Previews: Coming up in March 2019

The weather’s getting warmer. The evenings are getting lighter. So get yourself out of the house and see some of the amazing shows coming to somewhere near you!

Opening off-West End

One of last year’s best discoveries was THE PHLEBOTOMIST, Ella Road’s award-nominated debut play, which totally sold out its season at the Hampstead Theatre Downstairs. Set in a tantalisingly near future, the drama revolves around how each individual’s potential future life is completely predetermined….by the score from one single blood test. The audience I was with absolutely hugged this play from start to finish.

Now, the play returns, this time moving to Hampstead’s larger Main House (one of the few plays to have made that leap). Repeating her accomplished performance from last year, Jade Anouka plays the title role. It will be interesting to see how it makes the transition to the larger Main House after the intimacy of the smaller Downstairs studio, however the strength of the writing means that I have already rebooked. Highly recommended! Playing 19 March to 20 April.

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LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE was a wildly successful 2006 road movie , and now a musical version originating from Off-Broadway gets its European premiere at the Arcola, where it runs from 21 March to 11 May. A very strong cast includes Olivier-nominated Laura Pitt-Pulford, twice Olivier-nominated Paul Keating and TMA nominated Gary Wilmot. This show is the first major collaboration between the Arcola and Selladoor productions, the prolific global entertainment producers. After London’s run, you can catch it on an extensive UK tour from May until November.



Touring the UK extensively from March to July after opening in Wimbledon at the end of March, the hit tribal rock musical HAIR returns in the much – acclaimed 50th anniversary production. Cast includes the ever-watchable Marcus Collins (TV’s X-Factor, Hairspray), Jake Quickenden (Dancing on Ice) and a relative newcomer with a fantastic voice, Kelly Sweeney (watch out for her!).


Touring the UK

It’s OK to not be OK. That’s the message of A SUPER HAPPY STORY (ABOUT FEELING SUPER SAD) a very funny, helpfully honest and insightful cabaret musical about depression. Sally’s a happy person. She doesn’t let little things get her down and almost never cries. But she’s got an illness. It makes her feel like she isn’t the person she wants to be, but she doesn’t want anyone to know about it. Written by Olivier Award winner Jon Brittain (Rotterdam and Margaret Thatcher Queen of Soho) with music by Matthew Floyd Jones (Frisky & Mannish). It’s a joyful, buoyant, gleeful, slightly silly, sugar-coated, unrelenting and completely super happy show! Except for the bits about depression. “A Super Happy Story is Superb” said The Guardian’s Lyn Gardner.. and she was right! I am so glad that I went and I think you will be too. Touring UK-wide through to June. In March you can see it at Milton Keynes, Newbury, New Milton, Eastleigh, Oxford, Gillingham, Diss, Banbury, Slough, Salisbury and Bristol


good dog – set during the early noughties – tells the story of growing up in a multi-cultural community, and the everyday injustices that drive people to take back control.

Mum’s promised him that bike so even when school or homelife bites, he knows to keep his chin up, his head down and his shirt clean. No harsh word, no sudden push to the ground will distract him from growing up to be a good man. Because in the end, everyone who’s good gets what they deserve. Don’t they?

Delicately observed and fearlessly told by writer Arinzé Kene (Misty at Bush Theatre and Trafalgar Studios), good dog completes its second national tour after four-star reviews in 2017, now starring the very impressive emerging actor Kwaku Mills (The End Of Eddy, Unicorn Theatre 2018). In March you can see it at Birmingham, Oxford, Tonbridge, Salisbury and ending the tour in London


Here’s one not to be missed for any of you who love great writing and great acting. The prestigious annual Papatango playwriting competition winners are always worth seeing. This year’s Prize winner, THE FUNERAL DIRECTOR by Iman Qureshi, is a compassionate, incisive and heartfelt play about gender, religion and sexuality in 21st century Britain.

Life as the director of a Muslim funeral parlour isn’t always easy, but Ayesha has things pretty sorted. She and Zeyd share everything: a marriage, a business, a future. Until Tom walks in to organise his boyfriend’s funeral. A snap moral decision, informed by the values of Ayesha’s community and faith, has profound consequences. Forced to confront a secret she has hidden even from herself, Ayesha must decide who she is – no matter the cost. Brilliant actress Aryana Ramkhalawon returns to play Ayesha giving a riveting and taut performance in this well-written show which tackles difficult issues with care and humanity. These four cities are fortunate to welcome this special play; do please go if you can.

