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Northern Ballet returns to the Lyceum Theatre this spring with modern classic Swan Lake from Tuesday 15 – Saturday 19 March.  A modern take on a beautifully tragic tale of love and obsession, Swan Lake, choreographed by David Nixon OBE, is told through the Company’s unique blend of classical ballet and drama

Haunted by a childhood tragedy resulting in the death of his beloved brother, Anthony looks to the water for answers – in whatever form they take. An ethereal swan-like creature emerges and Anthony finds an unknown joy and freedom he has not felt since he was a boy, but on returning home, he finds himself conflicted. Torn between his two friends, the mystical swan beckons – what path will Anthony choose?

Set in New England at the start of the twentieth century, a time of long lazy summers and old world grace, this production, which was first performed in 2004, features costumes capturing the luxury and refined affluence of the era.

Set designs by Dave Gillan, lighting by Peter Mumford and Tchaikovsky’s unforgettable score played live by Northern Ballet Sinfonia complete the retelling of this infamous story.

Lovers of dance will not want to miss this absorbing adaptation of one of the greatest love stories of all time.

Swan Lake visits the Lyceum Theatre from Tuesday 15 – Saturday 19 March.  Tickets are on sale now, priced from £12.00 – £37.00 and can be purchased in person at Sheffield Theatres’ Box Office, by calling 0114 249 6000 or online at A transaction fee of £1.50 (£1.00 online) applies to all bookings made at the Box Office, excluding cash.

Gatsby returns at the Union Theatre

Ruby in the Dust presents:

April 6th – 30th 2016, The Union Theatre

Ruby in the Dust presented their first show at the Union Theatre in March 2006. To mark their tenth anniversary, they are returning with their iconic production of Gatsby, specially tailored to suit the seductive environs of the Union Theatre’s intimate space.

“Evokes the decadent rush of the jazz era and its seedy underbelly” (Time Out)

We find Meyer Wolfsheim in his favourite ‘speakeasy’ having received the shock of his life. “When a man gets killed – I keep out!”. But this time there’s something else; something – or someone – that draws him into Gatsby’s world. Watch the characters of F Scott Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby come to life as they weave their way through the famous story and unravel the mystery that is Jay Gatsby.

Gatsby: the epitome of glitz, glamour and the end of the American Dream. The Roaring Twenties are heading towards their invariable crash, the party’s almost over.

“…revels delectably in the period glitz… and deftly harnesses the yearning beat of jazz that echoes so perfectly the novel’s strains of heartbreak and disenchantment” (Metro)

Gatsby was first presented by Ruby in the Dust in 2012 at the King’s Head Theatre, and again in 2013 at the Riverside Studios, and was greeted with wide acclaim and sell out audiences on both occasions.

Ruby In The Dust have gained a reputation for integrating original music into the text, and in their decade as a theatre company, have proven themselves to be a launching pad for some of the exciting, emerging talent in the theatre industry, including Olivia Vinall (National Theatre), Matthew James Thomas (Spiderman and Pippin on Broadway), Jack Fox (Fresh Meat and Mr Selfridge), Daisy Bevan (Elizabeth and The Two Faces of January) and Matilda Sturridge (Pramface and The Borgias).

“Oozing class… this musical adaptation of F Scott Fitzgerald’s novel grips throughout” (The Telegraph)

New Cast Announced For Hit West End Thriller The Woman In Black

The Woman In Black
Adapted by Stephen MALLATRATT
from the novel by Susan HILL                                                     

  • New cast for hit thriller The Woman In Black
  • Malcolm James and Matt Connor have their first performance this evening
  • Show now in its 27th year in West End
  • Booking until 21 January 2017


A new cast will take to the stage of the Fortune Theatre this evening in The Woman In Black, one of the most exciting, gripping and successful theatre events ever performed, now in its 27th year in the West End in a production revisited by original director Robin Herford.

Malcolm James plays Arthur Kipps and Matt Connor plays The Actor.

