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

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - LIFE & LEISURE - Ayles­bury Wa­ter­side The­atre Wy­combe Swan The El­giva, Che­sham

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

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