What's On Highlights March
1 March 2016It's Mother's Day on Sunday 6 March and there are many shows to treat mum to, read on for inspiration for what’s on this month. 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.
05 Feb 2 – 26 Mar
Things your life could be:
(1) a farce. (2) a tragedy. (3) pointless. (4) all of the above.
Things you could do about it:
(1) keep living. (2) stop living. (3) stop someone else living. (4) nothing.
Even so, what has your life been worth?
Chekhov's late masterpiece examines human behaviour in all of its beautiful, terrible, laughable contradiction. Following his reimagining of Oresteia, Almeida Associate Director Robert Icke (2015 Evening Standard Theatre Award Winner - Best Director for Oresteia) directs a new production of Chekhov's greatest play. Paul Rhys makes his Almeida debut in the title role.
05 Apr – 28 May
At a bus stop.
Playwright Leo Butler casts a sharp eye over the city and picks someone for us to follow.
Innovative director-designer team Sacha Wares and Miriam Buether return to the Almeida, following last year's acclaimed production of Game ("vivid… exhilarating” Time Out), joined by an award-winning creative team.
"Butler's outstanding new play... is a timely, savagely brilliant epitaph for the New Labour decade.”- Daily Telegraph on Leo Butler's Faces in the Crowd
Mon 7 – Sat 12 Mar
Coward’s best-loved comedy masterpiece promises an evening of wit and glamour, bubbling with sex. Enjoy a deliciously delectable and unforgettable classic.
Annie starring Lesley Joseph
Mon 14 – Sat 19 Mar
The world’s favourite family musical set in 1930s New York during The Great Depression, with an award-winning score and hit songs Hard Knock Life, Easy Street and of course, Tomorrow.
The Magic of Motown
Tue 29 Mar
This 10 year anniversary show celebrates the legend of The Supremes, The Temptations, Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross and Lionel Richie to name a few, with glittering costumes, dazzling dance moves and superb musicianship
2-19 Mar (not Sun)
Chris Goode (Men in the Cities, Monkey Bars, STAND) directs the English premiere of Jo Clifford's astonishing play.
Mary, a mother of two, is doing the ironing one Saturday morning when she feels something on her shoulder - “something very small but very strong... And I know it means me harm.” It's the beginning of a series of events that will change things for ever. For every one.
A re-imagining of Everyman, Jo Clifford's bold and haunting play tells a deeply emotional and warmly funny story of a voyage into the heart of living - and of what it means to lose the people we love.
2-19 March (Tue-Sat)
Gardens Speak is an interactive sound installation containing the oral histories of 10 ordinary people who have been buried in Syrian gardens. Each narrative has been carefully constructed with the friends and family members of the deceased to retell their stories as they themselves would have recounted it. They are compiled with found audio that evidences their final moments
This Last Tempest
This Last Tempest is a visual spectacle that immerses you in atmospheric sound. Part theatre, part gig, this radical take on The Tempest begins where Shakespeare left off: Ariel and Caliban are left alone on the enchanted island, as Prospero’s ship sails over the horizon and out of view….
In the hours that follow, the magician’s former servants are free to tell their unheard versions of the story. They use the magic of the words their master taught them to conjure-up their own brave new world. They perform a tempest and begin again together.
Saturday 5 – Saturday 19 March
Jamaica, 1962. The island is alive with the excitement of independence and the thrill of providing the setting for the iconic James Bond movie, Dr. No.
But for five women and their husbands on the council, this is a time of mixed fortunes and uncertainty, as personal and political tensions simmer against a backdrop of mass emigration and unrest.
As the pressure builds, family secrets and long-held resentments bubble to the surface – and when the councillors’ wives meet to plan a welcome meal for Castro, it’s not just the cooking pots that are in danger of boiling over.
Tuesday 22 – Sat 26 March
A dark and stylish new adaptation of the classic Newcastle-noir thriller.
Jack Carter is back home for the first time in years. He’s back to bury a brother who hated him, in a town he swore he was never going to see again. He’s back to find out who killed his brother, to pay debts and settle scores.
As the local underworld closes ranks, Jack’s bosses back in London find out that Jack has had his fingers in the till. Jack plays a deadly game of cat and mouse as everyone tries to Get Carter, unless he gets you first.
Wednesday 16 to Saturday 19 March
The first national theatre tour of ITV’s popular Sunday evening 60s police drama, Heartbeat, comes to the stage starring members of the TV cast.
Now it comes to the stage in this touring production which, with use of video footage and a clever set, recreates 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.
Starring David Lonsdale and Steven Blakeley with more names from the TV cast to be added soon.
Of Mice & Men
Tuesday 22 to Saturday 26 March
Set in America during the Great Depression, this classic play tells the story of George and Lennie, two migrant farm workers, who go in search of new beginnings.
After a long and exhausting journey, the pair arrive at a farm in California where they seek work. But they are no strangers to trouble and soon find themselves reeling from the fall out of an innocent misunderstanding which spirals out of control and leaves the two men, bound together by friendship, facing an earth-shattering climax.
Starring William Rodell (Doctors, Eastenders) as George, Kristian Phillips (Wizards vs Aliens, Doctors) as Lennie, Dudley Sutton (Holby City, Emmerdale, The Football Factory) as Candy and Saoirse-Monica Jackson as Curley’s Wife.