You can see the show in Edinburgh (Traverse) on 7-9 March, Nottingham (Playhouse) on 14-16 March, Oxford (North Wall Arts Centre) on 21 March and Manchester (HOME) on 27-30 March.


Continuing Shows

Stephen Sondheim’s lovingly-crafted, bittersweet musical FOLLIES returns to the National Theatre after a sold-out run last year (and winning Best Musical Revival at the Olivier Awards). On the eve of demolition of Weissman’s Theatre, past performers gather to drink, dream and reminisce….and somehow, try to make sense of it all. New cast members this season are all top-notch: Joanna Riding (The Pajama Game, Flowers for Mrs Harris), Alexander Hanson (A Little Night Music) and Claire Moore (Phantom of the Opera). Returning cast include the phenomenal Tracie Bennett, assured Janie Dee and (from mid-April) the spine-tingling operatic septugenarian Josephine Barstow, with perfectly-drilled choreography once again courtesy of Olivier-Award-winning Bill Deamer. In an ongoing repertory season to May 11th.


NT Live Broadcasts

I’m Not Running, David Hare’s gripping political drama,encores on various dates around the UK, with a large cluster around Tuesday March 5th. Check your local arts centre/ cinemas for details or go to the ntlive website


Off-West End shows closing


Until 16 March at the Lyric Hammersmith. Wherever company 1927 appear, you can expect dazzling visual artistry and inspired invention, something akin to a graphic novel burst into theatrical life. Their most recent show, Golem, has now been touring the world for the last four years and has delighted audiences in astonishment at their technical and artistic imagination. Now there is another chance to see 1927’s previous show entitled THE ANIMALS AND CHILDREN TOOK TO THE STREETS! In the Bayou, a part of the city feared and loathed, stands infamous Bayou Mansions; a sprawling stinking tenement block, where curtain-twitchers and peeping-toms live side by side… and the wolf is always at the door. When Agnes Eaves and her daughter arrive late one night, does it signal hope in this hopeless place, or has the real horror only just begun? Seamlessly synchronising live music, intricate performance and storytelling with stunning film and animation, this is a show to savour.


Until 16 March at the Park Theatre, Robert Fox and Alex Turner present Martin (BENT) Sherman’s acclaimed new play GENTLY DOWN THE STREAM, to celebrate his 80th year, with a cast that includes Jonathan Hyde (The King’s Speech) and directed by Sean Mathias. Concerning an unexpected age gap relationship, the play explores the differences between generations of gay men and their life experiences and asks whether generation gap affairs can sustain.


West End shows Opening

The Twilight Zone – Return of the hit show from the Almeida. Ambassadors Theatre from 4 March

Betrayal – Tom Hiddleston stars. Harold Pinter Theatre from 5 March

A Hundred Words For Snow – An intriguing-sounding coming of age story. With Polar Bears. Trafalgar Studios 2 from 5 March

Emilia! – Transfer of the Globe’s celebration of women’s voices across generations. Vaudeville Theatre from 8 March

Fiddler On The Roof – Transfer of the Menier Chocolate Factory’s well-reviewed musical revival sets up at the Playhouse Theatre from 21 March


London shows closing

Closing March 9th – Adrian Lester in Pulitzer winning Cost of Living at Hampstead Theatre

‘Tartuffe put in a blender to lumpy effect'(my review in a nutshell), Keith? at Arcola Theatre


Closing March 16th– Trevor Nunn-directed rediscovery of an unperformed Harley Granville-Barker play from 1913 about a female artist , Agnes Colander, at Jermyn Street Theatre


Closing March 23rdThe Trick, a show fusing magic and grief directed by Roy Alexander Wiese at the Bush Theatre


Closing March 30thBerberian Sound Studio, grisly film effects thriller, at the Donmar Warehouse

Company, Stephen Sondheim’s gender-reassigned musical classic, at the Gielgud

Shipwreck, a sinister play about America and Trump, at the Almeida

Jesus Hopped the “A” Train, a dark comedy about the American justice system and the contradictory nature of faith, at the Young Vic

Alys, Always the psychological thriller exploring entitlement, at the Bridge Theatre


