Louise Jameson (Doctor Who, EastEnders,
Louise Jameson (Doctor Who, EastEnders, Doc Martin) will star as Mrs Boyle in the record-breaking 60th anniversary tour of Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap from January 2016. The beloved murder mystery will begin the 2016 leg of its tour at Nottingham Theatre Royal on 19 January before visiting more than 25 further venues across the UK. Further casting will be announced in due course.
The production, which originally opened at Nottingham Theatre Royal in 1952 starring the late Richard Attenborough and his wife Sheila Sim before embarking on its current record-breaking West End run, continues its journey across the breadth of the country, visiting towns and cities including Brighton, Reading, Darlington, Grimsby, York, Portsmouth, Cheltenham, Stoke, Woking, Leicester, Liverpool, Harrogate, Shrewsbury, Dartford, Yeovil, Hereford, Derby, Kings Lynn, Salisbury, Manchester, Aylesbury, Torquay, Llandudno, Jersey and Bristol.
2015 TOUR DATES
19 – 24 October
Mercury Theatre, Colchester
Box Office: 01206 573 948
26 – 31 October
The Town House, Hamilton
Box Office: 01698 452 122
2 – 7 November
Buxton Opera House
Box Office: 0845 127 2190
9 – 14 November
Box Office: 024 7655 3055
16 – 21 November
Alhambra Theatre Dunfermline
Box Office: 01383 740 384
23 – 28 November
Chichester Festival Theatre
Box Office: 01243 781312
2016 TOUR DATES
19 – 23 January
Theatre Royal Nottingham
Box Office: 0115 989 5555
25 – 30 January
Theatre Royal Brighton
On sale 7 July
Box Office: 0844 871 7627
1 – 6 February
The Hexagon, Reading
Box Office: 0118 960 6060
8 – 13 February
Darlington Civic Theatre
Box Office: 01325 486555
15 – 20 February
Box Office: 0844 871 3016
22 – 27 February
York Grand Opera House
Box Office: 0844 871 3024
29 February – 5 March
Box Office: 0844 406 8666
7 – 12 March
Pomegranate Theatre, Chesterfield
Box Office: 01246 345 222
14 – 19 March
New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth
Box Office: 02392 843 979
21 – 26 March
Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
ON SALE SOON
Box Office: 01242 572573
4 – 9 April
The Lichfield Garrick Theatre
Box Office: 01543 412121
11 – 13 April
The Regent Theatre, Stoke
Box Office: 0844 871 7649
14 – 16 April
New Victoria Theatre, Woking
Box Office: 0844 871 7649
18 – 20 April
De Montfort Hall, Leicester
Box Office: 0116 233 3111
21 – 23 April
Box Office: 0151 702 7320
25 – 30 April
Embassy Theatre, Skegness
Box Office: 0845 674 0505
2 – 7 May
Box Office: 01423 502 116
9 – 14 May
Severn Theatre, Shrewsbury
ON SALE SOON
Box Office: 01743 281281
16 – 21 May
The Orchard Theatre, Dartford
Box Office: 01322 220 000
23 – 28 May
Octagon Theatre, Yeovil
Box Office: 01935 422 884
30 May – 4 June
The Courtyard, Hereford
Box Office: 01432 340 555
6 – 11 June
Box Office: 01332 59 39 39
13 – 18 June
Kings Lynn Corn Exchange
Box Office: 01553 764864
20 – 25 June
ON SALE SOON
Box Office: 01722 320 333
27 June – 2 July
Opera House Manchester
Box Office: 0844 871 3018
4 – 9 July
Aylesbury Waterside Theatre
Box Office: 0844 871 7607
18 – 23 July
Princess Theatre Torquay
Box Office: 0844 871 3023
25 – 30 July
Venue Cymru Llandudno
Box Office: 01492 872000
1 – 6 August
Jersey Opera House
Box Office: 01534 511 115
8 – 13 August
Box Office: 0844 871 3012
October 19 (Monday) - August 13 (Saturday)
The first few months of
The first few months of the year will be crammed full of sensory delights and interactive installations, punctuated by runs of new work. The new year gets underway with a UK premiere by Ridiculusmus, furthering their mind-bending investigations into mental health. Theatre Ad Infinitum treat the senses to a feast of stimulation with a torchlit thriller whilst themes of mortality echo in artist Tania El Khoury’s haunting interactive installation and a lyrical and tender tale of grief presented with Chris Goode & Co.
