Yorkshire Times
Voice of the North
Graham Clark
Features Writer
4:25 PM 11th September 2019

John Barrowman Is Coming To Harrogate And Sheffield For Christmas Shows

A mainstay on British television screens, John Barrowman is known for his vocal prowess and multi-faceted performances in dramas, comedies and theatre productions. In realising a long-held dream to release a Christmas album, John is thrilled to share his love of the festive season with fans across the country and beyond.

The album, released on 6th December 2019, features upbeat festive favourites including ‘Sleigh Ride’, ‘Santa Claus is Coming to Town’, ‘It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year’, plus Christmas classics ‘Silent Night’, ‘When a Child is Born’ and ‘Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas’. John will also be joined by some famous faces on brand-new duet tracks, to be revealed soon.

The entertainer extraordinaire will also be celebrating the festive season with fans as he returns to the UK with a dazzling new Christmas tour, including a date at the Harrogate Conference Cenre on 6th December and Sheffield City Hall on 12th December. This is an exclusive for Yorkshire as it is only an 8 date tour.

On releasing his first album on the iconic British label Decca Records, John said:

“It’s been great to get back into the studio recording new Christmas tracks. I love this time of the year, but this is the first time I’ve put together a full album of Christmas and festive music for the most FABULOUS time of the year.

"I had so much fun on my summer tour, bringing my husband Scott and my parents along for the ride, while celebrating 30 years on stage and performing some of my favourite songs from that time. I can’t wait to be back out there meeting more fans during this festive Christmas tour.”

The news of John’s new album comes soon after ITV’s announcement that John will be joining the judging line-up alongside head judges Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean and dance choreographer Ashley Banjo for the 2020 series of Dancing on Ice. Fans of the show will remember John’s appearance in series one, where he was partnered with professional ice dancer Olga Sharutenko.

John’s career as a leading man in musical theatre has seen him star in many West End shows, including ‘Matador’, ‘Miss Saigon’, ‘The Phantom of The Opera’ and ‘Sunset Boulevard’. His most famous television role is undoubtedly that of sci-fi hero Captain Jack Harkness, whose first appearance in the revamped Doctor Who created such an impact that he was given his own spin off series, Torchwood.

As a presenter, John has hosted his own prime-time Saturday night BBC show Tonight’s the Night, making people’s performance dreams come true. He also presented The Kids Are All Right, BBC's Live and Kicking, and Children in Need.

In Her Majesty the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2014, John was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for services to entertainment and to charity.

This new Christmas album breathes new life into festive favorites, with added John Barrowman flair and his trademark sense of humour – ‘A Fabulous Christmas’ offers us a real festive treat.

Yorkshire Tour Dates:

6th December - Harrogate Conference Centre

12th December - Sheffield City Hall