Theatre-goers will be treated to some of the greatest shows of stage and screen next Spring.
The Theatre Royal, Plymouth has just released details of its Spring season, which high-kicks off with ‘Dirty Dancing’ on January 22.
The stage version of the classic movie features hit songs including Hungry Eyes and I’ve Had The Time Of My Life!
In February the Propeller returns to Plymouth with Twelfth Night and The Taming of the Shrew. That is followed by a new production of Cole Porter’s classic, High Society.
Another movie hit gets the stage treatment at the end of February with Driving Miss Daisy, starring Gwen Taylor (Barbara, Coronation Street) as the prickly Southern matriarch Daisy Werthan and her kind-hearted chauffeur played by Don Warrington (Rising Damp).
In March Birmingham Royal Ballet brings Aladdin to the Plymouth stage. Later in the month the international hit show Jersey Nights celebrates the hits of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.
That is followed by Birdsong, Sebastian Faulks’s bestselling story of the Great War, followed by Hofesh Shechter in Uprising / The Art of Not Looking Back.
On March 28 the legendary That’ll Be The Day rock ‘n’ roll spectacular returns to Plymouth, with a line-up of hits from the 50s, 60s and 70s.
April starts in calmer mood when Welsh National Opera presents Lulu by Berg, The Cunning Little Vixen by Janacek and Puccini’s Madame Butterfly.
Port Isaac’s Fisherman’s Friends are next on stage, with singing of a very different style.
Turner Prize winning sculptor Anthony Gormley, choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and 17 Buddhist monks collaborate in Sutra, on April 9 and 10.
The Drum Theatre’s season opens with School Ties, encouraging young people to explore what goes into making a production, featuring students from Eggbuckland Community College and Austin Farm Primary School.
In February, My Perfect Mind brings together Edward Petherbridge and Told By An Idiot in a moving comic exploration of the resilience of the human spirit.
March sees a celebration of Plymouth and the artist Beryl Cook, with Sailors & Sweethearts, and that is followed by Forever House, set in a Plymouth terraced house.
Tickets go on sale to the general public from next Tuesday.