Tom Conti, Sheridan Smith and Claire Skinner all tread the boards this autumn. Here are our must-see theatre picks for the rest of the year.
Sally Messham and Laura Rogers will lead the cast in a new adaptation of Sarah Water’s 1988 best-selling novel Tipping the Velvet.
Full of audacity, desire and adventure, Tipping the Velvet tells the captivating and exhilarating story of Nancy Astley, who in 1887 falls in love with a girl who wears trousers. This is a new version of the classic by acclaimed playwright Laura Wade, whose Posh made her name and has found new audiences in the film version: last year’s The Riot Club.
An exciting new production commissioned in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Theatre Royal in Nottingham.
Based on the legend and ballads of Robin Hood, six Nottinghamshire playwrights have created a condensed history of the city. Set from 1865 to the present to reflect the 150 years of the Theatre Royal, this is a roam through the past with the notorious hero Robin Hood.
With their debut performance together, two of the best-loved stars of stage and screen Tom Conti and Gwen Taylor perform in Before the Party.
A satirical comedy set in ration book Britain, it shows hungry wartime practices hindering the preparation of a party in the absence of delectable foods.
Touring the UK including Norwich, Woking, Malvern, Cheltenham, Bath and Eastbourne. Search ‘Before the Party’ for tickets.
The Royal Ballet’s 2015/16 season opens with Kenneth MacMillan’s Romeo and Juliet, which premièred in 1965. In celebration of the 50th anniversary, the ballet of the star-crossed lovers will be screened live to cinemas on 22 September.
Over the years, the tragedy has seen many celebrated dancers in the lead roles including Jonathan Cope and Darcey Bussell. This year sees many exciting new debut dancers, dancing the part of the tragic lovers.
“The Father is one of those plays that makes your brain hum with the unique potential of theatre,” said The Independent of Florian Zeller’s production at London’s Tricycle theatre earlier this year.
Kenneth Cranham plays Andre, the 80-year-old father of Anne, Outnumbered’s Claire Skinner, in a powerful portrayal of the deteriorating effect of dementia.
With the pains of maintaining a father-daughter bond and her relationship with her husband, this is set to be a hit when it transfers first to Cambridge’s Arts Theatre next month, and then to London’s Wyndham’s Theatre.
Young Men is presented by the award-wining BalletBoyz, and is a story of suffering endured by young soldiers in the First World War. Choreographed by Iván Pérez, it portrays survival, comradeship and love through the bonds created between the men.
Husbands & Sons combines three of DH Lawrence’s greatest dramas: The Daughter-in-Law, A Collier’s Friday Night and The Widowing of Mrs Holroyd, and explores the story of the women of the villages around the Brinsley coal pit.
Anne-Marie Duff plays lead Lizzie Holroyd in this drama about female solidarity and working class pride.
Funny Girl returns to London for the first time since it premièred nearly 50 years ago, with Sheridan Smith starring as Fanny Brice in the iconic musical.
Following the career of Fanny from the Lower East Side of New York to her rise to stardom on Broadway, this spectacular sell-out show is the fastest-selling production in the theatre’s history. If you manage to get your hands on tickets it promises to be fantastic fun.
Menier Chocolate Factory, 20 November 2015 to 5 March 2016. Tickets have sold out, but the theatre advises signing up to its mailing list in case more become available.
One of London’s oldest surviving music halls has been newly restored and is presenting its first traditional pantomime this Christmas. Roy Hudd will write and star in Dick Whittington at Wilton’s Music Hall – fitting as Hudd is also an authority on the history of music hall entertainment, so he’ll be right at home (oh no he won’t!).
Tickets to Dick Whittington at Wilton’s Music Hall, 1-31 December 2015 (not Sundays, Christmas Eve or Christmas Day).