Spotlight on the stage of 2015
Another year and it’s curtain up on another 12 months of great entertainment. Jo-Anne Rowney takes a look ahead at what 2015 holds for theatre lovers in Buckinghamshire
This year The Cat in the Hat starts its UK tour at the Waterside on Thursday, January 29 to Saturday, January 31, followed by Strictly star Bren Coyle’s A Night to Remembe on Sunday, February 1.
There’s more Strictly with Anton and Erin dancing on to the stage in March.
The Magic of Motown is popping up from Friday, February 6, for those who lik a musical or there is La Travia from Ellen Kent.
If you are up for a laugh Jimmy Carr returns to Bucks on Saturday, February 7 with his tour Funny Business.
Cole Porter’s Anything Goes can be caught on Monday, February 9 to Saturday, February 14 for a Valentine’s treat, the multi-award winning musical has been revamped in this all new production telling the story of Billy Crocker who tries to win back a debutante heiress engaged to an English aristocrat.
Thaetre on the big screen more your thing? Then the National Theatre screenings continue in the Waterside’s Second Space with Treasure Island on Wednesday, February 18 or there’s Love’s Labour’s Lost on Wednesday, February 11. The National’s production of the Curious Incident of the Dog at Night Time comes to the stage in March
Musical fans can look forward to Blood Brothers, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat , Spamalot, Avenue Q and That’ll Be the Day over the coming months.
There’s also musical treats from Russell Watson, Radio Clash, and songs from Eva Cassidy, stand up by Tim Vine, Noel Fielding and tricks from Derren Brown.
See the full list at www.atgtickets. com/venues/aylesbury-watersidetheatre. Over at the Swan The Simon and Garfunkel Story is on Saturday, January 17 giving you a taste of the duo’s music.
Try a bit of Travolta style with Saturday Night Fever on Tuesday, January 20, or catch the Three Degrees on Thursday, February 5.
If you fancy a laugh, Mark Watson visits on Sunday, February 8, Ross Noble on February 14, Omid Djalil in March and Alan Carr in April.
You can also catch Reginald D Hunter, Milton Jones and Tim Vine.
The Life and Music of Doris Day in February and Songbird, the music of Eva Cassidy and Return to the Forbidden Planet bring sounds from different eras and don’t forget the youth theatre’s production of Footloose, dancing in from February 20 to 22. And don’t miss The Full Monty (April) Godspell in Concert (July) or Oklahoma (August).
The Reduced Shakespeare Company stop off on Tuesday, March 24, and if you are after more theatre treats The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas is on from April 21 to 25.
Pasha from Strictly will be dancing on Wednesday, March 25, and if you fancy a few more dancers Swan Lake is on Thursday, March 26.
If you prefer something more spooky The Woman in Black is set to scare on Monday, June 8 to 13. Enjoy the blues this month with the Reflections on Saturday, January 17, or try a bit of theatre with the encore screening of John tomorrow.
The Reduced Shakespeare Company on Friday, January 27 offer Myths and Mysteries – the real truth on Saturday, January 31.
It may have just been made into a movie but you can see the real deal, with Annie on in February at The Elgiva thanks to Rare productions.
Germaine Greer is popping in on Monday, February 23, while March will see Swan Lake live screening, the Panda Players present The Sound of Music and there’s Milkshake! Live.
The Theatre Shed presents Lifted in April, which is worth a watch.
Festival Ballet celebrates its 35th anniversary on May 10, with highlights from Tchaikovsky ballets.
Then there’s music from Waterloo, Abba anniversary tour, orchestras and a Roy Orbison tribute or Kate Bush tribute in October.
Boom boom – it’s the Basil Brush Show in June and, on a high note, you can watch Carmen live, or the Merchant of Venice live screening in July, or Othello in August.
There’s also a raft of films on offer from Mr Turner, to The Lady Eve and The Hobbit.
Clockwise from left: The Magic of Motown, The Full Monty, The Cat in the Hat, Germaine Greer and Blood others are among the highlights for theatre lovers in 2015