2020 is already set to be a great year for theatre, but Leeds Grand have recently announced a whole host of other shows coming up!
On Tues 3rd – Sat 7th March it’s Bill Kenwright’s Cabaret, starring starring John Partridge (Celebrity MasterChef 2018, EastEnders, A Chorus Line, Chicago, La Cage Aux Folles) as Emcee, Kara Lily Hayworth (Cilla The Musical) as Sally Bowles, and Anita Harris (Carry On films, Cats).
The show, set in Berlin in 1931, follows the story of the legendary Sally Bowles. Expect show-stopping choreography, dazzling costumes and iconic songs, including Money Makes the World Go Round, Maybe This Time and Cabaret.
Next up it’s LAOS presenting My Fair Lady from 31st March – 4th April. The show’s based on the play Pygmalion, and tells the story of a cockney flower girl transformed into an elegant lady by Henry Higgins.
I’m particularly excited to see Six come to Yorkshire on 16th – 20th June. The six wives of Henry VIII finally take to the mic to tell their tales, remixing 500 years of historical heartbreak into an 80-minute celebration of 21st century girl power.
It might be that I just haven’t been aware of kids shows at Leeds Grand, but Oi Frog & Friends is one of the first children’s shows I’ve seen on the programme. It arrives from 18th – 20th June, a new action-packed stage adaptation of Kes Gray and Jim Field’s bestselling books. Expect songs, puppets, laughs and more rhymes than you can shake a chime at.
Joe Pasquale comes to The Grand playing the lovable Frank Spencer in Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em from 23rd – 27th June. Susie Blake stars as his disapproving mother-in-law and Sarah Earnshaw as his long-suffering wife Betty. This is going to be the ultimate feel-good night out, washed down with lashings of nostalgia and mother’s prune wine. I can feel a very happy Sophie coming up next June! I love this kind of thing.
Dolly Parton’s rip-roaring musical 9 to 5 tumbles outta’ bed and stumbles back to The Grand from 29th June to 4th July, telling the hilarious story of three workmates pushedto boiling point by their sexist boss.
Dial M for Murder, made famous by the world-renowned Hitchcock film, is back on 7th – 11th July, starring Tom Chambers (Top Hat, Strictly Come Dancing) as the charismatic and manipulative Tony Wendice, a jaded ex-tennis pro who has given it all up for his wife Margot. When he discovers she has been unfaithful his mind turns to revenge and the pursuit of the ‘perfect crime’.
If you’re a fan of Carole King, then don’t miss Beautiful – The Carole King Musical from 25th – 29th August. It tells the inspiring true story of Carole King’s remarkable rise to stardom, featuring classics such as (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman, Take Good Care of My Baby, You’ve Got a Friend, So Far Away, It Might as Well Rain Until September, Up on the Roof and The Locomotion.
The final new show to be announced so far is The Mousetrap, coming to Leeds from 1st – 5th September. It has become the longest running show of any kind in the world by keeping audiences on the edge of their seat in this masterful whodunit by the Queen of Crime, Agatha Christie. The whole point of the show is audiences are meant to keep the secret, and to be fair I haven’t heard any spoilers yet! I’ll have to go along to see what all the fuss is about.
Photograph credited to S Rylander