ANDY PARSONS: HEALING THE NATION
Saturday 14 March 2020 – 7.30pm
Tour extended due to popular demand!
‘Cracking adlibbing… a joke-rich rallying call for a better Britain’
‘Coruscating live performer specialising in lacerating topical gags’
MARK THOMAS: 50 THINGS ABOUT US
Saturday 07 March 2020 – 8pm
A show about songs, gongs, loot, tradition, wigs, nicking, statues, art and identity. A sort of funny national edition of Who Do You Think You Are?
HOMER TO HIP HOP: a People’s History of Spoken Word
Thursday 05 March 2020 – 7.30pm
Following a standing room only reception at the Edinburgh Fringe, the former National Poetry Slam Champion presents a fun and fascinating tour of the oral tradition and the poetic movements that have shaped history.
Saturday 29 February 2020 – 7.30pm
Einstein – a crazy scientist, a mad professor brought to life, musician, politician, human rights campaigner and the ‘deeply religious Jew who doesn’t believe in God’. Popes – a sideways look at the history of the papacy from St Peter to today’s Pope Francis.
THE CELLIST/DANCES AT A GATHERING – Royal Ballet
Tuesday 25 February 2020 – 7.15pm
Choreographer Cathy Marston is previously an Associate Artist of the Royal Opera House and Director of Bern Ballet, and much in demand internationally. Jerome Robbins’s elegant and elegiac classic forms the second part of the programme.
Saturday 22 February 2020 – 7.30pm
“Hundreds of years ago when man walked the planet he had no real means of communication. In time man developed a phenomena which has never been fully understood by the psychic community. This phenomena is… Clinton Baptiste” Peter Kay
CYRANO DE BERGERAC – NTL
Thursday 20 February 2020 – 7pm
James McAvoy returns to the stage in an inventive new adaptation of Cyrano de Bergerac, broadcast live to the Merlin Theatre from the West End in London.
MARY POPPINS RETURNS
Wednesday 19 February 2020 – 2PM
A perfect half-term musical treat starring favourites Emily Blunt and
LILY AND THE ALBATROSS
Tuesday 18 February 2020 – 2pm
Discover the legend of Great Captain Markham in this musical show about songs, stories and storms. Go on a wild adventure and meet a gliding albatross, who soars on the whipping winds and gives Lily the nudge she needs to truly stretch her wings
MERLIN PLAY WRITING WINNERS EVENING
Saturday 08 February 2020 – 7.30pm
Please join us as we present a rehearsed script-in-hand performance of the winning plays featuring local actors. This presentation of new work is one of the highlights of the Merlin’s calendar of events.
KINKY BOOTS – The Musical
Tuesday 04 February 2020, Sunday 9 February – 7pm and 2pm
With a little compassion and a lot of understanding, Charlie and Lola learn to embrace their differences and create a line of sturdy stilettos unlike any the world has ever seen!
RETURN TO HEAVEN
Thursday 30 January 2020, Friday 31 January, Saturday 1 February – 7.30pm
Drawing on the mythology of Ancient Egypt, two intrepid explorers set off on a journey towards a mythical land where the demons and gods they disturb unleash something within themselves…
SLEEPING BEAUTY – Royal Ballet
Thursday 16 January 2020 – 7.15pm
Tchaikovsky’s enchanting score and Marius Petipa’s original choreography beautifully combine with sections created for The Royal Ballet by Frederick Ashton, Anthony Dowell and Christopher Wheeldon.
IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE
Thursday 19 December 2019 – 7pm
Join us for this poignant, classic Christmas film as we relive the magic on the big screen. Christmas wouldn’t be the same without it…
TO NATIVITY AND BEYOND
Tuesday 17 December 2019 – 5.15PM/6PM/6.45PM
The World Premiere of a highly acclaimed film “To Nativity and Beyond” in which three not-so wise men go on a Magi-cal time-travelling Christmas adventure in search of Baby Jesus.
Thursday 05 December 2019, to saturday 14 december – various times
An original family Christmas musical to kick start the festive season. Based loosely on the Grimm Brothers Ashputtle this new version tells the story of Ella’s quest to save her precious woodland along with the animals and birds that live there.
PRESENT LAUGHTER – NTLive
Thursday 28 November 2019 – 7pm
Matthew Warchus directs Andrew Scott (BBC’s Sherlock, Fleabag) in Noël Coward’s provocative comedy. Captured live from The Old Vic in London, Present Laughter is a giddy and surprisingly modern reflection on fame, desire and loneliness.
Tuesday 26 November 2019 – 7.30pm
After 50 years commentating on international cricket, Henry Blofeld has hung up his microphone and is on tour with his best-selling book Over & Out. Expect a jam-packed performance of unheard anecdotes and un-broadcastable stories from the TMS box!
