Apphia Campbell: Black is The Colour of My Voice

Direct from sellout runs in the West End, Edinburgh and New York, this critically acclaimed show is inspired by the life of Nina Simone.

Black is the Color of My Voice follows a successful jazz singer and civil rights activist seeking redemption after the untimely death of her father. She reflects on the journey that took her from a young piano prodigy destined for a life serving the church to a renowned jazz icon at the forefront of the Civil Rights movement.

“A compelling and heartbreaking story, punctuated with bursts of song” ★★★★★ Ed Festival Magazine

“Apphia Campbell is nothing short of sensational… she will make you cheer for her, smile with her and then sting your eyes with tears” ★★★★ Broadway Baby

The Gruffalo

A mouse took a stroll through the deep dark wood…

Join Mouse on a daring adventure through the deep, dark wood in Tall Stories’ magical, musical adaptation of the classic picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.

Searching for hazelnuts, Mouse meets the cunning Fox, the eccentric old Owl and the high-spirited Snake. Will the story of the terrifying Gruffalo save Mouse from ending up as dinner for these hungry woodland creatures? After all, there’s no such thing as a Gruffalo – is there?

Songs, laughs and monstrous fun for children aged 3 and up and their grown-ups, in the much-loved show that’s toured Britain and the world!

Running time 55 minutes (no interval)

The Merchant of Venice

‘The world is still deceived by ornament’

Venice is a multi-cultural melting pot and the trading centre of the world, a place where everything has a value. High stakes are placed on beauty and choices are made on appearance rather than reality.
But when one of three boxes holds all you’ve ever wanted, should you really decide on looks alone?

First Encounters with Shakespeare: The Merchant of Venice is a new production specially created for 7-13 year olds. Directed by Robin Belfield, it uses an edited version of the original text to bring Shakespeare’s story of justice and mercy to life in just 90 minutes.
In collaboration with our regional theatre partners and Associate Schools, this production also sees 24 young actors from the RSC’s Next Generation Company take on the parts of Jessica and Lorenzo, the two young people caught up in a clash between family, money and culture.

Tickets £14.50, Concessions £3 off. Groups 10+ £10 each and Schools £8

The Righteous Jazz

The Mechanicals Band explore the life and work of the poet Philip Larkin through music and theatre, setting a selection of his words to new music and highlighting biographical detail through scenes, featuring a small group of actors.
The musicians and actors involved, like Larkin, were born in Coventry and wish to celebrate the work and perpetuate the legacy of one of the city’s most famous sons.
This hybrid show is supported by Shoot Festival, The Philip Larkin Society and Hull Archives.
The Mechanicals Band are delighted to bring it to the city that was Larkins home for so many years.

The Snow Dragon

The night of the Snow Dragon approaches…

Billy has everything a young goat could need – and more besides. On New Year’s Eve, Billy is looking forward to the annual visit of the legendary Snow Dragon, who will bring him even more goodies…
But when Billy bumps into some hungry wolves in the forest, New Year’s Day seems a long way off. How will Billy escape? And has he been naughty or nice?
Toe-tapping songs and lots of laughs for everyone aged 3 and up, from the company that brought you ‘The Gruffalo’ and ‘The Snail and the Whale’.

“If you are a kid, if you have kids, if you ever were a kid, go and see The Snow Dragon.” (Three Weeks *****)

Age Group: 3+
Running Time: 55 minutes

The Hound of The Baskervilles

A hound it was, an enormous coal-black hound, but not such a hound as mortal eyes have ever seen…

Charles Baskerville is dead, and a terrifying beast is rumoured to stalk the moors around the remote Baskerville mansion.

When Sherlock Holmes sends Doctor Watson to investigate, Watson finds himself surrounded by dense fog and a community steeped in folklore, legend and rumour, where the line between reality and myth is no longer clear. How can a rational man trust his own eyes when confronted with the impossible?

Following the sell-out success of H.G. Wells’ The War Of The Worlds, Northern Stage presents Sherlock Holmes’ most infamous case, adapted from Arthur Conan Doyle’s gothic classic.

