Look ahead to 2018: Theatre & Performance

From home-grown productions created by Hull’s talented theatre companies, to world-class productions streamed live by the National Theatre and Royal Shakespeare Company, there’s plenty of theatre and performance action coming your way in the next six months.

The Culture – A Farce in Two Acts

Fri 26 Jan – Sat 17 Feb 2018, 2pm / 7.30pm (£22.50 – £12)
Hull Truck

Acclaimed playwright and University of Hull alumni James Graham was granted behind the scenes access to Hull 2017 projects to produce this hilarious satirical farce, examining the ‘culture’ of culture, and the inner workings of the organisation.

What could go wrong when the monitoring and evaluation team presents The Audit – a measurement of the impact ‘the culture’ has had on the city? Can their logic models, outcome evaluations and statistical analyses really measure its impact on the people of Hull?

This co-production between Hull Truck Theatre and Hull 2017 is directed by Mark Babych.

Back To Ours Festival

Tues 13 – Sun 18 Feb 2018
Community venues across Hull

Although the line-up is yet to be announced, we can guarantee the next Back To Ours Festival will be just as exciting in 2018. Highlights in 2017 have included Black Grape, LIFE, family-friendly film screenings from Picture House and a huge range of theatre and dance shows. There’s plenty to look forward to from Back To Ours in 2018…

Austen The Musical

Fri 26 – Sat 27 Jan, 7.30pm (£13-7.50)
East Riding Theatre

Award-winning playwright Rob Winlow presents a new musical adaptation of the life of Jane Austen. The story follows Jane’s transition from a country parson’s daughter to one of the most widely-read writers in English Literature.

The play explores Austen’s plight to have her work published in a male dominated world, her rejection of a woman’s conventional lifestyle in Georgian England, heartbreaks and failed romances.


Tue 13 – Sat 17 Feb, 1.45pm / 7.15pm (£31.50-16.50)
Hull New Theatre

The Royal Shakespeare Company takes Shakespeare’s searing tragedy of murder and revenge on national tour in 2018, following a critically acclaimed run in Stratford-upon-Avon in 2016.

Hamlet had the world at his feet, but now everything has changed. Sent by the ghost of his father to avenge his brutal death, Hamlet’s mission to expose the truth is a perilous journey of madness, murder and lost love. What will become of a young man sent to kill?

Bold Knights of Great Britain

Tue 20 – Sat 24 Feb, 7pm (£10)
Hull Truck Theatre

This dark comedy from Hull’s own Silent Uproar follows an unemployed teenager, Jayne, who sets out to join a group of self-appointed guardians of the nation known as The Glorious Knights of Britain. She embarks on a quest that takes in the history of UK migration and includes a meeting with the legendary King Arthur himself.

Can she become the knight in shining armour that Britain truly needs?

Turn and Face the Strange

Wed 21 – Sat 24 Feb, 2.30pm / 8pm (£22.50-12)
Hull Truck Theatre

Following a run of sell-out shows in 2017, Turn and Face the Strange returns to the stage to tell the story of the legendary local musician, Mick Ronson.

Written by Garry Burnett and Made In Hull writer Rupert Creed, Turn and Face the Strange takes audiences on an audio-visual journey through the life and music of one of Hull’s most creative pioneers.

The Scary Bikers

Tues 27 Feb – Sat 3 Mar, 7.30pm (£22.50 – £15)
Hull Truck Theatre

John Godber’s band new comedy follows Don and Carol on an arduous bike ride across Europe. Together they reconcile the past, debate the present and worry about the future on their hilarious and heartfelt journey. Whether they are saddle sore in Southampton or blistered in Bordeaux, one thing is for sure, it takes two to tandem!

Royal Shakespeare Company & National Theatre Live Screenings

Various dates, Feb – Jul (£14-12)
Hull Truck Studio

Some of Shakespeare’s most well know productions are live streamed from the Royal Shakespeare Company to Hull Truck and selected cinemas across the UK.

Two twins are separated in a shipwreck, and forced to fend for themselves in a strange land in Shakespeare’s comedy Twelfth Night; driven on by three witches prophecies, Macbeth sets out on a murderous quest for power and political gain; and finally, family feuds lead to heart breaking consequences in the most famous story of love at first sight, Romeo & Juliet.

NT Live
National Theatre will broadcast two productions live, from both the Bridge Theatre and the Young Vic.

Family secrets and sexual tensions are rife in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. The scorching Mississippi heat is almost as oppressive as the lies Brick and Maggie tell.

Julius Caesar returns in triumph to Rome, whilst the people pour out of their homes to celebrate, the educated élite conspire to bring him down.

Flashdance the Musical

Tue 13 – Sat 17 Mar, 7.30pm (£32.50-17.50)
Bridlington Spa

Based on the 1983 Paramount Pictures film, Flashdance is an uplifting musical about the power of following your dreams.

18-year old Alex (Strictly Come Dancing’s Champion, Joanne Clifton), is a welder by day and ‘flashdancer’ by night. She dreams of going to the prestigious Shipley Dance Academy and becoming a professional dancer. When a romance complicates her ambitions, she harnesses it to drive her dream.


Wed 14 – Thur 15 Mar, 8pm (£20 – £15)
Hull Truck Theatre

Olivier Award-nominated actress Josette Bushell-Mingo draws together tales from the life of Nina Simone and her own extraordinary career. Touching upon the 1960s civil rights movement, and drawing into parallel the struggles of the civil rights movement today.

The Play That Goes Wrong

Mon 21 May – Sat 26 May, 7.30pm (£31.50-16.50)
Hull New Theatre

The accident-prone Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society battle on against the odds to reach their final curtain call of their 1920s murder mystery show. As the title suggests, everything that could possibly go wrong does, in this multi award-winning smash hit comedy.

Mamma Mia!

31 May – 3 Jun 2018, 7.30pm (From £19.50)
Hull New Theatre

Love, friendship and identity is told through the timeless hits of ABBA in the international touring smash-hit musical, Mamma Mia!

Sophie’s quest to discover the father she’s never known brings her mother face to face with three men from her distant romantic past on the eve of a Greek wedding they’ll never forget!

Beach Body Ready

18 – 19 Jul, 8pm (£12)
Hull Truck Theatre

It’s summer, the season of cutting carbs, hitting it hard at the gym and shaving everything from the chin down. Forget your ingrained fears, the toxic advertising and taking desperate measures to ditch the spare pounds instantly. Join The Roaring Girls in defiantly sticking two fingers up to everything the media said you should look like!