What's On Highlights April
31 March 2017
Easter is nearly here and your local theatre has a lot to offer families, to enjoy a matinee show, for that long weekend and much more. Our selection of this month’s what’s on highlights are just a small selection, you can view the full list of theatres here.
To book using your Theatre Tokens please call: 01274 432000
The Red Shoes
28 Mar - 01 Apr
A beloved fairytale and Academy Award-winning movie, The Red Shoes has seduced audiences and inspired generations of dancers with its tale of obsession, possession and one girl’s dream to be the greatest dancer in the world. Victoria Page lives to dance but her ambitions become a battleground between the two men who inspire her passion.
Matthew Bourne’s magical new adaptation of the legendary Powell and Pressburger film reunites the team who brought you New Adventures’ world-wide hit, Sleeping Beauty, with sumptuous designs by Lez Brotherston (set and costumes), Paule Constable (lighting) and Paul Groothuis (sound).
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
04 - 08 April
Starring X-Factor winner Joe McElderry, Bill Kenwright’s ‘Amazing’, ‘Superb’, ‘Wonderful’ and ‘Brilliant’ production of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s sparkling family musical continues on its record breaking tour having sold to date an estimated 15 million tickets.
Retelling the Biblical story of Joseph (Joe McElderry), his eleven brothers and the coat of many colours, this magical musical is full of unforgettable songs including Those Canaan Days, Any Dream Will Do and Close Every Door.
The Wedding Singer
25 - 29 April
It’s 1985. Hair is huge, greed is good and Rock-star wannabe Robbie Hart (Jon Robyns Avenue Q, Legally Blonde) is New Jersey's favourite wedding singer. When his own fiancée dumps him at the altar a seriously bummed out Robbie makes every wedding as disastrous as his own.
Don’t miss your chance to join the party of the year – with a musical that promises to get you up dancing faster than your Dad at a wedding.
Also starring Ray Quinn, Cassie Compton, Roxanne Pallet & Ruth Madoc
Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon
To book using your Theatre Tokens please call: 01874 611622
Jason & The Argonauts
Wednesday 12 April, 2pm and 7pm
Jason is an ordinary human in a world bursting with gods, monsters and superheroes. Assembling a team of mighty Argonauts, he takes the fabulous ship Argo on the ultimate adventure – the quest for the Golden Fleece.
But it won’t be easy. Along the way, he’ll meet crazy Kings, horrific Harpies, sinister Sirens… and the skeleton army of the Earthborn Dead. Does Jason have what it takes to be a hero, and bring the Golden Fleece back home?
Jason & The Argonauts is a brand new version of the classic legend – a thrilling theatrical experience full of hope, heart and humour for the whole family.
Romeo & Juliet
Sunday 23 April, 2pm and 7.30pm
An Omidaze Co-production with Wales Millennium Centre
Citizenship. Civil disturbance. Conflict. Questioning of authority and experts. Anger. Ugly scenes on our streets. Abuse. Tragic consequences.
This is our stage. This is Britain today. This is where we lay our scene.
Acclaimed theatre company Omidaze are shaking up Shakespeare again, combining aerial circus with iambic pentameter. For audiences as young as 7 or as old as Old Man Time himself. For those who loathe Shakespeare or love him and anyone who wants a good night out.
Supported by the Arts Council of Wales, NoFitState Circus
Wednesday 19 April, 7.30pm
Prepare to be transported across 40 years of Bowie, from Spaceboy to Superstar, by Ed Blaney’s ULTIMATE BOWIE. Ed not only possesses Bowie’s awe-inspiring vocal prowess but is also the definitive look-alike of Bowie. A performer who easily commands the eyes of the audience every moment he is on stage, Ed blends past and present, showing the many sides of Bowie’s chameleon personality. Precise attention to detail has been taken under Ed’s musical direction of his seven-piece band through to the costumes he wears to recreate Bowie in spectacular style.
To book using your Theatre Tokens please call: 020 8292 9222
Wednesday 19 April – Saturday 13 May
Refugee Boy is a powerful and moving story based on Benjamin Zephaniah’s acclaimed book. Fourteen year old Alem, is forced to flee his family and country for London in the late 1990s, to escape civil war at home in the disputed region between Ethiopia and Eritrea. As a child of parents from both regions, Alem is in great danger from the forces of both sides, and is compelled to seek safety alone in the UK.
The story follows Alem’s experiences in London in a warm-hearted tale of hope, family and identity.
Tickets from £10, #RefugeeBoy
Dreams of Freedom
Monday 26 June (one day only)
One incredible evening, six hundred performers and a million dreams.
Chickenshed will be staging a truly monumental performance at the Royal Albert Hall, inspired by Amnesty International UK’s wonderful children’s book, Dreams of Freedom.
The performance gathers the thoughts and voices of young people from across London in an uplifting and inspiring visual spectacular. Young performers from across state, independent and SEN schools will come together with Chickenshed’s Children’s Theatre members to express their hopes for a better world through music, movement and song.
