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Festival Favourites Oddsocks Back in Harrogate

Summer in Harrogate wouldn’t quite be the same without Oddsocks, and this year the Festival legends are back to sprinkle some more outdoor theatre magic.



The ever-popular travelling troubadours are one of the many highlights of Harrogate International Festivals’ Summer Season and will be performing Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar in the stunning grounds of RHS Harlow Carr on July 2 and 3.


Yes it’s Shakespeare, but not as you know it! The Bard’s famous history play gets the classic Oddsocks treatment with two hours of jokes, music and bags of memorable moments. Expect the tearing of togas, the swishing of Roman swords, some preposterous puppetry and the biggest battle scene five actors have ever created. 


Formed in 1989 by Andy Barrow and Elli Mackenzie and praised by The Stage for their “great comic timing and superb slapstick”, Oddsocks have been performing as part of Harrogate International Festivals for well over two decades.


Sharon Canavar, Harrogate International Festivals’ Chief Executive, said: “Summer in Harrogate just wouldn’t be the same without Oddsocks. For those who have never been to one of their performances, you really don’t know what you’re missing!


“This is Shakespeare like you’ve never seen it before. Their unique take on the Bard’s works is simply brilliant, and audiences of all ages just love it.


“Oddsocks fans know the drill, but for first timers please dress appropriately for the British weather including something warm to wear – though hopefully the weather gods will be kind to us!”


Pack your picnic, rugs and folding chairs and get ready for an evening of laughter and mayhem that is suitable for all ages. Oddsocks’ shows sell out quickly so we recommend booking early to avoid disappointment.


Oddsocks are amongst several returning favourites for the Festival this year, with the Spiegeltent line-up including the much-loved Gypsy Queens, the feather-ruffling House of Burlesque, hugely talented British jazz singer Jo Harrop, and Harrogate’s legendary nightclub, Jimmy’s. The Spiegeltent is back in Crescent Gardens between 28 June and 7 July.


Oddsocks – Julius Caesar, RHS Garden Harlow Carr, Harrogate, July 2 & 3, 7.30pm. To book tickets, visit the Harrogate International Festivals website at Home - Harrogate International Festivals or call the Box Office on 01423 562 303.


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