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A new season of shows for this spring 2020 and have just been announced over the last week. They include loads of cool stuff. Ready with your red marker? Then let’s get planning…


Can you believe TV comedy show, Friends aired way back way in 1994 and is still going strong?! So it comes as no surprise to tell you that Friends! The Musical ParodyHaymarket Theatre, 5 March is going to be an absolute smash! This hilarious new musical celebrates and pokes fun at the wacky misadventures of the group of 20-something pals we love from the hit TV show.

Jessica Cranshaw, star of the new Broadway-bound musical Robbin Hood, has been murdered on stage on opening night. The entire cast and crew are suspects. Time to call in the local detective, Frank Cioffi, who just happens to be a huge musical theatre fan – cue Curtains (16-21 Mar). Starring Jason Manford, this hilarious whodunnit musical is packed full of catchy songs, unforgettable characters and plot twists galore.

Celebrating their 40th Anniversary this year, the Rutland Musical Theatre is putting on Fiddler on the Roof, (1-4 Apr) at Uppingham Theatre. This multi award-winning musical which tells the story of Tevye, the father of five daughters, and his attempts to maintain his Jewish religious and cultural traditions as outside influences encroach upon his family’s lives. 

Sister Act (21 Apr – 2 May) stars West End powerhouse Brenda Edwards (Hairspray, Chicago, Loose Women) in the specially rewritten role of Deloris Van Cartier, and Birds of a Feather star, Lesley Joseph as Mother Superior. This hilarious show tells the story of a disco diva whose life takes a surprising turn when she witnesses a murder and is hidden in the one place she won’t be found – a convent!  

Transport yourself back to the roaring 20s with the smash-hit musical Chicago 30 Apr – 2 May at Loughborough Town Hall. Featuring a hugely talented cast, a stunning orchestra, and breathtaking choreography, this is a fantastic opportunity to see a brand new production of one of the all-time great American musicals.

For something completely different try Funny Girls (30 May) is a comedy drag experience like no other! It’s modern entertainment with a twist. Expect highly-talented drag leads and male entertainers – dazzling costumes,  elaborate dance and laugh out loud comedy routines. It’s going on tour for the first time so catch it while you can!

A sucker for romance? Once (15 -20 June) tells the story of a Dublin street busker and a Czech musician who find each other unexpectedly and fall in love. Once is a spell-binding and uplifting story of hopes and dreams. This is Once’s first major UK tour having won awards across the world, including the Academy Award for Best Original Song, a Grammy for Best Musical Theatre Album, eight Tony awards and an Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Music.


I sobbed while I read the book so not sure I’ll have the guts to go watch Kite Runner (22-27 June). Based on Khaled Hosseini’s international bestselling novel, this haunting tale of friendship spans cultures and continents and follows one man’s journey to confront his past and find redemption. Set in Afghanistan as the country is on the verge of war and best friends are about to be torn apart.

Following a totally sold out run at the Edinburgh Fringe and direct from appearances on BBC1’s BAFTA Awards, Sky’s Around the World in 80 Tricks, join Magical Bones; Black Magic (9 May) as he effortlessly combines intricate sleight of hand with jaw dropping break-dance moves in one of the most awe-inspiring shows you’ll see this year.

A wonderful West End tribute show to Abba, My My My (19 April) pays homage to the original Swedish sensations through capturing Abba’s great sense of fun, recreating their incredible unique sound and combining this into a fun filled evening of sing-along magic! With a mix of iconic costumes, camaraderie and even some audience participation.


Jimmy Carr’s (17 June) new show contains jokes about all kinds of terrible things. Terrible things that might have affected you or people you know and love. But they’re just jokes – they are not the terrible things. Having political correctness at a comedy show is like having health and safety at a rodeo. Other comedians to watch out for include Frank Skinner, Russel Howard, Ross Noble, John Bishop and many more.


The 25th Anniversary show catapults Riverdance (19-21 May) into the 21st century and will completely immerse you in the extraordinary and elemental power of its music and dance. Enjoy the thrilling energy and passion of its Irish and international dance.


The contemporary jazz scene is at its best with bands like My Iris. Join Trish Clowes’ My Iris, (30 April) as saxophonist Trish Clowes provides her bandmates with a unique platform with her enthralling grooves and lingering melodic lines.


Based on Roald Dahl’s book, James and the Giant Peach (1-2 May) is a family fave that follows James and his insect friends as they journey across the Atlantic Ocean in a giant peach and end up in New York. An amateur production.

Jump on board a broom with the witch and her cat in this fun-filled adaptation of the best-selling book, Room on the Broom. Join the witch and her cat are travelling on their broomstick with dog,  bird and frog and see what happens when it snaps in two.


Filmed live at the Theatre Royal in London’s West End, 42ND STREET: THE MUSICAL, 3 May is an American classic telling the story of Peggy Sawyer, a talented young performer with stars in her eyes who gets her big break on Broadway.

RSC / King John, 29 Apr. Richard the Lionheart is dead. His brother John is King of England. Threatened from all sides by Europe, the English noblemen, and even his own family, King John will stop at nothing to keep hold of his crown. Streamed live from the RSC in Stratford.

NT Live: The Welkin, (21 May) Maxine Peake stars in a new play by Lucy Kirkwood, broadcast live from London. Rural Suffolk in England, 1759. As the country waits for Halley’s comet, a young woman is sentenced to hang for a heinous murder but then claims to be pregnant. This is a bold and gripping thriller

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