What's on Highlights > September
01/09/2016We'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.
Save The Last Dance For Me
5 – 10 Sep
From the team that brought you the huge success that is Dreamboats and Petticoats, Save the Last Dance for Me will take you back through the ‘music and magic’ of the early 60’s, a time when each passing week brought another Rock ‘n’ Roll classic.
The cast features Antony Costa from chart-topping boyband Blue, and 2014 X Factor Finalist Lola Saunders. They are joined by West End Stars Elizabeth Carter (Dreamboats and Petticoats) and Wayne Robinson (The Lion King); and a sensational live rock n’ roll band.
Rehearsal For Murder
12 – 17 Sep
Playwright Alex Dennison is left heartbroken when his fiancée and leading lady Monica Welles is found dead from an apparent suicide. On the anniversary of that ill-fated night, Alex assembles the same cast and crew in the same theatre, for a reading of his new play. As the reading begins, it becomes clear that Alex believes that Monica was murdered and he intends to uncover her killer.
The star cast features Gary Mavers of Peak Practice, Casualty and Emmerdale. Alex Ferns from EastEnders, joined by Susie Amy from the ITV series Footballers’ Wives. Anita Harris from the Carry On franchise and pop-idol. Lauren Drummond from Holby City, Ben Nealon from Soldier Soldier and Mark Wynter.
Time Of My Life, Ronan’s tenth studio album was released in February, and 2016 sees Ronan Keating take to the road once again much to the delight of his loyal fans. It is a record on which he’s dug deep, pushed hard and been unafraid of wearing his heart (and his tunes) on his sleeve. These are instantly affecting songs of celebration and emotion, of love and loss and more importantly… honesty.
One of the nation’s most loved entertainers will tour the UK in her brand new show – “Making Memories”.
The show is packed full of phenomenal songs and arrangements featuring Jane’s exceptional musicians and singers and is excited to be introducing Memory into her act. Be sure also to expect new amazing medleys, old fan favourites and some exciting additions guaranteeing you will be on your feet time after time.
Get ready to make some memories and see Jane McDonald’s best show yet!
Chinese State Circus
30 world class Chinese acrobats, aerial artistes and jugglers interact with the super-human physical skills and dexterity of the masters of martial arts – the legendary Shaolin Warriors. The nonstop action from start to awesome finale as thrill follows thrill, what seems impossible becomes a reality, earning the Chinese State Circus the accolade “incomparable”...This latest production returns to the pure and honest perfection in acrobatics upon which their reputation is based, creating a show with: no gimmicks...no fakes.....no retakes.....quite simply ... “The Incomparable Chinese State Circus.”
Mum’s The Word 2
Michelle Heaton (Liberty X) Gemma Bissix (EastEnders/ Hollyoaks), Rebecca Wheatley (Casualty), Polly Highton andSarah Lawn star in this brand-new production of “Mum’s The Word 2”.
One of the Nation’s favourites “Mum’s The Word” laughs at the comedic horrors of bringing up children in this new and updated version of the hit show.
Join the mums, now “older and wider”, on their continuing journey into their new parenting nightmare that is teenagers! Both funny and emotional by turn, this is a wonderful evening out.
To book using your Theatre Tokens please call: 020 7407 0234
7 Sep – 1 Oct
There’s Duck and there’s Mickey. They’re the kids of America and it’s the 80s apocalypse. They hate their parents and there’s no point in algebra. They’re grabbing at this thing called life: guitars, girls, love, fury, heartbreak and noise noise noise. Punk is their escape from suburbia and it’s like nothing they have ever heard. It’s fast – it’s alive – it’s already dead.
punkplay is a riot of a play told at breakneck pace with a killer soundtrack. It’s a coming-of-age story about subcultures, friendship and not-fitting-in – all on rollerskates.
The Greater Game
15 Sep – 15 Oct
The Greater Game tells the fascinating true story of the 41 men who swapped the football fields of London for the battle fields of the Somme in 1916.
East London football club Leyton Orient, then known as Clapton Orient, was the first team to sign up its players, staff and supporters to fight in the Great War. 41 men volunteered in all. Three of them never returned.
Based on the book ‘They Took The Lead’ by Stephen Jenkins, this new play of love, friendship and loss tells both sides of the story from the flag waving patriotism to the conscientious objectors.
An Audience With Frank Bruno
An evening with Boxing Legend and British Icon Frank Bruno. Frank will be talking about his Life, his times and troubles inside and outside of the ring. There will be a full Q and A where fans will have the opportunity to ask Frank any questions they may have. The night will include Live entertainment, including some special guests, a Top comedian, A VIP meet and Greet with Frank himself, And a live Raffle and Auction.
The Tina Turner Experience
Starring Julie Nevada, one of the world's best Tina Turner Impersonators with her nine piece band The Vintage Corporation and her dance troupe The Ultimate Dance Co. Energetic stage performances, stunning costumes, powerful vocals, electrifying dance routines and superb musicianship will make this 'Simply the Best' night out of the year.