Malcolm James reclaims the role of Arthur Kipps after starring in the national tour of The Woman in Black. His recent theatre credits include Birdsong (national tour), Equus (London Classic Theatre), Potting Shed (Finborough Theatre), The Importance of Being Earnest, Private Fears in Public Places, My Night With Reg (all Library Theatre) and The Lady in the Van(Salisbury Playhouse).

Matt Connor makes his West End debut in The Woman In Black.  His previous roles include Sons of the Desert (Royal Court Liverpool), The Glass Menagerie (Chipping Norton Theatre), 101 Dalmatians, Around the World in 80 Days and A Christmas Carol all New Vic).  On screen he has appeared in Doctors (BBC), Coronation Street (Granada) and Hollyoaks (Lime Pictures).

Unanimously acclaimed by the critics, The Woman In Black combines the power and intensity of live theatre with the cinematic quality of film noir.  More than seven million people have been transported into a terrifying world in an unremitting drama that has them literally jumping out of their seats.

The Woman In Black was first performed at the Theatre-By-The-Sea in Scarborough in 1987. The original production received rave reviews, paving the way for future productions throughout the country. It reached the West End in 1989 where it has been a major success ever since. Its success has subsequently reached a global level, having spread to the US, South America and through to the Tokyo theatre scene, and beyond.

A major motion picture version of The Woman In Black was released in February 2012, starring Daniel Radcliffe. It became the highest-grossing British horror film ever, taking more than $100 million worldwide.

3 new inhouse shows at Theatre N16 this Spring/Summer


Your Ever Loving: April 18th – May 5th, 2016
The Killing of Charles Bravo: May 16th – May 18th, 2016
Gertrude: June 12th – June 30th, 2016

This Spring/Summer, Theatre N16 will be producing 3 inhouse productions: in April, artistic director Jamie Eastlake will be directing Martin McNamara’s new drama about the Guildford FourYour Ever Loving, followed in May by The Killing of Charles Bravo, an exclusive site-specific performance about a real-life murder that happened in Balham, where the theatre is based. Finally, in June, Chris Hislop will be directing a new production of Howard Barker’s Gertrude, co-produced by LWL Investments and Entertainment Ltd.

1976. Guildford. 2 bombs. Forget Making a Murderer – what about the miscarriages of justice in our own system? When IRA pub bombs in Guildford and Woolwich murdered seven people and shocked the nation, Paul Hill and three others were charged, based solely on the confessions extracted during their violent, intimidating and threatening interrogations. It would take 15 long years of campaigning before the Four were exonerated and their convictions quashed. Your Ever Loving is written by Martin McNamara, a London writer and freelance journalist and radio producer, and directed by Theatre N16 artistic director Jamie Eastlake.

Howard Barker’s shocking and risqué take on Hamlet has its first major London revival at Theatre N16 this summer since its premiere in 2002. Reinterpreting Shakespeare’s classic from the perspective of Hamlet’s mother, this is a striking exploration of female sexuality and emancipation – but also a punky, filthy analysis of lust. Gertrude will be directed by Chris Hislop, Theatre N16 press manager and renowned London theatre publicist, returning to his directing roots after a 3 year hiatus. Co-produced by LWL Investments and Entertainment Ltd.

In 1876, a lawyer named Charles Bravo was murdered using the most devastating of poisons. To this day, no one knows the real murderer, despite the court case that took place at the Bedford Arms, where Theatre N16 now resides. Wander the corridors and explore the historical rooms of our pub and discover what could have happened over 100 years ago. Co-produced by Twenty Seven Live Ltd.

Theatre N16 is a trailblazing company that wants to change the face of the theatre industry. No matter how little money a production has behind it, if it has potential and that spark of innovation, they want to know. Theatre N16 is proud of their commitment to the welfare of creatives, operating without a hire fee for external companies. This promoting and nurturing of talent means that Theatre N16 is a bastion for the arts, making theatre accessible and affordable for audiences and in turn allowing artists to survive financially.

