What's On Highlights May

What's On Highlights May 2017
There’s a lot to enjoy this Spring Bank Holiday. Search for what’s on at your local theatre for things to do with the kids, that perfect night out or to revel in a new event. This is just a small selection of what's on. View the full list of theatres where you can use your Theatre Tokens.



Alhambra Theatre, Bradford
To book using your Theatre Tokens please call: 01274 432000

Dirty Dancing
01 - 06 May 2017

Seen by millions across the globe this worldwide smash hit tells the classic story of Baby and Johnny, two  fiercely independent young spirits from different worlds, who come together in what will be the most challenging and triumphant summer of their lives. Featuring 35 hit songs, including Hungry Eyes, Hey Baby, Do You Love Me? and the heart stopping (I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life.
Don’t miss your chance to see this sensational new production.
Recommended age 13+.

The Commitments
08 - 13 May 2017

The story of Jimmy Rabbitte, a young working class music fan, who shapes an unlikely bunch of amateur musicians and friends into an amazing live act, the finest soul band Dublin has ever produced.
With over 20 soul classics performed live on stage including: Night Train, Try A Little Tenderness, River Deep, Mountain High, In The Midnight Hour, Papa Was A Rolling Stone, Save Me, Mustang Sally, I Heard It Through The Grapevine, Thin Line Between Love and Hate, Reach Out, Uptight, Knock On Wood, I Can't Turn You Loose and more.
Suitable for ages 12+. Contains some strong language.

All Or Nothing
18 - 20 May 2017

The Small Faces encapsulated all that is Mod, a unique blend of taste and testosterone, neat, clothes obsessed and street-wise. But these cult sophisticates shared another passion, their dedication to Rhythm ‘n’ Blues. This quintessentially British ‘Mod’ Musical celebrates the unique sound of the iconic ‘60s Mod band, The Small Faces. Featuring the music of the Small Faces, including an arsenal of brilliant hits like Whatcha Gonna Do About It, Lazy Sunday, Tin Soldier, Sha La La La Lee, Itchycoo Park and of course All Or Nothing.



Aylesbury Waterside Theatre
To book using your Theatre Tokens please call: 0844 871 7607 (calls 7p per minute plus your phone company’s access charge)

Gangsta Granny
Wed 17 – Sun 21 May

It’s Friday night and Ben knows that means only one thing – staying with Granny! There will be cabbage soup, cabbage pie and cabbage cake and Ben knows one thing for sure – it’s going to be sooooooooo boring! But what Ben doesn’t know is that Granny has a secret – and Friday nights are about to get more exciting than he could ever imagine, as he embarks on the adventure of a lifetime with his very own Gangsta Granny!

From the acclaimed producers of HORRIBLE HISTORIES comes the world premiere of this amazing story by David Walliams, the UK’s best-selling author for children.



Bristol Hippodrome
To book using your Theatre Tokens please call: 0844 871 3012 (calls cost 7p/pm plus your telephone company's network charge)

Wonderland
Mon 08 - Sat 13 May

TV and West End star Wendi Peters, much loved for her acclaimed portrayal of Cilla Battersby-Brown in Coronation Street, will headline the UK tour of Wonderland as Queen of Hearts alongside musical theatre favourite Dave Willetts, who has previously starred in tours of South Pacific, 42nd Street and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, as White Rabbit.

West End and Broadway leading lady Kerry Ellis, best known for playing Elphaba in the West End and Broadway productions of Wicked, will guest star as Alice.

La Cage Aux Folles
Tue 23 - Sat 27

Embarking on its first ever UK tour, Bill Kenwright presents the highly anticipated spectacular new production of La Cage Aux Folles.
 
Georges and the dazzling drag artiste Albin, star of la Cage aux Folles, live an idyllic existence in the heart of St Tropez. But behind the curtains of this sparkling extravaganza, all may be about to change. Georges’ son Jean-Michel announces his engagement to the daughter of a notorious right-wing politician determined to close down the local colourful night-life. Drama and hilarity ensue when a meeting of the parents forces them to cover up their vibrant lifestyle.
 
Gangsta Granny
Wed 31 - Sat 03

It’s Friday night and Ben knows that means only one thing – staying with Granny! There will be cabbage soup, cabbage pie and cabbage cake and Ben knows one thing for sure – it’s going to be sooooooooo boring! But what Ben doesn’t know is that Granny has a secret – and Friday nights are about to get more exciting than he could ever imagine, as he embarks on the adventure of a lifetime with his very own Gangsta Granny!



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

Refugee Boy
1 May – 13 May

Refugee Boy is a powerful and moving story based on Benjamin Zephaniah hugely acclaimed book and adapted for the stage by Lemin Sissay.  It tells of 14 year old Alem, a refugee forced to flee his family and country for London in the late 1990s, to escape civil war at home in the disputed region between Ethiopia and Eritrea. As a child of parents from both regions, Alem is in great danger from the forces of both sides, and is forced to seek safety alone in the UK.
Refugee Boy is a warm-hearted tale of hope, family and identity.

Planet Play
5 May – 23 June

Planet Play is Chickenshed’s new magical world of sensory learning, wonder and exploration, for babies and toddlers aged 0-3 years. These plays will encourage young children to develop and explore the world around them through song, music, movement and a truly sensory experience.

Devised by Chickenshed’s Tales from the Shed creative team, Planet Play has been specifically developed to encourage play and early communication development in young children.

So join us for musical fun and games, learn lots of new songs, play with puppets, dance and enjoy time with your little one.

Tales from the Shed
5 May – 24 June

Tales from the Shed are vibrant, interactive theatre shows that are perfect for young children. They are informal, lively and amazingly engaging as the performers and audience share the same space - children are always encouraged to make a lot of noise and to make the story happen. We guarantee that every show will be fun, really silly and that there will be plenty of colourful puppets and live songs.

