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Calling all Dorks, Newbies, Cheerleaders, Jocks and Brainiacs: ?13' the musical, is about the trials and tribulations of being 13 years old in Appleton, Indiana. When Evan Goldman is forced to move from New York when his parents get divorced, he just wants to survive the school year... easier said than done! With an unforgettable score from Tony Award-winning composer Jason Robert Brown and a live rock band, 13 is a hilarious, high-energy musical for all ages about discovering that ?cool' is where you find it, and sometimes where you least expect it.
Climb aboard for this pleasure cruise packed with timeless Cole Porter hits. Luxury ocean liner, the S.S. American sets sail for England with a cargo full of colourful characters. Anything Goes tells the tale of stowaway Billy Crocker and his desperate pursuit of Hope Harcourt, the beautiful debutante fiancée of English Aristocrat Lord Oakleigh. But, the road to love is never simple, as we are introduced to raunchy ex-evangelist turned nightclub singer, Reno Sweeney, who herself holds a torch for Billy, and gangster team Moonface Martin and his sidekick Erma, who are trying to make a getaway. Packed with great song and dance numbers such as It’s De-Lovely, Friendship, I Get A Kick Out Of You, Blow Gabriel Blow and the title song, Anything Goes, this show is guaranteed to get your toes tapping.
The story follows Phileas Fogg and his trusty servant Passepartout as they try to circle the globe faster than any man in history, for a bet of 20,000. Through teeming jungles and dazzling cities - using every possible means of transport - they battle against red tape, black hearted villians, and the bull-headed Detective Fix who is determined to stand in their way. Can Fogg complete his journey in time and still rescue a beautiful princess from the jaws of certain death? Bring your passport along and find out.
The story of the gypsy girl Carmen whose love and passion switch from one man to another with tragic consequences. Probably the world's most famous opera and tunes. A Spanish story of love, treachery, passion and betrayal.
Performed in English. NOT YET LISTED
The magical pantomime including Prince Charming, Buttons, the Ugly Sisters and, of course, the Fairy Godmother who turns a pumpkin and mice into a carriage and horses ... but why doesn't the glass slipper disappear at midnight?!
Quasimodo the hunchbacked bellringer, resides within the vast Gothic Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris. Ridiculed and reviled by all for his physical appearance, he is shown compassion only by the gypsy Esmeralda. Repaying her compassion with absolute devotion, this unlikely hero attempts to save Esmeralda from the black-hearted and lecherous Archdeacon Claude Frollo, his own adopted father.
Age guidance: 14+
The story of the adult life of Jesus as he preaches, does miracles, ruffles the establishments feathers and finally is condemned to death. Previous West End run finished in 1980 after 3,368 performances.
Perrier nominee and cult comedy performer.
Versatile singer/organist, John Shuttleworth, wants to share fond memories of his favourite past weekends. However, a typo on the poster means John is obliged to spend the evening paying homage to his next-door neighbour and sole agent - the diminutive Ken Worthington. He'll probably end up doing both! In this brand new show, Shuttleworth will perform classic tunes such as Two Margarines and I Cant Go Back To Savoury Now as well as new ditties like Bitter Sweet Memories and Relatives In Rotherham.
Inspired by Zizou Corder's bestselling trilogy, Lionboy tells the story of eleven-year old Charlie Ashanti. He's a perfectly normal boy, except for one thing: he can speak to cats. When Charlie's parents are kidnapped, he sets off on a rescue mission - with a little help from a floating circus and its pride of performing lions.
For ages 8+
With a career in comedy spanning three decades, Omid Djalili's legendary performances on stage and screen have won him fans and plaudits the world over. Renowned for his razor sharp wit, boundless energy and expertly crafted cultural observations, Omid's original material continues to explore the diversity of modern Britain and he remains one of the most exciting entertainers on the circuit.
John Godber's raunchy snowbound comedy brings together two British couples in ill-advised designer romper suits and fluffy earmuffs, who are out to show everyone else how to do it on and off the slopes! Throw in a sexy sun-tanned ski instructor who is well known for his downhill skills and you're guaranteed an avalanche of laugher and disasters.
We are delighted to welcome back LipService following their hugely successful productions Inspector Norse, Move Over Moriarty, Withering Looks and Desperate to be Doris. Doreen Gray has it all, a drive time radio show, a high ratings lifestyle programme, Up Sticks and Away on Even More 4, her famously youthful looks - she ranks up there in the national treasure list alongside Cliff and Lulu. But how does Doreen stay so incredibly young? When Doreen is invited to a school reunion, the headmistress dusts off Doreen's portrait to reveal a dark and dreadful secret.
Featuring community actors as Doreen's school mates and some random fairies.
