What's on Highlights > June
01/06/2016It's the month of beautiful weather, posh hats and horses but if you are anything like us every month involves a trip to the theatre and June will be no different!
We've 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. For a full list of venues click here.
Dancing in the Street
Join the original and best celebration of Motown’s Greatest Hits with the critically acclaimed Dancing in the Streets. Experience the energy and electricity of the motor city in a stunning production packed with hit after hit. The talented cast and band will bring to life the infectious, foot-tapping songs with a touch of soul and style guaranteed to have you signing along and dancing in the aisles. Expect your favourite songs made famous by The Four Tops, The Temptations, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Lionel Richie, The Supremes, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, Martha Reeves & The Vandells and many more.
Long established as the World’s Official No.1 Eagles tribute, The Illegal Eagles make a welcome promising more of their tight harmonies, acute attention to detail and incredible showmanship. Their ability to recreate the distinctive sound of The Eagles with both flare and impressive authenticity, has won them mass acclaim on an international level. Featuring Hotel California, Take It Easy, Lyin’ Eyes, Desperado, Life In The Fast Lane, Take It To The Limit, and a whole lot more! This latest production also features a special tribute to the late Glenn Frey, one of the original founding members of the Eagles.
Graeme of Thrones
In this critically-acclaimed theatrical journey through the Seven Kingdoms, direct from sold out shows in London’s West End and Australia, avid ‘Thrones’ fan Graeme just wants to recreate his favourite fantasy saga on stage - aided and abetted by his best friend Paul and the girl he used to fancy at school - Bryony. Created by a team of some of the UK’s top comedy writers, Graeme Of Thrones is an original and un-authorised parody on the international phenomenon that is Game Of Thrones. A treat for fans and an introduction for the unenlightened. See it before the inevitable lawsuit.
17 May – 11 June
The world premiere. Catherine was fifteen when she was found. She and her mother shared a secret world in an anonymous one-bedroom flat. No one is sure if she's ever left the room she was found in. She can't walk or speak. Sponsored by a fundraising drive led by a tabloid newspaper, her only relative has sought Catherine the best care that money can buy. She responds well to experimental treatment, but seems to be getting more violent, and remains stubbornly resistant to language. Or is she? Inspired by true events. Written by Eve Leigh, directed by Roy Alexander Weise.
It Is Easy To Be Dead
15 June – 9 July
The world premiere, by award-winning playwright Neil McPherson. Commemorating the centenary of the Battle of the Somme and based on the poetry, letters and brief life of Charles Hamilton Sorley. Born in Aberdeen, Sorley was studying in Germany when war broke out and was briefly imprisoned as an enemy alien. He was killed in action at the age of 20, his poems are among the most profound and moving war poetry ever written. It Is Easy To Be Dead tells the story of Sorley's brief life through his work and music from some of the greatest composers of the period.
Maggie And Pierre: A Fantasy of Love, Politics and the Media
19 - 21 & 26 - 28 June | 3 - 5 July
In 2015, Justin Trudeau became Prime Minister of Canada in a landslide election victory. This is the story of his parents. It's the late 1960s, 19 year old Maggie Sinclair is a hippie free spirit, born out of love, socialism and a lot of dope. Pierre Trudeau is nearing 50, urbane, charismatic and soon-to-be elected as Prime Minister. Reason and passion soon collide as they meet, fall in love, marry, live together in the public spotlight, have three children, and break up in a very ugly, very public way. Written by Linda Griffiths with Paul Thompson. Directed by Eduard Lewis.
6 - 11 June
For the first time ever ITV’s popular Sunday evening 60s police drama, Heartbeat, comes to the stage starring members of the original TV cast. This touring production will use video footage and a clever set, to recreate the atmosphere of the 1960s rural Yorkshire settings. Come and see David Stockwell, Gina Ward, PC Geoff Younger and a number of other of the most popular characters in a two-hour live stage production with a brand-new script. Take yourself back to the 60s, with all the great music which was always a feature of the TV series, in this excellent production.
The Naked Truth
13 - 15 June
Starring Vicki Michelle and Faye Tozer with full supporting cast including Louise Michelle, Amy Drake and Eve Burley. Directed by Lisa Riley. The Naked Truth is the hit comedy Play from Dave Simpson, the writer of the smash-hit comedy Girls Night Out. Now on its 10th fantastic tour, this show has had people on their feet all over the UK. Five very different women struggle hilariously to conquer pole dancing for an event to raise awareness and money for a breast cancer charity. The Naked Truth is a poignant and uplifting comedy, a call to all women, and celebrating strength through adversity.
