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Dreamboats And Miniskirts

  • Written by: Maurice Gran

Musical sequel to Dreamboats And Petticoats written by Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran, which follows an aspiring vocal duo, who must adapt their style to succeed during the advent of the Beatles and the Mersey sound. Featuring the hits Twist & Shout, Handy Man, Pretty Woman and One Fine Day.

Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

Thu 12 Mar 2015

£10–£44.50

Sat 14 Mar 2015

£10–£44.50

Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Wed 12 Nov

£22.75–£33.25 / 02476 553055

Sat 15 Nov

£22.75–£33.25 / 02476 553055

Hull New Theatre

Thu 5 Mar 2015

£12–£31 / 01482 226655

Sat 7 Mar 2015

£12–£31 / 01482 226655

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Shrek The Musical

  • Written by: David Lindsay

Parker & Snell Company presents a show based on the award-winning DreamWorks animation film, this year's must-see show for all the family.

Gaiety Theatre, Douglas

Sun 26 Oct

£22 / 01624 694555

Wed 29 Oct

£22 / 01624 694555

Sat 1 Nov

£22 / 01624 694555

Billy Smart's Circus

This all human performance includes a trapeze act, acrobats, jugglers, aerialists and a fire tricks, all soundtracked by a live band.

Ealing Common, London W5

Sun 26 Oct

£8 / 0844 4155 228

The Play That Goes Wrong

  • Directed by: Mark Bell
  • Written by: Henry Shields

Award winning company Theatre Mischief presents a play-within-a-play about an amateur dramatic society putting on a murder mystery production.

Duchess Theatre, London WC2B

Sun 26 Oct

£25–£81.25 / 0844 482 9672

Thu 30 Oct

£25–£81.25 / 0844 482 9672

Sat 1 Nov

£25–£81.25 / 0844 482 9672

…and 42 more dates until 1 Feb 2015

Jersey Boys

The electrifying true life story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.

Bristol Hippodrome

Wed 27 May 2015

£18–£53.50 / 0844 847 2325

Thu 28 May 2015

£18–£53.50 / 0844 847 2325

Sat 30 May 2015

£20–£58.50 / 0844 847 2325

…and 4 more dates until 13 Jun 2015

Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-Sea

Wed 18 Feb 2015

£34.50–£56.50; £34.50–£56.50 concs available / 01702 351135

Thu 19 Feb 2015

£34.50–£56.50; £34.50–£56.50 concs available / 01702 351135

Sat 21 Feb 2015

£34.50–£56.50; £34.50–£56.50 concs available / 01702 351135

…and 2 more dates until 28 Feb 2015

Hull New Theatre

Wed 12 Nov

£19–£44; £19–£37.50; £22–£48.50 / 01482 226655

Thu 13 Nov

£19–£44; £19–£37.50; £22–£48.50 / 01482 226655

Sat 15 Nov

£19–£44; £19–£37.50; £22–£48.50 / 01482 226655

…and 2 more dates until 22 Nov

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The Woman In Black

  • Written by: Stephen Mallatratt (adaptation)

Combining the power and intensity of live theatre with a cinematic quality inspired by the world of film noir, prepare to be transported into a terrifying and ghostly world. Based on Susan Hill's acclaimed novel.

Lyceum Theatre, Crewe

Wed 29 Oct

£8–£25 / 01270 368 242

Sat 1 Nov

£8–£25 / 01270 368 242

The Sooty Show

Sweep, Soo and Richard join the loveable bear to celebrate his birthday party – where things don't seem to be going to plan.

Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

Thu 9 Apr 2015

£15–£30

Beck Theatre, Hayes

Mon 30 Mar 2015

£15 / 020 8561 8371

Churchill Theatre, Bromley

Sun 22 Feb 2015

£15 / 08441 717620

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…and at 12 other places

Albert Halls, Bolton

Sat 1 Nov

£12.50 / 01204 334400

Kill Johnny Glendenning

A murderous comedy about the Glasgow underworld. Co-production between the Royal Lyceum Theatre and Citizens Theatre.

Citizens Theatre, Glasgow

Sat 1 Nov

£13–£17 (£2; Students £9; Children £9) / 0141 429 0022

Barnum

  • Directed by: Ian Townsend (musical director)
  • Written by: Mark Bramble (book)

A colourful musical celebrating the eccentric life of American showman Phineas T Barnum, best known for his elaborate pranks and for founding the popular Barnum & Bailey Circus. With Brian Conley in the title role, and Linzi Hateley as his wife, Chairy.