A Startled Chameleon
Boo Hewerdine is well known as one of the greatest (and busiest) songwriter performers in the business, but incredibly, it’s been 7 years since Boo released his last studio album of original material. Not that Hewerdine has been inactive, far from it, the period has been the most productive of his career.
The album ‘Open’ received five star reviews and was number 5 in the Telegraph Albums of The Year 2015
Stick Man 3+
6 - 7 Sep
From the book by Julia Donaldson, Illustrated by Axel Scheffler, creators of The Gruffalo
Touching, funny and utterly original, this award-winning production features a trio of top actors and is packed full of puppetry, songs, live music and funky moves. ‘Stick Man lives in the family tree With his Stick Lady Love and their stick children three...’
But the world outside the family tree is a dangerous place for Stick Man. A dog wants to play fetch with him, a swan builds a nest with him and he even ends up on a fire!
12 – 17 Sep
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.
The classic story of Baby and Johnny returns, following two blockbuster West End runs and two hit UK Tours, featuring the hit songs 'Hungry Eyes', ‘Hey! Baby’, ‘Do You Love Me?’ and the heart stopping ‘(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life’.
Home at Seven
20 – 24 Sep
David Preston returns home from work at 7pm as usual only to find that 24 hours have elapsed and it is now a day later than he thought. Suffering from apparent amnesia he and his already upset wife get another shock when evidence incriminates him in a murder committed during the time he cannot account for.
SUPREME QUEEN have been paying homage to the world’s most dramatic Rock band since 1995. Front man, Scott Maley, plays an uncannily realistic ‘Freddy’ with the right look, stage persona and the most incredible voice!
Featuring an enormously talented band including Nathan Mathers who brings the electric guitar virtuosity required to play a very convincing Brian May.
“I got the fright of my life when I saw Freddie backstage, he looked just like the real thing. He went on stage and he gave a blistering performance winding the crowd up song by song. Nice one” Janice Long – BBC Radio 2
In early 2016 Nell Bryden hosted her own 4-part BBC Radio 2 mini-series called “Nell’s Angels,” where she played the jazz artists that most influenced her as a singer, such as Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, Dinah Washington and Nina Simone.
The program inspired her to revisit the American songbook standards that she grew up singing, and she’s put together a set list of her favourites.
As she heads back on the road, as well as acclaimed hits from Wayfarer and the rest of her back catalogue, she’ll debut the more soulful roots of her new record, due for release in September.
Talking Scarlet presents A Party to Murder
29 Sep – 1 Oct
Six people have come in secret on Halloween to play a murder mystery game at a rustic island cottage.
Secret passageways, incriminating letters, hidden compartments, bodies in the window seat and a twenty five year old unsolved mystery twist and turn toward the unexpected and terrifying conclusion.
Watch it, Sailor!
28 May - 5 Nov
A rollicking northern comedy
A family wedding-day should be a time for celebration, but not in the Hornett household. The bride has already been left waiting at the altar once that morning and the sailor bridegroom is about to receive a telegram that will change everything. But all this is nothing compared to the fury about to be unleashed by mother-of-the bride Emma. Will the wedding run aground yet again or will the course of true love run smooth? Fabulous comic fun for all the family.
Dial M for Murder
11 Jun - 2 Nov
When ex-tennis pro Tony Wendice finds out that his wealthy wife Sheila is having an affair with a handsome crime writer, burning rage soon turns to cold calculation. Driven by revenge and greedy for her substantial wealth, Tony embarks on an elaborate plot to commit the perfect murder.
This gripping noir thriller, famously brought to the big screen by Alfred Hitchcock, transforms the ‘whodunnit’ into the ‘will they get away with it?' Is it possible to commit the perfect crime, or will justice always prevail?
30 Jul – 4 Nov
In the heady heat of summer on the fashionable streets of Georgian Bath, rich heiress Lydia Languish has three lovers fighting for her hand. But Lydia – a greedy devourer of romantic novels – has set her heart on eloping with a penniless infantry officer, Ensign Beverley, the choice of whom her formidable aunt Mrs Malaprop (a notorious murderer of the dictionary) deeply disapproves. What Lydia doesn’t know is that Beverley is not all he seems...
In this whirlwind of romance, deception and intrigue, it’s no wonder the would-be suitors end up coming to blows. A witty revival celebrating Sheridan’s classic masterpiece.
31 Aug – 17 Sep
Dominic Cooper plays debauched 17th century rake the Earl of Rochester in this sexually-charged masterpiece by award-winning playwright Stephen Jeffreys. Terry Johnson directs this wild romp through 1670s London with a cast that also includes Jasper Britton and Mark Hadfield. The Libertine opens in Bath prior to a run in the West End at Theatre Royal Haymarket.
