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Russell Watson to perform at Scarborough Open Air Theatre
One of the biggest names in
British music has been added to this summer’s Open Air Theatre
bill, Scarborough Borough Council and Welcome to Yorkshire can
Tenor Russell Watson will headline a
concert at the outdoor arena on Saturday 4 August, with a minimum
Details of where people can buy tickets for
Watson, whose songs range from operatic to pop rock, will be
The 45-year-old joins an A-list summer
line-up which already includes American singing legend Dionne
Warwick (6 June), pop sensation Olly Murs (15 July) and boy band
stars JLS (18 August).
Scarborough Borough Council Leader, Cllr
Tom Fox, said: “Russell Watson is a world-class singer and I am
delighted we have been able to bring him to Scarborough.
“Behind the scenes there is some incredible
hard work going on and a determination by the council to bring the
best possible acts to this unique and special venue.
“I have said it before, but the people of
Scarborough and the many thousands of people who visit this resort
every year deserve the very highest calibre of entertainment. If
you add to the mix the acts that will be coming to Scarborough Spa
and the Futurist Theatre this year, as well as the major events and
festivals that are being planned, I think we can be extremely proud
and look ahead to the summer season with some confidence.
Welcome to Yorkshire Chief Executive, Gary
Verity, added: “This is more fantastic news coming out of
Scarborough and will be a significant boost to the town’s economy.
The council’s ability to attract world-class acts to the Open Air
Theatre can only enhance Scarborough’s reputation as a premiere
Salford-born Watson got his big break when
he was asked to perform at Manchester United’s Old Trafford ground.
His debut album, The Voice, released soon afterwards in May 2001,
was an instant hit, becoming the fastest-selling classical record
in British history.
Watson, who also sang the theme song to the
Star trek spin-off series Enterprise, successfully battled brain
cancer and in November 2010 released La Voce, his first album since
overcoming the life-threatening illness.