Fascinating Aïda, Riot Act, Jeeves and Wooster
Fascinating Aïda – tour starts 5 February
Following a Christmas season at London's Southbank Centre, Dillie Keane, Adele Anderson and Liza Pulman take to the road in February for a spring tour.
They are joined on stage by musical director, composer and pianist Michael Roulston. Roulston accompanied Dillie Keane for her solo show and he co-composed Fascinating Aïda’s hit song “Down With The Kids”.
Popular for nearly four decades, and now with over 25 million views on YouTube, their songs have captured changing political and social fixations from "Dogging" to "The BREXIT Song" by way of "Cheap Flights".
Fascinating Aïda's show features songs old and new and is directed by Paul Foster.
The tour visits Colosseum Watford, De Montfort Hall Leicester, The Stables Milton Keynes, Churchill Theatre Bromley, Rose Theatre Kingston, Octagon Theatre Yeovil, Festival Theatre Malvern, St David’s Hall Cardiff, Wycombe Swan High Wycombe, Crucible Theatre Sheffield, St George’s Hall Bradford, The Sands Centre Carlisle, The Forum Barrow-In-Furness, Theatre Royal Newcastle Upon Tyne, Royal Concert Hall Nottingham, Opera House Buxton, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, Town Hall Birmingham, Cliffs Pavilion Southend On Sea, Corn Exchange Cambridge, The Apex Bury St Edmunds, Dorking Halls, The Pavilion Theatre Bournemouth, Northcott Theatre Exeter, The Blake Theatre Monmouth, Town Hall Cheltenham, King’s Theatre Glasgow, Town Hall Leeds, City Hall Hull, The Lowry Salford Quays, Fairfield Halls Croydon, G Live Guildford, The Anvil Basingstoke, Congress Theatre Eastbourne, Mayflower Theatre Southampton, Brighton Dome, Playhouse Oxford, Royal & Derngate Northampton and Storyhouse Chester.
Riot Act – tour starts 5 February
Following last year's tour and West End run marking the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, LGBTQ play Riot Act returns for a ten-date tour to coincide with LGBT History Month.
Written and performed by Alexis Gregory, this hard-hitting verbatim theatre piece is based on interviews with Michael-Anthony Nozzi, one of the few remaining Stonewall survivors, Lavinia Co-op, a 1970s London radical-drag artist, and AIDS activist Paul Burston.
Covering six decades of queer history, this solo work looks at queerness, sexuality, activism, addiction, family, childhood, love, sex, drag, community, togetherness, conflict, identity, youth and ageing.
Riot Act played London's Kings Head Theatre 2018 Queer Season. It is directed by Rikki Beadle-Blair MBE and produced by Alexis Gregory and Emmerson & Ward Productions.
Riot Act opens at Epstein Theatre Liverpool then visits Harrogate Theatre, Bradford Playhouse, Torch Theatre Milford Haven, Cheltenham Everyman, Turbine Theatre London, Theatre By The Lake Keswick, Live Theatre Newcastle, Cast Doncaster and South Hill Park Bracknell.
Jeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense – tour starts 5 February
Jeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense won the Olivier Award for Best New Comedy when it was first seen in 2013 (Richmond Theatre transferring to the West End), and now two of the smallest producing theatres in the UK, The Theatre Chipping Norton and Barn Theatre Cirencester, present this new touring version of the show.
Adapted from the works of P G Wodehouse by the Goodale Brothers, it has Bertie Wooster hiring the theatre to present a one-man show of his spectacular misadventures. But with this aristocratic buffoon, things don’t go to plan, so will this be another one? Will dependable manservant Jeeves need to save the day once again?
Matthew Cavendish plays Bertie Wooster. His stage credits include The Play That Goes Wrong, Peter Pan Goes Wrong, Comedy About A Bank Robbery and The Midnight Gang. Andrew Ashford plays Jeeves. His stage credits include The Full Monty, The Ladykillers, Oliver Twist and Only A Day.
They are joined by Andrew Cullum as Seppings. He has recently been seen in Sandi Toksvig’s Treasure Island and For King and Country.
The show, which tours to rural touring venues as well as 800-seaters, features live foley sound effects, an original score of contemporary swing music and some ingenious tricks.
Jeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense is directed by Chipping Norton Theatre’s artistic director John Terry. The movement director is Bronya Deutsch and original music is composed by Eamonn O’Dwyer.
The show opens at The Theatre Chipping Norton then visits Corn Exchange Wallingford, Norden Farm Maidenhead, Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds, Marina Theatre Lowestoft, Rhodes Arts Complex Bishops Stortford, EM Forster Theatre Tonbridge, Hazlitt Theatre Maidstone, Broadway Theatre Hertfordshire, Lincoln Drill Hall, Biddenden Village Hall, All Saints Church Allhallows, Robertsbridge Village Hall, Pomegranate Theatre Chesterfield, Key Theatre Peterborough, The Mill Arts Centre Banbury, Bampton Village Hall Oxfordshire, Mollington Village Hall Oxfordshire, Cassington Village Hall Oxfordshire, The Atkinson Southport, Dukes Playhouse Lancaster, The Roses Theatre Tewkesbury, Hertford Theatre, Theatre Royal Wakefield, Cornerstone Arts Centre Oxford, The Haymarket Basingstoke, Barn Theatre Cirencester, Tobacco Factory Theatre Bristol, South Hill Park Arts Centre Bracknell, Dorchester Corn Exchange, The Landmark Theatre Ilfracombe, Teignmouth Pavilions Devon, The Swan Worcester, Kenton Theatre Henley, Oldham Coliseum Theatre and Theatre Royal Winchester.