What's On Highlights > March
1 March 2017Remember it's Mother's Day on Sunday 26 March and there’s lots to choose from to treat mum this month. Our selection of this month’s what’s on highlights are just a small selection, you can view the full list of theatres here.
Lord of the Dance
7 – 12 March
Fresh from hugely successful runs in the West End, Broadway, Europe and the Southern Hemisphere, Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games continues to thrill audiences around the globe with its intoxicating mix of dance and music that fuses the traditional with the contemporary in a classic tale that showcases the exceptional talent of the cast.
Celebrating 20 years since he debuted Lord of the Dance, Flatley’s UK tour will star his protégés James Keegan, Morgan Comer and Matthew Smith in the role of the Lord of the Dance. The show is produced, choreographed and directed by Michael Flatley.
13 – 18 March
Based on his smash hit film and adapted for the stage by Oscar-winning writer Simon Beaufoy, this hilarious and heartfelt production stars Gary Lucy, Andrew Dunn, Louis Emerick, Chris Fountain, Anthony Lewis, Kai Owen and a cast of fourteen and is directed by Jack Ryder. Not only has the play been getting standing ovations every night, but it also won the prestigious UK Theatre Award for best touring production.
Featuring great songs by Donna Summer, Hot Chocolate and Tom Jones you really should... drop absolutely everything and book today!
Anita & Me
21 – 25 March
This poignant coming-of-age tale follows Meena, a young girl growing up in the only Punjabi family in a 1970s Black Country mining village. Meena spends her days happily getting into scrapes with the other local children until one day the impossibly cool Anita enters her life. Suddenly Meena knows exactly who she wants to be but is Anita all that she seems? Soon Meena’s world is turned upside down as she is caught between two very different cultures.
Dirty Great Love Story
Two hopeful hapless romantics get drunk, get it on and then get the hell away from each other. In her eyes he's a mistake. A mistake who keeps turning up at parties. In his eyes, she's perfect. He's short-sighted.
An achingly funny romantic catastrophe of good intentions and bad timing that asks, can a one-night stand last a lifetime?
***** “Lovely, witty, delicious” – The Independent
Felix Scott (The Archers, Inception) and Ayesha Antoine (Red Velvet) star in this highly acclaimed, Fringe First Award winning comedy, making its anticipated West End debut in 2017.
The Wipers Times
21-03-2017 to 13-05-2017
Ian Hislop and Nick Newman’s The Wipers Times tells the true and extraordinary story of the satirical newspaper created in the mud and mayhem of the Somme. Following a sell-out tour, The Wipers Times transfers to the West End for a strictly limited season.
In a bombed out building during the First World War in the French town of Ypres (mis-pronounced Wipers by British soldiers), two officers discover a printing press and create a newspaper for the troops. Defying both authority and gas attacks, it proves a huge success with the troops on the Western Front.
Mark Thomas: The Red Shed
6 – 11 Mar
A funny, inspirational show looking at how artists support their creative dreams. Using a blend of documentary-style interviews with live performance, Show Me The Money provides a painfully honest, yet ultimately optimistic portrait of life in contemporary Britain as government cuts bite.
13 Mar – 1 Apr
Inspired by the real Dolphin House experiments, Break’s Fringe First Award-winning Tank rips history apart to explore the difficulties of bridging cultural divides, the politics behind the stories we tell, and what happens when you inject a dolphin with LSD.
20 Mar – 1 Apr
A city. Just like this. Right now. In just a moment, everyone’s world will end. Multi award-winner Kieran Hurley weaves a picture of a familiar city at its moment of destruction, asking what would we do if we found ourselves at the end of our world as we know it.
Mon 13 – Sat 18 Mar
Girls are defying the rules. Making waves. Shining bright. They can be anything they want to be. Can’t they?
Following the success of The Tempest, the Belgrade Young Company is ‘girling-up’ for 2017. In a brand new show an all-female cast celebrates what it’s like to be a young woman growing up in the 21st century.
The Diary of a Hounslow GirlFri 24 & Sat 25 Mar First there was Bridget Jones Diary, then Legally Blonde, and now there is The Diary of a Hounslow Girl, geared up to take on the world. A comic story of dreams, aspirations and coming of age. This production is told through the eyes of a 16-year-old British Muslim Girl growing up in West London. From traditional Pakistani weddings to fights on the night bus this is a funny, bold, provocative play highlighting the challenges of a young woman in a traditional Muslim family alongside the temptations and influences growing up in and around London.
Age rec. 14+
Tues 28 – Thurs 30 Mar
Olivier-Award winning OperaUpClose present their fun, feisty, family-friendly Ulla’s Odyssey.
Fourteen-year-old Ulla is attempting to become the youngest person to sail the world single-handedly in her trusty sailing boat ‘The Homer’, with only her cat Binnacle to keep her company as she navigates the high seas.
All is not plain sailing, as our heroine encounters mythical creatures and obstacles on her journey, including Cy-ops, a one-eyed, over-keen robotic customs official, and Sylla, a dangerous sea creature whose body and mind have been horribly twisted by radioactive rubbish dumped into the ocean.
Age rec. 7+
Trumpets and Raspberries
Tuesday 7 February – Saturday 4 March
Political Strife. Confusion. Chaos! No, not the aftermath of a certain referendum in June 2016. This is Italy in the 1980s, the backdrop for Dario Fo’s madcap farce Trumpets and Raspberries.
Revolving around a real political figure, Gianni Agnelli – head of the Fiat Corporation from 1966 to 2003 – this fictional plot mixes satire with a strong political message!
Any similarity to actual persons, living or dead, or to actual current events, is purely coincidental. (Especially Donald Trump, Philip Green and Brexit.)
Tickets from £10, @chickenshed_uk #TrumpetsAndRaspberries
Blowin’ in the Wind
Tuesday 14 March – Sunday 2 April
Chickenshed unveils a brand new Songbook musical featuring blues, gospel, folk and more. With a narrative thread linking protest songs and civil disobedience from the 1960s to the present day, a mirror is held up to reveal and reflect a sense of optimism that can prevail even during history’s darkest hours.
Inspired by the historical resonances of two key events of 1963 –Bob Dylan’s Blowin’ in the Wind, and Martin Luther King’s ‘I have a dream speech’ in Washington DC -the production takes an imagined voyage, a magical mystery tour, and ultimately a journey of hope and freedom.
