Aylesbury Waterside Theatre – Summer to Autumn 2018

From musicals to family shows, stunning dance to rib-tickling comedy Aylesbury Waterside Theatre has a full line-up to keep theatregoers entertained throughout autumn and beyond.

The sunniest of musicals takes to the stage with Summer Holiday starring Ray Quinn (23 – 27 Oct), then a new music and dance extravaganza lands courtesy of Saturday Night Fever, paying homage to the classic John Travolta movie. There’s a celebration of the 80s with Fame the Musical (26 – 1 Dec), featuring the Oscar-winning title song and cast including Keith Jack, Mica Paris and Jorgie Porter, and for those looking to have the time of their life in the New Year, Dirty Dancing The Classic Story on Stage returns (25 -30 Mar).

The moving tale of Private Tommo Peaceful is brought to life in Private Peaceful (5 – 7 Jul) reliving the life of a young First World War soldier awaiting the firing squad at dawn, with another charming story being presented in August with the theatre’s second Stage Experience youth theatre project of Whistle Down the Wind (Thu 16 – Sat 18 Aug). The 100-strong cast of young local performers will be joined by a live orchestra in this fully-staged production.

Swashbuckling shenanigans are in store with this year’s must-see family pantomime, Peter Pan (7 – 31 Dec). With spectacular flying effects, stunning costumes and galleons of laughter, this festive tradition is selling fast off the back of last year’s production which was nominated for three Great British Pantomime Awards.

Keep on top of one night productions ranging from live music courtesy of Rick Wakeman (29 Sep), The Robert Cray Band (17 Oct), and Paul Young (15 Oct) alongside tribute acts The Illegal Eagles (18 Nov), Whitney Queen of the Night (24 Nov), Steve Steinman’s Meat Loaf Story (23 Nov) and The Carpenters Story (25 Nov). Dance the night away with Brendan Cole’s All Night Long (17 Nov), be mesmerised by the relentless routines of Spirit of the Dance and join Harry Judd, Aston Merrygold and Louis Smith for Rip It Up (14 Oct) presenting everlasting hits from the 60s with a supporting cast of singers and dancers.

Comedy helpings come via Jason Manford (8 Nov), Crooners (25 Aug) bringing much-loved, Big Band hits to the stage, with a very unique and quintessentially British twist, and smash hit comedy Dracula – The Bloody Truth (14 Oct) revealing the true story of the famous Count.

The Second Space welcomes Extreme Championship Improv (29 Sep), hosts a Revival Day (10 Nov) running dance taster sessions in Lindy Hop, Jazz and the Charleston, with vintage stalls along the promenade, and see Comedy Club continue to be the hot monthly ticket, with curry available as the perfect pre-show accompaniment. Book early to see a screening of Hocus Pocus (27 Oct), taking place ahead of Halloween to get families into the spooky spirit!

Looking ahead don’t miss The Comedy of A Bank Robbery (12- 16 Mar) from the producers of The Play That Goes Wrong. This dynamite new comedy is now in its third year in the West End, it’d be criminal to miss it.

For full event listings including the theatre’s Second Space programme, pick up a new season What’s On, call 0844 871 7607 (bkg fee) or visit www.atgtickets.com/aylesbury (bkg fee)

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