Ain’t Misbehavin

Take a step back into the raunchy nightclubs of 1920s Manhattan with Ain’t Misbehavin’ – a vivacious revue celebrating the legendary jazz musician Fats Waller and his energetic, exuberant and effervescent music.

Join our extraordinary performers on a journey through an amazing period of American musical history, the Harlem Renaissance – an era where musicians were free to experiment with new styles and joints were jumpin’ with talented dancers, singers and instrumentalists jamming to a new beat known as swing.

This show is guaranteed to get your toes tapping and fingers snapping with its sassy, sultry musical celebrations of life and love, and its huge sense of fun; a delightful evening of escapism!

Mercury Theatre Colchester presents a co-production with Paul Taylor-Mills in association with Tamasha Theatre Company. An IGNITE production with support from Arts Council England under the Sustained Theatre Programme.

Based on an idea by MURRAY HORWITZ and RICHARD MALTBY, JR.

Orchestrations and Arrangements by Luther Henderson
Vocal & Musical Concepts by Jeffrey Gutcheon
Vocal Arrangements by Jeffrey Gutcheon & William Elliott

Originally choreographed by ARTHUR FARIA

Conceived and Originally Directed by RICHARD MALTBY, JR.

Originally produced by the Manhattan Theatre Club

Originally produced on Broadway by Amanuel Azenberg, Dasha Epstein, The Shubert Organsation, Jane Gaynor & Ron Dante

Performed by arrangement with Music Theatre International (Europe) Limited

Motown The Musical

The sensational hit West End musical is bringing its unique sound to Nottingham and is guaranteed to have you dancing in the street!

With just $800 borrowed from his family Berry Gordy founded Motown Records and launched the careers of legendary artists including Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, The Temptations, and many more.

This is the next chapter in Motown’s incredible history and is an experience you’ll never forget. Featuring over 50 classic hits including My Girl, What’s Going On, Dancing in the Street, I Heard It Through The Grapevine and Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.

Motown The Musical tells the thrilling tale of the man who broke barriers, fought against the odds to create something more than a record label. Discover the story behind Motown, the personal relationships, the professional struggles, and – of course – the music that made history, defined the sound of a generation and got the whole world moving to the same beat.

Rock of Ages

The smash hit musical Rock of Ages comes to Nottingham for one week only!)

Star of Strictly Come Dancing Kevin Clifton will play the lead role of ‘Stacee Jaxx’.

The internationally renowned dancer will swap the Ballroom for the ‘Bourbon Club’ when he plays alongside Kevin Kennedy, Zoe Birkett, Jodie Steele, Luke Walsh, Lucas Rush, Andrew Carthy, Vas Constanti and Rhiannon Chesterman in the ultimate 80’s rock ‘n’ roll musical.

Rock of Ages is an LA love story lavished with over 25 classic rock anthems. Lose yourself in a city and a time where the dreams are as big as the hair, and yes, they can come true! This hilarious musical comedy will have you singing and laughing along with its epic songs played loud and proud by an awesome live band.

Now a global smash with hit seasons on Broadway, London’s West End and Las Vegas and a star-studded Hollywood movie version, we promise you the biggest party in town!

Warning: contains serious rock ‘n’ roll debauchery.

Opera North: The Magic Flute

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

The Magic Flute is a story about the trials of life: growing up, finding your way in the world and learning to love. Adventure jostles with fantasy, comedy with drama, and Mozart sets it all to a score full of miraculous music. Popular songs are mixed with stirring choruses, arias of heart-melting beauty with dazzling vocal pyrotechnics.

Enter an enchanted world and join Prince Tamino on his quest to rescue Pamina, daughter of the Queen of the Night, held captive by Sarastro, the Priest of the Sun. Tamino is accompanied by Papageno, a bird-catcher, who is also on a quest – to find himself a wife, his Papagena. But their mission soon becomes a journey of discovery, for nothing – not even Day and Night – is quite as it first appears. The Magic Flute is a delight for audiences of all ages. This new production by James Brining – who directed the acclaimed West Yorkshire Playhouse/Opera North co-production of Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods in 2016 – is sure to enhance its reputation as the ideal introduction to opera for everyone.

Additional information
Running time approximately 2 hours 45 minutes
Sung in English
Supported by a generous gift from The Liz and Terry Bramall Foundation

Macbeth

The ruined aftermath of a bloody civil war. Ruthlessly fighting to survive, the Macbeths are thrust towards the crown by forces of elemental darkness.

The National Theatre, creators of War Horse and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, bring this epic and visually daring production of Shakespeare’s most intense tragedy on a tour of the UK and Ireland immediately following a sold out run in London.

Directed by National Theatre Artistic Director Rufus Norris (Cabaret, London Road) and designed by Rae Smith (War Horse, This House) this new production propels Shakespeare’s classic title into a post-apocalyptic world of anarchy and uncertainty.

Scottish actor Michael Nardone (BBC One’s The Night Manager and Rellik, HBO’s Rome) will play the title role, with Kirsty Besterman (Genesis Inc. at Hampstead Theatre, They Drink It in The Congo at the Almeida Theatre, and BBC One’s Father Brown) joining the cast as Lady Macbeth.

