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Unmissable Theatre around the UK in 2015

By Jess Meaden

Check out the biggest and best productions that are UK bound this year. Whether it’s a musical plucked straight from London’s West End, an Olivier Award-winning play or a magical family show that you’re after, it’s all covered right here. We’ve also highlighted the best tours in the dance world, side-splittingly funny comedians and, for the brave only, some terrifying thrillers that are sure to get the heart pumping and adrenaline rushing. Go on, treat yourselves!

  • Magnificent Musicals
  • Dazzling Drama
  • Thrilling Theatre
  • Stand-Up
  • Kids
  • Dance
  • Panto

  • Magnificent Musicals

    The Rocky Horror Show

    Brighton , Manchester, BirminghamLiverpool, Sunderland, Wimbledon, Torquay & Glasgow

    Following on from its record-breaking worldwide tour, The Rocky Horror Show is ready to thrill UK audiences once more. Featuring timeless classics including Sweet Transvestite, Damn It Janet and the legendary Time Warp, this show is a non-stop party and the boldest bash in town!

    Mary Poppins

    Bristol & Manchester

    Mary Poppins flies back on a UK tour this year, bringing all the magic and fun of the original Disney classic with her. Expect dazzling choreography, magical effects and a wonderful story co-created for the stage by Disney and Cameron Mackintosh. With songs including Jolly Holiday, Step in Time, Supercaligragilisticexpialidocious and Feed the Birds, this musical is sure to be practically perfect in every way.  


    Bristol , Manchester, Wimbledon & Woking

    The world’s favourite family musical based on a little girl with big dreams heads on tour to bring 1930s New York to a town near you. With an award winning book and score, you can bet your bottom dollar that this musical all about Annie, relentless orphanage owner Miss Hannigan and their Hard Knock Life will have you belting out Tomorrow for days after seeing the show. 

    Guys & Dolls - UK Tour - ATG Tickets

    Guys & Dolls

    Manchester, Birmingham, Liverpool, Edinburgh, Milton Keynes & Bristol

    Chichester's acclaimed production of the award winning musical Guys & Dolls will tour the UK (with a 13 week run at London's Savoy Theatre over Christmas).  Featuring show-stopping tunes including Luck be a Lady and Sit Down You're Rockin the Boat, this is an audio-visual masterpiece you won't want to miss!

    Priscilla Queen of the Desert

    Manchester, Sunderland, Stoke-on-Trent, Wimbledon, Birmingham, Aylesbury, Brighton, York, Edinburgh, Liverpool & Glasgow

    Due to overwhelming popular demand, Prisiclla Queen of the Desert the Musical returns this year, clad with all the outrageous costumes, dancefloor classics and oneliners that it's famed for. Featuring all the showstopping hits including It's Raining Men, I Will Survive, Hot Stuff, Finally, Boogie Wonderland and Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, this show is sure to take you on a musical joruney to the heart of fabulous!

    Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

    Glasgow, Liverpool, Stoke-on-Trent, Oxford, Torquay, EdinburghBristol, Milton Keynes, Wimbledon & Woking,

    Hot off the boards of the Savoy stage, Scoundrels will soon be conning their way into a theatre near you. Based on the classic comedy film starring Sir Michael Caine and Steve Martin, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels transports you to the French Riviera, as two seasoned swindlers attempt to hoodwink a million heiress.

    The Producers


    Both a smash hit Broadway Musical Comedy and winner of a record-breaking 12 Tony Awards and 3 Olivier Awards, The Producers are bringing their eccentric style and toe-tapping show tunes to theatres across the UK. Based on the Academy Award-winning Mel Brooks’ movie, this hilarious musical follows two ‘newbie’ con artists attempting to pull off Broadway’s greatest scam.

    The Bodyguard

    Edinburgh, OxfordManchester, Bristol, Sunderland & Milton Keynes

    Whitney Houston’s greatest hits are brought to life in this award-winning musical. Based on the popular blockbuster film, the story follows the unlikely attraction between superstar Rachel Marron and her bodyguard. Featuring smash-hit songs including Queen of the Night, So Emotional and show-stopper I Will Always Love You, this breathtaking show is one not to be missed.

