15 Nov 2016
Doncaster’s flagship theatre has announced its new Spring/Summer season for 2017, including the return of Northern Ballet to the town alongside the national tour of West End hit The Woman in Black and appearances by well know TV faces including Lesley Garrett, Pam Ayres, Ross Noble and Stewart Lee.
Cast in Doncaster is to host the World Première of Northern Ballet’s adaptation of John Boyne’s bestselling novel The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (Thu 25 – Sat 27 May). Telling the story of an unlikely friendship blossoming through the disturbing events of World War II, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas will be choreographed and directed by Northern Ballet’s Artistic Associate Daniel de Andrade. This follows the World Première of Northern Ballet’s critically acclaimed sell-out Jane Eyre at Cast earlier this year.
The Doncaster venue has become the South Yorkshire home of dance-theatre, attracting some of the best national and international dance artists, choreographers and companies to the region. The 2017 season features the only Yorkshire dates for both ZfinMalta Dance Ensemble (Wed 1 Feb), the repertory national dance company of Malta UK tour, and Mark Murphy’s genre-defying explosive dance theatre show Out of this World (Fri 28 Apr).
Cast brings to South Yorkshire the West End hit The Woman in Black (Mon 8 – Sat 13 May), which has been seen by over 7million theatre-goers worldwide and is now on a major UK tour. Susan Hill’s acclaimed ghost story comes dramatically alive in Stephen Mallatratt’s ingenious stage adaptation. This gripping production, directed by Robin Herford, is a brilliantly successful study in atmosphere, illusion and controlled horror.
Torben Bett’s state of the nation comedy Invincible (Wed 8 – Fri 10 Feb), a critically-acclaimed play about the North-South divide, and John Godber’s new comedy take on parenting, The Empty Nest Club (Tue 11 – Thu 13 Apr), are sure to delight South Yorkshire comedy theatre fans.
Amongst the well know stars making a return to the Doncaster venue are Britain’s most popular soprano Lesley Garrett (Sat 11 Feb), the beloved English humourist Pam Ayres (Sat 25 Mar) and BBC Radio 2’s Clare Teal and her Mini Big Band (Sat 29 Apr). Everybody’s favourite randomist Ross Noble (Thu 16 Mar) and Stewart Lee’s new show Content Provider (Fri 16 Jun), alongside Cast’s popular monthly Comedy Club, brings some of the biggest names in British stand-up comedy to South Yorkshire.
Families will be able to enjoy Easter pantomime Robin Hood starring Gareth Gates (Wed 19 – Thu 20 Apr) as well as Northern Ballet’s Goldilocks and the Three Bears (Sat 27 May) and the ‘roaringly’ entertaining The Tiger Who Came to Tea live on stage (Sat 17 – Sun 18 Jun). Audiences of all ages will be delighted by a spectacular street-dance and circus production of Rudyard Kipling’s classic Jungle Book (Wed 12 – Sat 15 Jul).
For a second time, London’s Southbank Centre’s festival Alchemy will bring art, music and performance from and inspired by South Asia along with food, fashion, literature, new shows, international masters and up-and-coming talent to Doncaster (Sat 3 Jun).
Mathew Russell, Interim Executive Director of Cast commented: ‘It’s a great pleasure to be hosting – and in many cases welcoming back – an array of acclaimed companies and artists next year, including more world-premieres, West End hits and some of the biggest names in entertainment. After the many successes of this year, 2017 is set to be another incredible year for Cast with a jam-packed season with something for everyone. I invite you to come join us and enjoy.’
Ticket’s for Cast’s Spring-Summer 2017 season are available from Cast’s Box Office on 01302 303 959 or online here.
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