By Jess Meaden
Check out the biggest and best productions that are UK bound this year. Whether its a musical plucked straight from Londons West End, an Olivier Award-winning play or a magical family show that youre after, its all covered right here. Weve also highlighted the best tours in the dance world, side-splittingly funny comedians and, for the brave only, some terrifying thrillers that are sure to get the heart pumping and adrenaline rushing. Go on, treat yourselves!
Brighton , Manchester, Birmingham, Liverpool, Sunderland, Wimbledon, Torquay & Glasgow
Following on from its record-breaking worldwide tour, The Rocky Horror Show
is ready to thrill UK audiences once more. Featuring timeless classics such as Sweet Transvestite, Damn It Janet
and the legendary Time Warp
, this show is a non-stop party and the boldest bash in town!
Bristol & Manchester
flies back on a UK tour this year, bringing all the magic and fun of the original Disney classic with her. Expect dazzling choreography, magical effects and a wonderful story co-created for the stage by Disney and Cameron Mackintosh. With songs including Jolly Holiday, Step in Time
and Feed the Birds
, this musical is sure to be practically perfect in every way.
Bristol , Manchester, Wimbledon, Woking, Oxford, Brighton, Stoke-on-Trent, Glasgow, Liverpool, Aylesbury, Sunderland, Edinburgh & Milton Keynes
The worlds favourite family musical based on a little girl with big dreams heads on tour to bring 1930s New York to a town near you. With an award winning book and score, you can bet your bottom dollar that this musical all about Annie, relentless orphanage owner Miss Hannigan and their Hard Knock Life will have you belting out Tomorrow for days after seeing the show.
Manchester, Birmingham, Liverpool, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Milton Keynes & Bristol
Chichester's acclaimed production of the award winning musical Guys & Dolls will tour the UK (with a 13 week run at London's Savoy Theatre over Christmas). Featuring show-stopping tunes including Luck be a Lady and Sit Down You're Rockin the Boat, this is an audio-visual masterpiece you won't want to miss!
Manchester, Sunderland, Stoke-on-Trent, Wimbledon, Birmingham, Aylesbury, Brighton, York, Edinburgh, Liverpool, Glasgow, Torquay, Bristol & Oxford
Due to overwhelming popular demand, Prisiclla Queen of the Desert the Musical returns this year, clad with all the outrageous costumes, dancefloor classics and oneliners that it's famed for. Featuring all the showstopping hits including I Will Survive, Hot Stuff, Finally, Boogie Wonderland and Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, this show is sure to take you on a musical journey to the heart of fabulous!
Edinburgh, Oxford, Manchester, Bristol, Sunderland , Woking, Milton Keynes & Liverpool
Whitney Houstons greatest hits are brought to life in this award-winning musical. Based on the popular blockbuster film, the story follows the unlikely attraction between superstar Rachel Marron and her bodyguard. Featuring smash-hit songs including Queen of the Night, So Emotional and show-stopper I Will Always Love You, this breathtaking show is one not to be missed.
Glasgow, Bromley, York, Richmond, Bristol, Liverpool, Wimbledon, Stoke-on-Trent, Manchester & Milton Keynes
Part flesh and part felt, the mischievous and badly behaved Avenue Q continues its tour following a successful five year run in Londons West End. Packed with politically incorrect hits including Everyones a Little Bit Racist, The Internet Is For Porn and Schadenfreude, this relatable tale of an English graduate searching for purpose will lift your spirits and touch your heart. Irresponsible adults only.
Birmingham, Bromley & Woking
Manchester, Sunderland, Birmingham, Bristol, Milton Keynes, Glasgow & Liverpool
The feel-good musical featuring all the hit songs from the King of Rock n Roll, Elvis Presley, heads on tour this year with legendary soul singer Mica Paris in tow. Set in 1950s America, the show includes popular Presley tunes The Devil In Disguise, Hound Dog, Blue Suede Shoes, All Shook Up, Now or Never, plus many more.
This divine musical doesn't hit the road until next year, but we can hardly wait! Craig Revel Horwood
directs and choreographs this brand new production from Summer 2016.
Torquay, Edinburgh, Bristol, Milton Keynes, Wimbledon & Woking.
Oxford, Liverpool, Manchester, Wimbledon, Brighton, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Bristol, Woking, Milton Keynes Bromley & Stoke-on-Trent
Good Morning Baltimore!
Hot off the boards of the Savoy stage, Scoundrels will soon be conning their way into a theatre near you. Based on the classic comedy film starring Sir Michael Caine and Steve Martin, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels transports you to the French Riviera, as two seasoned swindlers attempt to hoodwink a million heiress.
Catch this delightful feel-good musical on it's brand new UK tour and you'll meet the nicest kids in town
Brighton, Richmond, Birmingham, Woking & Milton Keynes
The highly-acclaimed National Theatre production, based on the award-winning novel by Mark Haddon, just embarked on its first ever nationwide tour of the UK. Following a 15 year old boy with an extraordinary brain, determined to uncover the truth behind the death of his neighbours dog, it scooped up seven awards at the 2013 Olivier Awards and stands as a must-see for all theatre-goers.
Stephen King's acclaimed short novel is brought to life on the stage in celebration of the 21th anniversary of the film starring Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman.
