This month kicks off with the stage premiere of the world famous novel, The Lovely Bones, at the Everyman Theatre Liverpool on Wednesday, 3 October at 19:30.
Susie Salmon is just like any other young girl. She wants to be beautiful, adores her charm bracelet and has a crush on a boy from school. There’s one big difference though – Susie is dead. Now she can only observe while her family manage their grief in their different ways. Her father, Jack is obsessed with identifying the killer. Her mother, Abigail is desperate to create a different life for herself. And her sister, Lindsay is discovering the opposite sex with experiences that Susie will never know. Susie is desperate to help them and there might be a way of reaching them…
Alice Sebold’s novel The Lovely Bones is a unique coming-of-age tale that has captured the hearts of readers throughout the world. Award-winning playwright Bryony Lavery has adapted it for this play about life after loss.
Theatre by the Lake presents you with an audio described performance of Sense and Sensibility on Thursday, 4 October at 2:00.
Things look bleak for sisters Marianne and Elinor Dashwood, when they find themselves cheated out of their inheritance and turfed out of their home with little money to live on and even less to recommend themselves to suitors. Banished to a chilly cottage in Devonshire, the arrival of a dashing stranger promises to change their fortunes forever; but as the sisters each discover, the course of true love never did run smooth.
Austen’s razor-sharp wit sizzles in this beloved tale of injustice, heartbreak and love in an adaptation that is as fresh as it is funny from Olivier Award-winning writer Jessica Swale.
At the Alhambra Theatre on Wednesday, 10 October at 2:00, you can attend the audio described performance of one of the most successful musicals in history, Miss Saigon: 'A stunning and jaw-dropping spectacle with lavish sets and special effects, and sumptuous production numbers, meticulously mounted. This is what people mean when they talk about "A Broadway Show".’ (Marilyn Stasio, Variety) This is the only Yorkshire date, so you don’t want to miss it!
Join Alex (X-Factor 2016 winner Matt Terry), Marty, Melman and Gloria as they bound out of the zoo and onto the stage in the audio described performance of Madagascar The Musical on Thursday, 11 October at 19:30 at Bristol Hippodrome.. This smash hit musical features all of your favourite crack-a-lackin’ friends as they escape from their home in New York’s Central Park Zoo and find themselves on an unexpected journey to the madcap world of King Julien’s Madagascar. This brand new musical from Dreamworks (Shrek The Musical) will leave audiences with no choice but to ‘move it, move it’!
Madagascar will also be audio described on October 26 at 6pm at Bradford Alhambra.
On Thrusday 11 October in Salford, you have the chance to catch up with Lip Service’s latest work-in-progress – Strangers on a Train Set – brilliantly funny, especially for those of us who spend much of our time on trains. See it, Say it , Sorted! The event takes place at the Adelphi Theatre at the University of Salford at 8.30pm.
From the producers of Miss Meena & the Masala Queens, The Deranged Marriage and Britain’s Got Bhangra, Oldham Coliseum present a new play about friendship and courage in Dishoom, audio described at 19:30 on Friday, 12 October. Summer 1978, Simon and his friends should be looking forward to leaving school, but the National Front are on the streets, Simon's Bibi is ashamed of him and his Dad spends his life hiding in the pub. When Simon's cousin Baljit comes to stay, she introduces him to the Bollywood classic, Sholay. Inspired by the film’s dynamic duo, Jai and Veeru, Simon and Baljit find their inner superheroes and set out to change their world forever.
We return to the Oldham Coliseum on Friday, 19 October at 19:30 with an audio described performance of Withering Looks, the comedy duo’s take on the lives of the Brontes.
On the 12th October in Liverpool is an audio described performance of By the Waters of Liverpool at the Empire. The play follows the smash-hit success of Forrester’s Twopence To Cross The Mersey and is being brought to audiences by the team behind both the musical and stage play versions of the award-winning true story. At seventeen, Helen had fought and won two bitter battles with her parents; the first to educate herself, the second for the right to go out to work. Her parents are as financially irresponsible as ever, wasting money while their children still lack adequate food and clothing. But for Helen, things are looking up as she begins to make new friends and develop some social life outside the home. In 1939, now aged 20 and with Britain on the brink of war, Helen has never been kissed by a man. That is until she meets a tall strong seaman, and falls in love. By The Waters Of Liverpool has sold more than a million books. Now this is your chance to catch it as it comes to life on stage in this exciting new adaptation!
Two of the UK’s most thoughtful, inspiring and consistently brilliant theatre companies come together to imagine the implications of real world, leading edge developments in human enhancement technologies in Future Bodies, audio described at HOME on Saturday, 13 October at 2:00.
