There’s always something awesome happening in theatre world, particularly at Leeds Grand theatre.
From 22nd – 28th July, The Lady Vanishes comes to town. It’s a new adaptation of the Alfred Hitchcock film at it looks pretty awesome.
Socialite Iris is travelling home to England on the train when an accident introduces her to the mild-mannered Miss Froy. After her travelling companion suddenly disappears, Iris is perplexed to find that all the other passengers deny ever having seen her. With the help of a musician called Max, Iris turns detective and the pair they try to solve the mystery of why Miss Froy vanished.
Following that is Rock of Ages from 29th July – 3rd August.
The musical’s probably best known for the awful film starring Russell Brand and Tom Cruise, so I hope it’s a little better than that! The LA love story is packed full of classic rock anthems, squeezed in jukebox style (which is not my style at all, incidentally).
Dirty Dancing returns to Yorkshire from 5th – 17th August, telling the classic stories of two young spirits from different worlds. I’ve never seen the film or the musical, but I do know the hit song (I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life.
One of the biggest shows of this season will be The Rocky Horror Show from 18th – 24th August. The cult musical is back with sing-a-long hits, including Sweet Transvestite, Damn it Janet and of course Time Warp. I don’t really like the musical to be honest, but it’s definitely something everyone should experience at least once if they can!
Saturday Night Fever, on from 27th – 31st August, is another show I’ve not seen before but I’d very much like to. It’s 40 years since the UK cinema release, brought to live with a spectacular all-singing, all-dancing extravaganza. The show tells the story of a working-class boy from Brooklyn, who embarks on a journey to dancing success. The show puts a spotlight on classic 70s songs, such as Stayin’ Alive and of course Saturday Night Fever itself.
The King and I is another fantastic show coming to the Grand from 29th October – 9th November. It tells the story of an unusual relationship between the King of Siam and a British schoolteacher. Whistle a Happy Tune, Getting to Know You and Shall We Dance are pretty awesome tunes!
The last time I saw We Will Rock You, I didn’t like it at all. However, maybe I’ve grown up a little so might appreciate Queen and Ben Elton musical a little more. After all, it does contain 24 Queen hits! On from 11th – 23rd November.
Leeds’ own Kay Mellor returns to the Town Hall, bringing Band of Gold to the stage from 28 November – 14 December. The gritty thriller about prostitutes is hardly the cheery festive show we’d probably all prefer, but hey ho. When you’re as influential as Kay Mellor is, you get your show put on whatever the weather.
2020 gets off to a slightly more lively start with On Your Feet! from 23rd-28th March. The show is a true love story of Gloria and Emilio Estefan, featuring awesome pop songs that suit exotic and exciting dancing perfectly.
Fans of Derren Brown will love Showman, from 26th – 30th May. It’s Derren’s first new theatre show in five years, though the content remains a secret…
Finally, the next big thing to hit the stage is Everybody’s Talking About Jamie from 13th – 18th July.
Based on true events, the show tells the story of a teenager who wants to be a Drag Queen. It features an original score by lead singer-songwriter of The Feeling Dan Gillespie Sells, and the songs are properly awesome.
So there you have it! A full, amazing theatre line-up from the Grand. Visit the website for your tickets, I know I can’t wait to see you there.
Photographs credited to The Other Richard