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Jurassic Adventures

Fun family show about dinosaurs and the people that study them.

Millennium Forum, Londonderry

Sat 4 Apr

£12; £37.50 (Children £10) / 02871 264455

Sun 5 Apr

£12; £37.50 (Children £10) / 02871 264455

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'.

Bristol Hippodrome

Wed 29 Jul

£10–£35 / 0844 847 2325

Sat 1 Aug

£10–£35 / 0844 847 2325

Embassy Theatre, Skegness

Wed 13 May

£15–£30 / 0845 674 0505

Sat 16 May

£15–£30 / 0845 674 0505

Fairfield Halls, Croydon

Thu 16 Apr

Ashcroft Theatre

£23.25–£31.25 / 020 8688 9291

Sat 18 Apr

Ashcroft Theatre

£23.25–£31.25 / 020 8688 9291

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Singin' I'm No a Billy He's a Tim

Goldfish Theatre presents its take on Des Dillon's classic anti-sectarian play, which has a Rangers and a Celtic fan locked up together in a cell for the duration of an Old Firm match.

Pavilion Theatre, Glasgow

Sat 4 Apr

£17.50–£20 / 0141 332 1846

The Absence of War

An adaptation of Hare's funny political drama.

Citizens Theatre, Glasgow

Sat 4 Apr

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

52 Shades of Maggie

The sequel to 51 Shades of Maggie follows Maggie Muff and her pal Sally-Ann as they try to organise a party in the pub. Will things go as planned? What do you think?

Beacon Arts Centre, Greenock

Sat 23 May

The Beacon Theatre

£20 / 01475 723723

Gaiety Theatre, Ayr

Sat 16 May

£21.50 / 01292 288235

Pavilion Theatre, Glasgow

Sat 18 Apr

£22.50–£25 / 0141 332 1846

Sat 25 Apr

£22.50–£25 / 0141 332 1846

Sat 2 May

£22.50–£25 / 0141 332 1846

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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.

The Hexagon, Reading

Fri 10 Apr

£14.50 ( £44.80) / 0118 960 6060

Sat 11 Apr

£14.50 ( £44.80) / 0118 960 6060

Sun 12 Apr

£14.50 ( £44.80) / 0118 960 6060

The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

Fri 17 Apr

£15 (£12.50) / 01227 787787

Sun 19 Apr

£15 (£12.50) / 01227 787787

Orchard Theatre, Dartford

Tue 14 Apr

£13.50–£16 / 01322 220000

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Hedda Gabler

A new version of Henrik Ibsen's famous play Hedda Gabler from Richard Eyre, which has been directed by Amanda Gaughan. Hedda's life looks respectable enough – she has a distinguished father, a reputable husband and a good home. In order to inject some excitement into her life, she finds that she must look to the lives of…

Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh

Wed 1 Apr

£15–£29 evenings (concession from £10; matinees £12.50–£24) / 0131 248 4848

Sat 4 Apr

£15–£29 evenings (concession from £10; matinees £12.50–£24) / 0131 248 4848

Wed 8 Apr

£15–£29 evenings (concession from £10; matinees £12.50–£24) / 0131 248 4848

Sat 11 Apr

£15–£29 evenings (concession from £10; matinees £12.50–£24) / 0131 248 4848

Celeste's Circus

Following Celeste under the big top as her cast of endearing animals emerge one by one. A charming and engaging first trip to the circus especially for very young children (0–5 years).

Adam Smith Theatre, Kirkcaldy

Wed 8 Apr

£6.60 (£4.50; Children £4.50) / 01592 583302

Part of Puppet Animation Festival.

£6.50 (£4.50; Children £4.50) / 01592 583302

Bowhill House & Country Park, Selkirk

Fri 10 Apr

£5 / 01750 22204

Part of Puppet Animation Festival.

£5 / 01750 22204

Eastgate Theatre & Arts Centre, Peebles

Sat 18 Apr

£6 (Children £4) / 01721 725777

Part of Puppet Animation Festival.

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Cirque Eloize: Cirkopolis

Twelve acrobats and multidisciplinary artists present an uninterrupted stream of acrobatics, music, images and drawings accompanied by an original musical score and video projections.

Edinburgh Festival Theatre

Sat 4 Apr

£14–£27 / 0131 529 6000

Wales Millennium Centre / Canolfan Mileniwm Cymru, Cardiff

Sat 11 Apr

£18–£25 / 029 2063 6464

Madama Butterfly

  • Directed by: Ellen Kent
  • Written by: Puccini

Ellen Kent presents Puccini's heartbreaking story of a beautiful young Japanese girl who falls in love with an American naval lieutenant. Starring Elena Dee and Miki Mori.

Royal Opera House, London WC2E

Sat 4 Apr

£7–£190 / 020 7304 4000

Thu 9 Apr

£7–£145 / 020 7304 4000

Sat 11 Apr

£7–£145 / 020 7304 4000

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Northcott Theatre, Exeter

Fri 3 Apr

£13; £20 / 01392 493493

Sat 4 Apr

£13; £20 / 01392 493493

Stick Man

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

Scamp Theatre bring Julia Donaldson’s popular picture book to life in this engaging family show.