HANSARD – NTLive
Sunday 24 November 2019 – 7pm
See two-time Olivier Award winners, Lindsay Duncan (Birdman, About Time) and Alex Jennings (The Lady in the Van, The Queen), in this brand-new play by Simon Wood. It’s a summer’s morning in 1988 and Tory politician Robin Hesketh has returned home to the idyllic Cotswold house he shares with his wife of 30 years…
ARCADIA BY TOM STOPPARD
Thursday 21 November 2019, FRIDAY 22 NOVEMBER, SATURDAY 23 NOVEMBER – 7.30pm
Part mystery story, part romance, highly theatrical, and bursting with humour, ‘Arcadia’ is a tour de force – ‘brilliant, brilliant… consummate theatricality… sophisticated entertainment… and heartache’.
SHAKESPEARE SCHOOLS FESTIVAL 2019
Monday 11 November 2019, Tuesday 12 November – 7pm
The Merlin Theatre) is proud to be part of the Shakespeare Schools Festival, in partnership with Shakespeare Schools Foundation. See Shakespeare’s timeless stories brought to life like you’ve never experienced before, and support young people from your local community as they take to the stage.
CONCERTO/ENIGMA VARIATIONS/RAYMONDA ACT III – Royal Ballet
Tuesday 05 November 2019 – 7.15pm
From The Royal Ballet’s classical origins in the works of Marius Petipa to the home-grown choreographers who put British ballet on the world stage, this mixed programme highlights the versatility of the Company.
STICKY ENDS: THE SPOOKY EDITION
Monday 28 October 2019 – 2PM
A collection of brand new comic stories and songs to get you into the Halloween spirit, full of silliness and joining in for families with children 3+.
"Intelligent comedy kept the young audience enthralled but not scared!” Edinburgh Fringe Review
JACK AND THE BEANSTALK – Lyngo Theatre
Sunday 27 October 2019 – 3pm
Fee Fi Fo Fum! It’s a giant of a show, we’d love you to come!
Patrick Lynch (from Cbeebies) tells the gripping story of Jack who sells his cow and finds himself in the land above the clouds.
Saturday 26 October 2019 – 7pm
Multi-award-winning director Emma Rice brings her unique, exuberantly impish vision to Angela Carter’s great last novel in this brand-new theatre production. A big, bawdy tangle of theatrical joy and heartbreak; a celebration of show business, family, forgiveness and hope with a generous dash of Shakespeare, scandal and mischief.
JONNY AND THE BAPTISTS
Friday 25 October 2019 – 7.30pm
It’s a divided world. We want to cross that divide. But how can we be popular now ‘populist’ means ‘I’m a sh*t’? Answer: WE LOVE EVERYONE. Except b******s.
DON PASQUALE – Royal Opera House
Thursday 24 October 2019 – 7.30pm
Royal Opera favourite Bryn Terfel heads the cast for this new production of Donizetti’s comedy of domestic drama across two generations.
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM – NTL AT THE BRIDGE THEATRE
Wednesday 23 October 2019 – 7pm
Directed by Nicholas Hytner, this production at The Bridge Theatre will become a forest – a dream world of flying fairies, contagious fogs and moonlight revels, surrounded by a roving audience following the action on foot.
MATTHEW BOURNE’S ROMEO AND JULIET
Tuesday 22 October 2019 – 7pm
This passionate and contemporary re-imagining of Shakespeare’s classic story of love and conflict has been hailed as ‘the single most eagerly awaited dance show for 2019’ by The Daily Telegraph.
MY FAIR LADY – MTP
Thursday 17 October 2019, FRIDAY 18 OCTOBER, SATURDAY 19 OCTOBER – 7.30pm
Follow Eliza Doolitte’s journey, a young cockney flower girl, as she blossoms into an elegant lady under the unforgiving tutorial of a bad mannered and emotionally immature Professor, Henry Higgins.
Thursday 10 October 2019 – Optional supper 7pm, Performance 8pm
A lyrical celebration of the natural world with awareness of humanity’s urgent role in its preservation. Five superb poets will raise your spirits with this stirring presentation of eco-poetry.
DON GIOVANNI – Royal Opera House
Tuesday 08 October 2019 – 6.45pm
Sexual intrigue, jealousy, wit, anger… and retribution! The new Royal Opera Season begins with Mozart’s engaging masterpiece, which follows Don Giovanni, the women he serially seduces, and the vengeance that finally catches up with him.
THE DOGS OF WAR
Friday 04 October 2019 – 8PM
England at war; royal families in conflict; petty dynastic squabbles plunge the country into bloodshed. Using Shakespeare’s words, The Dogs of War tells of hubris, bravery, stupidity, love and loss.
ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS – NTLive
Wednesday 02 October 2019 – 7pm
Featuring a Tony Award-winning performance from host of the The Late Late Show, James Corden, the hilarious West End and Broadway hit One Man, Two Guvnors returns to the Merlin to mark National Theatre Live’s 10th birthday.
