What’s on the stage this spring and summer 2019

From west end tours to opera and more, here’s what’s coming to a theatre near you.

The Girl On the Train

What’s on in Norfolk

Literary lovers rejoice, Norwich Theatre Royal have adaptations of ‘The Girl on The Train’ (1-6 July) and Agatha Christie’s ‘Mousetrap’ (8-13 July.) There’s plenty to keep the kids entertained too, with ‘The Worst Witch’ (16 – 20 April), Ben and Holly (7 – 8 June) and ‘Horrible Histories’ (23 – 25 May).

There will be no shortage of laughter with Russel Kane (26 May), Al Murray (16 June) and Brian Blessed (18 March) performing. The Norwich Playhouse’s comedic offering doesn’t disappoint, either – catch Seann Walsh (3 – 5 March), Adam Riches (3 May) and Rachel Parris (20 March) to name a few.

On the stage in Suffolk

Broadway’s ‘Rock of Ages’ (5 – 9 March) hits The Regent Theatre along with ‘Joseph’ (25 – 29 June). Best-selling author Adam Kay (30 March), The Guilty Feminist (9 May) and The Hairy Bikers (28 March) are other highlights.

If you love ballet head to Bury’s Theatre Royal to catch the Central Ballet (11 April) and Welsh National Ballet’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’ (21 – 22 June).

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From movie and book adaptations to comedies, the New Wolsey has you covered with ‘Little Miss Sunshine’ (20 – 25 May), ‘The Picture of Dorian Grey’ (1 – 6 April) and ‘Margaret Thatcher Queen of Soho’ (24 March).

The Worst Witch

Theatre and shows in Cambridgeshire

The classic ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ (29 April – 4 May) comes to Cambridge Arts Theatre along with ‘The Worst Witch’ (6 – 10 February) and Sir Ian McKellen (10 -11 May). Also, in Cambridge, The Corn Exchange hosts The Northern Ballet’s ‘Puss in Boots’ (17 May).

‘The Lady in the Van’ (17 – 20 April) swings by The Key Theatre in Peterborough along with an ‘Only Fools and Horses’ dining experience (20 – 21 September).

SWANLAKE by Bourne, , Choreography – Matthew Bourne, Designs – Let Brotherston, Lighting – Paule Constable, New Adventures, 2018, Plymouth, Royal Theatre Plymouth, Credit: Johan Persson/

Performances in Essex

 There’s no shortage of West End shows coming to Essex. ‘My Fair Lady’ (26 February – 2 March) heads to Chelmsford Civic Theatre, while ‘Annie’ (27 May – 1 June), ‘The Calendar Girls’ (23 – 27 April) and ‘The Fully Monty’ (1 – 6 April) head to Cliffs Pavilion. Over in Basildon, ‘Avenue Q’ (11 -16 March) makes its debut at Towngate Theatre.

If you love dance, catch ‘Here Come the Girls’ (14 March) at Chelmsford Civic Theatre; the Vienna Festival Ballet will perform ‘Giselle’ (24 May) at the Princes Theatre and The Russian State Ballet of Siberia dance ‘Swan Lake’ (3 March) at Cliffs Pavilion.

For a barrel of laughs or for something different head to The Mercury Theatre and learn how to be human with Ruby Wax (25 April). Catch the ‘Lady Boys of Bangkok’ (18 April) at the West Cliff or head to Cliffs Pavilion to experience the Fawlty Towers dining experience (22 – 23 March and 6 – 7 September).

For something family friendly ‘Alice in Wonderland’ (13 – 14 April), ‘The Sooty Show’ (16 March) and ‘The Tiger Who Came to Tea’ (15 – 17 July) are on at the Civic Theatre, The Princes Theatre and The Palace Theatre, respectively.

Horrible Histories

What’s on at the theatre in Hertfordshire

There’s fun for all the family at the Hertford Theatre with ‘Room on the Broom’ (22 – 23 March). ‘Horrible Histories’ (13 – 14 April) heads to The Broadway Letchworth  Theatre and ‘Zog’ (16 – 18 April) swoops into the Alban Arena.

‘My Fair Lady’ takes an operatic twist at The Hertford Theatre (5 – 9 March) and the classic ‘La Boheme’ (13 March) hits the Broadway Letchworth Theatre.

If you fancy a giggle both Seann Walsh (9 May) and Ruby Wax (22 – 23 May) play the Broadway Letchworth Theatre. Whilst the Alban Arena hosts Reginald D Hunter (19 May), Russell Kane (14 May) and an adult pantomime (8 June).

What’s on in Bedfordshire

Milton Keynes Theatre has more West End smash hits than you can shake a stick at. Catch ‘The Bodyguard’ in March (12 – 23). April sees ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat’ (8 – 13) and American Idiot (23 – 27) hit the stage. ‘Les Misérables’ has a 3-week run (14 May – 8 June.) 1980s classic ‘Fame’ hits the stage in June (24 – 28). In July catch ‘Annie’ (1 – 6), ‘Hair’ (15 – 20) and ‘Motown the Musical’ (23 July – 3 August).

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