After rising to fame as a contestant on BBC talent show I’d Do Anything in 2008 Samantha Barks has wowed fans and critics alike with her stunning voice and captivating performances in film, theatre and television. It was Barks’ performance as Éponine in the West End production of Les Misérables however that led to her first movie credit, reprising the role in Tom Hooper’s Oscar winning adaptation. Taking inspiration from her roots in musical theatre, whilst incorporating modern influences, she will be heading out on her first solo tour to coincide with the highly anticipated release of her new album.
Beyond The Barricade
‘Beyond the Barricade’ has delighted audiences throughout the UK and mainland Europe for more than a decade, with its exciting concert portrayal of the greatest songs in musical theatre, all performed totally live! Recreating original West End/Broadway musical hit songs with amazing authenticity, this cast of past principal performers from Les Miserables, present a blockbusting two hour show, and is now established as the nation’s favourite musical theatre concert.
The ELO Experience
A tribute to Jeff Lynne and the Electric Light Orchestra! Jeff Lynne and the Electric Light Orchestra became one of the world’s best known and greatest recording bands. Their hits are recreated with uncanny precision by the hugely talented seven-piece band The ELO Experience. Prepare to be blown away by classics such as Living Thing, Telephone Line, Wild West Hero, Sweet Talking Woman and, of course, Mr Blue Sky.
A full screening of Disney’s FROZEN with lyrics on screen to help you sing along during the film. Introduced by a live host who will guide you through this interactive screening by showing you how to use your free prop bag, warm up your singing voices and teach you some dance moves with the help of the Singalonga Princesses. Watch as we bring the film to life and help you experience this movie in a whole new light.
Age recommendation 5+
Frogs and Snails and Teddy Bear Tales
It’s bear’s birthday tomorrow. His head is full of excitement. How will he ever get to sleep? Bedtime stories, of course, weaving together tales of spring, summer, autumn and winter. Down in the shed at the bottom of the garden, someone is busy writing…
The play unfolds amidst the snow-white sheets and the odd socks of an everyday wash. Come and enjoy the inventive puppetry, original music and gentle humour of this delightful production, specially designed for 3 to 7 year olds. Children are invited to bring a teddy bear to share the performance. No extra charge for bears!
16 June – 9 July
Rita is a twenty-something Liverpudlian hairdresser with a hunger for knowledge. Frank is her Open University tutor, a cynical failed poet who hides the whisky behind the Dickens. Captivated by her honest and enthusiastic approach to Chekhov, Eliot and Lawrence, Frank finds his love of teaching returning, until Rita’s newfound independence leads her away from him and into cultural limbo. A British theatre classic, this hilarious comedy about the clash of two sections of society is as relevant today as when it was originally commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1980.
Jersey’s own Nerina Pallot returns to the Opera House. The singer, songwriter and producer made her debut in 2001 with the LP ‘Dear Frustrated Superstar’, but it was her sophomore effort ‘Fire’ in 2005 that really brought her major success, with lead single ‘Everybody’s Gone To War’ making all the major British radio playlists. In 2014, Pallot decided to break from the album/ single cycle, instead opting to release an EP a month. 2015’s ‘The Sound and The Fury’ marked a departure in style for the Ivor Novello and BRIT Award-nominated artist, with its gritty, bold and bluesy sound.
The Giant’s Loo Roll
This fabulously funny and brilliant bouncy musical has been put together by the team than brought you the festive musical ‘Father Christmas Needs a Wee!’ TaleGate Theatre Productions. Look out for the biggest loo roll ever on stage in this GIANT of a children’s musical. The villagers living in the town below the Giant’s house had better watch out, that loo roll has gone bouncing down the hill and straight towards them! Luckily, the townsfolk find lots of uses for runaway loo paper but what about the Giant himself – doesn’t he need any loo paper?
Talon – The Best of Eagles
In 2016 Talon presents a brand-new production of their award winning ‘Best of Eagles’. Talon are a phenomenon and have truly transcended the tag of ‘tribute’. They have become a brand name in their own right who are not only revered by their peers, respected by the music industry but dearly loved by their massive and expanding fan base.
James Freedman: Man Of Steal
PERSUADER. SHOWMAN. THIEF.