Let it Be
Monday 28 March to Saturday 2 April
The International hit show that celebrates the music of The Beatles is coming to Blackpool!
Let It Be showcases the music of the world’s most successful rock ‘n’ roll band, in a spectacular concert charting the band’s meteoric rise from their humble beginnings in Liverpool’s Cavern Club, through the height of Beatlemania, to their later studio masterpieces.
The show is packed with over forty of The Beatles’ greatest hits including: Twist and Shout, She Loves You and A Hard Day’s Night, as well as global mega-hits Yesterday, Hey Jude, Come Together and of course, Let It Be.
The Birthday Party
Tues 8 – Wed 9 March
“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.
Arabian Nights…and Days
Friday 11 March
The Sultan summons a new wife every night. Every morning she is killed. The number of his victims mounts. Then Scherazade, the daughter of the High Counsellor, demands to be his next wife. All are dumbfounded. Has she lost her senses?
Hilarious and moving, a refreshing and imaginative adaptation of the classic tales, ARABIAN NIGHTS ...and DAYS! is a feast of physical comedy, clowning and storytelling theatre with a strong emotional punch. Scherazade reminds us of what we have lost but also of what we can still find. In a dark world ruled by hatred, she tells stories of hope.
Recommended age: 10+
Northern Chamber Orchestra
Sunday 20 March
The Northern Chamber Orchestra (NCO) is one of the country’s top, professional chamber orchestras, with an exceptional reputation for engaging and exciting concerts. With over thirty critically-acclaimed CDs to its name, the NCO is now known in every continent.
For this spring evening of music, in a delightfully varied programme, the celebrated pianist Martin Roscoe joins the orchestra for the last and possibly the most stirring of Beethoven’s five piano concertos.
Moscow State Circus
Wed 9 March, 5pm & 8pm
See magnificent feats of human achievement as our Loveable Buffoons guide us through this tantalising tale, surrounded by a multitude of flying, back flipping, juggling, wire walking and roller-skating performers.
Theatre Alibi present Falling
Fri 18 & Sat 19 March, 8pm
What happens when life swallows you whole and terror is only a heartbeat away? Theatre Alibi combine powerful performance, projection, puppetry and thrilling live soundscape to tell a raw and intimate story.
Thu 24 March, 7.30pm
In this unique take on Greek drama, follow our heroine, Lysistrata and the women of Greece in their (not always heartfelt!) battle to deny their men sex in order to stop a bloody war.
Monday 29 February to Saturday 5 March
Direct from London’s West End where it is now in its record breaking 7th year, Thriller Live is a spectacular concert created to celebrate the career of the world’s greatest entertainer, Michael Jackson. Over 2 hours of non-stop hits from pop to rock, soul to disco as the cast pays homage to Jackson’s legendary live performances.
Of Mice And Men
Tuesday 15 to Saturday 19 March
Set in America during the Great Depression, this classic play tells the story of George and Lennie, two migrant workers, who go in search of new beginnings in the hope of attaining their shared dream: of putting together enough money to buy a small piece of land and build a home.
Dial M For Murder
Tuesday 29 March to Saturday 2 April
Tony is convinced his wife is having an affair. We watch mesmerised at Tony’s precision in planning what must surely be the perfect murder… until it falters in the most unexpected way. Claustrophobic and frightening, this new production reclaims the brilliant and erotic tale of betrayal, passion and ultimately, murder.
Tuesday, 1 March – Saturday, 26 March 2016
Spain, 2013. Against all odds, young graduate Sofia has got a job as PA to one of the wealthiest bankers in the country. Sofia’s mother questions whether she gave more than just a good interview to get it…
In these times of financial chaos, the bankers are getting filthy rich whilst others are left unable to support their families. A storm is brewing, people are desperate – just what will they be driven to? Suicide? Murder?
Don’t Smoke in Bed
Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays, 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 20, 21 and 22 March 2016
Jamaican-American Richard and White-American Sheryl are starting a family together. When they agree to a series of 'bedroom interviews', they believe that their interracial relationship is the focus of the article. As both play up to what they believe are the expectations of the interviewer, they embark on a journey that challenges their relationship to the core as the barriers between psychological and social, sexual and political, public and private, melt and dissolve...
Don’t Smoke In Bed is a stunning exploration of social and racial perception in contemporary America.
Tuesday, 29 March – Friday, 22 April
The extraordinary true story of a beautiful young woman who tricked her way from vagrancy to wealth and power in Regency England by pretending to be a shipwrecked Princess.
Maintaining the deception becomes imperative as the stakes get higher and higher and what begins as a desperate ploy by a petty criminal to evade the law escalates into a national scandal threatening to ruin anyone whose compassion, lust or ambition has blinded them to the truth.
As 'Princess Caraboo' becomes the superstar of her day she discovers the price to be paid for living a lie and the cost of drawing the man she loves into her deceit.
PEPPA PIG’S SURPRISE!
Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th March
Surprise! Peppa Pig, George and their friends are back in a brand new live stage show.
