A friend's mother landed herself in detention during her school days. Her crime? Blasphemy, for writing 'Rod is God' on her satchel. If this anecdote gives you nostalgia pains then Tonight's the Night, the Ben Elton-penned Rod Stewart musical, is the perfect tonic.
Bernstein and Sondheim's Romeo & Juliet-inspired masterpiece is dancing into a theatre near you. Regularly opping 'Best Musical' polls, this tale of Jets and Sharks and doomed love features the classic songs Tonight, Maria and There's a Place For Us, as well as some super slick choreography.
Heidi Range, Ben Freeman and Cheryl Baker take centre stage in this new musical based on the hit TV series and written by its creator, Garry Marshall. And did we mention that Henry Winkler (AKA The Actual Fonz) is Creative Consultant? You better believe these days are happy.
Happy 50th Birthday to the world's most successful rock 'n' roll band! - I'm pretty sure we could only be chatting about one band here: The Beatles really are the biggest and the best. Enjoy this feast for ears and eyes and sway along to the music as Let It Be charts The Beatle's meteoric rise to international fame, with all the best tunes we've come to know and love. 'Fab for all the family' (The Times), 'for those who love The Beatles, this show is about as good as it gets' (The Telegraph).
The award-winning musical of Eva Perons tumultuous life explores everything from her ambitious beginnings to her tragic death. This is a Classic with a capital C and if youve ever warbled Dont Cry for Me Argentina into a hairbrush youll know what Im chatting about.
Nina Kristofferson's 5-star portrait of Lady Day features a live band and renditions of her greatest hits, including God Bless the Child, Strange Fruit, Don't Explain, All of Me and more.
If any show has been designed with a UK audience in mind, this one must surely be it. With our obsessive fixation on the weather and our love of Paddington Bear brightly coloured mackintoshes, this cheery production is a miracle worker. Its exhilaratingly exuberant high kicks manage to turn drizzle into liquid sunshine. Remarkable.
The Olivier-nominated trio Fascinating Aida are back in town with a show that just won't let your funny bone quit. Expect new songs alongside old favourites from cabaret royalty.
The Reduced Height Theatre Company and Warwick Davis off of Harry Potter are on the road with their take on this vicar-filled farce. 'A
comedy of huge small proportions like nothing you've ever seen before!'
After achieving sell-out success with last year's return to stand-up, he's back with a follow-up show: Little Victories. You've rinsed your Jonathan Creek box set, you've seen every episode of QI twice over on Dave - get thee to a theatre.
He's had 14 sell-out tours, you know - don't act like you're not impressed. Surreal and cerebral, a night with Ross Noble is a night like no other.
Barry Humphries makes his final halloo at the London Palladium as the much-loved Dame Edna. Boy, we're going to miss those horn-rimmed specs, funky wigs and outrageous gowns.
After 40 years in the business, Emmy award-winning comedy magicians Penn and Teller are off on their first ever UK tour. Featuring their classic tricks
and audience participation, no two shows will be the same: a truly unique experience.
You saw him in Sherlock, now catch him in the flesh. Reuniting with close collaborator Andy Nyman, Infamous is a more 'personal' show with a different tone to his previous tours and TV work. What does the master of psychological illusion have in store? Anything could happen.
If there's a Great British Bake Off-shaped hole in your life, keep calm! Paul Hollywood's first live show hits theatres this year, featuring recipes, anecdotes and audience participation. Soggy bottoms are optional.
Ellen Kent has a whole raft of
lavish operatic joys on offer for you this year. Touring extensively around the UK, her operas are as accessible as they are glorious. This year sees productions of Aida, La bohème and Nabucco each of which promise to be as sumptuously grandiose as you
could wish for. Dont miss out on this treat for the eyes and ears.
There's nothing quite like a good giggle to get the life back in your limbs, and this superb farce - which comes straight from the West End - will likely do more than that. As long as Pure Comedy Gold is your sort of show, then this is your sort of thing.
An award-winning classic set in two different countries and time periods, Kindertransport examines mother-daughter relationships, the breaking of family ties and the difficulties inherent to growing up.
It's been some time now since we've enjoyed Eliza Doolittle's infamous 'Gaaaah' or thought about Spain's rainy plains, but it's great that one of the 20th century's best loved plays is back in all its glory.
There's not much not to love about My First Ballet, with its beautifully adapted versions of the classic ballets for young audiences. And Coppelia, with comedy galore, an eccentric toymaker, and love triumphant, promises to be
a real treat for all the family.
There's really nothing quite like the excitement of seeing your favourite characters brought to life on stage in front of you, so CITV's live production of The Sooty Show is bound to delight. Izzy Wizzy let's get busy!
The stupendous show stopping success of Peppa Pig's Party and Treasure Hunt takes a turn for the wet as our favourite pig makes a Big Splash with another all-singing, all-dancing, and game-filled adventure.
Disney really did nail children's films, didn't they? Well, what better way to bring your family's favourite Disney moments to life than with this dazzling ice-skating display? With high speed stunts, a foray into The Little Mermaid's undersea kingdom, pixie-dust galore and a harem-scarem Toy Story race for home, the excitement to be hand from this spectacle knows no bounds.
Giselle Don Quixote, Sleeping Beauty & Swan Lake
There's something quite remarkable about seeing ballet dancers on stage. I can never quite get over how incredibly graceful and athletic they are - how do they get their bodies to do what they do?? - but it's even more of a special event when you're watching the absolute classics performed by the best of the best. So if you fancy seeing a real class act, then look no further.
Prepare to be bedazzled. Considering the speed at which they move, it's like the performers' feet have a life of their own. Throughout this sensational piece, the rhythm never stops and you sure as heck won't want it to.
Strictly Come Dancing has given us all a taste for classic dancing and, most especially, for one Mr Anton du Beke. With astonishing elegance he dominates the ballroom numbers and brings huge charisma to broadway's razzle dazzle moves. Plus there are blooming fabulous classic hits to enjoy while you see him shooting around stage.
Three questions for you: 1) Do you watch the Strictly Come Dancing? 2) Did you see Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace's dazzling duo show, Midnight Tango? 3) Have you got tickets to see Dance 'Til Dawn yet, the show that brings the pair back to wow UK audiences all over again?
If you've answered yes to all these questions, then true happiness is yours. If not, then you know
what to do...
As the Riverdance show moves out of teen years into the heady 20s, we'd like to celebrate with them by raising a textual toast to their successes - past, present and future. From the first time they captured the public's heart at the Eurovision Song Contest in Dublin back in 1994, they've gone from strength to strength. So let's help 'em celebrate their C20th anniversary in style...
What better way to bring William Golding's classic novel to life than through the medium of dance? And when Matthew Bourne has got involved (he's adapted and directed it) we can be pretty sure that it's going to do the original proud.
Yes, the Christmas decorations have been packed up and January diets/blues/resolutions have kicked in. But you know youll be kicking yourself come December if you havent 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 cant go wrong with any
one of these absolute classics. Rub the magic lamp and see Aladdin in Liverpool or Woking, or go from rags to riches with Cinderella at Wimbledon, work with seven handy helpers with Snow White at Manchester and Richmond, or stay forever young with Peter Pan at Glasgow and Milton Keynes.
Go on, knock yourself out. You know you want to.