Every week we present different stories featuring the same much loved characters – from Can-Can the beautiful bird to laid back Lion Down and The Thing That Goes Blurgh!



The Theatre, Chipping Norton
To book using your Theatre Tokens please call: 01608 642 350

Darkside
Saturday 6th May

A nostalgic trip through the massive back-catalogue of one of Britain’s most enigmatic rock music bands. From the early magical days of founder Syd Barrett through to later albums like Dark Side Of The Moon, the emphasis will be on replicating the experience of Pink Floyd live on stage with a spectacular and dramatic state-of the- art laser light show and evocative projected images on the “trade-mark” circular screen.

The Island
10th – 20th May

Two men, unlikely friends, stagger through days of crippling prison work, breaking free in nights of playful escapism and ecstatic, dreamlike joy. With just scraps from their cell, they prepare for a performance of Antigone in front of the prisoners and guards - an act of defiance from people who have lost everything they have to lose.

With gut-wrenching emotion, soaring beauty and exquisite simplicity, this great drama of defiance and determination draws on the stories that linger from Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was held prisoner. The Island will see the theatre transformed into an intimate, in-the-round setting.

Fairport Convention
Tuesday 30th May

After nearly 50 years on the road, Fairport Convention, the originators of British folk-rock music, remain one of the most entertaining bands on the live music scene.



Floral Pavilion Theatre, New Brighton, Wallasey
To book using your Theatre Tokens please call: 0151 666 0000

Chicago Blues Brothers
Friday 5th May

The Legendary Jake & Elwood Blues Brothers are back armed with a new stage set, new moves, and freshly laundered suits. The Chicago Blues Brothers show brings you over 2 hours of the very best Blues, Funk, Motown & Soul music from both Blues Brothers movies, plus plenty of lunacy thrown in for good measure!

So… dust off those Pork Pie Hats, dig out those Sunglasses, and put on your dancing shows…

Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom
Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th May

“Somewhere, hidden amongst the thorny brambles is a little kingdom where everyone is very very small…”

From the makers of Peppa Pig comes this BAFTA award-winning television animation live on stage! Join Ben and Holly, and their friends on this exciting, enchanting and magical musical adventure packed full of games, songs and laughter. This beautiful story of elves, princesses and childhood innocence will delight all the family!

I’m Still Standing – The Elton John Songbook

Sunday 21st May

The ‘Ultimate Elton’ Paul Bacon, along with The Rocket band, deliver a truly wonderful celebration of the music of Elton John – from ballads such as Your Song, Candle in the Wind, Don’t Let The Sun Go Down on Me through to up tempo dance floor classics such as Crocodile Rock, I’m Still Standing, and Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting.


The Georgian Theatre Royal, Richmond, North Yorkshire
To book using your Theatre Tokens please call: 01748 825252

Cosi Fan Tutte
Saturday 13 May

Broken hearts and dreams are served up in this timeless musical comedy. How far would you go to win a bet? Egged on by a cynical friend, two young men make a foolish wager on whose girlfriend will be the more faithful. What starts as a silly game quickly escalates into something more troubling, as all four lovers begin to question just how serious their relationships really are. Things really begin to heat up when a double wedding is announced, but just who will be marrying whom?

Sung in English by a cast of six professional singers, accompanied by piano.

Beverley Craven – Live in Concert
Friday 19 May

BRIT-Award winning singer songwriter Beverley Craven became a household name in the early 90's with the release of her self-named debut album, which sold more than two million copies worldwide. Her 1991 single, 'Promise Me', went on to become a huge hit across Europe, followed by a string of chart successes, including 'Memories', Holding On', 'Woman To Woman' and 'Love Scenes'.

Her 2017 UK tour will feature songs from her most recent album ‘Change of Heart’ alongside the earlier classics. An emotional, humorous and highly entertaining evening is in store, with witty narrative and unforgettable melodies.

Morgan & West’s Utterly Spiffing Spectacular Magic Show for Kids and Childish Grown-ups!
Saturday 20 May

Time travelling Victorian magic duo Morgan & West unload another boxful of bafflement and impossibility. Mixing brain busting illusion and old fashioned tom-foolery, Morgan & West present a show for all the family, where magic and silliness abound for ages 5 to 105.

Morgan & West have been performing their unique magic shows across the UK and around the world, including sell-out shows at the Edinburgh Fringe, Perth Fringe World, Adelaide Fringe where they were nominated for ‘Best Family Show’, and Buxton Fringe where they were awarded ‘Best Comedy Show’.



GREENWICH THEATRE, LONDON
To book using your Theatre Tokens please call: 020 8858 7755

GABRIEL
8-13 MAY

1943. Nazi occupied Guernsey. Widow and mother Jeanne does whatever it takes to keep her adolescent daughter safe. Her toughest test arrives in the terrifying Commander Von Pfunz, whose romantic advances may be the only way to keep her family alive. But tensions intensify when a mysterious young man is washed ashore with no memory of who he is. Fluent in German and English, is he an RAF pilot, an SS interrogator or a saviour sent from heaven?

Starring Paul McGann (Withnail and I) and Belinda Lang (2point4 Children) and written by Moira Buffini (Handbagged, wonder.land).

UNDER MY THUMB
16 MAY

In a dystopian present, five women are imprisoned for crimes against society. Brought together by a common enemy and facing indefinite incarceration, their one remaining dignity is their continuing belief in their own innocence. The arrival of yet another prisoner seems no surprise, just another woman brought down by the world outside, but is she all that she seems?

Shortlisted for the inaugural RED Women's Theatre Awards in 2016.

**** “mesmerising” (Broadway Baby)
**** “chilling... a brilliant piece” (South London Press)
“a masterpiece” Maritime Radio.

MISS MEENA AND THE MASALA QUEENS
24-27 MAY

Dazzling saris, grand Bollywood lip-sync dance numbers and queues of adoring fans – for Miss Meena this is all now a distant memory. The punters have gone and whilst the other drag queens are strutting their high-heels elsewhere, property developers are circling like vultures waiting for Miss Meena to give up the lease to the club.

