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20th Century Boy

A musical inspired by the life of rock legend Marc Bolan and his band T Rex.

Bristol Hippodrome

Wed 14 May

£15 / 0844 847 2325

Sat 17 May

£15–£33 / 0844 847 2325

Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-Sea

Sat 19 Jul

£20–£23.50 / 01702 351135

Darlington Civic Theatre

Fri 17 Oct

£29.50 (£18) / 01325 486555

  • 17:00

Sat 18 Oct

£29.50 (£18) / 01325 486555

  • 14:30

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51 Shades of Maggie

  • Written by: Leesa Harker

Comedy spoof of 50 Shades of Grey tells the story of lovable Maggie Muff and her search for love. Maggie is a working class girl who, like most women, has been let down by all the men in her life.

Pavilion Theatre, Glasgow

Sat 26 Apr

£22.50–£25 / 0141 332 1846

  • 14:00

1 Murder, 3 Corpses

Convinced of her innocence, Patricia Fisher re-enacts characters and scenes as she tries to clear up the events of the previous night. Presented as part of the QMU students' playwriting showcase.

Counting House, Edinburgh

Sun 18 May

Free / 0131 667 7533

  • 15:30

The Accrington Pals: Guildford School Of Acting

  • Directed by: Sabina Netherclift
  • Written by: Peter Whelan

Peter Whelan's drama exploring the effects of the First World War on a Lancashire mill town, where the women experience social changes, deprivation and the lies of propaganda whilst the men march off to the Battle Of The Somme.

Electric Theatre, Guildford

Sat 31 May

£12 (£10) / 01483 444789

  • 14:30

12 Angry Men

  • Directed by: Christopher Haydon
  • Written by: Reginald Rose

Reginald Rose's courtroom thriller about prejudice and justice.

Garrick Theatre, London WC2H

Sat 26 Apr

£22.50–£86.25 / 0844 482 9673

Thu 1 May

£22.50–£86.25 / 0844 482 9673

Sat 3 May

£22.50–£86.25 / 0844 482 9673

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13: Second Year Theatre Arts

  • Written by: Mike Bartlett

Coincidences, omens and visions collide with political reality in this epic play by Mike Bartlett. Set in a dark and magical landscape, it depicts a London both familiar and strange: a London staring into the void.

Derby Theatre

Thu 15 May

£11 (£8) / 01332 593939

  • 14:30

Sat 17 May

£11 (£8) / 01332 593939

  • 14:30

The 39 Steps

  • Directed by: Maria Aitken
  • Written by: Patrick Barlow

Patrick Barlow's adaptation of John Buchan's spy novel.

Criterion Theatre, London W1V

Sat 26 Apr

£28.50–£62 / 0844 847 1778

Wed 30 Apr

£28.50–£62 / 0844 847 1778

Sat 3 May

£28.50–£62 / 0844 847 1778

…and 48 more dates until 18 Oct

50 Shades of Red, White and Blue

The story of lovable Maggie Muff and her search for love, featuring laugh-out-loud characters such as big Sally Ann, Sinead the Greener and of course, the mysterious Mr Red White and Blue himself.

Grand Opera House, Belfast

Fri 29 Aug

£22.50–£24.50 / 028 9024 0411

  • 17:00

Sat 30 Aug

£22.50–£24.50 / 028 9024 0411

  • 17:00

The Accrington Pals: Hebden Bridge Little Theatre

  • Directed by: yvonne collins
  • Written by: Peter Whelan

On the eve of the outbreak of the First World War, the young men of Accrington responded to Kitchener's call for a 'New Army' and became the smallest town in England to form a 'Pals Volunteer Regiment.' The play spans the period up to the Battle of the Somme in 1916, when the men who jauntily marched off to war faced the…

Hebden Bridge Little Theatre

Sat 11 Oct

£5–£9 / 01422 843907

  • 14:30

15% of The Seagull

Mayer and Martin One serious actor, one flippant amateur, one classic Chekhovian drama and a very naughty seagull, equal one hilarious and touching theatrical comedy. Flying in via Brighton and Camden Fringes, this comedy two-hander follows one star-struck woman’s attempt to produce, direct and star in her own…

Spotlites @ The Merchant's Hall, Edinburgh

Sat 2 Aug

Zone Theatre

£7 (£6) / 0131 220 5911

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 3 Aug

Zone Theatre

£7 (£6) / 0131 220 5911

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Mon 4 Aug

Zone Theatre

£7 (£6) / 0131 220 5911

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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1984

  • Directed by: Robert Icke
  • Written by: Robert Icke (adapt)

Comrade Winston Smith starts a diary and falls in love. And all the while, Big Brother is watching. George Orwell's seminal novel is adapted by Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan, for Headlong Theatre.

Playhouse Theatre, London WC2N

Sat 3 May

£10–£52.50 incl. 101 seats at 19.84 available at every perf / 0844 871 7627

  • 14:30

Wed 7 May

£10–£52.50 incl. 101 seats at 19.84 available at every perf / 0844 871 7627

  • 14:30

Sat 10 May

£10–£52.50 incl. 101 seats at 19.84 available at every perf / 0844 871 7627

  • 14:30
…and 20 more dates until 19 Jul

The 39 Steps: The Festival Players

  • Written by: Patrick Barlow (adptation)

A comedy adaptation of John Buchan's classic novel and Alfred Hitchcock's film by Patrick Barlow from an original concept by Simon Corble and Nobby Dimon.