Richmond, Milton Keynes, York & Glasgow
Direct from the Harold Pinter Theatre in Londons West End, Oscar Wildes much loved and brilliantly witty masterpiece tours the UK with star cast members Nigel Havers, Christine Kavanagh
and Sian Phillips
. Witness the hilarious misadventures of The Bunbury Company of Players as they interpret this legendary play.
Woking, Torquay, Glasgow & Manchester
Based on the best-selling mystery novel of all time, Agatha Christies own stage adaptation of her dark and captivating Devonshire tale will thrill and enthral all who are brave enough to witness murder unfold.
Brighton, York, Stoke-on-Trent, Woking, Liverpool, Manchester, Aylesbury, Torquay, & Bristol
Described as 'the cleverest murder mystery of British theatre'
this record-breaking thriller embarks on a UK-wide tour for the anniversary of it's 60th consecutive production year. This is an iconic and suspensful piece of theatre that will have you guessing until the very end.
Aylesbury, Glasgow, Bromely, Wimbledon, Oxford & Woking
Mighty Boosh co-creator and Nevermind the Buzzcocks team captain Noel Fielding embarks on his first live tour in five years. Expect plenty of weird and wonderful creations during this adult-themed evening.
Milton Keynes, Edinburgh & Stoke-on-Trent
Milton Keynes, Brighton, Folkestone, Liverpool, Stoke-on-Trent, Birmingham, Southport , Sunderland, Glasgow & York
One of Scotlands best comedy exports returns to the stage with a brand new show labelled A Whole Different Story. Truthful, sarcastic and hilarious, theres no wonder he smashed box office records for his first UK tour and made his Australia run a sell-out.
The Take Me Out
host returns to his performance roots this September, when he brings brand new show Daddy McGuinness
to a theatre near you. Paddys got a whole new source of inspiration for this aptly-named tour, becoming a first-time Dad since his last stand-up show in 2011.
Manchester & Woking
A great ballet for the little ones, the Northern Ballets portrayal of the Elves and the Shoemaker brings all the magic and excitement to this famous Brothers Grimm story. Who is the mysterious maker of the beautiful shoes found by the shoemaker? The Northern Ballet company retell this wonderful story in a tidy 40 minutes making it the perfect length for young audience members who are new to ballet.
Milton Keynes, Edinburgh, Sunderland, Liverpool & Wimbledon
Shrek and Donkey are on another whirlwind adventure - this time across the UK for the tour of Shrek the Musical
. Bringing all the much-loved Dreamworks characters to life in an all-singing, all-dancing extravaganza, the production features all new songs as well as cult Shrek
anthem Im A Believer
Aylesbury & Stoke-on-Trent
See Hello Kitty as youve never seen her before, as she takes to the stage live (and in 3D) for her World Premiere. With a soundtrack that includes Charlie XCX, Bruno Mars, Kylie Minogue and Clean Bandit, this Pop Show will have your little ones off their seats and dancing along with Kitty in the aisles.
Birmingham & York
Peppa Pig, George and all their friends return to the stage with a brand new UK tour: Peppa Pigs Surprise. Mummy and Daddy Pig have a surprise for Peppa and George and its your childrens job to guess what it is! Enjoy fun, games and surprises in this colourful new show packed with songs and life sized puppets.
Oxford, Wimbledon, Liverpool, Woking, Milton Keynes, Torquay, Sunderland, Richmond, Aylesbury & Glasgow.
Put the hairbrush microphones down, step away from the mirror and gather your friends, as a full screening of Disneys Frozen with sing-a-long lyrics is shown to every honorary Elsa, Anna and Kristoff nationwide. With a free prop bag, a live host and a collective warm-up, youll be all set to sing your heart out and Let It Go amongst like-minded Frozen fans.
Stoke-on-Trent, Liverpool, Birmingham & Oxford
After five sell-out UK tours and with 250,000 tickets sold, Diversity
embark on their most up close and personal tour to date. With stunning choreography and dynamic music choices, the tour promises to give the most intimate, inspiring and, most of all, impressive performances yet.
Aylesbury, Richmond, Manchester, Brighton, Milton Keynes, Glasgow, Bristol, Sunderland, Wimbledon, Woking, Liverpool, Edinburgh, Stoke-on-Trent & Oxford
legends Vincent Simone
and Flavia Cacace
a fond farewell as they dance the night away with their last tango.
Glasgow, Milton Keynes, Woking, Liverpool, Bristol & New Wimbledon Theatre
Matthew Bournes haunting interpretation of this classic story has, in previous tours, smashed box office records across the UK and the USA and won the hearts of thousands. A romance for all ages, Sleeping Beauty
returns at the end of the year for what promises to be another highly successful UK tour.
Yes, the Christmas decorations have been packed up and January diets/blues/resolutions have kicked in. But you know you'll be kicking yourself come December if you haven't booked yourself up for the treat of all festive treats.
Promising the biggest stars and the best sets, along with all the classic panto trimmings, you can't go wrong with any one of these absolute classics. Rub the magic lamp and see Aladdin
in Milton Keynes, or go from rags to riches with Cinderella
at Liverpool, Richmond and Manchester, work with seven handy helpers with Snow White
at Bristol and Glasgow, or stay forever young with Peter Pan
in Stoke-on-Trent and Wimbledon.
Go on, knock yourself out. You know you want to.