With the club on its knees, a new arrival brings a glittery rainbow of hope. But just as things are starting to look up for Miss Meena, a visitor from the past makes him question everything he ever stood for.



Harlow Playhouse, Harlow
To book using your Theatre Tokens please call: 01279 431945

Leo Sayer
Tuesday 9th May at 7.30pm

After his sell-out success at the Playhouse last year, the Grammy-award-winning, international chart- topping, British music legend Leo Sayer returns for another sensational show. With 16 hit albums and 26 hit singles to his credit, Leo Sayer is one of the most successful acts the UK has ever produced. Early booking is advised.

Wayne Ellington sings Nat King Cole
Wednesday 24th May at 7.30pm

Nat King Cole was an original, selling in excess of 30 million records during his career. His voice unmistakeable and completely unique, loved the world over. Every generation since his death has fallen in love with the King’s voice and music. Wayne Ellington’s voice is warm, silky and smooth; his tone suits Nat King Cole’s songs perfectly. His show is a beautiful tribute to the great man, his voice will leave you tingling and spellbound, this is a show not to be missed.

Tez Ilyas: Made in Britain
Wednesday 24th May at 8pm

Join one of the UK’s most exciting rising stars as he heads out on his first nationwide tour... In 2015, Tez Ilyas achieved phenomenal success with his debut stand up show TEZ Talks. It was met with packed out audiences and huge commercial success at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The show went onto be adapted into a series for BBC Radio 4 (with a second series coming in 2017). Tez is now taking his follow-up show, the critically acclaimed, smash hit "Made in Britain", on tour.

‘Radiantly entertaining’  The Times
‘Intelligent and truly hilarious’ Edinburgh Festivals Magazine



Hull Truck
To book using your Theatre Tokens please call: 01482 323638

Richard III
THUR 4 - SAT 27 MAY, 7.30PM, MATINEES: 6, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27 2PM, PAY WHAT YOU CAN: 4 MAY, 7.30PM

KING. LOVER. MURDERER. England is in the midst of the Wars of the Roses when Richard, Duke of Gloucester, sees a chance for the crown. He is Shakespeare’s twisted villain who we love to hate as, with ruthless cunning and silver-tongued charm, he stops at nothing to remove brothers, wife, nephews and friends from his path.

Jack Rooke : Good Grief
FRI 12 - SAT 13 MAY, 8PM

With a coffin full of sympathy snacks, Jack Rooke and his 85-year old Nan Sicely, invite you to the happiest town in Britain where Dad’s dead and the only thing to eat is lasagne.

Rooke’s critically acclaimed debut hour blends comedy, storytelling and film to explore how we treat the bereaved whilst challenging proposed welfare cuts for grieving families and celebrating finding happiness after tragedy.

Nominee: Best Show by an Emerging Artist - Total Theatre Awards 2015
Recommended Age: 14+

Mighty Atoms
THUR 8 JUN - SAT 1 JULY, 7.30PM, MATINEES:17, 21, 24, 28 JUNE, 1 JULY, 2PM, PAY WHAT YOU CAN: 8 JUNE, 7.30PM

World Premiere Production - Part III of The Hull Trilogy

The gloves are on! In a struggling pub on one of Hull’s toughest streets, ex-pro boxer Taylor Flint runs a women’s boxercise class. For Lauren, Jazz, Aneta and Grace the class is much more than a way to lose weight and have a laugh – they’re fighting the grinding challenges of everyday life.

Inspired by Hull’s original Mighty Atom, Barbara Buttrick, this new play by award-winning writer Amanda Whittington (Ladies Day, Be My Baby, Amateur Girl) pulls no punches.



KENTON THEATRE, Henley -on-Thames
To book using your Theatre Tokens please call: 01491 575698

ALICE IN WONDERLAND BALLET 2017   
07/05/2017   

Come with Alice on a magical adventure as she tumbles into Wonderland!
 
Guided by the White Rabbit, Alice meets some astonishing characters, including the Mad Hatter, the Queen of Hearts, a studious caterpillar and those mischievous twins, Tweedledum and Tweedledee.

Basing his ballet on Lewis Carroll’s much-loved children’s books, Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, Ballet Theatre UK’s Artistic Director Christopher Moore has created a captivating piece, brimming with wit, humour and charm. With its whimsical flights of the imagination, eclectic music and joyful dance, Alice in Wonderland is delightful entertainment for all ages.

FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD   

11/05/2017   

Far from the Madding Crowd is perhaps one of the most endearing and English of Hardy's novels. It tells the story of the young farmer Gabriel Oak and his love for and pursuit of the elusive and headstrong Bathsheba Everdene.

Her wayward nature however, leads her into the path of the dashing Sergeant Troy ‘…the past was yesterday; never, the day after’ and the introverted and reclusive gentleman farmer, Mr Boldwood, whose love for her fills him with ‘…a fearful sense of exposure’ culminating almost inevitably in both tragedy and true love.

SOME ENCHANTED EVENING   

19/05/2017   

Don't miss out on this spectacular show, as a cast of the industry's most talented professionals perform favourites from Broadway and West End musicals.

Including songs from The Sound Of Music, South Pacific, Les Miserables, Fame, Chicago and many more, this outstanding musical experience has previously been acclaimed as a ‘must see spectacular’ by theatre goers around the country, and is touring again this year.

Audiences leave with smiles on their faces and songs in their hearts, as they are taken on a journey of beloved musical theatre classics both old and new. This show is not to be missed.



Lichfield Garrick Theatre, Lichfield
To book using your Theatre Tokens please call: 01543 412121

The Tiger Who Came To Tea – Live on Stage!

May 10th and 11th

A musical play based on the book by Judith Kerr, direct from a SMASH-HIT WEST END season.
The doorbell rings just as Sophie and her mummy are sitting down to tea. Who could it possibly be? What they certainly don’t expect to see is a big, stripy tiger!