The performance features over 600 children and members of the 100-strong Young Singers Choir. Tickets from £5, #DreamsofFreedom
To book using your Theatre Tokens please call: 01332 593939
Friday 17 February – Saturday 11 March
A Derby Theatre & Octagon Theatre Bolton Production. Willy Russell's award-winning and hugely popular play is an uplifting tale of self-discovery. Frank has almost given up. Bored of teaching undergraduate English students, despairing of his ambition to be a poet, he reflects morosely on his life. And then Rita walks in. A 29 year old married hairdresser who has decided to take control of her life and earn herself an education. With Rita's brash honesty and Frank's deep intellect, each inspires the other as they both begin to wake up to life in their own way.
Friday 17 March – Saturday 1 April
A Derby Theatre Production. Harold Pinter’s gripping portrayal of deception and desire. Emma and Jerry meet two years on from the end of their adulterous affair. Emma has betrayed her husband Robert. Jerry has betrayed his best friend Robert. But Robert has secrets of his own. As time peels backwards charting a seven-year love affair, a complicated and intricate web of lies and deceit is revealed, making us question who is betraying whom.
An Evening with an Immigrant
Saturday 11 March
Born to a Muslim father and a Christian mother in what is now considered by many to be Boko Haram territory, in 1996 award-winning poet and playwright Inua Ellams left Nigeria for England aged 12, moved to Ireland for three years, before returning to London. Littered with poems, stories and anecdotes, Inua tells his ridiculous, fantastic, poignant immigrant-story of escaping fundamentalist Islam, directing an arts festival, performing solo shows at the National Theatre, and drinking wine with the Queen, all while without a country to belong to or a place to call home.
To book using your Theatre Tokens please call: 020 7244 7439
Incident At Vichy
Tuesday, 28 March – Saturday, 22 April 2017. Tuesday to Saturday Evenings at 7.30pm. Sunday Matinees at 3.00pm. Saturday matinees at 3.00pm (from Saturday 8
The first professional London production in 50 years.
By Arthur Miller, and directed by award-winning Phil Willmott.
Miller’s forgotten masterpiece about Jewish registration in Nazi occupied France burns with a terrifying topical intensity.
In a Vichy police station eight men have been picked up for questioning but none are told why they are held, or when they can leave. As each man is removed for interrogation, some are set free, some are never seen again, and stakes rise for those who remain...
A haunting examination of the cold, bureaucratic efficiency of evil – and the shared humanity that might overcome it.
Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays, 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18 April 2017.
Sunday and Monday evenings at 7.30pm. Tuesday matinees at 2.00pm.
The 150th anniversary of T. W. Robertson’s comedy. The first UK production in over 20 years. Directed by Charlotte Peters.
1867. George is a soldier and the son of French nobility. Esther is a beautiful ballet dancer from a poor family. When they fall in love, two very different families are brought together.
After George leaves to serve in India, Esther must deal with a drunken father, a sister with a fierce temper and a terrifying mother in law. She must confront the class prejudices of Victorian England, whilst coping with the chaos created by her increasingly exasperating family members.
Everything Between Us
Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays, 30 April, 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16 May 2017.
Sunday and Monday evenings at 7.30pm. Tuesday matinees at 2.00pm.
The English premiere of a multi-award-winning play by David Ireland. Directed by Neil Bull.
It is Day One of the newly formed Truth and Reconciliation Commission for Northern Ireland at Stormont.
As Sandra prepares to take her seat, her long lost sister Teeni attacks the South African chairwoman, Dikeledi Mashiane.
Deep in the heart of the Northern Irish Parliament, overshadowed by the legacy of hurt, Sandra and Teeni must fight through decades of violence, anger and denial to discover if reconciliation is possible on the pathway to peace.
A dramatic, dark, unflinching comedy written by Northern Ireland’s boldest contemporary writer.
Floral Pavilion Theatre
To book using your Theatre Tokens please call: 0151 666 0000
Horrible Histories Live On Stage! The Best of Barmy Britain
Tuesday 4th to Saturday 8th April
We all want to meet people from history. The trouble is everyone is dead!
So it’s time to prepare yourselves for Horrible Histories live on stage!
Could you beat battling Boudicca? Will you lose your heart or your head to Henry VIII? Can Parliament survive gunpowder Guy? Would you stand and deliver to dastardly Dick Turpin? Escape the clutches of Burke and Hare and move to the groove with party Queen Victoria!
Don’t miss this horrible history of Britain with the nasty bits left in!
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Friday 14th & Saturday 15th April
The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by author/illustrator Eric Carle has delighted generations of readers since it was first published in 1969 selling more than 41 million copies worldwide.
Eric's well-known books captivated readers with his iconic colourful hand-painted tissue paper collage illustrations and distinctively simple stories, introducing generations of children to a bigger, brighter world – and to their first experience of reading itself.
Now, the timeless classic makes its way off the page and onto the stage in this critically acclaimed production featuring a menagerie of 75 lovable puppets, faithfully adapting four of Eric Carle stories.
Friends in Low Places - The Garth Brooks Story
Friday 21st April
The Garth Brooks Story featuring Trevor Smith & his ‘Friends In Low Places’ band have been touring Ireland and parts of Europe for over 5 years now. This incredibly successful show pays tribute to the biggest selling solo artist of the 90’s and country music legend Garth Brooks!
A Journey through all of the pinnacle moments of Garth’s music career to date, the show is renowned for its impressive stage production.
