What's on Highlights > October

What's on Highlights > October
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.


Almeida Theatre

To book using your Theatre Tokens please call: 0207 359 4404

Oil
7 October – 26 November
The Stone Age. The Bronze Age. The Iron Age. The Age of Oil. The Stone Age didn't end for want of stones.
One woman and her daughter. What do you do when you know it's going to run out? An epic, hurtling crash of empire, history and family.
Playwright Ella Hickson and director Carrie Cracknell make their Almeida debuts with the World Premiere of Oil, an explosive new play which drills deep into the world's relationship with this finite resource.

Assembly Hall Theatre 

To book using your Theatre Tokens please call: 01892 530613

Josh Widdicombe – What Do I Do Now?
13 October
Josh Widdicombe, that guy from the TV comedy shows with the curly hair, is back on the road with a brand new tour. Since he's been away from stand up Josh has been working hard on other things but don't worry in his spare time he has found a lot of minor things to get annoyed about, and now he has a chance to talk about them on stage (in the form of jokes). If you have seen him before live or on TV and enjoyed yourself then this is the show for you. If you didn't like him then it probably isn't


Shane Filan
21 October 
Westlife frontman Shane Filan joins us this autumn to extend the huge success of Right Here 2016tour. Following the release of the Right Here album, the Irish pop sensation will perform Westlife favourites as well as his own recent tracks from the album. His success as frontman with Westlife - one of the world’s most successful bands of the last few decades - promises to show just why Shane is so well loved in his own right. This concert promises an unforgettable evening.


Don’t Dribble on the Dragon
26 October
Tom is a toddler with a cool older brother, a secret dragon… and a dribbling problem that just won’t stop!  When Tom's endless drooling threatens to tear the brothers' friendship apart can a dragon's crazy magic help them put it back together again...or will it only end up making things worse?

Based on the fabulous new book by Steven Lee and with magic designed by TV legend Paul Daniels, this spectacular musical adventure about growing up and the importance of family is the perfect feel good show for big hearted adults, cheeky cool kids and loving little ones alike.

Chelmsford City Theatres

To book using your Theatre Tokens please call: 01245 606505

Whitney – Queen of the Night
14 October
A stunning celebration of the music and life of one of the greatest singers of our time. This award winning production features a stellar line-up with rising West End star Rebecca Freckleton delivering a breath-taking performance as Whitney. Taking us on a magical rollercoaster ride through three decades of classic hits that include, I Wanna Dance With Somebody, One Moment In Time, I’m Every Woman, Greatest Love of All, and many more, the show beautifully remembers the most highly awarded female artist in the world.


The Collector by Henry Naylor
20 – 21 October
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, a new prisoner and psychotic supporter of the old regime, his life becomes a living hell.

Don’t Dribble on the Dragon
27 – 28 Oct
When Tom and his older brother Jack's friendship falls apart can a magical dragon help them put it back together again? Based on the fabulous new book by Steven Lee and with magic designed by the legendary Paul Daniels, this spectacular musical adventure about growing up and the importance of family is the perfect feel good show for big hearted adults and loving little ones alike. 
As an extra treat, Steven will be available to sign copies of Don’t Dribble On The Dragon which you can bring with you or get in the theatre after the show.

Chickenshed

To book using your Theatre Tokens please call: 020 8292 9222

Kindertransport
27 September – 22 October
A moving and thought-provoking play about mothers, daughters and the powerful need for reconciliation. 
On the brink of World War II, nine-year-old Eva is sent to Britain for refuge from Nazi Europe, with only a suitcase and identity label. She is taken in and raised by a well-meaning English woman. Torn between her German heritage and her need to wipe the Kindertransport experience from her memory, Eva learns to adapt to her new life and identity. 
Kindertransport moves seamlessly between different time periods, as Eva confronts her painful past. This play is based on autobiographic accounts from actual Kindertransport children.

Darwen Library Theatre 

To book using your Theatre Tokens please call: 08448 471 664* (calls cost 7p/pm)

Andy Fairweather Low
9 October
Andy Fairweather Low came to prominence as the lead singer in Amen Corner. The 60s saw them clock up hit after pop hit. Songs such as ‘Bend Me Shape Me’, ‘Hello Suzy’, ‘( If Paradise is ) Half As Nice’ are internationally remembered to this day. But if you were paying close attention you might have picked up a clue in the magnificent ‘Gin House’ to Andy’s future musical collaborations.
Since the early days Andy has gone on to work with Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, David Crosby, The Band, Elton John, Roger Waters, Dave Gilmour, The Who, BB King, Joe Cocker, Steve Winwood, Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou Harris, Joe Satriani, the Bee Gees, Jeff Beck, The Impressions, Lonnie Donegan, Mary J. Blige, Georgie Fame, Bonnie Raitt, Otis Rush, Van Morrison, Chris Barber, Jackson Browne, Bill Wyman, Sheryl Crow, Pete Townshend… and hundreds more.

Roy Chubby Brown
20 October
Roy “Chubby” Brown is an English stand-up comedian, famous for his sarcastic blue humour!

Chubby doesn’t hold back from sharing his outlandish views on news, women and gender, sailing so close to the mark, even the most seasoned of fans will be left gob-smacked! As politically incorrect as ever ‘The World’s Most Outrageous Comedian’ is far too rude for TV, so this live performance is the only place to catch the flamboyant comedian! If easily offended please stay away!