Prepare to be amazed Freedman will steal a whole lot more than you might expect. One member of the audience will lose the most valuable thing possible – it could be you! Funny and fast-fingered, his unique and extraordinary show exposes how the bad guys really work, sharing a life-time spent studying hustlers, street criminals and con-men. Fuelled at an early age by being the victim of muggers, he began a lifelong study of criminology and the psychology of thieves. James says 'It was then that I decided to become a pickpocket myself - only an honest one.
Award winning Sketch comedy quartet Mixed Doubles returns to Henley (where they first formed) for a blissful evening of quick fire comedy madness. The Doubles have had sellout runs in London, Edinburgh and Australia, won a people's choice award from DAVE and had a "Top 5" recommendation by The Guardian. They have appeared on BBC Radio 4 and BBC's Pick of the Week. Expect razor sharp writing, combined with nuanced performances and killer punchlines from this effervescent foursome. The gang will be performing a preview of their latest show "FUNDRAISER" prior to a month at the Edinburgh Fringe in August.
Martu Webb In Concert
The return of Marti Webb following her sell out performance of Tell Me on a Sunday last year. She presents a program of songs from her wide musical experience. Shows include Cats, Evita. Thoroughly Modern Millie, Blood Brothers, Oliver and many more.....
Mister Maker & The Shapes Live
Packed full of arty adventures there’ll be a big ‘make’ to take part in, super songs to join in with, a fabulous supporting cast, and not forgetting, The Shapes! Yes, you’ll be able to share the fun with Mister Maker’s colourful all-dancing friends Circle, Square, Rectangle and Triangle too! Mister Maker and The Shapes will also be joined by a team of all-singing, all-dancing friends! This talented cast will really make our interactive arty adventure fun for all the family!
This show is tons of arty fun for all the family!
John Williams: Celebrating the Music of a Hollywood Legend
With Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
John Williams: Celebrating the Music of a Hollywood Legend For more than half a century, John Williams has written the soundtracks to our dreams, and tonight, award-winning American movie conductor maestro Richard Kaufman, direct from Hollywood presents a blockbuster tribute to the king of film music. Star Wars, Jurassic Park, E.T., Raiders of the Lost Ark, Schindler’s List, Harry Potter and more – this is music that never loses its power to thrill, performed by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.
Professor Robert Winston - MODIFYING HUMANS: where does genetics stop?
Advances in gene technology mean that we can not only select embryos for ‘desirable’ characteristics but we can now modify genes of animals with remarkable ease; so possibly very soon we may be able to enhance humans by genetic modification. Will ethical considerations prevent us from the next step – manufacturing stronger, more gifted and very intelligent children? Or will our imperfect knowledge of how our abilities are inherited mean that they there are some major surprises in store?
Much Ado About Nothing
7 – 8 June
Oddsocks’ “Much Ado About Nothing” is a high-octane musical version of Shakespeare’s battle of the sexes, featuring well-known UK hits from the best music decades. Lively characters, live music and thoughtful performances that take you on a journey through one of the bards most loved stories. Expect to be energised and moved with a story that you can relive time and time again in your imagination!
9 – 10 June
From the creators of Austen's Women, Female Gothic, The Unremarkable Death of Marilyn Monroe and Dalloway... 1568: At a vital crossroads in history a young queen steps from the shadows to reveal her thoughts on marriage, succession, religion and war. But time is against her... Queen at 25, political phoenix and famously unmarried - but who was the woman beneath the crown? Using only Elizabeth's words, Rebecca Vaughan explores the queen's struggle to reconcile the desires of womanhood with the duties of sovereignty. Adapted & performed by Rebecca Vaughan (Dalloway, Austen's Women, Female Gothic). Directed by Olivier Award winner, Guy Masterson (Morecambe)
The Ugly Ducking
Adapted by Rob Ashman & Matthew Hart. Float downstream with the Story Man, in Sea Legs Puppet Theatre's gentle, musical adaptation of Hans Christian Anderson's classic tale of belonging and identity.
Meet a host of colourful characters, as they run the troubled duckling out of the farmyard into a cold, lonely wilderness. Journey through the seasons as the hapless creature finds his way in a hostile world. But do not worry! In a grand musical finale to melt even the coldest of hearts, a happy ending awaits our humble hero.
