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Upcoming Theatre across the North

With the easing of social distancing restrictions and the re-opening of many indoor venues, we can’t wait to get back in the plush seats of our favourite theatres. Theatre companies all over the country have spent the past year preparing dazzling performances for their audiences – here is a round-up of what’s on stage this month across the north of England.


Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield

16th – 21st August

The hit musical comedy Hairspray returns to the stage in this new touring rendition, starring Brenda Edwards and Norman Pace. Telling the tale of local star Tracy Turnblad and a fight for interracial unity in 1960s Baltimore, the much-loved story is accompanied by all the sparkling costumes and show-stopping songs you’d expect. At the Lyceum Theatre from 16th – 21st August, book now and dress to impress for an uplifting and energetic night.


The Promise of a Garden

Leeds Playhouse, Leeds

18th – 21st August

Born from the appreciation for nature many of us have reconnected with during lockdown, The Promise of a Garden is transforming the Quarry Theatre into a space to share stories of the outdoors. A group of older artists will share experiences and reflections through performance, music, film and more in the “garden” within the theatre. Leeds Playhouse are also asking for donations of flowers crafted from natural fibres and fabrics for the performances. With tickets available between 18th – 21st August, livestream tickets are also available if you can’t make it to the live show.


Bedknobs & Broomsticks

Theatre Royal, Newcastle-upon-Tyne

14th – 21st August

The Disney classic movie appears for the first time at Newcastle’s Theatre Royal as a new musical, by award-winning theatre-makers Candice Edmunds and Jamie Harrison. The enchanting children’s tale will bring back memories for all the family, combining original songs with magical new music. At the Theatre Royal for only nine performances, we encourage you to book now to avoid missing out!


The War of the Worlds

HOME, Manchester

22nd September – 2nd October

It’s worth waiting for this reimagining of H.G. Wells’ novel, presented by Rhum and Clay Theatre Company. This rendition of The War of the Worlds moves between the worlds of Orson Welles’ 1938 radio broadcast and that of modern day podcasters; a clever and timely rework for the age of the internet and ‘Fake News’. Catch the production at HOME between 22nd September – 2nd October before it tours internationally into next year.


Around the World in 80 Days

Theatre Royal, York

6th – 28th August

York’s Theatre Royal is providing the perfect alternative to those of us finding ourselves without a holiday this summer. Around the World in 80 Days is presented as a team of circus performers intent on recreating the story of Phileas Fogg’s travels – but will they succeed? The fun-packed performance begins by travelling around the city for outdoor shows between 6th and 21st August, before returning to the theatre for 25th-28th – so if you can’t wait, pack a picnic and book a ticket at one of the four outdoor venues around York.