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Theatre Review: April Round-up

Musicals a-plenty in theatres across the country this month, with the addition of some rip-roaring comedies.


  • Adelphi Theatre

Made in Dagenham (Ends April 11)

This is the last chance to see this heartwarming musical starring former Bond girl Gemma Arterton, as the show closes this month. Based on the film of the same name, it tells the story of some female Ford factory workers and their fight against their corporate employers and their own union.

To book go to http://www.londontheatres.co.uk/adelphi-theatre/

  • London Palladium

Cats (Ends April 25)

This month also sees the end of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s much-loved classic, Cats, at the London Palladium.  Come and meet a host of characters including Macavity the mystery cat, Gus the theatre cat and Grizabella the glamour cat and enjoy showstoppers such as 'Memory'. Now starring Wicked star Kerry Ellis.

For tickets go to http://palladium.londontheatres.co.uk/

  • Savoy Theatre

Gypsy (opens March 28)

Imelda Staunton (known for screen and stage roles including in Harry Potter and Pride) stars as Momma Rose, a singularly ambitious mother who wants her daughters to be famous more than anything else. However, tensions flare as the girls grow up and want to branch out on their own. Featuring well-known tunes such as 'Everything’s Coming Up Roses'.

To book, go to http://www.savoytheatre.org/gypsy/

  • Theatre Royal, Haymarket

Harvey (March 23-May 2)

Many of us had an imaginary friend as a child. However, Elwood P. Dowd continues his friendship with a six-foot tall invisible rabbit called Harvey well into adulthood. Described as “crammed full of belly laughs” and “utterly infectious” in reviews, this production sees James Dreyfus (of Gimme, Gimme, Gimme fame) take the starring role alongside Maureen Lipman as Elwood’s sister, Veta.

Tickets are available via their website here

  • Vaudeville Theatre

Oppenheimer (March 27-May 23)

The Royal Shakespeare Company tells the story of  J. Robert Oppenheimer, “the father of the atomic bomb” as he is billed. The titular character leads the Manhattan Project - a group of scientists working to develop a weapon which could end the war. The play explores the tension between scientific advancements in the field of nuclear physics and the way in which they are used in wartime.

For tickets go to http://www.nimaxtheatres.com/vaudeville-theatre/oppenheimer/

Elsewhere in the UK

  • Palace Theatre, Manchester

The Cat in the Hat (April 7 and 8)

Fun and frolics for children aged three and up, as Dr Seuss’s fantastic feline leads Sally and her brother on an exciting adventure.

For tickets go to the ATG website

Jesus Christ Superstar (April 13-18)

Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s musical depicting the last week of Christ’s life. Starring Glenn Carter as Jesus, X Factor’s Rhydian Roberts as Pontius Pilot, Tim Rogers as Judas Iscariot and another X Factor star Rachel Adedeji as Mary Magdalene.

For tickets go to the ATG website

  • LG Arena Birmingham

Disney on Ice presents Magical Ice Festival (April 1-5)

Featuring the stars of Frozen, Anna and Elsa, as well as a host of other Disney favourites.

For tickets go to http://www.birminghamtheatres.com/

  • Birmingham Hippodrome

Shrek The Musical (March 31- April 26)

Family fun with everyone’s favourite ogre. Featuring all new songs.

Tickets available from the Ticketmaster website

  • Bristol Hippodrome

Dara Ó Briain: Crowd Tickler (April 1-3)

The Irish funnyman brings his particular style of mirth to Bristol in this three-night run.

Go to http://www.atgtickets.com/venues/bristol-hippodrome/ for tickets.


The Full Monty (April 13-18)

Six unemployed Sheffield steelworkers decide to become strippers. Described by the Daily Telegraph as “every inch a whopping hit”.

For tickets go to the ATG website

  • New Theatre Cardiff

Return to the Forbidden Planet (April 20-25)

Shakespeare’s The Tempest set in space and packed with sixties hits. This is a night out not to be missed.

Click here for tickets 

Peter Pan Goes Wrong (April 28-May 2)

From the people who brought you The Play That Goes Wrong comes this tale of a university drama club who try to bring to life Peter Pan and his adventures in Neverland. However, things don’t go according to plan…

Tickets available from the New Theatre website

  • Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh

The Venetian Twins (April 24-May 16)

Estranged identical twins arrive in a small town looking for love. Chaos and confusion ensues.

For tickets, go to http://www.edinburghtheatreguide.com/lyceum.htm#twins


Round-up by Vicky Knill

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