Previews: Coming up in February 2019


From February 1st It’s OK to not be OK. That’s the message of A SUPER HAPPY STORY (ABOUT FEELING SUPER SAD) a very funny, helpfully honest and insightful cabaret musical about depression. Sally’s a happy person. She doesn’t let little things get her down and almost never cries. But she’s got an illness. It makes her feel like she isn’t the person she wants to be, but she doesn’t want anyone to know about it. Written by Olivier Award winner Jon Brittain (Rotterdam and Margaret Thatcher Queen of Soho) with music by Matthew Floyd Jones (Frisky & Mannish). It’s a joyful, buoyant, gleeful, slightly silly, sugar-coated, unrelenting and completely super happy show! Except for the bits about depression. “A Super Happy Story is Superb” said The Guardian’s Lyn Gardner.. and she was right! I am so glad that I went and I think you will be too. Touring UK-wide through to June.


From February 1st, COUGAR premieres at Richmond’s Orange Tree Theatre until March 2, directed by award-winning Chelsea Walker. Leila wants to inspire global change. John really needs to get his act together. They have an arrangement. But managing an affair isn’t easy when the world around you is falling apart. A new play about what – and who – we consume. Rising star writer Rose Lewenstein has already produced several arresting works, including (with Russell Bender) the intricately choreographed and intriguing show Game Of Life, produced at the Yard Theatre in East London in 2014 (someone smart will revive this and do very well from it). COUGAR is co-produced with English Touring Theatre.


From 12 February. Stephen Sondheim’s lovingly-crafted, bittersweet musical FOLLIES returns to the National Theatre after a sold-out run last year (and winning Best Musical Revival at the Olivier Awards). On the eve of demolition of Weissman’s Theatre, past performers gather to drink, dream and reminisce….and somehow, try to make sense of it all. New cast members this season are all top-notch: Joanna Riding (The Pajama Game, Flowers for Mrs Harris), Alexander Hanson (A Little Night Music) and Claire Moore (Phantom of the Opera). Returning cast include the phenomenal Tracie Bennett, assured Janie Dee and (from mid-April) the spine-tingling operatic septugenarian Josephine Barstow, with perfectly-drilled choreography once again courtesy of Olivier-Award-winning Bill Deamer. In an ongoing repertory season.


From 12 February at the Park Theatre, Robert Fox and Alex Turner present Martin (BENT) Sherman’s acclaimed new play GENTLY DOWN THE STREAM, to celebrate his 80th year, with a cast that includes Jonathan Hyde (The King’s Speech) and directed by Sean Matthias. Concerning an unexpected age gap relationship, the play explores the differences between generations of gay men and their life experiences and explores whether generation gap affairs can sustain. Recently acclaimed in New York, it comes to the Park Theatre until 6 April.


From 19 February Wherever company 1927 appear, you can expect dazzling visual artistry and inspired invention, something akin to a graphic novel burst into theatrical life. Their most recent show, Golem, has now been touring the world for the last four years and has delighted audiences in astonishment at their technical and artistic imagination. Now there is another chance to see 1927’s previous show entitled THE ANIMALS AND CHILDREN TOOK TO THE STREETS! at the Lyric Hammersmith until 16 March. In the Bayou, a part of the city feared and loathed, stands infamous Bayou Mansions; a sprawling stinking tenement block, where curtain-twitchers and peeping-toms live side by side… and the wolf is always at the door. When Agnes Eaves and her daughter arrive late one night, does it signal hope in this hopeless place, or has the real horror only just begun? Seamlessly synchronising live music, intricate performance and storytelling with stunning film and animation, this is a show to savour.

WELCOME!


Theatre Previews: The Best New Year’s Resolution? – See More Theatre!

Hello, and thanks for stopping by!

2018 was a great year for UK theatre, and 2019 looks to be even more exciting.

Here’s what has caught my eye that’s coming up soon. If something takes your fancy, why not resolve to book tickets – and see for yourself?

January

Leave to Remain

LEAVE TO REMAIN is a timely new musical at the Lyric Theatre Hammersmith until 16 February. Obi (Tyrone Huntley) and Alex (Billy Cullum) are a young gay couple leading busy London lives. When Alex’s visa comes into question, their relationship is tested. Marriage is an option, but that means confronting both their families… and their pasts. Told through a contemporary mix of music, movement and drama, LEAVE TO REMAIN is a tender portrait of love in uncertain times, featuring original new songs by Bloc Party’s Kele Okereke performed by a top-notch cast.

