Comedian is to be big name during autumn arts festival

COMEDIAN Mark Steel will top the bill for this Autumn’s Doncaster HotHouse arts festival.

He will be performing a Doncaster-themed routine, which will mark the end to St Leger Festival Week, organisers of the festival have announced.

Hot on Mark’s heels will be singers Spiers and Boden on September 21. They have just released a new album, The Works, a 10th anniversary collection featuring new recordings of songs from their five albums made as a duo.

This is the only South Yorkshire date on their forthcoming tour.

Next up, from October 10 to 12, is the Hull Truck production of The Glee Club. Set in Edlington Colliery the performance combines raucous wit and spellbinding close-harmony singing, and nudity too.

Manchester Camerata return on October 13 performing A Portrait of Words and Music.

They will also be doing workshops in schools and mini performances around Doncaster including at the Frenchgate shopping centre, Walkers Garden Centre and Trinity Methodist Church.

The mini performances are free with a full programme of concerts about to be launched.

October ends with The Selfish Giant a show of story telling and dance based on the tale by Oscar Wilde.

Doncaster’s Wayne Sables Project returns to the Civic Theatre in November with a brand new stunning solo dance theatre show.

The season ends in style with Sheffield-based Ensemble 360 performing in Priory Place Church on December 3.

The Hothouse festival has been running since 2005.