SOME of the West End’s biggest shows are heading to the Theatre Royal Plymouth for spring 2014. As well as blockbusters The Lion King, Singin’ in the Rain, Priscilla Queen of the Desert and Evita, there will be the chance to see a new version of Happy Days the Musical, Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures new take on William Golding’s Lord Of The Flies and anniversary tours of Under Milk Wood, Pygmalion and Morecambe.
The Lion King
Friday, January 31
to Saturday, March 15
Disney’s worldwide theatrical phenomenon The Lion King opens in Plymouth this spring. The award-winning spectacular adaptation of Disney’s classic film is in its 14th year in London’s West End and has seen by almost 70 million people across the world.
Birmingham Royal Ballet
Wednesday, March 19
to Saturday, March 22
BRB return with David Bintley’s The Prince of the Pagodas, Benjamin Britten’s only commissioned full-length ballet score. Spectacular and imaginative sets by War Horse designer Rae Smith bring to life this reworking of a magical story that celebrates the power of family love.
Tuesday, April 1
Lesley Joseph stars in Hot Flush!, a musical which follows the friendships, the secrets, the laughs, the tears and the ups and downs of four ordinary women – and one man.
Priscilla Queen of the Desert the Musical
Monday, April 7
to Saturday, April 12
The international award-winning hit sensation Priscilla Queen Of The Desert the Musical comes to Plymouth starring Jason Donovan as Tick, the role he originated in the West End.
The show contains a hit parade of dancefloor favourites and won Tony and Olivier awards for its dazzling costumes as well as WhatsOnStage.com’s Best New Musical.
Sunday, April 13
2014 marks 30 years since the death of Eric Morecambe, one of Britain’s best-loved comedians. A new production of the Olivier Award winning West End play that celebrates his life will commemorate this anniversary featuring the life story of this incredible man.
See How They Run
Monday, April 14
to Saturday, April 19
The much-loved farce See How They Run is back on stage featuring hilarious comic situations involving mistaken identity, vicars and of course lots of doors.
Dreamboats and Petticoats
Monday, April 21
to Saturday, April 26
It’s time to twist again as the hit Dreamboats and Petticoats the Musical returns to Plymouth. Written by comedy legends Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran, the show features classic rock’n’roll music from the swinging 60s with classic tracks from Roy Orbison, The Shadows, Eddie Cochran, Billy Fury and many more.
Lord of the Flies
Wednesday, April 30
to Saturday, May 3
Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures latest work is based on William Golding’s classic novel Lord Of The Flies, choreographed by Scott Ambler. New Adventures has created some of the most successful shows of the last 25 years, including Swan Lake, Nutcracker! and Sleeping Beauty.
Monday, May 12
to Saturday, May 17
The multi-award winning West End show returns to where it all began 25 years ago - at the Theatre Royal Plymouth where it was originally produced. Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story charts his meteoric rise to fame to his final legendary performance at The Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa.
Monday, May 19
to Saturday, May 24
Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s masterpiece Evita returns to Plymouth starring Marti Pellow as Che and introducing Madalena Alberto as Eva. The musical charts the ambitious rise from rags to riches of Eva Peron, the wife of former Argentine dictator Juan Peron and has more than 20 major awards to its credit.
Under Milk Wood
Tuesday, May 27
to Saturday, May 31
This new production of Under Milk Wood by Clwyd Theatr Cymru marks the centenary year of Dylan Thomas’ birth. Directed by Terry Hands, the play, which is also a poem, introduces the eccentric and enchanting characters who populate the small Welsh seaside town of Llareggub.
Monday, June 2
to Saturday, June 7
The essence of the cult TV series is back with Happy Days – A New Musical. Written by Garry Marshall the legendary creator of the original series, the show features Emmerdale’s Ben Freeman as the King of Cool, Arthur The Fonz Fonzarelli; Heidi Range from the Sugababes as Pinky; and Cheryl Baker from Buck’s Fizz as Mrs Cunningham.
Monday, June 9
to Saturday, June 14
BAFTA award-winning Alistair McGowan stars as Henry Higgins in this new revival of Shaw’s play in its centenary year. Directed by Tony award-winning David Gindley, this exploration of gender and class is one of Shaw’s most popular plays inspiring the hit musical My Fair Lady. Leading stage and television actress Rula Lenska will play Mrs Higgins and EastEnders’ Jamie Foreman is Alfred Doolittle.
Singin’ In The Rain
Tuesday, June 17
to Saturday, June 28
Direct from the West End this acclaimed production of Singin’ In The Rain tells the story of the first Hollywood musical when the silver screen found its voice and left silent movies and some of its stars behind. The show includes screen star Maxwell Caulfield as studio boss R F Simpson and Coronation Street’s Vicky Binns as the “uniquely voiced” starlet Lina Lamont.
Monday, June 30
to Saturday, July 5
The spectacular concert Thriller Live comes to Plymouth direct from the West End where it’s in its record-breaking fifth year. The electrifying audio and video experience presents more than two hours of non-stop hits from pop to rock, soul to disco, celebrating the 40 years of Michael Jackson’s musical history.
Tickets can be booked online at www.theatreroyal.com or by calling the Theatre Royal Plymouth Box Office on 01752 267222.