Running time: 60 mins (no interval)

Under Three Moons

“I bet when they get older they’re going to look back on tonight and say, that was a night that was, by that fire, that was a night.”
Mike and Paul are mates. They drink, they smoke, they crack jokes. They kill time.
Spanning half a lifetime, Under Three Moons takes place on three nights across three decades of two friends’ lives. From a school trip to France as teenagers, to a surf shack in their twenties, to Christmas in their thirties, Mike and Paul meet up and talk into the night. From boyhood to manhood to fatherhood, these are the nights they share.
A new play about friendship and growing up, Under Three Moons explores how men relate to each other today. Who we are and how we live. And the spaces between.
★ ★ ★ ★
“A soul-searching inquest into race, class and machismo… Beautifully told”
The Guardian (on SPARKPLUG)

Stranger’s on a Train Set

Challenging a youth to turn down his music, Irene Sparrow, inventor of the left-handed crochet hook (patent pending, as seen on Dragon’s Den) finds herself under suspicion of murder after the train emerges from a tunnel with the young man dead.

But this is no ordinary train, each passenger is reading a book, each book is a portal into a parallel universe of train related crime fiction.

With clever use of projection and multiple train sets, LipService give you a whistle stop tour that will leave you breathless and racing for the refreshment coach.

So don’t blow your stack, this show is just the ticket to help you let off steam and overuse many more railway metaphors. A show that appeals to crime aficionados and narrow gauge railway enthusiasts alike.

“LipService – The Laurel and Hardy of literary deconstruction” The Independent

No Man’s Land

A chance meeting between two elderly writers in a North London pub leads to an alcohol-fuelled night of reminiscences and verbal sparring.

Hirst, a wealthy recluse, invites Spooner, a down-at-heel poet, to his Hampstead townhouse for a nightcap. As the shadows lengthen and the whisky flows, their stories become more elaborate and improbable, until the arrival of two younger men forces events to take an unexpected turn.

In his most beguiling and atmospheric play, Pinter interweaves truth, language and memory to create a world of dark comedy and subtle power games.

Originally staged at the Old Vic, London in 1975, Peter Hall’s iconic production of No Man’s Land starred John Gielgud and Ralph Richardson.

Playwright, director, actor, poet and political activist, Harold Pinter was born on 10 October 1930 in East London. He wrote twenty-nine plays including The Caretaker, Old Times, Betrayal and The Homecoming. In 2005, he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. He died on Christmas Eve 2008.

Please note that NO MAN’S LAND contains very strong language.



The Wedding Singer

Hessle Theatre Company invite you to party like it’s 1985 with the rocking musical comedy The Wedding Singer, based on the hit Adam Sandler film of the same name, with music and lyrics by Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin (Elf the Musical).

Robbie Hart is New Jersey’s favourite wedding singer and life of the party, then he gets jilted at the altar. Devastated Robbie vows to make every wedding as disastrous as his own. Until he meets Julia, a sweet waitress, who is about to marry a Wall Street banker.
Can Robbie pull off the performance of the decade and win the girl of his dreams?

Full of 80s inspired music and hysterical laughs, witness the musical comedy that will have you rolling in the aisles.


Being a slug is hard. Everyone thinks you’re disgusting.

Slug and Caterpillar are starving, and the only leaf left in the garden is just out of reach. Slug thinks they should work together. Get the leaf, eat the leaf, play a game, be friends. Caterpillar has other ideas. Slugs are gross, they’re covered in slime and they have terrible taste in music.

Things get sticky.

Enter the undergrowth to SQUISH, SQUELCH and PLAY your way through this hilarious, surreal show for 2-5 years and their families, told with a handful of words and lots of SLIME.

Peter Pan © Tom Arran

Peter Pan

Join Wendy and Peter Pan for a magical family adventure in Neverland.

One night, bedtime stories come alive for the Darling children when Peter Pan and fairy Tinker Bell guide them through the stars to a land of Lost Boys, Pirates and Mermaids. Time stands still as their action-packed adventure unfolds. Can they save Tiger Lily from the pirates? Will the fearsome Captain Hook finally have his revenge on Peter Pan, or will the ticking crocodile catch him first? And will Wendy stay to be the Lost Boys’ mother?

Following the huge success of last year’s Oliver Twist, writer Deborah McAndrew returns with this brand new adaptation of JM Barrie’s classic tale. With original music, singing, dancing, flying and a generous sprinkle of fairy dust, Peter Pan is a much-loved story for the child in all of us.

Let your imagination fly at Hull Truck Theatre this Christmas!

By arrangement with Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity and Samuel French Ltd, a Concord Theatricals Company.

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Farewell My Lonely

We all want to make meaningful human connections – with friends, family and loved ones – and strive to feel a warm sense of fulfilment in doing so. But what happens when we find ourselves in “that place” called lonely? What gets us through? Who helps us out? And does being alone really mean being lonely?

Hull Truck Theatre’s Act III new production takes a touching, irreverent and insightful look at love and laughter, loss and loneliness. Join us on a journey, through memory and song, to find out if being apart can really bring us closer together.

Murder Trial Live!

The Murder Trial Live 2019.

Innocent or guilty… you decide…



A world first social experiment launches this summer. Do you have what it takes to convict a murderer? Did Frank Lane murder his wife Alison Lane? Hear the evidence and decide the facts. Innocent or guilty? You decide… Ever wondered what it’s like to sit on a Jury? Or to assess the evidence and convict a criminal? Well now you can. For the first time in history we are taking a murder trial on tour… and following an evening meal you will become the jury and the decision, quite literally will be yours.

Working with a team of leading criminal barristers our completely accurate murder trial will unravel right before your eyes… but before the court room drama unfolds you’ll enjoy a two course meal with your fellow Jurors. When dinner is finished defendant Mr Frank Lane will be called to the stand… systematically our prosecution and defence barristers will lead you through the evidence.

Frank Lane is currently in police custody awaiting trial, charged with the murder of his wife Alison Lane. Alison’s body has never been found. Mr & Mrs Lane we’re married for 20 years and Mr Lane owned several businesses including a coach and haulage firm as well as a small agricultural plant. Alison went missing in March 2017 had has never been heard of since.

For the first time ever outside of the legal system you will experience the theatre and debate of the UK justice system. Our team of criminal barristers will lay out the evidence systematically. You will experience the presence of a convicted murder as well as analyse the evidence put before you… As a Jury you’ll retire to debate and decide the evidence put before you before reaching a decision… innocent or guilty you decide…

The Murder Trial Live is produced by the ITAE Group, the award winning producers of sell out UK tour Anatomy Lab LIVE and The VIVIT Experience who recently featured on BBC Dragons’ Den securing investment from Deborah Meaden and Peter Jones.

Passenger Car 425

Places reserved for the most elite of elite, and imagine that… You’re one of them…’

You are cordially invited to step into the world of Project Liberty! 

One of the last safe spaces in Britain after a series of terrible events known only as ‘The Horrors’, Project Liberty serves as a gathering of the best of the best. 

But when thrust into the heart of the ‘Project Liberty Intake Extravaganza’, the event where new members are voted in, how shall you decide on who deserves admittance?

A gritty foray into the realms of justice, morality and virtue, Passenger Car 425 will grip you from start to finish…

And who knows… You may end up walking away learning more about yourself than you thought…

Want to be part of the action? Bring your smartphone and be ready to vote on how you want the show to proceed…

‘This is YOUR show, after all…

Chrome Waves

The Canary and the Crow

Middle Child present The Canary and the Crow, brand new gig theatre about the journey of a working class black kid who is accepted to a prestigious grammar school.

This lyrical, semi-autobiographical piece from writer and performer Daniel Ward uses grime, hip hop and theatre to tell the story of his struggle between a new environment that doesn’t accept him and an old one that has no opportunity.

The Canary and the Crow is the latest show at Hull Truck Theatre from the award-winning company behind the “electric” (★★★★ The Stage) and “startling” (★★★★★ A Younger Theatre) Us Against Whatever.

See our two Edinburgh preview shows at Hull Truck as part of the Grow Festival. The Canary and the Crow is also part of the Hull Takeover 2019.

What’s a preview?

Previews are the first showings of a new piece of work. Performing to an audience for the first time means that the cast and creative team can see how a show works ‘in real life’.

We learn from these performances and how an audience responds to them so that we can polish the show ahead of its full run or tour. We’d love for you to join us and play a part in making our next touring show!


Age: 14+
Running time: 70 minutes