The heat is back on in London’s West End as the newly announced British billionaire Sir Cameron Mackintosh lands his 25th anniversary production of Boubil and Schonberg’s Miss Saigon. Based on Puccini’s Madame Butterfly this tragic and epic musical re-envisions Puccini’s opera during the Vietnam War. Directed by Laurence Connor – the same man behind the 25th Anniversary productions of both Les Miserables and Phantom of the Opera, you can expect the highest production values in a fresh a new production while still staying true to the original productions.
Open ended run
As the first world première in the recently re-opened Everyman Theatre, the acclaimed playwright Michael Wynne returns to Liverpool with a story that celebrates the city’s myths, memories and secrets. Directed by Rachael Kavanaugh and with TV star and Liverpudlian Joe McGann Hope Place tells the tale of Maggie and the relationship with her brother Jack. There are secrets that need to be unlocked and the person who may be able to free Maggie from her past may come from the most unexpected of places.
Runs until 31st May
Currently on tour across the UK, Choose Your Own Documentary is a show unlike any other – for here the audience and performer Nathan Penlington work together to create a unique documentary – this is a show inspired by the 80s ‘Choose your own adventures’ books. You may encounter a stakeout of a house in Birmingham, uncomfortable advice from a psychic or even a date with the love of Nathan’s childhood. There are 1,566 possible versions of this show – what version you see will be up to you!
Runs on the 16th May
Relive pure nostalgia as the cast of Let It Be go through 40 classic Beatles numbers in this hit Jukebox extravaganza that has previously taken Broadway and the West End by storm. From the Beatles meteoric rise from their humble beginnings in Liverpool’s Cavern Club, through the heights of Beatlemania, to their later studio masterpieces, with live performances of early tracks including Twist and Shout, She Loves You and Drive My Car, as well as global mega-hits Yesterday, Hey Jude, Come Together and, of course, Let It Be. Travel back to the magical sixties when all you needed was love, and a little help from your friends!
Runs until 17th May
Northern Broadsides bring their unique style back to oxford in Deborah McAndrew’s entertaining and moving drama. Set in rural Lancashire at the brink of The Great War excitement is building for the annual Rushbearing Festival. Through singing, dancing, drinking and love An August Bank Holiday Lark charts a the life of a village on the brink of change from exuberance to a devastating loss of innocence. This is drama at its finest.
Runs until 17th May
Veronica Dyas is a freelance theatre practitioner and facilitator. Here and Now is her creative research project which started in 2012, exploring how we live now through the lens of housing, homelessness, spirituality and the practice of walking. As well as three performances, Here and Nowincludes an installation (using film, visuals and sound) of Veronica’s research and creative interpretations from Project Downsize, where she gave away all her belongings, keeping only what she needed to live here and now.
Runs until the 17th May
Glam Rock is certainly alive and well in 20th Century Boy the biographical musical of T-Rex’s Marc Bolan. Arguably one of the biggest rock stars the UK has ever produced the rocker, poet and electric warrior certainly lived a colourful life and this new musical promises a small glimpse into the life of the troubled star exposing some of the myths behind the persona. Warren Sollars takes on the rôle of the 29 year old star who died tragically just before his 30th Birthday.
Runs until the 17th May
Performed by postgraduate acting students from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Shakespeare’s famous colonial play is brought vividly to life in a retelling that brings forth the magic and supernatural elements of the play. Usurped as the Duke of Milan by his brother Antonio and the King of Naples, Prospero and his daughter Miranda are exiled to live on a remote island, served by their deformed slave Caliban, the island’s only inhabitant, and the spirit Ariel. Using the magic arts, Prospero rules over the island and when he divines that his enemies are close by, sees the opportunity to wreak his long-awaited revenge.
Runs until 16th May
Based on Alan Sillitoe’s ground breaking film, Amanda Whittington’s new stage adaptation evokes the 1950s with blistering power. Arthur Seaton is an angry young man and he is determined to have a good time whatever the costs may me. He’s a hard-dealing, double-dealing womaniser and he thinks he has it made, but he is playing with fire and if he isn’t careful it will be more than his hands that get burnt. With an iconic soundtrack from the era Saturday Night, Sunday Morning promises a funny, sexy heart-rending show.
Runs until 24 May