Standing Ovation Musical’, as inevitably it "brings the audience cheering to its feet and roaring its approval." The Daily Mail

The superb score includes Bright New Day, Marilyn Monroe and the emotionally charged hit Tell Me It’s Not True.

"A triumphant evening... unmissable and unbeatable." The Spectator

"Gritty, gripping, superb." Mail on Sunday
16/10/2017 To 21/10/2017
Imelda May



20/11/2017 19:00
Christmas with Katherine Jenkins

Start your Christmas celebration in style with singing sensation Katherine Jenkins, as she performs a magnificent concert of seasonal music and songs.

Mark Vincent special guest
Anthony Inglis conductor
London Concert Orchestra

01/12/2017 19:30