Enjoy fun, games and of course, surprises in this charming, colourful new show with new songs and new life size puppets, Peppa Pig’s Surprise promises to be the perfect theatre show for all pre-schoolers!
Bill Kenwright Presents
The Classic Thriller Theatre Company
REHEARSAL FOR MURDER
Monday 14th to Saturday 19th March
Playwright Alex Dennison is left heartbroken when his fiancée and leading lady Monica Welles is found dead from an apparent suicide after the opening night of her stage debut. 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. But as the reading begins, it becomes clear that Alex believes that Monica was murdered and his new play is a devious cat-and-mouse chase to uncover her killer…
Simon Callow ‘One-Man Band’ – Orson Welles Biography
Wednesday 30th March
In One-Man Band, the third volume in his epic survey of Orson Welles’ life and work, Simon Callow again probes in comprehensive and penetrating detail into one of the most complex artists of the twentieth century, looking closely at the triumphs and failures of an ambitious one-man assault on one medium after another – theatre, radio, film, television, even at one point, ballet – in each of which his radical and original approach opened up new directions and hitherto unglimpsed possibilities.
THREE GENERATIONS OF WOMEN
Elsie is born in a Yorkshire pit village in 1936 and will never know another way of life. Gilly is the first woman in her family to go to university, enjoying every ounce of freedom the 70s has to offer. Frankie learns everything she can about sex from Judy Blume; in 1989, who didn't?
This is a story of the horrors of moving back in with your mum in your 30s, of finally appreciating the best piece of advice your grandmother ever gave you and of extraordinary family secrets held across the generations.
RUN is an exhilarating story of four investment bank interns chasing a career in the City...
Inspired by the true story of Moritz Erhardt, a 21-year-old intern who died at his London flat after reportedly working 72 hours straight, RUN exposes the glamour and grind of the Square Mile.
“The writing here is terrific...The cast is excellent, their pacing expert and consistently funny... insightful theatre” The Skinny
TITANIA: A solo cabaret
Shortlisted for the Musical Theatre Network Edinburgh Award 2015, TITANIA is A Midsummer Night's Dream as you’ve never seen it before...
In this engaging, amusing and participatory production, our much-loved Queen of the Night plays out events from her past, hosting nightly revels in an attempt to woo audiences off the path and back into the woods. A heady fusion of original music and vocal acrobatics, TITANIA is the Queen of the Faeries’ tale with an amplified twist.
4 & 5 March
William Shakespeare - the greatest playwright the world has ever seen? Or just a front man? A player – a poet – or fraud?
Now’s your chance to meet Will in person. In the pub. An informal audience with the man himself. His childhood, adventures at the Globe and what’s it like on tour. And whether he wrote all those plays… He’ll play a few of the greatest hits, perhaps write a sonnet – maybe teach you to dance the Volta.
Performed by ex RSC and West End actor Nicholas Collett at Jersey Opera House Studio.
17 & 18 March
This is a must for fans of Father Ted: a fantastic interactive parody comedy dining experience. Whilst the audience enjoy a three-course meal our Father Ted Dinner Show will entertain them. Ted the Priest, intellectually challenged Dougal, alcoholic Jack and of course tea-loving housekeeper Mrs Doyle create fun in the only way they know how.
Our professional cast recreate the characters’ mannerisms and offer a mad mix of improvisation, audience participation and top comedy timing to bring a spectacular evening of fun and frolics.
That bloke. You know. The Irish guy. No, not the bald one. The other one. You know him. The one Carol from work really likes. Wait, that might be Jason Byrne. Anyway. Funny chap. Has a new show!
Suitable for 16 years +
‘There is nothing quite like seeing Ed Byrne doing what he does best as he delivers a stand up master class’ **** Daily Mail
James Martin – Plates, Mates and Automobiles
Monday 14th March
The tour marks 20 years since James first graced our TV screens, winning the hearts of the nation. His show will be a fast-paced, interactive and high tech extravaganza.
Packed with James’ signature cooking demonstrations, audiences across the country will be thrilled as this multi media production is brought live to the big stage.
Jason Donovan – Ten Good Reasons & Greatest Hits
Tuesday 15th March
Star of stage and screen, Jason Donovan is returning to his roots for a solo tour of his debut 5 X Platinum, 1989 album ‘Ten Good Reasons’ and ‘Greatest Hits’. Ten Good Reasons’ became the biggest selling album of 1989 and remains a massive fan favourite with two solo No.1 singles “Too Many Broken Hearts” and “Sealed with a Kiss”.
The tour marks a huge step for the 80s heart throb: this is the first time he toured as a solo artist for six years and the first time he has ever toured the ‘Ten Good Reasons’ album.
The Three Degrees
Friday 18 March
The Three Degrees are an American female vocal group, formed in 1963 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. They are well known for their soulful voices, beautiful gowns and fabulous stage shows.
Known all over the world for songs like When will I see you again, Dirty Ol' Man and Take Good Care of Yourself, the Three Degrees have been continuously touring for more than 40 years and this is an exciting opportunity for you to meet Helen Scott, Valerie Holiday and Freddie Pool in person.
Singer Jo Jo Desmond will entertain for the first thirty minutes before the interval.