Magic Moments - The music of Burt Bacharach
3rd June 2016
“Magic Moments” - The music of Burt Bacharach is a rollercoaster of a ride through the catalogue of one of the most prolific and celebrated songwriters of the 20th Century. The mix of instantly recognisable and identifiable Burt Bacharach songs such as Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head, Alfie, What The World Needs Now, The Look Of Love and Do You Know The Way To San Jose alongside just as recognisable songs but that you never knew were written by the man himself such as What’s New Pussycat, With a wonderfully talented pair of singers and an incredible seven piece band to bring the music to life it is definitely a show not to be missed.
Titanic The UK Touring Exhibition
8 June – 16 July
We are proud to announce that the UK touring exhibition as featured on National TV and acclaimed by thousands of visitors is coming to The Lowther Pavilion, Lytham for an extremely limited engagement: 8 June to 16 July only. This is a finely crafted collection that has been painstakingly developed by its curator Sean Szmalc. Now this is your chance to take a journey to appreciate Titanic, which was hailed as the largest moving object built by man. This amazing UK touring exhibition featuring extremely rare artifacts from the liner's crew and passengers, example interiors from her sister ships Olympic and Britannic and props from James Cameron's hit movie.
The Chris & Pui Show
With songs, comedy sketches, a dash of magic and heaps of joining in, this is a family show perfect for children aged two to a hundred and two! CBeebies’ favourite double act is coming to town! See Chris & Pui from Show Me Show Me in their brand new stage show. Incy Wincy, Twinkle, Old MacDonald, Humpty, Granny Humpty and many more of your favourite Chris & Pui characters will be dropping in along with the toys – Tom, Momo, Teddington, Stuffy and Miss Mouse.
The Birthday Party – London Classic Theatre
“There’s a gentleman living here. He’s got a birthday today, and he’s forgotten all about it. So we’re going to remind him. We’re going to give him a party.” A shabby boarding house in a small English seaside town. An elderly couple take care of a solitary guest, who rarely ventures out. The arrival of two enigmatic strangers seems to offer a welcome distraction from their mundane existence. But when an impromptu, seemingly innocent birthday party abruptly turns into a deadly game of cat and mouse, there are horrifying repercussions.
The ELO Experience
Jeff Lynne and the Electric Light Orchestra became one of the world’s best known and greatest recording bands, packing stadiums throughout the world. A seemingly endless list of hit records stormed the charts throughout the world. Songs such as Living Thing, Telephone Line, Wild West Hero, Sweet Talking Woman, and perhaps their most famous, Mr Blue Sky. Come and hear their greatest hits reproduced by the exciting and incredible ELO Experience.
3 - 18 JUNE
A Northern Stage Production. Julie, the young and complicated mistress of the estate, is drawn into a dangerous tryst with her father's butler, John. In the oppressive heat of Midsummer's night, the couple hurtle towards an explosive conclusion that will shake them and the existing order to its core. Zinnie Harris's thrilling version of August Strindberg's masterpiece, Miss Julie, updates the story of passion, compulsion, love and hate. Directed by Northern Stage’s resident director and winner of the Regional Theatre Young Director’s scheme, Rebecca Frecknall.
Join Chris Bostock, the Storyteller, on the first Saturday of every month, for a journey of discovery and dreaming, with lots of participation and plenty of fun. Features a different programme of stories for each session. Listen, enjoy and pass on these memorable stories.
1 – 25 June
This irresistible, unruly comedy serves up a glimpse in to the onstage and offstage antics of a touring company as they hurtle towards a diabolical first night and a disastrous final performance. This celebrated multi award-winning play received the Olivier and Evening Standard Award for Best Comedy when it was first presented in 1982. Directed by Nuffield Associate Blanche McIntyre this legendary farce is delicious, riotous comedy bliss, not to be missed.
7 – 11 June
Kick off your Sunday shoes and cut loose as the explosive rock ‘n' roll musical sensation Footloose bursts onto the UK stage in a remastered show sure to get your toes tapping. Starring Lee Brennan as Willard and Maureen Nolan as Vi Moore, enjoy the best in UK musical talent, cutting-edge choreography and classic hits including Holding Out for a Hero, Almost Paradise, Let's Hear It For The Boy and the unforgettable title track, Footloose.
13 – 18 June
Direct from London’s West End, Thriller Live is a spectacular concert created to celebrate the career of the world’s greatest entertainer. Join us on a visual, audio and electrifying journey through the magic of Michael’s 45 year musical history. You will experience over two hours of non-stop hits from pop to rock, soul to disco as the cast play homage to Jackson’s legendary live performances and innovative dance moves executed with flair, precision and passion, this is a show that you will never forget.
