What's on Highlights > August
1 August 2016
School's out for summer! In true Great British fashion the weather has been cold and rainy for the most part, but why don't you make the most of your summer by experiencing some great theatre! We've pulled together a host of shows from venues across the UK to make selecting your theatre trip even easier. This is just a small selection of theatres and what's on - visit the venue's website for full listings or choose another theatre from over 240 theatres around the country. You can view the full list of theatres by clicking here.
To book using your Theatre Tokens please call: 01274 432000
20 Jul - 21 Aug
Winner of over 100 international awards, Wicked has been casting its magical spell across the world for more than a decade and continues to break records at London’s Apollo Victoria Theatre, where it is already the 19th longest-running show in West End theatre history.Wicked is suitable for a general audience. As a guide, it is recommended for ages 7+.
To book using your Theatre Tokens please call: 0844 871 3023* (Calls cost 7p/pm*)
Sound Of Music
2 Aug – 6 Aug
Based on Baroness Maria von Trapp’s 1949 autobiography, this wonderfully lavish new staging of The Sound of Music tells the true story of the world-famous singing family, from their romantic beginnings and search for happiness, to their thrilling escape to freedom as their beloved Austria becomes part of the Third Reich at the start of WWll.
Lucy O'Byrne fresh from her success on BBC One’s The Voice, plays the title role of Maria. She became the competition’s runner up earlier this year. Award winning actor and TV heart-throb Gray O'Brien plays the dashing Captain von Trapp. He is best loved for his memorable roles in Peak Practice, Casualty and Coronation Street
Blessed with the best classically-trained voices the world has to offer, the UK’s answer to Il Divo perform a feast of classical favourites, combined seamlessly with the greatest pop songs of the past 50 years.
The ultimate chance for a little romance, exquisite four-part harmonies breathe life into classics Nessun Dorma, Ol Sole Mio and Con te Partiro, dovetailing in spectacular style with much-loved chart hits Can’t Take My Eyes Off You, Back For Good and Bohemian Rhapsody.
Backed by highly-accomplished musicians, the quartet enthral and entertain with their perfect combination of choreography, comedy and song
30 Aug - 3 Sep
Adapted from TS Eliot's Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats, this wonderful blend of fantasy, drama and romance is set on the night that the Jellicle Cats meet for the Jellicle Ball in a sparkling fusion of music, dance and verse.
With an amazing musical score that includes the timeless Memory, spectacular set designs, stunning costumes and breathtaking choreography, CATS is a magical musical like no other.
To book using your Theatre Tokens please call: 020 7407 0234
11 Aug – 3 Sep
A new version of Émile Zola’s Thérèse Raquin by Secret/Heart.
Trapped in a sexless marriage with her sickly cousin Camille, Thérèse Raquin embarks on an illicit, turbulent affair with her husband’s friend Laurent that leads to madness and a horrifying conclusion.
Written in 1867, Émile Zola’s seminal novel proved a literary sensation. It’s honest and powerful portrayal of the overwhelming force of human desire remains shocking to this day.
5 Aug – 10 Sep
In 1905 in a small Midwestern town, the wife of a local doctor gives birth to a baby boy, Joseph Taylor Jr. Allegro chronicles nearly four decades in the life of this average Joe – through his childhood, from college dorm to marriage altar, and on to his own medical career; from the tranquility of his hometown to the hectic din of big city life and a mid-life discovery of who he is and what his life is truly about, ultimately learning the most important lessons of all – the value of family, that money isn’t everything and that home really is where the heart is.
To book using your Theatre Tokens please call: 01768774411
Dial M for Murder
11 Jun - 2 Nov
When ex-tennis pro Tony Wendice finds out that his wealthy wife Sheila is having an affair, burning rage soon turns to cold calculation. Driven by revenge and greedy for her substantial wealth, Tony embarks on an elaborate plot to commit the perfect murder. Yet even the most perfect plans can go wrong and he soon finds the devil is in the detail, pursued by a maverick detective in a dogged search for the truth. This gripping Noir thriller, brought to the big screen by Alfred Hitchcock, transforms the ‘whodunnit’ into the ‘will they get away with it?' Is it possible to commit the perfect crime?
30 Jul – 4 Nov
In the heat of summer on the fashionable streets of Georgian Bath, heiress Lydia Languish has three lovers fighting for her hand. But Lydia – a greedy devourer of romantic novels – has set her heart on eloping with a penniless infantry officer, Ensign Beverley, the choice of whom her formidable aunt Mrs Malaprop (a notorious murderer of the dictionary) deeply disapproves. What Lydia doesn’t know is that Beverley is not all he seems... In this whirlwind of romance, deception and intrigue, it’s no wonder the would-be suitors end up coming to blows. A stylish and witty revival celebrating Sheridan’s classic masterpiece.