The X Factor Live Tour & Ellie Goulding next week at Sheffield Arena


Sheffield Arena

Friday 11th March

The X Factor Live Tour returns to Sheffield Arena next week, starring winner Louisa Johnson alongside finalists Anton Stephans, 4th Impact, Reggie ‘N’ Bollie, Lauren Murray, Che Chesterman, Mason Noise and Seann Miley Moore performing classic songs and viewers favourites from the TV series.

The X Factor 2016 Live Tour is a countrywide tour stopping off at Sheffield Arena on Friday 11th March with contestants performing classic songs and viewers’ favourites from the TV series.

Attended by over three million people, The X Factor Live Tour has been one of the most successful annual arena tours in the UK for the past eleven years. Tickets are on sale now so don’t miss the opportunity to catch this year’s stars live.

Tickets purchased online at or via the ticket hotline on 0114 256 5656 are priced £60.50, £38.50, £21.45 (including booking fee) with family tickets £203.52, £132.00 (including booking fee).

Tickets purchased in person at the Arena box office are priced £57.75, £36.75, £20.48 (including booking fee) with family tickets £194.24, £126.00 (including booking fee).


Don’t miss the opportunity to catch this year’s stars live in Sheffield.


Sepcial guest John Newman

Sheffield Arena

Saturday 12th March 2016 


Ellie Goulding will perform a Sheffield Arena headline debut next week on Saturday 12th March as part of a UK tour.

The tour comes hot-on-the-heels of her third studio album ‘Delirium’, released in November on Polydor Records.  It has been a whirlwind few years for the singer from Herefordshire. Since the release of her debut ‘Lights’ in 2010, she has sold over 20 million records, had two Number One albums, won two Brit Awards and had Vevo views and streams both in excess of one billion. This year’s ‘Love Me Like You Do’ single, meanwhile, was a worldwide Number One hitting the top spot in 70 countries and breaking the record for the most streamed song in one week. Some artists might be inhibited about where to go after such success but Goulding had no doubts: make everything bigger, better and braver.

Support for Ellie Goulding’s 2016 UK tour is John Newman. One of the major breakthrough artists in the UK in recent years,Newman followed his Top 5 smash hit single “Come And Get It” with the eagerly awaited release of brand new second album “Revolve”. The follow up to Newman’s Platinum selling number 1 debut “Tribute”,   “Revolve” looks set to confirm the Yorkshireman  as one of the UK’s most singular talents and consistently successful  artists.

The success of  “Come And Get It” follows  John’s  recent collaboration with Calvin Harris on the no. 1 Global smash “Blame” which has sold over 4 million worldwide and has been streamed an unbelievable 270 million times. “Blame” gave John his third UK no. 1 single following Rudimental’s “Feel The Love” and his own chart-topping debut ”Love Me Again”.

Tickets for Ellie Gouldin with special guest John Newman  are available online, via the ticket hotline on 0114 256 5656 or in person at the Arena box office.

Tickets purchased online or by phone are priced £38.50 including booking fee.  Tickets purchased in person at the Arena box office are priced £36.75 including booking fee.

Darlington Civic Theatre – Of Mice And Men

Civic-Theatre-Hi-Res-Logo-1-117x300OF MICE AND MEN

The Touring Consortium Theatre Company celebrates 20 years with a new tour of John Steinbeck’s classic which comes to Darlington Civic Theatre from Tuesday 15 to Saturday 19 March.

Two migrant farm workers held together by a mutual dependence, a deep affection and an undying loyalty go in search of new beginning in the hope of attaining their shared dream: of putting together enough money to buy a small piece of land and building a home. No strangers to trouble, George and Lennie soon find themselves reeling from the fallout of an innocent misunderstanding which spirals out of control and leaves the two men, bound together by friendship, facing an earth-shattering climax. A story, raw in speech and action, full of heart and unflinching realism, it remains one of the most poignant statements of being human our contemporary theatre has produced.

