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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


    Annie 

    Bristol & Manchester

    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. 





    Spamalot

    Richmond, Birmingham, Oxford, York, Woking, Edinburgh, Brighton, Aylesbury, Bromley, Liverpool, Sunderland, Glasgow, Wimbledon & Milton Keynes

    Coconuts are poised at the ready nationwide, as Monty Python's Spamalot gallops back on tour to theatres across the land. This hilarious and upbeat musical features the aptly named tunes Knights of the Round Table and Find Your Grail, as well as the Nation's Favourite Comedy Song Always Look on the Bright Side of Life. 



    Anything Goes

    Wimbledon, Aylesbury, Stoke-on-Trent, Bromley, Liverpool, Manchester, Glasgow, York, Edinburgh, Torquay, Woking, Oxford, Milton Keynes, Sunderland & Bristol

    Polish off your tap shoes and don your sailor hats, as uplifting musical-comedy Anything Goes sails into a theatre near you. Set onboard a luxurious transatlantic liner, will Billy Crocker ‘sink or swim’ in his nautical mission to win back the love of his life? Hop aboard the S S. American and join a voyage that’s afloat with pop hits including I Get A Kick Out of You, It’s De-lovely and Anything Goes to find out.





    Wicked

    Bristol & Sunderland

    With awards for the Most Popular Show and Best West End Show (2010 and 2011) under its belt, this long-running musical finally flies its spell-bindingly emerald presence into Bristol (Feb-Mar) and Sunderland (Mar-Apr) this year. We couldn’t be happier.



    The Lion King

    Manchester

    After breaking box office records for playing 166 sold-out performances in 2012, The Lion King has stomped, galloped and stampeded its way back into the Palace Theatre for a strict 5-week run.  Featuring Elton John’s smash musical hits, an array of colours and plenty of African splendour, people of all ages will enjoy the magic of this Disney musical.





    Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

    Birmingham, Manchester, Sunderland, Glasgow, Liverpool, Torquay, Stoke-on-Trent, Oxford & Edinburgh

    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

    Bromley, Manchester, Milton Keynes, Brighton, Birmingham, Bristol, Sunderland, Woking, Liverpool, Glasgow & Oxford

    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

    Glasgow, Stoke-on-Trent, Edinburgh, OxfordManchester & Bristol

    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

    Aylesbury, Woking, Glasgow, Bromley, York, Richmond, Grimsby, Bristol, Liverpool, Wimbledon & 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. 




    Dazzling Drama



    The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

    Stoke-on-Trent, Aylesbury, 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.



    Twelve Angry Men

    York, Richmond & Glasgow

    Direct from the West End and with multiple awards under its belt, theatres across the UK will soon be introducing Twelve Angry Men to their audiences. If you like a story full of twists and surprises, this play will keep you guessing right up to its nail-biting climax. 



    To Kill A Mockingbird

    Glasgow, Milton Keynes & Richmond

    If you’re looking for a moving and magical play that’s based on a much-loved classic, then look no further. Based on Harper Lee’s prize-winning novel, To Kill A Mockingbird flies fresh out of London’s Regent Park Theatre to tell the story of a compassionate man seeking the truth in a racially unjust, Deep Southern town.



    Arcadia

    Brighton, Bromley, Woking, Aylesbury & Birmingham

    Secret desires and professional rivalry dominate the Olivier Award-winning Arcadia, which brings 19th Century rural Derbyshire to life as Thomansina’s startling discovery unfolds. Named as one of the greatest plays of the last century, Tom Stoppard’s masterpiece is a must-see for fans of historical drama. 




    Thrilling Theatre


    The Woman In Black

    Milton Keynes & Glasgow

    Over 7 million people have lived to tell the tale of The Woman In Black, which has been dubbed as one of the most chilling and successful theatre events ever staged. If you crave a gripping story and like to test your scare threshold, it would be a crime in itself not to see this intense and powerful play.



    And Then There Were None

    Stoke-on-Trent, Bromley, Richmond, Brighton & Milton Keynes

    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

    Brighton, Manchester, Richmond, Woking, Glasgow, Milton Keynes & Birmingham

    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.



    Stand-Up

    Alan Carr: Yap, Yap, Yap!

    Milton Keynes, Oxford, Edinburgh, Grimsby, Stoke-on-Trent & Torquay

    The infamous Chatty Man will be yap, yap, yapping his way across the UK and Ireland in an all new stand-up show based around his hilarious take on life. Swapping the sofa for the stage and the cameras for a live audience, the comedian returns to his stand up roots once more. 





    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, Aylesbury, Bromley, Folkestone, Wimbledon, Liverpool, Stoke-on-Trent, Birmingham, Southport & Glasgow

    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. 




    Kids




    Disney on Ice – Magical Ice Festival

    Aberdeen, LiverpoolGlasgowBirminghamWembleyCardiffNottingham & Leeds

    Disney characters across the classic films unite for a magical mix of singing, skating and dancing on ice. You’ll witness the wintery world of Frozen, join The Little Mermaid’s Sebastian Under The Sea, get Tangled up in Rapunzel’s latest adventures and swept away by the enchanted entourage of Beauty and the Beast


    Shrek the Musical

    Glasgow, Milton Keynes, Edinburgh & Liverpool

    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





    Sing-a-long-a-Frozen




    Sing-a-long-a-Frozen

    Glasgow, Torquay, Brighton, Sunderland, Birmingham, Milton Keynes, Folkestone, York, Stoke-on-Trent, Liverpool, Grimsby, Edinburgh, BristolSouthport, Oxford & Woking

    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.



    Dance

    Dance 'Til Dawn

    Stoke-on-Trent, Edinburgh, Birmingham, Sunderland, Woking, Bristol, Glasgow & Milton Keynes

    Still have a Strictly shaped hole in your life? You can fix that. Strictly Come Dancing favourites Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace return to stages nationwide, bringing Hollywood glamour and LA romance with them. With stunning sets, a live band and world class dancers, Dance ‘Til Dawn provides an unforgettable evening of beautiful music and flawless dance..


    Dance Til Dawn





    Diversity: Up Close and Personal




    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.


    Panto

    Pantomimes

    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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