Exciting summer in store at Playhouse

Barbara Dickson will perform alongside Nick Holland in concert at Alnwick Playhouse.
Barbara Dickson will perform alongside Nick Holland in concert at Alnwick Playhouse.

High-class opera and theatre, the chance to sing-a-long to a much-loved musical and a One Direction tribute act – a new and exciting programme of entertainment has been unveiled for Alnwick Playhouse.

The popular theatre and arts venue has launched its summer brochure and the schedule is packed with a diverse mix of music, stage shows, films and dance acts for all ages and tastes.

Sing-a-Long-a Grease will be fun for all the family at Alnwick Playhouse.

Sing-a-Long-a Grease will be fun for all the family at Alnwick Playhouse.

The summer season kicks off with a performance by Brit-Award-winning harmonisers Blake on Friday, June 5.

Other musical highlights include a performance by the Peatbog Faeries – described as the figurehead trailblazers of the Celtic dance music renaissance – on Wednesday, July 29; acclaimed American Grammy-nominated vocalist Stacey Kent on Saturday, July 4; and Barbara Dickson and Nick Holland in concert on Saturday, September 19.

A number of highly-regarded tribute acts will grace the Playhouse stage, with homages to Michael Jackson (Saturday, June 13), the Eagles (Saturday, June 20), The Hollies (Saturday, July 25), One Direction (Friday, July 31), The Carpenters (Friday, August 28) and Simon and Garfunkel (Thursday, September 10).

Theatre plays an important part in the Playhouse’s summer schedule. This includes Kevin Moore in the award-winning one-man show Crocodiles In Cream. This portrayal of the life of Lewis Carroll will be performed on Thursday, June 11.

Shakespeare’s Globe and Seabright Productions present Shakespeare Untold on Saturday, August 1, while Pocket Merchant performs a pocket-sized version of the Bard’s dark comedy The Merchant of Venice on Wednesday, September 23.

Derek Acorah brings his Psychic Ether Tour to Alnwick on Wednesday, September 2, followed by Human Resources – the new show from the award-winning collaboration between poet Hannah Jane Walker and theatre-maker Chris Thorpe – on Friday, September 25.

Once again, the venue will host a series of live streamings and encore screenings, incorporating opera and theatre.

Live streamings from the Royal Opera House include Puccini’s La Boheme (Wednesday, June 10), Rossini’s William Tell (Sunday, July 5) and Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet (Tuesday, September 22).

The Playhouse will also stream/screen a number of operas throughout the summer season as part of the 2015 Glyndebourne Festival.

Meanwhile, live streamings from the National Theatre include Everyman (Thursday, July 16) and The Beaux Stratagem (Thursday, September 3), while live screenings from the Royal Shakespeare Company include The Merchant of Venice (Wednesday, July 22) and Othello (Wednesday, August 26).

Among the films to be shown over the next few months, the Playhouse will host Sing-a-Long-a Grease (PG) on Saturday, August 15.

Supporting those closer to home is an integral part of the programme.

The Playhouse Junior Youth Theatre will perform Wind in the Willows on Tuesday, June 9, while Alnwick Theatre Club presents A Song by Twilight from Wednesday, August 19, to Saturday, August 22.

On Friday, July 11, and Saturday, July 18, Alnwick Academy of Dance will showcase its work alongside international guest dancers.

A series of comic, swashbuckling, sad and bawdy traditional stories will be told in Northumberland Theatre Company’s A Wife or The Gallows and other Telling Tales on Friday, September 18.

The Playhouse will also host a series of evening performances during this August’s Alnwick International Music Festival.

For more information, visit www.alnwickplayhouse.co.uk
To help celebrate the unveiling of the new programme, the Gazette has teamed up with the theatre and arts venue to launch a competition.

We are offering one lucky reader the chance to win a pair of tickets to a show of their choice during the summer schedule. To stand a chance of winning, buy a copy of this week’s Gazette and turn to Page 43.