THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE Mon 3 – Sat 8 April Theatre Royal It’s 1922, and Millie Dillmount (above) has left her home in Kansas for a new life in The Big Apple. Arriving in New York City, she’s got nothing on her mind but finding a rich bachelor to latch onto. Based on the award-winning film, Thoroughly Modern Millie is the smash hit comedy that delivers an unforgettable evening packed with madcap merriment, spectacular songs and exceptional choreography to accompany it. Joanne Clifton of Strictly Come Dancing fame stars as leading lady Millie. Naturally, her incredible dancing ability is no surprise – but she’s got the exceptional vocals and acting to match. Winner of an incredible six Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Thoroughly Modern Millie is the hilarious sensation that just keeps going.
A CHORUS LINE Tues 4 – Sat 8 April The Old Market
Apollo Productions are delighted to present one of the most iconic dance musicals ever! Join 16 hopefuls attending an open audition for an unnamed Broadway musical, forced by the director to bare their souls and face their deepest insecurities in order to get the job. One dancer, Cassie, had a tempestuous relationship with the director long ago before leaving him for Hollywood. Now, she’s desperate for work again. Will personal feelings from their past get in the way of professionalism? As the show unfolds, the backstory of each hopeful dancer is revealed. Some will make you laugh; some will make you cry. But no matter what their background, these dancers all have one thing in common: a passion for dance.
MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET Mon 10 – Sat 15 April Theatre Royal
On December 4, 1956, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins assembled at Sun Record Studios in Memphis for the first and only time, for what would turn out to be one of the greatest jam sessions the world has ever seen. Colin Escott and Floyd Mutrux’s Million Dollar Quartet brings that legendary night of rock ’n’ roll icons to life, with smash-hit success in the West End, Las Vegas and on Broadway. Featuring a kick-ass soundtrack of celebrated hits including Blue Suede Shoes, Great Balls of Fire, Walk the Line, Folsom Prison Blues, Hound Dog and many more, this feel-good musical is your chance to discover the incredible story behind the night that made rock ’n’ roll history.
This is a gripping performance uncovering the hidden histories behind LGBT communities in 1980s London through memories of the Kings Cross area – one which has changed drastically since its days as a LGBT community and culture hub. Performance artist Tom Marshman’s new theatre piece weaves together elaborate stories from the people who experienced these times first hand. This one-hour solo show incorporates genuine testimony, music and movement – celebrating a riotous time in central London where HIV was causing tragedy, sexuality was for exploring and rights were to be fought for. Marshman’s ability to explore such a serious and important subject, revealing its intricate layers and exploring its profound core is something not to be ignored.
BAD GIRLS: THE MUSICAL Tues 18 – Sat 22 April The Old Market
The Bad Girls have done good in this fantastic production based on the iconic TV series, set in the fictional HMP Larkhall. Bad Girls is the story of new Wing Governor Helen Stewart and her struggles with Officer Jim Fenner and his sidekick Sylvia ‘Bodybag’ Hollamby. Accompanied by a perfect host of well-known characters and a live band, the fabulous jazz, swing and rock score tells the stories of those who are ‘all banged up’ for being gloriously bad! Brazen and cheeky, Kath Gotts’ music and lyrics are a delight. You can’t beat the brilliantly executed numbers of Maggie Norris’ vibrant production, roaring on to a life-enhancing finale. For a sensational evening of salacious humour and good old-fashioned melodrama, you need the Bad Girls.
KIN Weds 19 April Brighton Dome
Fresh from their unbelievable run of sell-out performances at the Roundhouse, one of the UK’s most incredible new wave circus companies head to Brighton with KIN – their breathtaking new show. Masters of circus at its absolute most exciting and electrifying, Barely Methodical Troupe’s hit debut, [Bromance], won endless awards and critical praise for its use of visually stripped-back, bare-stage athleticism to tell engaging stories of male relationships. This time round, KIN explores our feelings involved behind group dynamics: jostling for attention, camaraderie and affection through catching, flying and tumbling. All those rave reviews and standing ovations can’t be wrong – so don’t miss your chance to see this thrilling show, emotionally vast and packed with the most jaw-dropping acrobatics.
A DOUBLE BILL OF ONE ACT PLAYS Fri 21 – Sat 29 April New Venture Theatre
The Real Inspector Hound by Tom Stoppard The Real Inspector Hound is a hilariously surreal comedy. Two critics watch a play on the first night of an Agatha Christie-style whodunit, making ponderous (and very funny) proclamations. When a character is killed, Inspector Hound comes to solve the mystery – but only at the end do we learn who is The Real Inspector Hound…
Hughie by Eugene O’Neill The Great Depression is looming in New York, and after days of mourning, Erie is drunkenly crawling back to his hotel. The night-clerk would rather be somewhere – and someone – else; but Erie has tales to tell him of his lost friend. Hughie is O’Neill’s sincere exploration of the struggle to make connections when we feel most alone.
THE CRUCIBLE Mon 24 – Sat 29 April Theatre Royal
When a group of young girls are discovered trying to conjure spirits in the woods, the God-fearing people of a small New England town believe witchcraft is in their midst and must be hunted down immediately. They are swiftly caught up in an inescapable flow of paranoia and manipulation, creating a crucible of suspicion where no person is safe from his neighbour – or even himself. This powerful production of one of the most ageless American dramas of all time stars Charlie Condou as Reverend Hale, the witch hunter, and Victoria Yeates as the falsely accused Elizabeth Proctor. The Crucible serves as a chilling reminder of the frailty of reason in the face of hysteria and false accusations.
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM Thurs 27 April The Old Market
Shakespeare’s comic, romantic and magical classic retold! Hermia and the object of her fancy, Lysander, flee deep into the forest to escape Demetrius, who himself goes after them in search of Hermia, his true love. Or so he thinks. Soon after, desperate lover Helena follows suit, though her affections are dreadfully unrequited. The squabbling foursome stumble upon the enchanting secret home of the fairies, where mischievous trickster Puck and his love potions cause even more trouble yet – with hilarious and outrageous results for the starry-eyed couples. Join Oberon, King of the Fairies, his Queen Titania and more of the world’s favourite literary characters on the journey of a lifetime. Fairies, fighting and endless fun – it’s all there.
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