What's on Highlights > April
1 April 2016Read on for inspiration for what’s on in April at a theatre near you. 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.
Why do whales sing? Why do humans wail? What part do the Welsh have to play in all of this?
To find out the answer to these perplexing questions and more, come on down to Battersea Arts Centre this spring where you’re guaranteed (contents wise at least) to have a whale of a time. Part gig, part lecture, part your lips and WAIL!
5-21 Apr (not Sun)
It's been 30 years since the Battle of the Beanfield – a brutal crackdown on the annual Stonehenge Free Festival. Called away from policing the miners' strike, officers enforced an injunction around the ancient stones with bloody violence and mass arrests.
Armed with a camera, a map and home-made riot gear, Breach set out mark the anniversary with a historical re-enactment.
Onstage, the same performers try to capture the 2015 Stonehenge summer solstice: there's hot dog stands, Hare Krishnas and MDMA-fuelled raving, as a group of young people try to connect – but it all feels a bit fake.
The Destroyed Room
27 Apr -14 May (not 2 May & Sun)
Four characters debate world events as cameras film their every word and reaction, beaming them live onto a big screen.
As audiences watch both the live action and the film, the debate intensifies and slowly the atmosphere begins to change.
The Destroyed Room is about the abundance of lenses, which bring the world right into our homes. It’s about what we see, what we turn away from... and what’s coming.
Vanisihing Point took their inspiration for this show from Jeff Wall’s famous photograph, which shows a ransacked room, where every item of furniture has been torn up and destroyed. What happened?
RSC’s A Midsummer Night's Dream
Tuesday 5 to Saturday 9 April
“The course of true love never did run smooth…”
On a Midsummer’s night, four young lovers find themselves wrapped in the mischievous arms of an enchanted forest, where sprites lurk and fairies rule.
The nation’s favourite Shakespeare play is performed as never before; RSC Deputy Artistic Director directs 18 professional actors with local amateur group Poulton Drama as Shakespeare’s Mechanicals. Join us for an unforgettable adventure…
Jackie The Musical
Tuesday 19 to Saturday 23 April
In Jackie The Musical we revisit those heady days, and tell the story of a recent divorcée who seeks advice once more from the pages of her old Jackie annuals.
With original choreography by Arlene Phillips and starring Janet Dibley (The Two of Us, EastEnders, Fat Friends) Jackie The Musical is accompanied by a pulsating sound track of hits from the 70s. Thrill once more to the unmistakable sounds of pop idols Donny Osmond, David Cassidy, Marc Bolan and many more in this fun and feisty night out.
David Walliams Gangsta Granny
Wednesday 27 April to Sunday 1 May
It’s Friday night and Ben knows that means only one thing – staying with Granny!
There will be cabbage soup, cabbage pie and cabbage cake and Ben knows one thing for sure – it’s going to be sooooooooo boring! But what Ben doesn’t know is that Granny has a secret – and Friday nights are about to get more exciting than he could ever imagine, as he embarks on the adventure of a lifetime with his very own Gangsta Granny!
‘I am over the moon that ‘Gangsta Granny’ is coming to the stage. It’s the most popular of all my books and I am sure this production by the brilliant Birmingham Stage Company will delight not just children but their parents and of course grandparents’. David Walliams
Orchestra Of The Swan - M&G Classical Concert Series
Sunday 2 April
Guitarist – Craig Ogden
Pergolesi Concertino For String Orchestra
Arnold Guitar Concerto
Vivaldi Guitar Concerto in D
Britten Simple Symphony
Pre-concert talk free to concert ticket holders
Champions of Magic
Friday 8 April
Join 5 of the world’s top illusionists for a spectacular night of mystery that’ll keep you guessing for a long time to come. Witness the impossible, including disappearances, teleportation and a heart-stopping finale that sees one performer walk through the spinning steel blades of a giant industrial fan, all presented with lighting and pyrotechnics to rival the biggest arena productions.
“Spectacular family show... take a seat and prepare to be astounded, astonished and amazed” Heart FM
Friday 15 April
Ballet Central 2016 features a sparkling programme of ballet, neoclassical, contemporary and narrative dance. The company’s young and dynamic dancers will showcase their talent with a diverse performance of newly commissioned works and celebrated revivals. This family-friendly show is ideal for dance enthusiasts as well as those new to ballet. Don’t miss this opportunity to see these highly talented dancers launch their professional careers.
“Ballet Central seems to be on an upward trajectory, looking finer all the time” Dance Europe (2015 Tour)
To book using Theatre Tokens call: 020 8292 9222
in the absence of silence
Wednesday 27 April – Saturday 14 May
in the absence of silence is a moving and dramatic production that has been developed with South Gwynedd Domestic abuse Services and is based on interviews conducted with women as part of Chickenshed’s outreach project called Survivors.
Chickenshed presents a compelling representation of
the strength and power of survival, in a searingly honest and poignant portrayal of what can all too often be untold stories.
in the absence of silence interweaves excerpts
of the women’s own words with multimedia to
create an honest, at times brutal, portrayal of what
can take place behind closed doors, and the life affirming
and positive truth of what is possible when the silence is broken.
£12 | £8 concessions
Tales from the Shed
Friday 22 April to Saturday 4 June
Tales from the Shed are vibrant, interactive theatre shows that are perfect for young children. They are informal, lively and amazingly engaging as the performers and audience share the same space - children are always encouraged to make a lot of noise and to make the story happen.
