Theatre round up: Our guide to theatre in and around Northamptonshire

Matthew Bourne's Early Adventures coming to Northampton's Royal & Derngate
Matthew Bourne's Early Adventures coming to Northampton's Royal & Derngate
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Our guide to some of the events coming to theatres across the region

Launchpad
The Core at Corby Cube, March 31
The first showcase night of the year, hosted by The Core’s director Nick Walker and featuring the best new theatre from across the region by its most exciting theatre makers. Punchy stories and bold ideas, Launchpad is a night where artists get to try out some of their work in front of a supportive audience.
www.thecorecorby.com

Sister Act
Royal & Derngate, Northampton, March 30 to April 1
There is still a chance to catch Alexandra Burke playing the disco diva Deloris in Sister Act. This musical, basedon the film of the same name, sees her hiding in a convent after witnessing her gangster boyfriend killing an associate.
01604 624811 or www.royalandderngate.co.uk

Jewels
The Castle Theatre, Wellingborough, April 11
Beamed live from the Royal Opera House, Jewels can be seen at The Castle Theatre in Wellingborough. George Balanchine’s evocation of the sparkle of emeralds, rubies and diamonds is a brilliant ballet classic and features music by Tchaikovsky and Stravinsky.
01933 270007 or www.castletheatre.co.uk

Bernie Keith
Royal & Derngate, Northampton. April 8
Following a series of sell-out shows around the county, the presenter on BBC Radio Northampton gives his last performance on home turf before debuting his comedy at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August. Expect a night of laughter.
01604 624811 or www.royalandderngate.co.uk

Naomi Wilkinson
Royal & Derngate, Northampton, April 4
Join the television presenter as she brings some of her most exciting wildlife experiences from the far flung corners of the world alive and introduces you to some of the most fierce and frightening animals she met along the way! It’s a show suitable for entire family.
01604 624811 or www.royalandderngate.co.uk

Shirley Valentine
Milton Keynes Theatre, March 30 to April 1
Fed up with her husband and cooking egg and chips, Shirley, played by Jodie Prenger, heads off to Greece for two weeks and finds herself discovering a whole lot more. This heart-warming romance is 30-years-old in 2017.
0844 871 7652 or www.atgtickets.co.uk/miltonkeynes

Lord Of The Dance – Dangerous Games
Milton Keynes Theatre, April 4 to 9
Celebrating 20 years since he debuted Lord of the Dance, Michael Flatley’s UK tour will star his protégés James Keegan, Morgan Comer and Mathew Smith in the role of the Lord of the Dance. The show is produced, choreographed and directed by Flatley.
0844 871 7652 or www.atgtickets.co.uk/miltonkeynes

A Judgement in Stone
Royal & Derngate, Northampton, March 30 to April 1
There is still a chance toget tickets for this stage adaptation of Ruth Rendell’s novel. A Judgement in Stone sees the plot unravels a lifetime of deceit, despair and cover-ups which, when revealed, brings a shocking revelation almost as grizzly as murder itself.
01604 624811 or www.royalandderngate.co.uk

Matthew Bourne’s Early Adventures
Royal & Derngate, Northampton, April 10 to 12
This programme of hit pieces that launched the career of the choreographer and saw the birth of hisstyle, wit and sheer entertainment. His company has brought to Swan Lake and Edward Scissorhands to life.
01604 624811 or www.royalandderngate.co.uk

Playhouse Creatures
The Playhouse Theatre, Northampton, April 4 to 8
The year is 1669. The theatres have recently re-opened and King Charles the Second, following his return from exile in France, has a yearning to see actresses upon the English stage.
It appears though that he’s not alone…
www.masquetheatre.co.uk or 07586 288793