What's On Highlights > January 2017

What's On Highlights > January 2017

Happy New Year. Be sure to get down to your local theatre this January to kick off your 2017 in the best way - watching great theatre! We've kindly pulled together a host of shows from venues across the UK to make selecting your theatre trip even easier. This is just a small selection of theatres and what's on - visit the venue's website for full listings or choose another theatre from over 240 theatres around the country. You can view the full list of theatres by clicking here.


Alhambra Theatre, Bradford 

To book using your Theatre Tokens please call: 01274 432000

Peter Pan - Panto
17 December - 29 January
Yorkshire’s best-loved comedian Billy Pearce, in his 18th Alhambra Theatre pantomime, leads the cast of the family pantomime which promises dastardly pirates, a high-flying hero and a barrel full of laughter.  

Billy, who will play the role of Smee, is joined by actor, singer and television presenter Darren Day who will play the dastardly Captain Hook. Emmerdale favourite Charlie Hardwick is the Magical Mermaid, guiding the high-flying hero Peter Pan played by S Club 7's Jon Lee. 

Relaxed Performance – Tuesday 17 January, 7.15pm
We are delighted to present a specially adapted and relaxed performance of Peter Pan at the Alhambra Theatre.

We're Going on a Bear Hunt
17 - 18 January
Join our intrepid adventurers on their quest to find a bear; as they wade through the gigantic swishy swashy grass, the splishy splashy river and the thick oozy, squelchy mud! Expect catchy songs, interactive scenes and plenty of hands-on adventure – plus a few special surprises! 

Adapted for the stage from the modern classic written by Michael Rosen and illustrated by Helen Oxenbury. 

Recommended for ages 3+. All adults must be accompanied by a responsible child!

Playing at King's Hall Ilkley.


Almeida Theatre, London

To book using your Theatre Tokens please call: 020 7359 4404

Mary Stuart
2 December – 21 January
Two queens. One in power. One in prison.

It's all in the execution.

Schiller's political tragedy takes us behind the scenes of some of British history's most crucial days. Playing both Elizabeth I and Mary Stuart, Juliet Stevenson (Duet for One) and Lia Williams (Oresteia) trade the play's central roles, decided at each performance by the toss of a coin.


Derby Theatre

To book using your Theatre Tokens please call: 01332 59 39 39

Alice in Wonderland
2 December - 7 January
A Derby Theatre Production. Join us this Christmas as we journey to Wonderland with Alice and a host of curious and colourful characters. As with Derby Theatre’s brilliant productions of Cinderella and A Christmas Carol, a talented team of actor-musicians will create a sparkling Christmas tale for all the family with original live music, stunning costumes and fantastic set designs. So join Alice, the Mad Hatter, the Cheshire Cat, the Mock Turtle and Dormouse on their remarkable adventure at Derby Theatre.

I Used To Hear Footsteps
27 January
Haunted by curiosity, a young man attempts to piece together the ghost story of his childhood home. Suspend your disbelief and follow an investigation that spirals beyond rationality. In the search for answers, witnesses relive their encounters; presences emerge from the walls and the fragile lines between normal and paranormal blur exponentially. Includes FREE post-show talk.

Invincible
31 January – 4 February
With the recession biting hard, Emily and Oliver have decided to 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 with the consequences as tragic as they are hilarious. A riotously funny production written by Torben Betts, one of the most exciting playwrights to emerge since Alan Ayckbourn.


Floral Pavillion Theatre, New Brighton


To book using your Theatre Tokens please call: 0151 666 0000
Real Diamond - The "Neil DiamondRocks" Tour 
22 January 
Singer, Songwriter and living Legend, Neil Diamond is best known for his beautiful, romantic ballads… songs like, Love on the Rocks, I am… I said and Play Me; No great Neil Diamond Tribute, like John Hylton’s Real Diamond, would ever leave them out.

But, the rest of the night will be filled with the rhythm, the power and beat of the foot tappers, the hand clappers and the headbangers… because tonight, you’d better believe it, Neil Diamond ROCKS.

