Sparkling, illuminating theatre to lighten up those dark November nights!
This month brings you a wide range of performances for you to choose from. To kick it off, you can catch the audio described performance of The Threepenny Opera at the Octagon Theatre on Wednesday, 1 November at 7:30. The Queen is dead. Long live the King! As the country prepares for the coronation of King Charles III, criminals, corrupt bankers and other opportunists are coming out of the woodwork to make the most of the power vacuum. Notorious criminal Mack the Knife has secretly married Polly Peachum and her racketeer father is furious. The stage is set for a turbulent time for the police who will do anything to keep the disreputable activities of the capital’s underworld under wraps and out of sight. Based on “THE BEGGAR’S OPERA” By John Gay, The Threepenny Opera is a darkly comic and thrilling musical drama brought right up to date in this exhilarating production.
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tony Award®-winning masterpiece Sunset Boulevard is audio described at The Palace Theatre, Manchester, on Thursday, 2 November at 7:30. In her mansion on Sunset Boulevard, faded silent-screen goddess Norma Desmond lives in a fantasy world. Impoverished screen writer Joe Gillis, on the run from debt collectors, stumbles into her reclusive world and is seduced by her and her luxurious lifestyle. Joe becomes trapped in a claustrophobic world until his love for another woman leads him to try and break free, with dramatic consequences. With its much-loved score (including Sunset Boulevard, With One Look, As If We Never Said Goodbye, The Greatest Star Of All and The Perfect Year) this production promises to be a spectacular event. Starring Ria Jones, who received standing ovations every night when performing at the London Coliseum, as Norma Desmond and Strictly Come Dancing’s Danny Mac as Joe Gillis, this is a show not to be missed!
High energy, high kicking and gloriously glamorous, the acclaimed Watermill Theatre production of Crazy for You is audio described at the Theatre Royal, Norwich, on Saturday, 4 November at 2:30. It is the ultimate feel-good musical starring Tom Chambers (Top Hat and Strictly Come Dancing), Caroline Flack (Strictly Come Dancing, Love Island, The X Factor) and Charlotte Wakefield (Sound Of Music, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang) featuring a fabulous score from the Gershwin brothers’ songbook. Mistaken identities, heartbreak, happiness and a wealth of memorable tunes, including I Got Rhythm, They Can’t Take That Away From Me, Nice Work If You Can Get It and Embraceable You all feature in this exhilarating celebration of the great Broadway musicals.
Exactly a week after, on Saturday, 11 November, there is an audio described performance of Uncle Vanya at the Home theatre, Manchester, at 2:00. “Life on the whole is dull, dumb, dirty… Sucks you down, this life. Surrounded by kranks. Everywhere, kranks. You live with them two or three years and before you know it you’ve become a krank yourself. This is fate.” (Astrov. Act I).
An ageing irritable professor returns to his deceased wife’s country estate with his beautiful young wife, Yelena. The estate has been managed for years by the Professor’s daughter, Sonya, and his brother-in- law Uncle Vanya. It is their self-sacrifice and toil which has maintained his extravagant lifestyle in the city. When the politically impassioned local Doctor Astrov is called to the house and meets Yelena, tensions spiral rapidly into a desperate comedy about unrequited love. Chekhov’s characters exist on the brink of a new era; a new order is approaching. One they fear. Taking Russia’s past as inspiration in this historic year Walter Meierjohann’s production, starring HOME’s Associate artist Katie West as Sonya, explores the acutely tragic and deeply comic spirit or Chekhov’s late masterpiece with a bold visual design and live music. Written 20 years before the Russian Revolution, what does this much loved play tell us about the world we live in today? You will have to come and find out!
On Friday, 17 November at 1:00, The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde will be audio described at the Wolverhampton Arena. An experiment to separate virtue from wickedness in his own nature results in the respectable Doctor Jekyll releasing the demon within; a malevolent force which will eventually possess him body and soul... Robert Louis Stevenson's classic story has enthralled and fascinated the world for more than a hundred years - perhaps because a Mr. Hyde lurks deep within us all, watching and waiting. A thrilling adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's dark psychological fantasy, The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll And Mr Hyde immerses you in the myth and mystery of 19th century London's fog-bound streets where love, betrayal and murder lurk at every chilling twist and turn. Gripping, stylish and thought-provoking, this is unmissable theatre. Go on. Treat your dark side!
Later the same day at 7:30, there is an audio described performance of Jubilee at the Royal Exchange Theatre. Centred around a marauding girl gang on a killing spree and a time-travelling Queen Elizabeth I, this is a story of what happens when creativity and nihilism collide. Featuring a soundtrack to die (horribly) for, and with a cast led by one of the film’s original cast members, legendary punk warrior Toyah Willcox, JUBILEE is a free- spirited, gloriously rude, take-no- prisoners blast of a show, for young punks, old punks, and anyone who’s ever wanted to set the world on fire. Recommended Age guidance 16+ Features nudity, strong language and sexually explicit content
Finally, to end the month with a bang, the smash hit musical comedy Hairspray is coming to Bradford with a production that is guaranteed to have you dancing the night away! This is audio described on Saturday, 25 November at 2:30. It’s Baltimore, 1962 where Tracy Turnblad, a big girl with big hair and an even bigger heart, is on a mission to follow her dreams and dance her way onto national TV. Tracy’s audition makes her a local star and soon she is using her new-found fame to fight for equality, bagging local heartthrob Link Larkin along the way! Featuring the hit songs Welcome To The 60s, You Can’t Stop The Beat, The Nicest Kids in Town and many more, don’t miss this irresistible feel-good show that will have you smiling for days - let your hair down and book now!
Audio described gallery tours this month include The Turner Prize Exhibition at the Ferens Gallery, City of Culture 2017, - Hull. Tours are on 5 and 20 November and take in the four shortlisted artists:
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We look forward to welcoming you to an event soon!