Spring into a new season at Hull Theatres

It’s a new year at Hull Theatres with a sensational season brimming with captivating performances and timeless tales.

There’s no place like Hull from 24-27 January when The Wizard of Oz flies into Hull New Theatre.  Direct from the London Palladium, this enchanting production stars RuPaul’s Drag Race UK royalty The Vivienne.

From the Emerald City to Grimsby town, as Strictly Come Dancing’s Cliftonsiblings both take to the Hull New Theatre stage with Joanne Clifton as Princess Fiona in Shrek the Musical (5 – 10 March) and Kevin Clifton as Hugo/Loco Chanelle in Everybody’s Talking About Jamie (17 – 22 June).

There’s a nod to the silver screen with stage adaptations of Pretty Woman the Musical (5 – 10 February), Grease (7-11 May), Life of Pi (26-30 March) and the return of Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures with Edward Scissorhands (23-27 April). Plus, much-loved music in I Should Be So Lucky (19-24 February), The Drifters Girl (12-16 March) and Hessle Theatre’s production of Gershwin’s Crazy For You (19 – 23 March).  

Also, putting on their dancing shoes this season are Varna International Ballet and Orchestra (29-31 January), Sao Paulo Dance Company (1 & 2 March) and Michael Flatley’s Lord of The Dance (23 – 25 July). While suspense is the name of the game as Cluedo 2 – The Next Chapter (9-13 April), 2:22 – A Ghost Story (14-18 May) and The Syndicate (8-13 July) take audiences on a thrilling rollercoaster ride of emotions.

Of course, not forgetting the younger members of the audience who can enjoy Northern Ballet’s The Tortoise & The Hare (20 April), The Lion Inside (30 April – 1 May) or David Walliams’ beloved Awful Auntie (18-21 July).

Heading over to Hull City Hall, there’s plenty of laughs to be had with hilarious visits from the likes of Adam Rowe (3 February), Rob Auton (29 February), Richard Herring (28 March), Iain Stirling (27 April), Billy Pearce (16 May) and Ed Gamble (8 June) among others.  The giggles continue when Stranger Sings, the smash-hit parody musical of the Netflix hit show Stranger Things turns Hull upside-down on 13 March.

From Hawkins to Horizons as Professor Brian Cox transports audiences to far away galaxies on 20 February and Sir Ranulph Fiennes sets out on exciting adventures around the world on 16 April. Meanwhile, Jeff Stelling will be talking all things football on 25 January and expert forensics lecturer, Jennifer Rees, will be taking a deep dive into true crime with Psychology of Serial Killers on 18 April.

The Hull City Hall Classics season returns with visits from Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (22 February and 13 June), Hull Philharmonic Orchestra (2 March and 11 May), Hallé Orchestra (14 March) and Czech National Symphony (23 May). Plus, the popular Lunchtime Organ Showcase returns from 10 January and the Afternoon Tea Dance is back from 28 February.

More music fills the hall with celebrations of some of the biggest musical legends including The Rolling Stones Story (27 January), Go Your Own Way – The Fleetwood Mac Story (2 February), The Chicago Blues Brothers – Cruisin’ for a Bluesin’ (10 February), Good Evening Mr. Bublé (8 March), Michael Starring Ben (21 March), The Billy Joel Songbook (4 April), Believe – The Cher Songbook (12 April), Streisand – Woman in Love (17 May),  The Sound of Springsteen (1 June) and Killer Queen (21 June).  Musical journeys down memory lane include disco-dancing with Lost in Music (12 July), an electrifying 80s extravaganza with Calling Planet Earth (9 March) and a trip back to the swinging 60s with The Sensational 60s Experience (20 April) featuring some of the original artists of the decade.

Looking ahead to the Autumn/Winter season, Hull New Theatre hosts some of the country’s biggest musicals including & Juliet (23 – 28 September), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (29 October – 2 November) and Hairspray (18 – 23 November). The festive seasons gets off to a spectacular start with the region’s largest pantomime Goldilocks and the Three Bears (11 – 31 December). Stars of last year’s panto, Cinderella, Neil Hurst and Jack Land-Noble head over to Hull City Hall for a night of variety in Rule Brit-Ha-nnia! (7 September), other highlights include The Horne Section’s Hit Show (12 September), CBBC’s Danny and Mick in the Temple of Delusion (26 October) and Scouting For Girls (16 November).

With some of the best entertainment in the region, Hull Theatres is the place to be this season.

All of these shows are on sale now. You can book at the Hull City Hall Box Office, call 01482 300 306, or visit www.hulltheatres.co.uk.