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WHAT’S HOT: Week beginning 15th September 2014

History and choice seem to be the running themes through this weeks What’s Hot choices. With plenty of theatre happening up and down the country we would love to know what you thought if you go and see any of these productions. Likewise if you think we have missed something off the list then again let us know in the comments section below.

Hamlet : Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Shakespeare’s most iconic work gets a raw stripped back production in Sarah Frankcom’s latest production. Having already sold out it’s initial run an extra week of dates were added due to overwhelming public demand. Stepping into the prince of Denmark’s shoes is Manchester favourite TV Star Maxine Peake – which see’s the star also stat her tenure as Associate Artist of the theatre where she first started to learn her craft when she was a member of the Royal Exchange Youth Theatre.

Runs until 25th October

A Ghost From A Perfect Place : Arcola Theatre, London

Twenty years ago Philip Ridley’s dark comedy exploded onto the Hampstead Theatre stage and this production a the Arcola marks the first major revival since. A dark tale of gangland rivalries and the shifting nature of gang culture, Ridley’s play packs a shocking punch. Starring Benidorm’s Sheila Reid.

Runs until 11th October

The Glass Menagerie: Dundee Rep

Following on from their Tennessee Williams short story competition, Dundee Rep presents one of the playwright’s most powerful and haunting memory plays The Glass Menagerie as part of their new autumn season. The play that catapulted Tennessee Williams into the spotlight, The Glass Menagerie is the story of Amanda Wingfield, a faded Southern belle who holds on tight to her two children; Tom, an aspiring poet, and Laura, his painfully shy sister. Abandoned by her husband, Amanda clings to memories of her idyllic youth in the South, where she was wooed by scores of rich and handsome suitors. Regarded as one of Tennessee Williams most autobiographical works, The Glass Menagerie is a deeply personal, touching and profound tale of love and loss, illusion and escape, fragility and innocent hope.

Runs until Saturday 20 September

Singin’ In The Rain : Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

It was a hit in Chichester, a hit in the West End and now is wowing audiences across the country. The tale of the first Hollywood film musical and packed with songs from the classic MGM film, Singin’ In The Rain is a celebration of the stage and screen musical, which includes such songs as Good Morning, Make ’em Laugh and the title song Singin’ in the Rain. Full of romance, comedy and sizzling dance routines, this well loved musical cannot fail to entertain… Just beware if you’re sitting at the front as this show includes 12,000 litres of water and it’s coming your way!

Runs until 5th October

Ragnarök – The Hush House, RAF Bentwaters

Norse mythology has never been so popular. Cinema blockbusters such as Thor have renewed interest in the Norse Gods and now Eastern Angles recreate the mythical land in a former Cold War Engine testing hanger at the former Bentwaters Airbase. An immersive experience to take you back into the land of spirits and monsters.

Runs until 28th September

Elizabeth I: Virgin on the Ridiculous – Tobacco Factory Theatre, Bristol

Following the success of their The Six Wives of Henry VIII, the local boys from Living Spit are back in Bristol with another of their unique takes on history. Written and performed byStu Mcloughlin and Howard Coggins, they promise, silly songs, smuttyshenanigans, and hilarious historical horse play.

Runs until 4th October

Home Sweet Home – Ukrainian Centre, Bradford

It will happen to many of us. Time, which once stretched into the vast and distant future will suddenly come knocking. We may not notice ourselves growing older, but old age will eventually catch up with us. There are many issues that we as a society are not good at dealing with, so what is it really like growing older in contemporary Britain? Is decline inevitable? What are old peoples homes really like? How do we fill our lives? And, at what point do we just ‘disappear’? Freedom Studios and Entelechy Arts have carried out extensive research and discovered first hand, older peoples experiences of aging and the wider issues and impact on society of an aging population in this hard hitting, unique and immersive production.

Runs until 20th September

Propaganda Swings – Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Set in the Jazz scene of 1930’s Berlin, Propaganda Swing throws a spotlight on the gripping true story of ‘Charly and his Orchestra’. Featuring a fantastic swing band live on stage, this enthralling show reveals the characters behind the story of how some of the greatest German jazz musicians of the day entered into a Faustian pact with the Fascists – they could keep playing their beloved music at the price of seeing it corrupted for evil.

Runs until 27th September

Cabaret – The MAC, Belfast

Keeping with the era of 1930’s Berlin The MAC in Belfast along with Bruiser Theatre Company transform their downstairs venue into the thriving and decadent KitKat Club as they present a revival of Kander and Ebb’s iconic musical Cabaret. With such powerful material and one of the finest scores of the era this production is set to tantalise and delight theatre goers in Belfast.

Runs until 4th October


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