Guides for Musicals, Plays, Operas & Operettas

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Return to the Forbidden Planet

Fasten your seatbelts, return your tray tables to the upright position and prepare to blast off In this Olivier-award-winning musical, the many works of Shakespeare are aligned with a fabulous rock ‘n’ roll score to create a fun-filled, jiving-in-the-aisles musical. Loosely based on Shakespeare’s... read more

Rex

Taking place in 1520, the show revolves around Queen Elizabeth I of England and her father, King Henry VIII read more

Rio Rita

The Texas Ranger, lead by the handsome and tough Jim, are on a hunt for the bandit known as Kinkajou. Meanwhile, Jim is in love with Rio Rita. However, conflict ensues when General Esteban competes with Jim for Rio Rita’s love. read more

Riverwind

The show takes place at a small, rustic and beautiful vacation resort in Indiana. Three couples are looking for contentment: Fred and Louise Sumner, a middle aged couple plagued with serious marital troubles, have returned to the location of their honeymoon 18 years ago; Virginia and Burt , a fre... read more

The Roman Invasion of Ramsbottom

The show tells the story of what would have happened if the ancient Romans had built the motorways. Gaius Julius Agricola, Governor of Britannia, wants to extend the C6 Chariotway to Carlisle. Conflict ensues when the residents of Ramsbottom refuse to pull down their local pub which is smack in t... read more

Salad Days

Jane and Timothy Dawes meet up in a park to plan their lives soon after their graduation. Deciding that Timothy must take the first job he's offered, a passing tramp offers them £7 a week to look after his mobile piano. Upon accepting, they discover that when the piano plays it delivers all withi... read more

Shinbone Alley

The story revolves around Archy, a prim and proper cockroach, and his idol the sexy and hedonistic alley cat, Mehitabel. Archie is desperately in love with Mehitable and wants to reform her wild ways. read more

Simply Heavenly

The show takes place in Paddy’s bar, whose customers are mostly African-American, hard working or jobless. 'Simple' has a wife awaiting an expensive divorce, a girlfriend awaiting a wedding ring, and an indefatigable weakness for the local man-eater, Arcie. When faced with choosing between tempta... read more

Sing a Rude Song

‘Sing a Rude’ song concerns the life of the great singer, Marie Lloyd. The show focuses on her rise to fame in the late 19th century/early 20th century and her chaotic private life and troubled marriages. read more

Sitting Pretty

‘Sitting Pretty’ involves a family inheritance up for grabs, budding romances for a pair of orphaned twins, and a "New Yoik" con artist with plans to abscond with the family jewels. Wealthy Mr. Pennington decides to adopt an uncouth young man named Horace. However, Horace’s uncle, who is a jewel... read more