The tea guzzling tiger is back on the road in this delightful family show; packed with oodles of magic, sing a long songs and clumsy chaos! A stunning stage adaptation of the classic tale of teatime mayhem… expect to be surprised!

Horrible Histories – The Best of Barmy Britain
May 15th and 16th

It’s time to prepare yourselves for Horrible Histories live on stage featuring all of your favourite characters from Britain’s barmy past!
Escape the clutches of Burke and Hare and move to the groove with the party Queen Victoria!

It’s the history of Britain with the nasty bits left in!

Oddsocks Romeo and Juliet
May 17th and 18th

Oddsocks are delighted to be breathing new life into Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet by giving it a musical Mods & Rockers twist! There’s Nowhere to Run To for the Capulets and Montagues as violent confrontation stalks every meeting, even Down at the Tube Station at Midnight. Meanwhile, Juliet’s Nurse is looking forward to a good old Twist and Shout at the Capulet party, which Romeo’s mates are planning to gatecrash. Romeo has doubts about going to the Capulet Nite Klub but that is where he meets his Juliet, and It Must Be Love. Maybe, just maybe, The Power of Love will end the families’ violent feud.



Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse

To book using your Theatre Tokens please call: 01517094776

The Sum – a play with songs by Lizzie Nunnery
EVERYMAN – Sat 6 May – Sat 20 May

Liverpool 2017. Eve has been doing the maths her whole life. But when the squeeze comes, how do you balance a life that doesn’t add up and a family that refuses to read the bottom line? Lizzie Nunnery brings us a powerful play with songs, about finding the magic formula to the problems of life.

Romeo & Juliet
EVERYMAN – Sat 27 May – Wed 7 Jun

Young and unafraid, with a fierce passion they freefall into love. But a tangle of secrets weaves its stranglehold, and in spite of the world crashing around them, they refuse to let go of the light. The Everyman Company and actors from Young Everyman Playhouse, unite to celebrate Shakespeare’s brutal tale of love and family.



Mansfield Palace Theatre
To book using your Theatre Tokens please call: 01623 633133

Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom   
Wednesday 10 – Thursday 11 May   

From the makers of Peppa Pig comes this BAFTA award-winning television animation live on stage!

Holly is a young fairy princess, who is still learning how to fly and her magic doesn’t always go quite according to plan. Her best friend, Ben the Elf, doesn’t have wings and he doesn’t do magic, but he runs very fast and flies on the back of Gaston the Ladybird.

Join Ben, Holly and their friends on this exciting, enchanting and magical musical adventure packed full of games, songs and laughter.

Whitney – Queen of the Night   
Friday 19 May   

A stunning celebration of the music and life of one of the greatest singers of our time. This award-winning production features rising West End star Rebecca Freckleton delivering a breathtaking performance as Whitney.

Taking us on a magical rollercoaster ride through three decades of classic hits that include I Wanna Dance with Somebody, One Moment in Time, I’m Every Woman, Greatest Love of All, and many more. This show beautifully remembers the most highly awarded female artiste in the world. Whitney’s one true legacy was her music which touched most of us at some time in our lives.

Sing-a-Long-a Sound of Music   
Tuesday 25 May   

Following the celebration of the Sound of Music movie’s 50th anniversary in 2015, the original Sing-a-Long-a show is back!

Sing-a-Long-a Sound of Music is a screening of the Julie Andrews musical film in glorious, full-screen technicolor, with subtitles so that everyone can sing along. There will also be a host and free interactive props bag.

The audience is the star of this interactive show and anything can happen – at Sing-a-Long-a there are no rules! So, even if you’ve been before, come back and re-experience this unique interactive show and don’t forget to dress up as one of your favourite things!



Mercury Theatre Colchester
To book using your Theatre Tokens please call: 01206 573948

Hysteria
Thu 18 – Sat 20 May

1938. Hampstead, London. Sigmund Freud has fled Nazi-occupied Austria and settled in leafy Swiss Cottage. The ageing Freud intends to spend his last days in peaceful contemplation but, when Salvador Dali pays a visit and discovers a naked woman in the closet, eye-popping mayhem ensues.

An acknowledged modern classic, Terry Johnson’s hilarious farce explores the fallout when two of the twentieth century’s most brilliant and original minds collide.

Hysteria won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Comedy in 1994. Contains strobing and nudity. Recommended for 14+yrs

Spamalot
Fri 21 Apr – Sat 13 May

Lovingly ripped off from the hugely successful Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Spamalot is a riotous comedy full of misfit knights, killer rabbits, dancing nuns and ferocious Frenchmen.

We join King Arthur as he gathers his Knights of the Round Table. This band of hapless adventurers is then tasked with a divine mission to locate the illusive Holy Grail – with uproarious consequences. With comic tunes including Brave Sir Robin, We’re Knights of the Round Table and perennial favourite Always Look on the Bright Side of Life, Spamalot audiences are sure to be dancing in the aisles.

A Regular Little Houdini
Fri 5 – Sat 6 May

A multi-award winning show! Edwardian Newport, South Wales: A dockworker’s son, smitten by Harry Houdini, dreams of a life of magic. His parents struggle with their son’s eccentricity; but doggedly training himself to emulate his hero on the industrial detritus, his relentless ambition finally brings him face-to-face with the world’s greatest showman – and one of the most terrifying events in British industrial history. Is it possible to follow one’s dreams when poverty weighs you down like mud? An enchanting story that blends childhood imagination with the cynicism of adulthood. A tale of hope determination and magic!
Recommended for 5+yrs



New Vic Theatre
To book using your Theatre Tokens please call: 01782 717962

Dial M for Murder
Fri 28 Apr – Sat 20 May

Glamourous socialite Sheila Wendice has it all: a wide circle of friends, an exciting lifestyle and a husband who dotes on her.

