Sleeping Beauty - The Rock ‘n’ Roll Panto Theatr Clwyd 24 November 2017 - 20 January 2018
The cult rock ‘n’ roll panto is back with over 16 classic rock and soul songs played live by actor musicians. Featuring hits including Superstition, Wake Me Up Before You Go Go, Celebration and Sex Bomb! Book your tickets for a panto filled with mad gags, shock frocks, beautiful sets, slapstick galore and the panto puppets.
Storyhouse Chester Autumn Season..
Storyhouse is Chester’s new £37million theatre, cinema and library.
The Autumn 2017 season is packed with musicals, drama, comedy and dance..
Tales of Offenbach Friday 22 & Saturday 23 September 2017
Comedy and opera come together for these special performances. Comic opera company Opera della Luna are making their first visit to Chester’s exciting new Storyhouse venue with a new production, presented by the city’s very own Jeff Clarke at the helm. They present two hilarious one-act comedies in one unforgettable evening by the French master of comic opera with Tales Of Offenbach, with performances of Croquefer and L’Ile de Tulipatan.
Writer and director Jeff Clarke hails from Chester. He was educated at The King’s School before studying Music and English at St Andrew’s University. He has been Artistic Director of Opera della Luna since its launch in 1994, and has worked for the Royal Opera House Convent Garden, Sydney Opera House, Scottish Opera, Lyric Opera of Queensland, and the State Opera of Australia.
All Or Nothing Wednesday 27 - Saturday 30 September 2017
All Or Nothing tells the electrifying yet bittersweet tale of Kenney Jones, Ian McLagan, Ronnie Lane and Steve Marriott – four charismatic young kids from East London with humour, attitude, passion and above all talent. These four young men became The Small Faces and were rocketed into the big time, only to discover the path to fantastic success is paved with exploitation, betrayal and ultimately tragedy.
The musical has been written by award-winning former EastEnders’ actress Carol Harrison, who will play Kay Marriott – mother of Small Faces band member Steve. The cast also features The Bill’s Chris Simmons as Small Faces member Steve Marriott, while Russell Floyd from EastEnders plays the role of the band’s manager Don Arden. The show is produced by Charles Ledigo, who is from Wilmslow.
Cockfight Saturday 7 October 2017
Dance aficionados won’t want to miss Cockfight by The Farm, presented by Performing Lines & NORPA (Australia) and Dance Touring Partnership. Two blokes in an office. One older, one younger, each body pushed to its limits. A cross between The Office and an Australian style cage-fight, this game of comical one-upmanship builds to a moment of impact where everything is suspended.
A flash of bared teeth, the desperation of needing to prove yourself versus the need to hold on to what you’ve got. Cockfight explores the power play between men, the frailty of the ageing body, and questions culture’s desperate desire for achievement.
Blood Brothers Monday 9 - Saturday 14 October 2017
This year marks 30 years since Bill Kenwright’s production of the international smash hit musical Blood Brothers first toured the UK. Hailed as one of the best musicals of all time, Blood Brothers, written by award-winning playwright Willy Russell has triumphed across the globe. Scooping up no fewer than four awards for best musical in London and seven Tony Award nominations on Broadway, Blood Brothers is simply unmissable and unbeatable.
No stranger to Blood Brothers and described by critics as ‘the definitive Mrs Johnstone’, Lyn Paul reprises the iconic role, one she first played in 1997. Lyn played Mrs Johnstone in the final West End performances at the Phoenix Theatre in 2012.
Kate Rusby Friday 20 October 2017
Kate Rusby celebrates an incredible 25 years on the road in 2017. Still one of the finest interpreters of traditional folk song and one of our most emotive original songwriters. Mercury Prize winner. Folk Singer of the Year, Best Live Act, Best Album and Best Original Song winner at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Inveterate Yorkshire Tea drinker. Freeman of Barnsley. Darling of British folk.