The Searchers in Concert
Saturday 19 March
With hits including Sweets for my Sweet, Needles and Pins, Don’t Throw your Love Away, Sugar and Spice and When You Walk in the Room, The Searchers have contributed enormously in establishing the UK as the world’s leading nation in the music industry.
Combined with anecdotes and reminiscences, this fully self-contained concert includes all their famous hits, plus many album recordings, B-sides and a selection of other collector and well known favourites.
Don’t miss The Searchers live in concert!
Swansea City Opera present Puccini’s LA BOHEME
Sunday 20 March
It’s Christmas Eve in Paris. A young poet, an artist and a philosopher are celebrating in their flat. Then comes a knock at the door, a lost key and an accidental touch of cold hands in the dark, and so begins one of the greatest romances of all opera.
From the irrepressible joy of a burgeoning love affair through to the unbearable heartbreak at their separation by death, only the stoniest of hearts could fail to be moved by this timeless story.
Sung in English and accompanied by a chamber orchestra.
There will be a pre-performance talk about the opera and production at 6.15pm, given by the Artistic Director of Swansea City Opera, Brendan Wheatley.
7 – 12 Mar
Set in 1942, against a backdrop of heartache and quiet bravery, Flare Path paints an evocative portrait of life in wartime Britain for the RAF bomber crews, their wives and sweethearts, who were left awaiting their return.
RAF pilot Teddy and his wife, former actress Patricia, have their marriage tested to the limit by the surprise arrival of her ex-lover Peter Kyle.
Fear, camaraderie and passion combine in this highly charged drama, when an unexpected and dangerous mission over Germany puts Patricia at the centre of an emotional conflict as unpredictable as the war in the skies.
The Best Thing
It’s 1966. The record player’s on, her hair’s bobbed and eye-lashes curled: for seventeen year old Susan, life is an adventure waiting to begin. But what happens next turns everything upside down, and its repercussions will last for decades to come.
Step into the wordless world of Vamos Theatre for this bitter-sweet story of mistaken morals and broken hearts, 45s and beehives, where sexual revolution proves a hard and rocky path to tread.
Funny, heart-breaking and human, The Best Thing is the latest touring production from one of the country’s must-see theatre companies.
Simon Callow on Orson Welles
Thu 24 Mar
In this fascinating talk, Simon Callow probes in comprehensive and penetrating detail into one of the most complex artists of the twentieth century, looking closely at the triumphs and failures of an ambitious one-man assault on one medium after another – theatre, radio, film, television, even, at one point, ballet – in each of which his radical and original approach opened up new directions and hitherto unglimpsed possibilities.
The Massive Tragedy of Madame Bovary!
1 – 19 March
For your viewing pleasure, Peepolykus (No Wise Men, The Hound of the Baskervilles) proudly present Gustave Flaubert’s masterpiece Madame Bovary. The seminal nineteenth century novel will be brought spectacularly to life by director Madame Bodinetz and her ‘bijoux’ cast (with a fair amount of doubling).
Can the cast of four rise to the ridiculous challenge they have set themselves? It's going to be hilarious. And bloody serious. Possibly.
A Nuffield, Peepolykus, Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse, Bristol Old Vic and Royal & Derngate Northampton co-production
24 – 30 March
Hope, humanity, forgiveness, suspicion, leadership, betrayal, war and revenge.
In a bid to gain entry to his own country, Odysseus retells stories of his 10 year journey home: the characters, the encounters, and, ultimately, his enlightenment as he begins to comprehend the horrors he inflicted on the people of Troy.
This modern adaptation by Nuffield Youth Theatre takes an ancient story and places it right at the centre of today’s humanitarian crisis, where people are fleeing from war torn countries to protect their own and their families' lives, only to be turned away. It is the perfect adaptation for our time.
Friday 4 – Saturday 26 March
Sue Devaney stars as Gracie Fields as she tells the real-life Cinderella story of how she went from a room above her grandmother’s Rochdale chip shop to international fame. This new play from writer Philip Goulding features songs and laughter, and in the service of truth, some sad bits too.
How The Koala Learnt To Hug
Koala's are the cuddliest critters but just how did they learn to hug?
With gorgeous puppets, great stories, sing-along-songs, superb games and first class hugging, Karen the koala tells her story in this fun filled family musical, written especially for parents to enjoy with their children.
Based on the book by Steven Lee
The Heroine Project presents Over the Top
Friday 4 March, 7.30pm
Salisbury 1917: Aspiring journalist Dorothy Lawrence returns from the front line, suffering from a nervous complaint, and harbouring secrets the War Office forbids her to tell. What made Dorothy brave enough to follow her reckless ambition? And what price did she pay?
Based on original research, this astonishing story is brought to life with two actors and an original score.
Breach Theatre -The Beanfield
Saturday 26 March, 7.30pm
It's been 30 years since the Battle of the Beanfield – a brutal crackdown on the annual Stonehenge Free Festival with bloody violence and mass arrests. Armed with a camera, a map and home-made riot gear, Breach set out to mark the anniversary. Blending documentary footage with new writing, Breach presents a multimedia show about state violence and national heritage.
Presented as part of Theatre Fest West 2016.
Supported by Arts Council England.
