Here’s Paula’s pick of local theatre this month.
The Quarry Theatre at St Luke’s
NT Live: All About Eve
Thursday 11 April 7pm
All About Eve tells the story of Margo Channing. Legend. True star of the theatre. The spotlight is hers, always has been. But now there’s Eve. Her biggest fan. Young, beautiful Eve. The golden girl, the girl next door. But you know all about Eve…don’t you…? Starring Gillian Anderson, this event is broadcast live from London’s glittering West End.
RSC Live: As You Like It
Wednesday 17 April 7pm
Come into the forest; dare to change your state of mind. Rosalind is banished, wrestling with her heart and her head. With her cousin by her side, she journeys to a world of exile where barriers are broken down and all can discover their deeper selves. Director Kimberley Sykes directs this riotous, exhilarating version of Shakespeare’s romantic comedy.
The Carole King and James Taylor Story
Saturday 20 April at 7pm
Follow the incredible journey through the career of the six-time Grammy Award winner and twenty-time platinum hit maker Carole King and five-time Grammy Award winner & American folk legend James Taylor.
This new “show-umentary” format gives a fascinating insight into the lives behind the music. Featuring passionate renditions of Fire and Rain, Sweet Baby James, I Feel the Earth Move, Natural Woman, You’ve Got a Friend and many more this astonishing back catalogue is realised with authenticity by Phoebe Katis and Dan Clews, both well established artists in their own right.
Tom Neenan: It’s Always Infinity
Friday 26th April, 7.30pm
Highly recommended: Quarry Theatre Director’s Edinburgh Fringe 2018 pick!
Tom’s girlfriend has vanished… So he has done what any right-minded man (and “theatre-maker”) would do in this situation, and turned his search for her into an “important” piece of “art”. Come “witness” it. (Nobody went missing in the creation of this show).
In reality… It’s Always Infinity is a narrative-driven character comedy show about toxic masculinity and the questionable role of the male creator, presented by a version of Tom who sees himself as ‘one of the good guys’ but is anything but. It combines projection, storytelling and character comedy to tell a story where ‘Tom’ reveals what an awful person he is.
Tom Neenan is the writer of The Mash Report, A Girl’s Guide to TV, Mock The Week (BBC2), The Last Leg (Channel 4), Spotlight Tonight, The News Quiz, The Now Show (BBC Radio 4). He’s also the writer & star of Tom Neenan’s The Hauntening (BBC Radio 4)
The Quarry Theatre at St Luke’s, 26 St Peter’s Street, Bedford MK40 2NN
Tickets and more information available at quarrytheatre.org.uk or on 01234 362337
The Place Theatre
House Theatre & The Wardrobe Ensemble present The Star Seekers
Sunday 14 April at 2pm and 6pm
Tickets: £5 adults £8.50 children
Do you want to fly to outer space? Visit a space station? Become a Star Seeker?
Star Seekers Alph, Betty and Gammo need your help to save their space station, collect all the orbs and delve into the great unanswered question of the universe: what do astronauts really have for tea? Fresh from a run at the National Theatre, The Star Seekers is an interactive show that explores the limitless majesty of galaxies, the solar system, shooting stars and planets through songs, silliness and anti-gravity antics.
West End in Concert present West End at The Movies
Tuesday 16 April at 2:30pm and 7:30pm
The cast of leading performers from London’s West End present a magical evening of live entertainment, featuring the very best songs from the smash hit movies throughout the decades. Featuring: Les Miserables, We Will Rock You, South Pacific, Singing in the Rain, Starlight Express, Phantom Of The Opera, Wicked, Godspell, Joseph and Cats… to name but a few!
Friday 19 April at 7pm Saturday 20 April at 2pm and 7pm
Tickets: £13 Family ticket: £42
Honk Junior is a musical interpretation of Hans Christian Anderson’s Ugly Duckling with music and lyrics by Styles and Drewe. Come and join Honk in his journey to discover who and what he is in this great family-friendly musical.
The Pantaloons present The Odyssey
Wednesday 24 to Friday 26 April at 7:30pm
(Friday 26 – Special #DramasInPyjamas edition)
Sing, O Muse, of the critically-acclaimed Pantaloons and their hilarious new verse adaptation of the most epic journey of all time. Stranded war hero Odysseus must struggle against the odds to get home to his wife; but can he battle his way through grumpy gods, naughty nymphs, monocular monsters and over a hundred sleazy suitors? All whilst wearing an Ancient Greek robe that looks suspiciously like a bedsheet? Or will he and The Pantaloons remain all at sea? ‘Part alt rock band, part thespian; wholly charming’ The Times
Note that this show is suitable for children 10+.
Primrose Productions present Hancock & Co
Saturday 27 April at 7:30pm
Following James Hurns sell out tour of 2018, he is back with his popular one-man, many voices, celebration of radio comedy classic Hancock’s Half Hour. James, a multitalented actor and impressionist will be performing Hancock and Co, with James voicing the entire cast. James is a master at recreating the accents and personas of such iconic 20th century British favourites as Tony Hancock, Sidney James, Hattie Jacques, Bill Kerrand and Kenneth Williams. The show is performed in the style of a radio performance in front of a live audience, bringing to life the classic days of radio comedy.
The Place Theatre, Bradgate Road, Bedford MK40 3DE.
Tickets and further information available at theplacebedford.org.uk