A weekly round-up of the latest stage productions at theatres near you this year.
Shrek the Musical, November 27-December 8 at the Mayflower, Southampton
Join this ogre and his trust steed in this all-singing-and-dancing quest to save Princess Fiona from the tallest tower, guarded by a hopeless love-sick dragon.
All that stands in Shrek’s way is Lord Farquaad and his troops. Watch friendships blossom while laughing your socks off in this stage production of the much-loved movie. mayflower.org.uk/
Evita at the Kings Theatre, Southsea, November 13-17
Bill Kenwright’s production of Evita promises to be a great night out. Telling the story of Eva Peron, wife of former Argentine dictator Juan Peron, Evita follows Eva’s journey from humble beginnings through to extraordinary power which ultimately lead her to be heralded as the ‘spiritual leader of the nation’ by the Argentine people.
Ventoux at the New Theatre Royal, October 19
Ventoux is the most fearsome mountain encountered in the Tour de France. But this is the story of two drug-fuelled cyclists who performed some of the best cycling ever seen. Ventoux explores their parallel lives and their climb up the dreaded mountain in 2000 in the face of adversity. On stage, wtahc the story unfold on two bikes, raising the question – how will they succeed? Book at newtheatreroyal.com/
Cock at Chichester Theatre, Sept 28-Oct 27
Has John straightened out? After years glued to his boyfriend, the couple have been through a sticky patch, and now John’s attached to someone else. But can John give her what she wants, when he’s never been with a woman before? Fresh and frank, Cock is a provocative peep into relationships in these days of identities and tussles.
Wicked at the Mayflower, Oct 3-27
Wicked has been casting its magical spell across the world for over a decade, where it is already the 15th longest running show in West End theatre history. A witty re-imagining of the stories and characters created in ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’,
Wicked tells the untold story of an unlikely but profound friendship between two young women who first meet as sorcery students. Their adventures in Oz will see them fulfil their destinies as Glinda The Good and the Wicked Witch of the West.
Book now at mayflower.org.uk/
The Magic of Motown at Portsmouth Guildhall, Nov 30-Dec 1
Music fans are invited to one of the biggest party’s of the year as the unstoppable Magic of Motown show steams to Portsmouth. Seen by over a million people all over the world and performed for the Royal Variety Performance 2016.
Prepare yourself for 40 back-to-back classic Motown hits, glittering costume changes, dazzling dance moves and outstanding musicianship in this explosive concert experience.
Celebrate the sound of a generation with the timeless music from Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder to The Temptations and the Jackson 5 sensationally recreated for you by an exceptionally talented cast and band. Book your ticket now at portsmouthguildhall. org.uk/
Swan Lake at Ferneham Hall, Fareham, November 15
Swan Lake is one of Tchaikovsky’s best works, featuring some of ballet’s most memorable music and breath-taking dance. The tale of two young women, Odette and Odilie, who resembles each other so strikingly one can easily be mistaken for the other. But Odette is turned into a swan by an evil curse. Prince Siegfried chances upon a flock of swans while out hunting. When one of the swans turns into a beautiful young woman he is instantly captivated – will his love prove strong enough to break the evil spell that she is under?
Swan Lake is the story full of mystery and romance and can be booked now at fernehamhall.co.uk/