What’s on this Easter
Whilst we’re enjoying the sun and filling ourselves up with chocolate, here’s a list of things to see this Easter weekend.
By Natasha Krstic-Howe
If you fancy music
The Height of the Reeds
Humber Bridge, running 1 – 30 April 2017 as part of Hull UK City of Culture 2017
A major new sound installation by Opera North, The Height of the Reeds, is an adventure in sound featuring the Chorus and Orchestra of Opera North. The Height of the Reeds provides visitors to the Humber Bridge with a unique audio experience, designed to be listened to during a walk across the bridge’s 2,220-metre span – the longest single-span suspension bridge in the world that it is possible to cross by foot.
If you’re in the mood for a play
Plays by American Playwrights
Guards at the Taj launched this week at the Bush Theatre after its £4.3m rebuild. A darkly comic moral fable about beauty, privilege and access to art, Jamie Lloyd directs the European premiere of this award-winning surreal and witty play by Rajiv Joseph. Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? with Imelda Staunton as Martha, alongside fellow Olivier Award winner Conleth Hill as George in a James Macdonald’s new production at the Harold Pinter Theatre. Continuing the West End’s Edward Albee season is The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? starring Damian Lewis and Sophie Okondeo at the Theatre Royal Haymarket. The Glass Menagerie by Tennesse Williams has been delighting audiences at the Duke of York’s Theatre since its opening in February. Directed by John Tiffany, Cherry Jones has reprised her Tony Award-nominated Broadway role as Amanda Wingfield.
Garrick Theatre, 1 March – 10 June
Griff Rhys Jones returns to the London stage after five years alongside comedian Lee Mack, who makes his West End debut. This major revival of Molière’s classic comedy has been newly adapted for its West End premier by Phil Porter and director Sean Foley.
Out of Blixen
Print Room at the Coronet, 3 April-22 April
The first in the double bill of productions celebrating the life and works of Karen Blixen, Print room at the Coronet and Riotous Company presents Out of Blixen.
Vaudeville Theatre, until 17 June
Amanda Holden, Tracy-Ann Oberman, Nicola Stephenson and Natalie Casey are Stepping Out in the West End in Richard Harris's award-winning comedy at London’s Vaudeville Theatre. Directed by Maria Friedman, this brand new staging charts the lives of seven women and one man attempting to tap their troubles away at a weekly dancing class.
If you’d prefer a musical
Prince Edward Theatre, booking until February 2018
Directed and choreographed by Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon, Dreamgirls) with music by Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast), Aladdin features lyrics by Howard Ashman (The Little Mermaid), Tim Rice (The Lion King) and Chad Beguelin (Elf), who also wrote the book. Including songs such as A Whole New World, Friend Like Me and Arabian Nights, with new music written for the production, featuring over 350 magnificent costumes, the most breath-taking sets and special effects.
Savoy Theatre, currently booking until October 2017
Dreamgirls transports you to a revolutionary time in American music history and charts the tumultuous journey of a young female singing trio, from Chicago, Illinois called ‘The Dreams’, as they learn the hard lesson that show business is as tough as it is fabulous. American actress and singer Amber Riley makes her West End debut playing soulful singer ‘Effie White’ in the production, directed and choreographed by Olivier and Tony Award-winning Casey Nicholaw. Featuring the classic songs ‘And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going’, ‘I Am Changing’, ‘Listen’ and ‘One Night Only’.
An American in Paris
Dominion Theatre, currently booking until September 2017
An American in Paris burst into life on the West End for the first time this spring with Christopher Wheeldon’s multi award-winning new Broadway musical opening at London’s Dominion Theatre. The five-star hit musical features many of George and Ira Gershwin’s most iconic songs including I Got Rhythm, ‘S Wonderful, and They Can't Take That Away From Me, together with George Gershwin’s sweeping compositions including Concerto in F and An American in Paris.
If you’re not in London
Victoria Dock Hull, 11-15 April as part of Hull UK City of Culture 2017
Flood is the story of what happened when the world was destroyed, and how the people who lived tried to make it new again. Created by Leeds-based Slung Low and written by James Phillips, Flood is a year-long epic told online, live in Hull and on BBC television.
If you’re spending it with the family
The First Hippo on the Moon
Winchester Theatre (25 - 28 May), Preston Guild Hall (30 May), Stamford Arts Centre (31 May), Warwick Arts Centre (1 - 4 June)
Based on David Walliams’ original children’s book, this explosively funny space adventure sees the enormously rich Hercules Waldorf-Franklin III and ingenious Shelia compete to be the first hippo to make it to the moon. It is brought to intergalactic life by Les Enfants Terribles’ (Alice’s Adventures Underground, Dinner at the Twits) sister company Les Petits Theatre Company (Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs) and is touring the UK until July 2017.
HiddenCity: Mind of the Maker
Running throughout summer
A real-world adventure along London’s waterways, this clue-solving game takes teams of up to four to secret locations to discover a hidden side of the city as they go in search of the makers of London, from ingenious architects to ice cream artisans. Starting in King’s Cross, teams can choose to explore at a leisurely pace or unleash their competitive side in a bid for top ranking on the HiddenCity leaderboard.