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Bill Kenwright Ltd Announces Spring 2024 Touring Productions

CALENDAR GIRLS THE MUSICAL | From 10 January 2024
The girls are back – with even more laughter, more joy, more songs – and bigger iced buns! After opening to rave reviews this autumn, the freshly reimagined UK tour of the smash-hit production Calendar Girls the Musical, written by Gary Barlow and Tim Firth continues in 2024.

Calendar GirlsCalendar Girls the Musical brings together a stunning cast of music, stage, and television stars. Baring it all in 2024 are Laurie Brett (EastEnders), Helen Pearson (Hollyoaks), Samantha Seager (Coronation Street), Maureen Nolan (The Nolans, Blood Brothers), Lyn Paul (The New Seekers, Blood Brothers), Honeysuckle Weeks (Foyle’s War). They are joined by Liz Carney, Colin R Campbell, Andrew Tuton, Jayne Ashley, and Victoria Hay.

The real-life story of the Calendar Girls launched a global phenomenon: a million copycat calendars, a record-breaking movie, stage play and now a musical written by Gary Barlow and Tim Firth which coined the term “craughing” – the act of crying and laughing at the same time!

With unforgettable songs, every performance continues to add to the millions already raised for Blood Cancer UK and prove that there is no such thing as an ordinary woman.

Following the death of a much-loved husband, a group of ordinary women in a small Yorkshire Women’s Institute are prompted to do an extraordinary thing and set about creating a nude calendar to raise money for charity. But upturning preconceptions is a dangerous business and none of the women are prepared for the emotional and personal ramifications they will face as the fabulous and funny calendar brings each woman unexpectedly into flower.

TWELVE ANGRY MEN | From 16 January 2024
Twelve Angry MenFollowing previous recording-breaking West End seasons, and a critically acclaimed tour in 2023, this powerful production of Twelve Angry Men is back in session and continues across the UK and Ireland in 2024!

Reginald Rose’s gripping knife-edge courtroom thriller stars Jason Merrells (Casualty, Emmerdale), Tristan Gemmill (Coronation Street, Casualty), Michael Greco (EastEnders, The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes), Ben Nealon (Soldier Soldier, Doctors), Gary Webster (Minder, Family Affairs), and Gray O’Brien (Coronation Street, Peak Practice).

Completing the cast are Paul Beech, Samarge Hamilton, Jeffrey Harmer, Mark Heenehan, Kenneth Jay, Paul Lavers, and Owen Oldroyd.

Twelve Angry Men has been hailed ‘the classiest, most intelligent drama playing on the West End’ with two west end seasons at London’s Garrick Theatre starring Martin Shaw followed by Tom Conti. It brings the 1957 three-time Academy Award nominated film, considered one of the great ‘must-sees’ of all time, to the stage.

A jury has murder on their minds and a life in their hands as they decide the fate of a young delinquent accused of killing his father. But what appears to be an open and shut case soon becomes a huge dilemma, as prejudices and preconceived ideas about the accused, the trial, and each other turn the tables every which way, until the nail-biting climax…

The audience at Theatre Royal Brighton, obviously enjoyed this play, as I did, giving it a spontaneous standing ovation! If you did not see this Bill Kenwright production in London’s West End, it is well worth the trip to Brighton this week! John Groves, LondonTheatre1

BLOOD BROTHERS | From 16 January 2024
Blood BrothersThe legendary, award-winning production of the international smash hit musical, Blood Brothers continues to tour across the UK. The much-loved musical, known for sell out houses across the country, returns in the new year starting at the New Victoria Theatre, Woking from 16 January 2024.

Niki Colwell Evans and Sean Jones will continue to play the iconic roles of Mrs Johnstone and Mickey Johnstone respectively, with Gemma Broderick reprising her role of Linda, and Joe Sleight as Eddie.

Also returning to the cast for 2024 is Timothy Lucas (Sammy), Josh Capper (Neighbour), Sarah Jane Buckley (Mrs Lyons), Tim Churchill (Mr Lyons), Jess Smith (Brenda), Graeme Kinniburgh (Postman/Bus Conductor), Chloe Pole (Donna Marie) and Alex Harland (Policeman / Teacher) with further casting to be announced.

Award-winning playwright Willy Russell’s epic tale of Liverpool life started as a play, performed at a Liverpool comprehensive school in 1981, before opening at the Liverpool Playhouse in 1983. The musical has since triumphed across the globe, completing sell out seasons in the US, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and Japan. Few musicals have been received with such acclaim as the multi-award-winning Blood Brothers, scooping up four awards for Best Musical in London and seven Tony Award nominations on Broadway, it is considered ‘one of the best musicals ever written’ (Sunday Times). Bill Kenwright Ltd.’s production surpassed 10,000 performances in London’s West End, one of only three musicals ever to achieve that milestone.

Blood Brothers tells the captivating and moving tale of twins separated at birth, who grow up on the opposite sides of the tracks, only to meet again with tragic consequences.

When Mrs Johnstone, a young mother, is deserted by her husband and left to her own devices to provide for seven hungry children she takes a job as a housekeeper to make ends meet. It is not long before her brittle world crashes around her when she discovers herself to be pregnant yet again – this time with twins! In a moment of weakness and desperation, she enters a secret pact with her employer which leads inexorably to the show’s shattering climax.

SLEUTH | From 31 January 2024
SleuthAnthony Shaffer’s masterpiece, directed by the award-winning Rachel Kavanaugh (The RSC/Chichester Festival Theatre), Sleuth will be taking to the stage in 2024 with Todd Boyce (Coronation Street’s notorious baddie, Stephen Reid) and Neil McDermott (EastEnders, The Royal) set to star.

This dark psychological ‘thriller about thrillers’ makes for an intriguing study of human conflict, jealousy, and manipulation. Proving to be far more than a ‘whodunnit’, it promises to baffle even the most proficient sleuth!

Sleuth is one of the greatest ever stage thrillers and played for a total of 12 years in both London and New York, winning the Tony Award for Best Play. It also became the inspiration for the hugely successful film starring Laurence Olivier and Michael Caine. From next year audiences up and down the UK will get the chance to see this award-winning play, starting at Theatre Royal Windsor from 31 January 2024, touring into the spring.

A young man arrives at the impressive home of a famous mystery writer, only to be unwittingly drawn into a tangled web of intrigue and gamesmanship, where nothing is quite as it seems…

LISTINGS
Bill Kenwright LTD presents:

CALENDAR GIRLS THE MUSICAL
2024 UK Tour
Written by Gary Barlow and Tim Firth
Directed by Jonathan O’Boyle
Design by Gary McCann
Lighting by Nick Richings
Musical Direction by Jordan Alexander

TOUR DATES
Churchill Theatre, Bromley
Wed 10 Jan – Sat 13 Jan 2024 0343 310 0020

The Lowry, Salford
thelowry.com
Tue 16 Jan – Sat 20 Jan 2024 0161 876 2000

Winter Gardens, Blackpool
wintergardensblackpool.co.uk
Tue 23 Jan – Sat 27 Jan 2024 0844 770 0593

Alhambra Theatre, Bradford
Tue 30 Jan – Sat 03 Feb 2024 01274 432000

Grand Opera House, York
Tue 06 Feb – Sat 10 Feb 2024

His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen
aberdeenperformingarts.com
Tue 13 Feb – Sat 17 Feb 2024 01224 641122

Kings Theatre, Glasgow
Tue 20 Feb – Sat 24 Feb 2024

Theatre Royal Bath
theatreroyal.org.uk
Tue 05 March – Sat 09 March 2024 01225 448844

Theatre Royal Windsor
theatreroyalwindsor.co.uk
Tue 12 March – Sat 16 March 2024 01753 853 888

Aylesbury Waterside Theatre
Tue 19 March – Sat 23 March 2024

New Victoria Theatre, Woking
Tue 26 March – Sat 30 March 2024

Theatre Royal, Norwich
norwichtheatre.org
Tue 02 April – Sat 06 April 2024 01603 630 000

The Hawth, Crawley
hawth.co.uk
Tue 09 April – Sat 13 April 2024 01293 553636

Bill Kenwright LTD presents:
TWELVE ANGRY MEN
2024 UK Tour
Written by Reginald Rose
Directed by Christopher Haydon
Associate Director Tim Welton
Design by Michael Pavelka
Lighting Design by Chris Davey
Sound Design by Andy Graham

TOUR DATES – FURTHER DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED

The Marlowe, Canterbury
marlowetheatre.com
Tue 16 Jan – Sat 20 Jan 2024 01227 787787

The Lighthouse, Poole
lighthousepoole.co.uk
Mon 22 Jan – Sat 27 Jan 2024 01202 280000