The cast for Of Mice And Men includes Dave Fishley as ‘Crooks’, Nicholas Goode as ‘Whit’, Saoirse-Monica Jackson as ‘Curley’s Wife’ Neil McKinven as ‘Carlson / Boss’, Kristian Phillips as ‘Lennie’, Jonah Russell as ‘Slim’, and William Rodell as ‘George’, Ben Stott as ‘Curley’ and featuring Dudley Sutton as ‘Candy’.

Dudley Sutton is best known for his role in the BBC classic Lovejoy but is also a renowned stage actor who began his career starring in some of the most iconic plays of the sixties, including Jo Orton’s Entertaining Mr Sloane and Tom Murphy’s A Whistle In The Dark. Over the course of his career he has worked with legendary directors including Federico Fellini, Derek Jarman, Sally Potter and Ken Russell.

Created by producer Jenny King, The Touring Consortium Theatre Company will celebrate its 20th anniversary in 2016. Jenny King said, “The company was created in 1996 in response to a need expressed by chief executives of several of the UKs leading touring venues for quality text based drama that reached out to new, young audiences as well as sustaining the interest of core theatre goers. Since its creation we have produced over twenty three productions and played to over a million people, and involved some 25,000 young people in our workshops and creative learning programmes.”

There is a Stage Tour available on Saturday 19 March at 11am. This is a free event but tickets are required as numbers are restricted. Please call the box office on 01325 486555 to reserve a space.

On opening night there will be live music from ‘The Tennessee Three’, re-creating the music of Steinbeck’s era. With a repertoire taken from artists like Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Leadbelly and Hank Williams this trio will play the toe tapping and heart wrenching songs that were the soundtrack to America in the 1930s and 40s.

Of Mice And Men is at Darlington Civic Theatre from Tuesday 15 to Saturday 19 March.

Tickets* £17.40 to £27, discounts available. Thursday and Saturday matinees all seats £18.50. Family ticket Saturday 2.30pm £44. Under 16s and schools all seats £11 plus 1 free with every 10 booked.

To book contact the Box Office on 01325 486 555 or visit

*All prices include a £1 restoration levy






4 – 29 MAY 2016


The Curing Room, David Ian Lee’s powerful play, which caused a huge stir at the 2014 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and subsequently played a limited season at the Pleasance Islington, will return to London this summer with a four week run at the Vaults Theatre, Waterloo from 4 – 29 May, with a press night on 4 May.


Provocative, thought-provoking and at times darkly funny, The Curing Room is a bold, daring thriller based on true events, in which the ensemble of 7 male actors perform the show completely nude. Originally written and developed in New York with a series of workshops and public readings, The Curing Room marked its inaugural production in Edinburgh with the following cast, who will return to London: Rupert Elmes, Tom Holloway, Matt Houston, John Hoye, Harvey Robinson and Marlon Solomon. John Last will join the cast.

Spring 1944 – seven Soviet soldiers have been captured by the Nazis, stripped naked and abandoned in the locked empty cellar of a monastery in southern Poland. Deprived of all resources and ties to the world they knew, the prisoners must redefine their concepts of order and human nature and confront the ultimate taboos – murder and cannibalism – in order to survive…


Joao de Sousa said, “In spite of the moments of brutality and gore The Curing Room is a beautifully staged production with an undercurrent of hope and humanity. I’m thrilled to bring the show to new audiences at the Vaults, who’s subterranean setting so ideally suits the design of our production that I feel like it is almost site-specific!. It’s a thriller that shines a light on dark side of human behavior that is as old as humanity itself – and was inspired by an allegedly true anecdote recalled in George Steiner’s seminal work The Death of Tragedy.  However, what precisely befell these seven men ‘in the last year of the war’ will forever remain conjecture – as will the identities of the men themselves.”