Working with leading scientists and researchers in the fields of brain implants, smart drugs, and artificial intelligence, Unlimited Theatre and RashDash smash together science fact and fiction in a kaleidoscopic montage of words, music and movement. The technology of the future is being developed, in part, by very intelligent and/or very well-funded people who believe that death is just a technical glitch and immortality is genuinely possible. The human being is being upgraded. This is terrifying and exciting and it’s coming – whether we like it or not. The future is coming. Stop being normal.
With songs by Grammy® and Tony® winning pop icon Cyndi Lauper, the audio described performance on Saturday, 20 October at 14:30 of Kinky Boots at the Wolverhampton Grand takes you from the factory floor to the glamorous catwalks of Milan.
Charlie Price is struggling to live up to his father's expectations and continue the family business of Price & Son. With the shoe factory's future hanging in the balance, help arrives in the unlikely but spectacular form of Lola - a fabulous performer in need of some study new stilettos. Callum Francis will be putting on the boots to play Lola following his award winning and critically acclaimed performances in Australia. He is joined by Paula Lane as Lauren, best known for her role as Kylie Platt in Coronation Street and West End star Joel Harper-Jackson will play Charlie. Inspired by true events, this joyous story of Brit grit to high-heeled hit is the 'Freshest, most fabulous, feel-good musical of the decade' - The Hollywood News. It's the ultimate fun night out for you and your loved ones, so book now and experience the energy, joy and laughter of this dazzling show!
The Royal Court Liverpool are putting on an audio described performance of Maggie May on Wednesday, 24 October at 20:00.
Her dream was New York. Her reality was Liverpool. An innocent Irish girl with her heart set on New York is waylaid in Liverpool when she loses her bag and all her worldly goods. To earn a crust she goes into domestic service and, seduced by her employer, discovers that when a girl falls for the wrong man she stands to lose more than just her possessions. Maggie is trapped in a world where a young woman has the odds stacked against her and she has to grow up fast. No longer a wide-eyed young girl, she enters the world's oldest profession to regain control of her own destiny. Will she ever make it to the city of her dreams?
A brilliant new musical by Bob Eaton (writer and director of Lennon) and Sayan Kent, Maggie May is full of great live music from talented actor musicians that will pull at the heartstrings and stir the soul.
CALENDAR GIRLS THE MUSICAL by Gary Barlow and Tim Firth is the award-winning production based on the true story of the calendar girls - a group of ordinary ladies who achieved something extraordinary.
This marvellous musical comedy which received fantastic five star reviews in London's West End now comes to Venue Cymru and is being audio described on Thursday, 25 October at 19:30. Starring FERN BRITTON, ANNA-JANE CASEY, SARA CROWE, KAREN DUNBAR, RUTH MADOC, REBECCA STORM and DENISE WELCH. The Times described Calendar Girls the Musical as 'pure gold'. Don't miss your chance to catch this glorious production straight from London's West End. Buy tickets today!
On Tuesday, 30 October, there will be an audio described tour of Spirited at 17:30 at the Portico Gallery. It tells the stories of some of the young women and girls who fought for the vote 100 years ago, centering on Manchester as the birthplace of the suffrage movement. It brings to life their incredible acts of courage, creativity and cunning in order to inspire today’s young people into taking their own first steps into social action. It features items from the collections of the British Library, BBC archives, Women’s Library, Museum of London, Bishopsgate Institute, BFI and others, which together offer an exciting new perspective on the suffrage story, highlighting the spirited young women who helped bring about vital change.
Pick a treat instead of a trick this Halloween as there are two fantastic audio described shows to choose from on Wednesday, 31 October. The sensational hit West End musical, Motown, is bringing its unique sound to The Alexandra Theatre Birmingham at 2:30.
Featuring over 50 classic hits including My Girl, What's Going On, Dancing in the Street, I Heard It Through The Grapevine and Ain't No Mountain High Enough, Motown the Musical tells the thrilling tale of the man who broke barriers, fought against the odds to create something more than a record label.
Discover the story behind Motown, the personal relationships, the professional struggles, and - of course - the music that made history, defined the sound of a generation and got the whole world moving to the same beat.
In the evening at 19:30 you can catch And Did Those Feet at the Macron, Bolton – the perfect venue for this play! Bolton Wanderers have only made it to the final twice in their 48 year history and lost both matches. It’s the first final to be held in the new Wembley stadium and with Joe Smith and David Jack scoring goals galore - could this be the year for the Wanderers? Wedding plans, a footballer lost in the war and the story of the man who walks from Bolton all the way to Wembley.
Follow how a group of Boltonians find their lives transformed by eleven men in white shirts on an unstoppable march to Wembley. And Did Those Feet won the hearts of audiences and critics alike when it was first performed to sell out houses in 2007 and it now returns at the home of the Wanderers – The University of Bolton Stadium. We look forward to welcoming you to a show soon!