To book using your Theatre Tokens please call: 020 8858 7755
Greenwich Children’s Theatre Festival
The 10th anniversary of the Greenwich Children’s Theatre Festival promises everything from comedy and magic to drama and music in the theatre’s main house and new studio. Now a regular feature in the UK’s family arts programming, a few highlights from this year’s line-up include WOJTEK: THE HAPPY WARRIOR about a bear conscripted to the Polish army, a new stage adaptation of family favourite GUESS HOW MUCH I LOVE YOU, the creation of an immersive woodland glen for CHESTER TUFFNUT, and magic from time travelling magicians MORGAN & WEST.
Twelfth Night / Romeo & Juliet
A new rep season from the acclaimed Merely Players sees two of Shakespeare’s best loved works staged by this genderblind repertory company with absolute clarity. Minimalist, inventive production design frames productions dripping with energy, packed with ingenuity, delivered for (and with) the audience. Exhilarating, sharp and hilarious, the shows are loved by audiences and acclaimed by critics across the country, offering an authentic Shakespearean experience for the 21st century.
Summer Strallen (Hollyoaks, The Sound Of Music) stars in London Classic Theatre’s revival of Terry Johnson’s hilarious modern classic.
1938. Hampstead, London. Sigmund Freud has fled Nazi-occupied Austria and settled in leafy Swiss Cottage. The ageing Freud intends to spend his last days in peaceful contemplation but, when Salvador Dali pays a visit and discovers a naked woman in the closet, eye-popping mayhem ensues.
“a custard pie of comic brilliance” Time Out
LCT is one of the UK’s leading touring theatre companies. Recent successes include national tours of Pinter’s The Birthday Party, Beckett’s Waiting for Godot and Ayckbourn’s Absent Friends.
Hull Truck Theatre
To book using your Theatre Tokens please call: 01482 323638
Betty Blue Eyes
12 – 15 April
A chiropodist, his wife, a pig, a bad smell, Spam and a royal wedding…what more could anyone want from a musical?
Based on the Allan Bennett film ‘A Private Function’ this hilarious musical comedy takes us back to 1940s Britain.
A brilliantly British story of the underdog overcoming all the odds, it showcases expertly crafted songs that have a perfect balance of wit, pathos and post war optimism by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, the Olivier-winning duo behind Honk, Peter Pan, Mary Poppins, Half a Sixpence and most recently Wind in the Willows.
The Empty Nesters Club
18 – 22 April
Join Vicky Barret for the inaugural meeting of The Empty Nesters’ Club. If your children have left home and the nest is empty, this is the group for you! Vicky will share her story of empty bedrooms, fresher's flu, boyfriends, long goodbyes, motorway service stations and trips to Ikea; and how she fought back to be the woman she is today, exhausted!
Featuring a host of characters you will love, and some you will hate!
26 – 27 April
A drag king punk gig about architecture and idealism!
A dysto-utopian noise about The Man!
A no-wave musical about how we ended up in this mess!
Hosted by washed up architect / proto-god figure Archibald Tactful (2014 Ideastap Underbelly Award winner Rachael Clerke) accompanied by anti-virtuoso punk band The Great White Males, Cuncrete is a gratuitously sleazy and joyfully noisy critique of alpha-masculinity and the built environment. Expect original music, grotesque posturing, sharp suits and fresh cement.
KENTON THEATRE, Henley –on-Thames
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Are you a FAMILY that likes to hunt for Easter Eggs?
Then become a Detective for a day and help Rodney Rooster, Hattie Hen and Hunny Bunny solve the mystery of the case of the Missing Eggs!
My Eggs My Eggs! Someone has stolen my eggs!
I put them in the special secret hiding place only a few moments ago and now… the BASKET IS EMPTY! We will have to call Herlock Bones immediately.
Performance 60 minutes - no interval
A STRANGE NEW SPACE
Did you know that Astronauts get taller in space? That our solar system is around 4.6 billion years old? Or that there are more stars in the universe than grains of sand on all of the beaches on earth? Amira knows all of these things and dreams of becoming an Astronaut.
An original one woman show without words, A Strange New Space melds physical theatre with stunning puppetry and original music forming an unforgettable introduction to theatre for audiences of four years and older.
COMEDY AT THE KENTON – PART 2
Join us for Comedy at the Kenton, the second in a series of comedy nights in partnership with Avalon and Hotel Du Vin.
If you are feeling particularly cheeky, you could start the evening with a belly-tickling burger at the nearby Hotel Du Vin.
A Spanish comic who lives in Wales, Ignacio Lopez will crack you up with his accent if nothing else. He tackles his failures and mishaps in the only way he knows how: with sarcasm, songs, wordplay and impressions. Hear about Ignacio’s worst gigs, his biggest nightmares becoming a reality and the hilarious consequences of his actions.
Lowther Pavilion Theatre
To book using your Theatre Tokens please call: 01253 794221
The Opera Boys
Friday 7th April 7:30pm, General Admission £19
Leading men from London's West End combine in a powerhouse of vocal harmony to deliver a stunning blend of music ranging from Opera to Pop and everything in between.
For the past 5 years The Opera Boys have been delighting audiences all over the world with their unique show combining beautiful, powerful and emotional music with funny, engaging and light hearted entertainment.
Working tirelessly to dispel the myth that opera is boring, The Opera Boys combine their exceptional classically trained voices with their experience, showmanship and personality to deliver a wonderfully entertaining show not to be missed.
