Exciting new season starts

theatre Royal Wakefield launches an exciting new season in January with a host of big name attractions.

Monday, 5th December 2011, 7:00 am

The Ian McMillan Orchestra is one of the first acts to kick off the new season, offering a scintillating night of poems, music, comedy and improv like nothing you’ve ever seen before.

Jane McDonald makes a welcome return to her home city for a charity gala concert in aid of Wakefield Hospice in February. Joined by her orchestra and singers, Jane captivates her audience with warmth, laughter, glamour and her truly powerful vocals.

Hormonal Housewives, starring Coronation Street’s Beverley Callard, hits Wakefield in March. Join the Hormonal Housewives as they battle against weight gain, weight loss, mood swings, win PMS, men, going to the gym, stretch marks, men, chocolate, men and the other joys of being a 21st century girl.

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The John Godber Company and Theatre Royal Wakefield presents Weekend Breaks in Feburary, in their second collaboration.

One of Godber’s classic plays, Weekend Breaks is a comedy about culture clashes, wine, wit and Whitby, as academic and aspiring film writer Martin Dawson tries to patch things up with his TV royalty wife after an extra-marital fling, in the face of the disapproval of his working class parents.

Casualty’s Rebecca Wheatley stars in Big Pants and Botox in March, writer Louise Roche’s one-woman show, following the trials and tribulations of Barbara, who has just survived an eventful signficant birthday which has got her thinking about many things –not least big pants and botox.

Rising comedy star Tony Law visits in March, for an evening of off-the-wall comedy. His TV credits include Russell Howard’s Good News and Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle, find out why Tony is regarded as one of the finest performers on the comedy circuit by audiences and peers alike.

Music fans have plenty to enjoy in the spring season, with a host of new shows in the offing.

Tribute acts include the ELO Experience, The Springfields’ Story, Piaf – The Songs, the Guns ‘n Roses Experience, Sounds of the Glenn Miller Era, the Dolly Parton Story, Re-Take That and the Illegal Eagles.

There’s also music from legendary folk outfit The Albion Band, along with perennially popular The Blues Band.

For drama lovers, Charles Dickens’s great-great-grandson Gerald Dickens brings a one-man version of Nicholas Nickleby to the stage in a stunning virtuoso performance, while I, Bertolt Brecht celebrates the work of one of the 20th century’s greatest dramatists.

Younger theatre-goers can enjoy entertainment with The Wheels on the Bus, and laugh along with the Chuckle Brothers latest show, Return of the Pirates of the River Rother 2 – in Stranger Tights.

The season is rounded off in April with She Loves You! Yeah!, a Wakefield Youth Music Theatre and Thetare Royal Wakefield Performance Academy production.

This brand-new musical, devised and directed by Louise Denison, is a story of love, friendship and heartbreak, set to a heady 60s soundtrack, including I Only Wanna Be With You and I’m a Believer.

For full details of all shows or a copy of the brochure, visit www.theatre royalwake field.co.uk or call the box office on 01924 211311.