Tickets from £5, @chickenshed_UK #BlowinInTheWind
Justin Moorhouse takes to the road doing what he does best, no-frills big-hearted stand up comedy with his brand new show. He’s recently appeared on Live at the Apollo (BBC1), a regular on Fighting Talk (Radio5), and is a familiar voice on talkSport as well as Radio 4’s NewsQuiz. He’s about to pop up on Celebrity Pointless (BBC1), as well as a number of other TV and radio appearances. Previous TV appearances include Peter Kay’s Phoenix Nights, Dave’s One Night Stand and he was Winner of Celebrity Mastermind.
Mervyn Stutter is a satirical songwriter, comedian, actor and scriptwriter and has been making people laugh in comedy clubs, cabaret theatre, folk clubs, radio and TV for 40 years. He was a founder member of the Flying Pickets and in 2016 celebrated his 30th year at the Edinburgh Fringe where his Pick of the Fringe showcase just celebrated it’s 25th year and making it the longest running show in the history of the Festival.
He wrote and starred in two hit comedy series for the BBC: Love 40 – New Balls Please (Radio 2) “the best radio comedy programme I’ve heard for years” The Observer and Getting Nowhere Fast (Radio 4) still being repeated every year on Radio 4 Extra simply because the listeners write in and request it!
He tours his live solo shows regularly each year and audiences love him. He is irreverent, funny, affectionate, clever but clean. He chats a bit, tells a few jokes, makes some pithy observations, with lots of clever comedy songs on guitar in a joyous 90 minute show of life affirming fun. He is an accomplished singer and guitarist and his shows are often hilarious & yet thought-provoking. It is not empty, throw-away humour but lasts long after the moment has passed.
Hancock’s Half Hour
To celebrate over 60 years of Hancock’s Half Hour, written by Ray Galton and Alan Simpson, James Hurn – a talented actor and impressionist – will be performing three classic episodes of Hancock’s half hour, voicing the entire cast.
Episodes being performed:
Sunday Afternoon at Home
13th of the Series
The Missing Page
James will be performing the episodes in the style of a radio performance in front of a live audience, bringing to life the classic days of radio comedy.
The original recordings were performed by Tony Hancock, Sidney James, Hattie Jacques, Bill Kerr and Kenneth Williams. With a fabulous array of colourful characters James Hurn is one man, many voices. Don’t miss him!
until 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.
Steve Parrish – The Mad Tour
Fri 3rd March at 7.30pm, Tickets from £18.50
Enjoy the life and times of Steve Parrish (Stavros) providing a completely different, colourful, humorous and at times daring portrayal of his career.
Well known for his pranks, Steve, BBC commentator for Moto GP raced at the highest level of motorcycle racing with his highest finish coming in the 1977 Grand Prix season as team mate to that year’s champion Barry sheen.
Hosted by Frankie Parrish
Sun 5th March at 7.30pm, Tickets £20
Celebrating 40 years of ABBA - Europe’s leading tribute, ABBAMANIA continue to entertain audiences with their outstanding vocals and musical performance live on stage.
Dust of your platforms and come along to an unforgettable night with ABBAMANIA
Patrick Monahan – That 80’s Show
Thur 16th March at 7.30pm, Tickets from £10
Its 1980’s and Patrick Monahan’s Irish/Iranian family arrives in Teesside escaping from the Iran war.
Patrick’s memories and reminiscences of being an immigrant to Great Britain make for a unique stand up show.
Sequel to Patrick’s hit show ‘The Disco Years’ his new show ‘That’s 80’s show’ takes us through his youth with anecdotes that are both hilarious and thought provoking.
Fiddler on the Roof - EVERYMAN
Fri 17 Feb to Sat 11 Mar 2017
Gemma Bodinetz directs a Fiddler on the Roof inspired by the migration crisis that engulfs much of the world. Set in a changing world where everything that used to be a given is being challenged, Fiddler on the Roof is about family, love and trying to be a decent human being against all odds. Joseph Stein’s funny and moving musical will be thrillingly brought to life in the intimate surrounding of the Everyman stage.
The Conquest of the South Pole - EVERYMAN
Fri 24 March to Saturday 8 April
Manfred Karge’s, The Conquest of The South Pole is a story of aspiration and a desire to break free from the underclass and unemployment through five young people’s journey of hope in the face of adversity. In a post-Brexit country, this European story of togetherness, friendship and never giving in resonates in Liverpool like no other city in Britain. In March Nick Bagnall directs this revival for the Everyman Company that was originally written in East Berlin in for another famous group of actors, the Berliner Ensemble.
Pygmalion - PLAYHOUSE
Tue 7 Mar to Sat 11 Mar
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.
Witness the transformation of Eliza Doolittle in a world where we can be digitally altered within seconds. Through video and sound technology, director Sam Pritchard’s fearless new staging interrogates class identity and social mobility in Britain today and asks us - how much do our voices still define who we are?
Presented by Headlong, Nuffield Theatre Southampton and West Yorkshire Playhouse.
I’m Gonna Pray For You So Hard
Tuesday, 28 February - Saturday, 25 March 2017. Tuesday to Saturday evenings at 7.30pm. Sunday matinees at 3.00pm. Saturday matinees at 3.00pm (from 11 March 2017)
The UK premiere, by Halley Feiffer. Directed by Jake Smith.
Ella is a precocious and fiercely competitive actress whose sole aim in life is making her famous playwright father, David,
proud. Over the course of a wickedly intense evening, Ella and David deliberate whether to read the reviews of her off-
Broadway debut. But that decision could shatter their relationship forever... A hilarious, gut wrenching black comedy which sheds new light on the eternal struggles of family life and reminds us that you don’t have to be part of a theatrical family to know that life is filled with drama.
You’re Human Like The Rest Of Them
Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays, 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21 March 2017. Sunday and Monday evenings At 7.30pm. Tuesday matinees At 2.00pm.
A production commissioned by the Finborough Theatre, for the first time in UK theatre history, an evening of three short plays by British literary powerhouse B. S. Johnson, will be staged together. Directed by Carla Kingham.
Spanning ten years of Johnson’s short yet prolific career, the evening features the first UK revival in many years of You’re Human Like the Rest of Them and Down Red Lane, and the world stage premiere of Not Counting the Savages.
A rare opportunity to see the work of one of the most irreverent, visionary voices to come out of post-war Britain.
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 April 2017)
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.
Middle Ground Theatre Company Ltd presents The Verdict by Barry Reed
Monday 27th February to Saturday 4th March
STARRING CLIVE MANTLE, JACK SHEPHERD and RICHARD WALSH in a full cast of fifteen.
The powerful best-selling courtroom thriller that inspired a multi Academy Award-Nominated film.