Faulty Towers The Dining Experience 
25 - 29 January 
When the audience becomes diners in the ‘Faulty Towers’ restaurant and are served by Basil, Sybil and Manuel, pretty much anything can happen. The fun starts as guests wait to be seated, then hurtles along in a tour de force of gags, shambolic service and a 70s style 3 course meal. Expect the unexpected in this ‘two-hour eat, drink and laugh sensation!’ (DAILY TELEGRAPH)

Allstar Superslam Wrestling
27 January
Superslam Wrestling returns with a huge 2017 explosion of top talent from all the world wide wrestling federations to compete in a truly international Royal Rumble over the top rope action not to be missed. Home grown favourite’s such as London’s James Mason, Dynamic Deano, Yes Man J.D Bryan, etc. 

Don’t miss this star studded action packed fun event for all the family to enjoy.


Greenwich Theatre, London

To book using your Theatre Tokens please call: 020 8858 7755
Gazing At A Distant Star
13 - 29 January
Arun works in a call centre, desperately trying to save the money to go to university.
Anna trains for the 5k she never thought she wanted to run.
Karen works at a hardware store and tries to work out where
it all went wrong…

Three lives intersect, three people struggle to cope with loss, to reach out and find the light beyond.

Greenwich Theatre launches an exciting new studio venue with the world premiere of a new play about those who go missing, and those who are left behind.

The Collector
17 - 21 January
2003. Mazrat Prison, Iraq. Previously one of Saddam’s most notorious torture houses, where more than 10,000 people died, it is now under Allied command.

Nassir works here, translating for the American interrogators.

He’s local, pro-Western, determined to bring liberal values to his country and is about to get married to Zoya, his sweetheart. But when he is recognised by Faisal, new prisoner and psychotic supporter of the old regime, his life becomes a living hell.

Winner of a prestigious Scotsman Fringe First Award, THE COLLECTOR is a compelling tale of murder, evil and betrayal set in occupied Iraq. 

Spillikin
26 - 28 January
Sally's memories are fading fast, but she can still recall fragments of her earlier life: an awkward courtship, mid-life adultery, songs. And now a new life-companion has arrived - a state-of-the-art robot, uploaded with the personality of her late husband. It's all rather confusing. Can love really conquer all? 

Prepare to have your heart broken by this 5* sell-out Edinburgh show from Pipeline Theatre featuring a state-of-the-art robot as a full cast member.

***** “perfectly constructed and superbly acted” British Theatre Guide
**** “Pipeline Theatre have taken sci-fi theatre to a bold new level” The Scotsman


Hull Truck Theatre, Kingston Upon Hull

To book using your Theatre Tokens please call: 01482 323638

RSC Live: The Tempest
11 January 
Simon Russell Beale returns to the RSC after 20 years to play Prospero in this ground breaking production directed by Artistic Director Gregory Doran.

On a distant island a man waits. Robbed of his position, power and wealth, his enemies have left him in isolation. But this is no ordinary man, and this no ordinary island. Prospero is a magician, able to control the very elements and bend nature to his will. 

In a unique partnership with Intel, the production will be using today’s most advanced technology in a bold reimagining of Shakespeare’s magical play, creating an unforgettable theatrical experience.

Finlay McGuigan’s Adventures in Storyland 
28 January 
Finlay McGuigan loves stories. He enjoys diving in to the depths of his imagination, making friends and going on exciting adventures. But he knows so many stories that he’s got himself in a muddle, and he needs you to help him unravel the mess! 

Finlay McGuigan’s Adventures in Storyland is the perfect Saturday activity for children aged 3 to 8 and their families.

£3 per child, max of 2 accompanying adults go free. If you would like additional adult places please contact the box office on 01482 323638.

Children MUST be accompanied.


Kenton Theatre, Henley-on-Thames

To book using your Theatre Tokens please call: 01491 575698

Rapunzel - A Tangled Tale
2 - 7 January
The Henley Children’s Theatre is back for its annual Pantomime, with a brand new tale of Rapunzel. 

This traditional family show tells the story of Princess Rapunzel and her amazingly long hair.  She is unaware of her regal heritage having been taken from her parents at birth by the evil Fairy Balding. Dame Bouffante, the Royal hairdresser, and Hairy Fairy Berry do all they can to ensure a happy ending for our hero, Bob and the young princess. With more hirsute jokes than you can shake a comb at, this Panto is Head and Shoulders above the rest. 

