Theatre: What’s On This January

2016 saw some marvellous performances at our local theatres and we’re sure this will continue well into 2017. We’re giving you a run down of the exciting shows that are coming up at theatres across the (reasonably) local area this January.

One of our New Year’s resolution suggestions for everyone was to get out and go and see more of the wonderful, creative and powerful performances put on across our local theatres. There are so many diverse and professional productions that it would be a shame to not see at least one – take a look what shows are coming up this January and see if any take your fancy.

Kingston’s Rose Theatre

Jungle Book
Friday 6 Jan – Wed 11 Jan
Tickets: Click here.

Adapted for the stage by Ciaran McConville and brought to life by the Rose Youth Theatre, this iconic family tale is an exciting, heartwarming tale of courage, growing up and family that is bound to keep everyone (including the kids!) engaged throughout.

The Bear
Thurs 12 Jan – Sun 15 Jan
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Pins and Needles are proud to be bringing another of Raymond Briggs’ wonderful storybooks to life on stage at the Rose Theatre. After the large success of Father Christmas, the Rose is bringing you another wonderfully wintry tale with a humorous twist. The perfect production for little people, The Bear features puppetry, music and great storytelling.

Richmond Theatre

A Judgement in Stone
Mon 23 – Sat 28 Jan
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A dark and dramatic thriller production from Bill Kenwright, A Judgement in Stone, written by renowned thriller novelist Ruth Rendell, is a twisted tale of murder, deceit, despair and grizzly secrets. Building on the success of long-running The Agatha Christie Company, A Judgement in Stone features astounding dramatic performances from TV stars including Andrew Lancel and Sophie Ward.

Richmond’s Orange Tree Theatre

Winter Solstice
Thurs 12 Jan – Sat 11 Feb
Tickets: Click here.

Written by Schimmelpfennig, Germany’s most performed playwright, this hilariously sharp comedy-drama focuses on married couple Albert and Bettina during the Christmas period. They are slightly less than enthralled when Bettina’s seemingly rowdy mother comes to stay and after meeting a man on the train, decides to bring him back to join the fun! (Take a look at the cast photo below – preparing for what is sure to be a brilliant show.)

Twickenham’s The Mary Wallace Theatre

The Weir
Sat 21 Jan – Sat 28 Jan
Tickets: Click here.

The Weir, by Conor McPherson and directed by Harry Medawar, is a critically acclaimed play which sees four pub regulars and a newcomer telling stories, leading to shocking discoveries that are bound to stay with them, and you, forever.

Hampton Hill Theatre 

A Streetcar Named Desire
Sun 29 Jan – Sat 4 Feb
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This iconic play by Tennessee Williams is brought to life by a magnificent cast at Hampton Hill Theatre. Take your seat and be gripped to it throughout as the climactic events unfold before reaching an explosive apogee.

Wimbledon’s New Wimbledon Theatre

Thoroughly Modern Millie
Tues 17 Jan – Sat 21 Jan
Tickets: Click here.

Based on the award-winning film, Thoroughly Modern Millie is the six-time Tony award winning musical comedy coming to Wimbledon! Set in New York in the early 1920s, this enthralling production features stars Michelle Collins and Joanne Clifton, as well as a host of dance routines, music and never-ending musical comedy. Don’t miss out!

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat
Tues 31 Jan – Sat 4 Feb
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After rave reviews from critics and audiences alike, Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s sparkling family musical, produced by Bill Kenwright, descends on New Wimbledon Theatre. Starring X Factor’s Joe McElderry, this magical take on the biblical story is bound to have you up on your feet to the classic tunes including Any Dream Will Do.

Wimbledon’s POLKA Theatre

How to Hide a Lion
Fri 6 Jan – Sun 26 Feb
Tickets: Click here.

Recommended for ages 3 to 6, How to Hide a Lion centralises on a young girl attempting to hide a shunned lion in numerous creative spaces! It’s a tricky one, as lions are pretty tough to hide…Helen Stephen’s magical book is brought to life in this wonderful production, with a host of puppetry, light humour and fun songs. An alternative production for toddlers is also available and more information for this production can be found here.

Babe, the Sheep-Pig
Sat 7 Jan – Sun 5 Feb
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Based on the iconic book by Dick King-Smith, this play by David Wood is a heart-melting story focusing on Babe the pig and his attempt at making in a dog’s world. Join the POLKA theatre for this enchanting play, hosting laughs, puppetry and original music.

Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Theatre

Henceforward…
Thurs 19 Jan – Sat 28 Jan
Tickets: Click here.

Author Alan Ayckbourn directs this new revival of the classic comedy. This hilarious tale, which focuses on composer Jerome’s cunning plan to complete his life’s masterwork, stars Bill Champion and Andy Cryer among several other supreme talents.

IMAGE CREDIT: Rose Theatre (The Bear + Jungle book), Richmond’s Orange Tree Theatre (Winter Solstice cast photo), modernmillie.co.uk (modern millie promo), POLKA Theatre (Babe the sheep-pig photo)