Dirty Dancing UK tour 2014-15 - previous cast -  cTristram Kenton (1)Producers Karl Sydow and Paul Elliott are delighted to announce that 12 new dates will be added to the UK and Ireland tour of the brand new production of Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage.. The classic story of Baby and Johnny, featuring the hit songs ‘Hungry Eyes’, ‘Hey! Baby’, ‘Do You Love Me?’ and the heart stopping ‘(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life’, returns to the UK this summer, following two blockbuster West End runs and two hit UK tours. Casting will be announced in the spring.

Full of passion and romance, heart-pounding music and sensationally sexy dancing, the record-breaking musical is even better than before in this all new production created by an innovative new creative team; directed by Federico Bellone, choreographed by Gillian Bruce and with design re-imagined by top Italian set designer Roberto Cometti. The production premiered in Milan in July 2015, subsequently packing out the 15,000 seat Roman Arena in Verona, and has played a season in Rome, and will shortly be embarking on a major Italian tour.


Dirty Dancing UK tour 2014-15 - previous cast (w) -  cTristram Kenton (1)The new venues for 2017 announced are as follows: Southend Cliffs Pavilion (10 – 21 January) [tickets on sale 4 March], Belgrade Theatre Coventry (30 January – 4 February), Dublin Bord Gais Theatre (6 – 11 February) [tickets on sale soon], Millennium Forum, Derry (13 – 18 February), Grand Opera House Belfast (20 – 25 February), INEC Killarney (27 February – 4 March), Ipswich Regent (20 – 25 March), Cardiff New Theatre (27 March-1 April) [on sale soon], Wycombe Swan (3 – 8 April), Leicester DeMontfort Hall (10 – 15 April), Hall for Cornwall Truro (17 – 22 April) [on sale soon], Milton Keynes Theatre (24 – 29 April), Birmingham Alexandra (29 May – 3 June).


As previously announced, following a 2 week season at the Kursaal Ostend in Belgium, the new UK production will open at the Blackpool Opera House on 11 August 2016 and will play the following venues: Orchard Theatre, Dartford (1 – 10 September), Grand, Swansea (12 – 17 September), Aylesbury Waterside (19 – 24 September), New Theatre, Wimbledon (26 September – 1 October), Palace Theatre, Manchester (10 – 15 October), Grand Opera House, York (17 – 22 October), Carlisle Sands Centre (24 – 29 October), Northampton Derngate (31 October – 5 November), Regent Theatre, Stoke (7 – 12 November), Kings Theatre, Southsea (14 – 19 November), Reading Hexagon (21 – 26 November), and Wolverhampton Grand Theatre (28 November – 3 December).


Casting to be announced after Easter.

Marvel Universe LIVE! Additional Sheffield Show On Sale Friday 4th March 9am



Tickets for new Marvel Universe LIVE! dates go on sale Friday 4th March 2016

SHEFFIELD – 1st March 2016 – Due to huge customer demand the spectacular live action family arena show, Marvel Universe LIVE! Super Heroes Assemble, has added a string of new dates for its UK tour that touches down in Sheffield in January next year.

Tickets for the new show on 21st January 2017 at the Sheffield Arena go on sale to the public at 9:00am on Friday 4th March.

The show is taking the live entertainment experience to a whole new level, with an epic show unlike anything seen before.
Bringing together the largest assembly of Marvel characters in a live production, audiences will be able to watch some of their favourite Marvel Super Heroes step out of the silver screen and onto the stage – bringing the action to life right before their eyes.

Everyone will be able to cheer for their favourite Marvel Super Heroes, including Spider-Man, Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, Black Widow and more, as they battle Loki and Marvel’s most sinister villains in a live, action-packed arena performance for the whole family. It’s being hailed as the most technically advanced live show ever, with cutting-edge special effects, pyrotechnics, aerial stunts, martial arts, motorcycles and more.

From the creative team that brings you such arena spectaculars as Disney On Ice, Feld Entertainment Inc, the world’s leading producer of touring live entertainment is excited to announce the UK tour of Marvel Universe LIVE! This arena stunt
spectacular will be swinging into six major UK cities – Nottingham, London, Birmingham, Glasgow, Sheffield and Manchester – for an electrifying run of over 40 shows that have already entertained almost 2 million families in over 65 US cities to date in its first tour.

