After hosting a programme of opera and ballet in the months since Christmas, the wonderful Grand Theatre now moves on to the mixed bag of entertainment which we all know and love so much.

There is plenty of variety, pardon the pun – which was intentional of course, with not only plays and musicals but a series of two-night stands, more than I ever managed, from well known faces off the telly!

The 12th and 13th June sees Rob Beckett with Wallop! followed, appropriately enough, by his TV (television that is) companion Romesh Ranganathan, performing The Cynic’s Mixtape on 14th and 15th. Oti Mabuse takes over for 16th and 17th June with her show I Am Here.

The week-long offerings begin on 22nd March with the play Cluedo, described as the ultimate whodunnit. The 29th sees the musical SIX, about the wives of Henry VIII. I think we all know whodunnit there, it was the executioner with an axe in The Tower of London.

4th – 9th April brings School of Rock – The Musical, hopefully not via remote learning, with The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time on 12th – 16th April. We then get The Book of Mormon with a longer run from 19th April to 7th May and Chicago from 10th to 14th.

15th May sees the ever-jolly Jack Dee – Off The Telly! – I just said that – for one night only. After an opera break we have another one nighter in Lost In Music: One Night at the Disco on 18th June.

Dreamgirls occupy the stage from 21st June to 9th July with Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat taking over from 12th to 23rd July.

The final musical of the season (or should that be 4 seasons) runs from 26th July until 6th August and is the wonderful Jersey Boys. Fear not though, music lovers, that brilliant Yorkshire chanteuse – they talk posh like that in Wakey – is doing a gig on 21st August.

To wrap up summer, my how time flies, Derren Brown brings his Showman to the Grand from 23rd to 27th August after which there is a break until shows begin again at the end of October. I will no doubt be bringing you a preview in the late summer regarding those, should I not be overcome with excitement at the goodies on offer.

If there is nothing there that floats your boat then for goodness sake don’t go to because you will only find more information and the booking details. You might be better served by renewing your subscription to Miseries Monthly, although even then, the Jack Dee show would still suit!

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