Long Walk Back, Raddlesham Mumps, Ilé La Wà, Amélie
The Long Walk Back – tour starts 1 April
Shane Morgan directs Dougie Blaxland's play about England cricketer Chris Lewis.
Hugely successful during the 1990s, Lewis was jailed for 13 years for smuggling cocaine. He attempted suicide in custody and The Long Walk Back looks at his journey from the brink of despair to moral awakening.
Scott Bayliss and Martin Edwards are in the cast. Original music is by Owen Morgan and the movement director is Moira Hunt.
The Long Walk Back is produced by RoughHouse Theatre and Live Wire Theatre. Public performances are at Chipping Norton Theatre, Phoenix Theatre Bordon, The Everyman Cheltenham, The Haymarket Basingstoke, Reading Cricket Club, Royal & Derngate Northampton, Dorchester Arts, The Wardrobe Bristol, The Blue Orange Birmingham, The Rondo Bath, Leicestershire County Cricket Club, Nottingham Playhouse and Greenwich Theatre London.
The Mystery Of The Raddlesham Mumps – tour starts 10 April
The Mystery of the Raddlesham Mumps is based on poet, writer, broadcaster and performer Murray Lachlan Young’s new epic poem of the same name.
With the poet's signature gothic and absurdly comic verse, the story involves ghosts, witches, fairy folk and a classic tussle between good and evil as an innocent boy inherits his parents’ stately home, soon learning the truth behind the deaths of his eccentric ancestors.
The Mystery of the Raddlesham Mumps is performed by Murray Lachlan Young and Joe Allen and directed by Nina Hajiyianni. The music is by Arun Ghosh.
In parallel, the work is being developed as a VR experience and prior to the show there will be an opportunity to ‘play’ in the immersive world of Raddlesham Mumps.
The show visits Lakeside Theatre University of Essex, Jubilee Hall Aldeburgh, Quay Theatre Sudbury, Wilton’s Music Hall London, Exeter Phoenix, The Acorn Penzance, The Plough Arts Centre Torrington and Norwich Playhouse.
Ilé La Wà – tour starts 10 April
Nigerian British Tolu Agbelusi's Ilé La Wà is a timely play raising questions of race, identity and belonging in Britain in a story touching on immigration, deportations and the Windrush scandal.
Ilé La Wà means "We Are Home" in Nigerian dialect Yoruba; this debut play is based on interviews, workshops and media accounts.
Anni Domingo directs a cast made up of Antonia Layiwola, Mamito Kukwikila, Winston Sarpong and Tolu Agbelusi.
Ilé La Wà visits Proteus Basingstoke, New Theatre Royal Portsmouth, Arts at Stowe Buckingham, The Lowry Salford, Streatham Space London and Curve Leicester.
Amelie The Musical – tour starts 11 April
The 2001 award-winning film Amélie written by Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Guillaume Laurant has been adapted for the musical stage with music by Daniel Messé, lyrics by Nathan Tysen and Daniel Messé and book by Craig Lucas.
Amélie The Musical will have its UK première in April at Newbury's Watermill Theatre directed by Michael Fentiman. French-Canadian stage and screen star Audrey Brisson will play the title role. Chris Jared will play daydreamer Nino Quincampoix at The Watermill Theatre and Danny Mac will play the role on tour.
The cast also includes Oliver Grant, Samuel Morgan-Grahame, Sioned Saunders, Johnson Willis, Caolan McCarthy, Faoileann Cunningham, Kate Robson-Stuart, Josh Sneesby, Jez Unwin and Rachel Dawson.
The show is produced by Hartshorn–Hook Productions, Selladoor Productions, The Watermill Theatre and Broadway Asia.
Amélie The Musical visits New Wimbledon Theatre, Gaiety Theatre Dublin, Northcott Theatre Exeter, Wycombe Swan High Wycombe, New Theatre Oxford, King's Theatre Edinburgh, The Alhambra Theatre Bradford, Haymarket Theatre Leicester, Bristol Old Vic, The Alexandra Theatre Birmingham, Malvern Theatre, Manchester Opera House, Pavilion Theatre Bournemouth, King's Theatre Glasgow, New Victoria Theatre Woking, Devonshire Park Theatre Eastbourne, Eden Court and Liverpool Playhouse.