Brian Butler previews the forthcoming season at the Theatre Royal, Brighton and finds it’s the best he can remember.
The Ambassador Theatre Group has some of the best UK touring shows available and a huge handful of them are coming our way in early 2020.
Starting with the comic gold of Jennifer Saunders in Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit, the season features a pack of award-winning musicals – notably Thriller Live, the Michael Jackson bio in January, Willie Russell’s now iconic Blood Brothers, in February, the stunning Six – a rock opera about Henry VIII’s six wives , in March and Everybody’s Talking about Jamie, starring Shane Richie and Layton Williams in April. Tucked away in the cast is drag performer Mary Mac – real name J P McCue – who often graces Brighton’s cabaret circuit.
April also gives us the international award-winning Once, and the following month we get Heathers, the musical direct from the West End.
June sees Footloose, the musical starring Gareth Gates, and there are more musical offerings including operas Madama Butterfly and La Boheme.
And there are drama treats in store too – the world-wide phenomenon Ghost Stories is staged in February, the landmark national Theatre production of J B Priestley’s An Inspector Calls in February, and Alan Ayckbourn’s classic comedy Ten Times Table in March.
A rare offering comes in April when Oliver-award winner Juliet Stevenson stars in the Almeida Theatre’s production of The Doctor by Robert Icke. Frederick Knott’s murder mystery Dial M for Murder arrives in June and there’s a varied programme of one-nighters- notably Rupaul’s Drag Race UK, the 25th anniversary tour of Circus of Horrors, the internaltionally renowned Argentinian tango superstars Cornejo and Galeassi, and the unique talents of La Voix ( see December’s feature in Gscene ).
All in all something for everybody and a great gift of live entertainment for Brighton audiences.
Full details of the season are at ATGTICKETS.com/Brighton
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