Springtime for Theatre and Audio Description!
With songs by Grammy® and Tony® winning pop icon Cyndi Lauper, Kinky Boots takes you from the factory floor to the glamorous catwalks of Milan at the Liverpool Empire on Wednesday, 3 April, audio described at 19:30. Kayi Ushe will be putting on the boots to play Lola following his award winning, 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 Price. If you miss it, you can catch it again being audio described by Anne Hornsby at the Leeds Grand on Wednesday, 17 April at 19:30 or at Nottingham Theatre Royal on Thursday 6 June at 19.30.
Full of passion and romance, heart-pounding music and sensational sexy dancing, the record-breaking production of Dirty Dancing will be audio described by Anne Hornsby at the Wolverhampton Grand on Saturday, 6 April at 14:30. The classic story of Baby and Johnny returns, following three blockbuster West End runs and three hit UK tours, featuring the much-loved songs Hungry Eyes, Hey! Baby, Do You Love Me? and the heart - stopping (I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life.
There are three audio described performances taking place on Saturday, 13 April. You can catch Joseph and The Technicolour Dreamcoat at the Milton Keynes Theatre at 14:00 described by Jonathan Nash; the sensational hit West End musical Motown at the Alhambra Theatre Bradford at 14:30 (and in Nottingham on Saturday, 27 April at 14:30) described by Anne Hornsby, or The Lady Vanishes at the Regent Theatre Stoke at 14:30 described by Chris Berry.
When Socialite Iris’ unexpected travelling companion suddenly disappears, Iris is perplexed to find that all the other passengers deny ever having seen her. But with the help of musician Max, she turns detective, and together they try to solve the mystery of why the lady vanished… Building on the phenomenal decade-long success of The Agatha Christie Theatre Company, The Classic Thriller Theatre Company presents a quick-witted and devilishly fun thriller, based on the 1939 Hitchcock classic, ranked as one of the best British films of all time. The cast features Lorna Fitzgerald, fresh from her shock departure from the role of Abi Branning in BBC’s EastEnders, Matt Barber, Atticus Aldridge in Downtown Abbey and Robert Duncan, Drop The Dead Donkey.
Based on the 1980 phenomenal pop culture film, Fame The Musical, the international smash hit sensation, will be audio described by Pat Hayes on Saturday, 20 April at the Regent Theatre Stoke at 14:30. It follows the lives of students at New York’s High School For The Performing Arts as they navigate their way through the highs and lows, the romances and the heartbreaks and the ultimate elation of life. Starring Keith Jack (Any Dream Will Do, Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat), Mica Paris (Love Me Tender, Chicago, Mama I Want to Sing) and Jorgie Porter (Hollyoaks, Dancing on Ice).
The smash-hit production of Annie comes to Bradford for one week only direct from London’s West End and is being audio described on Wednesday, 24 April at 14:00 by Anne Hornsby. This ‘glorious revival’ (The Times) stars award-winning actress Anita Dobson (Eastenders, Wicked, Loose Women, Chicago, Call The Midwife) as the tyrannical Miss Hannigan! With its Tony® award-winning book and score, including the unforgettable songs It’s The Hard-Knock Life, Easy Street, I Don’t Need Anything But You and Tomorrow, you can bet your bottom dollar that you’ll love it!
Inspired by a true story, Peter Shaffer’s gripping psychological thriller, Equus, is being audio described by Chris Berry on Saturday, 27 April at 13:30 at The Lowry. It explores the complex relationships between devotion, myth and sexuality. When teenager Alan Strang’s pathological fascination leads him to blind six horses in a Hampshire stable, psychiatrist Dr. Martin Dysart is tasked with uncovering the motive behind the boy’s violent act. As Dysart delves into Alan’s world of twisted spirituality, passion and sexuality, he begins to question his own sanity and motivations in a world driven by consumerism. “Haunting, engrossing theatre… a must-see” WhatsOnStage
Tender, acute and wryly funny, Visitors is being audio described by Anne at the Oldham Coliseum on Wednesday, 1 May at 19:30. In a rural farmhouse, a family is falling apart. Stephen can’t afford to put his mother into care; Arthur can’t afford to stop working and look after his wife. When a young stranger with blue hair moves in to care for Edie as her mind unravels, the entire family are forced to question what the future holds and who gets to choose how they live their lives. This is a story about ageing, care and families, but most of all an ode to life-long love.
At HOME Manchester on Friday, 3 May at 19:30, there is an audio described performance by Anne of Richard III. “What do I fear? Myself?” After decades of civil war, the nation hangs in the balance. Enter Richard, Duke of Gloucester, to change the course of history. Richard was not born to be a king, but he’s set his sights on the crown. So begins his campaign of deceit, manipulation and violence – and he’s killing it. Yet, behind his ambition lies a murderous desire to be loved.
Ghost The Musical comes to Bradford and is being audio described by Anne at the Alhambra on Saturday, 4 May at 14:30. The movie has proven to be one of cinema’s biggest all-time hits. Starring the late Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore and Whoopi Goldberg it was the highest grossing film of 1990 and won an Oscar for screenwriter Bruce Joel Rubin who has adapted his screenplay for this musical. The movie and the musical feature The Righteous Brothers’ Unchained Melody alongside many more terrific songs co-written by Eurythmics’ Dave Stewart. ‘a roaring success. The house was brought down with thunderous applause’ The Gazette
We look forward to seeing you at a show soon!