After the winter season by Opera North, the wonderful Leeds Grand Theatre is ready to provide its usual mix of one-night stands and longer productions to take us through spring into summer.
First up is the return of Cabaret, the Kander and Ebb classic. This version stars John Partridge from EastEnders and winner of 2018 Celebrity Masterchef as Emcee and Kara Lily Hayworth as Sally Bowles. For those in my age bracket the show also features Anita Harris – it features her for those of all ages but you know what I mean – who was all over the tv in the 1960s. It runs from 3rd-7th March and includes a Post Show Talk for those audience members who choose to stay behind after the performance on the evening of 7th March.
From 14th-21st March Northern Ballet celebrates its 50th Anniversary with the World Premier of a work by Kenneth Tindall, with music by Alexandra Harwood, Geisha. This is a story based on real events and deals with two young women who find themselves in the midst of a collision between East and West.
There is also a Northern Ballet Giveaway with one lucky audience member being chosen to celebrate the 50th Anniversary in style. They will receive free interval drinks, free ice cream, two free programmes and a goodie bag worth £100 provided by Welcome to Yorkshire. Just book a ticket and you are in the draw. Simples! Check website for T&Cs. The matinee on 21st March at 2.30 will be an Audio Described performance and there will be a Touch Tour.
On Your Feet! A new musical about Emilio and Gloria Estefan runs from 23rd-28th March and stars George Ionnides and Phillipa Stefani as the eponymous couple. It tells the story of their journey from Cuba to Miami and beyond and includes the hits associated with them and Miami Sound Machine. 26th March provides a Touch Tour at 6.00 followed by an Audio Described and Signed Performance at 7.30.
Leeds Amateur Operatic Society takes over the theatre from 31st March-4th April to stage their production of My Fair Lady. If you need me to tell you what this musical is all about then welcome to the world. They even use one of the songs on a car advert. It has won 6 Tony Awards and 8 Oscars so is quite good! Wouldn’t it be Loverly to go see this great musical, well, With a Little Bit of Luck you can.
To get us to the official meteorological summer there is the phenomenally successful The Book of Mormon running from 8th April-2nd May. This musical is from Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the creators of South Park and the co-writer of Avenue Q and Frozen, Bobby Lopez. Not bad cvs. It tells the humorous stories of two mismatched missionaries sent to spread the word in a less than welcoming environment. There is a BSL Signed matinee on 18th April which is also AD Audio Described.
A one-nighter from Dick and Angel Strawbridge is sold out on 1st March but there is one from Rob Beckett, called Wallop! on 8th March for which tickets are still available.
Something for everybody then at the Grand, but what else would you expect?
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