We guarantee that every show will be fun, really silly and that there will be plenty of colourful puppets and live songs. Every week we present different stories featuring the same much loved characters.
Ages: 0-6 years
Tales Big Day Out
Saturday 16 April
Tales Big Day Out is an enjoyable and entertaining outing for all the family, whether you’re familiar with the Tales world or you’re coming along for the first time.
Children will have the opportunity to take part in a great interactive workshop and watch a fun performance of Tales from the Shed, then everyone will come together for a huge Tales extravaganza outside in the amphitheatre. There will also be other free activities to discover and enjoy. Activities and performances will be inside if there is bad weather.
Ages: 0 – 6 years
Price: £8, free to babies under 1 year
To book using Theatre Tokens call: 01432 340555
Champions of Magic
Thu 7 April, 7.30pm
Join the award winning team of tricksters for a spectacular night of mystery that’ll keep you guessing for a long time to come.
Witness stunning illusions including disappearances, teleportation and a heart stopping finale that sees one performer walk through the spinning steel blades of a giant industrial fan.
Icarus Theatre present At the Mountains of Madness
Fri 8 April, 8pm
Be drawn into the untold world of the Antarctic, and stumble upon unnameable horrors that lie beyond The Mountains of Madness.
Swansea City Opera present La Bohème
Fri 15 April, 7.30pm
The critically acclaimed Swansea City Opera are setting their production of La Bohème in war torn1940’s Paris. Sung in English and accompanied by chamber orchestra, don’t miss this opportunity to hear Puccini’s shimmering concoction of soaring vocal lines and lush orchestral melodie
To book using Theatre Tokens call: 01325 486555
The Wizard of Oz
Friday 8 & Saturday 9 April
Follow the Yellow Brick Road to Darlington Civic Theatre for a fantastic Easter pantomime version of The Wizard of Oz, staring comedy legend Bobby Davro as Scarecrow and Dani Harmer (CBBC’s Tracy Beaker, Strictly Come Dancing) as Dorothy.
Tuesday 12 to Saturday 16 April
Set in 1942 against a backdrop of heartache and quiet bravery, Flare Path tells the story of former actress Patricia, the wife of RAF pilot Teddy, as their marriage is tested to the limits by the surprise arrival of Patricia’s ex-lover and Hollywood idol Peter Kyle.
Wednesday 20 to Saturday 30 April
This action-packed musical explodes on the stage with high-energy songs and dynamic dances. This musical is so much fun it should be illegal. Based on the adored movie Legally Blonde is a perfect pick-me-up show guaranteed to leave you wanting more.
To book using Theatre Tokens call: 0844 871 3014 (Calls cost 7p/pm*)
The Rocky Horror Show
Mon 28 March - Sat 02 April
The world's favourite rock 'n' roll musical is back by popular demand to thrill you once again. Starring Diana Vickers as Janet, Ben Freeman as Brad, Paul Cattermole as Eddie / Dr Scott and Kristian Lavercombe is back as Riff Raff.
The Rocky Horror Show tells the story of Brad and his fiancée Janet, two squeaky clean college kids who meet Dr Frank 'n' Furter by chance when their car breaks down outside his house whilst on their way to visit a college professor.
Featuring all of its famous musical classics, including Science Fiction/Double Feature, Dammit Janet and of course, the classic floor filler The Time Warp.
The Last Tango
Thu 07 - Sat 09 April
The nation’s favourite Strictly Come Dancing stars in their ultimate farewell show. Fresh from their sell-out hit shows Midnight Tango and Dance ’Til Dawn, Strictly superstars Vincent Simone & Flavia Cacace have created their most moving production yet.
Twenty years of dancing together has seen them become Strictly Come Dancing favourites, World Dance title-holders, create and star in their own West End productions – but now it is finally time for the nation’s best loved Argentine Tango Champions to say goodbye to the stage.
See this beautiful couple do what they do best live, in an intimate, passionate and explosive experience – it’s time for The Last Tango.
Guys and Dolls
Tue 12 – Sat 16 April
Direct from the Savoy Theatre in London’s West End, comes this highly-acclaimed and "Exhilarating" (THE GUARDIAN) production of Guys and Dolls, hailed as "The greatest Golden-Age Musical of the all" (TIMES).
The sizzling New York tale of gamblers, gangsters and nightclub singers will leave you "Walking on Air" (DAILY TELEGRAPH) with a glorious evening featuring some of Broadway’s greatest show-stopping tunes, including Luck be a Lady, Sit Down You’re Rockin’ the Boat and My Time of Day.
With dazzling choreography by world-renowned Cuban ballet star Carlos Acosta and Andrew Wright (Singin’ In the Rain and Barnum), and direction from New York’s Gordon Greenberg, this "Production leaves the whole audience purring with please" (TIMES).
To book using Theatre Tokens call: 0844 847 1652 (Calls cost 7p/pm*)
Wednesday, 30 March – Friday, 22 April 2016
Tuesday to Saturday Evenings at 7.30pm. Saturday and Sunday Matinees at 3.00pm.
Composed, written and directed by the multi-award winning Phil Willmott and co-composed by Mark Collins. The world premiere of a new British musical. Princess Caraboo tells the extraordinary true story of a beautiful young woman who tricked her way from vagrancy to wealth and power in Regency England by pretending to be a shipwrecked Princess. As 'Princess Caraboo' becomes the superstar of her day she discovers the price to be paid for living a lie and the cost of drawing the man she loves into her deceit.