22nd – 25 June
The award winning Toads Stage Musical Company is delighted to be back at the Princess Theatre in June 2016 with one of the best loved and most performed musicals in the world. The story of Sandy and Danny and their college friends is well known the world over. This performance is the perfect depiction of loves young dream and teenage angst set to some of the most memorable songs in musical theatre. Who can fail to love such classics as Summer Nights, You’re the one that I Want and We Go Together.
Thon Man Molière
20 May - 11 June
Welcome to Paris at the time of Louis XIV. Come backstage and meet the King’s theatre company - a troupe of, grande dames, old hams, ingénue’s and of course, their leading man. Right at the centre, author of their dramas and cause of all their troubles – Thon man Molière. Writer of the acclaimed Perfect Days and Mary Queen of Scots got her Head Chopped Off, as well as celebrated Scots versions of Medea, Oedipus, Antigone and Molière's great trio of masterpieces; poet and playwright Liz Lochhead returns to The Lyceum with a brand new original play. It tells the story of her hero, the great comedian Molière; his scandalous marriage, his scurrilous plays and the irresistible creation of his infamous and celebrated satire Tartuffe.
Commission supported by Dr David McNeil Summers Charitable Trust.
1 & 2 June
Now introducing the Tyrannosaurus Rex to the stage, Dinosaur Zoo brings these awesome prehistoric creatures to life as you’ve never seen them before. From cute baby dinos to teeth-gnashing giants, marvel and interact with extraordinary life-like dinosaurs in this imaginative and hilarious live show. But watch out. Not all of these ravenous reptiles are as tame as they seem! Offering guaranteed fun for all the family ages 3+.
A Party to Murder
9 – 11 June
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.
Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers
Fri 24 June
Thundering rhythms on huge taiko drums. As the most successful touring taiko drum group on this continent, Mugenkyo celebrate their twenty first year on the road, creating a contemporary look and sound, fusing the traditional spirit of taiko with a modern stage performance that has captivated audiences everywhere.
Priscilla Queen of The Desert
30 May 2016 - 11 June
Get ready for the ride of your life as the ultimate party, Priscilla Queen of the Desert the Musical returns due to overwhelming popular demand. Based on the smash-hit movie, the feel-good international hit sensation Priscilla is the heart-warming, uplifting adventure of three friends who hop aboard a battered old bus searching for love and friendship and end up finding more than they could have ever dreamed of.
Gilbert and Sullivan's The Mikado
22 June 2016 - 25 June
Following their 2013 hit with The Pirates of Penzance, director Martin Lloyd-Evans and choreographer Steve Elias return with one of the most popular Gilbert and Sullivan comic operas. With a storyline packed with anti-Establishment silliness, and self-serving politicians that are all too recognisable today, this playful show is full of family fun, performed to the highest standards.
Birmingham Royal Ballet: The Taming of the Shrew
29 June 2016 - 2 July
Choreographer John Cranko adapts Shakespeare's tale of mismatched marriage to create his undoubted masterpiece. In this sparkling comedy, independent and tempestuous Kate gives her suitor Petruchio considerably more than he bargained for. Cranko breathes new life into this witty battle of the sexes, set to a sparkling baroque score by Domenico Scarlatti, and achieves a memorable and truly funny mix of comedy, romance and bravura dancing.
2 June 8pm
Noel Coward's famous ‘comedy of manners’ is set in the 1920s. It takes place in the country home of Judith Bliss, a celebrated retired actress, and her unconventional family. Each of the four of them has invited a guest to spend the weekend. The bewildered guests are drawn in to what seems at times a crazy, hilarious, parallel universe where normal rules of behaviour do not apply!
The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
3 June | Suitable for ages 3-7
Charlie Hubble is a little boy with a very big dream; he wants to be a world-class magician. He sets off to Mr Zacoor’s Toy Shop to buy his spellbook. But Mr Zacoor is no ordinary shopkeeper, he’s a real life Sorcerer! And he has a very special job for Charlie. This delightful new show comes to life with an irresistible blend of music, puppetry and storytelling. There’s also an enchanting toy shop setting filled with all sorts of magical surprises!
