Shakespeare with a modern twist, great comedy, music hall and tributes to some great bands go towards making up the summer season at the Key Theatre.
Tara Arts offer a brand new captivating take on Macbeth (April 28-29) transposed into the setting of a contemporary Asian family living in England, adding a new dimension of social relevance to Shakespeare’s darkest play.
Families and the discerning patron alike can get even more out of the play by booking for our two unprecedentedly low-price open access workshops (April 19) at just £1 each, practically exploring ‘New Approaches to Shakespeare’ and getting to grips with his rich Jacobean language.
Families and youngsters this season can also relax with The Tiger Who Came to Tea (June 29-30), climb aboard the Ark with the animals for Noah – The Musical Adventure (May 28) or or fly high above the sea with Dedalus and Icarus in Hop (May 25) – a magical dance performance for ages 4+.
Alternatively, get messy and reckless with Ministry of Science – LIVE (May 12) who will build a hovercraft live on stage, shoot hydrogen rockets right into the audience and boldly go where no person has gone before… France.
You can beat the South Bank summer crowds with the Key’s ever-popular Stage on Screen season. With critically acclaimed ballet, opera and fantastic drama performances of La Fille Mal Gardée (May 5), The Hard Problem (May 6), Man and Superman (May 14), La Bohème (June 10) and Shakespeare’s Othello (August 26), there is bound to be something for all culture vultures.
Following the hugely successful comedy festival, the Key Comedy Nights welcome headline stand-up acts Ray Peacock (May 15) and Daliso Chapondo (June 12) as well as a chance to see some excellent up and coming support acts from the national circuit before they hit the big time.
The Key also plays host to some highly acclaimed feature length touring shows including Richard Herring – Lord of the Dance Settee (May 10) and Katherine Ryan – Glam Role Model (July 1) as well as two whole nights of Edinburgh Fringe Previews from Andrew Maxwell & John Robins (July 10) and Pete Firman & Mike Wozniak (July 24).
Any nostalgia-addicts, or perhaps just those who want a bit of everything, can take a trip through time (or across the Pacific!) for some excellent variety shows. Magnificent Music Hall (May 9), promises “song, dance, magic and laughter” summoning up the high spirits of that golden era of entertainment, We’ll Meet Again (May 17) celebrates the music and comedy of wartime legends such as George Formby, Gracie Fields and, of course, Dame Vera Lynn, whilst The Lady Boys of Bangkok - Beauties & the Beats (June 17) are back by popular demand with a blazing hot production that seamlessly blends comedy and chart topping hits with top-notch choreography to bring you a show like no other!
The Key Theatre also continues to boast some of the best tribute acts around, allowing patrons as an authentic live experience as possible of bands and groups that may no longer perform together.
Talon recreate some of the most iconic sounds of the 20th century with their tribute to The Eagles (May 16), Oasis UK (June 13) restore Cool-Britannia with their tribute to one Manchester’s finest bands of the 90s and Unforgettable (June 28) will take you down memory lane with the greatest hits from the Beatles to the Drifters and everything in between.
Finally, with some of the biggest names in the world of folk we are proud to present Bella Hardy and her With the Dawn tour (Wed 13 May) plus Simpson, Cutting and Kerr (Fri 19 June) take to the Key stage with songs from their newest album.