Ed Byrne and Jason Manford are just two names booked for the Landmark Theatre in Ilfracombe for 2018

Funnyman Ed Byrne is appearing at The Landmark in May 2018.Funnyman Ed Byrne is appearing at The Landmark in May 2018.

Television presenter and comedian Jason Manford will be leading the charge with a new programme of shows at the Landmark Theatre in Ilfracombe for 2018.

The 8 Out of 19 Cats star will be appearing at the theatre on August 7 and the Queen’s Theatre in Barnstaple on August 8, with tickets now on sale.

As promised, interim operator Parkwood Theatres is now building up a new programme at the Landmark for 2018 following its reopening of the Queens last month.

Both theatres closed in January this year when North Devon Theatres Trust went into administration and Parkwood was appointed as a temporary operator until the end of March 2018.

Join Jason Manford at The Landmark in Ilfracombe next August.Join Jason Manford at The Landmark in Ilfracombe next August.

North Devon Council will then invite bids for a permanent contract but Mark Thompson, regional manager for Parkwood Theatres, said whatever happened he wanted to ensure the theatres had a programme of shows moving forward.

He said: “I am delighted we have managed to secure Jason Manford for the Landmark, it’s the start of things to come.

“The focus is on the Landmark and we have a number of shows coming in for 2018 and some of them are quite big names.”

These include comedian Ed Byrne on May 4 and the spectacular Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers are also booked in.

The venue will also be hosting Milkshake Live, a compilation of various characters from the Channel Five Milkshake stable including Bob the Builder, Noddy and Little Princess.

A number of themed dinners are planned for the Ilfracombe venue from May, including Only Fools and Three Courses with recreations of characters from famous sitcom Only Fools and Horses.

Mr Thompson said: “The programme is starting to build and we are looking to put on a number of professional shows there, hopefully giving the Landmark the best of live entertainments as well as the Queen’s.

“Whatever happens I want the next running of the contract to have a programme moving forward. A lot of shows book quite early so we have to continue to build the programme for stability.

“You can’t swim before you can walk and it’s been a mammoth job in North Devon but it’s now settling down – the Queen’s is in a very strong position and we can now focus on the Landmark.”

Tickets are available via the new Landmark website at www.parkwoodtheatres.co.uk/Landmark