MANSFIELD Palace Theatre offers something to suit everyone this season - from children’s favourites to dance, popular and classical music, comedy and a variety of drama.
The coming months promise plenty for the little ones, including Tiddler and Other Terrific Tales showing on 15th April, when Scamp Theatre and Watford Palace Theatre present a new adaptation of the best-selling books of Julia Donaldson.
On 13th May, old TV favourites The Chuckle Brothers star in Pirates of the River Rother in Stranger Tights, which sees duo Paul and Barry transported back to the era of pirates for a swashbuckling adventure.
Staying with child friendly theme is The People’s Theatre Company’s production of There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly on 15th May.
On 17th and 18th May is Percival, The Performing Pig starring a young cast from Junior Palace Youth Theatre Company.
And perfectly timed for half-term, is Charlie and Lola’s Best Bestest Play on 6th and 7th June, based on the characters by Lauren Child.
Moving to drama, the season offers an array of choice, beginning with Dust (17th and 18th April) a new stage play addressing the impact of the Miners’ Strike of 1984/85 and extending to the present day.
Back by popular demand with the original cast from the 2010 production, is The Full Monty (24th-28th April).
Grown-ups can also look out for psychological thriller Equus, which follows on 1st May with a 14-plus age restriction applying.
Combining drama and dance is the award-winning company Ballet Cymru’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Tempest on 16th May.
And the spectacular Essence of Ireland returns with a new show 21st April.
If you fancy getting involved with dance try Exercise Through Dance, from 16th April to 18th June (excluding 7th May and 4th June), or Belly Dancing from 19th April to 28th June.
Music fans are also spoilt for choice this season. A 60’s Night Out (19th April) features Dave Berry, Chris Farlowe, Tony Crane and The New Armen Corner performing blues, soul and rock ‘n’ roll hits.
‘Stars In Your Eyes’ finalist Pete Bultitude is accompanied by world class musicians in And Finally... Phil Collins on 20th April.
And appearing on 25th April is Chamber music quintet Essentially Brass in Recital. Mansfield Music and Drama Festival Winners’ Concert returns on 6th May, attracting the best local talent.
Top tribute act Garfunkel and Simon appear at the Palace on 17th May and returning to the Palace, performing new and old material are The Drifters on 18th May.
Original member Barry (The Bean) Whitwam leads 60’s group Herman’s Hermits In Concert on 25th May.
While on 30th May the Palace hosts An Intimate Evening With Joe Longthorne.
May is the month for tribute shows with The Best Michael Jackson Tribute in the World (May 9th) and ABBA tribute Dancing Queen the Concert (31st May).
Celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee is There’ll Always Be An England (13th June) bursting with patriotic music and fond memories, and starring a cast of West End performers. Acclaimed nostalgia show The Good Old Days of Music Hall and Variety stars Duggie Brown on 2nd May.
Steamy comedy Guilty Pleasures (21st-22nd May) boasts an all star cast, including Eggheads’ CJ, Joseph star Craig Chambers and ex-Eastender Mark Bannerman.
And on 19th-20th June Barry Manilow’s Copacabana A New Musical Comedy arrives on stage.
Ever-popular funny man Ken Dodd performs on 24th May.