Is That Chris Ramsey
Thursday 6th April 2017 8pm, General Admission £20.50
Chris Ramsey: Is That Chris Ramsey?
A brand new stand up show for 2017 from the comedian you've seen on The Chris Ramsey Show (Comedy Central), Virtually Famous (E4), I’m A Celebrity: Extra Camp (ITV 2) and various newspapers when he was wrongly arrested in a hotel in his underpants.
Is that Chris Ramsey? Yes it is. On his biggest UK tour yet. Get tickets while you can.
St George's Festival Band Concert with the King’s Division Band
23rd April 2017, Tickets: £15.50
The Band of the King’s Division is the Regular Army’s first professional Brass Band. They are acknowledged to be one of the premier bands in the British Army and are in constant demand for appearances across the world. The Band has won acclaim at the annual Whit Friday Marches Competition, the premier Brass Band Competition in the UK. They have a wide repertoire to suit all tastes from musicians who have a highly acclaimed reputation. Enjoy the fabulous sound of this great brass band, performing your favourite classics with passion and style!
Lovingly ripped off from the hugely successful Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Spamalot is a riotous comedy full of misfit knights, killer rabbits, dancing nuns and ferocious Frenchmen.
We join King Arthur as he gathers his Knights of the Round Table. This band of hapless adventurers is then tasked with a divine mission to locate the illusive Holy Grail – with uproarious consequences. With comic tunes including Brave Sir Robin, We’re Knights of the Round Table and perennial favourite Always Look on the Bright Side of Life, Spamalot audiences are sure to be dancing in the aisles.
Wed 19 – Thu 20 Apr, Recommended for 14+yrs
Ambition. Subjugation. Immortality. Yellow Earth Theatre presents Christopher Marlowe's thrilling, controversial, and compelling masterpiece; Tamburlaine. The story of a lowly shepherd who rises to power and conquers half the world through sheer brutality and self-belief.
Presented by an all-women cast in a startling new adaptation, it calls into question the nature of masculinity and violence. What makes a king? What makes a father? What makes a man?
“Enjoyable, heartfelt show made with love and acted with real vigour” The Guardian on Yellow Earth Theatre’s Limehouse Project. Contains stylised violence
Fri 28 – Sat 29 Apr, Recommended for 14+yrs
A love story about invisible disability.
Chris is a city lawyer, Jess is a Ph.D student. Two ordinary people in a relationship who want to get on with their lives. The birth of their son and the economic crash create a catalyst of events that leads them to discover who they really are. Can their relationship survive the challenges of accepting their newfound reality?
New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme
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4 – 15 April
The Original Theatre Company, The Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds production
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.
When they open their doors and invite next-door neighbours, Dawn and Alan around, class and culture collide, and the consequences of their disastrous evening are as tragic as they are hilarious.
From one of the most exciting playwrights to emerge since Alan Ayckbourn, Torben Betts, and produced by the award-winning Original Theatre Company comes this riotously funny production.
Dial M for Murder
28 April – 20 May
A New Vic Theatre Production. Glamorous socialite Sheila Wendice has it all: a wide circle of friends, an exciting lifestyle and a husband who dotes on her.
When an old friend visits from overseas, she sends him off with her husband to enjoy a night on the town and curls up in bed for an early night. Then the phone rings and Sheila’s evening takes a dramatic turn…
Suddenly she finds herself fighting for her life. But who could want her dead?
Full of twists, turns and suspense, this gripping drama is a masterpiece of writing that will keep you on the edge of your seat.
Four Friends for £66!
Four tickets for just £66 – a great value, great night out with friends. Selected plays, any seats Monday – Friday. Just give us an email address to qualify for this great offer (max eight tickets per booking).
Nuffield Theatre Southampton
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3rd April – 8th April 2017
Victoria Frankenstein is a brilliant, visionary young woman born into a world not ready for her. The industrial revolution is dawning and the British Empire circles the globe. It's an age of enlightenment, a time where old orders begin to crumble and everything seems possible. This psychologically disturbing new version of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley's Frankenstein tells a truly great story of power and powerlessness, of fear and revenge; of the creative possibility and terrible destructive power of the human animal.
25th April – 13th May 2017
One flower girl. Two experts. Free lessons. Six months. Duchess required.
Over one hundred years after it was written, a radical new co-production explores one of the most celebrated comedies of the 20th Century, Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion.
‘The science of speech. That’s my profession. I can place any man within six miles. I can place him within two miles in London. Sometimes within two streets.’
Witness the transformation of Eliza Doolittle in a world where we can be digitally altered within seconds.
11th – 13th April 2017 Nowhere (ˈnəʊwɛː/)
Definition: not in or to any place; not anywhere.
Performances from the unheard voices of Southampton; refugees, asylum seekers and economic migrants.
Supported by City of Sanctuary, Southampton
Queen's Theatre Hornchurch
To book using your Theatre Tokens please call: 01708 443333
Room on the Broom
12 – 13 April Suitable for ages 3+
Iggety ziggety zaggety zoom!
Tall Stories’ Olivier Award nominated musical stage adaptation of Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler flies into the Queen’s Theatre for the Easter holidays.