Frank Galvin is a washed up veteran lawyer and an alcoholic. He is presented with one last chance to redeem himself when he is given an open-and-shut medical malpractice case that no one thinks he can win. Up against the unforgiving medical establishment and the all-powerful Catholic Church, he courageously refuses an out of court settlement, believing it is negligence that has condemned a young mother. Smelling a cover up, he instead takes the case and the entire legal system to court.
Active Drama Productions Ltd presents Down Our Street A Musical Drama by Brian McCann
Tuesday 14th to Saturday 18th March
Wirral writer Brian McCann’s Down Our Street is the musical play celebrating the life and times of Cammell Laird, from the industrial revolution to the present day. For well over a century and a half, ‘The Yard’ was the employer of thousands upon thousands of people from, the Wirral, across the water in Liverpool and beyond. The town of Birkenhead was built around the Shipbuilding industry and most families, if not all had some connection to Cammell Laird. Through drama, comedy and song, Down Our Street celebrates this through the eyes of the people of Merseyside and the workers ‘down the yard’.
Menopause the Musical
Wednesday 22nd March 7.30pm
Starring Cheryl Fergison (EastEnders), Maureen Nolan (The Nolans), Rebecca Wheatley (Casualty) and Ruth Berkeley (Penny Dreadful) This hysterical show packed full of one-liners about night sweats, hot flushes and memory loss is backed by an instantly recognisable soundtrack of innuendo-laden versions of 60s, 70s and 80s pop classics.
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”. They soon bond as they realise that the menopause is no longer “The Silent Passage”, but an unavoidable stage in every woman’s life.
Age advisory +16
Jane Eyre: An Autobiography
Struggling to think, live and love beyond the stifling expectations of duty, class and convention, governess Jane Eyre and Master Edward Rochester take a dark journey towards sensual and intellectual liberation. Told through Jane’s eyes, English literature’s most celebrated autobiographical novel shocked the Victorians, and Charlotte Brontë’s gothic subversion of fairy-tale romance is now distilled for the stage by Dyad Productions.
What the Floyd
What the Floyd? are the brainchild of Australian guitarist and Pink Floyd authority Daniel Bowles. No regular ‘tribute act’, the band has a reputation for a uniquely energetic and accurate recreation of the unique Floyd sound. Using high technology and a blazing light show, their current set is based on the legendary 1994 P.U.L.S.E. tour. It features all the hits, and a few rarities, including Another Brick in the Wall, Money, Shine On You Crazy Diamond, Wish You Were Here and Comfortably Numb.
Madam Butterfly Returns
Set thirty years after the end of the iconic Puccini Opera, Madam Butterfly's son, Tomisaburo, has journeyed to.
America in the hope of meeting his father for the first time. However, B. F. Pinkerton, now Governor of Georgia, is seeking re-election so he leaves Tomisaburo waiting in the entrance hall for three full days.
Inspired by the Noh Theatre tradition of Japanese story telling with dance and masks, Michael Finnissy’s new score responds to themes from Puccini. Although the focus is on the crisis between son and absent father, Butterfly is an inevitable presence in their struggle. This must-see show features live singing.
THUR 4 - SAT 27 MAY, 7.30PM, MATINEES: 6, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27 2PM, PAY WHAT YOU CAN: 4 MAY, 7.30PM
KING. LOVER. MURDERER.
England is in the midst of the Wars of the Roses when Richard, Duke of Gloucester, sees a chance for the crown. He is Shakespeare’s twisted villain who we love to hate as, with ruthless cunning and silver-tongued charm, he stops at nothing to remove brothers, wife, nephews and friends from his path.
As the death toll mounts, Richard seizes the throne, but at what cost? He’s surrounded by vengeful ghosts, friends he can’t trust and a terrible curse cast by the old Queen Margaret.
Showstoppers: The Improvised Musical
WED 1 FEB, 7.30PM
Showstopper! The Improvised Musical 2016 Olivier Award Winners – Best Entertainment and Family Show Spontaneous musical comedy at its finest - direct from the West End and now heading to Hull Truck Theatre!
With nine years as an Edinburgh Fringe must-see phenomenon, a BBC Radio 4 Series and now a critically acclaimed West End run at London's Apollo Theatre as well as an Olivier Award to their name, The Showstoppers have delighted audiences across the globe with their ingenious blend of comedy, musical theatre and spontaneity.
WED 8 - SAT 11 FEBRUARY, 8PM
'We want social housing, not social cleansing'
Facing skyrocketing rent and forced relocation out of London, 29 single mothers united to confront Newham Council's gentrification of their home town.
From the streets of Newham to the Houses of Parliament, this bold and pertinent piece of documentary theatre is adapted from the real-life testimonies of the most under-represented and prominent voices on the political spectrum - providing a truthful retelling of the focus E15 Campaign, Britain's housing crisis and how one group of women refused to be marginalised.
This is the beginning of the end of the housing crisis
SPEEDY - 1928 SILENT FILM
With live harp accompaniment by Elizabeth-Jane Baldry
Harold Lloyd's last silent film, SPEEDY, is a rollicking comedy offering a riveting glimpse into 1920s New York.
Harold "Speedy" Swift is an upbeat young man who can’t hold a job. He’s wildly in love with a pretty girl called Jane, but Jane's beloved grandfather is in trouble: he runs the last horse-drawn tram in New York City, and an unscrupulous railway magnate desperately wants the route.
Elizabeth-Jane Baldry is a silent movie harpist and composer performing internationally. Her compositions have been used by ITV, BBC and radio and television in various countries.
WATCHERS OF THE SKIES
A compelling storytelling theatre show with live music
Edna Leigh was born in Kansas in 1916. Her story takes us from the dust bowl of the 1930s American depression, on a dramatic journey across the Atlantic, to post-war England. This ordinary woman made extraordinary discoveries. Edna stumbled upon a mystery in Homer’s Odyssey, decoding the hidden meaning, which had eluded even the poet Keats over 100 years previously. Edna kept her findings a secret throughout her life. Now Edna’s granddaughter shares this fascinating journey and her family’s discoveries, combining her story with poetry, astronomy and a live cello soundscape.
DAVID STARKEY - HENRY VIII
Henry VIII is the only king whose image we remember. He bestrides our history like a colossus and the decisions he took still reverberate today.
The Reformation is the ?rst Brexit; his ministers devised the doctrine of parliamentary sovereignty and his tumultuous personal life pitted religion against politics as brutally as in our own age of Isis.
In this lecture David Starkey draws on his unique knowledge of Henry’s reign on the one hand, and his insights as a leading commentator on modern politics on the other, to both illuminate the Tudor age and our own.