Bye Bye Baby
28 January
Bye Bye Baby takes you on a musical journey through the career of Jersey Boys Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons.  From their beginning in the early 1950s, when Frankie first joined the group, this tribute show celebrates the greatest hits from the West End and Broadway Smash Hit Musical, such as Beggin; Big Girls Don’t Cry; Walk Like A Man; Lets Hang On; Who Loves You; December ’63 (Oh What A Night); Bye Bye Baby; Can't Take my Eyes off You; Fallen Angel and Grease, climaxing with the finale of a medley of their greatest hits.


Lichfield Garrick Theatre & Studio

To book using your Theatre Tokens please call: 01543 412121

Lee Hurst: Comedy Show No.9
13 January 
One of Britain’s most-loved comedians, They Think It’s All Over team captain and as on Have I Got News For Youy, Lee Hurst is back with an all-new show for 2017.

Expect funny stories, quality gags and side-splitting observations. There are no gimmicks. There is no over-arching narrative journey or message. This is one man, a mic and his mind.

The show is simple. The content is hilarious. The audience turn up. Everyone laughs. Everyone goes home happy. Easy. That’s why this show has a no-nonsense title.

Ten
27 January
A full-length dance production packed with intense physical power and human fragility. Jose Agudo combines contemporary dance with Flamenco, Kathak, Martial arts and Ballet with ACE’s Afro-Fusion style.

Quill
28 January
Following the success of their last show at the Garrick, don’t miss the Country, Folk and Celtic Rock sensations performing both old favourites and new tracks.


Lowther Pavilion Theatre, Lytham St Annes

To book using your Theatre Tokens please call: 01253 794221

Ramin Karimloo And The Broadgrass Band
21 January
Olivier and Tony Award nominee Ramin is best known for playing leading roles in both of the West End’s longest running musicals – The Phantom and Raoul in The Phantom of the Opera, and Jean Valjean, Enjolras, and Marius in Les Misérables. He also originated the role of the Phantom in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Love Never Dies and made his Broadway debut as Valjean in the 2014 revival production of Les Misérables. 

“These will be the only UK dates before I head off back to Broadway to open the premier of Anastasia.”

Swing Into 2017 With Andy Prior
29 January
Swing into 2017 with Andy Prior and the Swingtime Big Band. Proceeds from this event will be supporting Parkinson’s research and the Love Lowther Campaign.


Mercury Theatre, Colchester

To book using your Theatre Tokens please call: 01206 573948

Jekyll And Hyde The Musical
18 – 28 January
Colchester Operatic Society present Jekyll & Hyde The Musical - a is the gripping tale of a brilliant mind gone horrifically awry, set to a powerful pop-rock score by Frank Wildhorn with book and lyrics by Leslie Bricusse. 

In an attempt to cure his ailing father’s mental illness, talented physician Dr. Jekyll inadvertently creates an alternate personality of pure evil, dubbed Mr. Hyde, who wreaks murderous havoc on the city of London. Struggling to control Hyde before he takes over for good, Jekyll must race to find a cure for the demon he has created in his own mind. 


Richmond Theatre

To book using your Theatre Tokens please call: 0844 871 7651*

Let’s Twist Again
11 January 
Now in its 6th year with new songs for 2017!

A full company of critically acclaimed artistes and musicians deliver a show that combines great music, fun and laughter with the greatest hits of Elvis, Dusty, Lulu, The Beatles, Sandie Shaw, The Drifters, Frankie Valli, Cilla and more.

Join us in our American Diner to re-live the fabulous songs of a magical Rock ‘n’ Roll era. Together with your host with the most, ‘Big’ Tony Tremendo, our stunning live band The Twisters, and some of the highest rated performers in the land, you’ll be ready to TWIST AGAIN!

Moscow City Ballet presents: the Swan Lake and Romeo & Juliet
18 – 22 January
For the ultimate dance experience, Moscow City Ballet combines outstanding principals, stunning soloists and a sublime corps de ballet, all enhanced by a live orchestra.

Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet is the perfect marriage of a powerful dramatic musical score with a passionate love story. The choreography, interpretation and outstandingly virtuoso performances beautifully complement the world’s most famous tragic love story and iconic musical score.

Swan Lake is a signature piece of the company’s entire repertoire and Moscow City Ballet’s interpretation of the world’s most romantic ballet is magnificently brought to life by Tchaikovsky’s haunting and instantly recognisable score.

A Judgement in Stone
23 - 28 January
A brand new adaptation of the best-selling novel by Ruth Rendell, ‘one of our very best crime novelists’ Sunday Express.

Building on the phenomenal decade-long success of the Agatha Christie Theatre Company, which sold over two million tickets and continually played to packed houses around the UK, Bill Kenwright presents a new production adapted from one of the most celebrated works of the writer often hailed as the successor to Agatha Christie.

Ruth Rendell’s brilliant plot unravels a lifetime of deceit, despair and cover-ups which, when revealed, brings a shocking revelation almost as grizzly as murder itself.


The Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh

To book using your Theatre Tokens please call: 01312 484848

Picnic At Hanging Rock
13 – 28 January 
“This retelling of the Joan Lindsay cult classic proves the book’s theme remains relevant – and will terrify the pants off you” – The Guardian

On a summer’s day in 1900, three schoolgirls grew tired of their classmates and yearned for adventure. Escaping their teacher’s watchful gaze, they absconded away from the group and towards the beckoning Hanging Rock – never to be seen again.

Brought to The Lyceum by renowned Australian theatre makers Malthouse Theatre, Melbourne, and Black Swan State Theatre Company, Picnic at Hanging Rock has haunted the Australian psyche for over a century, in print, film, and now on stage.


Swansea Grand Theatre

To book using your Theatre Tokens please call: 01792 475715

The ELO Experience
14 January 
The ELO Experience is the world's foremost tribute to The Electric Light Orchestra and have been for over 10 years. With a sensational string section, a stunning light show and large screen projection to further enhance the experience, why not come along and enjoy this incredible show which accurately reproduces the songs and sounds and takes you on a magical musical journey through time.

Miles Jupp
17 January
Astronauts. Regrets. The sexes. Social Media. Hipsters. Poo. Rage. Medicine. Manners. Identity. Lost stuff. Other stuff.

Miles Jupp, (Stand-up, actor, writer, thinker, father, husband, worrier, fool, star of Rev. and host of  The News Quiz) hits the road in a freshly-ironed shirt and some robust trousers and tries to make some bloody sense of it all.  

Sister Act
23 – 28 January
Sing Hallelujah for the all new production of Sister Act starring Alexandra Burke An all new production of the Broadway and West End smash hit musical comedy returns to the UK starring Alexandra Burke (The X Factor, The Bodyguard).

Directed and choreographed by CRAIG REVEL HORWOOD, SISTER ACT is the musical comedy based on the smash hit movie.   It  tells the hilarious story of Deloris Van Cartier, a disco diva whose life takes a surprising turn when she witnesses a murder. Under protective custody she is hidden in the one place she won’t be found – a Convent! 


The Courtyard, Hereford

To book using your Theatre Tokens please call: 01432 340555

Dracula’s Ghost
13 January
When Bram Stoker's widow welcomes lawyer Mr Leech into her home, there begins a tale of the most feared vampire of all time, of his un-dead life and times, and the remarkable characters he has met down the centuries. An original stage-play concerning the actual story of Count Dracula - prepare for nothing but the bloody truth!

The Circus of Horrors
18 January
The Circus of Horrors celebrates its 21st anniversary as it takes to the road with its latest incarnation “The Never-ending Nightmare”. The spectacular features an amazing amalgamation of bizarre, brave & beautiful acts all woven into a Alice in Horrorland type story driven by a mainly original soundscape & performed with a forked tongue firmly in each cheek!