Raised Eyebrows Theatre Company The Little Bookshop Boy
Wednesday 30 March, 2pm
A boy falls out of a book and the pages slam shut behind him. He's lost and doesn't seem to know which story he belongs in. There's only one way to fix that - time to dive into another book and see if he fits.
Using puppetry, music and storytelling, Raised Eyebrows present this charming, spellbinding show for those of us - big or small - who have ever worried about fitting in.
Age guidance 5+.
Presented as part of Theatre Fest West 2016.
Monday 29 February – Saturday 05 March
This glittering production of one of the greatest plays of all time, includes Olivier Award nominated TV and stage star Tom Chambers (star of Top Hat the musical and Strictly Come Dancing winner) as the lovable and charming Elyot and Laura Rogers (Tipping the Velvet) as the unconventional and vivacious Amanda. Also starring Charlotte Ritchie (Call the Midwife, Fresh Meat and Siblings) and Richard Teverson (Downton Abbey).
The Rocky Horror Show
Monday 07 – Saturday 12 March
The Rocky Horror Show tells the story of Brad and his fiancée Janet, two squeaky clean college kids who meet Dr Frank 'n' Furter by chance when their car breaks down outside his house whilst on their way to visit a college professor. It is an adventure they'll never forget, with fun, frolics, frocks and frivolity, bursting with timeless songs and outrageous outfits.
Featuring all of its famous musical classics, including Science Fiction/Double Feature, Sweet Transvestite, Dammit Janet and of course, the classic floor filler The Time Warp.
Tuesday 22 – Saturday 26 March
Written by Willy Russell, the legendary Blood Brothers tells the captivating and moving tale of twins who, separated at birth, grow up on opposite sides of the tracks, only to meet again with fateful consequences.
Few musicals have received quite such acclaim as the multi-award winning Blood Brothers. Bill Kenwright’s production surpassed 10,000 performances in London’s West End, one of only three musicals ever to achieve that milestone.
Woody Allen (ish) & Sol Bernstein
Sat 5th March
Relive Woody Allen's iconic 1960's stand up material as actor Simon Schatzberger uncannily performs as the NY film and comedy legend. Also on the bill, 88 year old Brooklyn born Sol Bernstein - the oldest Jewish comic still working. Not for the faint hearted- despite his age Sol still tells it like it is.
Age 16+, contains strong language + adult content
Teddy Bear’s Picnic
Sat 12th March
11am & 2pm
£30 Family Ticket (4 people)
This joyous show is full of songs, games, stories, fun and laughter and is suitable for under-5s, mums and dads and teddy bears! Children (and mums and dads) are encouraged to bring their teddy bears along with them and there will be prizes for the biggest, smallest, oldest, friendliest, etc.
It’s a teddy bears’ picnic to remember with some surprise visitors, including possibly the biggest teddy bear in the world, and non-stop fun and games.
Suitable for under 5’s
I Love to Sing!
Sun 13th March
£25, £22 (conc.)
Anne Reid and her musical director Jason Carr present an evening of songs and stories, music and memories…filming with Daniel Craig, performing Shakespeare at
Buckingham Palace, making Last Tango in Halifax!
Reid is one of Britain's most-loved and respected actors, star of the very popular Last Tango in Halifax, Ladies of Letters, Dinnerladies and The Mother. What is less well known is her life as a cabaret performer.
Tue 1-Sat 5 Mar, Tue-Sat eves 7.30pm, Wed & Sat mat 2.30pm
Chichester Festival and Birmingham Repertory Theatre collaborate to bring Alan Bennett’s classic comedy masterpiece Single Spies to Richmond as part of a brand new UK tour. Olivier nominated Rachel Kavanaugh directs a star cast including Nicholas Farrell (Spooks, Call the Midwife & Chariots of Fire), Belinda Lang (2 Point 4 Children, Second Thoughts, Oklahoma!) and David Robb (Downton Abbey, Wolf Hall). Bennett’s Olivier Award-winning Best Comedy explores our fascination with Russian spies and royalty. Chronicling the lives of two members of the notorious ‘Cambridge Five’ spy ring in the 1950s – Guy Burgess and Anthony Blunt. These amusing and compelling plays span the globe from Moscow to London.
Tue 15 – Sat 19 Mar, Tue – Sat eves 7.30pm, Wed & Sat mat, 2.30pm
Set in a hard and uncompromising world of 1960’s Newcastle rife with crime, sex, gambling and violence this adaptation tells the story made famous in Mike Hodge’s seminal film starring Michael Caine. Jack Carter is back home for the first time in years. He’s back to bury a brother who hated him, in a town he swore he was never going to see again. He’s back to find out who killed his brother, to pay debts and settle scores. As the local underworld closes ranks and Jack’s bosses back in London find out that Jack has had his fingers in the till, and other places they shouldn’t have been. Jack plays a deadly game of cat and mouse as everyone tries to Get Carter, unless he gets you first.
Cyrano de Bergerac
Adapted by Glyn Maxwell from the play by Edmond Rostand
18 February - 19 March
Swordsman, Philosopher, Poet – Cyrano de Bergerac is all these things, but none of them makes him happy. What he longs for is the love of the beautiful Roxane. But his problem is as plain as the nose on his face. Surely he is too ugly to be loved?