30 Jul – 4 Nov
Josie hasn’t seen her mother in 15 years. Fay hasn’t had a visitor in 15 years. That is until one day when Josie turns up for prison visiting hours. Desperate to rediscover her past, Josie embarks on a journey to reconnect with her mother and unearth the truth. But for lifer Fay, her world has shrunk to the size and shape of her cell and dragging up the past could come at a cost to them both. A moving and absorbing psychological drama, as mother and daughter try to break through the barriers of time and memory that separate them.
To book using your Theatre Tokens please call: 01225 448844
A Midsummer Night's Dream
3 Aug – 20 Aug
Phill Jupitus stars as Bottom the Weaver in Laurence Boswell’s hilarious new production of Shakespeare’s best loved comedy, filled with music, dance and spectacle.
The cast also includes Darrell D’Silva, Katy Stephens and Simon Gregor.
31 Aug – 17th Sep
Dominic Cooper plays debauched 17th Century rake, the Earl of Rochester in this sexually-charged masterpiece by award-winning playwright Stephen Jeffreys, which opens in Bath prior to a West End run.
The cast also includes Jasper Britton, Mark Hadfield and Will Merrick.
To book using your Theatre Tokens please call: 01284 769505
Rehearsal for Murder
8 Aug – 13 Aug
Playwright Alex Dennison is left heartbroken when his fiancée and leading lady Monica Welles is found dead from apparent suicide. On the anniversary of that ill-fated night, Alex assembles the same cast and crew in the same theatre, for a reading of his new play. But as the reading begins it becomes clear that Alex believes that Monica was murdered and he intends to uncover her killer…With an all-star cast including Gary Mavers (Peak Practice) and Anita Harris.
Aliens Love Underpants
23 Aug – 24 Aug
Based on the book by Claire Freedman & Ben Cort. Aliens love underpants of every shape and size but there are no underpants in space so here’s a big surprise.
This zany and hilarious tale is perfect for ages 3+
To book using your Theatre Tokens please call: 0131 228 1404
5 Aug - 28 Aug
Love is milk.
Three couples struggle to meet their basic needs for food, love and survival. As they try to make sense of a changing world, their inner desires and appetites become driving forces that could lead to either catastrophe or redemption.
Funny, dark and provocative, Milk explores the universal need to feed and be fed; physically, emotionally, spiritually. It is an emotive and heartfelt play about what sustains us, what makes us sick and what we just can’t get enough of.
Milk is the first full length play by Ross Dunsmore. Directed by Traverse Artistic Director Orla O’Loughlin.
Breakfast Plays: Tech Will Tear Us Apart (?)
16 Aug - 28 Aug
Technology permeates our lives in more complex ways than ever before.
Traverse Associate Artists, Rob Drummond, Morna Pearson, Tim Price and Stef Smith join forces to fight off killer robots, befriend cyborgs, forge unlikely connections and explore, first-hand, the many ways our lives may be about to change forever.
Witty, bleak and challenging, this year’s Breakfast Plays guarantee a fresh perspective on the future of human-machine relations. Will technology save us, or will it tear us apart?
Enjoy a breakfast roll and tea or coffee with your ticket, before the performances.
To book using your Theatre Tokens please call: 01422 351158
The Gruffalo’s Child
6 Aug - 7 Aug
Following hot on the heels of The Gruffalo’s monstrous success Victoria Theatre Halifax presents The Gruffalo’s Child! Just how brave is she? The Gruffalo said that no Gruffalo should ever set foot in the deep dark wood...One wild night the Gruffalo’s child ignores her father’s warning and tiptoes out into the snow. After all, the Big Bad Mouse doesn’t really exist... does he? Tall Stories Theatre Company brings this award-winning sequel to life in a magical, musical adaptation. Recommended for ages 3+. Across the two days, there are two daytime performances for you to enjoy, with tickets costing £12.50.
The Bootleg Sixties
Hot on the heels of yet another successful year of touring the UK and Europe, The Bootleg Sixties are back on the road again with their fantastic “ sight and sound “ show, which makes its’ Halifax debut on Saturday August 20th at 7:30pm! With two hours of the greatest songs and most enduring images of pop music’s greatest decade, this unique show is the best of its’ kind working in the UK today, and is definitely not to be missed….if you only see one Sixties show in 2016, make it The Bootleg Sixties! Tickets range from £19 to £21.
Dick and Liddy’s Comedy Club
Laugh your way to the weekend with our monthly comedy club, held in the laid-back atmosphere of the Green Room Bar on the last Friday of every month. The club has had the likes of John Bishop, Alan Carr and Michael McIntyre perform, so don’t miss this chance to see some up and coming comedy talent before anyone else! Bring along your friends for a fantastic night out, tickets start from £11 with discounts available. It’s the perfect way to relax after a tough week at work.
To book using your Theatre Tokens please call: 020 7922 2922
28 Jul – 24 Sep
Simon Stone’s version of Ibsen’s The Wild Duck was a sensation at the Barbican in 2014. Now he writes and directs his first original work for the UK: a new version of Federico García Lorca’s masterpiece Yerma.
This achingly powerful story of a young woman desperate to become a mother expresses the anguish of a society battling to free itself from its past. Simon Stone’s new version re-imagines Lorca’s original for London today.