The appearance of the sun heralds the start of the long-awaited warmer months as well as the arrival of Hull Theatres’ sensational summer programme bursting with top-quality entertainment for all.
David Walliams’ Awful Auntie (17-20 May) raises the curtain on Hull New Theatre’s energetic family programme that also includes the award-winning Gangsta Granny (5-8 July), Bing Live! (21 & 22 July), Dinosaur World Live (9-11 August) and Peppa Pig (1 & 2 September).
Dance aficionados will be delighted by their options; balletLORENT’s contemporary re-telling of Grimm’s fairytale Rumpelstiltskin, retold by Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy with music by Dr Who composer Murray Gold (10 & 11 May). Plus, Strictly Come Dancing’s Aljaz and Janette’s tribute to the inimitable Fred Astaire – Remembering Fred (12 May),as well as the award-winning Northern Ballet’s breath-taking children’s ballet, Ugly Duckling back in the spotlight for the first time since 2013 (14 May).
There’s plenty to laugh about too as the multi award-winning The Play That Goes Wrong (21-26 May) stops off at Hull New Theatre on a nationwide tour, while Joe Pasquale recreates the lovable accident-prone Frank Spencer in Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em (26-30 June) and John Godber continues the King family saga in Long Live The Kings of Hull (5-15 September). The laughter continues at Hull City Hall with a fantastic line-up of comics including stand-ups Brian Conley (23 May), Jason Manford (13 June) and Chris Ramsey (29 June).
The world-class roster of entertainment continues into the music programme which boasts monthly organ recitals and afternoon tea dances alongside Shalamar (3 May), Shane Filan (4 May), Frank Turner (8 May), The Waterboys (10 May), Opera North’s Salome (16 May), the Halle Orchestra (24 May), A Country Night in Nashville (22 June), The Black Dyke Band (30 June), Jools Holland (1 July) and Showaddywaddy (7 July). As well as a spectacular concert featuring the music of The Beatles in Let It Be (24-29 September).
And of course there’s an enviable selection of Musicals too. Mamma Mia make its Hull debut in May to a sold out audience plus, there’s a chance to catch the acclaimed Cilla the Musical – a moving adaptation of Jeff Pope’s BAFTA award-winning TV series Cilla (18-22 September).
For more information and to buy your tickets, head to hulltheatres.co.uk.