Hull New Theatre is one of the UK’s leading regional touring theatres. Based in a Grade II listed building rejuvenated after a £16million refurbishment, the theatre based in Kingston-upon-Hull regularly features musicals, opera, ballet, drama and comedy, not forgetting a traditional Christmas pantomime. Hull New Theatre has been operating in some form since 1939 when it was opened as a replacement venue for the Hull Repertory Theatre Company. It survived bombing during World War II and was bought by the Whitehall Company in 1951. The arrival of television affected audience numbers, but a public backlash against a takeover bid by a bingo company in the 60s led to Hull City Council taking over the venue, a role it still fulfills to this day. Hull New Theatre closed temporarily in 2015 for a major overhaul, ready for Hull’s stint as UK City of Culture in 2017. Now well-placed for the 21st Century, the theatre is capable of staging ambitious performances across the artistic spectrum, with recent visitors to Hull including Jason Manford, the stage version of Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em featuring Joe Pasquale, and Jools Holland’s band.