A kinda 21st century equivalent of 2-Tone acts The Specials or The Beat, the Dub Pistols are the quintessential festival band. Coming over a bit like if King Tubby and The Skatalites bumped into Terry Hall at a Goldie gig, the Dubs have reached their two decade milestone with a lot of ups and downs along the way.
An unorthodox collective of musicians who each have their own personal interests and solo projects, when they come together to form the Dub Pistols some dubwise magic happens.
Leaping about like a salmon, stage-diving into the crowd, getting sweaty with the throng and then standing for selfies with fans afterwards, Barry is a talismanic frontman — his exuberant presence at the heart of the band is the glue that ties it all together. On a level with the crowd, he’s blossomed into one of the music scene’s great characters.
“The next album is actually a bit more chilled-out than the last two,” says Barry. “It’s still a classic Dub Pistols album, but ‘Return Of The Pistoleros’ and ‘Worshipping The Dollar’ were more club-orientated — leaning more towards peak-time bangers. This album is a bit more relaxed, with a smoked-out reggae vibe — although there are still a couple of bangers on there.”
Rizwan Muazzam Qawwali
The living legacy of Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan
When legendary qawwali maestro Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan,popularly known as “Shahenshah-e-Qawwali”,died in 1997,his family’s six-century musical tradition did not end.The legacy of qawwali,a form of devotional music popular in South Asia,was passed to his nephews,Rizwan and Muazzam,exceptional singers who carry on the Sufi tradition of musical devotion and exaltation
Intoxicating and entrancing, Rizwan and Muazzam’s voices climb and swoop as if riding on air currents,the harmonium seeks a similar undulating flight path while fingertips flutter like hummingbirds across the tablas BBC
"One of the most exhilarating improvised vocal styles on the planet" The Guardian
Performing together since the 1990’s,their incredible shows at festivals around the world,including Womad,have seen them develop a devoted worldwide following.The brothers perform songs that use hypnotic vocal repetition to induce a state of ecstasy. Backed by traditional instruments gharana, harmonium and tabla,the brothers’rich voices soar,pushed onwards by pulsing music and rhythmic handclaps
ABBAMANIA, the UK’s original ABBA tribute are widely regarded as one of “Europe’s Premier ABBA tribute Bands”. Their sensational live concerts have taken them all over the World.
ABBA are one of the most popular groups in the world today, from ‘Waterloo’ to ‘Thank You For The Music’ from ‘Dancing Queen’ to ‘Mamma Mia‘.Their record breaking songs are timeless and continue to thrill all generations.
ABBAMANIA, the UK’s original ABBA tribute are widely regarded as one of “Europe’s Premier ABBA tribute Bands”.Their sensational LIVE concerts have taken them all over the World.ABBAMANIA’s tribute to ABBA at the height of their popularity is incredible, and their performance is of the highest ABBA quality.Re-live the memories of ABBA with this the Official ABBAMANIA Tribute Show; the wonderful, catchy songs, melodies and lyrics, indeed, the music that has sold millions of records worldwide.
ABBAMANIA’s show is a wonderful tribute to ABBA’s LIVE Concert that fans throughout the World were enthralled with back in the 70’s. They have taken the wonderful music of ABBA to places such as: Denmark; England; Portugal; Scotland; Belgium; France; Ireland; Germany, Philippines and Holland. And many more.
Join us for a fabulous night out dancing in the aisles
So You Think You Know About Dinosaurs? With Ben Garrod
Thursday 2 March at 6.30pm
Did dinosaurs eat their own families?
Why did Allosaurus headbutt its prey to death?
Come and test your knowledge against Ben Garrod (the TV scientist in 'Attenborough and the Giant Dinosaur'). With the help of film footage and photos of his own palaeontological dinosaur digs, he will tell you everything you ever wanted to know about dinosaurs.
This is an interactive show where children will be given the chance to ask questions and show off their dinosaur knowledge to the audience.
The Gospel of Matthew
Tuesday 28 March at 7.30pm
A stunning virtuoso delivery of the greatest story ever told.
Acclaimed by critics and audiences in theatres and churches throughout the UK, award-winning actor George Dillon presents an unforgettable vision of Jesus in his highly intense, very human and occasionally humorous solo staging of the first Gospel, with an original musical score and video background.
Short-listed for The Stage's 'Best Actor' Award in Edinburgh, Dillon's epic, impassioned performance portrays Jesus not as a meek and mild lamb to the slaughter but as a contemporary raging fighter for God.
Tuesday 21st – Saturday 25th March 7.30pm. Including Thursday and Saturday Matinee 2.30pm
The smash-hit tour returns!
With the recession biting hard, staunchly left-wing Emily and her long-suffering partner Oliver downsize from their middle-class London lifestyle to a small town in north England.
Unfortunately, their attempts to ingratiate themselves with their decent and hard-working next-door neighbours, Dawn and Alan, have consequences that are as tragic as they are hilarious.
This ‘riotously funny’ play from Torben Betts is ‘genuinely beautiful as well as sharply perceptive’.
”Torben Betts is the most exciting theatre writing talent I have come across in many a year...” Alan Ayckbourn
Wednesday 22nd – Saturday 25th March 10.30am & 1.30pmPerfect for families and schools!
Ever got terribly stuck on a problem? Ever made a stupid mistake and felt like a fool? Brilliant! This show is for you.
Join us on a special tour deep into the heart of Volcano Industries where you can explore top-secret laboratories and genius scientists struggling with some unusual and extremely tricky problems. They need your help, but there might be some unexpected dangers.
This brand-new, fun and interactive show from award-winning theatre maker Sarah Punshon, is inspired by how amazing and rubbish our brains can be, and how best to grow our grey matter.
Saturday 18th March 7.45pm. For ages 16+ only
Described by the Guardian’s Lyn Gardner as ‘Sharp, funny and vastly entertaining’ this innovative show follows a puppet named Fred.
Fred has to deal with prejudice against puppets every day, but he just wants to be a part of the real world; get a job, find a girl. When Fred’s PLA (Puppet Living Allowance) is taken away, his life begins to spiral out of control.
Unmissable new theatre that enjoyed a sell-out run at 2016’s Edinburgh Fringe! Contains strong language.
“The humour here is brilliantly black with mordant social and political relevance” The Stage
The Empty Nesters Club
Friday 3rd March 7:30pm, General Admission £20.50
Written and directed by John Godber
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!