♫ Storyhouse is Chester’s brand new cultural centre: theatre, cinema, library, studio theatre, restaurant, and bar housed in a rejuvenated 1930s art deco Odeon cinema. www.storyhouse.com
Return To The Forbidden Planet Wednesday 13 - Saturday 16 September 2017 Where: Theatr Clwyd
Return to the Forbidden Planet is a Jukebox musical by playwright Bob Carlton based on Shakespeare's The Tempest and the 1956 science fiction film Forbidden Planet (which itself drew its plot loosely from The Tempest). It was billed as Shakespeare's forgotten rock and roll masterpiece. AND...in 1989 it was the Olivier award Best Musical beating the likes of Miss Saigon!
The Dancing Years Thursday 21 September 2017 Forum Studio Theatre, Hamilton Place, CH12BH
"The Dancing Years" is an audio visual nostalgic foot tapping trip down memory lane, reviving, and reliving the dances and dance crazes, that swept the nation, from the Roaring 1920`s, to the disco dances of the 1970`s, many of which have now been long forgotten.
Given the resurgence of dancing in the UK, this show is unquestionably a dancing revival extravaganza, and is guaranteed to be a sure fire hit, and a show definitely not to be missed.
The shows finale gives the audience the chance to join in and dance to some of the most famous dances from the six decades of dances featured.
Tales Of Offenbach Friday 22 & Saturday 23 September 2017 Venue: Chester Storyhouse
Croquefor, or The Last of the Paladins
Music: Jacques Offenbach
Libretto: Adolphe Jaime & Etienne Trefeu
First performance: Theatre des Bouffes Parisiens, February 12, 1857
New English Version: Jeff Clarke - First performance July 23 2016
Croquefer has imprisoned the daughter of his arch-rival: Mousse-a-Mort, with whom he has been at war for 23 years. Despite having lost most of his body parts, including his tongue, at the Crusades, Mousse-a-Mort is determined to fight one last battle to save his daughter. Their bloody final fight-to-the-death can only be prevented by the deft interference of Croquefer's housekeeper, who laxative in hand was last seen heading over to the castle's water supply?
L'ile de Tulipatan
Music: Jacques Offenbach
Libretto: Henri Chivot & Alfred Duru
First performance: Theatre des Bouffes Parisiens September 13 1868
New English Version: Jeff Clarke - First performance July 23 2016
On the island of Tulipatan, King Cacatois XXII is unaware that his only son and heir, Alexis, is in fact biologically, his daughter. Knowing how desperate he was for a son, the doctors concealed the child's true sex from the king, who has now grown increasingly despairing of his son's gentle disposition. Coincidentally, in order to avoid her child being conscripted into the army, the wife of the King's Field Marshall has also lied to her husband about their daughter, who is in fact, a boy. How extraordinary it would be if these two bizarrely brought-up children were to meet and somehow fall in love?
Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? Thursday 28 & Friday 29 September 2017 Theatre: The Brindley Theatre
Another First For The Brindley
Plays are often described as being ‘iconic’, and none fits that description better than Edward Albee's ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
This ground-breaking work was adapted for the big screen in 1966, starring Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor, subsequently winning Taylor the Oscar for Best Actress and Sandy Dennis for Best Supporting Actress. Albee's play, is currently enjoying an extremely successful revival in London’s West End starring Imelda Staunton and Conleth Hill.
Cheshire's Award Winning Theatre and Arts Centre.
The Brindley, High Street, Runcorn, Cheshire, WA7 1BG
Box Office Tel. 0151 907 8360 thebrindley.org.uk
Promise & Promiscuity Wednesday 4 October 2017 Venue: Clonter Opera Theatre
Following a great success at the Edinburgh Festival, Penny Astion flies in from Australia to bring this cheeky one man show, marking the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen's departure.