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife... The ultimate romantic comedy, Jane Austen’s story of the five Bennet sisters and their relentless pursuit of suitable husbands is one of the best-loved novels ever written, constantly topping the polls of favourite books. When feisty Elizabeth Bennet first meets handsome bachelor Fitzwilliam Darcy, she thinks him arrogant and conceited. When she later discovers that he has scuppered the relationship between his friend Bingley and her beloved sister Jane, she is determined to dislike him more than ever. In the sparkling comedy of manners that follows, the family’s lives are turned upside down as Jane Austen shows the folly of judging by first impressions and pokes gentle fun at the affectations and etiquette of provincial middle-class life.
The show premiered at Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds in 2013 and offers a brand new interpretation of one of the nation's favourite love stories. This inventive adaptation sees two actors juggle the full gamut of Austen's well-loved characters; they journey from the Meryton Assembly to the grounds of Pemberley; and take Darcy and Lizzy from instant dislike to something altogether more different, all in just two hours. Every word that is spoken is Austen's.
Traditional story of a princess whose royal background is put to the test by a pea placed under several mattresses. Will she notice the tiny lump in the bed as a real princess should, or is she an impostor?
In this new fantastical adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's The Princess and the Pea, Mike Kenny and the inventive Tutti Frutti team create a funny, original, beautiful retelling of this familiar tale. Not for the faint hearted, fake Princesses or for those who have trouble sleeping at night! Age 3+
Private Peaceful tells the heart-wrenching story of Tommo, a young First World War soldier awaiting the firing squad at dawn. During the night he relives his short but vivid past: his terrifying first day at school; the accident in the forest that killed his father; late-night poaching with Molly, the love of his life; and the battles and injustices of war that have brought him to the Front Line. Age 8+
Most suitable for ages 8+
Full of humour and bawdy wit, this new comedy will transport you into the wanton world of the English Restoration. King Charles II lies ill; Nell Gwyn, once the brightest star of the theatre, rages against her fate. What will become of her if Charles is summoned to his Maker? Mistress Gwyn and Margery, her maid, lead us a merry dance, filled with their laughter, their tears and Nell's enchanting songs of the baroque: a rollicking romp that ends with a sting in its tail.
Taking true stories from his own (and the audience's) experiences, Kepow's Kevin Tomlinson creates amusing, dramatic, entertaining and touching scenes based on topics such as: going to school; falling in love; finding a job; having children; growing old disgracefully. Ask 'Why am I here?' or 'What's it all about?' and Kevin has an answer but not the one you expect and you might miss it because you were laughing too hard.
A writer has just one hour to create a hit show to impress his producer. Stuck for ideas, he takes audience suggestions for a title, storylines and musical styles that they'd like to see in the show. The Showstoppers then create a musical from scratch based around that structure. Utterly unpredictable, frequently side-splittingly funny, packed with drama and featuring dazzling dance routines and catchy melodies, Showstopper! leaves delighted audiences singing all the way home.
From forty-foot yellow IKEAs to five-foot red COMETs, Frank Tollit has put up giant letters on the sides of huge buildings for over twenty-five years. It's his talent, but not his ambition: that involves letters of a very different sort - literary ones. But lack of success is driving him to the edge. Not even in one of his wildest plots could Frank have dreamed that salvation would turn up in the shape of a clumsy teenager on work experience. This master simply isn't prepared for what his apprentice is about to teach him, six feet up on a ledge above Yorkshire. And neither one is prepared for the surprises in store at their next high-level meeting...
One of ballet's most famous works with some of its best known music. It is Siegfried's birthday and his mother gives him a crossbow and an ultimatum to get married! After the party and finding himself alone he goes hunting. The evil magician Rothbart (half man half bird) keeps beautiful women as swans on the lake - but by night they resume human form. Siegfried is bewitched by Odette, a Princess and one of the Swans. She explains their plight to Siegfried and says the spell can only be broken by someone who'll love her truly for ever. He swears to do so but Odette returns to being a swan as Rothbart's powers are so strong. Siegfried returns to the palace and his mother presents him with a string of women from whom to chose his bride - Rothbart arrives with his daughter Odile disguised as Odette and Siegfried agrees to marry her - only then realising his mistake as Odile reviles him for breaking his vow to Odette. Siegfried returns to the lake and begs Odette to forgive him - then fights Rothbart whom he kills - and the swans are released from the spell.
Follows the experiences of the new drama teacher at Whitewall School, Mr Nixon, who is encountering rivalry, cynicism and intimidation - and that's just in the staff room... Meet all the school personalities from the school bully to the eccentric head teacher, and from the sexy games mistress to the grouchy caretaker who, as anyone at school knows, is the real power behind the throne. Sexual encounters, an explosive Christmas party, three students inspired by drama, and the system in which all this operates, are exposed in the piece, which the author, once teacher at a secondary school himself, describes as ...a comedy that illustrates many anxieties in education today. Comedies must primarily be funny; here is a comedy, I think, which is deadly serious This play contains strong language and adult themes, and is not recommended for children or the easily offended.
Suitable for ages 12+