Friday 17th March 7:30pm
The Great American Songbook
Paul Roberts, former lead singer of The Stranglers, fronts a swinging live band who come together to celebrate the most important and influential composers and lyricists who propelled the likes of Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Judy Garland and Ella Fitzgerald to stardom.
S’Wonderful features best-loved songs by Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Rodgers & Hammerstein,
George & Ira Gershwin and Rodgers & Hart including toe-tapping tunes such as Puttin’ on the Ritz,
Let’s Face the Music and Dance and those timeless classics Over the Rainbow and Summertime.
An evening not to be missed.
Iain Stirling - 'Onwards'
31 Mar, General Admission £12.50
You may recognise his voice as the narrator of ITV2’s “Love Island” or recognise his face as the host of Scottish BAFTA (best children’s show) award winning panel show “The Dog Ate my Homework” (CBBC). Other credits include The Now Show (Radio 4), Russell Howard’s Stand Up Central and Drunk History (Comedy Central).
In his new show, Iain explores the perception of his generation within today’s society, as well as looking at their function within it. Are all young people self-entitled, ego maniacs that can’t get off their phones? Come to the show and find out.
The Winter’s Tale
Tue 14 – Sat 18 Mar 7.30pm, Sat 2.30pm & 7.30pm
One of Shakespeare's greatest plays, The Winter's Tale, though written at the same period as The Tempest, smashes all the rules. Unity of time, place and action are hurled aside as we range across Europe, from court to country, from high tragedy to low comedy, across a time span of sixteen years.
The Winter's Tale tells of a delusional and paranoid king who tears his family apart and the tough struggle for redemption yields flickers of hope. Initial darkness gives way to joy as Time leads the characters to a shattering conclusion...
Contains nudity, Recommended for 14+yrs
Fri 24 Feb – Sat 11 Mar
In a brand new adaption by John Cleese, Georges Feydeau’s hysterical farce Bang Bang erupts onto the stage as the first Made in Colchester production of 2017.
Leontine, a respectable lady of high society, is in danger of being hoodwinked by her husband Duchotel. Saucy secrets unravel as the devilish Duchotel finds himself snared in a door-slamming, trouser-dropping, lover-hiding, balcony-climbing night of chaos set in the stylish apartments of Paris.
John Cleese collaborates with the Mercury Theatre Colchester to bring this rarely performed comedy classic to the stage, directed by veteran of theatre, television and radio, Nicky Henson.
Made in India and Half of Me
Made in India, Fri 24 – Sat 25 Feb, 8pm
Half of Me, Sat 25 Feb, 1pm & 6pm
Made in India is a thrilling new play about motherhood and blood ties between women and nations in a brave new world set in a surrogacy clinic in Gujarat.
Half of Me is a poetically-written piece about the often unheard experiences of young people born by Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ARTs).
Both plays are written by Satinder Chohan, and Half of Me, performed by the Mercury Young Company, acts as a companion piece to Tamasha’s Made in India. Receive 50% off Half of Me tickets when booking for Made in India.
Recommended for 14+yrs, Contains adult language
Saturday 1st April 2017, 11am (all ages) & 2.30pm
When the Pied Piper plays his flute the rats run, the greedy mayor rubs his hands and the children dance…
Norwich Puppet Theatre’s humorous and irresistible one person show combines a skilful mix of puppetry, foot-tapping music and storytelling and will have audiences young and old entranced.
Presented by Norwich Puppet Theatre. Tickets £9/ £30 family, ages 3+
Saturday 8 April 2017, 11am (all ages) & 2.30pm
Chester likes wearing jumpers and sitting in his armchair, but most of all he loves adventure!
Chester takes centre stage in this celebration of individuality and togetherness. Told with puppets, original music and imaginative antics, this show is full of humour, thrills, spills, near misses and great escapes. This is a story about discovering new places and making friends.
You can also have your very own adventure, with the chance to stay, meet the Woodland creatures and explore their dens after the show.
Presented by Gomito Theatre. Tickets £9/ £30 family, ages 2+
Saturday 15 April 2017, 11am (all ages) & 2.30pm
A roguish soldier acquires a magic tinderbox which gives him the power to summon three extraordinary dogs to do his bidding. Watch the soldier’s remarkable roller coaster adventure from rags to riches and back again! Will he survive and win the love of the beautiful princess?
Norwich Puppet Theatre breathes new life into Hans Christian Andersen’s classic tale of magic, bravery and love with puppetry, animation and music.
Presented by Norwich Puppet Theatre. Tickets £9/ £30 family, ages 4+
The Grapes of Wrath
6 – 25 March
“One of the greatest of the great American novels.” The Guardian 100 Best Novels of All Time
“A majestic adaptation... makes Steinbeck live for a new generation.” The New York Times
The American dust bowl. The height of the Great Depression. One family begins an epic journey, driven as much by fear as by hope. Route 66 to California, the Promised Land. In search of work. A new life.
The Grapes of Wrath is a towering testimony to the integrity, strength and perseverance of the human spirit. This vital new production from Abbey Wright features a community company with live music from Matt Regan.
A leaf is born… It grows and glows in the sunshine and the rain. Then the wind blows and it becomes colder. The leaf changes colour. In the snow, the leaf falls... But when spring comes, a new leaf grows...
Leaf is another heart-warming play created by Tam Tam Theatre, whose previous shows for very young children include Circles in the Sand and Curious. It is performed by the company’s founder, Marleen Vermeulen, and created in collaboration with director Joy Haynes.
At the end of the performance, children are invited onto the stage to play among the leaves and explore a landscape created by the changing seasons.
Old Mother Hubbard
Join Old Mother Hubbard as she clatters about her kitchen hanging out the washing and making breakfast with her dancing dog Oscar at her side.
Their little world of friendship and harmony is interrupted by the squeaking of a little mouse in the cupboard and the fleeting appearance of a mysterious furry paw. Both are thrilled when they get an invitation to a party, but who sent it and why is it in the deep dark woods?...
Beautifully crafted glove puppets, folk music and enchanting storytelling combine in this interactive slapstick comedy
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
Thu 30 March – Sat 22 April 2017
Based on the 1848 novel by Anne Bronte, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall is a passionate story about a mysterious woman called Helen and her fight for independence. After moving into Wildfell Hall, Helen falls in love with a young farmer called Markham, leading her to reveal the shocking history she thought she had left behind. This brand new stage adaptation by Deborah McAndrew will be directed by Elizabeth Newman. Co-production with York Theatre Royal.