Alhambra Theatre, Bradford

Wed 26 Nov

£22–£48 / 01274 432000

  • 14:00 Barnum Alhambra Theatre, Bradford

Thu 27 Nov

£22–£48 / 01274 432000

  • 14:00 Barnum Alhambra Theatre, Bradford

Sat 29 Nov

£22–£48 / 01274 432000

  • 14:30 Barnum Alhambra Theatre, Bradford

The Grand Theatre & Opera House, Leeds

Wed 15 Apr 2015

£21.50–£46.50 / 0844 848 2700

  • 14:30 Barnum The Grand Theatre & Opera House, Leeds

Thu 16 Apr 2015

£21.50–£46.50 / 0844 848 2700

  • 14:30 Barnum The Grand Theatre & Opera House, Leeds

Sat 18 Apr 2015

£21.50–£46.50 / 0844 848 2700

  • 14:30 Barnum The Grand Theatre & Opera House, Leeds
…and 2 more dates until 25 Apr 2015

His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen

Wed 19 Nov

£21–£56 / 01224 641122

Thu 20 Nov

£21–£56 / 01224 641122

Sat 22 Nov

£21–£56 / 01224 641122

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Your Disco Needs You

Heartwarming musical featuring the songs of Kylie Minogue. All profits go to a selection of Breast cancer charities.

Mitchell Theatre, Glasgow

Sun 26 Oct

£22.50 / 0141 287 2999

Agatha Christie's Black Coffee

  • Written by: Agatha Christie

Christie's first play for the stage features the now-iconic Hercule Poirot and a typical crime plot.

Derby Theatre

Wed 26 Nov

£11–£26.50 / 01332 593939

Sat 29 Nov

£11–£26.50 / 01332 593939

Floral Pavilion Theatre, New Brighton

Wed 29 Oct

£20–£26 / 0151 666 0000

Sat 1 Nov

£20–£26 / 0151 666 0000

Opera House, Manchester

Thu 20 Nov

£15–£35 / 0844 847 2275

Sat 22 Nov

£15–£35 / 0844 847 2275

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Annie

East Ayrshire Youth Theatre present their take on the tale of little orphan Annie.

Palace Theatre, Kilmarnock

Thu 30 Oct

£6–£9 / 01563 554900

  • 14:00 Annie Palace Theatre, Kilmarnock

Sat 1 Nov

£6–£9 / 01563 554900

  • 14:00 Annie Palace Theatre, Kilmarnock

Bondagers

Sue Glover’s play with music and song follows six women land workers as they graft and dance their way through a year on a 19th Century Borders farm. Directed by Lu Kemp.

Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh

Wed 29 Oct

£12.50–£29 / 0131 248 4848

  • 14:00 Bondagers Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh

Sat 1 Nov

£12.50–£29 / 0131 248 4848

  • 14:00 Bondagers Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh

Wed 5 Nov

£12.50–£29 / 0131 248 4848

  • 14:00 Bondagers Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh
…and 3 more dates until 15 Nov

Scottish Ballet: Up Close

New Voices features exclusive excerpts from works by James Cousins and Helen Pickett, as well as fresh choreography from Scottish Ballet’s own company of dancers. Elite Syncopations is a sassy whirl of 1920s dance hall glitz from Kenneth MacMillan.

The Macphail Centre, Ullapool

Wed 29 Oct

£12 (£9) / 01854 613336

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Spine

  • 4 stars

Rosie Wyatt performs Clara Brennan's multi-layered monologue, charting the explosive friendship between a wise-cracking teenager and an elderly East End widow.

Soho Theatre, London W1D

Sat 1 Nov

£15 (£12.50; Previews £10) / 020 7478 0100

  • 14:30 Spine Soho Theatre, London

Jersey Boys

  • Directed by: Des McAnuff
  • Written by: Bob Crewe (lyrics)

Musical drama about the career of Frankie Valli And The Four Seasons.

Piccadilly Theatre, London W1D

Sun 26 Oct

£22.50–£90 / 0844 871 7627

Tue 28 Oct

£22.50–£90 / 0844 871 7627

Sat 1 Nov

£22.50–£95 / 0844 871 7627

…and 48 more dates until 15 Feb 2015

Stick Man

  • Directed by: Sally Cookson
  • Written by: Benji Bower (music)

A show about a family of stick people. Presented by Scamp Theatre. Ages 3+.