A Nation’s Theatre, Battersea Arts Centre’s partnership with the Guardian, continues to celebrate theatre from around the UK in spring, with highlights ranging from a musical duet by Farnham’s Little Bulb Theatre to a distorted television show by internationally acclaimed and Glasgow-based Vanishing Point.
Give Me Your Love | Ridiculusmus | 12-30 Jan
Founders of the company and long-established humourists David Woods and Jon Haynes return to Battersea Arts Centre to perform a two-hander looking at Post Traumatic Stress and the therapeutic possibilities of the drug MDMA. Give Me Your Love lifts the lid on Zach’s story, a man hiding out in a cardboard box in his kitchen in Port Talbot, Wales, experiencing vivid flashbacks of a war he fought in. To combat his symptoms, he and a friend embark on a psychoactive dream of delirium, trauma and supermarket shopping.
Light | Theatre Ad Infinitum | 1-13 Feb
Style-switching mavens Theatre Ad Infinitum bring their wordless Orwellian thriller, inspired by Edward Snowden’s revelations, Light is a sci-fi thriller accompanied by a pulsating soundtrack and lit solely by LED strip and torchlight. A nightmarish tale of love, betrayal and technological power, it follows a young government agent charged with hunting down citizens accused of disrupting state surveillance who encounters an enigmatic figure from their own shadowy past.
Every One | Chris Goode & Co. | 2-19 Mar
Based on the medieval morality play Everyman, it is a semi-autobiographical account of a family suddenly befallen by tragedy when Death visits and takes the matriarch Mary on a journey towards heaven. Jo Clifford’s experiences as a trans woman, a survivor of critical illness and of bereavement shine through and colour the text to create an extraordinary and tender world for Chris Goode to bring to life, with Angela Clerkin cast in the main role. A Battersea Arts Centre co-production.
Gardens Speak | Tania El Khoury | 2-19 Mar (not Sun or Mon)
An interactive sound installation containing the oral histories of ten ordinary people killed during uprisings against the Assad regime in 2011-2013 and buried in the gardens of ordinary Syrian homes. The installation incorporates several tonnes of earth in an intimate space to create a rich sensory environment. Specially designed wooden gravestones demarcate the plot that each audience member individually investigates to exhume voices that may otherwise be lost.
The Beanfield | Breach Theatre (Warwick) | 5-21 Apr
Performance makers Breach Theatre and video artist Dorothy Allen-Pickard present a multimedia show set at the Stonehenge Free Festival. In 1985 the annual summer solstice celebration was overshadowed by the Battle of the Beanfield – a brutal police crackdown that led to mass arrests, injury and destruction. Straddling 1985 and 2015, The Beanfield reflects on state violence, civic freedom and cultural heritage.
Wail | Little Bulb Theatre (Farnham) | 5-23 Apr
Little Bulb Theatre return to their London home this spring, informed by discussions with an expert in marine mammal acoustics, Prof. Paul White, musical duo Clare Beresford and Dominic Conway take the audience on a comedic yet eerily beautiful journey to discover why whales sing and humans wail.
The Destroyed Room | Vanishing Point (Glasgow) | 27 Apr – 14 May
Inspired by artist Jeff Wall’s famous photograph of the same name, The Destroyed Room by internationally acclaimed company Vanishing Point is about the profusion of lenses which bring the world right into our rooms but also keep it at a distance. A London premiere – it begins with the recording of a TV show with guests discussing things they have witnessed and the ethics of watching them. As the debate intensifies, slowly and as if in a dream, the atmosphere begins to change.
Reassembled, Slightly Askew | Shannon Yee (Belfast) | 11-28 May
An autobiographical artwork experienced from a hospital bed. Audience members wear eye masks and headphones to zone in on audio that simulates artist Shannon Yee’s experience of falling critically ill with a rare brain infection and her journey of rehabilitation. Crafted with collaborators including Shannon’s neurosurgeon and nurse, the piece guides listeners through moments of fear, humour and discovery as well as those of love and hope.
Battersea Arts Centre Lavender Hill London SW11 5TN
www.bac.org.uk | Box Office 020 7223 2223
January 12 (Tuesday) 7:00 PM - May 28 (Saturday) 10:00 PM
Battersea Arts Centre
Lavender Hill, London SW11 5TN
The Lyric Hammersmith today announces
The Lyric Hammersmith today announces its Spring 2016 Season. They will present the first professional production of Simon Stephen’s Herons since the play premiered at the Royal Court in 2001, directed by the Lyric’s Artistic Director Sean Holmes. This is followed by the return of their co- production with Filter Theatre of A Midsummer Night’s Dream last staged in 2012. Whilst the Royal Opera will present, two contemporary operas, Pleasure by Mark Simpson featuring well-known British soprano Lesley Garrett and the world premiere of Sarah Kane’s 4:48 Psychosis by Philip Venables, both presented in association with the Lyric.
