Tarrare The Freak, Not Dead Enough, Fantastic Mr Fox

The Depraved Appetite of Tarrare The Freak – tour starts 25 January

The Depraved Appetite of Tarrare The Freak is a chamber opera for puppets which tours briefly before having a three-week run at Wilton’s Music Hall, London and moving on.

Written by brothers Tom and Tobi Poster in collaboration with Hattie Naylor, with pathos and humour, the play tells the story of an 18th century Frenchman with an insatiable hunger and unusual diet, branded a freak and experimented on by the medical profession.

Sita Calvert-Ennals directs; puppet design by Wattle & Daub with Emma Powell; music direction by An-Ting Chang.

The Depraved Appetite of Tarrare The Freak visits Tobacco Factory Theatres Bristol, plays Wilton’s Music Hall London then goes on to The North Wall South Parade Oxford and Bath Spa University.

Not Dead Enough - tour starts 25 January

The world première of Peter James's Roy Grace thriller Not Dead Enough is tour from January. The adaptation is by Shaun McKenna.

EastEnders' Shane Richie will play Detective Superintendent Roy Grace until April when Emmerdale's Bill Ward will take over.

Alongside Richie and Ward, Strictly Come Dancing's Laura Whitmore plays Cleo Morey.

Richie played the role in McKenna's previous adaptations of James's best-selling thrillers. Ian Talbot directs once again.

The tour starts at Dartford Orchard Theatre on 25 January and visits Milton Keynes Theatre, Woking New Victoria Theatre, Brighton Theatre Royal, Bristol Hippodrome, Southampton Mayflower Theatre, Richmond Theatre, Newcastle Theatre Royal, Coventry Belgrade Theatre, Glasgow Theatre Royal, Canterbury Marlowe Theatre, Dublin, Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, Edinburgh King’s Theatre, Northampton Derngate Theatre, Shrewsbury Theatre Severn, Cambridge Arts Theatre, Manchester Opera House, Bromley Churchill Theatre, Plymouth Theatre Royal, Cardiff New Theatre and Worthing Connaught Theatre.

Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr Fox – tour starts 25 January

A new musical stage adaptation of the Roald Dahl story, Fantastic Mr Fox, is enjoying its world première at Nuffield Southampton and after a run at London's Lyric Hammersmith it will tour.

Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr Fox has been adapted for the stage by Sam Holcroft and it has music by Arthur Darvill and lyrics by Darren Clark, Arthur Darvill, Sam Holcroft and Al Muriel.

Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr Fox is a commission by Nuffield and Curve in association with Lyric Hammersmith and this production is a flagship event marking Roald Dahl 100th birthday. A film of the story was made by Wes Anderson with George Clooney in the title role.

Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr Fox is directed by Maria Aberg.

The show plays Nuffield Theatre until 7 January then visits Lyric Hammersmith London, New Theatre Cardiff, Orchard Theatre Dartford, Curve Leicester, Oxford Playhouse, Belgrade Coventry, Lyceum Theatre Sheffield, King’s Theatre Edinburgh, Theatre Royal Glasgow, Wycombe Swan, Theatre Royal Plymouth and Theatre Royal Norwich.

Further tour dates to be announced.

Check web sites for information regarding post-show Q&As, captioned, signed and relaxed performances, and age suitability. At the time of going to press, some dates may not yet be on sale.