Afternoon events, Theatre

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The Lost Carnival

An immersive and mysterious experience featuring theatre, circus, music and visual trickery.

Burrs Country Park, Bury

Sat 23 May

£10 / 0161 253 5353

Sun 24 May

£10 / 0161 253 5353

Mon 25 May

£10 / 0161 253 5353

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

Hairspray The Musical: Blackpool And Fylde Light Opera Company

A rare Lancashire outing for this popular West End show in which Tracy Turnblad, an overweight teenager with all the right moves, makes an appearance on a local television programme, thereby earning the enmity of evil dance queen Amber Von Tussle and her mother Velma.

Grand Theatre, Blackpool

Sat 23 May

£16–£18 ( £15; £45; Children £12 under 18s) / 01253 290190

Into That Darkness

SS-Obersturmführer Franz Stangl oversaw the deaths of nearly 1 million people in Nazi extermination camps.

Citizens Theatre, Glasgow

Sat 30 May

£13–£15 (£2; Students £9; Children £9) / 0141 429 0022

Hairspray: Theatreworkz

An amateur production of the feel-good musical about Tracy Turnblad, a big girl with big hair and even bigger heart.

The Castle, Wellingborough

Sat 23 May

£15 ( £12) / 01933 270007

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Family Show

Family friendly cabaret with circus, aerial, song, dance and comedy.

Wild Cabaret & Wicked Lounge, Glasgow

Sun 24 May

0141 552 6165

  • 14:00 – 16:00 Family Show Wild Cabaret & Wicked Lounge, Glasgow

Sun 31 May

0141 552 6165

  • 14:00 – 16:00 Family Show Wild Cabaret & Wicked Lounge, Glasgow

Sun 7 Jun

0141 552 6165

  • 14:00 – 16:00 Family Show Wild Cabaret & Wicked Lounge, Glasgow
…and 29 more dates until 27 Dec

Polyphony

A new play from Daniel Kitson, in which the audience are given iPods to contribute to the performance and Kitson himself reacts to the action that takes place.

Summerhall, Edinburgh

Fri 7 Aug

£12 / 0131 560 1581

Sat 8 Aug

£12 / 0131 560 1581

Sun 9 Aug

£12 / 0131 560 1581

…and 20 more dates until 29 Aug

Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom

  • Directed by: Richard Lewis
  • Written by: Mani Svavarsson (music)

Richard Lewis' adaptation of the award-winning television animation set in a miniature world of fairies, elves and insects. The production features original music by Mani Svavarsson, with original lyrics by Matt Lewis.

Beck Theatre, Hayes

Sat 6 Jun

£16.50 / 020 8561 8371

Sun 7 Jun

£16.50 / 020 8561 8371

Bristol Hippodrome

Wed 26 Aug

£14.50–£16.50 / 0844 847 2325

Thu 27 Aug

£14.50–£16.50 / 0844 847 2325

Broxbourne Civic Hall, Hoddesdon

Wed 2 Sep

£15.50

Thu 3 Sep

£15.50

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The Netherlands National Circus

An award-winning circus spectacular blending together aerial feats, acrobatics, comedy, dance and theatre.

Ascot Racecourse

Sat 23 May

£7–£26 / 0870 727 8765

Sun 24 May

£7–£26 / 0870 727 8765

Bass Recreation Ground, Derby

Tue 9 Jun

£12–£26

Wed 10 Jun

£12–£26

Thu 11 Jun

£12–£26

…and 3 more dates until 14 Jun

East Holmes Field, Ilkley

Tue 16 Jun

£7–£26 / 01943 600453

Wed 17 Jun

£7–£26 / 01943 600453

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An Evening With Lucian Freud

Laura-Jane Foley's play about one woman's portrait of her relationship with the renowned figurative painter Lucian Freud.

Leicester Square Theatre, London WC2H

Sat 23 May

£20 / 0844 873 3433

Tue 26 May

£20 / 0844 873 3433

Wed 27 May

£20 / 0844 873 3433

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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.

Edinburgh Festival Theatre

Sat 19 Sep

£13.50 / 0131 529 6000

Sun 20 Sep

£13.50 / 0131 529 6000

Kings Cross Theatre, London

Mon 20 Jul

£14.50–£24.50

Mon 27 Jul

£14.50–£24.50

Mon 3 Aug

£14.50–£24.50

…and 3 more dates until 24 Aug

Lanark Memorial Hall

Tue 8 Sep

£12.50–£15 / 01555 667999

Wed 9 Sep

£12.50–£15 / 01555 667999

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Milkshake!

An interactive musical spectacular featuring children's television presenters.

Carnegie Theatre, Workington

Thu 28 May

£12 (Children £10; £40) / 01900 602122

The Harlequin, Redhill

Sat 20 Jun

£10.50–£12.50 / 01737 276 500

The Kings Hall, Herne Bay

Sat 13 Jun

£10.50–£12.50 / 01227 787787

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Crazy

GBL Productions presents the comedy play of 2015 Belfast woman, Ruth is Crazy obsessed with Patsy Cline and Always looking for Mr Right.

The MAC, Belfast

Fri 29 May

£25 (£12) / 028 9023 5053

  • 17:00 Crazy The MAC, Belfast

Sat 30 May

£25 (£12) / 028 9023 5053

  • 17:00 Crazy The MAC, Belfast

Sun 31 May

£25 (£12) / 028 9023 5053

  • 15:00 Crazy The MAC, Belfast
…and 6 more dates until 14 Jun

The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe

An Argosy Players production.

Winston Churchill Hall, Ruislip

Sat 23 May

£12.50 (£10; £10)

Billy and Tim and The Holy Ghost

Comedy sequel to Des Dillon's hit play Singin' I'm No a Billy He's a Tim as dying Glaswegian Ned must convince a bigot to give up sectarianism.

