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Guillaume Tell

Damiano Michieletto makes his Royal Opera House debut with a new production of Rossini's final opera.

Royal Opera House, London WC2E

Mon 29 Jun

£9–£190 / 020 7304 4000

Thu 2 Jul

£9–£190 / 020 7304 4000

Sun 5 Jul

£9–£190 / 020 7304 4000

…and 4 more dates until 17 Jul

Gypsy

  • Directed by: Jonathan Kent
  • Written by: Jule Styne (music)

Musical based on the memoirs of famed striptease artist Gypsy Rose Lee, with Imelda Staunton as the title character's mother Rose and Lara Pulver as the daughter that she hustles onto the stage.

Savoy Theatre, London WC2R

Tue 31 Mar

£19.50–£75 / 0844 871 8046

Wed 1 Apr

£19.50–£75 / 0844 871 8046

Thu 2 Apr

£19.50–£75 / 0844 871 8046

…and 92 more dates until 18 Jul

Hairspray

The Smash hit Broadway Musical HAIRSPRAY. Winner of eight Tony Awards including Best Musical, HAIRSPRAY is a big, bouncy bouffant of a musical, piled high with laughter, romance and deliriously joyous, toe-tapping, heart-warming, groove-shaking songs. FOR MORE INFO VISIT www.encoretheatre.org.uk WHEELCHAIR USERS:…

Winston Churchill Hall, Ruislip

Wed 6 May

£12–£14

Thu 7 May

£12–£14

Fri 8 May

£12–£14

Sat 9 May

£12–£14

Chatsworth Centre And Duchess Theatre, Nottingham

Thu 4 Feb 2016

£6–£7.50 / 0115 973 3326

Fri 5 Feb 2016

£7.50 / 0115 973 3326

Sat 6 Feb 2016

£6–£7.50 / 0115 973 3326

£7.50 / 0115 973 3326

Hairspray: St Agnes' Choral Society

Musical with popular song and dance routines about teenager Tracy Turnblad and her ambition to land a part as a dancer on the ever popular Corny Collins TV show.

Grand Opera House, Belfast

Tue 28 Apr

£14–£27 / 028 9024 0411

Wed 29 Apr

£14–£27 / 028 9024 0411

Thu 30 Apr

£14–£27 / 028 9024 0411

…and 2 more dates until 2 May back to top

Hairspray – The Broadway Musical

A feel-good musical romp through the changing values of the 1960s. Expect fabulous outfits, catchy songs and the requisite towering barnets.

Southport Little Theatre

Sat 23 May

£10–£13 / 01704 530521

Mon 25 May

£10–£13 / 01704 530521

Tue 26 May

£10–£13 / 01704 530521

…and 4 more dates until 30 May

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

Tue 19 May

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

Wed 20 May

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

Thu 21 May

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

…and 2 more dates until 23 May

Hairspray: West End Operatic Society

The musical tale of the awkward but joyous teenager Tracy Turnblad, who eventually makes everyone dance their way out of segregation and prejudice, and gets the high school hunk, Link.

Mill Volvo Tyne Theatre, Newcastle upon Tyne

Mon 13 Apr

£10–£20 / 0844 493 9999

Tue 14 Apr

£10–£20 / 0844 493 9999

Wed 15 Apr

£10–£20 / 0844 493 9999

…and 3 more dates until 18 Apr

Half A Sixpence, A Musical By The Norbury Players.(Warner Brown Version)

Set in Kent during Edwardian England, the plot centres on Arthur Kipps, a draper's assistant who falls in love with a chambermaid named Ann. In quick succession he comes into a fortune and etc. etc. etc

Norbury Theatre, Droitwich Spa

Wed 24 Jun

£10–£12 / 01905 770154

Thu 25 Jun

£10–£12 / 01905 770154

Fri 26 Jun

£10–£12 / 01905 770154

…and 5 more dates until 4 Jul

Happy Families: Southampton University Players

John Godber's affectionate and appealing portrait of an ordinary family struggling with change, bereavement and the generation gap.

Nuffield Theatre, Southampton

Tue 9 Jun

£10; £13 (£10) / 02380 671771

Wed 10 Jun

£10; £13 (£10) / 02380 671771

Thu 11 Jun

£10; £13 (£10) / 02380 671771

…and 2 more dates until 13 Jun back to top

Winston Churchill Hall, Ruislip

Wed 1 Apr

£9–£13

Thu 2 Apr

£9–£13

Fri 3 Apr

£9–£13

The Hook

This world premiere from one of America's most revered writers is directed by Artistic Director James Dacre.

Royal and Derngate, Northampton

Fri 5 Jun

£10 / 01604 624 811

  • 19:45 The Hook Royal and Derngate, Northampton

Sat 6 Jun

£10 / 01604 624 811

  • 14:30 The Hook Royal and Derngate, Northampton

Sun 7 Jun

£10 / 01604 624 811

  • 19:45 The Hook Royal and Derngate, Northampton
…and 20 more dates until 27 Jun

Hugless Douglas

Blunderbus present the tale of poor hugless Douglas – the bear who is searching for the perfect cuddle. Ages 3–7.

The Bacon Theatre, Cheltenham

Wed 22 Apr

£8.50 (£7.50; Family £32) / 01242 258002

The Castle, Wellingborough

Tue 7 Apr

£8 / 01933 270007

Lincoln Drill Hall

Sat 4 Apr

£8 (£6; £24) / 01522 873894

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I Need a Doctor: The Unauthorised Whosical Adventure

How do you put on a Doctor Who musical without getting shut down by the BBC? Watch as our heroes battle copyright-free villains the 'Exterminators' and 'Cyber-gents' in this award-winning musical comedy hit of Edinburgh Fringe 2013.