Wisdom of a Fool
26 January
In this emotional roller coaster one-man play Jack Lane takes you behind Norman Wisdom’s well-known character to reveal a tough and lonely childhood. After joining the Army he discovers a passion for comedy and begins to perfect an act that would go on to shape his unique style. The world of post-war Music Hall and Variety embraces Norman’s manic slapstick routine catapulting him to stardom in the early 1950s. Success on the silver screen including the hit song, Don’t Laugh at Me, seals his fame. But fame comes at a price…

Jack plays 30 characters throughout this tour de force performance. The Gump costume that features in the play belonged to Norman and has been generously loaned to the production by his son and daughter, Nicholas and Jacqueline Wisdom.


Princess Theatre, Torquay

To book using your Theatre Tokens please call: 0844 871 3023

Think Floyd
18 January 
Think Floyd's brand new production for 2017 comes to the Princess Theatre, featuring music from all 15 Pink Floyd albums. Backed by an impressive laser light show, dedicated team of sound and lighting engineers, and with over 20 years’ experience faithfully recreating the legendary sound of Pink Floyd live on stage, it’s no wonder Think Floyd are regarded as the Definitive Pink Floyd Experience.

Roy Wood
20 January 
Featuring Roy Wood & his Rock ‘N Roll band at the Princess Theatre this January, performing all his classic hits, "I Can Hear The Grass Grow", "Flowers In The Rain", "Blackberry Way", "California Man", "See My Baby Jive", "I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday"….and much more.

Ghost
30 January – 4 February 
Bill Kenwright presents a brand new production of the timeless story of love, despair and hope: Ghost - The Musical. Taking its inspiration from the classic movie, this innovative reimagining will feature an expanded book, new music and original staging.

Walking back to their apartment late one night a tragic encounter sees Sam murdered and his beloved girlfriend Molly alone, in despair and utterly lost. But with the help of a phony storefront psychic Sam, trapped between this world and the next, tries to communicate with Molly in the hope of saving her from grave danger…


Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon

To book using your Theatre Tokens please call: 01874 611622

Peter Pan
21 January – 28 January
The Westenders are back with this year’s show stopper Peter Pan! Join Wendy and the boys on their magical journey to Neverland, where they meet indians, mermaids and fight pirates, aided by a barking mad dame! Boo and hiss at everybody’s favourite villain Captain Hook  and watch out for that snappy crocodile, he could be behind you! One not to be missed!


Theatre by the Lake, Cumbria

To book using your Theatre Tokens please call: 01768 774411

The Emperor & Nightingale
2 – 14 January
In ancient China, the young Emperor Wu is kept a virtual prisoner in his palace by his scheming guardian Li Si. For Wu, the world outside the Forbidden City is a dangerous place. But when he hears Xiao, a young peasant girl, talk of the most beautiful sound on earth – the song of the nightingale – it’s too much to resist. 

The colour, movement and spectacle of Chinese theatre combine with the beauty of the nightingale’s song in a feast for all the senses that will delight the whole family.

KMS Pritchard and Tindale
15 January
Schubert’s Die Schöne Müllerin (The Beautiful Miller’s Daughter) is a cycle of songs depicting ecstasy, jealousy, despair and betrayal through the most beautiful and searching music for voice and piano. Sung by rising star Nick Pritchard, tenor, with pianist Ian Tindale, who played in last year’s memorable Winterreise. Supported by the Countess of Munster Musical Trust.


Theatre Royal, Brighton

To book using your Theatre Tokens please call: 0844 871 7650*  

The Russian State Ballet of Siberia
12 - 14 January

Swan Lake
12 & Fri 13 January
The greatest romantic ballet is brought to life by Tchaikovsky’s unforgettable score. From the impressive splendour of the palace ballroom to the moon lit lake where swans glide in perfect formation. 

The Nutcracker
Sat 14 January
This most famous of fantasy ballets for all the family begins as night falls on Christmas Eve.  When midnight strikes we are swept away to a fairytale world where nothing is quite as it seems, toy dolls spring to life, the Mouse King and his mouse army battle with the Nutcracker Prince and we travel through the Land of Snow to an enchanted place.

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt
28 & 29 January
Direct from a smash hit West End season and international tour.
Michael Rosen’s award winning book We’re Going On A Bear Hunt is brought vividly and noisily to the stage in director Sally Cookson’s fun filled adaptation set to Benji Bower’s lively score.
Join our intrepid family of adventurers and their musical dog on their quest to find a bear; as they wade through the gigantic swishy swashy grass, the splishy splashy river and the thick oozy, squelchy mud! Expect catchy songs, interactive scenes and plenty of hands on adventure – plus a few special surprises!