Captain Flinn
27 October
The Magic Cutlass is the hugely anticipated sequel based on the award-winning book by Giles Andreae and Russell Ayto.
When Flinn is in the middle of his school play his old nemesis, Mr T the T-Rex, appears and kidnaps his friends forcing them to hunt for the Magic Cutlass; a sword that grants any wish!  The children are whisked away for another fantastic adventure to a world of devious dinosaurs, deep sea dangers and smelly sausages!

Derby Theatre 

To book using your Theatre Tokens please call: 01332 593 939

Sweeney Todd – The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. A Musical Thriller
30 September – 22 October
Stephen Sondheim's multi-award-winning musical comes to our stage, in Derby Theatre's brand new co-production with Mercury Theatre Colchester. In 19th-century London, Sweeney Todd is a prosperous and successful Fleet Street barber with a thirst for revenge. As he welcomes clients to his barber's chair, little do they know that they will soon be catapulted into the cellar below, their throats cut. Meanwhile, next door, Mrs Lovett is busy serving up her succulent meat pies, but will Todd's insatiable lust for blood prove his undoing? 

Age 12+.


The Shawshank Redemption
24 – 29 October
Based on Stephen King’s novella, this thrilling stage production examines desperation, injustice, friendship and hope behind the bars of a maximum-security facility. Despite protests of his innocence, Andy Dufresne is handed a double life sentence for the brutal murder of his wife and her lover. Incarcerated at the notorious Shawshank facility, he quickly learns that no one can survive alone. Andy strikes up a friendship with prison fixer Red, and things take a slight turn for the better. However, when Warden Stammas decides to bully Andy into subservience and exploit his talents for accountancy, a desperate plan is quietly hatched.

Two Man Show
15 October
Two women play two women playing two men. John and John keep hearing that men have all the power, but it doesn't feel like that to them. Abbi and Helen are making a show about Man and men. Because we all need to pull together now. We want to talk about masculinity and patriarchy but the words that exist aren't good enough. So there's music and dance too.
Fringe First Winners 2010 & 2011 return with a playful new show about gender and language.
Recommended age 16+. Please note the performers are naked at some points during the show.

Floral Pavilion Theatre 

To book using your Theatre Tokens please call: 01516 660 000

The Power of Love – The Music of Celine Dion  
1 October 
One woman, one voice… but what a voice!
Finally, an opportunity to sit and watch, sing, clap along and dance as an exceptional group of live musicians re-create the superb songbook of Celine Dion. Performed by a genuine one-of-a kind songbird, this isn’t a tribute – this is so much more, this is Vegas on location. The Power of Love. 

Only Fools and Boycie: An Audience with John Challis
2 October 
Enjoy an intimate evening with John Challis, one of the nation’s greatest comedy actors, best known as Boycie in BBC1’s Only Fools And Horses. In this one-off show the national treasure will reveal secrets from the set with stories and anecdotes from his dazzling career.
There’s also a chance to meet John after the show. 

The South
20 October
Once in a while a band appears that strikes a chord with many. Ingrained in the hearts of many is one such band, The Beautiful South. On disbanding in 2007, original members Dave Hemingway and Alison Wheeler went on to form The South. 
With both old and new tunes that stand the test of time, experience this amazing live band performing great songs from 'Sweet Refrains' and classics that can never be forgotten: including 'Perfect 10', 'A Little Time', 'Rotterdam', 'Don’t Marry Her', 'You Keep It All In', to name but a few.

Harlow Playhouse 

To book using your Theatre Tokens please call: 01279 431 945

The Simon & Garfunkel Story
19 October
The fascinating tale of how two boys went on to become the world’s most successful music duo of all time. From their humble beginnings as 50’s Rock n Roll duo ‘Tom & Jerry’, this detailed show presents the songs and stories that shaped them, their dramatic split, their solo careers and culminates with a stunning recreation of their legendary 1981 Central Park reunion concert. 
Not to be missed!

Swan Lake – Russian State Ballet
20 October 
The highly acclaimed Russian State Ballet and Opera House returns with another stunning ballet, Swan Lake, with Tchaikovsky’s famous music played by a live orchestra of over 30 musicians, and a large international cast. Swan Lake captures, like no other ballet, the full range of human emotions – from hope to despair, from terror to tenderness, from melancholy to ecstasy, and is arguably one of the most loved and challenging ballets in history. Swan Lake – a compelling legend of tragic romance.

Omid Djalili
21 October 
Award winning comedian and actor Omid Djalili known for his legendary stand-up performances is back on a nationwide tour!  Intelligent, sometimes provocative and always entertaining, his stand-up is a hugely energetic and captivating comedy masterclass. 

His credits range from Hollywood to television and the West End stage. Earning praise across the world for his performances. Omid recently starred in Dickensian BBC1 and Lucky Man Sky1.

His Majesty’s Theatre 

To book using your Theatre Tokens please call: 01224 641 122 

The Cheviot, The Stag and The Black, Black Oil
4 – 6 October
Dundee Rep’s 5-star, sell-out production of John McGrath’s The Cheviot, the Stag and the Black Black Oil tells the history and tragedy of Scotland, performed as a Highland ceilidh, with song, humour and drama intermixed; creating a unique theatrical event that remains as relevant today as it was when 7:84 Scotland first presented it, over 40 years ago.
This extraordinary play looks at the exploitation and economic changes in the Scottish Highlands throughout history, to the development of stag hunts in the 19th century and finally the exploitation of resources during the North Sea Oil boom of the 1970's. 

Democracy
11 - 12 October 
Following an acclaimed West End run, Michael Frayn’s award-winning play premieres in Scotland in an exciting new production from Rapture Theatre. This gripping spy thriller is Shakespearean in scale but with all the twists and spins of modern politics, Democracy combines the fascination of a John Le Carre thriller with the dynamism of The West Wing and House of Cards.
Fresh from an acclaimed West End run in “Gypsy”, movie actor Tom Hodgkins (Red 2 and Hanna) leads the cast as Willy Brandt, with Brookside and RSC actor Neil Caple as Gunter, plus many more star names. 