This will be worth seeing for Tyrone Huntley (who stars with Billy Cullum), who was outstanding (and award-nominated) in a fine dramatic performance last August in Homos, or Everyone In America at the Finborough Theatre which followed two seasons playing Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar at the Open Air Theatre in Regent’s Park in 2016 and 2017. Most noted for his musical ability, he is also a fine actor.


good dog

good dog – set during the early noughties – tells the story of growing up in a multi-cultural community, and the everyday injustices that drive people to take back control.

Mum’s promised him that bike so even when school or homelife bites, he knows to keep his chin up, his head down and his shirt clean. No harsh word, no sudden push to the ground will distract him from growing up to be a good man. Because in the end, everyone who’s good gets what they deserve. Don’t they?

Delicately observed and fearlessly told by writer Arinzé Kene (Misty at Bush Theatre and Trafalgar Studios), good dog embarks on its second national tour after four-star reviews in 2017, now starring the very impressive emerging actor Kwaku Mills (The End Of Eddy, Unicorn Theatre 2018).


February

Follies

Stephen Sondheim’s lovingly-crafted, bittersweet musical FOLLIES returns to the National Theatre after a sold-out run last year (and winning Best Musical Revival at the Olivier Awards). On the eve of demolition of Weissman’s Theatre, past performers gather to drink, dream and reminisce….and somehow, try to make sense of it all. New cast members this season are all top-notch: Joanna Riding (The Pajama Game, Flowers for Mrs Harris), Alexander Hanson (A Little Night Music) and Claire Moore (Phantom of the Opera). Returning cast include the phenomenal Tracie Bennett, assured Janie Dee and (from mid-April) the spine-tingling operatic septugenarian Josephine Barstow, with perfectly-drilled choreography once again courtesy of Olivier-Award-winning Bill Deamer. Running from 12 February onwards.


The Animals and Children Took to the Streets

Wherever company 1927 appear, you can expect dazzling visual artistry and inspired invention, something akin to a graphic novel burst into theatrical life. Their most recent show, Golem, has now been touring the world for the last four years and has delighted audiences in astonishment at their technical and artistic imagination. Now there is another chance to see 1927’s previous show entitled THE ANIMALS AND CHILDREN TOOK TO THE STREETS at the Lyric Hammersmith from 19 February to 16 March. In the Bayou, a part of the city feared and loathed, stands infamous Bayou Mansions; a sprawling stinking tenement block, where curtain-twitchers and peeping-toms live side by side… and the wolf is always at the door. When Agnes Eaves and her daughter arrive late one night, does it signal hope in this hopeless place, or has the real horror only just begun? Seamlessly synchronising live music, intricate performance and storytelling with stunning film and animation, this is a show to savour.


A Super Happy Story (About Feeling Super Sad)

It’s OK to not be OK. That’s the message of A SUPER HAPPY STORY (ABOUT FEELING SUPER SAD) a very funny, helpfully honest and insightful cabaret musical about depression. Sally’s a happy person. She doesn’t let little things get her down and almost never cries. But she’s got an illness. It makes her feel like she isn’t the person she wants to be, but she doesn’t want anyone to know about it. Written by Olivier Award winner Jon Brittain (Rotterdam and Margaret Thatcher Queen of Soho) with music by Matthew Floyd Jones (Frisky & Mannish). It’s a joyful, buoyant, gleeful, slightly silly, sugar-coated, unrelenting and completely super happy show! Except for the bits about depression. “A Super Happy Story is Superb” said The Guardian’s Lyn Gardner.. and she was right! I am so glad that I went and I think you will be too. Touring UK-wide from February to June.


Gently Down The Stream

At the Park Theatre, Robert Fox and Alex Turner present Martin (BENT) Sherman’s acclaimed new play GENTLY DOWN THE STREAM, to celebrate his 80th year, with a cast that includes Jonathan Hyde (The King’s Speech) and directed by Sean Matthias. Concerning an unexpected age gap relationship, the play explores the differences between generations of gay men and their life experiences and explores whether generation gap affairs can sustain. Recently acclaimed in New York, it comes to the Park Theatre from 12 February to 6 April.