The Witch and her cat are travelling on their broomstick when they pick up some hitch-hikers - a friendly dog, a beautiful green bird and a crazy frog. But this broomstick’s not meant for five and – CRACK – it snaps in two... just as the hungry dragon appears!
22 April – 13 May
Whisky-loving Open University professor Frank Bryant is expected to teach when the pubs are open – much to his disgust. So when gobby hairdresser Rita bursts into his book-lined study insisting that Frank becomes her assigned tutor, he grudgingly accepts the challenge. Slowly, Frank realises that this enthusiastic working-class student has much to teach him too – making him question his work and his very being in the process. Originally commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company, Willy Russell’s Educating Rita ran for over two years in the West End and won the Society of West End Theatres award for Best
Richmond Theatre, Surrey
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Out Of Order
Mon 3 – Sat 8 Apr
When a Government Junior Minister plans to spend the evening with one of the Opposition’s typists in the Westminster Hotel, things go disastrously wrong – beginning with the discovery of a body trapped in the hotel’s only unreliable sash window. Desperately trying to get out of an extremely sticky situation, things quickly go from bad to worse, in Ray Cooney’s Olivier Award winning comedy.
Tue 11 – Sat 15 Apr
The terrifying allegorical commentary on McCarthyism is re-invigorated in this thrilling new production. Bringing together music and movement through a strong ensemble cast, this atmospheric staging of a theatre classic is a chilling reminder of the frailty of reason in the face of hysteria.
Mon 24 – Sat 29 Apr
Forty years on since its original staging, Mike Leigh’s Abigail’s Party is as hilarious and horribly compelling as ever. Chaos and comedy, tragedy and drama combine into an iconic piece of theatre. Starring Amanda Abbington, best-known for her work in Sherlock, Mr Selfridge and Cuffs. Catch this undisputed classic before it heads to the West End!
To book using your Theatre Tokens please call: 0207 401 9919
The White Devil
26th January – 16th April 2017
Special offer: Get £20 off the top 3 prices for any matinee performance of The White Devil. Quote Pcdtoken online or over the phone to receive the offer.
In Annie Ryan’s ‘deliciously depraved’ (Daily Mail) dystopian reimagining of John Webster’s Jacobean tale, the flickering shadows of the candlelit Playhouse reveal a nightmarish world of deceit and madness, where lust and desire entwine and breed murderous atrocity.
Cloaked in the hallucinatory half-light of the Italian court, the Duke of Brachiano murders his wife in order to possess another woman, triggering a cycle of brutality, deceit and insanity that shatters family bonds and moral codes.
23rd February – 22nd April
Othello is a successful and celebrated hero. He lives in a world that seems to be tolerant, but when he marries his love, Desdemona, his best friend Iago helps to turn Othello into an object of envy and mistrust. So-called tolerance becomes thinly veiled prejudice as Iago rewrites the narrative of the world and people are quickly reduced to fixed gender and racial ‘types’.
Fast-moving and devastating, Othello is one of Shakespeare’s most atmospheric and affecting plays. Shakespeare concocts a poisonous cocktail that reveals how fear and jealousy can destroy the most intelligent minds and the purest of loves.
Ellen McDougall’s production explores the boundaries of time and context, moving between its Jacobean origins and the current world, considering how Shakespeare’s 400 year old play is terrifyingly relevant to the world we live in today.
Romeo & Juliet
22nd April – 9th July
In Verona, violence rules. Two families bear an ancient grudge, and rage flares between them. In a world where greed, wealth and bitter feuds prevail, two disenchanted children dare to choose love.
Two households. Two children. One love. One fate.
Daniel Kramer, Artistic Director of English National Opera, brings Shakespeare’s timeless ritual of love and death to the Globe stage in a vibrant, volatile production. His wild and energetic take on Romeo and Juliet explodes in a modern twist on Shakespeare’s classic story. Witness the grotesque glamourisation of violence, the silence of death.
Swansea Grand Theatre
To book using your Theatre Tokens please call: 01792 475242
Champions of Magic
Tues 4 April
Direct from a hit season in London’s West End, the world-class illusionists that make up the Champions Of Magic team return for a spectacular night of mystery that’ll keep you guessing for a long time to come. With over 20 million online views between them, and sold out shows on their 2014, 2015 and 2016 tours, the cast includes international award winners presenting incredible mind reading, stunning close-up magic and daring large-scale illusions. Their skills have been seen around the world and on TV in the UK appearing on ITV’s ‘Next Great Magician’ and ‘Penn & Teller: Fool Us’.
Hysteria by Terry Johnson
Wed 19 – Sat 22 April
1938. Hampstead, London.
Sigmund Freud has fled Nazi-occupied Austria and settled in leafy Swiss Cottage. The ageing Freud intends to spend his last days in peaceful contemplation but, when Salvador Dali pays a visit and discovers a naked woman in the closet, eye-popping mayhem ensues.
An acknowledged modern classic, Terry Johnson’s hilarious farce explores the fallout when two of the twentieth century’s most brilliant and original minds collide.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Fri 28 & Sat 29 April
The timeless classic makes its way off the page and onto the stage.