Talon - The Best of The Eagles, The Complete History Tour 2016
Talon presents a brand-new production of their award winning ‘Best of Eagles’. This stunning production is a show of two halves with the first half delivering a world class laid back vibe with an in-depth look at the ‘early Eagles roots’ before visiting the brilliant Hell Freezes Over and going right through to the critically acclaimed Long Road Out of Eden. The second half arrives in style with a complete change of mood and pace featuring those classic ‘Eagles Greatest Hits’ from their timeless back catalogue. Talon are a phenomenon and have truly transcended the tag of ‘tribute’.
Watch It, Sailor!
28 May - 5 November
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. This rollicking Northern comedy is the perfect introduction to the loveable and thoroughly hilarious characters that make up the Hornett family as they battle to get to the church on time. Fabulous comic fun for all the family.
The Vertical Hour
28 May - Sat 5 November
Nadia Blye, an American war reporter turned Yale professor, has seen the horror of war up close, even advising President Bush as an advocate for ‘humane intervention’ in Iraq. But one weekend in the Shropshire countryside she meets Oliver. He’s caustic, vehemently liberal, ferociously intelligent, an inveterate womaniser and the father of her boyfriend. He can’t resist taking her to task and the two soon lock horns in a debate that will have far-reaching consequences. Personal philosophies are pitted against global politics, idealism clashes with realism and cynicism challenges moral obligation. But who is right? This is a gripping and moving play, by one of Britain’s finest playwrights.
Dial M for Murder
11 Jun - 2 November
When ex-tennis pro Tony Wendice finds out that his wealthy wife Sheila is having an affair, 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. Yet even the most perfect plans can go wrong and he soon finds the devil is in the detail, pursued by a maverick detective in a dogged search for the truth. This gripping Noir thriller, 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?
Mad About the Musicals
Starring Gareth Gates and Michael Courtney. Taking you on a whistle stop tour from the heart of London’s theatre land to the glitz of Broadway, MAD ABOUT THE MUSICALS is back once again, celebrating the very best songs from the shows we all know and love! With a host of your favourite numbers from the pen of Rodgers & Hammerstein, Kander & Ebb, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Boublil & Schonberg and many more, the talented cast of MAD ABOUT will evoke the true spirit of the West End stage.
Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes Double Bill
24 – 25 June
Roald Dahl was born and grew up in Cardiff, and to celebrate the centenary of this famous author, two of his hugely popular stories are coming home to Wales in ballet adaptations. Ballet Cymru has been granted permission from The Dahl Foundation to produce two works based on sections of the wonderful Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes, Little Red Riding Hood and The Three Little Pigs. This outstanding classical ballet was choreographed by Darius James and Amy Doughty, inspired by the outstanding and internationally recognised musical scores by composer Paul Patterson.
27 June – 2 July
Starring Ian Reddington (Robin Hood, EastEnders, RSC) & Victoria Emslie (Downton Abbey, The Theory of Everything). A mesmerising story of passion, courage and sacrifice, Lotty’s War is a thriller set in the WWII enemy occupied Channel Islands. Based on a true story, this critically acclaimed play is ‘a must see show!’ With the last boat to England gone, Lotty is housed in close quarters with the enemy. As loyalties waver amidst the temptations of forbidden love and the politics of war, does Lotty dare to tread a passionate and dangerous path to save a friend?
Return of the Marionettes By: Peter and Phillip Ley
This production will show at the Bridewell Theatre off Fleet Street.
8 - 11 June | 14 - 18 June
A brand new musical! Four girls from New York City become the girl group sensation of the 60's and their place in pop history is assured. However as jealousy and rivalry surface the group descends into chaos and eventually crumbles. Twenty years later can they recapture their sparkle as they once again take to the stage?
Hindle Wakes By: Stanley Houghton
This production will show at Upstairs at the Gatehouse, Highgate.
28 June - 2 July
It is 'wakes week' in the Lancashire cotton town of Hindle, when the factories close and just about everyone goes on holiday. The Hawthorns are waiting for their daughter Fanny, a feisty young mill worker, to come home from Blackpool, where she's been staying with her friend Mary - or so she has told them. When the true story surfaces, three families are thrown into turmoil.