This new staging of Edmond Rostand’s classic sees one of theatre’s greatest roles played by one of our most exciting and innovative stage actors – Olivier award-winner Kathryn Hunter. As Cyrano, Hunter leads an all-female cast that includes Ellie Kendrick (Game of Thrones, Misfits) and Sabrina Bartlett (Poldark) in Glyn Maxwell’s witty and heartbreaking adaptation
by JC Lee
9 March - 2 April
Amy’s son is perfect: star athlete, academic highflyer and high school hero. So why are there lethal explosives in his locker?
Gripping, funny, fast-paced and profoundly disturbing, Luce marks the arrival in the UK of a startling new voice.
Mel Giedroyc, currently best known as co-presenter of The Great British Bake-Off, plays Amy in this UK premiere
Join us for a weekend of outstanding folk music, a film, seasonal food and specially selected craft beers. Tom McConville and The Transpennine Sessions return to Square Chapel with dustbowl ballads, bluegrass, old time and fast moving Celtic music. Well known Scottish folk musician and songwriter, Alasdair Roberts comes to Halifax with his solo tour. One of Scotland’s most popular folk bands North Sea Gas bring great vocals and tremendous harmonies and enjoy a rare screening of Don’t Look Back – a documentary covering Bob Dylan’s 1965 UK tour. Weekend passes are priced at £30 (£27 concessions).
An Odd Occasion
Thursday 10 March, 8pm
You’re invited to ‘An Odd Occasion’. We’ll have a drink and a bite and a chat. We’ll dance inappropriately. We’ll do a quiz and pretend to be feminists of the past. We’ll eat some unusually-shaped cake! Part theatre performance, part riotous cabaret tea party, this is a unique event that explores men, women and the spaces we inhabit. It’s about identity and difference. It’s funny, shamelessly brash and a little bit rude. Suitable for ages 12+.
Christina Martin 2016 Tour: It’ll be Alright
Wednesday 23 March, 8pm
Christina Martin returns to Europe in 2016, with guitarist and producer Dale Murray, to play songs from her recent album ‘It’ll Be Alright’. The 10-song collection finds the Canadian pop/rock acclaimed artist attaining what her music has always suggested, a place where the ghosts of her musical heroes freely mingle with pop-rock’s modern architects.
“A brooding piece of pop music with a glacial edge.” CLASH
March 15, 2016 show time 7.30pm
A lively production, infused with old world charm, Coppélia appeals to audiences of all ages with its captivating story of an eccentric toymaker and his beloved doll. The colourful costumes, lively characters and beautiful music from Delibes all combine to create a magical and comical classic that warms and entertains from start to finish. Coppélia is guaranteed to lift the hearts of all the family.
Sevenoaks Symphony Orchestra
Dreams and Visions
March 13, 2016 show time 3pm
Join the Sevenoaks Symphony Orchestra for a varied performance of classical music connected with dreams and visions. The programme begins with Tchaikovsky's Sleeping Beauty Suite and is followed by Debussy's dreamlike tone poem Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune. In Pandeiros' exciting double concerto for flute and harp the flute soloist plays more than one flute, including the beautifully mellow alto. Berlioz's most famous work, his epic Symphonie Fantastique, tells the story of an artists' self-destructive passions for a beautiful woman and completes the programme.
The Close Up Show
March 11, 2016 show time 7.30pm
1 NIGHT, 3 MAGICIANS, 3 TABLES
An intimate evening of close-up magic, trickery and sleight of hand.
Close-up magic is one of the most popular and impressive forms of the art and this event showcases some of the best exponents. With performers direct from the sell-out shows at The Magic Circle, a strictly limited audience will meet them and experience the magic in an intimate setting, often taking part themselves. An amazing collection of close-up magicians presenting superlative magic right before your very eyes. Seeing IS believing!
Mon 7 – Sat 12 March
Back by phenomenal demand, following his previous sell-out tour, the multi-award- winning acknowledged master of psychological illusion returns with his most provocative show yet, Derren Brown: Miracle. Derren delivers an evening of mind-altering genius as extraordinary events unfold before you, live on stage. Guaranteed to entertain and baffle your brain, witness the wonderment of one of the world’s most renowned live performers, a dark manipulator of magic and mind control, a miracle man of our modern times.
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Tues 15 – Sat 19 March
In the Pollitt mansion on an airless Mississippi night, faded golden boy Brick and his beautiful, but frustrated wife Maggie, have gathered with the rest of the family to celebrate Big Daddy’s 65th birthday. As the grandchildren sing and the alcohol flows, deep currents of desire and deceit pull the evening inexorably towards disaster. A classic of Twentieth Century drama staged now for the first time by Theatr Clwyd,
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is directed by Robert Hastie, Associate Director of The Donmar Warehouse.
Dial M for Murder
Wed 23 – Sat 26 March
Starring Oliver Mellor (Coronation Street), Terri Dwyer (Hollyoaks)and Marcus Hutton (Brookside).
