Three big name acts are to perform at Scarborough's troubled Open Air Theatre – the first announcements after months of uncertainty about the venue's line up for this summer season.
Promoters say they are delighted that the theatre is to play host to American veteran singer Dionne Warwick, X Factor runner-up Olly Murs and boy band JLS.
Dionne Warwick, who is the aunt of the late Whitney Houston, will perform on Wednesday 6 June, followed by Olly Murs on Sunday 15July and JLS on Saturday 18 August.
All three will be will supportedby high-profile guest acts, with details of those to be announced soon. Scarborough Council, which owns the theatre and which has faced criticism over delays to this year's programme, says more big acts are also being lined up.
Tickets for the threeconfirmed acts will go on sale a week on Monday 12 March through ticketmaster.co.uk.Further details of how people can buy tickets locally will be announced nextweek.
– Tom Fox, leader, Scarborough Council
I’m delighted the council is able to bring such fantastic acts to the Open Air Theatre in 2012. It’s a wonderful setting for outdoor entertainment and Scarborough people – as well as the hundreds of thousands who visit the resort every summer – deserve to be able see acts of this calibre on their doorstep, in their town.
Apollo Leisure, which runs the theatre, was due to launch its summer programme in January, but has still to make any of its own announcements.
Hoteliers in the resort have criticised the delays and warned that they could lead to visitors snubbing Scarborough and booking holidays elsewhere.
The £3.5m theatre was reopened by the Queen in summer 2010 after being closed for 26 years. It is the largest open air theatre in Europe.