6 of the best shows in regional theatre this autumn

Date Posted: 04/08/2016

It’s time to start looking ahead at what’s coming up on the regional theatre circuit so we’ve cherry picked six of the most interesting shows that the next season has to offer.

Removal Men, The Yard, London
8th November – 10th December

Removal Men is all about a man called Mo who, when working in an immigration removal centre, finds himself in trouble when he falls in love. It’s a love story set in a unique location and aims to question if love can exist in a system of violence, power and wire fences. The show is written by M. J. Harding (founding member of band Fat White Family) and Jay Miller, artistic director of The Yard.

Dinosaur Park: The Jurassic Parody, Curve Theatre, Leicester
15th – 17th September

Fans of the Jurassic Park series will enjoy this humorous adventure based on the popular movies. It’s set in the unlikely setting of Lyme Regis Community Centre, where a family heads on a journey but soon find themselves faced with DIY dinosaurs. The parody visits Curve Theatre following a sell-out London season and a sell-out status at Edinburgh.

Relatively Speaking, Richmond Theatre, Richmond
3rd – 8th October

Originally titled Meet My Father, Relatively Speaking is a play that consists of just four characters; Ginny – a young lady with a chequered past, her boyfriend, Greg, Phillip – Ginny’s former employer and ex-lover and Sheila – Phillip’s wife.

When Ginny goes off to spend the day in the country, she tells Greg she is spending time with her parents when in actual fact she is going to see Phillip to end things. Greg follows with plans to ask for Ginny’s father’s permission to propose and when he arrives before Ginny, a case of mistaken identity makes for a humorous meeting.

Louis Emerick, Andrew Dunn, Chris Fountain, Gary Lucy, Joe Absolom, Kai Owen in The Full Monty - credit Matt Crockett

The Full Monty, Norwich Theatre Royal, Norwich
10th – 15th October

The iconic British film will grace the stage once again in a heart-warming story about six out-of-work steel workers who come up with a plan to raise money by performing a full monty strip show.  The show features a score with well-known songs by the likes of Donna Summer, Hot Chocolate and Tom Jones.

Little Shop of Horrors, Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury
13th – 17th September

It may not be a new show, but it certainly is different. Little Shop of Horrors tells the story of geeky shop assistant, Seymour, who is hopelessly in love with his glamorous colleague, Audrey. His usual down-and-out-luck changes when he discovers a strange exotic plant, names it Audrey II and promptly acquires fame. However it soon transpires that the plant isn’t hungry for plant food and instead has a taste for blood!

Lennon Through A Glass Onion, Pavilion Arts Centre, Buxton
Sunday 4th September

This part-concert and part-biography is inspired by the song Glass Onion, which was John Lennon’s postscript to The Beatles. The show offers an insight into the essence of the life of John Lennon and includes 31 hits of Lennon and Lennon/McCartney, including Imagine, Revolution and Jealous Guy.

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