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WHAT’S HOT: Week beginning Monday 5th May

Can you believe it? We are in May already! The 7th May will see us celebrate our 7th Birthday here at TPR but there are also lots of things to celebrate happening in the theatres up and down the UK and in Ireland. As always we love to communicate with you, our readers through the comments section below, on Twitter or on our Facebook page.

Water Babies – Curve, Leicester

Over in Leicester something magical is being born. The world premiere of the new British Musical Water Babies gets a star-studded production thanks to the inclusion of Emmerdale’s Tom Lister and West End leading ladies Louise Dearman and Lauren Samuels. Water Babies is inspired byCharles Kingsley’s much-loved novel and this new production uses some of the most sophisticated special effects ever seen onstage. Having already given us lots of tasters of the hauntingly melodic music and production images through social media Water Babies looks set to be the biggest treat on the theatre scene this week.

Runs until 17th May

International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival – Dublin, Ireland

This week marks the start of the 10th annual International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival. The festival was originally started in 2004 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Irish gay writer and playwright Oscar Wilde. The festival celebrates the contribution gay people have made to theatre and the arts and is a celebration of gay culture, art and lifestyle. “With an emphasis on new or recent international and Irish works with a broadly gay theme or relevance, the Festival has grown to become the largest event of its type in the world.”

Runs until May 18th

The Two Worlds of Charlie F. – Theatre Royal, Norwich

Winner of the 2012 Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award. Created as part of the recovery process for soldiers who were injured while serving for the country in Afghanistan. The Two Worlds of Charlie F is the tale of the “Regiment of the Wounded” and explores the effects of injury and its impact on others, before, during and after in a tale that is darkly comic, authentic and above all an uplifting tale of survival.

Runs until 10th May

Pressure – Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh

In this co-production with Chichester Festival Theatre directed by John Dove and written and performed by David Haig Pressure recounts the tale of the most important weather forecast in the history of warfare. Scottish meteorologist Group Captain James Stagg must advise General Eisenhower on when to send thousands of troops across the Channel into battle for Operation Overlord.

Runs until 24th May

The Threepenny Opera – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

The New Wolsey Theatre’s Peter Rowe and Graeae’s Jenny Sealey have joined forces once again to bring you their anarchic version of Weill and Brecht’s The Threepenny Opera – adapted from John Gay’s The Beggars Opera.

A motley cast of characters reinvent this classic from the writer of TheCaucasianChalk Circle and Mother Courage, with Kurt Weill’s iconic music played live on stage by the actors themselves. Including well-known songs such as ‘Mack the Knife’ and ‘Pirate Jenny’. We have already hailed this co-production “Exuberant, exciting and excellent in everyway” So what are you waiting for?

Runs until 10th May

Rock of Ages – Palace Theatre, Manchester

After rocking the aisles in the West End for three years, Rock Of Ages sets out bringing its fusion of 80s rock and comic capers to the regions and as part of the ever-increasing and popular “Manchester Gets It First” brand – the North West are the first to delight in this new touring production. Featuring over 30 classic tracks including: ‘Don’t Stop Believin’ and ‘We Built This City’ the cast features Ben Richardsas rock god Stacee Jaxx andNoel Sullivanas Drew Boley.

Runs until 10th May

Donkey Heart – Old Red Lion Theatre, London

This small fringe theatre out in Islington has a strong reputation for bringing some of the best productions to the capital city and can boast several West End transfers to its name including the recently announced The Play That Goes Wrong which will go to the Duchess Theatre in September. Donkey Heart by Moses Raine and directed by Nina Raine hopes to follow the same success that she saw with her production Rabbit back in 2006. A funny, moving and sharp portrayal of life in Russia’s new society. Tracing the legacy of communism, Donkey Heart asks what a modern Russia stands for, as the deep bruise of history, once hidden, now works its way to the surface.

Runs until 31st May

Brighton Fringe Festival – Brighton

The festival season is well and truly on us, and down on the South Coast 100’s of productions is being performed across the coastal resort of Brighton. The largest arts festival in England The Brighton Fringe is a true open access event it would be too hard to pick out individual shows to go and see, so why not just dive in and see what tickles your fancy!

Runs until 1st June

Under Milk Wood – Theatre Royal Bath

Come to Llareggub, a small Welsh town by the sea. Meet blind Captain Cat, Mog Edwards and his sweetheart Miss Price, Sinbad Sailor, Dai Bread, Polly Garter, Nogood Boyo and Lord Cut Glass. Walk along Coronation Street, Cockle Row and Donkey Street, down to the little fishing harbour and back to Milk Wood. Dylan Thomas explores their lives, hopes and thoughts in the dreams of a night and the rhythm of a day. This production has already won rave reviews from its past touring dates and it seems Director Terry Hands has woven some real theatrical magic with this all Welsh company.

Runs until 10th May

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