Scottish Ballet: Autumn Season
14 - 15 October
Crystal Pite – Emergence (European Premiere)
Crystal Pite is one of the most innovative and exciting choreographers today and has won four Dora Mavor Moore awards for this riveting, dark-hued work that casts a swarming, scurrying group of dancers, insect-like, to create spectacular formations. The piece is set to a hypnotic electronic score by Owen Belton. 
Sophie Laplane – A New Work (World Premiere)
Scottish Ballet dancer Sophie Laplane’s singular style mixes humour with inspiration from everyday emotions and situations. The shapes she creates for the dancers are as surprising as they are distinctive and hugely entertaining.

Hull Truck Theatre

To book using your Theatre Tokens please call: 01482 323638

The Gaul
6 – 29 October
Kay’s Dad and brother both work on the ships, so having them come and go is part of the ebb and flow of life. Even so, as she helps Dad to pack for his next trip on the Trawler Gaul, Kay slips her Sindy-doll into his bag, just for luck. When the 36-man crew is lost off the coast of Norway the close-knit community cling together in the search for the truth. As the mystery ripples through the years and life moves on, Kay struggles to free herself from the tragedy and all that remains unanswered.

Turning the Tide
11 – 15 October
In the winter of 1968 three Hull trawlers sank in Arctic waters. The loss of 58 men devastated the close-knit fishing community of Hessle Road. For the first time in their history the fishermen’s wives took action. They marched, campaigned and drew the world’s attention to their cause- the reform of an industry that was killing their men. A powerful multi-media production with spoken word & song, image, film and compelling storytelling portraying the Hull 1968 Trawler Tragedy and the fishermen’s wives national campaign for improved safety at sea.

Steel Magnolias
18 – 22 October
This play, which formed the basis for the much loved film, sees the ladies of Chinquapin, Louisiana congregating in Truvy's beauty salon. With the help of her eager new assistant, Anelle, warm-hearted, wise-cracking Truvy dispenses shampoos and free advice to the town's resident curmudgeon Ouiser, eccentric millionaire Clairee, and the local social leader M'Lynn, whose daughter Shelby is about to get married. Then, tragedy strikes.
Sharp, witty and deeply moving, this play draws on the characters' underlying strength - and love - to make them truly touching, funny and marvelously amiable company in good times and bad.

Kenton Theatre 

To book using your Theatre Tokens please call: 01491 575698

The Frank Sinatra Story - His Way
7 October 
Award winning British singer Robert Habermann tells the unforgettable story in words and song of Ol' Blue Eyes. He captures the magic of Sinatra's career, and the human drama behind such classics as: 'You Make Me Feel So Young', 'Strangers In The Night' and 'My Way'.
The songs and remarkable story of Frank Sinatra- his 'rise and fall and rise again'- from band singer with Tommy Dorsey, to 1940’s 'pop idol', and then his fall from popularity in the late forties, are retold here with great affection and feeling.

Mitch Benn
22 October 
"I'm a skeptic. But don't take my word for it. Or indeed anybody's....for anything." This is the basic premise of Mitch's new critically acclaimed show. 
The show will make you laugh a lot and think a bit as Mitch debunks myths, exposes nonsense and grapples with the very nature of knowledge itself. Mitch extols the virtues of an evidence-based approach to life .... with amusing consequences and of course a few songs along the way. The 'Now Show' aside, Mitch recently co-presented with Harry Shearer BBC Radio 2's 'Anatomy Of A Guitar' and performed 'Mitch Benn  Is The 37th Beatle.'

The Railway Children
28 October
A new adaptation of E Nesbit's well loved tale brought to life by Julian Woolford, with music by Richard John.
Roberta, Peter and Phyllis live in a comfortable house in London until their father, who works for the government, is falsely accused of selling state secrets and imprisoned for five years. The children and their mother have to leave their home and move to a quiet little cottage next to a railway in Oakworth, Yorkshire.
A beautiful blend of storytelling, drama, comedy and musical theatre, this really is the perfect way to make literature come alive for all the family.

King George’s Hall 

To book using your Theatre Tokens please call: 08448 471 664* (calls cost 7p/pm)

Nina Conti 
22 October 
Hot on the heels of her 2016 smash-hit season at the West End’s Criterion Theatre, by popular demand Nina Conti is back on the road with her sell-out 2015 show ‘In Your Face’. Strap into the mask as Nina, Monkey and a bag of tricks improvise their way through an adventure of hilarious witchery. No two shows are ever the same!

Psychic Sally
26 October
Funny, entertaining, sometimes heart breaking, often controversial; the show celebrates her 8th year on the road. Sally say’s “Every night when I’m on stage amazing things happen and it’s a privilege to be able to pass on messages of love and comfort to the people I share my gift with”. 
This is a fantastic and unique evening out not to be missed. Book your tickets now to see this phenomenal psychic in action! 

The show is investigational and for the purpose of entertainment.