By Simon Stephens Directed by Sean Holmes
Fri 15 January – Sat 13 February 2016
Herons is the disturbing and moving story of fourteen-year-old Billy, whose life has been made a misery by a gang. Their brutal campaign of terror finally pushes him towards a terrible and violent act.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
By William Shakespeare
Co-Directed by Sean Holmes & Stef O’Driscoll
Sat 20 February – Sat 19 March 2016
Featuring music from members of The London Snorkelling Team, this classic tale of young lovers and warring fairies is given a unique and irreverent twist.
By Mark Simpson
Libretto by Melanie Challenger
Thu 12, Fri 13 & Sat 14 May 2016
Val works the toilets in ‘Pleasure’, a hedonistic gay club in the north of England. For years, she has been a shoulder to cry on and a confidante – much loved but viewed as an enigma. Why is she still there? Why does she never leave? When a young man, both beautiful and unpredictable, arrives from the city and leaves a gift for Val – performed in this premiere production by the well-known British soprano Lesley Garrett – it marks the start of a passionate and violent night.
By Philip Venables
Based on the play by Sarah Kane
Tue 24, Thu 26, Fri 27 & Sat 28 May 2016
This new opera by the British composer Philip Venables is an important adaptation of a radical and much-discussed 20th-century play by British playwright Sarah Kane, who took her own life in 1999 at the age of 28. Kane felt that 4.48 in the morning was a time of great clarity, when one’s mind could realise its darkest thoughts. This new work is the first time any of Kane’s work has been adapted.
Tickets 020 8741 6850 | www.lyric.co.uk
Lyric Square, King Street, London, W6 0QL
January 15 (Friday) 7:30 PM - May 28 (Saturday) 10:00 PM
Lyric Square, King Street, London, W6 0QL
Jane Horrocks stars in If
Jane Horrocks stars in If You Kiss Me, Kiss Me featuring the music of new wave artists, choreographed and directed by Aletta Collins (10 March – 16 April 2016).
Joe Penhall’s award-winning Blue/Orange in a new production directed by Matthew Xia (12 May – 18 June 2016).
Simon Stone writes and directs a new version of Lorca’s Yerma (29 July – 10 September 2016) in his first original work in the UK.
The premiere of Cuttin’ It, a double award-winning play by Charlene James focusing on female genital mutilation, directed by Gbolahan Obisesan in the Maria studio (20 May – 11 June 2016).
And as previously announced:
Carrie Cracknell & Lucy Guerin’s Macbeth more performances added to the Young Vic run (now 26 November – 23 January 2016).
The return of Olivier Award-winning Bull by Mike Bartlett (11 December – 9 January 2016).
Peter Brook and Marie-Hélène Estienne’s Battlefield (3 – 27 February 2016).
Fringe First winner A Girl is a Half-formed Thing which extends its run (now 17 February – 26 March 2016).
The Young Vic’s acclaimed production A View from the Bridge (21 October – 21 February 2016) on Broadway and A Streetcar Named Desire (23 April – 22 May 2016) at St Ann’s Warehouse, New York.
66 The Cut, Waterloo, London SE1 8LZ
Box Office: 0207 922 2922 | www.youngvic.org
February 3 (Wednesday) - September 10 (Saturday)
66 The Cut, Waterloo, London SE1 8LZ
Norma Heyman, John Reid, Theatre
Norma Heyman, John Reid, Theatre Royal Bath Productions and Michael Harrison are delighted to announce that following a sell-out season at the Theatre Royal Bath this summer, MRS HENDERSON PRESENTS will open at the Noel Coward Theatre on Tuesday 9 February 2016, for a strictly limited season.
MRS HENDERSON PRESENTS will star Tracie Bennett as Laura Henderson, Ian Bartholomew as Vivian Van Damm and Emma Williams as Maureen who all reprise the roles they played in Bath. Full casting will be announced shortly.