The Non-Stop Connolly Show
Sundays and Mondays, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18 April 2016 at 7.00pm
Saturday, 23 April 2016 from 12 noon, Sunday, 24 April 2016 from 12 noon
Margaretta D'Arcy and John Arden's epic retelling of the life story of Easter Rising leader James Connolly. A production commissioned by the Finborough Theatre to commemorate the centenary of Dublin's Easter Rising of 1916. Presented as a staged reading, charting in epic verse and stirring dialogue the life and career Ireland's greatest revolutionary, from his birth in Scotland to his last moments in front of a British firing squad. This ambitious revival – directed by exciting Irish director Shane Dempsey – will be the first time that the entire cycle has ever been presented continuously in the UK.
Wednesday, 27 April – Saturday 14 May 2016
Tuesday to Sunday evenings at 7.30pm. Saturday and Sunday matinees at 3.00pm.
Failed architect Harrison has plans to make tonight the last night of his life. What he doesn't need is Katherine, a young student with cerebral palsy, breaking into his house in her wheelchair begging for his help. Written and co-performed by acclaimed playwright with a disability Athena Stevens, Schism is the world premiere of a stunning new play about two people finding each other, and what happens when their dream becomes unrealistic and out of date.
To book using Theatre Tokens call: 0151 666 0000
DAVID WALLIAMS’ GANGSTA GRANNY
Wednesday 6th to Sunday 10th April
It’s Friday night and Ben knows that means only one thing – staying with Granny! There will be cabbage soup, cabbage pie and cabbage cake and Ben knows one thing for sure – it’s going to be soooooooo boring!
But what Ben doesn’t know is that Granny has a secret – and Friday nights are about to get more exciting than he could ever imagine, as he embarks on the adventure of a lifetime with his very own Gangsta Granny!
From the acclaimed producers of HORRIBLE HISTORIES comes the world premiere of this amazing story by David Walliams, the UK’s best-selling author for children.
AN EVENING OF BURLESQUE
Friday 15th April 8pm
For the very first time ever – the biggest burlesque legends from around the world are united on one stage as Britain’s No1 burlesque show goes global.
Its Vaudeville gone volatile. Worldwide all-stars, couture costumes, an oh-so-steamy score and mind –boggling speciality acts share the spotlight – porcelain cheek to chiselled jowl – in a wickedly hilarious extravaganza.
As seen from Milan to Minsk, Zurich to St Petersburg, Helsinki to Verona, Dresden to Dessau, join a thrill-a-minute, fun-filled frolic into the bizarre world of burlesque and cutting-edge variety… we dare you!
Dress up and come to the cabaret. Over 18s
TAP FACTORY – WORLD TOUR 2016
Saturday 30th April 7.30pm
A breath-taking show in the genre of STOMP, TAP DOGS and BLUE MAN GROUP.
World on Stage and UAU International are extremely proud to be returning this world class production to the UK direct from America. This tremendously visual, and highly exciting show, features the world’s best Tap Dancers and international musicians as they blend the art of dance, percussion, comedy, and cirque acrobatics, A dazzling and amazing dance spectacular and cirque experience.
Georgian Theatre Royal
To book using Theatre Tokens call: 01748 825252
Alice in Wonderland
Friday 1 April, 2.00pm
Continuing the Riverbank tradition of producing exciting adaptations of classical children's literature, the company is now embarking on one of the most famous books ever published - Alice's Adventures In Wonderland.
This colourful show features all the favourite ‘Alice’ characters portrayed by a cast of four talented actors. Expect brand-new catchy sing-along songs, fabulous puppets and lots of surprises. From the moment Alice falls down the rabbit hole to the hilarious and curious ending, we can guarantee that you will be spellbound. The production is suitable for families and specifically children aged five to nine. Tickets £9.
Tuesday 19 April, 7.30pm
1923: The War is over. While Clarissa Dalloway prepares a party in Westminster, Septimus Smith is diagnosed with shell-shock, their memories and dreams magically intertwining with those of 15 other disparate souls, on this hot, blue day in June. Conjuring the hopes and regrets of middle and upper-class London, this adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s celebrated map of hearts, minds and memories offers a compellingly feminine response to the aftermath of the First World War.
★★★★★ ‘Intelligently adapted, beautifully performed... entrancing’ - British Theatre Guide
International Concert Pianist Young-Choon Park
Friday 29 April, 7.30pm
South Korean-born pianist Young-Choon Park tours extensively in Europe, Scandinavia, South Africa and the United States, making regular visits to major concert venues including the Birmingham Symphony Hall, St. David’s Hall in Cardiff, Belfast Waterfront Hall, Alice Tully Hall and the Lincoln Centre in New York, and performing with many of the world’s leading orchestras.
This recital will include Beethoven’s Sonatas No. 1 and No. 3, Schuman’s Humoreske and Chopin’s Scherzo No.2.
“…individually refreshing, while demonstrating real passion and style as well as outstanding technical proficiency…”
Tickets £7 - £20
To book using Theatre Tokens call: 0208 858 7755
AT THE END OF EVERYTHING ELSE
4 & 5 April
When her best friend, a little yellow bird named Tito, goes missing, Icka puts her inventive mind to the test and sets off on a mission over land and sea to save him, but nothing can prepare her for what she finds - a problem that she is unable to fix alone.
With the use of pedal power, this is a uniquely carbon neutral show, full of puppetry, animation and music where all the power required is generated by the collective energy of the team on stage.