Created by Jonathan Rockefeller, the critically acclaimed production of 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show' features a menagerie of 75 lovable puppets, faithfully adapting four of Eric Carle stories, The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse, Mister Seahorse, The Very Lonely Firefly and of course, the star of the show - The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
“A knockout success” Daily Telegraph
The Theatre, Chipping Norton
To book using your Theatre Tokens please call: 01608 642 350
Fay Hield & The Hurricane Party
Saturday 1st April
One of Britain’s leading singers across the spectrum of traditional and contemporary folk music, Fay’s first two solo albums, Looking Glass and Orfeo, won many accolades. Fay’s choice of material and the delivery of it, reflect a rare sensitivity and appreciation of the tradition whilst remaining naturalistic and highly distinctive.
With The Hurricane Party, featuring a stellar cast of musicians, she offers a similarly atmospheric concert, with ancient folk tales dramatically unfolding in song.
Ventoux is the most fearsome mountain encountered on the Tour de France.
It is also the story of Lance Armstrong and Marco Pantani – whose drug-fuelled race there in 2000 was the greatest cycling had ever seen. Ventoux charts the parallel lives of these champions who overcame great adversity in tandem, and the mountain that cast them in opposing directions.
Join 2Magpies Theatre Company in this unique show as they restage the race using breathtaking video accompaniment and a pair of road bikes, asking the question – how far will we go to succeed?
Saturday 8th April
A special acoustic performance that promises to be an intimate evening of old favourites, new songs and tales from across the life and career of one of the UK’s finest Singer/Songwriters.
Judie Tzuke is known all over the world for her timeless song, Stay With Me Till Dawn, along with many top 10 albums, including the revered classic, Welcome to the Cruise. Judie will be showing once again what an extraordinary artist she is.
Tower Theatre Company
To book using your Theatre Tokens please call: 020 7353 1700
Kindertransport By Diane Samuels
Tuesday 4th – Saturday 8th April at 7.30pm with a matinee on Saturday 8th April at 3.00pm.
Brutally separated from her German Jewish parents and brought to England with the promise of a new life, nine-year-old Eva ends up in Manchester. When Eva's parents fail to escape Germany, the child changes her name and begins the process of denial of her roots. It is only when her own daughter discovers some letters in their attic that Eva is forced to confront the truth about the past.
Set against the backdrop of the holocaust and the transportation of thousands of Jewish children, Kindertransport deals with the fragile but resilient bond between mothers and daughters. Based on real experiences, it explores identity and the cost of survival. ??
This production will be performed at Theatro Technis in Camden.
Everyman & Playhouse, Liverpool
To book using your Theatre Tokens please call: 0151 709 4776
Gabriel - PLAYHOUSE
Tue 4 Apr – Sat 8 Apr
1943. Nazi occupied Guernsey. A mysterious stranger with no history. Only one chance of survival.
Written by Moira Buffini, starring Paul McGann and Belinda Lang.
The Conquest of the South Pole - EVERYMAN
Fri 24 Mar – Sat 8 Apr
A gang of friends stand on the precipice, a band of hopeless dreamers the world has left behind. But they’re doing this their way, shoulders back, heads held high, looking out across the wasteland and refusing to fail. They’re going to conquer the South Pole, right there amongst the laundry and the pigeons in the attic.
Written in 1984 in East Berlin, with revolution in the air, Manfred Karge’s play is a wildly anarchic journey into the imagination.
The Story Giant - EVERYMAN
Thu 13 Apr – Sat 29 Apr
Once upon a time, as darkness falls, four children from different corners of the world meet in dreamtime. By the flickering firelight, up the spiral staircase of his crumbling library, the Story Giant waits for them. He is older than memory, older than time and for generations he has collected stories like falling stars. But now he waits. He waits for their stories, for their imaginations and for the one tale in all the world that can save him.
Adapted by Lindsay Rodden from the book by Brian Patten this is a family adventure into the magic of storytelling.
Mansfield Palace Theatre
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The Wizard of Oz
Saturday 8 – Sunday 9 April
Follow the Yellow Brick Road to Mansfield Palace Theatre for a fantastic Easter pantomime with an all-star cast! Starring Britain’s Got Talent winners Ashleigh and Pudsey as Dorothy and Toto, plus comedy legend Bobby Davro as Scarecrow.
Enchanted Entertainment present this version of L. Frank Baum’s much-loved fairy tale. Packed with brilliant dance routines, well-known pop songs,lots of audience participation and plenty of laughter for all the family!
Sunday 23 April
This jewel of an opera is best known for the famous Flower Duet, which has become one of the most familiar numbers in classic music today.
Swansea City Opera are setting their production of Lakmé in India during the Raj of the 1880s sung in English and accompanied by a chamber orchestra.
The orchestral scoring for Lakmé is delicious and as the opera remains a relative rarity, don’t miss this golden opportunity to hear and see this ravishing piece.
Goldilocks & the Three Bears
Tuesday 25 April
Northern Ballet’s Short Ballets for Small People are the perfect opportunity for your little ones to enjoy live ballet, music and theatre for the first time.
The magic continues with a brand new re-telling of Goldilocks & the Three Bears.
Goldilocks is a mischievous little girl with hair as bright as gold. Always on the look-out for an adventure, one day her curiosity leads her to a house full of many surprises. With a family of friendly bears, a beautiful blue bird and bowls of delicious porridge, this ballet is just right!