I Capture the Castle
Wed 26 April – Sat 6 May 2017
A brand new musical based on Dodie Smith’s best-selling novel, I Capture the Castle follows 17 year old Cassandra and her eccentric family: her irritating elder sister Rose; her unconventional stepmother Topaz; her orphaned admirer Stephen; and her novelist father James, who hasn’t written a word in years. They are behind with the rent for the tumbledown castle that seemed so romantic when they moved in. But the new landlord is wealthy and spring is in the air. Perhaps things are about to change. Co-production with Watford Palace Theatre and Kevin Wallace Limited, in association with Deborah Ward.
Thu 11 May – Sat 3 June 2017
A brand new play by Timberlake Wertenbaker, directed by Elizabeth Newman. In the near future, a group of women gather in a half-built hotel on Winter Hill in Bolton; is it a book group discussing famous heroines? Perhaps it’s a chance to meet with friends and drink wine? Or is it…a revolution? In Winter Hill we see how seemingly ordinary women endeavour to protect the landscape of Bolton forever, no matter the cost.
Worst Wedding Ever
15 March – 1 April
This laugh-out-loud smash-hit comedy drama about preparations for a family wedding was a huge hit when it premiered at Salisbury Playhouse in 2014. Now you have a chance to enjoy one of the biggest new comedies in years. It also features a live wedding band.
Worst Wedding Ever is written by Chris Chibnall, the creator of ITV’s Broadchurch and from 2018 he will be Head Writer and Executive Producer of BBC TV’s Doctor Who. The cast is led by Julia Hills (Calendar Girls, Chichester Festival Theatre, West End and national tour; 2point4 Children) as Liz, the bride’s mother.
Seann Walsh – One for the Road
‘One of comedy’s hottest properties…Very talented, very funny’ Evening Standard
With a keen observational mind, Seann can spot the absurdity in everything and convert it to perfectly delivered stand-up comedy. You might have seen Seann on TV, but he’s something else live – pacing the stage, working the room and reducing audiences to hysterics.
Barry Cryer and Colin Sell Strictly Come Joking
The Ant and Dec of the sanatogen set reunite to bring you a new show, devised by them after the visitors left.
Cryer, still a ‘Sprightly Veteran’ (Undertakers Gazette) and Sell a ‘Legendary Virtuoso’ (Pensioners Website), combine to entertain you with songs, jokes and the amazing realisation that they’re still here. Join them before they come apart!
Mon 6 – Sat 11 Mar
One of the greatest thrillers of all-time hits the UK stage, starring Kara Tointon, Rupert Young and Keith Allen. While Jack Manningham is on the town each evening, his wife Bella is home alone. She can’t explain the disappearance of familiar objects, he mysterious footsteps overheard or the ghostly flickering of the living room gaslight.
In the tradition of heavyweight thrillers from Hitchcock, Christie and Priestley, Gaslight is a genre-defining, all-round elegant masterpiece. This new production is the definitive seat-gripping drama not to be missed. A sensationally suspenseful and hugely satisfying evening of great British theatre.
Not Dead Enough
Mon 13 – Sat 18 Mar
Following the huge sell-out success of The Perfect Murder and Dead Simple, the thrilling work of multi-million selling author Peter James returns to Richmond Theatre, with the world premiere of Not Dead Enough. On the night Brian Bishop murdered his wife, he was sixty miles away. At least that’s what he claims. As DS Roy Grace starts to dig a little deeper, it soon becomes clear that love can be a dangerous thing... Directed by Olivier award-winner Ian Talbot, starring EastEnders actor Shane Richie and Strictly favourite Laura Whitmore, catch this thrilling new stage play from the number one best-selling author.
Mon 20 – Sat 25 Mar
Shirley is a Liverpool housewife. Her kids have left home and she makes chips and egg for her husband while talking to the wall. Where has her life disappeared to? Out of the blue, her best friend offers her a trip to Greece for two weeks and she secretly packs her bags. She heads for the sun and starts to see herself very differently. Willy Russell’s heart-warming comedy premiered in 1986 and took the world by storm. Now, on its 30th anniversary, Jodie Prenger starts in the first major revival of the national treasure. Suitable for ages 14+.
The White Devil
26th January – 16th April 2017
In Annie Ryan’s 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.
Annie Ryan is director of the critically acclaimed A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing which was originally produced by The Corn Exchange and went on to be performed at Young Vic.
23rd February – 22nd April 2017
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.
Tuesday 7 March, 7.30pm
Not many music legends in their sixties create and perform with the same energy and vitality that defined their early days. Dave Mason is a rare exception. He enjoys a zest for live performances in addition to a ceaseless ethic of writing and recording.
An Audience with Joe Calzaghe
Saturday 11 March 2017, 8.30pm
This is your opportunity to experience an evening in the presence of one of the world’s top ten boxers.
Enjoy Darren Everest and Mike Crawshaw (The Overtones) interviewing JOE CALZAGHE on his life story.
Joe Calzaghe is the longest-reigning super-middleweight world champion in history, having held the WBO title for over 10 years and making 21 successful defences before relinquishing the title to move up to light-heavyweight. As his super-middleweight and light-heavyweight reigns overlapped, he retired with the longest continual time as world champion of any active fighter.
Lee Nelson - Serious Joker Tour
Sunday 12 March 2017, 7.30pm
After getting into trouble for sneaking into places he shouldn’t be, Lee Nelson is back where he most definitely should be: live on stage with his brand-new, laugh-out-loud, best ever stand-up show.
The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin
1 Feb – 11 Mar 2017
Theatre Royal Stratford East and Belgrade Theatre Coventry present The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin.
A life-affirming and funny coming-of-age story which follows Viveca, a bright African American girl from a middle class family, who dreams of becoming a dancer.
Choosing to face the conflicts of a changing era in America with optimism rather than revolution, she learns to reconcile the realities of racism and sexism with hope and faith.
This award-winning off-Broadway musical is a cheeky and satirical look at how women have been defined by others and themselves from the 1960s to present day.
NT Connections 2017
28 Mar – 1 Apr 2017
Connections is the National Theatre’s nationwide youth theatre festival. Connections celebrates great new writing for the stage and offers a unique opportunity for youth theatres and school theatre groups to stage new plays written for young people by some of theatre’s most exciting playwrights.
Theatre Royal Stratford East will host a festival involving 10 groups of talented young people who will inspire and entertain audiences.
Connections gives young people experience of professional theatre-making. Each year we are thrilled by the skill, creativity, commitment and passion that go into each production that we showcase on our main stage.
Ruby Wax – Frazzled 14+
Tues 7 Mar
Ruby Wax is a much loved US born comedian, actor and writer, along with being the ‘it girl’ of mental health campaigning. Her new best-selling book, A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled, is the basis for the discussion. Funny and insightful.