RSC’s Romeo & Juliet

What if your first true love was someone you’d been told to hate?

Ripped apart by the bitter divisions of their parents, two young people will risk everything to be together.

The most famous story of love at first sight explodes with intense passion and an irresistible desire for change. Will this spark a revolution, or will division continue to tear through generations?

Peter Pan

Take a fairy tale flight to Neverland this Christmas in the swashbuckling family adventure Peter Pan. Join our high-flying hero as he transports the Darlings on an adventure they will never forget full of evil pirates, the lost boys, a very hungry crocodile and the meanest man in Neverland, Captain Hook.

Comedian and actor Joe Pasquale will lead the cast in the role of Smee. Well-known and best-loved for being one of the hardest-working and top-selling live comedians in British comedy today, Joe has been delighting audiences for more than 20 years with his live stand-up tours and infectious sense of fun. Along the way he’s voiced characters for Hollywood movies, toured in several major theatrical productions including Mel Brooks’ The Producers, starred in the West End production of Spamalot, been crowned King of the Jungle in ITV’s I’m A Celebrity…Get Me out Of Here, appeared on five Royal Variety Performances and is currently on tour in a live stage incarnation of the classic sitcom Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em in the iconic role of Frank Spencer.

Joining Joe on this seafaring adventure as Captain Hook, the most evil man in Neverland, is John Challis. Known for his role as Boycie in the BBC’s long-running Only Fools and Horses, John (and his character’s iconic laugh) have entertained television viewers for decades. John’s other television appearances include Dixon of Dock Green, Coronation Street, Open All Hours, My Family, Last of the Summer Wine and he’s currently playing Monty in the hit ITV comedy, Benidorm.

With amazing flying effects, barrels of laughter, magic and fairy dust, join Peter Pan (Jack McNeill), Tinker Bell (Lucy Evans) and the lost boys and set sail in the ultimate pirate pantomime adventure complete with all of the ingredients audiences know to expect in this swashbuckling festive treat.

With generous discounts for groups, concessions and special rates for schools available for selected performances, book your seats today.

Peter Pan contains underwater 3D action, so please bear this in mind if you are planning to bring children under the age of 5 or anyone of a nervous or sensitive disposition. We don’t want to carp on about it, but we also don’t want to get in deep water and would feel gill-ty if we let this vital piece of finn-formation slip through the net, so you’re batter off knowing . If you have any concerns, feel free to drop us a line.
Relaxed Performance

Fri 4 January 2.30pm
Relaxed Performances provide an opportunity for customers who may find it difficult to come and see a show to experience the joy of live theatre.

It is still the same show but with some small changes to the sound levels, lighting and no pyrotechnics or strobe lighting is used. These performances will provide a less formal, more supportive atmosphere in order to reduce anxiety levels.

Robin Hood | The Watermill Theatre

A daring tale full of live music, laughter and bravery, book now for a heroic Christmas adventure.

Robin Hood returns home to find the greedy Sheriff of Nottingham starving the local people of Sherwood Forest. Courageous, kind and headstrong, Robin can’t stand by and watch friends and family suffer. Robin, the most skilful archer in the land, vows to be brave and stand up for the local people.

Join the fearless, witty hero and a host of lively friends as they set off on a mission to steal from the rich and give to the poor.

This hilarious new adaptation is written by acclaimed children’s author Laura Dockrill. She has written numerous bestselling books and poetry collections including the popular Darcy Burdock series.

Suitable for age 4+. We regret that we are unable to admit children under 3 or babes in arms into the auditorium except for the Relaxed Performance on Saturday 1 December at 2.30pm. Please call the box office on 01635 46044 for more information.

Be My Baby

IT’S 1964 AND THE RONETTES AND THE DIXIE CUPS ARE RIDING HIGH IN THE CHARTS.

19 year old Mary is seven months pregnant when her mother delivers her into the charge of St Saviours, a church run maternity home for young, unmarried women who have made ‘one mistake.’ As they bond over records and romance, Mary, Dolores, Queenie and Norma begin to understand what it means to give their children to the Welfare Service and Mary realises she must fight to take her baby home. Featuring pop music of the period Be My Baby is an incredibly moving story told with warmth and humour and is one of the most widely performed modern, British plays.

Around the World in 80 Days

THE MYSTERIOUS AND FABULOUSLY WEALTHY PHILEAS FOGG WAGERS HIS LIFE’S FORTUNE THAT HE CAN CIRCUMNAVIGATE THE GLOBE IN JUST 80 DAYS.

Accompanied by his valet Passepartout, and with Scotland Yard’s finest Fix of the Yard hot on his heels, can our hero make it back in time or will his plans be thwarted? This fast-paced and funny adaptation of the ultimate globetrotter’s tale transports audiences into the far-flung realms of the imagination. It’s an irresistible round-the-world romp, packed with mayhem and inventive storytelling, guaranteed to raise a smile. This madcap Easter treat for all the family will play in our Pop-Up theatre before touring to community venues across Leeds.