Theatr Clwyd’s new season of theatre from February has a carefully-chosen line-up of home-grown shows and touring productions – including some previously cancelled due to the pandemic.
Getting on stage at last will be musical comedy co-production Milky Peaks (April 1-22, 2022), consigned to cancellation only a week before it was due to open in 2020 and now a highlight of the season
The show reunites writer Seiriol Davies with the same collaborators who produced the critically-acclaimed show How to Win Against History, and it will be performed in The Mix – part of the temporary village that will play host to several productions while the building undergoes redevelopment.
Musicals on stage this spring include the queens of Six (February 22-26), which also returns after cancellation during the pandemic. The wives of Henry VIII tell their side of the story in a show that has become a wildly-successful, post-pandemic phenomenon.
Also hotly anticipated by drama fans will be the premiere of the stage version of the century's biggest-selling book, The Da Vinci Code (February 14-19). Olivier-award winning Nigel Harman, Red Dwarf and Death in Paradise star Danny John-Jules and newcomer Hannah Rose Caton will lead the cast in Dan Brown’s story, the starting point of which is the murder of the curator of the Louvre in Paris. Alongside his body is a series of baffling codes, and Professor Robert Langdon and fellow cryptologist Sophie Neveu must solve the riddles in a breathless race through the streets of Europe.
Two more musical phenomena come up in April and May: first Jim Cartwright’s The Rise and Fall of Little Voice (April 18-23), which stars one-time Corrie favourite Shobna Gulati, Emmerdale’s Ian Kelsey and two-time Drama Desk Award nominee, Christina Bianco. The often hilarious Northern fairy tale famously sees a shy girl blossom as a singer before retreating back to her shell.
Second comes an even bigger hit – one of the biggest in British musical history – Willy Russell’s tragic Blood Brothers (May 2-7), which surely has been seen by everyone by now, probably several times!
London Classic Theatre’s 2022 classic drama revival is Bernard Slade’s 1975 romantic comedy Same Time, Next Year (February 8-12), while The Three Musketeers, A Comedy Adventure (March 1-5) roars into Mold with heroics, raucous romance and bonkers fun blazing.
Northern Broadsides bring their new production of Shakespeare’s comedy As You Like It in April (April 11-16), while The Legend of Sleepy Hollow – recently seen in Oldham, is at Clwyd from March 8-12.
A big name cast featuring Patrick Duffy (Dallas), Linda Purl (Happy Days) and Gray O’Brien (Coronation Street) star in a touring production of the play Catch Me If You Can, a comedy thriller in which nothing is as it seems and no one is as they appear (March 28-April 4, and not to be confused with the stage musical about con-man Frank Abagnale).
There are many more shows and performances in the full spring listing: go here to see them all.