Tickets £15, Students £10
Doors Open 2:30pm Performance Start 3:00pm. Post-performance tea available. clonter.org
Cockfight Friday 6 October 2017 Chester Storyhouse
Performing Lines & NORPA (Australia) and Dance Touring Partnership present Cockfight by The Farm
Two blokes in an office. One older, one younger, each body pushed to its limits. A cross between The Office and an Australian style cage-fight, this game of comical one-upmanship builds to a moment of impact where everything is suspended. A flash of bared teeth, the desperation of needing to prove yourself versus the need to hold on to what you've got.
Cockfight explores the power play between men, the frailty of the ageing body and questions culture's desperate desire for achievement.
Skilfully enacting a full-throttle mash-up of extreme physical risk-taking, graceful movement and slow-mo fight sequences, this darkly humorous and surprisingly tender piece of dance theatre by The Farm, sees long-time collaborators Joshua Thomson and Gavin Webber reassess who is in charge.
Without each other these two performers have nothing left to fight for.
Flashdance The Musical 16 - 21 Oct 2017 Liverpool Empire Theatre
Dance like you’ve never danced before with Flashdance The Musical! Flashdance The Musical tells the inspiring and unforgettable story of 18 year old Alex, a welder by day and ‘flashdancer’ by night, who dreams of going to the prestigious Shipley Dance Academy and becoming a professional dancer. When a romance complicates her ambitions, she harnesses it to drive her dream. This inspiring musical features an iconic score including the smash hit Maniac, Manhunt, Gloria, I Love Rock & Roll and the sensational title track Flashdance - What a Feeling.
The Killing of Sister George Wednesday 25 - Saturday 28 October 2017 Forum Studio Theatre, Hamilton Place, CH12BH
A play by Lucas Heller. "Sister George" is a beloved character on a popular BBC soap opera, a cheerful nurse who bicycles about the countryside singing hymns and doing good. In private life, June Buckridge the actress, is a swaggering, foul-mouthed, alcoholic in a long-term relationship with waifish Alice "Childie" McNaught. Due to low ratings, cut-backs and June's own bad behavior, the BBC decides to "kill Sister George" on the series. A visit from Miss Mercy Croft, a no-nonsense network executive bearing the bad news sends George into meltdown, which results in "Childie's" retreat to the arms of Mercy.
The Great British Soap Opera Wednesday 8 - Saturday 11 November 2017 Forum Studio Theatre, Hamilton Place, CH12BH
THE GREAT BRITISH SOAP OPERA - NEW MUSICAL When the ratings start to fall on Britain's best loved soap, producers bring in a sexy blonde to spice things up but tensions, backstabbing and illicit affairs behind the scenes threaten to ruin it all. A one act musical with a running time of 1 hour.
The Railway Children 30 November - 2 December 2017 The Hammond Theatre, Mannings Lane, Chester CH2 4ES
Production of the iconic and much-loved story, The Railway Children.
The Secret Seven 1 December 2017 - 14 January 2018 Venue: Storyhouse Chester
We are delighted to announce that Storyhouse is to produce the world’s first ever stage adaption of Enid Blyton’s beloved The Secret Seven, in Chester this Christmas!
In a new partnership with Enid Blyton’s estate, Storyhouse artistic director Alex Clifton - together with the team behind the critically acclaimed productions of Stig of the Dump and Wind of the Willows, will stage the new show, at Storyhouse, from 1 December - 14 January.
In this, their first ever adventure, the Secret Seven are on the trail of strange clues which lead them, in disguise, through the snow, to the old house, and a mystery…
Cinderella 8 December 2017 - 5 January 2018 The Forum Studio Theatre
Join us for our annual Christmas pantomime which, this year, tells the Fairytale of Cinderella and her Prince Charming. We have earned a reputation for family-orientated fun-filled pantomime productions in our intimate studio space in the last 11 years and, following the success of the last two years, this is another professional production.
Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without the forum pantomime so Book Your Tickets Now!
The Wizard of Oz 10 December 2017 - 1 January 2018 The Grange Theatre, Hartford
This magical pantomime will be coming to you this Christmas with amazing costumes, set and visual effects. A full professional company will bring you the best pantomime you have ever seen in Northwich.