The Atkinson, Southport

Fri 15 May

£8 (Children £6; £24) / 01704 533333

Connaught Theatre, Worthing

Sat 2 May

£8.50 ( £28) / 01903 206206

  • 14:00 Stick Man Connaught Theatre, Worthing

Curve Theatre, Leicester

Mon 18 May

£10–£14 (Children £10–£14 under 6s) / 0116 242 3595

Tue 19 May

£10–£14 (Children £10–£14 under 6s) / 0116 242 3595

Wed 20 May

£10–£14 (Children £10–£14 under 6s) / 0116 242 3595

Thu 21 May

£10–£14 (Children £10–£14 under 6s) / 0116 242 3595

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The Basil Brush Show

Basil Brush and his human chum Mr Stephen (aka Chris Pizzey) present to you a show jam packed with fun, storytelling and song.

The Apex, Bury St Edmunds

Thu 9 Apr

£14 (£12; £42) / 01284 758000

Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

Thu 13 Aug

£15–£30

The Broadway Theatre, Barking

Sat 4 Apr

£14 (£12; £42) / 020 8507 5607

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Dr Bunhead's Exploding Easter Egg Show

Join Dr Bunhead for some serious Easter action with rainbow foam fountains, an Easter egg explosion and a bunny bazooka. Ages 7+.

George Square Lecture Theatre, Edinburgh

Fri 10 Apr

£6 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

The Addams Family: The Rattonians

  • Written by: Marshall Brickman

A musical comedy based on characters created by Charles Addams and specifically the cartoons rather than the television and film characters.

Congress Theatre, Eastbourne

Thu 2 Apr

£16.50 (£14) / 01323 412000

Sat 4 Apr

£16.50 (£14) / 01323 412000

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Kafka On The Shore

  • Written by: Frank Galati (adaptation)

Yukio Ninagawa brings Haruki Murakami's text to the stage adapted by Frank Galati, with an ensemble including the Japanese Academy Award-winning star of The Twilight Samurai, Rie Miyazawa.

Barbican Centre, London EC2Y

Sat 30 May

£16–£50 phone for availability / 020 7638 8891

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

£15–£30

Churchill Theatre, Bromley

Fri 3 Apr

£15 / 08441 717620

Corn Exchange, King's Lynn

Wed 1 Apr

£13 (Children £11 under 16s) / 01553 764864

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The Chuckles Of Oz

The Chuckle Brothers present their unique take on the famous musical in which Dorothy goes to see the wizard. To me. To You. Etc.

Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

Sat 13 Jun

£15

Civic Theatre, Chelmsford

Thu 9 Apr

£14 / 01245 606505

De Montfort Hall, Leicester

Sat 9 May

£14 (Children £13.50) / 0116 233 3111

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Footloose

Footloose explodes onto the stage with classic ‘80s anthems including Holding Out For A Hero, Almost Paradise, Let’s Hear It For The Boy, and of course the title track, Footloose. Life in small-town Bomont is peaceful – until City boy, Ren, arrives. Breaking every taboo, Ren brings dance back to the heart of a town…

Alfreton Grange Arts College

Sat 4 Apr

£9–£12

Hairspray

  • Directed by: Drew McOnie

Musical tale of Baltimore in the 1960s.

Curve Theatre, Leicester

Sat 12 Sep

£16.50–£38 / 0116 242 3595

Wed 16 Sep

£16.50–£38 / 0116 242 3595

Sat 19 Sep

£16.50–£38 / 0116 242 3595

Darlington Civic Theatre

Sat 25 Apr

£14–£20 / 01325 486555

Grand Opera House, York

Sat 4 Apr

£18.90–£25.90

£18–£23

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The Pillowman

  • Directed by: Martin McDonagh
  • Written by: Martin McDonagh

Martin McDonagh's gruesome drama about a writer living in a police state who finds himself in hot water when similarities are noticed between his fiction and a number of bizarre child murders.

Lyric Theatre, Belfast

Sat 4 Apr

£20–£24.50 / 028 9038 1081

Sun 5 Apr

£20–£24.50 / 028 9038 1081

Sat 11 Apr

£20–£24.50 / 028 9038 1081

…and 3 more dates until 19 Apr

Pop Factor: The Concert

A musical show aimed at families, in which an ensemble cast of sing and dance their way through the charts.

City Hall, Salisbury

Thu 28 May

Prices to be confirmed / 01722 434434

Epsom Playhouse

Tue 26 May

Prices to be confirmed / 01372 742555

Kenneth More Theatre, Ilford

Sun 12 Apr

Prices to be confirmed / 020 8553 4466

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Sister Act: Belfast Operatic Company

Musical comedy packed with songs inspired by Motown, funk and soul about disco diva Deloris Van Cartier who when placed in protective custody in a convent helps her fellow sisters find their voices.

Grand Opera House, Belfast

Sat 18 Apr

£12–£29.50 / 028 9024 0411

Adam Long's Dickens Abridged

Newbury Productions (UK) Ltd By Adam Long (co-founder of The Reduced Shakespeare Company), Dickens Abridged is a high-speed comic journey through Dickens' greatest hits, including Oliver Twist, Great Expectations (complete with flaming bride), David Copperfield, Bleak House in less than 60 seconds, A Tale of Two Cities…

Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

Wed 5 Aug

Pleasance One

£6 / 0131 556 6550

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 6 Aug

Pleasance One

£6 / 0131 556 6550

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 7 Aug

Pleasance One

£13.50 (£12.50) / 0131 556 6550

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 24 more dates until 31 Aug

Amazing Bubble Man

Bubbles, people in bubbles, square bubbles, round bubbles. Basically all your bubble needs.

Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Fri 10 Apr

£12 / 02476 553055

Connaught Theatre, Worthing

Sun 5 Apr

£7.50; £26 family of four / 01903 206206

G Live, Guildford

Wed 1 Apr

£13.50 (Children £11 under 14s) / 0844 770 1797

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