NW Productions

Published: 23 March 2014
Reporter: David Upton

The cast of Dancing at Lughnasa at Theatre by the Lake: Roger Delves-Broughton, Fiona Putnam, Laura Darrall, Isabella Marshall, Polly Lister, Ben Ingles, Aislinn Mangan and Jack Power Credit: Steven Barber
Gabrielle Dempsey as Eva and Maggie Steed as Lil in Kinderstransport at the Opera House
Tristram Wymark, Brian Protheroe, WIlliam Hope, Jane Wymark, Hywel Morgan, and Stephanie Cole in This May Hurt A Bit at the Octagon Credit: John Haynes

Internationally renowned puppeteer and performer Austin Mitchel Hewitt returns to his home town of Liverpool next week to present the world première of his first solo show I’m Happy Here (honest) at the Unity Theatre.

Dozens of the youngest actors around Lancaster will be making their stage debuts in The Fantastical, a double bill of work devised by young people aged 7 to 13 who attend regular sessions at The Dukes youth-specific venue DT3.

The Octagon Theatre in Bolton and Out of Joint theatre company stage This May Hurt A Bit, a new play by Stella Feehily, at the start of a national tour.

The award-winning drama Kindertransport comes to the Opera House, Manchester. Since its London première in 1993, it has been seen worldwide and is now on many school curricula.

The Russian Ice Stars skate into the Palace Theatre in Manchester next weekend with a new adaptation of J M Barrie’s fantasy story of the boy who never grew up. Peter Pan on Ice runs from Friday until Sunday for five performances.

Horrible Histories returns to Blackpool’s Grand Theatre with the new show Barmy Britain crammed full of facts, gore and special effects. It’s the live stage show adapted from the children’s historical comedy book series by children’s author Terry Deary.

Director Maria Aberg makes her Royal Exchange debut in Manchester with one of Shakespeare’s best-loved comedies. Much Ado About Nothing is the comedy of mistaken identity and love and runs from Thursday to May 3.

Broadway’s golden age of musical theatre was spawned by Jewish composers and lyricists of the 20th century. They created an enduring inheritance that is celebrated in The Jewish Legacy - A Night at the Musicals at the Paragon Theatre, Prestwich Arts Centre in Manchester on Sunday March 30. Details: www.thejewishlegacy.co.uk.

Glass-Eye Theatre brings its touring production of The City and Iris to The Met in Bury next Wednesday.

Dancing at Lughnasa, written by acclaimed Irish writer Brian Friel, is on stage at Theatre by the Lake in Keswick. Meanwhile, Not About Heroes, which follows the brief yet intense friendship between First World War poets Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon opens in the venue’s smaller studio space.