Key Theatre spring preview: Drama, music, dance, comedy and fantastic family fun

My Dog's Got No Nose at the Key Theatre
My Dog's Got No Nose at the Key Theatre
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The curtain has come down on the Key panto for another season, and now the theatre is readying itself for a busy and varied spring season.

Some old favourites will be welcomed back as well as there being a number of first visits to the Key when proceedings are kicked of by the returning Eastern Angles theatre company presenting The Mystery of St Finnigan’s Elbow (27-31 January).

The Stage on Screen seasons always prove popular and show no signs of letting up. There are two showings of Treasure Island (22 January and 18 February) followed by classics from the Royal Opera House including Andre Chénier (29 January), Der Fliegende Hollander (February 24) and Swan Lake (17 March) plus live from the Royal Shakespeare Company Love’s Labour’s Lost (11 February) and Love’s Labour’s Won (March 4).

For those that like a bit of humour the popular Key Comedy Festival is back with shows from March 11 to March 16.

There’s a strong line up including John Shuttleworth (March 11), Count Arthur Strong (March 12), The Reduced Shakespeare Company (13 March), Little Howard’s Big Show for Kids (March 14) and Rich Hall (March 14) plus a host of performances in the studio.

For those into dance who would like to introduce their little ones to the world of theatre and dance, Northern Ballet Theatre presents Elves & the Shoemaker (March 30) for three fantastic performances which last approximately 40 minutes. A perfect opportunity to introduce your little ones to live ballet, music and theatre

There’s plenty of drama packed in too, with the highlights featuring funny man Damian Williams in My Dog’s Got No Nose (3-4 February), John Godber’s smash hit comedy Bouncers (12-14 February) and Tara Arts as they bring their interpretation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth (28-29 April).

And it wouldn’t be the same without some fantastic family shows for all ages. At half term say hello to the nation’s favourite fox, Basil Brush (22 February) with his brand new live show. Then, get up close and personal with some awesome prehistoric creatures in Dinosaur Zoo (February 25-26).

As always, music provides a staple diet at the Key and this season is no different.

Highlights include the National Youth Jazz Orchestra (8 February), Songbird: The Music of Eva Cassidy (20 February), A Night of Dirty Dancing (3 March), The Maurizio Minardi Quartet (17 March), The Real Thing (2 April) and Stacey Kent (April 4).

For more show information as well as full show details visit or call the Box Office on 01733 207 239 to book your tickets.