When an old friend visits from overseas, she sends him off with her husband to enjoy a night on the town and curls up in bed for an early night. Then the phone rings, Sheila’s evening takes a dramatic turn… Suddenly she finds herself fighting for her life. But who could want her dead?

Anna of the Five Towns

Fri 26 May  - Sat 17 Jun

To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of Arnold Bennett – one of Stoke-on-Trent’s greatest literary legends – this new adaptation of his most-loved novel tells the absorbing love story of a spirited young woman, set against the backdrop of life in the Potteries.

Anna Tellwright’s 21st birthday brings with it newfound responsibilities, wealth and a suitor for her heart.
Courted by desirable bachelor Henry Mynors, Anna struggles to gain her independence. She finds herself torn between trying to please her tyrannical father and a desire to help young Willie Price and his family from the brink of ruin.

Around the World in 80 Days
Fri 23 Jun- Sat 8 Jul

Our much loved escapade Around the World 80 Days is back! The mysterious and fabulously wealthy Phileas Fogg wagers his life’s fortune that he can circumnavigate the globe in just 80 days. Join him and his loyal valet Passepartout, as they voyage from the misty alleys of Victorian London, across the subcontinent and on to the Wild West in a race against the clock. See it at home in the New Vic before it sets off on a nationwide tour across the country



Northern Stage, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
To book using your Theatre Tokens please call: 0191 230 5151

East is East
Tue 18 April – Sat 13 May

Chip shop owner George has his work cut out as head of the Khan household. It’s 1970s Salford and his teenage children are proving quite the challenge, trying to evade his Pakistani values and traditions.
Sajit still has his ‘tickle-tackle’ and won’t take his parka off. Saleem should be studying engineering but is drawing nudes on an art course. And Abdul and Tariq are trying to avoid marrying the wealthy Mr Shah’s… hefty… daughters. Between smoking and tea, George’s English wife Ella tries to keep the peace.

This modern comedy classic shares the joy, chaos and love of family life.

Contained
Thu 4 – Sat 6 May

Hot on the back of the critically acclaimed 2015 and 2016 tours, groundbreaking learning-disability theatre company Mind the Gap present Contained, a vibrant, compelling and personal production.

Nine interwoven true stories about family and friendships, love and loss, the everyday and the extraordinary.
Combining live performance, film, photography, music and dance, Contained explores those small moments in life that suddenly become meaningful: moments that teach us about ourselves, and the world that we live in.

Mark Murphy's V-TOL: Out of this World
Fri 26 – Sat 27 May

Genre-defying action packed theatre from acclaimed writer and director Mark Murphy. Set within a world of projected film and animation and combining ground breaking aerial choreography, original text and explosive special effects is a show that is both intense psychological thriller and heart-rending medical drama.

This is the story of a woman’s woozy descent into the depths of a medically induced coma. Once safely cocooned, her crashed imagination takes over the show.

After discovering a shocking truth, and with the medical team moving in for the kill, she must escape her subterranean safe house in a very real fight for life.



NST – Nuffield Southampton Theatres
To book using your Theatre Tokens please call: 023 8067 1771

Pygmalion
25 April – 13 May

One flower girl. Two experts. Free lessons. Six months. Duchess required. Over one hundred years after it was written, a radical new co-production explores one of the most celebrated comedies of the 20th Century, Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion. Witness the transformation of Eliza Doolittle in a world where we can be digitally altered within seconds.

Through video and sound technology, director Sam Pritchard’s fearless new staging interrogates class identity and social mobility in Britain today and asks us - how much do our voices still define who we are?

The Woman in Black
15 – 20 May

Susan Hill’s acclaimed ghost story comes dramatically alive in Stephen Mallatratt’s ingenious stage adaptation.

A lawyer obsessed with a curse that he believes has been cast over him and his family by the spectre of a Woman in Black, engages a sceptical young actor to help him tell his terrifying story and exorcise the fear that grips his soul. It all begins innocently enough, but then, as they reach further into his darkest memories, they find themselves caught up in a world of eerie marshes and moaning winds.

Babe the Sheep-Pig
30 May – 4 June

Meet the lovable Babe in a heart-warming tale of friendship, adventure and bravery.

Join us for an enchanting family favourite, as the classic novel which inspired the Oscar-winning film comes alive with plenty of laughter, thrills, stunning puppetry and original music.

Adapted by Olivier Award winner David Wood (Goodnight Mister Tom, James and the Giant Peach), follow the incredible story of one piglet’s rise to become the world famous sheep-pig.



Princess Theatre, Torquay
To book using your Theatre Tokens please call: 0844 871 3023 (calls cost up to 7pm plus your telephone company's network charge)

Sam Bailey Sing My Heart Out
Saturday 6th May

SING MY HEART OUT. Hot off the back of her portrayal of Mama Morton in the critically-acclaimed musical Chicago, X Factor winner Sam Bailey returns to the stage with her very own live show.

The Sing My Heart Out tour coincides with the release of Sam’s new album of the same name, and as the title suggests is guaranteed to showcase the former prison-officer’s powerhouse vocals.

“Incredible Voice” – Gary Barlow

Remembering Fred
Sunday 14th May

STRICTLY STARS ALJAZ & JANETTE PAY TRIBUTE TO FRED ASTAIRE IN SPECTACULAR NEW THEATRE SHOW.

Get ready to step back in time and relive special moments from the career of dancing extraordinaire, Fred Astaire. The ‘Remembering Fred Tour’ will take you on a magical journey of dance, live music and entertainment supported by special appearances from various celebrity guests.

King of Pop
Saturday 20th May

This incredible production stars the world’s leading MJ tribute artist Navi who is joined by Michael Jackson’s iconic guitarist – Jennifer Batten. Jennifer was Michael’s "right-hand woman" on three sell-out world tours. She was initially hand-picked to play on the Bad Tour but Michael was so impressed that she joined him on the road for the next 10 years, playing on his Dangerous and History tours to more than 4.5 million fans worldwide.



Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch
To book using your Theatre Tokens please call: 01708 443333

Educating Rita
22 April – 13 May

Whisky-loving Open University professor Frank Bryant is expected to teach when the pubs are open – much to his disgust.  So when gobby hairdresser Rita bursts into his book lined study insisting that Frank becomes her assigned tutor, he grudgingly accepts the challenge. Rita may think Yeats is a wine lodge but she also believes that literature could offer her a way out of the rut she’s in.

Footloose the Musical

22 – 27 May

Footloose is back and better than ever before. Everybody cut loose – the explosive 1980s rock ‘n’ roll sensation bursts onto the stage in a remastered show for 2017. Starring Gareth Gates and Maureen Nolan. Based on the screen sensation which took the world by storm, Footloose sizzles with spirit, fun and the best in UK musical talent.

Down Memory Lane – Dementia Friendly
3 May

A show for people with dementia and their carers. Enjoy a relaxing stroll down memory lane with many wonderful well-loved melodies. Featuring Kay Carman (Music for Hospitals), pianist David Carter (musical director for Danny La Rue) plus one special guest. Requests welcome!



Richmond Theatre, Surrey
To book using your Theatre Tokens please call: 0844 871 4651 (alls cost up to 7p/pm plus your telephone company's network charge)

Fracked!
8 – 13 May

In Alistair Beaton’s provocative new comedy, Anne Reid plays Elizabeth, a retired academic who find herself transformed from obedient citizen to angry protestor when her idyllic village is threatened by fracking. Whilst her increasingly grumpy husband (James Bolam) longs for the quiet life, Elizabeth soars to fame via social media, as she boldly resists tough PR men and a corrupt local councillor.

Footloose
15 – 20 May

Footloose is back and better than ever before.  Everybody cut loose as the explosive 1980s rock ‘n’ roll sensation bursts on to the stage in a remastered show for 2017 starring Gareth Gates as Willard and Maureen Nolan as Vi Moore.  This show sizzles with spirit, fun and classic 80s hits such as Holding Out for a Hero, Let’s Hear It For The Boy, and of course the unforgettable title track Footloose.

The Mikado
23 – 27 May

Sasha Regan returns with probably the most popular of Gilbert and Sullivan’s operas, in another thrilling all male production. This hugely talented and innovative company take us to the far away land of Titipu, where we revel in poking fun at British Institutions, combined with the inherent humour and timeless tunefulness of songs such as A Wand-ring Minstrel I, Three Little Maids, Willow Tit Willow and Some Day It Might Happen.



Southport Theatre & Convention Centre
To book using your Theatre Tokens please call: 08448713021 (calls cost 7p/pm plus your telephone company's network charge)

The Solid Silver 60s Show
Friday 12th May 2017 - 7:30pm

Come on down to the Solid Silver 60s Show, see the original artists singing their greatest hits and relive some of your fondest memories of an era that will last forever. Featuring The Merseybeats, Dave Berry, Wayne Fontana, Vanity Fare, and Chris Montez.

Russell Brand - Re:Birth
Tuesday 23rd May 2017 - 8:00pm

Following a series of sold-out preview shows, Russell Brand is coming to a venue near you as part of his new stand-up tour of the UK and Ireland. What is real? Who are we? Where did this baby come from?
 
Russell Brand wrestles with these questions while unravelling the matrix of modern media, politics, sex, fatherhood and death. Join one of comedy’s fiercest talents as he tries to make sense of life having just made a new one.

One Night of Elvis
Friday 26th May 2017 - 7:30pm

There are Elvis tributes..... and then there’s Lee Memphis King. Lee Memphis King, Europe’s most successful Elvis Presley tribute artist, recreates the essence of the King with consummate ease and an almost unbelievable combination of stunningly accurate vocals and incredible passion in every performance.



Swansea Grand Theatre
To book using your Theatre Tokens please call: 01792 475715

Don’t Dress for Dinner
1 – 6 May

Written by Marc Camoletti this superb comedy of confusion stars Sara Crowe (EastEnders), the brilliant farceurs Damian Williams (Birds Of A Feather, Being Tommy Cooper) and Ben Roddy (Absolutely Fabulous - The Movie, Boeing Boeing).

Bernard has invited Suzy, his gorgeous Parisian mistress, to his home for the weekend as his wife is away; he’s invited his best friend Robert along as an alibi, and with a feast from chef Suzette what could possibly go wrong?

Kiss of Death
17 – 20 May

Actress Zoe Lang attends a most unusual improvisation workshop and finds herself auditioning to be the bait for a real-life serial killer. Taking on the role of a young runaway, Natasha Campion, Zoe meets the sinister and manipulative John Smith. A contemporary thriller with dark, sardonic humour to punctuate its mood of prevailing menace.

Starring Peter Lovstrom (Widows, Prospects), David Janson (Get Some In!, Hi-de-Hi, Keeping Up Appearances), Ciara Janson (Hollyoaks) and Davies Palmer as John Smith.

All or Nothing
25 – 27 May

THE MOD MUSICAL. Based on the life and music of The Small Faces. The Small Faces encapsulated all that is Mod, a unique blend of taste and testosterone, neat, clothes obsessed and street-wise. But these cult sophisticates shared another passion, their dedication to rhythm 'n' blues. Featuring the music of the Small Faces, including an arsenal of brilliant hits like Whatcha Gonna Do About It, All Or Nothing, Lazy Sunday, Here Comes The Nice and Itchycoo Park.



Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon
To book using your Theatre Tokens please call: 01874 611622

Vox Fortura
Wednesday 10 May, 7.30pm

Vox Fortura is the newest most exciting Classical Crossover group in the world. Recently seen as Semi Finalists on Britain's Got Talent, they stormed the competition with a powerhouse display of vocal panache and won the hearts of all four judges!