“one of the most beautiful shows this season… should not be missed” South London Press
SHERLOCK HOLMES: A WORKING HYPOTHESIS
It’s 1963. Three years after The Reichenbach Falls and the great detective, Sherlock Holmes, is presumed dead. Dr John Watson has married and moved on, consigning his days of adventure and investigation to memories. James Moriarty hasn’t been seen.
In an old, abandoned theatre a lecture is about to take place. An eminent professor of Criminology prepares to educate his audience on the inner workings of Sherlock Holmes - The Science Of Deduction and Analysis.
Based on the much loved stories by Arthur Conan Doyle, this is an original and interactive drama which transfers to Greenwich from the Adelaide Fringe.
A woman runs so fast she bursts in to a million pieces. A man stands at the end of a pier, looking up at the stars.
FABLE is a show about where we are and where we’d like to be - about our childhood dreams and what, here and now, we are left with.
Two people meet on the far west coast of Scotland and change each other profoundly. A show about what we believe in, what we stand for and what we can change. A fable wound from spoken word, storytelling and live music.
To book using Theatre Tokens call: 01482 323638
Fri 1 – Sat 2 April 2016, 8pm
Folio Theatre Company’s UNEARTHED is back by popular demand. Directed by Kim Pearce (The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night Time) and starring Lizzie Stables (The Inbetweeners) comedy-drama UNEARTHED tells the “heart warming” story of estranged siblings who, once torn apart by caring for their father in his illness, are brought back together through a series of hilarious tasks left for them in his will.
Tue 12 – Thu 14 April 2016, 7.30pm
With the recession biting hard, Emily and Oliver have decided to downsize and shift their middle-class London lifestyle to a small town in the north of England.
One night they open their doors and invite next door neighbours, Dawn and Alan into their home.
Over the course of a disastrous evening of olives, anchovies, Karl Marx and abstract art; class and culture collide where the consequences are as tragic as they are hilarious.
Fri 22 – Sat 23 April 2016, 7.30pm
A friendship, a marriage, a holiday, a death – German Skerries fills the stage with the meetings and departures that make us human.
It’s 1977, and Martin, Jack, Michael and Carol are staring out into the future. Around a popular birdwatching spot overlooking the mouth of the Tees, their lives intertwine to create an uplifting portrait of human hope and vulnerability.
The first major revival of this richly resonant drama which won renowned playwright Robert Holman the George Devine Award.
To book using Theatre Tokens call: 0844 847 1664
Tom Stade: You’re Welcome!
Thursday 21st April
A brand new show from the UK’s favourite Canadian resident! Candid and alluring. join Tom as he ruminates on life’s oddities and revels in his own perpetual shortcomings.
Expect the brand new show customary Stade flair; uncompromising humour, insatiable mischief and heaps of inspired improvisation. Direct from BBC1’s The John Bishop Show and Live at the Apollo, catch this epic talent as he continues to storm the global comedy scene.
“UNMISSABLE” ««««« Edinburgh Evening News
Friday 29th April
STRAUSS Don Juan
SIBELIUS Violin Concerto
BEETHOVEN Symphony No.5
Jamie Phillips conductor Elena Urioste violin
Sibelius’s wonderful, wintry Violin Concerto rightfully stakes a claim to be one of the most popular in the repertoire. Its energetic finale has been drolly described as a ‘polonaise for polar bears’, but they would have to move quickly to keep up with tonight’s BBC New Generation soloist Elena Urioste!
Beethoven’s legendary Fifth Symphony, with its iconic four-note ‘fate’ motif, was described by the great author E.M. Forster as ‘the most sublime noise that has ever penetrated into the ear of man.’ Jamie Phillips and the Hallé will bring this magnificent masterpiece to life, in all its dramatic, heart-pounding glory.
Saturday 30th April
Billy Ocean is the biggest black recording star Britain has ever produced, one who has sold over 30 million records in his lifetime.
He has collected Gold and Platinum records and hit the Number 1 spot worldwide but this tour celebrates the 30th anniversary of Billy’s hit record, When The Going Gets Tough.
To book using Theatre Tokens call: 01543 412121
The Mouse Trap
Monday 4 – Saturday 9 April
Starring Louise Jameson
The scene is set when a group of people gathered in a country house cut off by the snow discover, to their horror, that there is a murderer in their midst. Who can it be? One by one the suspicious characters reveal their sordid pasts until at the last, nerve-shredding moment the identity and the motive are finally revealed.
In her own inimitable style, Dame Agatha Christie has created an atmosphere of shuddering suspense and a brilliantly intricate plot where murder lurks around every corner.
Wednesday 27 April
Inspired by true events and spanning three decades, IRELAND'S CALL follows the extraordinary journey of the strong-headed Sean Dempsey, who at the end of WW2 leaves behind his childhood sweetheart Cora and his beloved homeland Ireland, in search of a better life in the Big Apple.
Can their love survive the Atlantic Divide? Will Sean be able to resist ‘Ireland's call' as he embarks on an adventure full of danger, tragedy and lost love? Only fate will tell...
Mad About the Musicals
Saturday 30 April
Starring Gareth Gates and Michael Courtney
Taking you on a whistle stop tour from the heart of London's theatre land to the glitz of Broadway, MAD ABOUT THE MUSICALS is back once again, celebrating the very best songs from the shows we all know and love!
With a host of your favourite numbers from the pen of Rodgers & Hammerstein, Kander & Ebb, Andrew Lloyd Webber and many more, the talented cast of MAD ABOUT will evoke the true spirit of the stage, with brilliant vocals and West End musicians to bring you the very best show in town!