Leicester Square Theatre, London WC2H

Sat 8 Nov

£12–£19.50 ( £50–£60) / 0844 873 3433

  • 14:00 Stick Man Leicester Square Theatre, London

Sun 9 Nov

£12–£19.50 ( £50–£60) / 0844 873 3433

  • 14:00 Stick Man Leicester Square Theatre, London

Sat 15 Nov

£12–£19.50 ( £50–£60) / 0844 873 3433

  • 14:00 Stick Man Leicester Square Theatre, London
…and 21 more dates until 4 Jan 2015

Sunset Song

Marking a hundred years since the start of WWI, Sell a Door Theatre Company revives Alastair Cording’s faithful adaptation of Lewis Grassic Gibbon’s classic story, recently voted Scotland’s most popular novel of all time.

Dundee Rep

Thu 6 Nov

£14–£19 (£14–£16) / 01382 223530

Sat 8 Nov

£14–£19 (£14–£16) / 01382 223530

Eden Court Theatre and Cinema, Inverness

Wed 29 Oct

Prices vary / 01463 234234

  • 13:30 Sunset Song Eden Court Theatre and Cinema, Inverness

His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen

Thu 13 Nov

£11.50–£27.50 / 01224 641122

Dinosaur Zoo

Dinosaurs aren't extinct! They're just hiding out on the other side of the world. Dinosaur Zoo takes its Jurassic creations on tour with an opportunity for children to get right up close.

Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells

Tue 18 Nov

£12.50–£15 ( £10) / 01892 530613

Wed 19 Nov

£12.50–£15 ( £10) / 01892 530613

Birmingham Hippodrome

Tue 10 Mar 2015

£12.50 / 0844 338 5000

Fri 13 Mar 2015

£12.50 / 0844 338 5000

Sun 15 Mar 2015

£12.50 / 0844 338 5000

Grand Theatre, Swansea

Wed 12 Nov

£13–£15.50 / 01792 475715

Thu 13 Nov

£13–£15.50 / 01792 475715

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The Kite Runner

  • Directed by: Giles Croft
  • Written by: Matthew Spangler (adaptation)

Matthew Spangler's adaptation of Khaled Hosseini's novel about friendships that can span continents.

King's Theatre, Edinburgh

Wed 12 Nov

£14–£27.50 / 0131 529 6000

Sat 15 Nov

£14–£27.50 / 0131 529 6000

Salisbury Playhouse

Thu 20 Nov

£19.50; £14.50 under 25s; £20.50–£24.50; £18.50–£22.50 under 25s; £14.50 / 01722 320333

Sat 22 Nov

£19.50; £14.50 under 25s; £20.50–£24.50; £18.50–£22.50 under 25s; £14.50 / 01722 320333

West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Thu 6 Nov

Quarry Theatre

£12–£28; £12–£17 / 0113 213 7700

Quarry Theatre

£28 (£25) / 0113 213 7700

Sat 8 Nov

Quarry Theatre

£12–£28; £12–£17 / 0113 213 7700

Quarry Theatre

£28 (£25) / 0113 213 7700

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Scouse Of The Antarctic

The Royal Court Christmas show is back and this time it's cooler than ever! A Russian and US submarine race to the North Pole to claim mineral rights. The last thing they expect to find when they get there is a scouser with a bobble hat on!

Royal Court Liverpool

Sat 22 Nov

£13–£23 / 0151 709 4321

Sat 29 Nov

£13–£23 / 0151 709 4321

Sat 6 Dec

£13–£23 / 0151 709 4321

…and 6 more dates until 17 Jan 2015

Tales of a Grandson

Storyteller Andy Cannon shares and listens to stories in an interactive performance for kids, parents, carers and grandparents. The story is presented in three parts – The Dig, The Feast, and The Hooly. Stay for the day, join in the feast and the hooly and help Andy in his quest to tell Scotland’s great story.

Edinburgh Festival Theatre

Sun 26 Oct

The Studio / Over-6s only

£15 (£10) / 0131 529 6000

Part of Scottish International Storytelling Festival.

Brendan Cole: A Night to Remember

Choreographer, performer and Strictly's badboy, Brendan Cole, performs more dazzling ballroom and Latin moves.

Theatre Royal, Norwich

Sun 15 Feb 2015

Phone for prices / 01603 630000

A Christmas Carol

  • Directed by: Ian Dickens
  • Written by: Charles Dickens

Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage

Thu 13 Nov

£15–£20.50; £16.50 (£13–£18.50) / 01438 363200

Sat 15 Nov

£15–£20.50; £16.50 (£13–£18.50) / 01438 363200

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