Elton John brings the curtain up at the Open Air Theatre

Sir Elton John
Sir Elton John

With a career spanning five decades, and worldwide album sales in excess of 250 million, Elton John is undoubtedly one of the biggest entertainers in the world.

Music legend Elton John is coming to Scarborough. The star is performing at the Open Air Theatre as he brings his solo show to the town.

The £3.5 million venue is expected to sell out fast as nearly 8,000 tickets go on sale tomorrow for the one-night event on Sunday June 5.

It will be Sir Elton’s first visit to Scarborough, and will give fans the rare opportunity to see him live at Europe’s largest open air theatre.

The star boasts a career spanning five decades and album sales in excess of 250 million, placing him firmly among some of the world’s biggest entertainers.

He could have chosen to perform at any huge capacity venue in the country but he has confirmed his booking at Scarborough because he wanted to play in a part of the country where people normally have to travel much further afield to see international stars.

His mini-tour also includes places such as Shrewsbury and Hove.

Sir Elton said: “The first time I played in Yorkshire was in 1970 at the Yorkshire Jazz Folk and Blues Festival near Halifax, but I have never played in Scarborough before.

“I am looking forward to my first summer visit to this classic English seaside town, and you can expect a night of hit songs, dancing and fun – whatever the weather!”

The date at the Scarborough Open Air Theatre is one of only two solo shows in the UK this year, and is part of just a handful of dates that the 64-year-old singer songwriter will perform in the UK this summer.

He is also undertaking summer dates with his band across Europe.

His show will include more than two hours of hits from an incredible back catalogue, including such classics as Bennie and The Jets, Crocodile Rock and Your Song.

Paul Gregg, on behalf of Apollo Leisure and Resorts which operates the theatre, said he “was thrilled that his company is playing a part in bringing the biggest attraction to the Open Air Theatre that Scarborough has ever hosted”.

Jim Dillon, Scarborough Council’s chief executive said: “Following a fantastic opening season last year, we are delighted to be welcoming one of the world’s most iconic and entertaining performers to kick off the 2011 season at the Welcome to Yorkshire Open Air Theatre.

“The fact Scarborough can attract such a huge name as Sir Elton John is a testament to the growing admiration of this unique venue. The event is set to be a great success and a night Scarborough will never forget.”

Tickets are priced at £55 and £75 and go on sale tomorrow at 9am. They can be purchased on line at www.scarboroughopenairtheatre.com, www.seetickets.com and www.ticketmaster.co.uk or by calling the ticket hotlines on 0844 888 9991; 0844 209 7366; 0844 847 2450.

During his tour of the UK he is also performing at Cardiff International Arena, the SECC in Glasgow, Shrewsbury Town FC, the Isle of Man’s Nobles Park, Northamptonshire County Cricket Club, and Sussex County Cricket Club in Hove.