ST DAVID’S HALL
To book using your Theatre Tokens please call: 02920 87844
Richard Herring – The Best
Richard Herring, King of the Edinburgh Fringe, Metro columnist and the UK's Podfather (RHLSTP, AIOTM) picks his favourite routines from his 12 one-man shows and crams them into 90 minutes for your delectation.
In Aida, the splendour of Egypt is set against the grandeur of the Coliseum of Rome with Ellen Kent’s direction influenced by the ancient Greek dramas of Euripides and symbolising the powerful religious hold of the priests of Egypt.
29 & 30.04.17
Dare to experience the dangers and delights of Dinosaur World in this interactive new show for all the family.
The Princess Theatre TORQUAY
To book using your Theatre Tokens please call: 0844 871 3023, Calls cost up to 7p per minute plus your phone company’s access charge. Booking fees apply
Tuesday 11th April At 2pm & 6pm
Join our heroes Robin Hood and Maid Marian in this swashbuckling, arrow-slinging, tights-wearing comedy adventure!
An all-star cast, including Britain’s Got Talent Winner George Sampson as Robin Hood, children’s TV favourite Dani Harmer from CBBC’s Tracy Beaker and Strictly Come Dancing as Maid Marian and X-Factor Runner-Up Andy Abraham as the wicked Sheriff of Nottingham.
From the same team behind The Wizard of Oz, Peter Pan, Enchanted Entertainment return this Easter with another fantastic pantomime for all the family.
Robin Hood will be packed full of laugh-out-loud comedy routines, stunning dances, show-stopping songs and heaps of audience participation… Oh yes it will!
Stand By Me
A CELEBRATION OF BEN E KING & THE DRIFTERS
Friday 21st April at 7.30pm
Stand By Me is the phenomenal musical history of one of the biggest selling bands of all time. The icons,
challenges, controversy and conflicts, told through anecdotes of former members on screen, sit alongside
the vast succession of more than 50 hits over the last six decades, including Under the Boardwalk, Saturday
Night at the Movies, Up on the Roof, On Broadway and many more.
Ellen Kent’s Opera & Ballet International Ltd present
Friday 28th April at 7.30pm
Directed by Ellen Kent, this brand new production is traditionally staged and features beautiful sets and costumes.
La Bohème is one of the most romantic operas ever written. It tells the tragic tale of the doomed, consumptive Mimi and her love for a penniless writer.
The set reflects the Bohemian art of the period and will include a brass band, snow effects and Musetta’s dog will also make an entrance.
This classic tale of Parisian love and loss features many famous arias including ‘Your Tiny Hand is Frozen’, ‘They Call Me Mimi’ and ‘Musetta’s Waltz’.
Theatre By The Lake, Keswick
To book using your Theatre Tokens please call: 01768 774411
Fri 17 – Sat 25 March & Mon 10 – Sat 22 April
A beautiful double bill exploring illusion, love and the power of desire.
A poignant epitaph to Arthur Miller’s genius, Two-Way Mirror is often attributed to his tumultuous relationship with Marilyn Monroe.
Fri 31 March – Sat 22 April
It’s Spring 1812 and in the parlour of Grasmere Rectory amongst the piles of washing, smoking chimneys and children running riot riot, William Wordsworth writes.
Nicholas Pierpan’s poignant new play looks at the man behind the name and explores how some of the most beautiful and startling poetry in history came to be created.
Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds
To book using your Theatre Tokens please call: 01284 769505
Noel and Gertie
Tuesday 11 – Wednesday 12 February
Matthew Townshend Productions presents Noel & Gertie; an entertainment devised by Sheridan Morley with the words and music of Noël Coward.
“I love criticism just so long as it’s unqualified praise,” Noel Coward once said.
Lucky then that the reviews for mtp’s new production of Noel & Gertie, based on the playwright’s 54-year friendship with Gertrude Lawrence, have met with admiration, acclaim and applause.
The love story, devised by Sheridan Morley from the couple’s letters and diaries, is told with all ‘the Master’s’ flair and wit.
As You Like It
Wednesday 26 – Thursday 27 April
An audience favourite since its first performance in 1603, As You Like It is among Shakespeare’s best-loved comedies. An idyllic country setting provides the backdrop for this romantic adventure, as Rosalind and Orlando’s famous courtship is played out amidst the turmoil of political rivalry, mistaken identity and exile in the Forest of Arden.
Presented by LAMDA, the world-leading conservatoire. LAMDA offers exceptional vocational training to the most talented dramatic artists and technicians.
Supported by the Royal Theatrical Support Trust.
Friday 28 – Saturday 29 April
In this affectionate satire of his home town, Thomas Shadwell throws a pair of London sparks and a French pretender into the world of Bury St Edmunds. A pretentious female fop and her mother, a handful of gloriously idiotic local wags and a young woman in disguise as a boy to escape the will of her father – all dance headlong into chaos. All the fun of the fair in Bury indeed!
Presented by LAMDA, the world-leading conservatoire. LAMDA offers exceptional vocational training to the most talented dramatic artists and technicians.
Supported by the Royal Theatrical Support Trust.
