MANSFIELD Palace Theatre’s new season promises something for every taste with a spectacular line-up of stage classics, musical favourites and TV comedy acts.
As usual, this year’s calendar features famous names, top draw stage shows, live music - and plenty for the little ones too.
Christmas may seem like a distant memory but panto loving landlubbers can still look forward to the last panto of the season to look forward to from 28th January. The Mansfield Hospital’s Theatre Troupe is presenting a fun, comedy filled version of Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island.
The production comes hot on the heels of the Westfield Folkhouse panto group’s well-received production of Aladdin, the Middle Eastern tale of the genie and the lamp, which is playing at various times until Saturday.
An all-star cast is shimmying on to the stage on 9th February, Dirty Dancing is the musical version of the movie classic with hits including ‘She’s Like the Wind, Hungry Eyes’ and ‘I’ve Had The Time of My Life’.
On 2nd and 3rd March, Hollyoaks star Sarah Jane Buckley, Maureen Nolan, and Brian Fortuna (Strictly Come Dancing) star in Over the Rainbow - The Eva Cassidy Story.
The award-winning show features footage from Eva Cassidy’s life, from an early age to her first professional gig aged 18, rise to stardom and tragic death.
And on 7th March, The Mansfield Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society continue the musicals theme with its version of The Sound of Music.
They say variety is the spice of life - and it does not get much hotter than hard rock musical Carnival du Vampires Rock (22nd-25th February), starring Steve Steinman and a host of musicians and dancers blasting their way through the likes of ‘We Will Rock You’ and ‘Bat out of Hell’.
Appearing at the Palace from 12th to 14th February, Moscow State Circus promises its Babushkin Sekret show will be the most spectacular yet.
Starring Yana Alievia, on a revolving aerial chandelier, and athletes who acrobatically catapult themselves at break-neck speed across the stage.
Dave Spikey heads to the stage on 30th March, with comedic observations, tall tales and singalongs. The Phoenix Nights star’s new show comes hot on the heels of his popular Best Medicine Tour.
And funny man Jimmy Cricket will be joined by musicians and singers for his Great Value for a Tenner show (29th March.)
On 18th March join Chapterhouse Theatre Company for an evening of Regency wonderment, as Elinor and Marianne Dashwood make their first forays into the decadent world of 18th Century society in Sense and Sensibility.
On 11th February for Sesame Street Live: Elmo Makes Music cranks up the volume. with Big Bird, Oscar the Grouch and all your favourites on stage.
Following the success of their production The Barber of Seville, Swansea City Opera returns to the theatre with its production of Mozart’s popular and uproarious comic opera, Così fan Tutte on 25th March.
It is the comic tale of an old man’s wager that women cannot be faithful.
Music fans are in for a treat as Let’s Hang On (31st March) features the music of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. Discover how four New Jersey boys from the wrong side of the tracks invented their own sound, wrote their own songs and became one of the biggest pop sensations of all time.
And there’s more music from Buddy Holly and The Cricketers, featuring the greatest hits of the 50s and 60s (10th February)
l For information on upcoming shows, or to book tickets for any of the performances, visit the Palace website at www.mansfield.gov.uk/palacetheatre or contact the box office on Mansfield 633133