Motown musical revs up for UK tour

Motown the Musical will start a major UK and Ireland tour at the Birmingham New Alexandra Theatre on October 11. The musical about the US

legendary record label will visit Leeds Grand Theatre and Edinburgh Playhouse in November and December.

In January 2019, it will move to the Bristol Hippodrome, and on to Bord Gais Energy Theatre Dublin in February; Manchester Opera House; and Wales Millennium Centre Cardiff (March 26-April 6, 2019). Further dates and casting will be announced soon. The London production of

Motown the Musical continues to play at the Shaftesbury Theatre where it is currently booking until January 5, 2019. With music and lyrics from the

Motown catalogue and book by Motown founder Berry Gordy, Charles Randolph-Wright’s production features a live orchestra playing 50 Motown tracks including

GANGSTA GRANNY: The award-winning adaptation of David Walliams’ bestselling book, Gangsta Granny,

will return to the West End this summer (August 14-26). The Birmingham Stage Company production will be at the Harold Pinter Theatre. It tells the tale of Ben and his granny, who has an intriguing secret. Walliams said: “Gangsta Granny is

my most popular book so it’s wonderful to see the BSC’s adaptation back in the West End.”

Annie tour kicks off at Manchester Opera House

The musical Annie will embark on a major UK tour next year, opening at the Manchester Opera House on February 9, 2019. This production recently ran in the

West End following a sell-out tour of the UK and Ireland in 2015-16. Set in 1930s New York during

The Great Depression, it tells the tale of young Annie and her life of misery at Miss Hannigan’s orphanage.

Her luck changes when she is chosen to spend Christmas at the residence of famous billionaire, Oliver Warbucks. It features songs such as It’s the Hard Knock Life,

Easy Street and Tomorrow. After Manchester, the tour

moves to Wolverhampton, Oxford, Bristol, Chester, Hull, Glasgow, Bradford, Southampton,

Llandudno, Nottingham, Southend, Woking, Dartford, Liverpool and Milton Keynes. Further dates and casting will be announced.

The final Full Monty

Sheffield Theatres’ production of The Full Monty will tour the UK and Ireland for the last time in 2018-19. The show will open at the

Everyman Theatre in Cheltenham on September 3, and other tour dates include Cambridge, Chester, Dublin, Killarney, York, Bromley, Swindon, Birmingham, Darlington, Stoke, Norwich, Nottingham, Southampton and Sheffield – with more venues to be added. The cast will be led by Gary Lucy as Gaz, along with Andrew Dunn as Gerald; Louis Emerick as Horse; Joe Gill as Lomper; Kai Owen as Dave; and James Redmond.

The 2018-19 tour will be directed

by Rupert Hill, a previous cast member of The Full Monty and a Coronation Street actor. Based on the film, the stage

play is about six out-of-work steelworkers from Sheffield and features songs by Donna Summer, Hot Chocolate and Tom Jones.

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Ain’t No Mountain High Enough, I’ll Be There, Dancing In The Street, Stop! In The Name Of Love, My Girl and I Heard It through the Grapevine. Gordy said: “The UK has always been the gateway for Motown to the rest of the world. While the West End production still continues to perform to great audiences, I’m thrilled that we are taking a second production of Motown the Musical to the rest of the UK.” He launched the careers of

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