Cougar

COUGAR premieres at Richmond’s Orange Tree Theatre from 2 February to 1 March, directed by award-winning Chelsea Walker. Leila wants to inspire global change. John really needs to get his act together. They have an arrangement. But managing an affair isn’t easy when the world around you is falling apart. A new play about what – and who – we consume. Rising star writer Rose Lewenstein has already produced several arresting works, including (with Russell Bender) the intricately choreographed and intriguing show Game Of Life, produced at the Yard Theatre in East London in 2014 (someone smart will revive this and do very well from it). COUGAR is co-produced with English Touring Theatre.


March

The Phlebotomist

One of last year’s best discoveries was THE PHLEBOTOMIST, Ella Road’s debut play, at the Hampstead Theatre Downstairs. Set in a tantalisingly near future, the drama revolves around how each individual’s potential future life is completely predetermined….by the score from one single blood test. The audience I was with absolutely hugged this play from start to finish. This March, the play returns, this time moving to Hampstead’s larger Main House (one of the few plays to have made that leap). Repeating her dynamic performance from last year, Jade Anouka plays the title role. It will be interesting to see how it makes the transition to the larger Main House after the intimacy of the smaller Downstairs studio, however the strength of the writing means that I have already rebooked. This show seems to me to have TV potential. Playing 19 March to 20 April.


HAIR 50th Anniversary production

The much – acclaimed 50th anniversary production of the hit tribal rock musical HAIR tours UK regional theatres from March to July. Cast includes Marcus Collins (TV’s X-Factor, Hairspray), Jake Quickenden (Dancing on Ice) and a relative newcomer with a fantastic voice, Kelly Sweeney (watch out for her!).


Little Miss Sunshine


LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE was a wildly successful 2006 road movie , and now a musical version originating from Off-Broadway gets its European premiere at the Arcola, where it runs from 21 March to 11 May. This show is the first major collaboration between the Arcola and Selladoor productions, the prolific global entertainment producers. Catch it on an extensive UK tour from May until October.


April

Planet Earth III

Luke Rollason is one of the funniest people on this planet. His hugely-popular show PLANET EARTH III returns to London after success around the world. A low-budget, one-man nature documentary set in a future where our worst predictions came true – following ecological collapse, thousands of endangered species are extinct, including the BBC. But one plucky (and unpaid) intern isn’t giving up, and right on programming schedule, we’re getting series three. Armed with only obsolete office supplies and a surreal imagination, nature’s weirdest are brought back to life by the ‘hugely entertaining’ (Chortle website) Luke Rollason. There is a wonderful inspired lunacy to his edgy creativity that often reminds me of the best early work of Complicite. Give yourself a treat and go – I promise you’ll never look at a paper clip the same way again! At Soho Theatre from 3 to 6 April.


Ain’t Misbehavin’

You want another great musical? Here’s a diamond! Tyrone Huntley (star of January’s Leave to Remain) makes his directorial debut with the exuberant and effervescent Fats Waller musical AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’ which runs at Southwark Playhouse from 19 April to 1 June. Join an extraordinary group of performers on a journey through a defining period of American musical history, the 1920s and 30s Harlem Renaissance – where joints were jumpin’ with talented dancers, singers and instrumentalists jamming to a new beat known as swing. Having notched up substantial West End runs in 1979 and 1995, this first major revival in over 20 years is choreographed by Oti Mabuse (Strictly Come Dancing) in her theatrical choreographing debut. It will hopefully enjoy a tour on top of this run and at Colchester Mercury, which co-produces with Paul Taylor-Mills. This one’s a party!


May

This Island’s Mine

At The King’s Head Theatre from 15 May to 8 June, Ardent Theatre is staging the first major revival of Philip Osment’s compelling and compassionate THIS ISLAND’S MINE in 30 years since its first performances and subsequent UK tour. Directed by acclaimed Philip Wilson (“Wilson has a Midas touch with emotionally sophisticated drama” Variety). Set in 1980s Britain, individual stories of fleeing prejudice against race, sex and sexuality – stories of first loves and old flames, alliances and abandonment, missed opportunities and new chances – begin to intertwine, to paint a vivid picture of the collective experience of those who are made to feel ‘outsiders’, echoed by those who have seen this intolerance before. Three decades after it was written and acclaimed, Philip Osment’s passionate play of outsiders, exiles and refugees, is all too resonant and contemporary.