“We are delighted to bring Marvel Universe LIVE! to the UK, giving families an opportunity to enjoy this spectacular live show for the very first time. The audience will feel like they’ve been transported into a jaw-dropping Marvel blockbuster film, with
an engrossing storyline and non-stop stunts”, said Steven Armstrong, VP of Europe North at Feld Entertainment, Inc.

Featuring over 50 cast members and taking over two years to research and develop, Marvel Universe LIVE! utilises some of the latest innovations in arena set design and aerial pyrotechnics, with stunts developed by the team from Hollywood blockbuster, Thor, and the recent The Amazing Spider-Man films. The set includes innovative lighting design, transformative 3D projection, 21 projectors, the largest flying system ever used for a live arena tour and the debut of a new Spotlight Tracking System.

Marvel Universe LIVE! will be in Sheffield from 19th – 22nd January 2017 at the Sheffield Arena.

“To see all the elements of this spectacular live show come together has been truly incredible,” said Marvel’s Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada. “The technology utilised in the show is not only going to blow your mind, it is going to take you to a whole new Marvel world like nothing British families have ever seen before.”

Join Marvel families for this monumental performance. The fate of the universe depends on it!

The additional Sheffield show for the Marvel Universe LIVE! UK tour is as follows:


Performance time

21st January 2017


Tickets for the additional show go on sale on 4th March and will be available from the Marvel Universe LIVE! website at: or direct from the Sheffield Arena Box Office on 0114 256 56 56 or

Eager fans can sign up to receive the latest show information from:

The website also features the complete list of UK tour dates and fans can check the latest news and announcements via social media:           

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·         Twitter:  @MarvelOnTour

·         Instagram (@MarvelOnTour)




Internationally renowned theatre company Frantic Assembly has appointed Pete Staves as Executive Director and joint Chief Executive. Staves joins Frantic Assembly from his current position at Arts Council England and will take up his post in May 2016, working together with Artistic Director Scott Graham to bring the company’s ambitious plans for the future to fruition.

Pete Staves has been Senior Relationship Manager, Theatre and Touring at Arts Council England since 2010. Before joining ACE he was Festival Producer for LIFT, producing the 2008, 2009 and 2010 festivals. This followed eight years producing small and mid-scale tours for companies including Yellow Earth and People Show, before which he was at the Man In The Moon and the Gate theatres.

In addition, Anna Moutrey has been appointed to a new role of Producer at Frantic Assembly. Moutrey has spent the last seven years working on projects at Manchester International Festival, having also worked on Glasgow 2014, London 2012 and the Commonwealth Games Delhi 2010.

Pete said, “I’m hugely excited to be joining Frantic Assembly. I’ve always found the company’s work thrilling, moving, relevant and beautiful, and I’m looking forward to playing my part in its future success, and reaching more audiences in the UK and overseas.”

Anna said, “Frantic are a brilliant team making fantastic work and I can’t wait to be part of it.”

Frantic Assembly’s Artistic Director Scott Graham said, “I am thrilled to be welcoming Pete Staves and Anna Moutrey to our team. Both bring experience, vision and a passion for the potential of touring theatre. I am looking forward to working together on what is a new and exciting chapter for Frantic Assembly.”

Frantic Assembly’s Chair Sian Alexander said, “Frantic Assembly is a major force in UK theatre and following the success of recent years the company has ambitious plans for the future. Pete and Anna join the company at a key moment as we build our capacity to achieve our vision. Under the leadership of Pete and Scott we look forward to exciting times ahead.”

This year, Frantic Assembly will present Andrew Bovell’s Things I Know To Be True, an international co-production with State Theatre Company of South Australia. Following its UK premiere at the Lyric Hammersmith, from 10th September until 1st October 2016, Things I Know To Be True will embark on a tour of the UK to towns and cities including Oxford, Warwick, Liverpool, Manchester and Chichester.