After a little break we are delighted to bring to you a larger and improved What’s Hot feature – bringing you the best shows from all over the UK &Ireland to catch in the coming week. Hopefully there is something for everyone in this week’s selection. If you go to see or have seen any of them, then let us know your thoughts below. We would also love to hear what you recommend this coming week too.
Tim Barrow’s new play gets its world première at the Lyceum Theatre under the direction of Mark Thomson. The play looks at the original union between England and Scotland in 1707 and promises to be a bawdy but eloquently told tale. From the raucous leaking taverns off the Royal Mile, Kensington Palace and the Scottish Parliament. Union is rich in famous historical figures such as Daniel Defoe and Queen Anne, as well as our great Scottish poet – Allan Ramsay – who finds love in Grace, a prostitute in dangerous world of 18th Century Edinburgh.
Runs until the 12th April 2014
You only have a week left to see this critically acclaimed revival of John Steinbeck’s powerful drama about loyalty, love and companionship set among the backdrop of the American dust bowl era. In this strong production directed by Mark Rosenblatt and underscored by Heather Christian the tale of George and Lenny is still as powerful and poignant today as it was when it was first written.
Runs until 29th March 2014
Celebrating the opening of the new Everyman Theatre, Gemma Bodinetz’s first production in the new and beautifully presented space is a gloriously enjoyable production of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. With a cast boasting old Everyman Alumni Matthew Kelly and Nicholas Woodeson who are in fine form as Toby Belch and Malvolio, alongside local favourites Paul Duckworth (Feste) and Adam Keast (Andrew Aguecheek) this production brings celebrates the old and the new with a great ensemble production.
Runs until 5th April 2014
Despite the recent news that the planned UK tour of the production has been postponed until later on in the year, the original run of this comic horror is still going ahead in Coventry. Loosely based on Bram Stoker’s ‘Jewel of the Seven Stars’ The Mummy stars Jason Durr, Susie Amy and Denis Lil in a production that sees a respectable legal practitioner, a beautiful dark-eyed Cornish heiress and a 5,000 year-old man seeking an ancient love all come together and clash in what is billed as “spectacularly hilarious circumstances.”
Runs until 29th March 2014
Irish favourites Fishamble bring their current Irish tour to Dublin. Set In Nigeria, a frightened child puts an old roll of film into the hands of Dublin-bound teacher Sister Martha. In Dublin, ex-con Larry, with a wounded backside, has to get out of the city to rob a convent. Meanwhile, Scarab Oil plans to unleash its new clean fuel of the future. This is theatre with a social edge, as is Donal O’Kelly’s speciality, and it is sure to keep the audience alert and interested. This coupled with Jim Cullenton’s sharp direction will surely make for an engaging production.
Runs until 29th March 2014
It may have closed early during its stint in the West End but that hasn’t stopped creators Stiles and Drewe looking at ways to improve the production, with rewrites on the book and songs – this typically British musical based on Alan Ayckbourne’s film A Private Function gets its first regional touring production. Directed by Mercury Theatre’s Daniel Buckroyd, choreographed by the talented Andrew Wright and starring Amy Booth-Steel and Haydn Oakley, this is a show that abounds with the feel-good factor.
Runs until 5th April 2014 before touring.
Productions don’t come much bigger than this multi-million pound spectacle. Based on the novel by Gregory Maguire Wicked tells the untold story of an unlikely but profound friendship between two girls who first meet as sorcery students at Shiz University. Their extraordinary adventures in Oz will ultimately see them fulfil their destinies as Glinda The Good and the Wicked Witch of the West. Filled with many recognisable songs include “Popular” and “Defying Gravity” and with two show stealing performances from Nikki Davis-Jones and Emily Teirney then you can guarantee a brilliant night at the theatre with this spellbinding production.
Runs until 26th April 2014 before continuing on Tour.
Headlong Theatre bring their unique twist on Wedekind’s dark, tragic, comic and beautiful tale of adolescent love and rebellion. Still as provocative now as it was in 1906 director Benn Kidd and brought bang up to date by award-winning young playwright Anya Reiss this new version examines the exuberance, intensity and confusion of teenage life today. Spring Awakening asks important and pressing questions about how young people are shaped for their future by a generation that doesn’t understand them.
Runs until 5th April 2014 before embarking on their UK Tour.
Originally performed as part of Manchester’s brilliant 24:7 Theatre Festival, Rob Ward and Andy Jameson’s edgy and subversive one man play looks at one of football’s last taboo’s. Can Kyle maintain a relationship with a closeted footballer in a country where not one pro player is out? Can he cope with love when, for him, sex has only ever been a transaction? Can he ever tell his friends – and his family – the truth? Rob Ward gives a tour-de-force performance as Kyle in this drama that is laced with sharp humour and a sprinkling of gritty reality.
Runs until 28th March 2014