The Twits
31 January – Sat 4 February
Mr Twit has a very hairy face. His beard is spiky and smelly. It also contains cornflakes, sardines and even some stilton.  Mrs Twit is equally as foul and she hates Mr Twit just as much as he hates her.

The Twits really are the most spiteful and revolting couple you could ever hope to meet. They spend their days playing wicked tricks on each other and mistreating Muggle-Wump monkeys. They also have a particularly sticky trick to catch Roly-Poly birds for their bird pies. But not for much longer, because the monkeys have a cunning plan to teach them a lesson.

Ages 6+


Theatre Royal Margate

To book using your Theatre Tokens please call: 01843 292795

The Simon And Garfunkel Story
20 January
Direct from its success in London’s West End, a SOLD OUT UK tour and standing ovations at every performance, The Simon & Garfunkel Story is back!

Using huge projection photos, original film footage and featuring a full live band performing all the hits including ‘Mrs Robinson’, ‘Cecilia’, ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’, ‘Homeward Bound’ and many more. Get your tickets fast as this is an evening not to be missed!

“Fantastic” – Elaine Paige – BBC Radio 2
“Authentic and Exciting” – The Stage

The Vanishing Man
21 January
Hugo Cedar was an Edwardian magician known as “The Vanishing Man”; he created the perfect trick and then disappeared forever, but his story lives on…

Directors and performers Simon Evans (magical consultant to the NT, Old Vic and Donmar Warehouse, and two-time recipient of the Close Up Magician of the Year award) and David Aula (‘The Cement Garden’, ‘Personal Enemy’, and ‘MEAT’), team up to create a time-hopping, misdirection-abusing, mind-bending examination of what really happens when a man, in full sight of his audience, simply ceases to be.
John Shuttleworth
28 January
As befits a man living on borrowed time – John considers Life’s major issues: the rise in popularity of hi viz protective wear, the suitability of the plastic lid on takeaway coffee cups, and the excitement he felt when sucking his first mint: “It gave my tongue activity, as the mint’s flavours bore into me, turning my grey world azure blue – I remember my first Polo, do you?”


Tower Theatre Company, London

To book using your Theatre Tokens please call: 020 7353 1700

Doctor Faustus 
31 January - 4 February
Frustrated with the futility of religion, law and science, Doctor Faustus searches for a deeper understanding of the universe ... along with the fame and power that this will bring. Summoning Mephistopheles - Lucifer's own servant - he makes a pact with the Devil : twenty-four years of absolute knowledge in exchange for his soul. Can man overcome the curse of Original Sin? And is absolute power inevitably corrupting?

This production will show at Theatro Technis in Camden.  


Warwick Arts Centre

To book using your Theatre Tokens please call: 024 7652 4524

Stomp
31 January - 4 February
STOMP, the British theatrical sensation that has become a truly global phenomenon, is an infectious mix of percussion, dance, theatre and comedy with an exhilarating soundtrack inspired by the commotion of everyday life. Eight performers use everything from Zippo lighters, bin lids, and even the kitchen sink to hammer out an explosively feel-good rhythm enjoyed by audiences of all ages the world over.

The show was created in Brighton by Luke Cresswell and Steve McNicholas in 1991, and has since toured all corners of the globe. There are up to five companies performing around the world at any one time, including long-term runs in London and New York City.

This Is An Irish Dance
26 - 28 January
Jean Butler’s new duet, created and performed with Belfast based cellist Neil Martin, further unearths her roots by exposing the often-invisible interplay between dancer and musician in live performance. The piece reveals a dialogue between music and movement, and ultimately, between a man and a woman.


London

A full list of London shows can be found at Official London Theatre. If you have Theatre Tokens to use, remember you can use them at all of London’s West End theatres plus, at TKTS, The Official London Theatre Ticket Booth, in Leicester Square.

Booking fees may apply at different rates at some venues. Always check the theatre's website for full details. 

*Calls cost 7p/pm plus your telephone company's network charge.

Details correct as of 01/01/17.