To book using Theatre Tokens call: 01253 794221
Warsaw Village Band
8 April 16
From young enthusiasts of Polish roots and natural vibes to mature minded musicians, conscientious creators. In 2004 Warsaw Village Band won the BBC Radio 3 Award for World Music as "best newcomer",
They have played more than 400 concerts on 4 continents, more than 30 countries. From Tokyo and Taipei through Moscow, Tel Aviv, Algier, London, Paris, Lisbon to New York, Vancouver, Los Angeles and Seattle. Hundreds of clubs, festivals, stages, hotels, flights, people, fans... The New York Times describe the band as one of the most important bands of World Music: "This is the sound of globalization!"
It’s hard to describe the music of Warsaw Village Band is: roots, folk, world, ethno...For sure it's modern music, played by modern people, inspired by tradition for this and next generations.
Menopause The Musical
The hilarious celebration of women and The Change. Starring Linda Nolan (The Nolan’s), Cheryl Fergison (Heather in EastEnders) and Rebecca Wheatley (Casualty) this hysterical show is packed full of one-liners and parody songs about hot flushes and memory loss. An all-singing, all-dancing comedy set in a department store, where four women with seemingly nothing in common, meet by chance and make fun of their woeful lives experiencing “The Change” and their problems with forgetfulness, mood swings, wrinkles, night sweats and chocolate binges.
One of the most interesting world music groups from Poland.
Their distinctive sound is the result of completely different members' personalities and musical meeting experiences together. Inspired by traditionally defined music (world / Celtic), Beltaine experiment and blur the boundaries between traditional folk and contemporary music creating their personalized music with a fresh, original, catchy texture Beltaine was brought to life in 2002 in Katowice, their discography consists of four studio albums and one live album.
To book using Theatre Tokens call: 01623 633133
Beauty & the Beast (Easter Panto)
Sunday 10 April
Starring National Treausre Keith Chegwin, Anne Hegerty from ITV’s The Chase and the legendary Basil Brush. Prepare yourself for an all-singing, all-dancing, laugh a minute ride through the fun and frolics of panto land!
Tiddler & Other Terrific Tales
Wednesday 13 April
Under the sea, out on the farm and into the jungle, these terrific tales are woven together with live music, puppetry and a whole host of colourful characters from Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s best-loved titles: Tiddler, Monkey Puzzle, The Smartest Giant in Town and A Squash and a Squeeze.
Some Guys have all the Luck – The Rod Stewart Story
Wednesday 27 April
Some Guys Have All The Luck celebrates the career of one of rock’s greatest icons, Rod Stewart, from street busker through to international superstar!
Paul Metcalfe delivers an authentic and charismatic performance assuming the persona of this legendary singer-songwriter and performer right down to the last detail - from the distinctive vocals to the swaggering showmanship and sheer fun that have made Rod Stewart one of the most loved performers of all time.
The show includes all the classic hits such as Maggie May, Baby Jane and Tonight’s The Night.
To book using Theatre Tokens call: 01206 573948
8 – 23 April
This razor-sharp satire lifts the lid on race and real estate in a fictional Chicago neighbourhood.
The swinging sixties are just around the corner as a black family move into a suburban white enclave, triggering all too predictable mutterings from the neighbours. Fifty years on, we return to the same house in 2009 as gentrification sets in and the roles are reversed.
One skilful ensemble of actors play two sets of characters in a play hailed as ‘shockingly entertaining’ and ‘appallingly funny’.
1 – 2 Apr
Spectacular circus skills blend seamlessly with physical comedy, theatrical storytelling and slapstick in this chaotic and colourful tale of a family of misfits. Heartstopping aerial and floor acrobatics combine with an original live score to create an absurd portrayal of everyday life.
After a successful run at the Edinburgh Fringe, fast-rising contemporary circus company Lost in Translation Circus are touring the UK with their dysfunctional, quirky and funny family show.
28 – 30 Apr
With the recession biting hard, Emily and Oliver have decided to downsize and shift their middle-class London lifestyle to a small town in the north of England.
One night they open their doors and invite next door neighbours, Dawn and Alan into their home.
Over the course of a disastrous evening of olives, anchovies, Karl Marx and abstract art; class and culture collide where the consequences are as tragic as they are hilarious.
To book using Theatre Tokens call: 02380 671771
Goldilocks and the 3 Bears
15 – 16 April 2016
Broken chairs, unmade beds and a mysterious visitor who takes Baby Bear on a breathtaking adventure that turns his house and his world upside-down!
The dazzling Stuff and Nonsense return with a thrilling adaptation of everyone's favourite bearytale! A brilliant mix of ingenious puppetry, music and mischievous moments for everyone in the family aged three and older than three!
19 – 23 April 2016
Olivia’s melancholic, puritanical household clashes head on with Sir Toby’s insatiable appetite for drunken debauchery. Orsino’s relentless pursuit of Olivia and Malvolio’s extraordinary transformation typify the madness of love in Illyria; land of make-believe and illusion.
This story of romance, satire and mistaken identity is crafted into one of the most exciting and accessible Shakespeare productions of recent years. Experience the madness of love in this heady world where riotous gig meets Shakespeare.
“Melt at Filter’s reworking of this play, directed with passion, panache and precision”
★★★★★ Sunday Times
26 – 30 April
Jack Carter is back home for the first time in years. He’s back to bury a brother who hated him, in a town he swore he was never going to see again. He’s back to find out who killed his brother, to pay debts and settle scores.
