Touring News - January 2018

Reporter: Sandra Giorgetti

Dateline: 1st January, 2018

All Night Long, Black Men Walking, Strictly Live, The Weir, Earnest

All Night Long – tour starts 18 January

Following a successful outing earlier this year, Strictly Come Dancing's Brendan Cole tours his concert show All Night Long.

Cole created the show which is delivered by him with a cast of championship dancers and a 13-piece band and singers.

All Night Long features classic and contemporary live music paired with Cole's choreography, topped with special effects.

Cole's Strictly Come Dancing partners have included Good Morning Britain’s Charlotte Hawkins, Natasha Kaplinsky, Kelly Brook, Lisa Snowdon and pop star Anastacia.

All Night Long visits Sheffield City Hall, Manchester The Bridgewater Hall, Swindon Wyvern Theatre, Wimbledon New Wimbledon Theatre, New Brighton Floral Pavilion Theatre, Buxton Opera House, Reading The Hexagon, Southend The Cliffs Pavilion, Norwich Theatre Royal, Stoke Regent Theatre, Princess Theatre Torquay, Truro Hall For Cornwall, Theatre Royal Bath, York Barbican, Rhyl Pavilion, Grantham Meres Centre, Poole Lighthouse, Southampton Mayflower Theatre, Northampton Derngate Theatre, Grimsby Auditorium, Ipswich Regent, Brighton Dome, Perth Concert Hall, Inverness Eden Court Theatre, Dunfermline Alhambra, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Blackpool Opera House, Harrogate Convention Centre, Halifax Victoria Theatre, Wales Millennium Centre/ Canolfan Mileniwm Cymru, Tunbridge Wells Assembly Rooms, Scunthorpe Baths Hall, Bristol Hippodrome, Crawley The Hawth, Cambridge Corn Exchange, Birmingham Symphony Hall, Chester Storyhouse, Newcastle Theatre Royal, Wolverhampton Grand Theatre, Beck Theatre Hayes, Bromley Churchill Theatre, Cork Opera House, Belfast Waterfront Theatre and Bord Gais Theatre Dublin.

Black Men Walking – tour starts 18 January

New play from Britain’s principal black-led national touring company Eclipse Theatre, Black Men Walking has its world première when it opens at Royal Exchange Theatre Manchester on the first date of its national tour.

The play tells the story of three middle-aged black men who meet every month as part of a walking group. It is inspired by a real-life black men’s walking group based in Sheffield where Eclipse Theatre Company is based.

It is a work conceived with Leeds-based rapper, singer, producer and performer Testament which will be directed by the company's artistic director Dawn Walton.

The four-man cast is made up of Tyrone Huggins, Trevor Laird, Tonderai Munyevu and Dorcas Sebuyange.

Eclipse Theatre Company is the only black-led NPO touring mid-scale productions to regional theatres, in Sheffield; this play is the first part of the company's Revolution Mix programme to see black British stories in the nation's theatres.

Black Men Walking visits Royal Exchange Theatre Manchester, Belgrade Theatre Coventry, Northern Stage Newcastle, West Yorkshire Playhouse Leeds, Hull Truck Theatre Hull, Theatr Clywd Mold, Royal Court Theatre London, Crucible Theatre Sheffield, Salisbury Playhouse and Unity Theatre Liverpool with further dates to be announced.

Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour – tour starts 19 January

Dancing pairs Gemma Atkinson and Aljaž Skorjanec, Alexandra Burke and Gorka Marquez, Susan Calman and Kevin Clifton, Davood Ghadami and Nadiya Bychkova, Joe McFadden and Katya Jones, Debbie McGee and Giovanni Pernice, and Jonnie Peacock and Oti Mabuse will all appear in Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour.

Reigning Strictly Champion Ore Oduba will host the live show of this television favourite which will also feature professional dancers, the Strictly singers and the Strictly live band.

No Strictly event would be complete without judges and Craig Revel Horwood, Bruno Tonioli and Darcey Bussell will make up the panel.

Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour visits Arena Birmingham, Newcastle Metro Radio Arena, Leeds First Direct Arena, Manchester Arena, SSE Arena Belfast, SSE Hydro Glasgow, Nottingham Motorpoint Arena, SSE Arena Wembley and The O2 Arena London.

The Weir – tour starts 23 January

English Touring Theatre and Mercury Theatre Colchester's co-production of The Weir has a cast made up of Louis Dempsey, Sean Murray, John O’Dowd, Sam O’Mahony and Natalie Radmall-Quirke.

Adele Thomas directs this haunting story set in a small Irish town, from the pen of Conor McPherson whose credits include The Girl from the North Country and The Dance of Death.

McPherson is a multi award winning playwright and screenwriter; The Weir earned him an Olivier.

This production features composition by Richard Hammarton.

The Weir visits The Lowry Salford Quays, Minerva Theatre Chichester, Theatr Clwyd, Kings Theatre Edinburgh, Richmond Theatre London and Cambridge Arts Theatre.

The Importance Of Being Earnest – tour starts 24 January

Gwen Taylor, Kerry Ellis and Susan Penhaligon are to lead the cast in a tour of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance Of Being Earnest.

Gwen Taylor will play Lady Bracknell. Her television credits include Barbara, Coronation Street, Heartbeat and A Bit of A Do. On stage Taylor recently appeared in Night Must Fall and as Daisy Worthen in Driving Miss Daisy.

Kerry Ellis, in her first non-singing role, will play Gwendolen, sharing the role with Hannah Louise Howell who played Gwendolen this year at South Hill Park.

Louise Coulthard has the role of Cecily whose credits include Cockamamy for which she won the Lustrum Award at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe.

Susan Penhaligon will play Miss Prism. Her recent stage credits include Rufus Norris’s production of Cabaret whilst on television she is known for A Bouquet of Barbed Wire, A Fine Romance and Emmerdale.

Downton Abbey's Thomas Howes will play Algernon and Peter Sandys-Clarke, Jack. His credits include Ross, The Browning Version and When We Are Married.

Geoff Aymer has the role of Chasuble, Simon Shackleton plays Lane and Merriman.

This classic comedy is directed by The Original Theatre Company’s artistic director, Alastair Whatley; the music is by Giles Thomas.

The Importance Of Being Earnest visits Yvonne Arnaud Guildford, Courtyard Theatre Hereford, Theatre Royal Plymouth, Belfast Grand Opera House, Bath Theatre Royal, Theatre Royal Winchester, Manchester Opera House, Salisbury Playhouse, Lichfield Garrick Theatre, Churchill Theatre Bromley, Cambridge Arts Theatre, York Theatre Royal and Devonshire Park Theatre Eastbourne.

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