Blackpool’s Grand Theatre has recently announced its winter and spring 2015 season, and what a season it is set to be.
Certain to get the toes tapping is a selection of musicals, including Saturday Night Fever, Return to the Forbidden Planet, Sunset Boulevard and cult swinging 60s musical Hairspray. Add to this A Night of Dirty Dancing, which features all the top numbers from the film and musical, and it sounds like a recipe for success.
For those who prefer drama to music, there is a truly fantastic drama programme ahead. From the nerve shredding adaptation of Susan Hill’s The Woman in Black and Agatha Christie’s darkly captivating And Then There Were None, to award winning The History Boys and the poignant The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas. Add to this the return of the RSC with their riotous, bawdy comedy A Mad World My Masters, Alan Ayckbourn’s Absent Friends and the hilarious political comedy Yes, Prime Minister and it will be easy to please everyone.
The Grand will also be host to some of the most cutting edge and critically acclaimed companies in dance and physical theatre. BalletBoyz make their Blackpool debut with Talent, DV8 Physical Theatre present JOHN and Ultima Vez, described as mesmeric and powerfully bold, feature their cutting edge dance piece, What the Body does not Remember which first premiered in 1987.
For lovers of classical performance there is also opera and ballet. The operas include La Traviata and the passionate La Boheme and the thrilling Siege of Calais. For the younger ones, the charming ballet The Elves and The Shoemaker is sure to delight. For the grown-ups there is a stunning double bill of Madame Butterfly with Perpetuum Mobile.
There is no shortage of shows for the children either. Take them on an underwater adventure with the action packed Octonauts, or help them to learn history the fun way with Horrible Histories: Incredible Invaders and Groovy Geeks. Their imaginations will run wild when they see Dinosaur Zoo, or they could enter the magical world of fairy tales with Hansel and Gretel. Described as something completely different is Hercules, a hilarious dance cabaret for all ages, this is a mixture of pantomime, comedy and side splitting adventure, sure to grab their attention.
If you feel in need of a good laugh, there is an eclectic mix of comedy in the coming months. This includes The Picture of Doreen Grey, Count Arthur Strong and Dirty Dusting. Fancy an evening of comedy folk songs? Then the Lancashire Hotpots will be right up your street. Last, but by no means least, are two of the UK’s most critically acclaimed comedians Milton Jones and Chatty Man Alan Carr.
The Grand are also presenting a number of live music events this year, with performances from the Grimethorpe Colliery Band, The Illegal Eagles, The Elvis Years, Joe McElderry and The Hollies. Later in the year The Full Monty boys will be strutting their stuff for ten nights during September. As always, the grand finale to the year will be the sparkling pantomime, which in 2015 is Snow White. Tgickets for this are already selling fast.
Wow what a fantastic year ahead for theatre goers.
Featured image by Jill Reidy.
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