Spring season at the Kings Theatre, Southsea

The cast of American Idiot. Picture: Darren Bell
The cast of American Idiot. Picture: Darren Bell
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Award-winning musicals, Britain’s favourite canine performer and a jewel-stealing grandmother all feature in the upcoming season at the Kings Theatre.

After Cinderella finishes on Sunday, January 3, the Southsea venue’s next big show is Gangsta Granny (January 19-23), an adaptation of the children’s book by David Walliams.

Gareth Gates stars in Footloose

Gareth Gates stars in Footloose

Every Friday night, Ben stays with his Granny. But what he doesn’t know is that Granny has a secret – she’s an international jewel thief.

From January 26-28, Moscow City Ballet will perform Giselle and The Nutcracker, accompanied by a full orchestra.

Giselle (January 26) tells the story of the titular character, who dies of a broken heart and is magically brought back from the dead.

The Nutcracker (January 27-28) is one of Tchaikovsky’s most popular ballets. A young girl’s favourite Christmas toy, a nutcracker, comes alive and faces the evil Mouse King in battle.

The Nutcracker by Moscow City Ballet

The Nutcracker by Moscow City Ballet

February sees the Portsmouth Players tackle Tony Award-winning musical Spamalot (Tuesday 9-Saturday 13) and Ellen Kent returns to the Kings with her production of Tosca, an opera by Puccini.

The new season is also packed with musical tributes, including The ’80s Invasion Tour featuring Midge Ure (March 2), One Night of Rock (March 4), Islands in the Stream: The Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers Story (March 6) and Simply The Best (March 10), diva classics performed by X Factor alumni Niki Evans and Amelia Lily.

Amelia will return to the Kings in American Idiot, the musical written by Green Day, from April 26-30, which follows another touring production: Footloose (March 28-April 2) starring Gareth Gates and Maureen Nolan.

And if that wasn’t enough, there’s also a dancing dog. Britain’s Got Talent winners Pudsey and Ashleigh are at the Kings on April 6-7 with their new spy-themed show Mission Impudseyble.

Birmingham Stage Company presents Gangsta Granny by David Walliams. Picture: Mark Douet

Birmingham Stage Company presents Gangsta Granny by David Walliams. Picture: Mark Douet

For tickets and for more details, visit kingsportsmouth.co.uk or call (023) 9282 8282.