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      The 15 best theater shows to see outside London, from Lord of the Flies in Leeds to Hamnet in Stratford

      ByMonelo Gabriel

      Feb 25, 2023


      Blaze of Glory!, Wales Millennium Center

      It’s the 1950s in a small community in the Welsh Valleys and, following a local disaster, a group of miners decide to reform their male voice choir to raise the spirits of the town. Blaze of glory! promises to be a moving and enjoyable event to celebrate the land of song. March 10, 14, 18,


      The Shawshank Redemption, Theater Royal Bath

      Andy Dufresne is incarcerated at the notorious Shawshank facility for murdering his wife and mistress, despite his insistence on innocence. Here he befriends Red, played by Morgan Freeman in the iconic ’90s movie, and becomes embroiled in a money laundering operation. This stage adaptation has been declared a must see. March 27 – April 1,

      Rehearsal image Lord of the Flies Leeds Playhouse Credit: David Lindsay Provided by
      Rehearsals for Lord of the Flies at the Leeds Playhouse (Photo: David Lindsay)


      Lord of the Flies, Leeds Playhouse

      Power, struggle, survival: William Golding’s 20th century parable lends itself to intense and gripping theatre. A group of schoolchildren stranded on a desert island after a plane crash learn to fend for themselves, but end up in chaos, violence and delirium. March 18 – April 8,


      Hamnet, theater of the swan

      An adaptation of Maggie O’Farrell’s Women’s Award-winning novel, Hamnet tells the story of Agnes, Shakespeare’s wife, and their son Hamnet, who died at the age of 11 from the plague. Appropriately told by the Royal Shakespeare Company in the family’s former hometown of Stratford, for many this is the theatrical event of the year. April 1 – June 17,

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      Wildfire Road follows a group of passengers on a hijacked plane (Photo: The Other Richard)


      Wildfire Road, Sheffield Theater

      Passengers on a Tokyo-bound flight have barely settled in when it becomes clear that the plane has been hijacked. A forest fire burns below them, raising questions about why and if and where they can land. All is not as it seems in this electrifying new play from Eve Leigh. March 4-18,


      The Commitments, Mayflower Theater

      Five years after its acclaimed West End run and subsequent sold-out tour, this gloriously upbeat musical based on the Bafta-winning 1990s film is back. The story is that of a working-class man named Jimmy who dreams of starting a soul band in Dublin, and the music is the kind that gets you on your feet. March 27 – April 1,


      The Aleppo Beekeeper, Liverpool Playhouse

      After the success of his adaptation of The kite flyerwhich recently opened on Broadway, the same producers have adapted Christy Lefteri’s devastatingly good novel. The beekeeper of Aleppo follows the journey of married couple Nuri and Afra as they flee their beloved Syrian city as war shakes it, and is a deeply moving story of love, connection and survival.. March 1-11,

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      Buddy – The Story of Buddy Holly, Theater Festival

      From his early days in Texas to his stratospheric rise to stardom, Buddy Holly’s life story was a roller coaster of ups and downs; one who makes a great musical. First West End opening in 1989 and now touring the UK. Buddy – The Story of Buddy Holly It’s a feel-good, toe-touching treat. March 14–18,


      I wish you were dead, Theater Royal Brighton

      Detective Superintendent Roy Grace and Cleo Morey hope for a happy and peaceful getaway when they take their first trip together, but someone wants revenge and their vacation soon turns into a nightmare. As part of a UK tour, this is an adaptation of Peter James’ acclaimed crime franchise. March 20–25,

      NORTH COUNTRY GIRL by McPherson, , Writer/Director - Conner McPherson, Music - Bob Dylan, Olympia Theatre, Dublin, 2022, Credit: Johan Persson/ North Country Girl UK Tour provided by f.moore  United Kingdom
      Girl From the North Country celebrates the legendary music of Bob Dylan (Photo: Johan Persson)


      North Country Girl, Curve Theater

      Bob Dylan fans, assemble. This multi-award winning production celebrates the music of the legendary singer by combining his songs with a story about a group of lost souls in 1934 in the American Midwest. Written by acclaimed playwright Conor McPherson, this show is truly extraordinary. March 7-11,


      Abbreviated, Grand Opera House

      Billed as “a personal retelling of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare,” this is a witty play in which a single actor walks through the bard’s works, playing the roles of many of his most famous characters. Reduced That’s 75 minutes of hilarious, fast-paced fun. March 2-4,

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      Winston’s Machine, Bristol Old Vic

      During the height of the Blitz, Charlotte has a passionate affair with a Spitfire pilot. Eighty years later, her granddaughter Becky escapes her present through Vera Lynn songs and daydreams of her grandparents’ romance. Moving between the two timelines winston machine is a rich new production about living in the past. March 21-25,


      Annie, Theater Royal Newcastle

      Paul O’Grady stars as the brilliant and frightening Miss Hannigan in this timeless family musical about a girl living destitute in an orphanage. When she’s chosen to spend Christmas with a wealthy family, Miss Hannigan is determined not to let it have a fairy tale ending. March 7-11,

      Cast.  The Mousetrap 70th Anniversary Tour.  Photo by Matt Crockett Theater Royal Plymouth Provided by
      The Mousetrap is celebrating a big birthday with their 70th Anniversary Tour (Photo: Matt Crockett)


      Of mice and men, the representative

      Dreaming of a better life, displaced migrant ranch workers George Milton and Lennie Small join Curly’s California farm, where events turn tragic. It may give off some terrible memories of your GCSEs or O levels, but John Steinbeck’s Great Depression classic is a good, enduring story and expect great things from this stage adaptation by Rep Associate Director Iqbal Khan. March 18 – April 8,


      The Mousetrap, Theater Royal Plymouth

      Plymouth welcomes the world’s oldest play this month as part of its 70th anniversary UK tour. Seven strangers are snowed in at a remote rural guest house, and unsurprisingly, a murderer is among them. It is Agatha Christie, after all. March 20-25,


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