Puppetry Of The Penis
15 October
Puppetry Of The Penis has now played to most of the Western World, having been hosted in over 35 countries and performed in 6 languages. 2 near naked men (they wear shoes) manipulate their nether regions using the Ancient Art of Genital Origami, providing the audience with a hilarious array of shapes and impersonations which will be projected onto a huge video screen.
This latest incarnation comes fresh from sin city itself, Las Vegas, where the show has been thrilling audiences. This show will feature all of your favourites, including the Eiffel Tower, the Lochness Monster, the Pelican and of course, the iconic Hamburger, but will also include a host of new installations that promise to rock you into hilarious fits of laughter.
Puppetry Of The Penis is the perfect show for all occasions. Break the ice on that all important first date, thrill your friends with a birthday to remember, celebrate your divorce with a bang, and of course, this is the perfect Hen party show!
This is a non-sexual show and does contain full frontal male nudity.
WARNING: This show contains traces of nut.

The Leatherhead Theatre 

To book using your Theatre Tokens please call: 01372 365 141

Round the Horne: The 50th Anniversary Tour
7 October 
“Oh, Mr Horne! How bona to vada your dolly old eek!”
From 1965 to 1968 there wasn’t a bigger radio programme in Britain than the ground-breaking Round the Horne.  For half an hour every Sunday afternoon, audiences of up to 15 million people would gather around the wireless to listen to Kenneth Horne and his merry crew get up to all sorts of mischief.
Come and take a step back in time to the BBC’s Paris Studios and experience this comedy classic live.

Saltmine Theatre Company present The Soul in the Machine
14 October 
London, 1844 - Centre of Empire, crucible of the New Jerusalem. Her gutters run with effluent and blood and her skies are choked with the smoke of a hundred factories and foundries, but above the smoke, the stars still shine. George Williams is a country boy who comes to the city to find his place in the world and to make his mark. Appalled by the spirit-crushing rhythms of the Worker’s life he fights to spread the light of God, and create a place where the soul can be nurtured. 

An Evening with Phillip Dyson International Concert Pianist
28 October 
Direct from Concerts in New York City and Washington DC, the charismatic Phillip Dyson returns to The Leatherhead Theatre with a sensational show featuring some of the world’s most popular and best loved Piano Classics; including Beethoven ‘Moonlight’ Sonata, Chopin Nocturne in E flat major and Fantaisie-Impromptu, Scott Joplin’s The Entertainer and Maple Leaf Rag, Debussy Clair de Lune, Rachmaninov Prelude in G minor and George Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue.

Lowther Pavilion Theatre

To book using your Theatre Tokens please call: 01253 794 221

Taming The Kung Fu Dragon
5 October
Taming the Kung Fu Dragon takes the audience on a journey with two rival martial arts experts at the point of their final battle. It traces the learning, spirituality, dedication and discipline behind what it takes to become a great fighter whilst also exploring their paths towards peace. 

Solos And Duets 
The second part of the evening showcases the traditional north Indian Kathak dance style which informed Balbir Singh’s choreography for Kung Fu Dragon. 
A feast for the eyes and ears, Solos and Duets mesmerises with its beauty and energy.

Omid Djalili
8 October
Award winning comedian and actor Omid Djalili known for his legendary stand-up performances, is back on a nationwide tour! 
Intelligent, sometimes provocative and always entertaining, his stand-up is a hugely energetic and captivating comedy masterclass. His credits range from Hollywood to television and the West End stage. Earning praise across the world for his performances Omid recently starred in Dickensian (BBC1), Lucky Man (Sky1) and Going Forward (BBC4) with Jo Brand.

Seriously Dead
25 October
Starring
Crissy Rock (Benidorm and I'm A Celebrity) 
Frazer Hines (Emmerdale and Doctor Who) 
Billy Pearce
Leah Bell
Paul Dunn
The lives of Betty, Albert, Billy and the local undertaker Tristan de Winter become inextricably linked towards a path that is leading to The Pearly Gates and a disgruntled Guardian Angel named Thelma. 
A brand new comedy play that will have you dying with laughter!!

New Wimbledon Theatre

To book using your Theatre Tokens please call: 08448 717 646* (calls cost 7p/pm)

Dirty Dancing
26 September – 1 October
Have the time of your life with the ultimate live experience; Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story on Stage. Full of passion and romance, heart-pounding music and sensationally sexy dancing, the record-breaking musical is even better than before in this all new production.

Somewhere in England (New Wimbledon studio) 
11 – 15 October
With a salute to both the great Hollywood musicals and classic British cinema of the 1940s and 50s, we step back in time to the summer of 1943, with the arrival of one US army unit and its impact on the lives of a small community in rural England.
A memorable score and live band brings you fun packed comedy numbers, heart rending ballads and foot stomping dance routines. A nostalgic micro-musical with epic heart!

The Sound of Music 
25 – 29 October
One of the greatest musicals of all time returns to the stage in a magnificent new production to enchant the young and the young at heart. This wonderfully lavish new staging tells the true story of the world-famous von Trapp singing family, from their romantic beginnings and search for happiness, to their thrilling escape to freedom at the start of WWll.

Northern Stage 

To book using your Theatre Tokens please call: 01912 305 151

The Season Ticket
23 September - 8 October
Everyone needs a Dream: For the lads, Gerry and Sewell, it’s watching their beloved Newcastle United play for a whole season. To get into the sacred St James Park they only need one thing, A Season Ticket. But in a world of payday loans and cash-on-credit, how easy is it to make a cool grand? And is it remotely feasible to sell ‘magic pennies’ for a pound on the streets of the city? Gerry and Sewell try every trick in the book but find that making money is much more complicated than avoiding school. Or home.

