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WHAT’S HOT: Week beginning Monday 14th April 2014

Last night saw the best in London theatre celebrated in the one of the UK’s most glamorous events – the 2014 Olivier Awards, however, great theatre isn’t thankfully confined to inside the M25 and our round-up looks at the best shows all around the UK &Ireland for the next week.

Consequences and decisions seems to be a natural theme for this week’s picks and if you decide to pop along to any of the shows, we would love to hear your thoughts.

A View From A Bridge: Young Vic, London

The American Dream is brought into haunting reality in Arthur Miller’s dark gripping and passionate drama. Ivo van Hove directs a stark and bare production featuring Mark Strong in the pivotal central rôle Eddie Carbone, who welcomes his Sicilian cousins to the “Land of Freedom.” When one of them falls for Eddie’s beautiful niece, jealousy and mistrust bring out strong emotions and the true value of freedom really comes at a cost. But can one really overcome the ultimate betrayal?

Runs until 7th June

Cars &Boys: Dundee REP

Scottish favourite Stuart Patterson returns to the REP following many a Christmas show at the venue with a specifically written new work for the Dundee Rep Ensemble. Cars &Boys is a dark comic look at one woman’s battle with her own mortality. As she drifts in and out of consciousness, all the significant people in her life drift in and out of her sight, but what prices has she paid for her success?

Runs until 26th April

Peddling: Hightide Festival, Halesworth

Prior to a transfer to New York Harry Melling’s debut play Peddling gets its world première at this years 2014 festival, having only opened on Thursday last week, word of mouth for the production is strong and is arguably one of Hightide’s best productions in recent years. Peddling follows a day in the life of a London-based door-to-door salesman as he battles difficult questions and attempts to come to terms with some of the truths that result from his recent memory loss.

Runs until 19th April

A Passion for Birmingham: Old Joint Stock Theatre, Birmingham

Re-imagining one of the most important stories the world has ever heard takes place in this promenade production around the Cathedral quarter of the city of Birmingham. The life of Jesus Christ has been brought to life as a contemporary political thriller, a study of political abuse and religious power, of friendships ripped apart and rebuilt and explores the timeless themes of love, loss, betrayal and redemption. This production is on a returns only basis and judging by how quickly this production sold out, one would expect a longer run next year.

Runs until 19th April

Arcadia – Tobacco Factory, Bristol.

Tom Stoppard’s time jumping drama gives the Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory it’s first Non-Shakespeare based production and it proves to be a real winner for the critically acclaimed ensemble. Stoppard’s trademark wit and humour is firmly stamped across this challenging and intriguing production that looks at the Arcadian dream. Murder, Mystery, Chaos Theory and more abound in this glorious revival.

Runs until 3rd May

The Lion King – Alhambra Theatre, Bradford

What could be better than a big budget, family friendly musical to treat the family to in Yorkshire? Disney’s The Lion King has not only proven itself as a goldmine for the House of Mouse, but also creatively it is still one of the most engaging and theatrically rich productions ever seen on the UK stage. Loosely based on Shakespeare’s Hamlet, the production follows the young lion cub Simba as he goes out of his way to prove himself to his father. Adventure and deceit are two of the big themes in this touching musical and is filled with all of Tim Rice and Elton John’s melodic melodies made famous in the original animated movie.

Runs until 10th May

The Assassination of Brian Boru – The New Theatre, Dublin.

Written by Lauren Shannon Jones and directed by Nora Kelly Lester, the writer/director duo responsible for the sold out and critically acclaimed Grow, The Assassination of Brian Boru comes to The New Theatre for one week only. “Two brothers of conflicting ideals sail to Ireland to defeat the High King Brian Boru. Over the course of the journey they part enemies, and meet again on opposite sides of the battlefield.”

Runs until 19th April

Sense and Sensibility – Watermill Theatre, Newbury

They don’t come any more classic than Jane Austin’s Sense and Sensibility. Given an intimate production at the beautiful Watermill Theatre, Jessica Swale directs her own adaptation of the highs and lows of the Dashwood sisters as they are forced to leave the comforts of their family home and relocate to a cottage in Devonshire. Dreams, Love and handsome men are all part and parcel in this dearly loved classic that is guaranteed to leave even the coldest of hearts thawed and feeling a few degrees warmer!

Runs until 10th May

Portrait of The Artist As A Young Dog – Clywd Theatr Cymru, Mold

2014 marks the centenary of Dylan Thomas’ birth and what better place to celebrate it than at one of the biggest producing theatres in his own country.

“And these words were, to me, as the notes of bells, the sound of musical instruments, the noises of wind, sea and rain, the rattle of milk carts, the clopping of hooves on cobbles, the fingering of branches on a window pane, might be to someone, deaf from birth, who has miraculously found his hearing.” –

Clywd Theatr Cymru take you on a journey through the world of Dylan Thomas’ words, starting with his short stories which explore his own childhood in the neighbourhoods of Swansea through his charming yet equally sad journey from boyhood to young man – from innocence to experience.

Runs until 19th April

Photo of :A View from the Bridge by Jan Versweyveld.

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