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Best theatre shows across Britain this summer

Experience your thrills and special effects right in front of your eyes, seated right in one of Britain’s most fabulous theatres. With award-winning actors, snazzy soundtracks and pizazz, the wide variety of musical theatre shows on this holiday will guarantee to have you laughing till you cry.

So pick up some tickets quickly – don’t miss Britain’s best theatre shows this summer!

Beauty and the Beast – Palace Theatre, Manchester

Shows from 31st March – 4th June
Based on the award-winning Disney animated feature of the same name,  this timeless romantic tale will be brought to life on stage like never before, with all of the magic that audiences expect from this enchanting story. Twenty-five years after its Olivier Award-winning West End debut, members of the original creative team have reunited on this new production featuring all the well-loved songs. Having been reimagined with sensational new designs, using the latest theatrical innovations, with all the charm and elegance audiences expect from this ‘tale as old as time’, it is not to be missed! And if you’re still unsure, ask the clock or the candle!

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Rocky Horror Picture Show – Bristol Hippodrome

Shows from 12th July – 6th August
When Brad and Janet, two squeaky-clean college kids, find themselves stranded outside a creepy old mansion when their car breaks down, they meet the now famous Dr Frank’n’Furter and step inside his fantastically crazy world. Give in to your curiosity and join them as they embark on a surreal adventure that you’ll never forget… An ultimate cult classic, The Rocky Horror Picture Show has been thrilling audiences since its debut theatre show and subsequent feature film back in the ’70s. This wildly eccentric production has everything you could ever want in a show, with timeless music to match, including Damn it Janet, and the dancefloor-filler, Time Warp. Let loose and rock out to Richard O’Brien’s legendary musical that breaks all the rules.

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The Lion King – Lyceum Theatre, London

Shows from now until October 2022
Watch in awe as the sun rises, giraffes strut, gazelles leap and birds swoop in the Serengeti. And no, we’re talking about a wild African safari – this is in London! Adapted from Disney’s much-loved animated film, the stage adaptation of The Lion King brings to life the story of Simba, his pride and the friends he meets along the way. With ingenious puppetry, breathtaking effects and captivating music by Elton John, Tim Rice and Lebo M, you will be transported to the heart of the African Pridelands.

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Soul Sisters: The Musical – Wyvern Theatre, Swindon

Shows on 19th May
Touted as the UK’s answer to Dreamgirls, Soul Sisters stars Sugababes’s Amelle Berrabah, Bad Girls actress Nicole Faraday and The Voice UK’s Wendi Harriott as 80s chart-topping trio ‘The Fabulettes.’ Directed by multi-award-winning comedienne, respected writer and director Angie Le Mar, Soul Sisters is a feel-good musical that will take you on a journey of success, survival, and sisterhood. Can they pull off a lifetime performance? Do they still have what it takes? Can they forgive and forget and remain Soul Sisters? Bring your girlfriends and find out!

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The Gruffalo – Grand Opera House, York

Showings on the 21st and 22nd May
This rendition of the popular children’s fairytale is perfect for kids and families during the theatre’s renowned family show category. Follow the story of Mouse’s hunt through the woods for hazelnuts, armed with a map and a vivid imagination. Mouse runs into the wheeler-dealer Fox; an eccentric, retired Woodland Air Force officer Owl; and the maraca-shaking Snake. Rather than becoming their dinner, the mouse scares them away with imaginary stories and scary tales of a tall monster. But what will he do when those very tales become true? Hang onto your seats as this interactive play blows away your little ones’ minds.

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Foxes – Seven Dials Playhouse, London

Showings from 3rd May – 11th June
This gritty and authentic theatre show is more suited to mature audiences, so if you’re visiting with the kids this might not be the show for you. Foxes, shortlisted for the Alfred Fagen Award, covers important topics such as identity, faith, and family. Written by Dexter Flanders as his first theatre debut, this small domestic drama show is guaranteed to leave you reflecting and thinking about the more important things in life. Starring actors such as Michael Fatogun, Tosin Alabi and Nemide May, this show should be on your list if you’re looking for something more hard-hitting.

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