The Shakespeare Revue
19 Sep – 24 Sep
Devised by Christopher Luscombe and Malcolm McKee and directed by Malcolm McKee, this collection of witty music, songs and sketches celebrating Shakespeare, has been delighting audiences all over the world since it was originally produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company.
A Room With A View
28 Sep – 8 Oct
Felicity Kendal stars in this adaptation of E M Forster’s much-loved novel by Simon Reade. The encounter between English Rose Lucy Honeychurch, her spinster cousin, Charlotte Bartlett and Mr Emerson and his son George continue to have implications once they return to Surrey. Adrian Noble directs this Prior to West End production.
The 39 Steps
6 – 10 Sep
Suffolk Summer Theatres are pleased to present their fun-filled production of this hugely successful play.
Recently returned from the colonies, Richard Hannay is terribly bored. In need of something entirely pointless to do, he goes to the theatre! From this innocuous beginning, Hannay is plunged into adventure involving the stupendous Mr Memory, an exotic female spy, the sinister Professor Jordan and an array of heavies. The thrilling film by Alfred Hitchcock from the story by John Buchan is made larger-than-life on stage courtesy of a cast of thousands… and four actors!
The rippingest of ripping yarns!
20 – 23 Sep
Mark Norfolk & Jeffrey Kissoon‘s Hamlet pulses with the grief and vengeance of a young man whose world has crumbled around him and now faces among the greatest moral challenges – to kill or not to kill.
Directed by Jeffrey Kissoon, who has most notably worked for the RSC, the National Theatre, Robert Lepage, Peter Hall and in Peter Brook’s seminal production of The Mahabharata. Award-winning playwright Mark Norfolk, the inaugural winner of the Roland Rees Memorial Award, has adapted the play using Shakespeare’s text to create a fast-moving version that gets to the heart of a young man’s dilemma.
This Might Hurt
26 – 28 Sep
When tough actor Jack Skipton returns from filming to care for his ageing aunt, he has no idea what he is letting himself in for. But this might be his most taxing role to date, as he begins an incredible odyssey through the N.H.S, from cancelled GP’s appointments, wrongly booked scans, frustrated Consultants, and abusive home Carers, who smoke on the door step!
Told in a bold physical theatre style and with breath taking grit and honesty, Godber’s take on our health service is both tender and true, as he investigates what we deserve, and what we receive.
13 - 17 Sep
Race, gentrification and history collide in this award-winning contemporary American play set over the course of fifty years. This production will be performed at the Bridewell Theatre, off Fleet Street.
What I Learned from Johnny Bevan
At university Johnny saved Nick from his middle-class bubble with politics, music and literature. Twenty years later can Nick save Johnny from himself?
Luke Wright performs this award-winning show taking British politics head on with humour and humanity.
A rare chance to enjoy an evening with TV personality and comedian Sue Perkins. The evening will be packed full of sparkling wit, great stories, a user’s guide to Mary Berry and the very best bits from her best-selling memoir ‘Spectacles’.
Ticket prices include a copy of Sue Perkins’s book, and there will be an opportunity after the show to get your book signed. Tickets are priced at £25.50.
Nathan Carter is one of the biggest names in Irish music, and is fast becoming a big name across the UK. Nathan and his band perform a great variety of country, Irish, pop and ballads – so there’s a little bit of everything for everyone!
Nathan is known as a first class entertainer, so expect a night of hand clapping, foot tapping ‘hooley’. Don’t miss out on a chance to see Nathan in his only stop in Yorkshire on his UK tour! Tickets range from £23-26.
The Russian State Opera presents Carmen: the most powerful, enjoyable and tuneful opera. The show features an impressive cast who are accompanied by a live orchestra in an exciting story with high passion and tragedy.
Feel the thrill and passion of love, jealousy and violence of 19th Century Seville, in an opera that has been enjoyed by audiences since 1875.
The show is sung in French with English subtitles, and tickets range from £25 - £34. If you've never tried opera before, you will love this full orchestra experience with colourful costumes, exquisite singing and wonderful tunes.
28 Jul – 24 Sep
Simon Stone’s version of Ibsen’s The Wild Duck was a sensation at the Barbican last year. Now he writes and directs his first original work for the UK: a new version of Federico García Lorca’s masterpiece Yerma. This achingly powerful story of a young woman desperate to become a mother expresses the anguish of a society battling to free itself from its past. Simon Stone’s new version re-imagines Lorca’s original for London today.
3 – 24 Sep
"His Majesty knew that a joke was a dangerous form of opposition."
Master of transformation Kathryn Hunter brings to life an extraordinary fable of corruption, avarice and the collapse of absolute power - from the team behind the international success Kafka’s Monkey.
A world premiere based on the astonishing book about Ethiopia's Haile Selassie by legendary journalist Ryszard Kapuscinski.
Hunter creates a mesmerising cast of characters, all servants to a despotic ruler on the brink of downfall. In a kingdom obsessed with title and tradition, the lowly and the loyal have incredible stories to tell.
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Details correct as of 01/09/16.