Guildhall Theatre, Derby

Wed 15 Apr

£11 / 01332 255800

Leicester Square Theatre, London WC2H

Mon 6 Apr

£11 (£9) / 0844 873 3433

Tue 7 Apr

£11 (£9) / 0844 873 3433

Wed 8 Apr

£11 (£9) / 0844 873 3433

…and 3 more dates until 12 Apr

Wyvern Theatre, Swindon

Thu 16 Apr

£13 (£11) / 01793 524481

Il Turco In Italia

Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier's present Rossini's irresistible comic opera.

Royal Opera House, London WC2E

Sat 11 Apr

£7–£163 / 020 7304 4000

Wed 15 Apr

£7–£163 / 020 7304 4000

Sat 18 Apr

£7–£163 / 020 7304 4000

…and 3 more dates until 27 Apr back to top

iMagician

Jamie Allan defies the boundaries of logic and blends illusion with high technology and laser manipulation.

Buxton Opera House

Thu 23 Apr

£15–£18 / 0845 127 2190

Cheltenham Town Hall

Fri 1 May

£19.50 / 0844 576 2210

Churchill Theatre, Bromley

Wed 27 May

£10–£22.50 / 08441 717620

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…and at 3 other places

Imaginate Festival

Scotland's international festival of performing arts for children and young people presents a selection of shows from Scotland and across the world, from storytelling to puppetry, suitable for anyone with an imagination.

Various venues: Edinburgh

Mon 11 May

Times & prices vary / 0131 228 1404

Tue 12 May

Times & prices vary / 0131 228 1404

Wed 13 May

Times & prices vary / 0131 228 1404

…and 4 more dates until 17 May

Into The Woods: Act II Theatre Company

  • Written by: James Lapine

Stephen Sondheim's musical intertwines many beloved fairy tales and their characters, including Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel and Jack of Beanstalk fame.

South Holland Centre, Spalding

Wed 15 Apr

£9.50 (£8) / 01775 764777

Thu 16 Apr

£9.50 (£8) / 01775 764777

Fri 17 Apr

£9.50 (£8) / 01775 764777

Sat 18 Apr

£9.50 (£8) / 01775 764777

Jabberwocky

The Jabberwocky must be slain and it's up to the gormless Quentin to rise to the task. Folding Theatre Company play out the adventures based on Lewis Carroll's wonderful nonsense poem. Ages 5+.

Birnam Arts & Conference Centre

Wed 15 Apr

£5 / 01350 727674

Part of Puppet Animation Festival.

Carnegie Hall, Dunfermline

Fri 10 Apr

£6.50 (£4.50; Children £4.50) / 01383 602302

Part of Puppet Animation Festival.

Easdale Island Community Hall, Oban

Fri 3 Apr

£5 / 01852 300113

"An engaging storyteller ably assisted by a cast of beautifully-made puppets" The Scotsman

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Jackie - The Jackie Trent Story

The world premiere of a truly remarkable story. Starring Ivor Novello Award Winner JACKIE TRENT & featuring music from the legends she met along the way Elvis Presley, Ella Fitzgerald, Noel Coward, Sammy Davis Jr & many more

Stoke On Trent Repertory Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent

Mon 11 May

£13 / 01782 209784

Tue 12 May

£15 / 01782 209784

Wed 13 May

£15 / 01782 209784

…and 3 more dates until 16 May back to top

Jersey Boys

  • Directed by: Sergio Trujillo
  • Written by: Bob Crewe (lyrics)

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

Piccadilly Theatre, London W1D

Tue 31 Mar

£22.50–£90 / 0844 871 7627

Wed 1 Apr

£22.50–£90 / 0844 871 7627

Thu 2 Apr

£22.50–£90 / 0844 871 7627

…and 224 more dates until 20 Dec

Kids' Sunday Magic Show

The magnificent Douglas Cameron performs a funny but baffling magic show. Watch out – he'll be looking for someone to turn (briefly) into a rabbit! Ages 3+.

East Kilbride Arts Centre

Sun 5 Apr

£5 / 01355 261000

Krol Roger

Kasper Holten presents a new production of Szymanowski's opera King Roger, a meditation on identity and desire.

Royal Opera House, London WC2E

Fri 1 May

£5–£100 / 020 7304 4000

Wed 6 May

£5–£100 / 020 7304 4000

Sat 9 May

£5–£100 / 020 7304 4000

…and 3 more dates until 19 May

The Ladyboys of Bangkok

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

Adam Smith Theatre, Kirkcaldy

Tue 1 Sep

£25 (£22) / 0871 705 0705

Wed 2 Sep

£25 (£22) / 0871 705 0705

Thu 3 Sep

£25 (£22) / 0871 705 0705

…and 2 more dates until 5 Sep

Centre For Life, Newcastle upon Tyne

Sat 5 Sep

£10–£32 / 0871 705 0705

Sun 6 Sep

£10–£32 / 0871 705 0705

Mon 7 Sep

£10–£32 / 0871 705 0705

…and 26 more dates until 3 Oct

Ferneham Hall, Fareham

Tue 2 Jun

£23 ( £21) / 0871 705 0705

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…and at 2 other places

A Level Playing Field

  • Directed by: Chris Popert
  • Written by: Jonathan Lewis

Drama by the playwright Jonathan Lewis, directed by Chris Popert, with an eleven strong teenage cast portraying their own generation in a tale of hope, identity and shattered dreams.

Jermyn Street Theatre, London SW1Y

Tue 14 Apr

£22–£18; £17 Earlybird / 020 7287 2875

Wed 15 Apr

£22–£18; £17 Earlybird / 020 7287 2875

Thu 16 Apr

£22–£18; £17 Earlybird / 020 7287 2875

…and 20 more dates until 9 May back to top