Performing some of your favourite Motown songs including Stevie Wonder's "LATELY" & "SIGNED, SEALED, DELIVERED" as well as some of your favourite classical standards including "NESSUN DORMA" & "THE PRAYER"

Scorched
Tuesday 16 May, 7.30pm

With striking theatrical invention and imaginative visual physical theatre Scorched tells the tale a World War II veteran and follows his mind sinking into the sands of time.

1941. Egypt. WWII. An escaped German officer. A two day chase across the brutal Sahara. A triumphant capture. A hero’s return.

1991. England. Jack reigns from the armchair of his rest home, a local legend. Decorated veteran of Tobruk. Former river warden, boxer, horse whisperer, charmer and father. Memories are tattooed upon his body but dementia is eroding his mind. As the Gulf War rages on his TV, the past drags him back to the scorched desert sands.

The Tap Dancing Mermaid
Sunday 28 May, 4pm. Monday 29 May, 11am and 2pm.

Gather round for the Moon’s magical story about a tippetty-top tap dancer who he has been watching at night. Marina Skippett creeps down to the boardwalk every night to shuffle and stomp to the sounds of the sea. She can’t tap dance at home since her evil Aunty banned it. But then, one moonlit night, Marina meets a mysterious, watery boy and her life is never the same again!

The Tap Dancing Mermaid brings you stunning puppets, original live music and tap dancing that will make you want to stick 50ps to your shoes and join in!



Theatre By The Lake
To book using your Theatre Tokens please call: 017687 74411

After The Dance

Fri 26 May – Sat 4 Nov

David and Joan Scott-Fowler were Bright Young Things of the 1920s and live a glamorous life of hedonism and pleasure: debauched parties, serious drinking, sparkling wit and superficiality.

When a young and idealistic couple come into their lives, they begin to realise that the gaiety of their youth is wearing thin and the precarious game around which their existence is constructed begins to fall apart.
Sharply satirical and heartrendingly beautiful, After the Dance is about a world on the cusp of enormous change. Neglected for many years, it is now considered to be one of the great works of a master dramatist.

Chess
Tue 2 – Sat 6 May

In this monumental musical, the intricate game of chess becomes a metaphor for games of love and Cold War politics, as a loutish American chess star and serious Russian grandmaster vie for the same woman’s affections. The manoeuvres are set to a score of powerhouse numbers including Anthem, One Night in Bangkok and I Know Him So Well – mixing rock, pop, choral and orchestral styles to stunning effect. KAOS always puts local talent centre stage; don’t miss their latest rocking outing.

Professor of Adventure

Mon 1 – Sat 6 May

He smelt like a mountain goat, chain-smoked Woodbines and lived in a cave. Millican Dalton was a mountain guide, philosopher and self-proclaimed inventor of shorts. It’s the winter of 1941 and Millican is safe in his cave in Borrowdale, far away from the Blitz. But the Keswick ARP warden has just ordered his to “Put that candle out!” – and the Borrowdale Hermit is far from happy… This captivating play returns to Keswick after delighting audiences and critics in 2016.



Tower Theatre Company
To book using your Theatre Tokens please call: 020 7353 1700

Much Ado About Nothing
By William Shakespeare    
Tuesday 16th – Saturday 20th May at 7.30pm. There will be a 3pm matinee on Saturday 20th May.    

Much Ado About Nothing is one of Shakespeare's later plays and a complex mix of darkness and light - as full of cruelty as humour, as much about malice and repressed desire as joy and openly declared love and as interested in what cannot be said as in the delights of speaking.  

This production will be performed at Theatro Technis in Camden.

Love, Love, Love By Mike Bartlett   
Tuesday 23rd – Saturday 27th May at 7.30pm. There will be a 3pm matinee on Saturday 27th May.    

Are the carefree babyboomers of the swinging 60s responsible for the woes of Generations X and Y? In this masterful, biting and very funny "modern classic", Bartlett takes us on a 40-year epic journey of love, betrayal and questionable parenting. By pitching the self-entitled pomp of the have-it-all generation against the self-pitying dispossession of the jilted generation, Bartlett's brilliant satirical piece ultimately lets the audience decide who is to blame.

This production will be performed at Theatro Technis in Camden.



Unity Theatre, Liverpool
To book using your Theatre Tokens please call: 0151 709 4988

Oliver In the Overworld
Sat 20 May, 2pm

'OLIVER IN THE OVERWORLD' is the first ever musical created from scratch with sign language.

It’s a funny, surreal, picaresque tale of a little deaf boy who travels to The Overworld, The Land of Machinery, seeking the parts to mend the memory of his best friend Oliver the Grandfather Clock.

Created by multi award -winning Artistic Director Kinny Gardner with beautiful puppets, magical transformations, 10 super songs and daft dances, and featuring fully integrated Sign Language, this is an ingenious and imaginative theatre show with big laughs! Showcasing Krazy Kat’s mastery of visual storytelling it’s bristling with creativity, humour and catchy chunes…

Join the Kats in this fast-moving madcap musical adventure. Lasting 55 minutes it is suitable for ages 3- 7, their families and friends and is suitable for both deaf and hearing audiences.

Physical Fest
26 May – 3 Jun

Physical Fest is an international annual physical theatre festival in Liverpool in late May/early June and is hosted by Tmesis Theatre company.

This May Physical Fest returns to Unity Theatre.  With a programme packed full of incredible artists - from the local to the international.

So dust off your dancebelts, unpack your unitards... here's a look at what's on offer!

Fri 26 May, 8pm: Only Bones by Kallo Collective
Sat 27 May, 8pm: Jetlag by Chailwaite
Tue 30 May, 8pm: Double Bill:  Sean Kempton’s STUFF and Jo Tremarco’s Dying On My Feet (Work in Progress)
Thu 1 Jun, 7.30pm Fest Live
Fri 2 Jun, 8pm, Happy Hour by Tmesis Theatre
Sat 3 Jun, I am a Tree by Jamie Wood

Omnibus
7 – 17 June, Various

Presented by Liverpool's Royal Court in association with Unity Theatre | Written by Katie Mulgrew | Directed by Robert Farquar

It’s a typical Sunday afternoon in a shared house. One in the kitchen getting the roast on, two on the sofa watching the omnibus and one on the floor having a few wines. The biggest decision that needs to be made is when to put the roasties in.

