Still Alice, The Girl on The Train and The Teletubbles top the bill at West Yorkshire Playhouse

Brand new stage adaptations of mega selling novels Still Alice and The Girl On the Train are the highlights of West Yorkshire Playhouse's Spring/Summer 2018 Season before they embark on a much needed redevelopment programme.

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Beyond the Barricade continues to delight audiences throughout the UK and Europe with its exciting portrayal of the greatest songs in Musical Theatre. Recreating West End and Broadway hit songs with amazing authenticity, and performed by a cast of past principal performers from Les Misérables. All performed totally live at Preston’s Charter Theatre Friday 12th January at 7.30pm!

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The cast and creative team has been announced for the World Premiere of The ToyBoy Diaries, the new British musical that is to be the first production staged in 2018 at the critically-acclaimed Hope Mill Theatre in Manchester.

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Daniel Bye is on a roll at the moment with a national tour of his challenging show Instructions for a Border Crossing and now he’s back in Leeds with Tiny Heroes where he celebrates the small local acts of generosity and heroism performed every day by the city’s people.

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We find that more and more pop stars and rock stars are launching musicals in most recent years; some good, some bad and some ugly; but now finally we may be about to have that great one we’ve been hankering for with the upcoming hugely anticipated debut musical from former frontman of The Police; Sting who is bringing his musical ‘The Last Ship’ to Salford next year.

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The festive season is peak audience for most theatres as they stage big Christmas show to get bums on seats.

The Lawrence Batley Theatre did this too as Artistic Director Victoria Firth looked round for the best Christmas offer they could buy in. But last year they decided to change their festive offer by creating the first ever professional pantomime in the Huddersfield theatre’s 23 year history staging a version of the evergreen Cinderella to attract audiences into the building.

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Two of the world’s best vocal performers, Meow Meow and The Tiger Lillies, play one off cabaret shows at HOME Manchester this week.

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Hope Mill Theatre in Manchester has announced a trio of ground-breaking plays that will feature at the award-winning venue in early 2018.

They are the regional premiere of a ‘thrilling and heartbreaking play’ that has been relocated to Manchester by its author, an exciting new period piece about the amazing life of an infamous 18th Century diplomat and spy starring Coronation Street’s Dean Fagan and a compelling look at parenthood and grief, which includes the first ‘baby-friendly’ relaxed performance at Hope Mill.

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Kindertransport – the deeply moving and timely modern classic – celebrates 25 years since the play was written by acclaimed playwright Diane Samuels in 2018 with an anniversary tour visiting the Opera House Manchester from 1st – 5th May 2018.

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The legendary Rock ‘n’ Roll Panto is back as Aladdin, Genie and Widow Twankey ride a magic carpet to festive craziness in the historic Leeds City Varieties Music Hall.

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Box of Tricks are crowdfunding so they can offer 10% of all tickets to hard-to-reach audiences for free on the 2018 tour of their hit show Chip Shop Chips.

The Manchester based company's pay-it-forward crowdfunding effort means they can offer free tickets, engagement activities and relaxed performances on a tour heading to village halls, pubs, libraries and community centres across the UK.

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