Variety Night Live
Fri 17 & Sat 18 Mar
inspired by legendary variety show Sunday night at the London palladium, this jaw-dropping spectacular sees a dazzling array of wales’ best-loved performers under one roof for a incredible evening of world class music, comedy and dance.
this incredible line-up includes star of sky1’s hit comedy Stella , Craig Gallivan, Moscow State Circus trampoline legend, Vladimir Georgievsky, as well as electrifying performances from Britain’s got talent duo, Mel & Jamie, the spine-tingling voice of local Xfactor talent, Kayleigh Marie, Swansea pantomime comedy genius Matt Edwards, plus, topping the bill, classical brit award winners, Only Men Aloud.
20 – 25 Mar
Direct from London’s West End where it is now in its record breaking 8th year, Thriller Live is a spectacular concert created to celebrate the career of the world’s greatest entertainer.
Expect your favourite songs delivered by an exceptionally talented cast and band, including: ABC, Can You Feel It, Off The Wall, Smooth Criminal, Beat It, Billie Jean, Dirty Diana, Bad, Rock With You, They Don’t Care About Us, Dangerous and Thriller plus many more!
Chigger Foot Boys
Wednesday 22 February to 11 March
An intoxicating cocktail of love, duty, death and dominoes.
Based on true events in the lives of Jamaicans who fought in World War One and set amid the banter in a rum bar near Kingston Harbour, four young men tell their stories of death and glory as the end of the British Empire looms.
Jigs ‘n’ Reels and Bells ‘n’ Dhols
Friday 17 March
Celebrate St Paddy’s Day in style at Tara with a musical shindig melding traditional Jigs ‘n’ Reels with Indian Bells ‘n’ Dhols. Irish band Abhaile (meaning home) featuring Brendan McAuley on uilleann pipes, Mick Sands on flute and vocals, Michael Sheehy on accordion and Ed Barrett on fiddle. They will be joined by Tara Arts chums who promise to conjure up a storm of foot-stomping jigs, reels and songs. Enjoy the craic, music and of course a samosa and Guinness or two.
An Evening With an Immigrant
Friday 24 & Sat 25 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 and starting work as a writer and graphic designer.
Littered with poems, stories and anecdotes, Inua will tell his ridiculous, fantastic, poignant immigrant-story of escaping fundamentalist Islam, directing an arts festival at his college in Dublin, performing solo shows at the National Theatre, and drinking wine with the Queen of England, all the while without a country to belong to or place to call home.
Alasdair Roberts Trio
Thursday 16 March, 8pm
Alasdair Roberts is a Scottish musician, born in Germany, who was raised near Callender and has been based in Glasgow since 1995. He is primarily a songwriter/composer, singer and acoustic fingerstyle guitarist as well as an interpreter/arranger of traditional songs and ballads from Scotland and beyond.
"A calm, precise and very beautiful record... another display of excellence from an artist in consummate control of his art." Uncut 9/10
Customers entitled to a free pint of Wye Valley Brewery’s Butty Bach when purchasing two full priced tickets. Available through Box Office and for over 18s only.
2Magpies Theatre Company Present; Ventoux
Friday 24 March, 8pm
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 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?
Blunderbus Theatre Present; Lily and the Little Snow Bear
Saturday 25 March, 11am
Lily loves SNOW! So, she pops on her coat and sets off to explore. But when she discovers a trail of soft little footprints, she’s in for a very big SURPRISE!
For at the bottom of the garden, she finds a lost little SNOW BEAR – and he’s really missing his mummy. As the snow falls on, Lily decides to rescue the baby bear before it’s too late. So, the adventure begins…
Brought to life by acclaimed Blunderbus Theatre, this funny, heartwarm-ing tale of friendship is the perfect treat for families. With exquisite puppets, enchanting music and a magical snowy setting, this modern-day fairytale is especially for little bears aged 3+, and their grown ups.
Courtyard Family Saturdays Pre-Activity 10.30am: Snow Bear mask making to wear to the show.
Brendan Cole – All Night Long
Sunday 19th March 2.30pm & 7.30pm
A brand new show for 2017, Brendan hosts another spectacular production featuring his guest dancers, a new leading lady and a 14 piece band and singers live on stage. Stunning lighting, amazing special effects and superb choreography. It’s going be a party! Don’t miss it.
“At the centre of it all is the generous, exuberant, charismatic Cole”
Catherine Françoise Onstage - MACCA - The Concert celebrating the music of Paul McCartney
Saturday 11th March 7.30pm
Starring West End leading man Emanuele Angeletti (‘Let It Be’) as Paul McCartney, this is a celebration of the life and music of a legend…
In the first concert of its kind to tour UK and Europe, ‘Macca - The Concert Celebrating the music of Paul McCartney’, featuring acclaimed West End performers and using state of the art visual media projection and lighting throughout, celebrates McCartney’s entire solo career from 1970 to 2016 including all his best loved hits, the acclaimed ‘Wings Over The World’ 1975 - 76 Concert Tour along with a selection of Beatles favourites
Friday 24th March
8pmEverybody's favourite randomist is back. As always Ross has lots of stuff backing up in his head and it's time to let it all out. Famed for his super quick freewheeling style and highly imaginative flights of fancy, a Ross Noble show is always an unmissable event.
Noble started in comedy 25 years ago, at the age of 15, and has established a loyal audience as one of the world’s best live stand-ups.
Come and be part of this truly unique live experience. Join Ross as audience and performer come together for a massive Brain Dump.
Thursday 2 March
Europe’s leading ABBA tribute, Abbamania, continue to entertain audiences with their outstanding vocals and musical performance live on stage.
Abbamania’s widely acclaimed tribute to ABBA is a sensational two hour show featuring record breaking and timeless hits from Waterloo to Dancing Queen which will have you dancing in the aisles. So dust off your platforms, put on your flares and come along and enjoy an unforgettable night with Abbamania.
Champion Of Magic
Thursday 23 March
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’.
Blowin’ In The Wind
Saturday 25 March
From Mr Tambourine Man to Sound of Silence, from Joni Mitchell’s Both Sides Now to John Lennon’s Imagine, international vocalists and multi-instrumentalists Andante, featuring Vee Sweeney and Mark Rowson, bring vibrant new interpretations to these timeless tunes and wonderful words.
Hear new live performances of unforgettable hits like Big Yellow Taxi and Like A Rolling Stone. Rediscover the songs of Joan Baez in The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down and Banks Of The Ohio and learn about the women in Dylan’s life through Just Like a Woman, If Not for You” and many more.