Loughborough Town Hall

Sat 7 Jun

£11.50; £8.50 under 22s; £13; £8.50 under 22s / 01509 231914

  • 14:30

42nd Street: Mountview Academy Of Performing Arts

A celebration of the stuff that dreams are made of, 42nd Street is the timeless, inspiring story of smalltown girl Peggy Sawyer's meteoric rise from the anonymity of the chorus line to the spotlight of the Broadway star. Tony Award Winner for Best New Musical when it premiered, 42nd Street combines high octane…

Winter Gardens, Margate

Sat 31 May

£16; £14 adv (£14; £12 adv) / 01843 292795

  • 14:30

42nd Street: Stockport Operatic Society

Set in 1933 New York it is the story of a show within a show. The audience will appreciate the sheer energy and exuberance of it.

Plaza, Stockport

Sat 1 Nov

£11.25–£15.40; £11.25–£16.50 / 0161 477 7779

  • 14:15

A Child's Garden of Verse

A visual anthology of poems inspired by Robert Louis Stevenson's A Child's Garden of Verses. Interpreted using shadow puppets and marionettes and accompanied by specially composed music.

The Puppet Theatre Barge: Little Venice, London W9

Fri 25 Apr

£12 (£10; Students £10; Children £8.50; Seniors £10) / 020 7249 6876

  • 15:00 – 16:30

Sat 26 Apr

£12 (£10; Children £8.50; Students £10; Seniors £10) / 020 7249 6876

  • 15:00 – 16:30

Sun 27 Apr

£12 (£10; Children £8.50; Students £10; Seniors £10) / 020 7249 6876

  • 15:00 – 16:30
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A Midsummer Night's Dream

Drama students from Fife College Relive the angst of young unrequited love, the nerves of amateur actors who have to perform for the Duke or risk being hanged, and the mischief and mayhem caused by the fairies. Be carried away to a woodland full of magic where anything could happen…

Edinburgh Elim

Tue 19 Aug

Mainstage

£8 (£5) / 0131 447 5086

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 21 Aug

Mainstage

£8 (£5) / 0131 447 5086

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

A Split Decision

Keir McAllister An established marriage on the verge of divorce, but could seeking some professional intervention bring resolve for either party? Inspired by Marriage Guidance by Stanley Odd and written in verse, McAllister's new satirical comedy examines a dysfunctional relationship facing a vital decision that will…

Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh

Wed 30 Jul

Studio Two

£9 (£8) / 0131 220 4348

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 1 Aug

Studio Two

£10 (£9) / 0131 220 4348

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 2 Aug

Studio Two

£10 (£9) / 0131 220 4348

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 21 more dates until 24 Aug

Abigail's Party: 2k Theatre Presents

Mike Leigh's comedy became a classic when it first appeared as a BBC Play For Today in 1977. It is hailed as a ruthlessly accurate observation of the pretensions of 1970s suburbia, a world obsessed with class and taste.

The Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre, Monkton Heathfield, Taunton

Sat 10 May

£12 / 01823 414141

  • 14:00

Access All Areas: Eye Queue Hear

Access all Areas take you on an audio journey around the nearby streets of Shoreditch to watch and listen in on the lives of people with learning disabilities and their fantastic perceptions of urban.

Rich Mix, Bethnal Green

Sat 17 May

£5 / 020 7613 7498

  • 14:00 – 19:00

The (Accidental) Execution of Alan Bishop

  • Directed by: Tommo Fowler
  • Written by: Sascha Moore

Brutally funny tale of love, loyalty and carpeted bathrooms. Written by Sascha Moore and directed by Tommo Fowler.

Pleasance Theatre, London N7

Sat 24 May

£12 (£10) / 020 7609 1800

  • 14:30 – 16:00
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The Accrington Pals: Trinity Theatre Club

  • Written by: Peter Whedon

This moving and hard-hitting play, set in Accrington during the early years of the First World War, is considered to be one of the best plays ever written on the subject. It is not only the story of a band of young men who enlisted and died in France, but also the story of the womenfolk who were left behind, who grew into…

Trinity Theatre, Tunbridge Wells

Sat 3 May

£13.50; £25.50 inc meals; £8.50; £25.50 inc meals (£12.50; £24.50 inc meals; £12.50; £24.50 inc meals) / 01892 678678

  • 14:30

Acorn Antiques The Musical

Centenary Theatre Company presents Victoria Wood's musical comedy based on the sketches from her show As Seen On TV.

The Brindley, Runcorn

Sat 17 May

£15 (£14) / 0151 907 8360

  • 14:00

The Actor’s Lament (Over 12s)

A comedy about the bizarre lives of actors and the many fights, frustrations and madness they are prone to. Steven Berkoff stars with Jay Benedict and Andree Bernard in this glimpse backstage, lifting the curtain on the bizarre and often hilarious world of theatre.

Theatre Royal, Margate

Thu 15 May

£20 (£15) / 01843 292795

  • 14:00

The Addams Family

A musical comedy based upon characters created by Charles Addams, which depict a ghoulish American family with an affinity for all things macabre. With music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa and a book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice.

The Playhouse, Weston-super-Mare

Sat 2 Aug

£14.50 (Children £11 under 18s) / 01934 645544

  • 14:30

The Addams Family

A comedy musical following the lives and exploits of the world's most famous Gothic family.

Angles Theatre And Arts Centre, Wisbech

Sat 16 Aug

£8 / 01945 474447

  • 14:30
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