Except that the one who is cooking can’t cook. And the one drinking the wine shouldn’t really drink. And the ones watching the telly were definitely not expecting the drama to come to life.

Join Mark, Lauren, Nell and sexily stupid Jess in a fast moving farce about modern life, relationships and prize nutcases with guns.

The World Premiere of the winner of the prestigious Hope Playwriting Prize, this will have you laughing all week, and twice on a Sunday.



Victoria Theatre, Halifax
To book using your Theatre Tokens please call: 01422 351158

David Starkey: Henry VIII
Tuesday 9 May 2017, 7:30pm

Henry VII is the only king whose shape you remember. He bestrides our history like a colossus and the decisions he took still reverberate today. The Reformation is the first Brexit; his ministers devised the doctrine of parliamentary sovereignty and his tumultuous personal life pitted religion against politics as brutally as in our own age of Isis.

In this lecture David Starkey draws on his unique knowledge of Henry's reign on the one hand, and his insights as a leading commentator on modern politics on the other, to illuminate both the Tudor age and our own.

Ian Waite & Natalie Lowe – Somewhere In Time

Thursday 25 May 2017, 7:30pm

Strictly's favourite couple are back with a bang! Ian and Natalie have developed a whole new show with newly choreographed routines of their favourite Ballroom and Latin dances. New music developed to accompany these dances and give you a feel good factor with pure romance.

The dance showcase spectacular will give full on entertainment with a romantic feel and will transport you away to a place of wonderful moments. On the night they will dance a mix of Ballroom and Latin with fun filled entertainment and a close up history of all things related to their life.

Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom
Saturday 27 May to Sunday 28 May 2017

From the makers of Peppa Pig comes this BAFTA award-winning television animation live on stage, Ben & Holly's Little Kingdom!

Holly is a young Fairy Princess, who is still learning how to fly. Her best friend, Ben the flies on the back of a ladybird. They live in the Little Kingdom, a tiny land where flowers and grass rise high above them and every day is an adventure.

Join Ben and Holly, and their friends on this enchanting musical adventure packed full of games, songs and laughter. This story of elves, princesses and childhood innocence will delight all the family!



Warwick Arts Centre
To book using your Theatre Tokens please call: 02476524524

Mark Murphy's V-TOL Presents Out Of This World
Tue 25 Apr - Wed 26 Apr

Out Of This World is genre-defying action packed theatre from acclaimed writer and director Mark Murphy. Set within a world of projected film and animation, it combines his signature mix of ground breaking aerial choreography, original text and explosive special effects in a show that is both intense psychological thriller and heart-rending medical drama.

This is the story of a woman’s woozy descent into the depths of a medically induced coma. Once safely cocooned, her crashed imagination takes over the show – creating a vivid inward cinema in which she reviews her life.

Rifco and Watford Palace Theatre present Miss Meena and the Masala Queens In association with Warwick Arts Centre
Tue 16 - Sat 20 May 2017

A new play about drag queens. Dazzling saris, grand Bollywood lip-sync dance numbers and queues of adoring fans – for Miss Meena this is all now a distant memory. The once famous and fabulous drag queen has lost his sparkle and like his nightclub is washed up and out of date.

With the club on its knees, a new arrival brings a glittery rainbow of hope. But just as things are starting to look up for Miss Meena, a visitor from the past makes him question everything he ever stood for.

My Country; a work in progress A National Theatre Production
Thu 25 - Sat 27 May

In the days following the Brexit vote, a team from the National Theatre spoke to people nationwide, to hear their views on the country we call home. In a series of deeply personal interviews, they heard opinions that were honest, emotional, funny, and sometimes extreme. My Country puts their words centre stage.

The debate is passionate, the darts are sharp, stereotypes nailed and opinions divided. Can there ever be a United Kingdom?

These real testimonials are interwoven with speeches from party leaders of the time in this groundbreaking new play by Carol Ann Duffy, Poet Laureate, and director Rufus Norris.



York Theatre Royal
To book using your Theatre Tokens please call: 01904 623568

The Tenant Of Wildfell Hall
25/04/17 – 06/05/17

Based on the 1848 novel by Anne Brontë, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall is a passionate story about a mysterious woman called Helen and her fight for independence. After moving into Wildfell Hall, Helen falls in love with a young farmer called Markham, leading her to reveal the shocking history she thought she had left behind. This brand new stage adaptation by Deborah McAndrew will be directed by Elizabeth Newman. Co-production with Bolton Octagon Theatre.

Birmingham Royal Ballet
12/05/17 – 13/05/17

Birmingham Royal Ballet presents a sparkling triple bill that highlights the diversity of classical ballet with live music from the acclaimed Royal Ballet Sinfonia. From traditional English whimsy, to the intensity of the tango and a burst of comic frivolity, audiences will experience the versatility of the Company’s world-class dancers across a range of different styles.

Twelfth Night
18/05/17 – 20/05/17

Reimagined in the 1920s where prohibition is rife and Europe is still reeling in the wake of war, this brand new production bursts to life. Fuelled by a scintillating selection of energetic jazz music, an outstanding new ensemble of actors come together to create a dizzying and beautiful version of Shakespeare’s perfect play. The radical spirit of Duke Ellington, Django Reinhardt, Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong is fused with an innovative approach to staging and actor-musicianship to tell this timeless story.



London

A full list of London shows can be found at 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 for great last minute tickets with many at a discount.


Booking fees may apply. Always check the theatre's website for full information. Details correct as of 28/04/2017.