All-singing all-dancing season of art to come

Globe Theatre is returning to Alnwick later this year with Romeo and Juliet.
Globe Theatre is returning to Alnwick later this year with Romeo and Juliet.

Everyone from a singer who has performed with Motown legends to a Shakespearean theatre company will be in Alnwick in the coming months.

Alnwick Playhouse is about to launch its spring 2015 programme and whether your bag is theatre, music, opera, dance, comedy or film, there’s sure to be something in there for everyone.

The new booklet features all of the events from now until May and beyond with highlights including Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre returning, this time with Romeo and Juliet, at the end of March/early April and Swanhunter – an operatic adventure for all the family performed live on stage from Opera North – later in April.

Music fans may be interested to know that Ruby Turner, who sang with The Four Tops, The Temptations and Jimmy Ruffin before joining up with Culture Club in the 1980s, will be performing in March.

And in May, it’s the turn of Courtney Pine, the first black British artist to make a serious mark on the jazz scene.

But the Alnwick-based arts venue is not neglecting local performers and in February, Northumberland Theatre Company brings its annual showcase – this time called 4Thoughts.

This will be followed by the younger talent with the Duchess’s Community High School performing Disco Inferno in March ahead of another Young Alnwick Playhouse takeover night.

Alnwick Stage Musical Society presents Oliver! later that month before Alnwick Theatre Club rounds off the season with Brassed Off in May.

Selected listings at a glance

Tuesday, February 17 until Saturday, Feburary 21: Oddsocks Productions – Wind in the Willows, various times, tickets from £8.50.

Thursday, February 26 and Friday, Feburary 27: Northumberland Theatre Company – 4Thoughts: Myth, Music, Mayhem and Mirth, 7.30pm. Tickets from £7.50.

Wednesday, March 4 until Saturday, March 7: Duchess’s Community High School – Disco Inferno, various times, tickets from £6.

Wednesday, March 18 until Sunday, March 22: Alnwick Stage Musical Society – Oliver!, various times, tickets from £8.

Friday, March 27: Ruby Turner, 8pm, tickets from £19.

Tuesday, March 31 until Thursday, April 2: Shakespeare’s Globe presents Romeo and Juliet, 7.30pm, tickets from £10.

Sunday, April 26: Opera North and The Wrong Crowd – Swanhunter, 7pm, tickets from £10.

Saturday, May 2: Courtney Pine, 7,30pm, tickets from £18.50.

Friday and Saturday, May 15 and 16: Waterloo – The Best of Abba, 8pm, tickets from £18.50.

Wednesday, May 20 until Saturday, May 23: Alnwick Theatre Club – Brassed Off, 7.30pm, tickets from £6.