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Quality Drama never looked so good

During the Grand Theatre’s history we’ve welcomed so many amazing dramas and 2017 is no different. Most recently we welcomed local star Jodie Prenger in Willy Russell’s Shirley Valentine, which revived rave reviews.

Here’s some of the dramas we’re looking forward to…

This October, we’re lucky enough to have the classic drama thriller, A Judgement In Stone. Building on the phenomenal decade-long success of The Agatha Christie Theatre Company, which sold over two million tickets and continually played to packed houses around the UK, Bill Kenwright presents a new production adapted from one of the most celebrated works of the writer often hailed as the successor to Agatha Christie. Credited with revitalising the mystery genre, Ruth Rendell was first published in 1964 her prolific output included film and TV as well as 80 novels. A Judgement in Stone’s star cast includes Chris Ellison best known as DCI Frank Burnside in The Bill and Burnside, and Great Expectations in London’s West end, Sophie Ward who played Dr Helen Trent in long-running ITV drama HeartbeatRobert Duncan, best known for Drop the Dead DonkeyDeborah Grant, who has starred in Not Going Out and Bergerac, movie icon Shirley Anne Field who became an overnight star in the landmark films The Entertainer opposite Sir Laurence Olivier, Antony Costa who shot to fame in chart topping boy band Blue and Ben Nealon whose TV credits include ITV’s award-winning Soldier Soldier.

This is perfect for any lovers of Miss Marple, Poirot or the modern day likes of Midsummer Murders, Broadchurch, Lewis or a Touch of Frost! The perfect show for the murder mystery lover! Click here to book your tickets.

Next on our list of must see’s is Private Lives, Noel Coward’s most popular and enduring stage comedy show. Strong passions and even stronger personalities set the stage for this classic battle of the sexes. It’s got razor-sharp wit and quick-fire dialogue which keeps us interested and hungry for more.

Private Lives is set in 1930, Deauville, France. Two newly-married couples occupy adjoining honeymoon suites in the same hotel. As a distant orchestra plays, Sibyl gazes adoringly at charismatic husband Elyot, while Victor admires his new wife, the vivacious and sophisticated Amanda. Champagne flows and the sea shimmers in the moonlight as the newlyweds prepare for the evening ahead. But when Amanda overhears a familiar voice singing a forgotten song, an old spark reignites, with spectacular consequences…

This true battle of the sexes drama comes to The Grand this November.  Click here to book your tickets.

Heading into 2018… A twisted tale of nerve-jangling gothic novella Robert Louis Stevenson’s best-selling work Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde starring Phil Daniels.

During one of his audacious experiments trying to separate good from evil, the kind and gifted Dr Jekyll inadvertently unleashes an alternative personality of pure evil …the mysterious Mr Hyde.

As this sinister figure starts causing terror and havoc in foggy London, Jekyll must race to find a cure for his monstrous alter-ego before it takes over for good. Phil Daniels’ extensive and varied credits include Jimmy Cooper in Quadrophenia, Richards in Scum and Kevin Wicks in EastEnders. He has worked with the RSC and NT and has appeared on stage in productions as diverse as Les Misérables and This House.

Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde is adapted by Tony award-winning playwright David Edgar. When asked about the show, David Edgar said Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde taps into very real sense of threat, and that the world out there is a very dangerous place. There’s the question, too, of what we are like, because we continue not just to be frightened about suicide bombers, but about criminals, and about terrible acts of inexplicable violence.” 

We’ve seen many adaptations of this classic but we can’t wait for this one more!  Click here to book!

Following the huge success of Michael Morpurgo’s Running Wild by Children’s Touring Partnership the company return with a brand new offer – the highly anticipated and new adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s family classic, The Jungle Book! 

Loved as a wild and fun tale of family, belonging and identity, this production is packed with memorable characters, new songs and brilliant storytelling. Mowgli the man cub battles for survival in this heart-warming coming-of-age story about a boy raised by wolves in the jungle. With the help of his animal friends, including Bagheera the panther, Baloo the bear and Kaa the python, Mowgli outwits the cruel and powerful tiger, Shere Khan, and learns the law of the jungle.

This unforgettable adventure is adapted by the Olivier Award-winning Jessica Swale (Nell Gwynn), and directed by Max Webster (The Lorax, The Old Vic).

Don’t miss this incredible story come to life on the Grand stage Click here to book!

Our last offer, but not least is the incredible The Kite Runner, following an outstanding West End Run.

Based on Khaled Hosseini’s international bestselling novel, this haunting tale of friendship which spans cultures and continents, follows one man’s journey to confront his past and find redemption. Afghanistan is a divided country on the verge of war and two childhood friends are about to be torn apart.

It’s a beautiful afternoon in Kabul and the skies are full of the excitement and joy of a kite flying tournament. But neither Hassan nor Amir can foresee the terrible incident which will shatter their lives forever…

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With an incredible drama line-up we hope to see you very soon!

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