It’s London, 1937, and recently-widowed eccentric, Laura Henderson, is looking for a way of spending her time and money when her attention falls on a run-down former cinema in Great Windmill Street. Hiring feisty impresario Vivian Van Damm to look after the newly renovated Windmill Theatre, the improbable duo present a bill of non-stop variety acts. But as war looms something more is required to boost morale and box office… When Mrs Henderson comes up with the idea of The Windmill Girls – glamorous young women posing as nude statues – audiences flock. And as the Blitz hits London, The Windmill provides a refuge for all, boasting the spirit-raising slogan “We Never Close”.
Noël Coward Theatre
85-88 St Martin’s Lane, London WC2N 4AU
www.mrshenderson.co.uk | Box Office 0844 482 5140
February 9 (Tuesday) 7:30 PM - June 18 (Saturday) 10:00 PM
Noël Coward Theatre
85-88 St Martin's Lane, London WC2N 4AU
Casting has been announced for
Casting has been announced for the Music & Lyrics Limited and West Yorkshire Playhouse production of the much-loved Sherman Brothers musical CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG. The 2016-17 UK and Ireland tour begins at Mayflower Theatre, Southampton on 10 February 2016.
Caractacus Potts will be played by Jason Manford (The Producers, Sweeney Todd) from 10 February until 24 April, and he will return to the show from 5 October 2016. Lee Mead (Casualty, Legally Blonde, Joseph and The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat) will play Caractacus Potts from 4 May until 18 September 2016. Martin Kemp (EastEnders, The Krays) will play the Childcatcher and Amy Griffiths (Everyman, Stephen Ward, The Pajama Game) will play Truly Scrumptious, both until 24 April 2016.
CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG has music and lyrics by Richard M Sherman and Robert B Sherman, who were also responsible for Mary Poppins, The Slipper and the Rose, The Aristocats and The Jungle Book. The film made from Ian Fleming’s classic story has been adapted for the stage by Jeremy Sams, based on the MGM Motion Picture Licensed Script adapted by Ray Roderick.
This new production of CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG will be directed by West Yorkshire Playhouse Artistic Director James Brining, with new choreography by Stephen Mear. There will be a live orchestra with Musical Supervision by Stephen Ridley.
For more information, visit www.chittythemusical.co.uk
Facebook: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang The Musical | Twitter: @ChittyMusical / #chittymusical
10–21 February Mayflower Theatre, Southampton
www.mayflower.org.uk 02380 711811
24 February – 13 March Bord Gais Energy Theatre, Dublin
www.bordgaisenergytheatre.ie 0844 847 2455
16 – 27 March Grand Opera House, Belfast
www.goh.co.uk/ 028 9024 1919
30 March – 9 April Regent Theatre, Stoke
0844 871 7649 www.atgtickets.com/venues/regent-theatre
13 – 24 April Cliffs Pavilion, Southend
www.thecliffspavilion.co.uk 01702 351 135
4 – 14 May Milton Keynes Theatre
0844 871 7652 www.atgtickets.com/venues/milton-keynes-theatre/
18 – 29 May Nottingham Theatre Royal
www.trch.co.uk 0115 989 5555
1 – 12 June Theatre Royal, Newcastle
www.theatreroyal.co.uk 08448 112 111
15 – 19 June Theatre Royal Plymouth
01752 267222 www.theatreroyal.com
29 June – 17 July Sheffield Lyceum
www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk 0114 249 6000
20 – 30 July New Wimbledon Theatre
0844 871 7646 www.atgtickets.com/venues/new-wimbledon-theatre
3 – 21 August Wales Millennium Centre
www.wmc.org.uk 029 2063 6464
24 August – 3 September Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury
www.marlowetheatre.com 01227 787787
7 – 18 September Birmingham Hippodrome
www.birminghamhippodrome.com 0844 338 5000
21 September – 2 October Royal & Derngate, Northampton
www.royalandderngate.co.uk 01604 624811
5 – 16 October Festival Theatre, Edinburgh
www.edtheatres.com 0131 529 6000
19 – 29 October King’s Theatre, Glasgow
0844 871 7648 www.atgtickets.com/venues/kings-theatre/
9 – 19 November New Victoria Theatre, Woking
0844 871 7645 www.atgtickets.com/venues/new-victoria-theatre/
6 December – 15 January 2017 The Lowry, Salford
0843 208 6000 www.thelowry.com/
February 10 (Wednesday) 7:00 PM - January 15 (Sunday) 10:00 PM
The Barbican’s 2016 programme
February 12 (Friday) 7:45 PM - July 16 (Saturday) 10:00 PM
Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS