The Richmond Theatre have announced their new 2016 season, which includes the critically acclaimed Regent’s Park production of Lord of the Flies as one of the programme highlights.
Following the venue’s pantomime production of Cinderella, which runs from 4th December 2015 to 10th January, the 2016 season line-up will feature a selection of past and present West End alongside musical and comedy entertainment and some regional theatre favourites.
Timothy Sheader’s version of the William Golding classic, Lord of the Flies, comes to the Richmond Theatre from 19th to 23rd January, direct from its original run at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre this summer. Returning to the venue after that is Willy Russell’s smash hit musical Blood Brothers fresh from a sell-out autumn tour, with Lyn Paul reprising her iconic role of Mrs Johnson during the show’s run 25th to 30th January 2016.
Another hit West End musical in the 2016 line-up is Richard O’Brien’s cult classic, The Rocky Horror Show, which recently ran at the Playhouse Theatre in London and will visit the Richmond Theatre for one week only, from 2nd to 7th May. The touring production stars Diana Vickers as Janet and Ben Freeman as Brad, along with Paul Cattermole as Eddie/Dr Scott and Kristian Lavercombe back as Riff Raff. Other musical theatre treats include the Broadway classic 42nd Street (8th-12th March), Andrew Lloyd Webber and Don Black’s Tell Me On A Sunday starring Jodie Prenger (13th March), Tom. A Story of Tom Jones. The Musical (17th-21st May), and the Judy Garland tribute musical End of the Rainbow (24th-28th May).
Out of the West End, we also see the Olivier Award-winning The 39 Steps (22nd-27th February), the Chichester Festival Theatre production of Goodnight Mister Tom (5th-9th April), The Father (11th-16th April), Stephen Daldry’s An Inspector Calls (19th-23rd April) and Bruce Norris’ Clybourne Park (25th-30th April).
Stand-up comic Brian Conley brings his new live show, Brian Conley: Live and Dangerous, to the Richmond Theatre for a one-night-only gig on 28th February, followed by Ed Byrne: Outside, Looking In on 20th March.
Other highlights include the Moscow City Ballet’s Swan Lake (3rd-5th February) and The Nutcracker (6th-8th February), the Chichester Festival and Birmingham Repertory Theatre co-production of Alan Bennett’s Single Spies (1st-5th March), Get Carter (15th-19th March), the world premiere of David Walliams’ childrens favourite Gangsta Granny (22nd-26th March), Hobson’s Choice starring Martin Shaw (28th March-2nd April), and the new musical adaption of the critically acclaimed Essence of Ireland – Ireland’s Call (24th April).