Theatre Royal – Dirty Dancing
Loved by millions, and seen by even more on the big screen, the story of Dirty Dancing is world renowned. Having arrived at Newcastle’s Theatre Royal earlier this month, the musical has received rave reviews from local press, and has even seen its run extend until 31 May. The classic story boasts a heart-pounding musical score, passionate romance and sensationally sexy dancing. Seen by millions across the globe during its run, this worldwide smash-hit tells the classic story of Baby and Johnny, two fiercely independent youngsters from entirely different worlds, who come together in what will be the most challenging and triumphant summer of their lives. With hit songs that’ll undoubtedly have you humming along to the likes of “Hungry Eyes”, “Hey Baby”, “Do You Love Me?” and the heart stopping “I’ve Had The Time Of My Life.”
With a cast including Gareth Bailey as Johnny Castle, Roseanna Frascona carrying the watermelon as idealistic Baby Houseman, and Claire Rogers will play Penny Johnson, fans of musical theatre are in for a treat. Tickets for the performance are available from £16.50, with a limited number of premium seats available.
The Grand Theatre and Opera House – West Side Story
Heading to Leeds’ Grand Theatre and Opera House, West Side Story is the classic tale of the rivalry between the Jets and the Sharks, two teenage street gangs of different ethnic backgrounds.Fresh from a sell-out season at London Sadler’s Wells and following international critical acclaim West Side Story is not playing at The Grand until the close of the month. With ground breaking choreography by the legendary Jerome Robbins, an unforgettable score by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, West Side Story changed the face of musical theatre for ever. Now Joey McKneely’s vibrant stage production is thrilling audiences all over again. The show, which is based on the well known Shakespeare play Romeo and Juliet comes to Leeds packed with unforgettable songs such as ‘Maria’, ‘Tonight’, ‘Somewhere’, ‘America’ and ‘I Feel Pretty’. Drawing huge acclaim on a national scale, the Telegraph state ‘there’s nothing more exciting or engaging at the moment on stage.’
Royal Exchange Theatre – The Last Days of Troy
Capping off our round up of city theatre offerings is The Last Days of Troy at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester. Telling the story of two civilizations at war, this theatrical offering is tense and intriguing, with moments of great tragedy and breath-taking humility. Focusing on the story of a nation commemorating WWI, the story centres on a legendary battle between the ancient city of Troy and the Greek soldiers attempting to lay siege to it.
The story, which is brought together by Simon Armitage, brings the war to a brutal conclusion. Through it, he considers how we are locked in the same cycles of conflict and revenge, of east versus west, and the same mixture of pride, lies and self-deception that fed the Trojan War.
Running through until 7 June, tickets are available starting at £14.50.