    Avenue Q

    Woking, Glasgow, Bromley, York, Richmond, Bristol, Liverpool, Wimbledon, Stoke-on-Trent, Manchester & Milton Keynes

    Part flesh and part felt, the mischievous and badly behaved Avenue Q continues its tour following a successful five year run in London’s West End. Packed with politically incorrect hits including Everyone’s a Little Bit Racist, The Internet Is For Porn and Schadenfreude, this relatable tale of an English graduate searching for purpose will lift your spirits and touch your heart. Irresponsible adults only. 

    Love Me Tender

    Wimbledon, Stoke-on-Trent, Oxford, Sunderland, Edinburgh, Milton Keynes, Glasgow, Liverpool, York, Birmingham, Bromley & Woking

    The feel-good musical featuring all the hit songs from the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Elvis Presley, heads on tour this year with legendary soul singer Mica Paris in tow. Set in 1950s America, the show includes popular Presley tunes The Devil In Disguise, Hound Dog, Blue Suede Shoes, All Shook Up, Now or Never, plus many more.

    Dazzling Drama

    East Is East

    Aylesbury, Woking, Bromley, Torquay, Stoke-on-Trent, York & Glasgow

    After a sensational West End run in Trafalgar Studios, East is East now brings a 1970s Salford to a theatre near you. Based on a Pakistani chip shop owner determined to give his kids a traditional Muslim upbringing, this brilliant British comedy now stars Father Ted’s Pauline Mclynn and Eastender’s Ashley Kumar.

    The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

    Oxford, Liverpool, Bristol, Sunderland, Glasgow & Milton Keynes

    The highly-acclaimed National Theatre production, based on the award-winning novel by Mark Haddon, just embarked on its first ever nationwide tour of the UK. Following a 15 year old boy with an extraordinary brain, determined to uncover the truth behind the death of his neighbour’s dog, it scooped up seven awards at the 2013 Olivier Awards and stands as a must-see for all theatre-goers.

    Thrilling Theatre

    And Then There Were None

    Brighton, Milton Keynes, Woking, Glasgow & Manchester

    Based on the best-selling mystery novel of all time, Agatha Christie’s own stage adaptation of her dark and captivating Devonshire tale will thrill and enthral all who are brave enough to witness murder unfold.

    Dead Simple


    Adapted from one of crime writer Peter James’ best-selling novels, Dead Simple follows the story of a stag night prank that goes horribly wrong. With a dark plot, cruel twists and plenty of mystery, this play will have you on the edge of your seat from start to finish.

    The Importance of Being Earnest

    Richmond, Milton Keynes, York & Glasgow

    Direct from the Harold Pinter Theatre in London’s West End, Oscar Wilde’s much loved and brilliantly witty masterpiece tours the UK with star cast members Nigel Havers, Christine Kavanagh and Sian Phillips. Witness the hilarious misadventures of The Bunbury Company of Players as they interpret this legendary play.


    Kevin Bridges: A Whole Different Story

    Milton Keynes, Edinburgh & Stoke-on-Trent

    One of Scotland’s best comedy exports returns to the stage with a brand new show labelled A Whole Different Story. Truthful, sarcastic and hilarious, there’s no wonder he smashed box office records for his first UK tour and made his Australia run a sell-out.

    Paddy McGuinness: Daddy McGuiness

    Milton Keynes, Brighton, Folkestone, Liverpool, Stoke-on-Trent, Birmingham, Southport , Sunderland, Glasgow & York

    The Take Me Out host returns to his performance roots this September, when he brings brand new show Daddy McGuinness to a theatre near you. Paddy’s got a whole new source of inspiration for this aptly-named tour, becoming a first-time Dad since his last stand-up show in 2011. 