Victoria Theatre, Halifax
To book using your Theatre Tokens please call: 01422 351158
Champions of Magic
Wednesday 5 April 2017
Direct from a hit season in London's West End, the world-class illusionists that make up the Champions Of Magic team return for a spectacular night of mystery that'll keep you guessing for a long time to come. With over 20 million online views between them, and sold out shows on their 2014, 2015 and 2016 tours, the cast includes international award winners presenting incredible mind reading, stunning close-up magic and daring large-scale illusions. Witness the impossible, including disappearances, teleportation and a heart stopping finale, all presented with lighting and pyrotechnics to rival the biggest arena productions.
Saturday 8 April 2017
Join our heroes Robin Hood and Maid Marian in this swashbuckling, arrow-slinging, tights-wearing comedy adventure! With an all-star cast, including Britain's Got Talent Winner George Sampson as Robin Hood, children's TV favourite Dani Harmer from CBBC's Tracy Beaker and Strictly Come Dancing as Maid Marian and X-Factor Runner-Up Andy Abraham as the wicked Sheriff of Nottingham. Robin Hood will be packed full of laugh-out-loud comedy routines, stunning dances, show-stopping songs and heaps of audience participation. Oh yes it will!
Tuesday 11 April 2017
Get ready to step back in time and relive the special moments from the career of dancing extraordinaire Fred Astaire. Strictly Come Dancing’s Alijaz and Janette will be performing the steps and turns from the golden age of Hollywood’s most celebrated dances. Audiences will hear from famous Fred fans including Twiggy and Darcey Bussell who will share stories of how the screen icon touched their lives and why he was so special. The show promises to be a magical evening of top hat, white tie and wonderful tales, backed by a full supporting cast of dancers, singers and live band.
Warwick Arts Centre
To book using your Theatre Tokens please call: 02476524524
Based on the book by Judith Kerr
The Tiger Who Came to Tea
A musical play adapted and directed by David Wood
Fri 14 - Sun 16 Apr
Direct from a smash hit West End season!
The doorbell rings just as Sophie and her mummy are sitting down to tea. Who could it possibly be? What they don’t expect to see at the door is a big, stripy tiger!
The tea-guzzling tiger is back on the road in this delightful family show; packed with oodles of magic, sing-a-long songs and clumsy chaos!
David Wood OBE is undisputedly the country’s leading writer and director of plays for children. His many successes include Fantastic Mr Fox, The Gingerbread Man and The Witches.
“This Tiger is the cat’s meow” **** The Times
by Nigel Barrett and Louise Mari
Wed 26 - Thu 27 Apr
In 1927 Ethel Cotton wrote a book on the art of conversation which promised a fascinating new way to win poise, charm and personality. This book will be used and her techniques followed to provoke a darkly humorous conversation between this woman of the past and us now.
What conversation will we have? Will we win poise, charm and personality? Will we feel reborn into the world with a new understanding of ourselves and others? Or will we leave feeling more alone than we have ever felt?
“Fascinating, brilliantly performed, hilarious” Exeunt
Rifco and Watford Palace Theatre present
Miss Meena and the Masala Queens
In association with Warwick Arts Centre
Tue 16 - Sat 20 May
Dazzling saris, grand Bollywood lip-sync dance numbers and queues of adoring fans – for Miss Meena this is all a distant memory. The once famous drag queen has lost his sparkle and like his nightclub is washed up.
The punters have gone and property developers are circling like vultures waiting for Miss Meena to give up the lease to the club.
With the club on its knees, a new arrival brings a glittery rainbow of hope. But just as things are starting to look up for Miss Meena, a visitor from the past makes him question everything he ever stood for.
York Theatre Royal
To book using your Theatre Tokens please call: 01904 623568
The Tenant Of Wildfell Hall
25 Apr – 6 May
In 19th century Yorkshire, a mysterious young widow Helen Graham and her son arrive at the desolate estate of Wildfell Hall. Isolating herself from the village, she soon becomes the subject of local gossip and speculation. Intrigued by this beautiful and enigmatic woman, a young, local farmer, Markham, gradually falls in love. Torn apart by her attraction to Markham and the secrets of her past, Helen finally reveals the shocking history she thought she'd left behind.
Based on the 1848 novel by Anne Bronte The Tenant of Wildfell Hall is a passionate story of a woman's fight for independence.
11 Apr – 15 Apr
Paris, 1640. Cyrano de Bergerac, a brilliant poet and swordsman, finds himself deeply in love with his beautiful cousin Roxane.
Each day of his life is lived only for her - every poem he writes, every duel he fights. Despite his dash and his dare, Cyrano is afraid of revealing his true feelings certain she could never love him in return… for who would love a man with such an enormous nose?
Set in the golden age of musketeers, Deborah McAndrew’s lively new adaptation brings fresh vigour to this swashbuckling tale of unrequited love.
September In The Rain
11 Apr – 15 Apr
Jack and Liz are from Yorkshire and the annual trip to Blackpool is the highlight of their year. They take us on a roller coaster ride through their holidays. The highs and lows, the arguing and making up, all washed down with a cocktail of ice-creams, fish and chips and rain. The stresses and strains of married life are brought sharply into focus as the short scenes peel back the layers of Jack and Liz’s relationship to reveal the truths within.
A full list of London shows can be found at Official London Theatre. If you have Tokens to use, remember you can use them at all of London’s West End theatres plus, at the TKTS ticket booth in Leicester Square for great last minute tickets with many at a discount.
Booking fees may apply. Always check the theatre's website for full information. Details correct as of 29/03/2017.