Ballet Black Triple Bill
11 - 12 October
Ballet Black, a company for international dancers of black and Asian descent, collaborate with three bold and inventive choreographers to present an irresistible trilogy of narrative and abstract dance.
"For unflagging energy and unstoppable spirit, Ballet Black is phenomenal" Independent on Sunday
As the centrepiece, Christopher Hampson's Storyville is the bittersweet fable of Nola, a farm girl who falls prey to unscrupulous characters and worldly desires in 1920s New Orleans, set to the haunting music of Kurt Weill. 
The company's programme also includes two newly devised pieces: The Begin, Begin by Christopher Marney and Cristaux, a duet by Arthur Pita.

The Hogwallops
28 – 29 October
Thrillingly spectacular circus skills blend seamlessly with physical comedy, clowning, juggling, theatrical storytelling and slapstick in this colourful, loud and funny dramatisation of the domestic adventures of a chaotic, dysfunctional family of misfits. Their crazy home resembles an adventure playground where the ordinary inevitably becomes extra-ordinary!
A treat for the eyes and ears with thrills, gasps, laughs and drama - there's plenty for both adults and children to enjoy.
"A joyful show for all the family"  Broadway Baby

Norwich Puppet Theatre 

To book using your Theatre Tokens please call: 01603 629 921

Jack and the Beans Talk
8 October
Was it a dream or did I hear a talking bean? 
Jack lives on a small farm with his mum and very little to eat. He likes to talk to the birds, his cow and anyone who will listen. Imagine his surprise when he swops his cow for some magic beans and starts to hear a whispering in the breeze and a giant rumble in the sky ... 
Charming and inventive with plenty of interaction, an enormous beanstalk, bags of gold and a smelly old giant. 
Jack and the Beans Talk is a cautionary tale about what might happen if you throw things out of the window!

Octagon Theatre Bolton 

To book using your Theatre Tokens please call: 01204 520 661

Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird
8 September – 15 October
Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel follows the struggle of lawyer Atticus Finch as he strives to defend a wrongly accused black man in the 1930s Deep South. Told through the innocent eyes of his fiery daughter, Scout, we witness how her small town is ravaged by racial prejudice.

The Winter’s Tale

21 October – 5 November
With song, dance, laughter and one of the most extraordinary climaxes in Shakespeare’s plays, this powerful and deeply moving story of forgiveness if brought to life in Bolton on the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.

Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch 

To book using your Theatre Tokens please call: 01708 443 333

A Month of Sundays
23 September – 15 October
Bob Larbey’s funny and tender masterpiece about growing old.  
In his pleasant nursing home, spry Cooper rails against his ageing body but remains proud of not having ‘lost his marbles.’ He and his friend Aylott flirt with the nurses and fantasise about escaping! But when things take a turn for the worse, is it ever enough to keep treating life as a comedy?
An unmissable poignant play by the award-winning Bob Larbey, writer of The Good Life and As Time Goes By.

Agatha Christie’s Partners in Crime

28 October – 19 November
Agatha Christie’s gripping thriller follows the daring and dizzying adventures of Tummy & tuppence through 1920s London. 
Home from the War, broke and unemployed, our heroes embark on a daring business scheme… willing to go anywhere, willing to do anything. But their first assignment plunges them into a world of political intrigue, criminal conspiracy, murder and mayhem! This inventive new adaptation by Sarah Punshon and Johann Hari is shot through with fast-paced action, comedy, live music and a dash of romance.

Richmond Theatre

To book using your Theatre Tokens please call: 08448 717 651

Relatively Speaking

3 – 8 October
'As funny as anything Ayckbourn has ever written'
The Times
Beautifully crafted, wonderfully funny and charmingly English, Relatively Speaking was Alan Ayckbourn’s first great West End success and turned him into a household name. When the show opened at the Duke of York’s Theatre in 1967, the critics hailed the arrival of a great new comic talent.
Starring multiple award winner, Robert Powell, and one of the UK’s favourite actresses, Liza Goddard.

A Room With A View 

17 – 22 October
With its cast of vivid characters, this elegant comedy written in 1908 is widely recognised as one of the finest novels of the twentieth century. The award winning Merchant Ivory film adaptation in 1985 was voted number nine in The Guardian’s list of the best romantic films of all time.
Felicity Kendal plays Charlotte Bartlett. One of the UK’s most popular actresses, and directed by Adrian Noble, recipient of more than 20 Olivier Award nominations. 

Stepping Out

24 – 29 October
Wonderfully funny and heart-warming, Stepping Out starring Amanda Holden (Shrek the Musical, Britain's Got Talent), Angela Griffin (Waterloo Road, One Man Two Guvnors), Tracy-Ann Oberman (Eastenders, New Tricks), Tamsin Outhwaite (Eastenders, New Tricks)  and Nicola Stephenson (His Girl Friday, War Horse), steps onto our stage from Monday 24 - Saturday 29 October.

Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh 

To book using your Theatre Tokens please call: 01312 484 848

The Suppliant Women 

1 - 15 October
“If we help, we invite trouble. If we don’t, we invite shame.”
Written 2,500 years ago by the great playwright Aeschylus, The Suppliant Women is one of the world’s oldest plays here in a new version by The Lyceum’s Artistic Director David Greig. At its heart are fifty young women in full chorus arguing for their lives, speaking to us through the ages with startling resonance for our times.

Mark Kermode Live in 3D at The Lyceum

2 October 
Mark Kermode Live in 3D is a conversation between you – the audience – and Mark Kermode, the nation’s favourite and most respected film critic.
Together you’ll explore, critique and discuss movies past and present, the nature of the film industry, and cinematic guilty pleasures. Laced with clips and stills, this is a lively interactive show.
In association with the British Film Institute

A Conversation with Dario Fo

9 October 
To mark his 90th birthday, Italy’s best known and most provocative satirical playwright and artist visits The Lyceum for a live conversation event. Dario Fo will discuss his 70 year theatrical career with his biographer and translator Joe Farrell. This UK exclusive appearance is part of a festival celebrating the work of Fo, his late wife Franca Rame and Scotland’s own tradition of popular political theatre. The Lyceum also hosts an exhibition of Fo’s paintings; his artwork has never previously been shown in the UK.

Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds

To book using your Theatre Tokens please call: 01284 769 505

When We are Married

4 – 8 October
Cleckleywyke, a town in the West Riding, 1908.
The Helliwells, the Parkers and the Soppitts are highly respected pillars of their community but not for much longer. Married on the same day in the same chapel, they gather to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary.
The celebrations are short lived when they discover the vicar wasn’t licensed and they are actually not married. In fact, they have been living in sin for 25 years.

Be My Baby

17 – 22 October
It’s 1964. Nineteen year old Mary Adams is sent away to a mother and baby convent to give birth to her illegitimate child shame free, with only a record player for company. Set against the backdrop of iconic girl groups and vocalists like The Ronettes, The Shangri-Las and Dusty Springfield, Mary – along with fellow residents Queenie, Dolores and Norma – must come to terms with their pregnancies, their lives and the fact they may never see their children again.
Starring Brooke Vincent (Coronation Street) alongside Ruth Madoc (Hi De Hi), this poignant comedy examines the human need for friendship.

King Arthur
28 – 29 October
When a small boy becomes stranded at sea, he is rescued by a mysterious old man who claims to be King Arthur Pendragon. When the old man starts to tell his stories, the boy and the audience are transported back to the days of Camelot. Guided by Merlin, the young king pulls the sword from the stone to win the throne and gather his Knights of the Round Table. But even at his happiest with his beautiful Queen Guinevere and best friend Lancelot, Arthur senses the end of Camelot is not far away.

The Berry Theatre 

To book using your Theatre Tokens please call: 02380 652 333

MONSTRO Theatre presents: Bookstory

8 October
All the books are happy in Brian’s busy library. Thriller or Textbook, History or Romance – they all love to be borrowed. But one day Brian goes all quiet. And so does his library. Doesn’t Brian care about his books anymore? The only book he’s reading now is that funny, shiny-looking one that says it has four billion pages. Will they all be left on the shelf? The books had better stiffen their spines, because to save their library they may have to check themselves out…
MONSTRO Theatre’s new puppet musical tells the story of the story in the digital age.

Shappi Khorsandi: OH MY COUNTRY! From Morris Dancing to Morrissey

22 October
Star of Live at the Apollo, Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, Friday Night with Jonathan Ross, Have I Got News for You and Q.I, she is back with a brand new show for 2016. Shappi is celebrating the fortieth anniversary of her arrival in Britain. She’s reclaiming patriotism, sending a love letter to her adopted land. Please don’t come if you’re a skinhead (though naturally bald folk are welcome). She has whip-crack jokes and is effortlessly funny as she handles every subject with a razor sharp wit, softened only by her deliciously mischievous delivery and endless charm. 

tutti frutti and York Theatre Royal present: Underneath a Magical Moon
24 October
A reimagining of Peter Pan as told by Wendy Darling. 
Through her open window Wendy Darling gazes out at the night sky dreaming of blue lagoons, magical moons and the stories that she can tell. But tonight, like no other, has magic in the air…
Come with us as we invite you to fly into a fantastical world of adventure where time stands still and the impossible seems possible, and if you close your eyes and believe, then you really can make anything happen.
A sparkling new production with exquisite music, enthralling movement and a sprinkle of tutti frutti magic. 

The Courtyard 

To book using your Theatre Tokens please call: 01432 340 555

Lord of the Flies

6 – 15 October 
After finding themselves abandoned on a desert island following a catastrophic plane crash, a group of school children struggle to survive as rules and instinct clash. Emotions run high in the battle between civilisation and survival in this riveting tale of life on the edge of savagery. How dark is the darkness of man’s heart?
Packed with action, passion and emotion this gripping adaptation of William Golding’s masterpiece explodes on to the stage with a powerfully poignant plot that will leave you wandering what it really means to be human.
A Courtyard Production involving young local talent & professional actors.

Savage Hart 

21 October
A family of slaughtered Deer have watched over the dining hall of a cruel man of his times; now they’re putting their severed heads together to form a plan…
Aerial artistry, ballet & circus combine to create the bewitching tale of a 19th century aristocrat haunted by the ghosts of his past. Drawn from the stories found amongst the overgrown ruins of the Hafod Estate in mid-Wales, Savage Hart is a parable of mankind’s dominion over nature against the masked savagery of the animal world.
Welsh company Citrus Arts make captivating, magical, and visually striking works with multi-skilled artists and rich theatricality.

Orchestras Live Present: Manchester Camerata

27 October
The extraordinary Norwegian trumpet virtuoso, Tine Thing Helseth joins Manchester Camerata for an eclectic programme mixing classical favourites with a contemporary twist. One hundred years on from the earth-shattering Battle of the Somme, Deborah Pritchard’s Trumpet Concerto, Seven Halts on the Somme takes its inspiration from Hughie O’Donaghue’s acclaimed series of paintings of the same name. The concert also includes Albinoni’s much loved Oboe Concerto with its ravishing slow movement, a sparkling Trumpet Concerto by Bach and finishes with Grieg’s charming and dance-inspired Holberg Suite.

The Point, Eastleigh 

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Eastleigh Film Festival

26 September – 1 October
We’ve hand-picked exceptional cult classics, international and British titles, survival epics and ingenious comedies to screen at a unique venue near you.
With a slice of family fun, and enough added extras to transform your everyday viewing experience, Eastleigh Film Festival puts the excitement back into going to the movies.