The Invisible Hand
12 May – 2 July
American banker Nick Bright knows that his freedom comes at a price. Confined to a cell in rural Pakistan, every second counts. Who will decide his fate? His captors, or the whims of the market? Pulitzer Prize–winning playwright Ayad Akhtar’s intense political thriller lays bare the raw, unfettered power of global finance in this fast-moving, contemporary play directed by the Tricycle’s Artistic Director Indhu Rubasingham. Cast includes Tony Jayawardena , Daniel Lapaine , Sid Sagar and Parth Thakerar.
Stuff and Nonsense Theatre Company’s
The Emperor’s New Clothes
31 May-1 Jun | 11am & 2pm
When two ‘tailors’ promise to create him an outfit that’s “never been seen before”, our eccentric Emperor doesn’t quite realise the spectacle he is about to make. Populated with puppets, music and song, this inventive production is told in true Stuff and Nonsense style; with unending energy, great storytelling and, as always, a show for all the family.
17 Jun 2016 | 7.30pm
The adrenaline-filled spectacle erupts onto the stage: athletic contact work, spectacular acrobatics and a gripping narrative combine with revolutionary set design and digital imagery. Broken takes audiences on a journey into the earth as they have never seen it before…
Travelling Light Presents
Into the West
5 Jun 2016 | 3pm & 7.45pm
Imagine a glorious white horse comes out of a sea-mist and into your troubled life. Imagine trying to keep her on the 14th floor of a Dublin tower block. Now imagine the police are after you, and your only escape is to ride into the west…To celebrate the play’s 20th anniversary, Travelling Light are bringing to a new generation of audiences their internationally-acclaimed story of grit and magic, love and loss, hope and discovery.
Little Feet Festival
7 June – 12 June
York Theatre Royal and tutti frutti are hosting their fourth Little Feet Festival of Children’s Theatre, turning the theatre over to 0-12-year-olds and introducing them to the magic of theatre. Little Feet completely transforms the theatre building, turning the foyer into a beautiful and imaginative play area. A special menu of festival food and free craft activities are provided, plus a host of performances, interactive experiences and workshops for babies and children of all ages and their families. Little Feet 2016 will take place in the newly renovated York Theatre Royal front of house and auditorium spaces.
15 – 18 June
A fantastic new play with one actor and one live musician that unravels the story of a wayward, fragile and misunderstood boy who lives on his wits and untamed imagination. A brilliant, clever, brave new play celebrating all things ‘wild’ with fabulous live music and fresh moves, for every misunderstood child, their teachers and families up and down the land. Funded by the Wellcome Trust, this remarkable new play is informed by intensive research into the condition of ADHD in children.
Phoenix Dance Theatre: Triple Bill
16 – 17 June
Phoenix Dance Theatre’s Triple Bill 2016 showcases three engaging works in celebration of their 35th anniversary. Shakespeare’s timeless themes of desire, duplicity and unrequited love are brought to life in Kate Flatt’s Undivided Loves. Fusing sound, words and dance, Shakespeare's most intimate, mysterious and radical sonnets are reimagined to Adriano Adewale’s vibrant and percussive score. In contrast, Israeli-born choreographer Itzik Galili reworks his dynamic, dark piece Until.With/Out.Enough, which explores the concept of the enclosed space that exists within our minds. Finally, the quirky and playful Bloom by award-winning choreographer Caroline Finn explores the darkly comic expressions of life and humanity.
12 May – 2 July
Christopher has been confined to a psychiatric ward for a month. He wants out. The problem is he still thinks oranges are blue. His doctor, convinced he needs help, wants to section him. The senior consultant thinks it’s all a question of culture: at home in Shepherd’s Bush Christopher will be amongst 'people who think just like him'. And besides, it costs taxpayer money to keep Christopher in care. Race, ethics, sanity and prejudice collide in Joe Penhall’s exquisitely sharp 'state of the nation' classic. Matthew Xia directs this Olivier Award-winning play, as timely now as it ever was.
20 May – 11 June
Teenagers Muna and Iqra get the same bus to school but they've never really spoken. Muna wears Topshop and sits on the top deck gossiping about Nicki Minaj’s latest beef, while Iqra sits alone downstairs in her charity shop hand-me-downs. They were both born in Somalia but come from different worlds. But as they get closer, they realise that their families share a painful secret. Tackling the urgent issue of FGM in Britain, Charlene James’ devastating new play reveals the price some girls pay to become a woman.
Official London Theatre. If you have Tokens to use, remember you can use them at all of London’s West End theatres plus, at the TKTS ticket booth in Leicester Square.
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Details correct as of 01/06/16.