    Northern Ballet: Elves and the Shoemaker

    Northern Ballet: Elves and the Shoemaker

    Manchester & Woking

    A great ballet for the little ones, the Northern Ballet’s portrayal of the Elves and the Shoemaker brings all the magic and excitement to this famous Brothers Grimm story. Who is the mysterious maker of the beautiful shoes found by the shoemaker? The Northern Ballet company retell this wonderful story in a tidy 40 minutes – making it the perfect length for young audience members who are new to ballet.

    Shrek the Musical

    Milton Keynes, Edinburgh, Sunderland, Liverpool & Wimbledon

    Shrek and Donkey are on another whirlwind adventure - this time across the UK for the tour of Shrek the Musical. Bringing all the much-loved Dreamworks characters to life in an all-singing, all-dancing extravaganza, the production features all new songs as well as cult Shrek anthem I’m A Believer.

    Shrek the Musical

    Hello Kitty & Friends

    Hello Kitty

    Sunderland, Aylesbury, Manchester, Stoke-on-Trent, Woking & Brighton

    See Hello Kitty as you’ve never seen her before, as she takes to the stage live (and in 3D) for her World Premiere. With a soundtrack that includes Charlie XCX, Bruno Mars, Kylie Minogue and Clean Bandit, this ‘Pop Show’ will have your little ones off their seats and dancing along with Kitty in the aisles.

    Peppa Pig's Surprise

    Birmingham & York

    Peppa Pig, George and all their friends return to the stage with a brand new UK tour: Peppa Pig’s Surprise. Mummy and Daddy Pig have a surprise for Peppa and George – and it’s your children’s job to guess what it is! Enjoy fun, games and surprises in this colourful new show packed with songs and life sized puppets.

    Peppa Pig's Surprise



    Edinburgh, BristolSouthport, Birmingham, Oxford, Wimbledon, Woking, Milton Keynes, Torquay, Sunderland, Richmond & Glasgow

    Put the hairbrush microphones down, step away from the mirror and gather your friends, as a full screening of Disney’s Frozen – with sing-a-long lyrics – is shown to every honorary Elsa, Anna and Kristoff nationwide.  With a free prop bag, a live host and a collective warm-up, you’ll be all set to sing your heart out and Let It Go amongst like-minded Frozen fans.


    Diversity: Up Close and Personal

    Stoke-on-Trent, Liverpool, Birmingham & Oxford

    After five sell-out UK tours and with 250,000 tickets sold, Diversity embark on their most up close and personal tour to date. With stunning choreography and dynamic music choices, the tour promises to give the most intimate, inspiring and, most of all, impressive performances yet.

    Diversity: Up Close and Personal



    Oxford, Stoke-on-Trent, Milton Keynes, London, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Woking, Manchester, Bristol, Birmingham, Liverpool & Sunderland

    After a sell-out run at the Edinburgh International Festival and a successful tour in 2014, Grammy Award-winning South African choral legends Ladysmith Black Mambazo join choreographer Mark Baldwin and world class current and former dancers of both The Royal Ballet and Rambert for a unique and original artistic collaboration.

    Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty

    Glasgow, Milton Keynes, Woking & Bristol

    Matthew Bourne’s haunting interpretation of this classic story has, in previous tours, smashed box office records across the UK and the USA and won the hearts of thousands. A romance for all ages, Sleeping Beauty returns at the end of the year for what promises to be another highly successful UK tour.

    Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty



    Yes, the Christmas decorations have been packed up and January diets/blues/resolutions have kicked in. But you know you'll be kicking yourself come December if you haven't booked yourself up for the treat of all festive treats. 

    Promising the biggest stars and the best sets, along with all the classic panto trimmings, you can't go wrong with any one of these absolute classics. Rub the magic lamp and see Aladdin in Milton Keynes, or go from rags to riches with Cinderella at Liverpool, Richmond and Manchester, work with seven handy helpers with Snow White at Bristol and Glasgow, or stay forever young with Peter Pan in Stoke-on-Trent and Wimbledon.

    Go on, knock yourself out. You know you want to.

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