Live Performance Preview: April

[wide]sswallows | Live Performance Preview: April[/wide]April is another lively month with much going on.

Swallows and Amazons – 10th–14th April – Lyceum

An action-packed musical adventure for the whole family, Swallows and Amazons is a story of an idyllic era, of endless summer evenings and the beauty of youthful imagination.

The classic family adventure is brought to the stage by the director of international smash hit War Horse, is written by Helen Edmundson, with music by Neil Hannon of The Divine Comedy fame.

‘A triumph – a thing of beauty’ – The Observer

The Pirate of Penzance – 17th-21st April – Drama Studio

For their 40th anniversary, Dore G&S present The Pirates of Penzance, considered by many to be Gilbert and Sullivan’s best opera. Sullivan himself wrote, “I think it will be a great success, for it is exquisitely funny, and the music is strikingly tuneful and catching.”

7 Day Drunk – 20th April – Lantern theatre

7 day Drunk is a show created by Bryony Kimmings during a 7 day alcohol experiment, inspired by the historical links between artists and mind enhancing drugs.

2 parts song and dance routine, 1 part breakdown with a twist of sobering reality for good measure, the show follows Bryony as she cracks open her own creative psyche with the help of a film-maker, a team of scientists, carers and an American IT expert. Created solely from material made during a seven-day experiment, in which Bryony was kept in various states of scientific drunkenness.

‘Warm funny and visually stunning’ Time Out

Stewart Lee – April 20th-21st – Lyceum

Formerly stand-up’s youthful iconoclast, Lee now gawps blankly at News 24 as Britain burns down around him, and blinks weirdly at the vast wayside retail outlets during endless journeys to and from increasingly indistinct provincial theatres. Once he lived on the pleasure planet. Now he is trapped in Carpet Remnant World. And so are you.

Tickled Rib Comedy Night – 21st April – Lantern Thetare

The inaugural bill at The Tickled Rib Comedy Night will he topped by Junior Simpson – Star of Never mind the Buzzcocks and the Stand up Show, Junior is a regular headliner at clubs all over the UK and is also in great demand internationally performing as far afield as South Africa and Australia.

An Inspector Calls – 24th-28th April – Lyceum

From Oscar Nominated Stephen Daldry comes the multi-award-winning production of J. B. Priestley‘s classic thriller, An Inspector Calls direct from its fourth West End season.

Hailed as the theatrical event of our generation and winning more awards than any play in history, this landmark production from the National Theatre has thrilled audiences in the West End, on Broadway and throughout the world with its epic and wildly imaginative staging, raw emotion, evocative score, lashing rain and chilling suspense.

‘Superbly tense. Breathtaking daring and faultless execution’ – Sunday Telegraph

Little Shop of Horrors 24th-28th April – Montgomery Hall

Seymour Krelborn is desperate for the girl of his dreams to notice him. So when a strange, exotic plant with a curious craving falls in to his lap following a total eclipse of the sun, things start to look up. That is until Audrey ll develops into a vicious, ill-mannered, bad tempered, soul singing carnivore who promises Seymour fame, fortune and the girl of his dreams in exchange for feeding its growing appetite…for world domination!

Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime – 27th-28th April – Lantern Theatre

A hilarious retelling of the classic Oscar Wilde story – a gripping tale of love, honour, duty, fortune-telling and murder! Rocket Theatre has created a wicked black comedy that positively fizzes with fun.

‘Martin Harris’s script, written for just two characters, has wisely kept many of Wilde’s unforgettable lines. The result is a hilariously funny black comedy… A cracking production of a witty play, which brings pace and energy to the piece.’ What’s On Stage

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