Tony is convinced his wife is having an affair. We watch mesmerised at Tony’s precision in planning what must surely be the perfect murder … until it falters in the most unexpected way. Claustrophobic and frightening, this new production reclaims this brilliant and erotic tale of betrayal, passion and ultimately, murder. Famously filmed by Alfred Hitchcock, Frederick Knott’s intense and darkly gripping thriller will keep you on the edge of your seats and you'll never want to answer the telephone again!
The world première of
The Shepherd’s Life
by James Rebanks
adapted by Chris Monks
Sat 26 March – Sat 23 April
In 2015 James Rebanks published a book about his life working the land in the Lake District fells. It was a hardhitting family saga; a Lakeland history that tore up the rule-book; a celebration of shepherding and a publishing sensation that topped The Sunday Times best-seller list.
It’s a story of hard graft, passion and dogged determination to stay rooted and connected to the land that generations of James’ family have farmed and shaped for more than six hundred years. A far cry from the idealised portrayal of the Lake District, this story cuts to the quick of modern rural life - punctuated throughout by the dry, dour wit of a Cumbrian hill farmer.
Following the shepherd’s year through the seasons, from gruelling winters digging sheep out of the snow through to the heady excitement of lambing time in the spring, this new adaptation features film, puppetry and music, with professional actors performing alongside members of the local community in a story that will fascinate and enlighten as much as entertain.
The world première of
The Professor of Adventure
Written and performed by Peter Macqueen as Millican Dalton
Sat 19 March – Tue 5 April
He smelt like a mountain goat, chain-smoked Woodbines and lived in a cave. Millican Dalton was a mountain guide, philosopher and self-proclaimed inventor of shorts. Leaving his stifling city job, Millican dropped out before it became fashionable and set out to seek romance and freedom living amongst nature in cabins, tents and caves for the next fifty years of his life.
It’s 1941 and Millican is in ‘the safest spot to escape the kind attentions of Mr Hitler’ - his cave in Borrowdale. But the Keswick ARP warden has just ordered him to “put that candle out” and the Borrowdale Hermit is far from happy...
Meet this true English eccentric, the self-styled Professor of Adventure, in a one man show celebrating his unique outlook on life, his philosophy and his continuing quest for freedom.
The Woman Who Cooked Her Husband
By Debbie Isitt
Tuesday 1 March – Saturday 5 March
Kenneth and Hilary have been married for 20 years and for the last few years food has been the only connection between them. Hilary cooks it and Kenneth eats it. He loves his food. After he's discovered having an affair with a younger woman, Hilary finally gives him an ultimatum. He decides to leave her for the younger model, Laura. But there's one problem - Laura can't cook. So Kenneth finds excuses to sneak back to Hilary's house to indulge himself in the pleasures of gluttony. To his delight, Hilary invites Kenneth and Laura round for dinner, but Hilary has very different plans in mind.
by Robert Softley Gale
Birds of Paradise Theatre Company, in Co-Production with Tramway
02/03/2016 - 04/03/2016 7:30pm
Fri 4 Mar 7:30pm
Audio Described, BSL & Captioned Performances: Wed 2 – Fri 4 Mar 7:30pm
What’s so great about purposeful movement? Half the fun in this life is not knowing what’s coming next.
Five guys wait on stage – each one has cerebral palsy – the way they stand and move is a dead give-away. When we were born, doctors called it Purposeless Movements – for us it’s just how we get around. You’ll see stories from our lives – stories that ask what it is to move and be moved.
A new theatre piece from Birds of Paradise Theatre Company by Robert Softley Gale – creator of international smash-hit If These Spasms Could Speak and co-creator of the hilarious Wendy Hoose.
The Destroyed Room
Conceived and directed by Matthew Lenton
Vanishing Point Company
09/03/2016 - 12/03/2016 7:30pm
The Destroyed Room takes inspiration from Jeff Wall’s famous photograph, which shows a ransacked room, every item of furniture torn up and destroyed.
The show begins with what seems to be the recording of a debate. A group of guests gather. They drink wine, discuss things they have witnessed and debate the ethics of watching. Cameras film every word and every reaction. As the debate intensifies, slowly and as if in a dream, the atmosphere begins to change.
The Destroyed Room is about what we see and what we turn away from. And what’s coming.
The Air That Carries The Weight by Rebecca Sharp
Stellar Quines Company
25/03/2016 - 26/03/2016 7:30pm
Matinee: 26/03/2016 2:45pm
So we’d work away… digging, sifting, dusting, recording… without knowing or needing to then, which dreamers’ sleep we might be a part of yet.
Isobel is summoned to a cottage in Argyll, which she inherits following the sudden death of her childhood friend, Yvonne. Sorting through Yvonne’s books, objects and research, Isobel uncovers Yvonne’s interest in Scottish writer and archaeologist Marion Campbell, and Marion's novel The Dark Twin.
Guided by Yvonne and Marion, Isobel journeys through layers of memories, signs and stories to reach the truth Yvonne discovered before she died.
This new play by Rebecca Sharp layers reality and fantasy through immersive writing, design, lighting and original music.
From 21 Jan – 5 March
Anne loved that time in her life when she prepared breakfast each morning for her two young children. Now her children have grown up and have lives and loves of their own. Spending hours alone, Anne’s world begins to twist around her.
The Mother is a compelling and moving production that will leave you questioning the very nature of reality.
