Season of delights

Anton du Beke and Erin Boag.
Anton du Beke and Erin Boag.

Fans of musicals, drama and comedy will have plenty to enjoy as the Royal and Derngate in Northampton announces its new season.

In the sequel to Dreamboats and Petticoats, Dreamboats and Miniskits comes to the stage from January 26 to 31 and features hits from the 60s.

A Rodgers and Hammerstein classic, Oklahoma runs from February 19 to 28. It stars comedy actress Belinda Lang and Gary Wilmot.

Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s classic musical Jesus Christ Superstar visits the stage at Northampton from March 16 to 21 while the Northampton Gilbert and Sullivan Group presents The Mikado the same week.

This will be followed by Cole Porter’s timeless show Anything Goes which features former Eastenders star Shaun Williamson in the cast. It runs from May 11 to 16.

To sweep away the new year blues, Strictly Come Dancing stars Anton Du Beke and Erin Boag present their new show That’s Entertainment from January 22-23.

The outstanding Moscow City Ballet visit Northampton from January 12 to 17. The company presents Giselle and Swan Lake throughout the week.

The award winning master of psychological illusion Derren Brown brings his new show Miracle to the stage. It runs from June 8 to 13.

Following on from the success of last year with The Play That Goes Wrong, the Mischief Theatre Company have arranged the Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society to present J.M. Barrie’s classic tale in Peter Pan Goes Wrong from February 23 to 28.

A range of top comedians will be coming to the stage as the season. Never Mind the Buzzcocks stars Simon Amstell and Noel Fielding will both appear on February 3 while Omid Djalil brings his new show Iranalamadingdong to Northampton two days later.

Ross Noble presents Tangentleman from February 11 and 12 while Mock the Week’s Andy Parsons performs Live and Unleashed - But Naturally Cautious on February 19. One liner king Milton Jones’ show Temple of Daft can be seen on April 23.

Based on the best-selling novel The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas comes to the Royal and Derngate from March 3 to 7 and sets during World War II and sees an unlikely friendship blossom.

The winner of seven Olivier Awards in 2013, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time comes to Northampton from March 24 to 28.

A thriller by Agatha Christie will see Tommy and Tuppence bought to the stage. The Secret Adversary runs from March 24 to 26.

Also coming to the stage for its 20th anniversary production is A Beautiful Thing, the modern comedy classic which stars Charlie Brooks, best known for her role as Janine Butcher in Eastenders.

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