Death Of A Salesman

The phenomenal Sharon D Clarke (currently receiving justified standing ovations for CAROLINE, OR CHANGE), moves to London’s Young Vic for Arthur Miller’s classic DEATH OF A SALESMAN where she plays Linda, the fiercely loyal but downtrodden wife of Willy Loman, opposite Wendell Pierce (The Wire) as Willy and Arinze Kene (Misty) as Biff, and co-directed by the formidable Marianne Elliott (War Horse, Curious Incident, Company). The play runs from 1 May to 29 June.


Rutherford and Son

Inspired by her own experience of growing up in a family-run factory in Gateshead, Githa Sowerby’s astonishing, significant 1912 play RUTHERFORD AND SON is a searing depiction of class, gender and generational warfare which now stands alongside Ibsen and Bernard Shaw. Roger Allam (Les Misérables, The Thick of It) returns to the National Theatre for the first time in a decade to play Rutherford in this new production directed by Polly Findlay (Beginning). In a Northern industrial town, John Rutherford rules both factory and family with an iron will. But even as the furnaces burn relentlessly at the Glassworks, at home his children begin to turn against him. Allam is always worth seeing (he was great in David Hare’s The Moderate Soprano last year), but this production will have to fire on all cylinders to rival the very good Northern Broadsides’ production, directed by Jonathan Miller, which toured the UK in 2013. Playing from June onwards.


June

The Sweet Science of Bruising

Pioneering female boxers of the nineteenth century scored a big hit at Southwark Playhouse in 2018 in Troupe’s THE SWEET SCIENCE OF BRUISING. Now this great show gets an encore, this time at the perfect venue for a Victorian-set play, Wilton’s Music Hall (if you haven’t been, GO, you are missing an atmospheric treat). The play concerns a handful of women who enter the dark and underground world of ladies’ boxing, showing the effects and prices paid by each of them. An accomplished new play by Joy Wilkinson, the whole thing just flew by and the audience were wholly engaged by the staging, sound design and highly atmospheric production. Fascinating story, good acting and writing, and in my view TV potential. I can’t wait to see it again.


On Your Feet!

If you have blood in your veins, this show will get it pumping. Broadway’s hit Gloria Estefan biographical musical ON YOUR FEET! Will be raising the temperature – and no doubt the roof- at the Coliseum for a limited run from June 14 to August 31 (after a week at Leicester Curve, 3 to 8 June). Directed by two-time Tony Award winner Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots, Legally Blonde), with choreography by Olivier Award-winner Sergio Trujillo (Jersey Boys) and book by Academy Award winner Alexander Dinelaris (Birdman). Expect relentless Latin hits and a great night out.


Sancho: An Act of Remembrance

Here’s a delight. Paterson Joseph’s self-penned one man show tells the fascinating and colourful story of the life of the first Afro-Briton to vote in a British general election, Charles ‘Sancho’ Ignatius. Joseph gives a thoroughly engaging performance in a well-told story that although perhaps just slightly too long, caught the audience’s imagination consistently. A charming, educational and surprising show, SANCHO: AN ACT OF REMEMBRANCE is at Richmond’s Orange Tree Theatre on 30 June.


and further ahead…

Blues in the Night

Now here’s a cast for you! In July, the The Olivier and Tony Award nominated musical BLUES IN THE NIGHT sees its first major London revival in 30 years at the Kiln Theatre in Kilburn. Directed by Susie McKenna and starring Olivier Award winners Sharon D. Clarke (Caroline or Change, Ghost, Amen Corner) and Clive Rowe (Guys and Dolls, Carousel), Blues in the Night is a scorching compilation of 26 hot and torchy blues numbers that frame the lives and loves of four residents of a downtown hotel. Featuring soul-filled songs by blues and jazz icons Bessie Smith, Duke Ellington, Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen and many more, it runs from 18 July to 7 September – and no doubt continuing elsewhere….


Mame

She’ll coax the blues right out of the horn! Jerry Herman’s feel-good musical comedy MAME has its first UK revival for 50 years at the Hope Mill Theatre in Manchester starring two-time Olivier Award winner Tracie Bennett (following on from her season in Follies at the National Theatre) who will undoubtedly dazzle in the title role. Now, who will be Vera?…….. This run must surely preface a national tour. MAME plays from September 27 to November 9. Are you humming yet? I am…..