Alexander Whitley Dance Company Presents: Pattern Recognition

13 October
In this visually arresting new work, choreographer Alexander Whitley (2015 Critic’s Circle National Dance Award nominee) and digital artist Memo Akten (Prix Ars Electronica Golden Nica winner), join forces at the cutting-edge of dance and motion-responsive technology. Using a system of moving lights, which track and intelligently respond to the dancers, Pattern Recognition questions learning and memory in relation to the technology of artificial intelligence. This new duet features a score by critically acclaimed electronic composer Scanner, and Southbank Centre artist-in-residence cellist Oliver Coates.
Alexander Whitley Dance Company will host a post-show discussion following the performance.

Pirates Of The Carabina Presents: FLOWN

28 - 29 October
FLOWN is the award-winning show from internationally acclaimed circus company Pirates of the Carabina, known for daring and beautifully choreographed aerial theatre performance.
Irreverent, bold and breathtaking, FLOWN tells the tale of this motley crew of incredible acrobats, aerialists, musicians and stuntmen trying to get the show on the road. Things go right and plenty more goes wrong – disagreements, fear and exhaustion threaten to sabotage the spectacle, and catastrophe is just one move away.
Mixing comedy and chaos with bold physicality and live music, FLOWN bares all – pulling back the curtain, putting the rigging and technicalities of circus centre stage.

Princess Theatre Torquay 

To book using your Theatre Tokens please call: 08448 713 023* (calls cost 7p/pm)

Sean Lock
1 October
Every three years the comedian Sean Lock writes and tours a new stand-up show. Well he's only gone and done it again! What's he like? Come and see what he's blithering on about this time.

Sunny Afternoon

18 – 22 October
Featuring the iconic hits 'You Really Got Me', 'Waterloo Sunset', 'Dedicated Follower of Fashion', 'All Day' and 'All of the Night', 'Lola', 'Sunny Afternoon' and many more, this production fizzes with energy, and is a fresh new ‘Great British Musical’ (The Times) that will make your spirits soar.
With music and lyrics by Ray Davies (Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Music), a new book by Joe Penhall and direction by Edward Hall, Sunny Afternoon’s faultless musicianship and brilliant songs come together for a moving portrayal of The Kinks' amazing journey during the youthful, rebellious 1960s. 

South Pacific

25 – 29 October
South Pacific features one hit song after another; 'Some Enchanted Evening', 'There Is Nothin’ Like A Dame', 'I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair', and many more. No wonder it won 10 Tony Awards on its release in 1949 and was turned into an award-winning and highly successful film. This production is brought to you by the award-winning local society TOPS Musical Productions who recently performed Hairspray and White Christmas at the Princess Theatre.

Theatr Brycheiniog 

To book using your Theatre Tokens please call: 01874 611 622

The Good Earth 

5 October
An explosive new play inspired by true events.
Facing pressure from the local council to move down the road when a new development is proposed, a small group of passionate villagers decide to fight back. A vibrant story with rousing Welsh folk song - The Good Earth brings to life a valley torn apart by their council, big business and eventually themselves.
***** “A hilarious and thought provoking piece that is not to be missed” Wales Online.

Romeo a Juliet

7 October
From forth the fatal loins of these two foes 
A pair of star-crossed lovers take their life

Intense fighting, passionate duets and universal themes echo through dramatic and lyrical choreography. Exquisite costumes and extraordinary video projections create a world of danger and excitement where two young lovers are caught in an age old feud.
Winner of Best Large Scale Dance Production at the Wales Critics Awards 2014.
Critics’ Circle Award winning company, Ballet Cymru, present an extraordinary adaptation of Shakespeare’s masterpiece “Romeo And Juliet”.

Theatre Royal Bath 

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A Room With A View

28 September – 8 October
Felicity Kendal stars in this adaptation of EM Forster’s classic novel about passions aroused during a trip to Italy. Adrian Noble directs this elegant romantic comedy, which visits Bath prior to the West End.

Stepping Out

12 – 22 October
The mixed fortunes of a weekly tap-dancing class are followed across the course of several months in Richard Harris’s award-winning comedy which visits Bath prior to the West End. Maria Friedman directs an all-star cast which includes Amanda Holden, Angela Griffin, Tracy-Ann Oberman, Tamzin Outhwaite and Nicola Stephenson.

Rambert

27 – 29 October
Britain’s national dance company returns with a stunning programme of virtuoso dancing and live music comprising Tomorrow, which is inspired by Macbeth; Hydrargyrum, which takes place below a giant revolving mirror and Flight, which looks at the subject of migration. Three original dance works packed with powerful images and emotions. 

Theatre Royal Stratford East 

To book using your Theatre Tokens please call: 02085 340 310

Glasgow Girls 

20 September – 1 October
Glasgow Girls is a life-affirming, song-filled Scottish drama based on the true story of seven teenagers, whose lives change forever when their school friend and her asylum-seeking family are forcibly taken from their home to be deported. The young women are galvanised to take a stand and fight for the life of their friend, her family and, ultimately, for the rights of all children of asylum-seekers.  

Ballet Black: Triple Bill 

6 – 8 October
Ballet Black, a company for international dancers has collaborated with three bold and inventive choreographers to present this critically acclaimed triple bill. 
At the centerpiece is Christopher Hampson’s Storyville: set in 1920s New Orleans we follow Nola, a young farm girl who falls prey to unscrupulous characters and secret desires, set to the haunting music of Kurt Weill. The programme also includes two newly devised pieces, Christopher Marney’s To Begin, Begin, fresh from McQueen, and a duet Cristaux by recent Olivier Award Winner Arthur Pita, who previously choreographed a hit version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Ballet Black’s eight-strong ensemble. 

