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April 2015

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20 travelGBI April 2015 Theatreland PoPular violinist andré rieu is touring the uK and Ireland in December with a new show. Dubbed the 'Dutch King of Waltz', rieu will perform with his Johann Strauss orchestra, playing waltzes and tunes from opera and operettas, film music and well-known folk songs. He has sold more than 35 million DVDs and CDs and THe uK premiere of Kinky Boots will open in london's West end on September 15 at the adelphi Theatre, with previews from august 21. With music and lyrics written by pop icon Cyndi lauper, it won the 2013 Tony award for Best Musical, and the 2014 Grammy award for Best Musical Theatre album. Inspired by a true story and based on a film, Kinky Boots tells the story of Charlie Price who has reluctantly inherited his father's Northampton shoe factory. Trying to live up to his father's Toe-tapping Kinky Boots hits West End legacy and save the family business from bankruptcy, Charlie finds inspiration in the form of lola – an entertainer in need of some sturdy stilettos. Jonathan Mountford, managing director of tourism marketing firm made, said: "Kinky Boots is based on a 2005 film, featuring a pop-inflected score by Cyndi lauper and a zippy book by Harvey Fierstein. "The show has already generated a solid buzz among New York theatregoers: at every performance, the cast are greeted with thunderous applause and a standing ovation at curtain call. Tickets and commissionable hotel packages for the london production are available now via SuperBreak, attraction World and encore Tickets." Show producers Daryl roth and Hal luftig said: "We are thrilled and deeply honoured to be bringing Kinky Boots back home to British shores, where this inspirational story is set. "The show is big-hearted and filled with joy and we trust that it will be warmly embraced by audiences in the uK." kinkybootsthemusical.co.uk BlaCKPool opera House will present the world premiere of a new musical Last Night a DJ Saved My Life, starring David Hasselhoff. The Hoff, as he is known to millions of fans, will lead the cast when the musical opens in the Blackpool Winter Gardens venue in october. Councillor Graham Cain, Blackpool Council's cabinet member for tourism and leisure, said: "This is another fantastic coup for Blackpool and we're absolutely thrilled to be hosting a world premiere. "our investment in the Winter Gardens is now really beginning to pay off in terms of the world- class shows we're attracting." The Hoff plays an extrovert, party-going DJ and night club owner on the island of Ibiza at the start of the 90s, and the musical features hits from the era. The show opens on october 16 and runs to November 1. wintergardensblackpool.co.uk The Hoff heads for Blackpool Opera House has more than 1.5 million Facebook fans. The tour starts on December 3 in Belfast, then moves to Dublin and Newcastle. on December 12 he will play in Glasgow, at the SSe Hydro, then move on to Birmingham, Manchester, liverpool, Sheffield and finally london's SSe arena, Wembley, on December 22-23. andrerieu.com 'King of Waltz' tours with his new classical show alaN Parker's famous musical Bugsy Malone will re-open london's Hammersmith lyric after a multimillion-pound redevelopment. It will be the first professional production of the show in more than a decade, with young Dodge the splurge guns at Hammersmith Lyric performers, aged nine to 19. Set in Chicago, the story is loosely based on gangsters and events during the Prohibition era. It features only child actors – and the famous splurge guns. The show runs until august 1. lyric.co.uk SCoTTISH pop rock band Texas will tour the uK this year, with many dates in april already sold out. The band is currently celebrating its 25th anniversary with the release of the album Texas 25, with four new songs and highlights from previous hits. In May, the band will reach venues in Margate, Cardiff, Southend and uttoxeter. They will play at the Manchester Pride event in august, then four dates in December, in london, Brighton, Manchester and their home town Glasgow. texas.uk.com Texas 25th anniversary tour ends in Glasgow a reVIVal of choreographer Matthew Bourne's ballet Sleeping Beauty opens at the Theatre royal, Plymouth, on october 17. It will play for eight weeks over the Christmas season at Sadler's Wells in london from December 1 2015 to January 24, 2016. The fairy tale about a young girl cursed to sleep for 100 years was turned into a ballet by Tchaikovsky, but Bourne's new Sleeping Beauty revival goes on tour scenario introduced several new characters. other venues on the tour later this year are leicester, Glasgow and Salford. after the Sadler's Wells dates in 2016, the tour will move on to Woking, liverpool, Bradford, Bristol, Norwich, Southampton and Nottingham. atgtickets.com sadlerswells.com THe Society of london Theatre's box office figures have revealed increased attendance and ticket revenue during 2014. overall attendance increased by 1.1% year-on-year to more than 14.7 million, and gross sales of £623 million were up 6.5%, generating VaT receipts for the Treasury of £103 million. The average ticket price paid was £42.29, up from £40.14 in 2013. Caro Newling, president of the Society of london Theatre, said: "These annual figures show a positive year for london theatre – albeit one with a minimal growth after those of past years. "Increased future demand and a reduction in discounting for popular shows offer further encouragement for the long-term health of one of london's leading cultural sectors." Some of the most popular shows include the musicals Wicked (pictured), Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Commitments, Memphis and The Book of Mormon. Wicked, which tells the story of the Witches of oz, recently saw 500,000 new tickets going on sale for performances until april 30, 2016. It is the 10th longest-running London theatres applaud growth in box office figures show in the West end, and has been seen by more than six million people in london. Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory has extended its run at Theatre royal Drury lane until June 4, 2016. The production celebrated its 700th performance in the West end on January 24, 2015. Featuring more than 20 soul classics, The Commitments is the story of Jimmy rabbitte, a working class music fan, who shapes a bunch of amateur musicians and friends into an amazing live act. Starring the multi-award- winning recording artist Beverley Knight, Memphis is inspired by true events from the underground dance clubs of 1950s Memphis, Tennessee. "Taboo-busting" musical The Book of Mormon opened in london in 2013, featuring a mismatched pair of missionaries who are dispatched to spread the word of God in uganda. solt.co.uk

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