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New Vic Review:  Ladies’ Day

New Vic Review: Ladies’ Day

Photo credit: Andrew BillingtonAmanda Whittington's comedy/drama 'Ladies' Day' makes its way to New Vic theatre, with all the glitz and style of a day at the races. Four work colleagues from a Yorkshire fish-filleting line, Pearl, Jan, Shelly and Linda swap their gloves and apron, for dresses and fascinators as they head off to Royal Ascot. Originally written in 2005 when Royal Ascot did temporarily move itself to York, the play isn't a fish-out-of-water storyline (pun fully intended!) but a focus on the personal trials and tribulations of the four main characters. Take away the workday routine and you see…
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Jools Holland Returns To Victoria Hall In November

Musical maestro Jools Holland and his revered Rhythm & Blues Orchestra have today announced the run of dates and special guests of their 2023 Autumn/Winter UK tour. The tour will come to the Victoria Hall, Stoke-on-Trent on Thu 16 Nov 2023. Renowned as one of the UK’s most popular tours, this year the show will feature The Selecter’s Pauline Black and Arthur ‘Gaps’ Hendrickson as special guests. Pauline Black and Arthur ‘Gaps’ Hendrickson are no strangers to Jools and the orchestra, having joined them for a memorable tour in 2016. The duo are founding members of the influential Coventry based two-tone band and ska pioneers The Selecter. Their debut album ‘Too Much Pressure’,…
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Regent: Jodie Prenger To Star As ‘Miss Hannigan’ In Annie

Michael Harrison and David Ian are delighted to announce that, in a change to previously announced casting, Jodie Prenger will star as ‘Miss Hannigan’ in the UK and Ireland Tour of their smash hit production of the musical ANNIE, heading to the Regent Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent from Monday 8 – Saturday 13 May 2023. Jodie Prenger recently joined ITV’s Coronation Street as Glenda Shuttleworth. Her West End credits include A Taste of Honey at the Trafalgar Studios. Oliver! at Theatre Royal Drury Lane, One Man Two Guvnors at Theatre Royal Haymarket and Spamalot at the Playhouse Theatre. On tour she has appeared in Abigail’s Party, Shirley Valentine, Annie, Fat Friends, Tell Me on A Sunday and Calamity Jane. On television she has appeared in the BBC’s Shakespeare &…
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Rocky Horror 50th Anniversary Tour Comes To Crewe!

Rocky Horror 50th Anniversary Tour Comes To Crewe!

2023 marks the 50th Anniversary of the legendary smash hit musical The Rocky Horror Show, as it continues to play a newly extended tour through 2023 to sell-out crowds. Richard O’Brien’s legendary rock ‘n’ roll musical celebrates 50 years of non-stop partying with this special anniversary production. Since it first opened in London in June 1973 at the Royal Court Theatre The Rocky Horror Show has become the longest continuous run of a contemporary musical anywhere in the world. The show has been seen by over 30 million people worldwide in more than 30 countries and translated into 20 languages…
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Cast Announced For New Vic’s Comedy ‘Quality Street’

The New Vic has teamed up with Northern Broadsides to revive their delectable production of Quality Street this spring, written by J.M. Barrie, the beloved writer of Peter Pan. This production’s acclaimed original run in 2020 was cut short by the coronavirus pandemic and has now been revived for 2023. Quality Street will begin its UK-wide tour at the New Vic from Friday 3 to Saturday 25 March. In Quality Street, Phoebe Throssel runs a school for unruly children. Ten years on after a tearful goodbye, her old flame returns from fighting Napoleon. But the look of disappointment on Captain Valentine’s face when he greets an older,…
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Ellen Kent and the Ukrainian Opera & Ballet Theatre Kyiv present Aida

Ellen Kent and the Ukrainian Opera & Ballet Theatre Kyiv present Aida

The award-winning producer Ellen Kent returns to the Regent Theatre with Aida performed by the Ukrainian Opera & Ballet Theatre Kyiv, on Tuesday 14 February. Aida, the grandest of all Ellen Kent’s operas, returns with a stunning new traditional production, boasting an impressive new set built by Set-Up Scenery in the UK, who also build sets for the Royal Opera Covent Garden. In Aida, the splendour of Egypt is set against the grandeur of the Coliseum of Rome with Ellen Kent’s direction influenced by the ancient Greek dramas of Euripides and symbolising the powerful religious hold of the priests of Egypt. This tragic story of war, jealousy and revenge…
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Ladies’ Day Odds On To Be New Vic Audience Favourite For Spring!

Ladies’ Day Odds On To Be New Vic Audience Favourite For Spring!

Opening the New Vic’s spring season, Ladies’ Day sees four women swap their typical working day at a fish factory for front row at the races. The life-affirming comedy from Amanda Whittington, writer of Kiss Me Quickstep and The Thrill of Love, takes to the stage at the New Vic from Friday 3 to Saturday 25 February. This uplifting co-production with Octagon Theatre, Bolton is sure to be a winning ticket! A heart-warming story of female friendship, it is directed by Marieke Audsley (Jekyll & Hyde, Guildford Shakespeare Company, The Massive Tragedy of Madame Bovary!, Jermyn Street Theatre) and stars New Vic favourite Gareth Cassidy (Marvellous, The…
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The King & I Comes To The Regent

THE KING AND I is back! Following the critically acclaimed Broadway smash-hit run, its sold-out record breaking season at the world famous London Palladium and its previous record breaking UK and International tour,comes the announcement that the multi Tony Award-winning production will now embark on a new major UK tour from January 2023. This unmissable, majestic production will head to the Regent Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent from Tuesday 30 May to Saturday 3 June 2023. The tour follows the cinema release of the live production of THE KING AND I: FROM THE LONDON PALLADIUM, which was the biggest live event in cinemas of 2018. More than 135,000 movie…
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Regent: Diversity Announce New Tour

This brand-new show heads to the Regent Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent, from Wednesday 20 – Thursday 21 March 2024. Britain’s most-successful dance group, Diversity, have announced their brand-new UK and Ireland tour, Supernova. The 66-date tour takes place across 40 towns and cities throughout 2023 and 2024 and heads to the Regent Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent from Wed 20 – Thu 21 March 2024. Tickets are now on sale and can be booked at atgtickets.com/stoke. Supernova follows Diversity’s sold-out Connected tour earlier this year, which combined playful, comedic routines with powerful statements on human connectivity. Big, relentless, and energetic, the tour dazzled fans across the UK. Diversity took the nation by storm when they won the third…
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Eric’s Christmas Turkey Sees Favourite Return To New Vic

Loveable rogue ‘Eric’ is back at the New Vic this festive season, as David Graham Productions bring a fun-packed Christmas show to the stage. Eric’s Christmas Turkey is stuffed full with sensational 60s songs and hilarious comedy and is on stage from Monday 28 November to Saturday 10 December. When Eric sees his local Amateur Dramatic Society are looking for men to take part in their Christmas production, he realises they must have an excess of women. As ‘an excess of women’ is Eric’s idea of heaven he signs up. However, double bookings of the rehearsal space, an over-enthusiastic Producer who is…
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