Derby Theatre
derbytheatre.co.uk
Mon 29 Jan – Sat 3 Feb 2024 01332 59 39 39

Richmond Theatre
Mon 5 Feb – Sat 10 Feb 2024

Milton Keynes Theatre
Mon 12 Feb – Sat 17 Feb 2024

His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen
aberdeenperformingarts.com
Tue 20 Feb – Sat 24 Feb 2024 01224 641122

The Lowry, Salford
thelowry.com
Tue 27 Feb – Say 2 March 2024 0161 876 2000

Festival Theatre, Malvern
malvern-theatres.co.uk
Mon 4 March – Sat 9 March 2024 01684 892277

Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford
yvonne-arnaud.co.uk
Tue 12 March – Sat 16 March 2024 01483 44 00 00

Theatre Royal, Windsor
theatreroyalwindsor.co.uk
Mon 25 March – Sat 30 March 2024 01753 853888

Lichfield Garrick
lichfieldgarrick.com
Mon 8 April – Sat 13 April 2024 01543 412121

Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, Dublin
bordgaisenergytheatre.ie
Tue 16 April – Sat 20 April 353 (0) 1 677 7999

The Grand Theatre, Blackpool
blackpoolgrand.co.uk
Mon 29 April – Sat 4 May 2024 01253 290190

The Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton
grandtheatre.co.uk
Mon 6 May – Sat 11 May 2024 01902 42 92 12

Bill Kenwright LTD presents:
BLOOD BROTHERS
2024 UK Tour
Written by Willy Russell
Directed by Bob Tomson & Bill Kenwright
Resident Director Tim Churchill
Design by Andy Walmsley
Lighting Design by Nick Richings
Sound Design by Dan Samson
Musical Direction by Matt Malone

TOUR DATES – FURTHER DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED

New Victoria Theatre, Woking
Tue 16 Jan – Sat 20 Jan 2024

Festival Theatre, Malvern
malvern-theatres.co.uk
Tue 23 Jan – Sat 27 Jan 2024 01684 892277

Floral Pavilion Theatre, New Brighton
floralpavilion.com
Tue 06 Feb – Sat 10 Feb 2024 0151 666 0000

Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury
theatresevern.co.uk
Tue 13 Feb – Sat 17 Feb 2024 01743 281281

Mayflower Theatre, Southampton
mayflower.org.uk
Tue 27 Feb – Sat 2 Mar 2024 02380 711811

Alive Corn Exchange, Kings Lynn
Tue 12 March – Sat 16 March 2024 01553 764864

Princess Theatre, Torquay
Tue 19 March – Sat 23 March 2024

Forum Theatre, Billingham
forumtheatrebillingham.co.uk
Tue 26 March – Sat 30 March 2024 01642 552663

Theatre Royal, Bath
theatreroyal.org.uk
Tue 9 April – Sat 13 April 01225 448844

Curve, Leicester
curveonline.co.uk
Tue 23 April – Sat 27 April 2024 0116 242 3595

Birmingham Hippodrome
birminghamhippodrome.com
Tue 30 April – Sat 4 May 2024 0844 338 5000

Bill Kenwright LTD presents:
SLEUTH
2024 UK Tour
Written by Anthony Shaffer
Directed by Rachel Kavanaugh
Design by Julie Godfrey
Lighting Design by Tim Oliver
Sound Design by Andy Graham

TOUR DATES – FURTHER DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED

Theatre Royal, Windsor
theatreroyalwindsor.co.uk
Wed 31 Jan – Sat 10 Feb 2024 01753 853888

Theatre Royal, Bath
theatreroyal.org.uk
Mon 12 Feb – Sat 17 Feb 2024 01225 448844

Princess Theatre, Torquay
Tue 19 Feb – Sat 24 Feb 2024

Grand Opera House, York
Mon 26 Feb – Sat 2 March 2024

Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne
eastbournetheatres.co.uk
Mon 4 March – Sat 9 March 2024 01323 412000

Alhambra Theatre, Bradford
bradford-theatres.co.uk
Wed 13 March – Sat 16 March 2024 01274 432000

Palace Theatre, Southend
trafalgartickets.com/palace-theatre-southend
Mon 25 March – Sat 30 March 2024 0343 310 0030

Festival Theatre, Malvern
malvern-theatres.co.uk
Mon 8 April – Sat 13 April 2024 01684 892277

Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
everymantheatre.org.uk
Mon 15 April – Sat 20 April 2024 01242 572 573

Yvonne Arnaud, Guildford
yvonne-arnaud.co.uk
Mon 22 April – Sat 27 April 2024 01483 44 00 00

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