The Hotel Cerise 

20 October – 12 November
As the leader of the free world ends his eight years in office, a black middle class family risk losing their beloved hotel and cherry orchard, where Martin Luther King once rested and Miles Davis played. The Hotel Cerise was a famous retreat for affluent black people during the time of segregation - a landmark and symbol of Black America. A place where they were welcome and safe. 
Can it be saved? Should it be? 

Unity Theatre

To book using your Theatre Tokens please call: 01517 094 988

Happy Hour

5 – 8 October
A poignant, fast paced, hilarious comedy exploring our 21st century obsession with happiness and success. Can we learn to be happy?? Can our emotions be bought and sold? The ‘happiness industry’ would have us think so...
Combining Tmesis Theatre’ trademark physicality with humour, music, and text from long-term collaborator Chris Fittock 

"Tmesis are producing all that's good in the world of physical theatre" -The Stage

Nina – A Story About Me And Nina Simone.

15 – 29 October 
Nina Simone.
Singer, activist, legend, inspiration.
Fighting racism, leading the charge for civil rights, giving belief; but what happened to Nina’s legacy? Is her music all that remains of a life rich in hopes and dreams, tragedy and triumph?
Featuring Nina Simone’s iconic songs, accompanied by a live band.  This new play is performed by Olivier award-nominee and Unity patron Josette Bushell-Mingo OBE.

Beastie

20 - 22 October
Who’s that hiding around the corner?
What’s that moving in the trees?
Did you just see what I saw?
Take a magical adventure with Lone Twin this Autumn. Inspired by the imagination of young people Beastie is an innovative participatory performance for children aged 6 – 10. The kids share a jaw-dropping secret and take charge as they create their own stories and explore their surroundings hand-in-hand with avery special new friend. The result is a playful, active and engaging experience for small groups of children and one big surprise for adults!
Directed by Gregg Whelan and Gary Winters, Lone Twin are acclaimed for making an ever diverse range of intimate, hopeful and entertaining projects. Beastie combines this extensive theatrical experience with Gregg and Gary’s work writing for children’s television.

Warwick Arts Centre 

To book using your Theatre Tokens please call: 02476 524 524

S
cattered
4 - 5 October
Scattered combines Motionhouse’s highly physical trademark style with entrancing digital imagery in an extraordinary interaction between film and live performance.
Exploring our relationship with water, Scattered uses projection technology, daring choreography and a ground-breaking set to create an extraordinary world where dancers and images interact seamlessly. Capturing the imagination with its spellbinding and ingenious choreography, Scattered is a great family night out.
“Motionhouse leave their audiences gobsmacked….” The Guardian

Spy Monkey 

6 - 7 October
There are 75 onstage deaths in the works of William Shakespeare: From the Roman suicides in Julius Caesar to the snakes in a basket in Antony & Cleopatra. Spymonkey will perform them all – sometimes messily, sometimes movingly, sometimes musically, but always hysterically. The four “seriously, outrageously, cleverly funny clowns” (Time Magazine) will scale the peaks of sublime poetry, and plumb the depths of darkest depravity. It may even be the death of them.
Adapted and directed by Tim Crouch (I, Malvolio, An Oak Tree, Adler & Gibb), The Complete Deaths will be a solemn, sublimely funny tribute to the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.

Things I Know to Be True

11 – 22 October
As beautifully touching as it is funny and bold, Things I Know To Be True tells the story of a family and marriage through the eyes of four grown siblings struggling to define themselves beyond their parents’ love and expectations. Parents Bob and Fran have worked their fingers to the bone and with their four children grown and ready to fly the nest it might be time to relax and enjoy the roses. But the changing seasons bring home some shattering truths.
The cast includes Matthew Barker, Natalie Casey, Richard Mylan, Kirsty Oswald, Ewan Stewart and Imogen Stubbs. 

Young Vic Theatre 

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A Man of Good Hope 

6 October – 12 November 
Asad is a young Somali refugee with a painful past, miraculously good luck and a brilliant head for business. After years in a refugee camp and learning to hustle in the streets of Ethiopia, he sets off for the promised land; South Africa. On arrival, he discovers the violent reality of life in the townships - and his adventures really begin.
The critically-acclaimed Isango Ensemble return to the Young Vic after the Olivier Award-winning The Magic Flute. This adaptation of Jonny Steinberg’s riveting book uses roof-lifting songs and dance accompanied on the marimba.
A collaboration with the Royal Opera House.

The Mountaintop 

7 – 29 October 
April 3, 1968. Room 306, the Lorraine Motel, Memphis. The smell of cigarettes and coffee hangs thick in the air as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. winds down from a day of preaching and marching.
An intimate look into the quieter moments of King’s life, The Mountaintop chips away at the myth of the great man to expose his fears about his family, his country and the ever-looming threat of a violent death.
Roy Alexander Weise, winner of the JMK Award 2016, directs this revival of the Olivier Award-winner about King’s last night on earth.

The Nest 

28 October – 26 November 
Parents-to-be Kurt and Martha just want the best for their baby. They’re not afraid of hard work - the latest buggy doesn’t come cheap. But when Kurt’s boss offers him a chance to make some easy money with a mysterious side job, his rashness catches up with him. Conor McPherson has written a powerful new version of the German classic.
A fable about the moral and environmental cost of our materialistic nesting instincts, directed by Ian Rickson.

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