As the local underworld closes ranks, Jack’s bosses back in London find out that Jack has had his fingers in the till, as well as other places they shouldn’t have been. Jack plays a deadly game of cat and mouse as everyone tries to Get Carter, unless he gets you first.
A dark and stylish new adaptation of the classic Newcastle-noir thriller.
To book using Theatre Tokens call: 0161 324 2829
Kiss Me Quickstep
Wednesday 13 - Saturday 30 April
A must for all fans of Strictly Come Dancing, Kiss Me Quickstep is the story of competitive ballroom dancing and the real people behind the fixed smile and fake tan.
What if your dance-floor dreams are turning into a nightmare? How do you stop dancing to other people's tunes? Even when the whole world's at your feet, it only takes one false step...
To book using Theatre Tokens call: 0844 871 3023
Priscilla Queen Of The Desert
Monday 11 – Saturday 16 April
Based on the smash-hit movie, the feel-good international hit sensation Priscilla is the heart-warming, uplifting adventure of three friends who hop aboard a battered old bus searching for love and friendship and end up finding more than they could have ever dreamed of.
With a dazzling array of outrageous costumes and a hit parade of dance floor classics including I Will Survive, Hot Stuff, Finally, Boogie Wonderland, Go West, Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, and I Love The Nightlife will be performed at the Princess Theatre.
Monday 25 – Saturday 30 April
The international award winning Broadway and West End musical, CHICAGO, starring West End and EastEnders actor John Partridge (Cats, A Chorus Line, Miss Saigon, Starlight Express) as Billy Flynn, Dancing on Ice winner and Coronation Street star Hayley Tamaddon (Emmerdale, Grease, Mamma Mia!) as Roxie Hart, and X Factor winner and real life prison warden Sam Bailey as Matron ‘Mama’ Morton.
Friday 01 – Saturday 02 April
Janet Lewis’ production of Coppélia is a delight to be witnessed at the Princes Theatre. This ballet combines the romance between Swanilda and Franz and Swanilda’s jealousy of the doll Coppelia. Enjoy the story of the eccentric doll maker Dr Coppelius whose greatest desire is to bring his favourite doll Coppelia to life. It is a witty, humorous, sparkling classical ballet with internationally known principal dancers, Amy Drew, Monica Tapiador and Richard Read and Brenden Bratulic dance the leading roles of Swanilda and Franz, and supported by a large cast of one hundred local talented young dancers.
To book using Theatre Tokens call: 01323 802020
4th and 5th April
From the team that brought us "Robin Hood" and Summer treat "Treasure Island" comes an Easter pantomime that will have your sides aching with laughter! With Jester Tom Swift at the helm it will be chaos as the Wicked Productions team give a rocking interpretation of the classic Rapunzel story.
The Sinatra and Friends Holographic Concert
The Sinatra & Friends Concert is a unique live visual and auditory spectacle performed by an incredible cast of live singers and musicians as well as Holographic presences of the legendary Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Ella Fitzgerald & more…
Be transported back to the 1950’s to Dino’s Bar & Restaurant as the spectacular stage set comes to life using state of the art Holographic Technology.
The show’s cast of singers and musicians will take you through the biggest hits of Sinatra’s career with feature Holographic performances from Frank & friends on such hits as 'Lady Is A Tramp', 'I've Got You Under My Skin', 'World On A String' & more.
David Hamilton’s Rock n Roll Back the Years Show
Sat 30th April
Rock ‘n’ Roll Back The Years with the legendary DJ and broadcaster David Hamilton, who began his career in 1959 and has hosted more than 12,000 radio shows and over 1,000 TV shows. David has hand-picked an amazing band of musicians, The Fugitives and the sensational Tiffany Girls to accompany him on a nationwide tour of his two hour show that will transport the audience on a journey back in time to Rock ‘n’ Roll Back The Years to the time of bee hives, miniskirts and hot pants. The show brings you the hits of yesteryear and invokes memories of a bygone age, dripping with nostalgia and sprinkled with humour and unforgettable music from the fabulous 50s and swinging 60s. During his illustrious career David has worked with The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Roy Orbison, Cliff Richard, P J Proby, David Cassidy and a whole host of other major artists.
To book using Theatre Tokens call: 0131 248 4848
18 February 2016 to 19 March 2016
Accusations fly, scores are settled, and fear and suspicion reign, when the God-fearing people of Salem, Massachusetts are told the devil is in their midst. When young women are discovered trying to conjure spirits, the city’s faith becomes a murderous instrument of lust, paranoia and revenge.
With a cast of 16 fantastic actors, The Crucible is the perfect end to The Lyceum's acclaimed journey through the best loved works of legendary playwright Arthur Miller.
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Sponsored by Gleneagles
With additional support from Unity Theatre Trust
I Am Thomas
23 March 2016 to 9 April 2016
Collaborating with award-winning poet Simon Armitage, Told by an Idiot, National Theatre Scotland and Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh present I Am Thomas, a wildly comic and provocative piece of music theatre.
A rich vein of black humour is exploded in this account of the last person in Britain to be executed for blasphemy. Using Told by an Idiot’s internationally celebrated theatrical invention, we glimpse into Edinburgh’s dark past to reveal this true story with universal resonance.
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20 April 2016 to 14 May 2016
“… There is the heat of Love, the pulsing rush of longing, the lover’s whisper, irresistible – magic to make the sanest man go mad.”
Homer's epic Iliad tells of the tragic and bloody climax to the ten-year siege of Troy. This great tale of gods and heroes, love, jealousy and revenge is brought to visceral life in a brand new adaptation by award winning Scottish Playwright Chris Hannan (Crime and Punishment, Elizabeth Gordon Quinn, Shining Souls).