FLEABAG – NTLIVE
Friday 27 September 2019, SATURDAY 28 SEPTEMBER – 7pm
See the hilarious, award-winning, one-woman show that inspired the BBC’s hit TV series Fleabag, in a filmed broadcast from London’s West End.
FRIDAY PERF SOLD OUT
DAVE GORMAN – tour warm up
Saturday 21 September 2019, SUNDAY 22 SEPTEMBER – 7.30pm
Dave Gorman, the man behind Dave TV’s hit show Modern Life Is Goodish as well as Are You Dave Gorman? and Googlewhack Adventure, is back on the road with a brand new live show, With Great PowerPoint Comes Great ResponsibilityPoint.
Wednesday 18 September 2019 – 7pm
The Testaments will be published worldwide on 10 September. With exclusive readings from the new book by special guests, this will be an unmissable and intimate event with Atwood, spotlighting her signature insight, humour and intellect.
CRIMES ON THE COAST
Friday 13 September 2019, Saturday 14 September – 7.30pm
A secluded island hotel just off the English coast becomes a crime scene, as a scandal-inducing femme-fatale is felled. All the guests on the island are suspects, but is all quite what it seems?
FOOTLOOSE – Tri.Art
Thursday 22 August 2019, FRIDAY 23 AUGUST, SATURDAY 24 AUGUST – 7pm
This high energy musical is sure to be yet another smash hit for the award winning Tri.Art, featuring hit songs such as Footloose, Holding Out for a Hero and Let’s Hear it for the Boy.
FROME COMIC CON COSPLAY CABARET
Saturday 10 August 2019 – 7.30pm
Immerse yourself in an evening of cabaret that brings some of your favourite tv, movie characters into a unique mix of burleque, dance and comedy, including a special guest performance from Pixie Le Knot from HBO’s Game of Thrones.
DISNEY’S ALADDIN KIDS – Tri.Art
Friday 09 August 2019 – 7pm
When Aladdin vies for the attention of the beautiful princess Jasmine he uses a genie’s magic power to become a prince in order to marry her. Iago, Jafar, the Genie and more are here in this musical adventure filled with magic, mayhem and the power of love.
THE MAGIC FLUTE AT GLYNDEBOURNE
Sunday 04 August 2019 – 5.30PM
Mozart’s most magical comedy of The Magic Flute returns to Glyndebourne for the first time in over a decade. This new production promises to take a fresh and playful look at the opera’s troublesome gender politics.
MEASURE FOR MEASURE – RSC
Thursday 01 August 2019 – 7PM
When a young novice nun is compromised by a corrupt official, who offers to save her brother from execution in return for sex, she has no idea where to turn for help. Shakespeare wrote this play in the early 1600s, yet it remains astonishingly resonant today.
COMEDY OF ERRORS – Folksy Theatre
Wednesday 31 July 2019 – 7pm
Folksy Theatre presents Shakespeare’s classic tale of mistaken identities. After being separated from their twins in a shipwreck, Antipholus and his slave Dromio go to Ephesus to find them, causing a series of hilarious mishaps. Filled with live music and downright silliness!
FRANKENSTEIN – ILLYRIA
Tuesday 30 July 2019 – 7pm
Mary Shelley’s seminal novel was published in 1818 and has never been out of print. It features a fully orchestrated musical score, a cast of professional actor singers, spectacular stage effects, puppetry – and flashes of the wickedly dark humour for which Illyria is justly celebrated.
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM – Immersion Theatre
Sunday 28 July 2019 – 7pm
Four young lovers, a band of hapless actors, and a magical realm populated by enchanting spirits set on causing mischief and mayhem at every turn culminate in an unparalleled open-air experience of beauty and hilarity.
Friday 26 July 2019 – 6PM
Mister Magnolia’s trumpet goes rooty-toot, his very fat owls are learning to hoot. But he still only has one boot! Join Mister Magnolia on his wacky adventures. Filled with Folksy’s live music and puppetry.
THE LEHMAN TRILOGY – NTLive
Thursday 25 July 2019 – 7pm
The story of a family and a company that changed the world, told in three parts on a single evening. Academy Award-winner Sam Mendes (Skyfall, The Ferryman) directs Simon Russell Beale, Adam Godley and Ben Miles who play the Lehman Brothers, their sons and grandsons.
BOJANGLES SHOWCASE 2019
Saturday 20 July 2019 – 1PM and 6PM
Bojangles Dance School’s bi-annual show case involving all ages and a variety of genres.
THE BARBER OF SEVILLE AT GLYNDEBOURNE
Sunday 14 July 2019 – 5.30PM
Mischief and mayhem run riot in Rossini’s most popular comedy. Figaro, the renowned Barber of Seville, has a cunning that knows no bounds. His playful energy is brought to life in director Annabel Arden’s sparkling and springing production.