Napoli Brooklyn, Electrolyte, Dead Dog, Xanadu, Strictly Professionals
Napoli, Brooklyn – tour starts 1 May
Napoli, Brooklyn tells the story of an Italian-American family in 1959 exploring the struggle in immigrant families which is passed down from generation to generation, particularly for women.
Coronation Street's Georgia May Foote, Robert Cavanah, Hannah Bristow, Madeleine Worrall, Laurie Ogden, Mona Goodwin, Gloria Onitiri and Stephen Hogan are directed by Lisa Blair.
Napoli, Brooklyn visits Malvern Theatres, Yvonne Arnaud Theatre Guildford, Devonshire Park Theatre Eastbourne, Theatre Royal Windsor, Oxford Playhouse and Park Theatre London.
Electrolyte – tour starts 2 May
Donnacadh O'Briain directs this inaugural touring production for Wildcard of multi-award-winning show Electrolyte.
The play tells the story of Jessie, a girl from Leeds, dealing with the recent suicide of her father who follows Allie, a singer-songwriter she has met, to London, but when she arrives her mental health rapidly declines.
Electrolyte enjoyed a success run at last year's Edinburgh Fringe Festival, receiving the Mental Health Fringe Award and the Pleasance Best Newcomer Award.
It is written by James Meteyard with music by Maimuna Memon. In the cast are Megan Ashley, Chris Georgiou, Olivia Sweeney, James Meteyard and Ben Simon.
Electrolyte visits thirty-one venues across the UK and Ireland including The North Wall Oxford, Bristol, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dublin, York and Nottingham, with more venues to be confirmed.
Dead Dog In A Suitcase (And Other Love Songs) – tour starts 2 May
Carl Grose's Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love songs) is a new Beggar’s Opera, a radical re-working of John Gay’s classic political comedy, with music by Charles Hazlewood.
Mike Shepherd directs an ensemble cast made up of Rina Fatania, Georgia Frost, James Gow, Angela Hardie,), Martin Hyder, Dave Johnzy, Giles King, Patrycja Kujawska, Lucy Rivers, Alex Lupo, Dominic Marsh, Beverly Rudd, Sarah Wright and Tim Dalling.
The puppet director is Sarah Wright.
You can hear director Shepherd and composer Hazlewood talking about the original production in 2014 in the BTG podcast.
This revival of Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love songs) is presented by Kneehigh with Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse. The show visits Nuffield Southampton Theatre, Brighton Festival, Oxford Playhouse, The Lyric Hammersmith, Exeter Northcott, Everyman Theatre Cheltenham and Bristol Old Vic.
Xanadu – tour starts 3 May
Giffords Circus's Nell Gifford and director Cal McCrystal revive the summer of love with this year's show Xanadu.
Promising a riot of colour, music and circus at its wildest, this is the flower power movement is at its height with hippies, hipsters, rock stars, musicians, wild women and global nomads.
Xanadu visits Fennells Farm Stroud, Sudeley Castle Cheltenham, Daylesford Organic Farm Stow-on-the-Wold, Blenheim Palace Oxfordshire, Oxford University Parks, Chiswick House & Gardens London, Windsor Great Park, Stonor Park Henley-on-Thames, Barrington Burford, Minchinhampton Common Stroud, Marlborough Common and Stratton Meadows Cirencester.
Strictly Come Dancing—The Professionals – tour starts 3 May
Strictly Come Dancing—The Professionals features dancers from the award-winning hit BBC television show delivering Ballroom and Latin routines with sequins and sparkle.
Strictly Come Dancing – The Professionals visits Salford's The Lowry, Bournemouth International Centre, Nottingham Royal Concert Hall, Llandudno Cymru, Edinburgh Playhouse, Aberdeen ECC, Blackpool Opera House, Birmingham Symphony Hall, Hammersmith Apollo London, Hull Venue, Portsmouth Guildhall, Plymouth Pavilions, Brighton Centre, Motorpoint Arena Cardiff Liverpool Empire, Leeds Arena, Sheffield City Hall and Sunderland Empire.