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Production made possible by Claire & Mark Urquhart
Additional support from Geraldine Kirkpatrick Charitable Trust
To book using Theatre Tokens call: 0844 871 3021
No support act is needed as The Hollies perform their classics – The Air That I Breathe, Carrie Anne, Jennifer Eccles, Bus Stop, Just One Look, Stop, Stop, Stop, On A Carousel, Long Cool Woman (In A Black Dress), He Ain’t Heavy He’s My Brother and many more hits in a brilliant two-hour Hollies celebration.
Back to Bacharach
This fantastic show features all of the hits, including Walk on By, The Look of Love, What's New Pussycat, I Say a Little Prayer for You, Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head and many more. With a full West End cast and 10-piece band, whose previous triumphs have included The Phantom of the Opera, West Side Story, Miss Saigon and Jesus Christ Superstar, this new production is destined to take the UK theatre stage by storm.
Tell Me On A Sunday
2014 production of Calamity Jane, Jodie Prenger now steps into Andrew Lloyd Webber and Don Black’s classic musical, TELL ME ON A SUNDAY.
Charting the romantic misadventures of an English girl in New York during the heady days of the 1980’s, this iconic musical features a wonderful original score including the chart-topping Take That Look Off Your Face.
To book using Theatre Tokens call: 020 70407 0234
The Fifth Column
by Ernest Hemingway
24 March - 16 April 2016
Madrid, 1937 – the height of the Spanish Civil War. In a hotel during the bombardment by Franco’s artillery, two American war correspondents fall passionately in love.
Around them, people are struggling, often comically, to survive; and the idealism of the young men who came to fight with the International Brigades is contrasted with the ruthlessness of civil war.
Based on real events, and real people – Hemingway was there, with his lover Martha Gellhorn, one of the first women war correspondents – the play appears in London for the first time and marks the 80th year since the Spanish Civil War began.
To book using Theatre Tokens call: 01422 349 422
Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers present: The Way of the Drum
Sunday 17 April, 8pm
Experience the thundering, exhilarating rhythms of Taiko drumming in a dynamic and captivating show, whilst gaining a rare insight into the background and history of this powerful art form.
Since their last visit to Square Chapel, Mugenkyo have been busy creating new work & touring the globe as far as Morocco, Monaco, Italy & Kuwait.
Voice and a range of instruments, costume & masks combine in this highly anticipated choreographed performance, which will engage and enthral audiences of all ages.
The Sounds of Simon: A Tribute to Simon and Garfunkel
Saturday 23 April, 7.30pm
The Sounds of Simon is a tribute to the wonderful music of Simon and Garfunkel. All The Hits 1957-1987 is the brand new show that does exactly was it says on the tin.
Lose yourself to nostalgia as the band play all the hits that have established Paul Simon as one of the most successful songwriters of all time. Paul and Art are played to perfection, bringing in elements of their famously fractious relationship, as well as replicating the beautiful harmonies flawlessly. This is a show filled with excellent music, nostalgia and a genuine love for some great musicians.
An Evening With Gervase Phinn
Sunday 1 May, 7.30pm
Gervase Phinn has been touring theatres across the country for over 10 years now as a hilarious raconteur. The best-selling and award winning author, Radio and TV personality, really is at his best and most exciting in front of a live audience.
This show will have you on the edges of your seats, as he shares his hilarious and sometimes poignant tales of life as a schools inspector in the Yorkshire Dales. Dubbed ‘”the James Herriot of schools”.
To book using Theatre Tokens call: 01792 475715
You’ve Got a Friend (the music of James Taylor & Carole King)
Wed 6 April
From the creators of the smash hit West End show, ‘The Simon & Garfunkel Story’, comes a brand new theatre experience celebrating two of the world’s greatest songwriters of all time - James Taylor and Carole King.
Telling the delicate story of friendship, this musical journey intertwines all the hits, including ‘I Feel The Earth Move’, ‘Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow’, ‘How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)’, ‘Fire & Rain’, ‘You Make Me Feel (Like A Natural Woman)’ and the beautiful ‘You’ve Got A Friend’.
Let It Be – a celebration of the music of The Beatles
Mon 11 – Sat 16 April
Seen by over one million people worldwide, 'Let It Be' has established itself as one of the West End’s most popular shows and continues to delight audiences across the globe. 'Let It Be showcases the music of the world’s most successful rock ‘n’ roll band, in a spectacular concert, charting the band’s meteoric rise to the top. The show is packed with The Beatles’ greatest hits including: Twist and Shout, She Loves You and global mega-hits Yesterday, Hey Jude, Come Together and of course, Let It Be.
Graeme of Thrones
Wed 27 April
Direct from London’s West End, Graeme takes you on his own unique journey through the Seven Kingdoms. Unhappy with how his beloved books were realised for the TV series, he has taken it upon himself to show you how it should have been done. He doesn’t quite have the same budget, or as many cast members, or the performance skill required, but he’s sure George would approve – and that’s what matters. It’s a rollercoaster ride of beheadings, incest and war.
To book using Theatre Tokens call: 017687 74411
The world première of The Shepherd’s Life
By James Rebanks adapted by Chris Monks
Sat 26 March – Sat 23 April
In 2015 James Rebanks published a book about his life working the land in the Lake District fells. It was a hard-hitting family saga; a Lakeland history that tore up the rule-book; a celebration of shepherding and a publishing sensation that topped The Sunday Times best-seller list.