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.
The Professor of Adventure
Mon 27 – Thu 30 March
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. It’s the winter of 1941 and Millican is safe in his cave in Borrowdale, far away from the Blitz. But the Keswick ARP warden has just ordered his to “Put that candle out!” – and the Borrowdale Hermit is far from happy… This captivating play returns to Keswick after delighting audiences and critics in 2016.
Thursday 2 – Saturday 4 March
Join Ballet Theatre UK in one of the greatest ballets of all time, Giselle.
A tragically romantic tale of a young girl who falls deeply in love. However, she would soon be deceived for he was betrothed to another.
Tuesday 7 – Thursday 9 March
Geneva. 1816. Victor Frankenstein obsesses in the pursuit of nature’s secret, the elixir of life itself. But nothing can prepare him for what he creates. So begins a gripping life or death adventure taking him to the ends of the earth and beyond. A brand new adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Gothic horror masterpiece fusing ensemble storytelling, live music, puppetry and stunning theatricality.
The Machine Stops
Tuesday 14 – Wednesday 15 March
EM Forster is best known for his exquisite novels, but his short story masterpiece published in 1909 is astoundingly prophetic and poignant in 2016: a chilling prediction and exploration of our increasingly complex relationship with technology.
In a dystopian world where humans have retreated far underground, Kuno alone questions their now total dependency on technology to live and communicate with each other, but in his struggle to break out can he reach the Earth’s surface before the Machine stops?
The Importance of Being Earnest By Oscar Wilde
Tuesday 28 February – Saturday 4 March at 7.30pm with a matinee on Saturday 4 March at 3pm.
A marvellous masterpiece that mercilessly satirises Victorian moral attitudes especially towards marriage using high farce and Wilde's inimitable style and wit.
The Importance of Being Earnest will be performed at the Bridewell Theatre off Fleet Street.
Under the Blue Sky By David Eldridge
Tuesday 14 –Saturday 18 March at 7.30pm with a matinee on Saturday 18 March at 3pm.
Bombshells, revelations and mismatched expectations. In this touching, comic triptych of subtly linked stories six teachers speak boldly about unrequited love, obsession and the chance of happiness. ?Under the Blue Sky premièred at the Royal Court in September 2000 and was revived in 2008 at the Duke of York's Theatre.
This production will be performed at Theatro Technis in Camden.
Hetain Patel: American Man
9 March 2017
Award-winning dancer and choreographer, Hetain Patel, is just one of the national and internationally renowned artists to be joining the LEAP 2017 festival line-up to examine the theme of camouflage - the seen and unseen stories of humanity, so we are thrilled to bring you his new production, American Man.
Part of LEAP 2017. Venue: Make Liverpool
17-18 March 2017
"An Anglican clergyman is abducted by spirits into the other world.
The spirits create an exact duplicate of him to take his place in this world, during his absence, and to carry on his work.
This changeling interprets his role of minister in his own way.
The narrative recounts the final day of events which lead to his cancellation by the powers of both worlds.
The original man reappear in this world, but changed."
ARGUMENT taken from Ted Hughes' Gaudete 1977
Ensemble storytelling, a rigorous approach to language and a dynamic physicality combine with an aural landscape of live music and recorded voices to bring Hughes' visceral poetry to life on stage.
1 – 12 March 2017
Something exciting is happening in Liverpool’s Docklands. MDI are teaming up with Make Liverpool and Unity Theatre for a very special 25th Anniversary of LEAP Dance Festival.
Between the 1st and 12th March 2017 LEAP Dance Festival will occupy Make Liverpool, transforming the space in to a purpose built dedicated dance space, housing the entirety of the festival.
Sunday 5 March
Paul Carrack is one of the UK’s greatest singer songwriters and multi-instrumentalists, playing with performers like Eric Clapton, Roxy Music and Mike + Mechanics as well as producing 18 successful solo albums. His latest, Soul Shadows was his highest chart entry to date. His sold out shows have created a fan base who have come to love his incredible live performances and they are not to be missed.
The King is Back
Thursday 9 March
Internationally renowned as one of the Best Elvis Tributes in the world, Ben Portsmouth will bring his unique style and charisma to Halifax and will show why he is regarded as the best in the business. In August 2012, Ben made history when he won the Elvis Presley Enterprises 'Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest' which took place in Memphis, crowning Ben as the 'Worldwide Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist’, the only artist from outside the USA to ever win this prestigious title. He looks like Elvis, sings like Elvis and has audiences believing at times they are watching the King himself.
Ross Noble – Brain Dump
Saturday 11 March
Everybody's favourite randomist is back. As always Ross has lots of stuff backing up in his head and it's time to let it all out. Famed for his super quick freewheeling style and highly imaginative flights of fancy, a Ross Noble show is always an unmissable event.
Noble started in comedy 25 years ago, at the age of 15, and has established a loyal audience as one of the world's best live stand-ups. Come and be part of this truly unique live experience. Join Ross as audience and performer come together for a massive Brain Dump.
Pygmalion By Bernard Shaw
Tue 28 Feb- Fri 3 Mar 7.45pm, Thu 2 Mar 2pm
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. Through video and sound, director Sam Pritchard’s fearless new staging interrogates class identity and social mobility in Britain and asks – how much do our voices define who we are?
Cheek By Jowl The Winter’s Tale By William Shakespeare
Tue 7- Fri 10 Mar 7.30pm, Sat 11 Mar 2pm & 7.30pm
One of Shakespeare’s greatest plays, The Winter’s Tale, though written in the same period as The Tempest, smashes all the rules that The Tempest follows. Unity of time, place and action hurled aside as we range across Europe, from high tragedy to low comedy, across sixteen years.
The Winter’s Tale tells of a delusional and paranoid king who tears his family apart. But this is the new Shakespeare, after he completed his great tragedies, and the tough struggle for redemption yields flickers of hope. Initial darkness gives way to joy as Time leads the characters to a shattering conclusion…
Catherine Wheels Theatre Company White
Sat 11 & Sun 12 Mar 10.30am & 12.30pm
Welcome to the world of White. Full of birdsong and birdhouses, it gleams and dazzles and shines in the night. Two friends look after the birdhouses and make sure the eggs stay safe. The world is bright, ordered and white. But high up in the trees, all is not white. Colour appears. First red… then yellow… then blue…
White is a playful, highly visual new show for very young children and is a perfect first time theatre experience.
Catherine Wheels is an award-winning, internationally acclaimed children’s theatre company.
“One of Scotland’s top theatre groups for children” The Scotsman
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