SIX, Madagascar, Fame, South Bend

SIX – tour starts 11 July

In a new British musical by Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss, Henry VIII's wives get to tell it their way.

High-octane pop concert musical SIX has an all-female band and includes the songs "Ex-Wives", "Haus of Holbein" and "Don’t Lose Ur Head".

The cast is made up of Jarneia Richard-Noel, Millie O’Connell, Natalie Paris, Alexia McIntosh, Aimie Atkinson and Maiya Quansah-Breed.

This show, which is produced by George Stiles making his producing début, Global Musicals Ltd and Kenny Wax, is directed by Lucy Moss and Jamie Armitage.

The choreographer is Carrie-Anne Ingrouille, the musical director is Joe Beighton and the orchestrations are by Tom Curran.

Prior to a London West End run, SIX takes a short tour to Norwich Playhouse, Cambridge Arts Theatre, Underbelly Edinburgh and Art's Theatre London.

Madagascar—A Musical Adventure – tour starts 16 July

Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe and Gloria the hip hip Hippo “Move It, Move It!” in a stage musical adaptation of the DreamWorks animated motion picture Madagascar.

The show has music and lyrics by George Noriega and Joe Someillan and a book by Kevin Del Aguila

Madagascar—A Musical Adventure is presented by Selladoor Worldwide and Hartshorn-Hook. Kirk Jameson directs; he previously directed Seussical: The Musical for Selladoor.

The show opens at Wimbledon New Theatre then tours to Birmingham Alexandra, Glasgow Kings Theatre, Manchester Palace, Sunderland Empire, Bridlington Spa and Bristol Hippodrome, with more dates to be announced.

Fame—The Musical – tour starts 20 July

Fame—The Musical returns for a 30th anniversary UK tour.

Based on the 1980 super hit film of the same name that also had a successful television spinoff, the story follows the lives of students at New York’s High School For The Performing Arts as they face the challenges of young adulthood.

Fame—The Musical features the film's Oscar-winning title song "Fame".

The show is directed and choregraphed by Nick Winston and the producers are Selladoor Worldwide with Adam Paulden and Dan Looney.

Fame - The Musical lives on at Manchester Palace Theatre, Glasgow Kings Theatre, Venue Cymru, Blackpool Winter Gardens, Tunbridge Wells, Bradford Alhambra, His Majesty’s Theatre Aberdeen, New Victoria Theatre Woking, Sheffield Lyceum Theatre, Bridlington Spa, Edinburgh King’s Theatre, Ipswich Regent Theatre, Brighton Theatre Royal, New Alexandra Theatre Birmingham, Aylesbury Waterside and Shrewsbury Theatre Severn with further dates to be announced.

South Bend – tour starts 27 July

Martin McCormick's South Bend has its world première in July, previewing at Platform Easterhouse and then going on a tour of Scotland that includes a run at the Edinburgh Fringe.

South Bend is based on true events from 2006 when Martin McCormick went to the US to be reunited with the woman he loved only to find himself alone, penniless and hallucinating. It reflects on journeys, on long-distance love, and men and women separated by a common language.

South Bend is produced by Grid Iron in association with Platform.

Ben Harrison, co-artistic director of Grid Iron, directs Martin McCormick and Jess Chanliau with live Foley artistry by David Pollock, and video design by Lewis den Hertog.

After Platform Easterhouse South Bend visits Gilded Balloon at the Museum, Byre Theatre St Andrews, Paisley Arts Centre, Eden Court Theatre Inverness, Lemon Tree Aberdeen, Cumbernauld Theatre and Tron Theatre Glasgow.