Pavilion Theatre, Glasgow

Sat 23 May

£17–£20 / 0141 332 1846

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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'.

Bristol Hippodrome

Wed 29 Jul

£10–£35 / 0844 847 2325

Sat 1 Aug

£10–£35 / 0844 847 2325

Churchill Theatre, Bromley

Thu 8 Oct

£15.25–£35.25 / 08441 717620

Sat 10 Oct

£15.25–£35.25 / 08441 717620

Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-Sea

Wed 8 Jul

£24.50–£29.50; £27.50–£32.50 / 01702 351135

Sat 11 Jul

£24.50–£29.50; £27.50–£32.50 / 01702 351135

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The Ugly Duckling

Musical version of the well-known classic.

National Trust: Speke Hall, Liverpool

Sun 24 May

£2–£5 Tickets £5 and Under 2's £2 / 0151 427 7231

Mon 25 May

£2–£5 under 2's £2, All other tickets £5 / 0151 427 7231

The Ladyboys of Bangkok

The colourful and light-hearted cabaret style-musical featuring the trans-gender showgirls of Thailand's capital.

Centre For Life, Newcastle upon Tyne

Sat 5 Sep

£10–£32 / 0871 705 0705

Sun 6 Sep

£10–£32 / 0871 705 0705

Sat 12 Sep

£10–£32 / 0871 705 0705

…and 6 more dates until 3 Oct

The Sabai Pavilion, Dundee

Fri 3 Jul

£12–£32 / 0871 705 0705

Special Offers: Fri 3 July – all seats £12 each; Mon 6 July – all seats two for the price of one.

Sat 4 Jul

£12–£32 / 0871 705 0705

Special Offers: Fri 3 July – all seats £12 each; Mon 6 July – all seats two for the price of one.

Sun 5 Jul

£12–£32 / 0871 705 0705

Special Offers: Fri 3 July – all seats £12 each; Mon 6 July – all seats two for the price of one.

…and 6 more dates until 11 Jul

The Sabai Pavilion, Edinburgh

Sat 8 Aug

£24 / 0871 705 0705

Mon 10 and Tues 11 August – two for one seats

Sun 9 Aug

£24 / 0871 705 0705

Mon 10 and Tues 11 August – two for one seats

Sat 15 Aug

£24 / 0871 705 0705

Mon 10 and Tues 11 August – two for one seats

…and 5 more dates until 30 Aug

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T-his/T-hat

Interactive dance performance with plenty of involvement for kids. Ages 2–7.

Assembly Roxy, Edinburgh

Sat 23 May

Children £5 / 0131 623 3030

Sun 24 May

Children £5 / 0131 623 3030

Tree Fu Tom

An adventure through the magical world of Treetopolis with the Beebies star.

Alhambra Theatre, Dunfermline

Fri 24 Jul

£12.50 / 01383 740384

Capitol, Horsham

Sat 11 Jul

£13 (Children £11) / 01403 750 220

The Courtyard, Hereford

Wed 29 Jul

£13.50 ( £11.50; £11.50; £42; Children £11.50 under 16s) / 01432 340555

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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.

G Live, Guildford

Wed 22 Jul

£12 / 0844 770 1797

Hertford Theatre

Sat 20 Jun

Phone for prices / 01992 531500

Sun 21 Jun

Phone for prices / 01992 531500

The Hexagon, Reading

Wed 8 Jul

£14.50 (Children £12.50; £44.80) / 0118 960 6060

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Dead Simple

  • Directed by: Ian Talbot
  • Written by: Peter James (book)

Adaptation of novelist Peter James's latest work.

Connaught Theatre, Worthing

Wed 15 Jul

£26.50–£29.50 (£24.50–£27.50; £13) / 01903 206206

  • 14:00 – 16:30 Dead Simple Connaught Theatre, Worthing

Sat 18 Jul

£26.50–£29.50 (£24.50–£27.50; £13) / 01903 206206

  • 14:00 – 16:30 Dead Simple Connaught Theatre, Worthing

Hall For Cornwall, Truro

Thu 18 Jun

£17.50–£29.50 / 01872 262466

Sat 20 Jun

£17.50–£29.50 / 01872 262466

The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

Thu 9 Jul

£17.50–£26.50; £31–£33 Premier Seats; £21.50–£28.50; £31–£33 Premier Seats / 01227 787787

  • 14:30 – 17:00 Dead Simple The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

Sat 11 Jul

£17.50–£26.50; £31–£33 Premier Seats; £21.50–£28.50; £31–£33 Premier Seats / 01227 787787

  • 14:30 – 17:00 Dead Simple The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

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Scotch and Soda

Circus, dance and foot-stomping sounds in this whisky-soaked extravaganza, featuring music from The Crusty Suitcase and some nifty moves from a selection of Australia's finest acrobats.

The London Wonderground Spiegeltent, SE1

Sat 23 May

£20 / 0844 545 8282

£20–£167.50 / 0844 545 8282

Sat 30 May

£20–£167.50 / 0844 545 8282

£26–£32 / 0844 545 8282

Sat 6 Jun

£20–£167.50 / 0844 545 8282

£26–£32 / 0844 545 8282

…and 8 more dates until 1 Aug

Bred In Heaven: The Road To Twickers

  • Directed by: Michael Bogdanov
  • Written by: Jack Llewellyn

Frapetsus Productions presents a comedy based on the Rugby World Cup. Follow the story of a group of friends as they travel to see their team play at Twickenham.

New Theatre, Cardiff

Sat 23 May

£9–£78 / 029 2087 8889

Bugsy Malone: The Musical

scintillating musical performed by WYTKidz

Wadhurst Commemoration Hall

Sat 23 May

£5–£7

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