A tantalising mix of musicals, plays and illusions await you in this week’s theatrical picks. Hard hitting new writing sits alongside classic opera and cult musical favourites. Whatever your tastes we are sure there is something here that will enthralll and delight. Are you seeing any of our picks or seeing something different? Do let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.
Shakespeare’s Globe and English Touring Theatre join forces to take Eternal Love on the road across the UK. Following a triumphant season at the Globe’s Southbank home, this funny, passionate and legendary love story directed by John Dove will be seen by people outside of the UK for the first time. Fusing contemporary language, live music and philosophical debate, Eternal Love brings history onto the stage like you’ve never seen before.
Runs 9th – 12th April
Simon Stephens is one of the UK’s most prolific playwrights and his latest play has recently opened at the home of new writing in the capital. Birdland charts the end of an international tour for rock star Paul. He can have anything, screw with anyone and buy anything he desires, but with Stephens’ trademark sharp and satirical edge this tale of empathy, money and fame wont be for the fainthearted.
Runs until 31st May
Jason Robert Brown’s much loved song cycle takes a bow at the recently refurbished King’s Arms Theatre in Salford. The venue which is owned by Paul Heaton of Beautiful South fame has put the artistic direction of the theatre space in the hands of exciting young director James Baker. Baker is quickly turning the small fringe space into one of Greater Manchester’s hottest theatrical venues. Following his Manchester Theatre Award nominated production of Little Shop of Horrors you can guarantee that this musical is given a production that not only brings out the best in its talented cast (Ricky Johnston and Emily Stubbs) but also gives you productions values rarely seen on the fringe in the region.
Runs from the 7th – 13th April
Ivor Cutler is a Jewish, Scottish Londoner, a wholehearted eccentric and the only artist to have been played on BBC Radio 1, 2, 3 and 4 and have been signed by all the major record labels. In a production between the highly inventive Vanishing Point and the National Theatre of Scotland the life of Ivor Cutler is brought to life in a unique merging of theatre, music, poetry and multimedia.
Runs from 9th – 19th April
LAMBO written by Hugh Travers and presented by Underscore Productions will entertain audiences in Bewley’s Café Theatre this April. LAMBO is a story about a national scandal of suspected murder and one man’s desire to entertain. That man is Gerry Ryan. The year is 1987 and Ireland’s favourite Broadcaster is engulfed in a scandal of bloodshed, disgrace and murder. Receiving rave reviews on its first tour, LAMBO is not to be missed.
Runs until May 3rd
Amateur company Nice Swan Theatre Company in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne have been given the northern premiere of Andrew Lippa’s musical adaptation of the cult TV show of the same name. The musical gained a cult following after its run on Broadway starring musical theatre favourite Nathan Lane. Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family. A man her parents have never met. And if that weren’t upsetting enough, she confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he’s never done before — keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia.
Runs from 9th – 12th April
Coinciding with the 30th Anniversary of the 1984 Miners’ Strike, the Touring Consortium Theatre Company bring their UK Tour of Brassed Off to the Midlands and the sound of the brass band illuminates the Wolverhampton Grand Theatre. Starring John McCardle Brassed Off is set in 1992 as Grimley Colliery faces the threat of closure and the future of the brass band uncertain. Will the miners cross the picket and will the band win the national brass band competition? Well there is only one way to find out.
Runs from the 8th – 12th April
This is your last change to see Welsh National Opera’s critically acclaimed production of Giuseppe Verdi’s La Traviata. Director David McVicar has fashioned a dark and elegant revival. An attack of hypocrisy La Traviata is also a life-affirming celebration of love and compassion. The leading rôle of Giorgio Germont will be sung by Alan Opie.
Saturday 12th April
In his most personal show ever, psychological illusionist Derren Brown brings “Infamous” to the South Coast. Once again joining forces with friend and collaborator Andy Nyman the show packs more surprises and “how did he do it” moments than ever before. This sixth solo show proves why Derren Brown is the master of his craft and why over 2 million people have already flocked to see one of his live shows since 2003.
Runs from 7th – 12th April