Recently crowned winners of the Best Musical Production at the Off West End Awards, SpitLip is set to move their hit show Operation Mincemeat to the West End for a limited run this spring; they take over at the Fortune Theatre, following The Woman In Black‘s haunting 33-year run.
‘Venture into a world of adventure & fantasy’: THE LION, THE WITCH & THE WARDROBE – Salford ★★★★
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is the theatre adaptation of the first in the children’s book series, The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis.
NEWS: Nimax Theatres, the Criterion Theatre, Chichester Festival Theatre & more receive awards in the Culture Recovery Fund second round
Nimax Theatres, the Criterion Theatre, Young Vic and Chichester Festival Theatre are among the 2,700 organisations being offered nearly £400 million in grants and loans as part of the CultureRecovery Fund’s second tranche of funding.
NEWS: New dates & casting for C-o-n-t-a-c-t’s Salford & Manchester shows
Aria Entertainment and WEF Productions have announced that the critically-acclaimed outdoor production of C-o-n-t-a-c-t will run for six weeks from 18 May to 29 June 2021.
‘Tackles very real issues faced by young people today’: CRONGTON KNIGHTS – Touring ★★★★★
Crongton Knights is a completely unique performance in both the storyline and the atmospheric use of sound.
‘A beautiful reinterpretation of the Shakespearean classic’: MATTHEW BOURNE’S ROMEO & JULIET – Touring ★★★★★
A beautiful reinterpretation of the Shakespearean classic, Matthew Bourne’s Romeo & Juliet at The Lowry modernises the tale of doomed love for a new audience.
NEWS: Plans announced for Six The Musical UK tour
Five-time Olivier Award nominee and West End hit Six The Musical, written by Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss, is heading off on a nine-month tour visiting theatres later this year, opening at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford on 24 October 2019.
‘A satisfying & hearty concoction’: NIGEL SLATER’S TOAST – The Other Palace
Smartly adapted by Henry Filloux-Bennett, Nigel Slater’s Toast will warm you through without disguising its darker flavours, a satisfying and hearty concoction that sees the world through the eyes of a child.
‘Brings a new perspective to the story’: BRIGHTON ROCK – Touring ★★★
The Lowry’s Week 53 festival continues with this new adaptation of Brighton Rock. The festival theme of ‘coming of age’ seems to have been stretched pretty far in the search for content, but that doesn’t necessarily stand in the way of a good night of theatre.
‘Sonic, visual & theatrical feast’: HIKIKOMORI: THE SHELTER – Salford ★★★★
Hikikomori is a sonic, visual and theatrical feast – the absolute best of what you want to see when you take a chance on new theatre.
‘A fantastic combination of comedy, cartoons & creativity’: SEVEN INCH – Salford ★★★★★
Seven Inch is a fantastic combination of comedy, cartoons, and creativity, and is great for those looking for something uplifting and entertaining throughout. The independent nature of the show gives it a refreshing, homemade feel that makes it refreshing and engaging.
‘Totally contemporary & relevant’: THIS HOUSE – Touring ★★★★★
This House performs the miraculous feat of making a play about events which occurred over 40 years ago feel totally contemporary and relevant.
NEWS – Samuel Newton plays Nigel Slater in the world premiere of Toast at The Lowry
The cast has been announced for the world premiere run of the stage adaptation of Nigel Slater’s memoirs Toast at The Lowry in Salford from 22 May to Saturday 2 June 2018.
‘A magical concoction of trapeze, aerial & acrobatics’: THE LITTLE MERMAID – Touring ★★★★
At first, Metta Theatre’s Little Mermaid may seem like a simplified interpretation of the Hans Christian Andersen classic, but beneath the surface lies a magical concoction of trapeze, aerial, and acrobatics. This beautiful reinvention of the popular tale presents the perfect mixture of expression through movement and vocals, whilst being engaging for all ages.
‘An uplifting, charming slow-burner’: THE WINSLOW BOY – Salford ★★★★
Rattigan’s truly powerful dialogue for The Winslow Boy, coupled with Kavanaugh’s subtle directing style, create a piece that is undeniably touching and that audiences will not be quick to forget.
‘A rather successful first draft’: UN BALLO IN MASCHERA – Touring ★★★
However, the UK’s relationship with Un ballo in maschera has been rather dramatic over the past decade after stagings in London were met with little praise. This is Opera North’s first production of the piece and a rather successful first draft.
‘More relevant than ever’: DON GIOVANNI – Touring ★★★★
All set to Mozart’s powerful and beautiful score, Opera North’s Don Giovanni is a really entertaining night out for seasoned opera lovers or those, like me, who are new to the genre.
‘Creatively manages to balance entertainment & education’: THE AUDIT – Touring ★★★
A play which goes into the details of the economics behind the 2008 banking crisis might sound like a pretty dull way to spend an evening, so credit to Proto-Type Theatre for not shying away from this as a subject matter.
‘Vibrant reinterpretation’: HAMLET – Touring (RSC) ★★★★★
The RSC’s touring production of Hamlet not only boasts engaging performances but situates them in a dynamic theatrical setting –enabling the entire cast and crew to assert this show as a compelling production that reflects the virtues of the theatre.
‘A masterclass in audience engagement’: NINA – A STORY ABOUT ME & NINA SIMONE – Touring ★★★★★
Nina – A Story About Me and Nina Simone, performed by Josette Bushell-Mingo, is not a tribute concert or a jukebox musical based on Simone’s songs, it is a powerful and totally contemporary take on racial politics which utilises the potent political element in Simone’s music