Molière Award-winning playwright Florian Zeller returns to the Tricycle following 2015’s must-see run of The Father with this compelling show starring the BAFTA Award-winning actress Gina McKee. Completing the cast are Richard Clothier, Frances McNamee and William Postlethwaite
Sun 6 Mar & Sun 3 Apr
Sunday 6th March Comedian turned Teletubbie JOHN SIMMIT hosts an evening featuring genuinely outrageous NINIA BENJAMIN, star of BBC TV’s 3 Non Blondes, with slick and smooth musical double act JEFFERSON & WHITFIELD and local gagster AURIE STYLA riding high on the back of his appearance on BBC’s Black Comedy Special.
Sunday 3rd April MOTHER AND SON STANDING UP No April fooling from comedy’s original queen ANGIE LE MAR with her brand new comedy special MOTHER AND SON STANDING UP, a rare full show, featuring the groundbreaking comedy pioneer and her fast rising stand up son TRAVIS JAYin their first full length show, reaching London after it’s successful midlands debut.
The Man in the Woman’s Shoes
4 – 23 Apr
Pope John Paul I is not long dead, autumn is closing in and Pat Farnon has ‘some business’ to do in town. Set in Ireland in October 1978, The Man In The Woman’s Shoes follows the life of Pat Farnon as he walks to town and back again.
Funny, tender and at times downright daft, this beautifully observed show by critically-acclaimed performer Mikel Murfi piece has toured across the USA and Ireland, including a sell-out run at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin.
★★★★★ ‘Astonishing acting’ The New York Times
‘An enchanting show… hilarious’ Gay Byrne RTÉ Lyric FM
Sat 12 March, 7:30pm
Sun 13 March, 2:30pm
Welcome to the mischievous and playful world of Circa Tsuica. A company of cracking musicians and daredevil acrobats, they serve a cocktail of funky brass beats and awe-inspiring physical feats. As the performers play a joyous blend of ripping rhythms they show off their outrageous circus skills without dropping a note – or each other! Through a blend of risk-taking acrobatics and foot-stomping live music, Circa Tsuica create a vibrant spectacle. Adding to the revelry will be local musicians from the University of Warwick Big Band and Steve Pretty from the Hackney Colliery Band.
8-9 March, 7:30pm
Set during WW2, The Notebook tells the story of a pair of twin brothers evacuated to their impoverished grandmother’s farm to shelter from the conflict. These unnamed children survive and understand the world by a harsh private code, as they try to live by consistent principles in a Central Europe crumbling into cruelty and opportunism.
Kristof’s bold and crisp narrational language provides the basis for a compelling performance as two performers stand side by side in an unsettling and uncanny double act.
Fake It ‘til You Make It
Thu 17-19 March, 7:45pm
Six months into their relationship, Bryony found out that Tim suffered from severe clinical depression. This was a secret Tim had kept for a very long time.
Fake It ‘til You Make It is Edinburgh Fringe First winner Bryony Kimmings’ new work about clinical depression and men, made in collaboration with her partner Tim, who works in advertising. A wickedly warming, brutally honest and powerfully heart breaking show about the wonders of the human brain, being in love and what it takes to be a real man.
Tuesday 23 Feb – Saturday 05 Mar
She’s a girl like no other. As she dances in the wild landscape and talks with the animals, Snow Child brings joy and laughter to the whole village. But it’s not easy bringing up a wild daughter of the blizzards and wind. As winter gives way to spring and summer, will the Snow Child and her parents find their “happily ever after”?
tutti frutti is thrilled to bring you Emma Reeves’ new play following the huge success of her adaptation of Jacqueline Wilson’s Hetty Feather. Snow Child promises to be a wonderland of inventive storytelling to enchant children and families.
Blood in the Ballroom
Tuesday 15 Mar – Wednesday 16 Mar
Performed by members of the Theatre Workshops course at York Theatre Royal, this is an immersive evening of drama and death.
Lord and Lady Strapvocash are inviting the great, the good and the otherwise to their grand town house De Grey Hall for an evening of Shakespearean theatre.
You’ll meet an array of twenty characters, all with murderous motives in mind. Join us for this devilish evening of danger served up with a side order of suspense (and cake). But can you spot the killer in your midst?
Tuesday 22 Mar – Wednesday 23 Mar
The year is 2044 and Earth is a lifeless wasteland. The only chance of survival is to be accepted into Eden, a city enclosed in a protective dome where the inhabitants are free from the dangers of the Outside but the promise of paradise may not be all that it seems.
Eden follows two individuals, their emotional journey of social exclusion, and their struggle to survive in a world with little room for forgiveness.
Using satirical commentary and physical interpretation, Displace Yourself Theatre present parallels of the challenges surrounding homelessness and explore the social divides that exclude many communities.
If You Kiss Me, Kiss Me
10 Mar – 16 Apr
Jane Horrocks stars in the world premiere of an extraordinary new show with the energy of the best night out you ever had.
Part gig, part dance piece, Jane sings her own gritty and soulful versions of the new wave music she grew up with in the Northwest.
Featuring gorgeously evocative choreography from Aletta Collins, a company of brilliant dancers and a fabulous live band playing an unforgettable soundtrack.
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