When The Mousetrap first opened in 1952 in London’s West End nobody, not even Agatha Christie herself, would have predicted it would still be running over 60 years later. With over 26000 performances and counting, the play has cemented itself as part of the “must do” list when in London alongside Madame Tussauds and the Tower of London. This 60th anniversary tour allows local audiences to see what all the fuss is about and, indeed, it is a joy to see a packed house at Theatre Royal Wakefield enjoying this first class production.

The very word reinvention can hide a multitude of theatrical sins but a genuine revolutionary like Charlotte Bronte would have no problem with anyone adapting her material in a search for originality.

 

But whether Bronte would have been happy with Linda Marshall Griffiths’ radical - but flawed - ‘reinvention’ of her later novel of loss and desolation is debatable.

BalletLORENT, a Newcastle based dance company, brings on tour this well known story of Snow White. Carol Ann Duffy, a Poet Laureate, writes this adaptation, keeping faithful to the original Grimm’s tale and emphasising the key themes.

West Yorkshire Playhouse and Nottingham Playhouse jointly present Anthony Shaffer’s Sleuth. The thriller premiered on stage in 1970 and a film adaptation, starring Laurence Oliver and Michael Caine, in 1972.

Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins - all household names - all legends in Rock and Roll. See the story behind the hits and how these four stars made rock n’ roll history.

“See the story behind the scandal”

 

D.H Lawrence’s controversial classic was first published privately in 1928 in Italy and in 1929 in France and Australia.   An unexpurgated edition was not published openly in the UK until 1960, and became a banned book when it was the subject of a watershed obscenity trail against the publisher Penguin Books. Penguin won the case, and quickly sold three million copies.  

Utopia Theatre, founded in 2001, is reputed for creating and re-imagining classics that are contemporary and relevant to today’s audiences. They are keen to link African stories and its dispersion to their productions. The world premiere of Debo Oluwatuminu’s Iyalode of Eti is no exception. This is a reimagining of John Webster’s The Duchess Of Malfi.