It’s a story of hard graft, passion and dogged determination to stay rooted and connected to the land that generations of James’ family have farmed and shaped for more than six hundred years. A far cry from the idealised portrayal of the Lake District, this story cuts to the quick of modern rural life - punctuated throughout by the dry, dour wit of a Cumbrian hill farmer.
Following the shepherd’s year through the seasons, from gruelling winters digging sheep out of the snow through to the heady excitement of lambing time in the spring, this new adaptation features film, puppetry and music, with professional actors performing alongside members of the local community in a story that will fascinate and enlighten as much as entertain.
The world première of The Professor of Adventure
Written and performed by Peter Macqueen as Millican Dalton
Sat 19 March – Tue 5 April
He smelt like a mountain goat, chain-smoked Woodbines and lived in a cave. Millican Dalton was a mountain guide, philosopher and self-proclaimed inventor of shorts. Leaving his stifling city job, Millican dropped out before it became fashionable and set out to seek romance and freedom living amongst nature in cabins, tents and caves for the next fifty years of his life.
It’s 1941 and Millican is in ‘the safest spot to escape the kind attentions of Mr Hitler’ - his cave in Borrowdale. But the Keswick ARP warden has just ordered him to “put that candle out” and the Borrowdale Hermit is far from happy...
Meet this true English eccentric, the self-styled Professor of Adventure, in a one man show celebrating his unique outlook on life, his philosophy and his continuing quest for freedom.
To book using Theatre Tokens call: 01225 448844
4th – 9th April
Alan Bennett’s award winning double-bill (An Englishman Abroad and A Question of Attribution) is about the lives of two members of the notorious Cambridge Five spy ring in the 1950s – Guy Burgess and Anthony Blunt.
Olivier nominated Rachel Kavanaugh directs Nicholas Farrell (The Iron Lady, Legend) and Belinda Lang (2point4 Children, Inspector Alleyn Mysteries) and David Robb (Downton Abbey, Wolf Hall).
Spanning the globe from Moscow to London, Single Spies gives a glimpse into lives lived under cover of fraud, exile and espionage and paints a portrait of what it might be like to be interrogated by the Queen.
THE HERBAL BED
12th – 16th April
Based upon real events from Stratford-upon-Avon in the summer of 1613, The Herbal Bed is a powerful thriller about human desire. When William Shakespeare’s daughter is publicly accused of adultery, her family’s lives fall under the glare of intense public scrutiny. Culminating in a dramatic trial at Worcester Cathedral, the scandal threatens to destroy her family’s reputation within their tight-knit community.
Originally produced to great acclaim by the Royal Shakespeare Company, The Herbal Bed was a huge hit in the West End and on Broadway, with an Olivier Award nomination and writer Peter Whelan winning Playwright of the Year.
GOODNIGHT MISTER TOM
26th – 30th April
The Olivier award-winning Chichester Festival Theatre production of Michelle Magorian’s children’s classic, adapted for the stage by David Wood
Set during the build up to the Second World War, Goodnight Mister Tom follows young William Beech, who is
evacuated to the idyllic English countryside where he forges a remarkable friendship with an elderly recluse, Tom Oakley, played by David Troughton (The Archers). All is perfect until William is suddenly summoned back to London.
Winner of the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize and
commended for the Carnegie Medal.
To book using Theatre Tokens call: 020 7353 1700
Accolade By Emlyn Williams
Tuesday 5 – Saturday 9 April at the Bridewell Theatre off Fleet Street
Will Trenting has all the trappings of success: loving family, Nobel prize for literature, house in Regent's Park - and a secret that risks destroying everything. Public and private worlds collide when the award of a knighthood attracts the glare of the press and the threat of exposure. A story of seedy sex and public propriety, back-street brothels and celebrity scandal, this gripping thriller is as relevant now as when it first shocked audiences in 1950.
Frozen By Bryony Lavery
Tuesday 19 – Saturday 23 April at Theatro Technis, Camden
The tale of a family's devastation, Frozen follows three lives as they intertwine after being connected by the disappearance of a young girl named Rhona. Nancy, Rhona's mother, must adjust to a new normal as she lives on without her child, never giving up hope that she will be found alive. Ralph, a local man, has a troubled past and a disturbing present. Agnetha, a psychologist from the US, has spent years researching people like Ralph, and has become convinced that they are ill rather than evil. A difficult, important, devastating, big, brave, chilling, but ultimately uplifting and hopeful play.
Charley’s Aunt By Brandon Thomas
Tuesday 26 – Saturday 30 April at Theatro Technis, Camden
It's 1890. Jack and Charley wish to propose to Amy and Kitty but the ladies require a chaperone. When Charley's aunt from Brazil sends word she isn't coming, they coerce Lord Fancourt Babberly into impersonating the rich old widow. Then Jack's newly impoverished father arrives along with the girls' greedy guardian and suddenly "Babbs" is the most popular widow in town! And who is the mysterious woman with the pretty young niece?
To book using Theatre Tokens call: 020 7922 2922
6 - 16 Apr
Lula and Clay meet on the subway on an oppressively hot New York day. Flirtation and conversation quickly turn to violent attraction. As the train ride comes to an explosive end, who will make it out unscathed?
Dutchman exposes the traumatic black experience and the reality of modern race relations. Amiri Baraka’s cry of rage, written in 1964, is as crucial today as when it was first performed to critical acclaim off Broadway.
Directed by Ola Ince, winner of a 2016 Genesis Future Directors Award.