From edgy theatre to family-friendly stories and a pop hero, there's lots to do...
Stags and Hens – The Remix, Talisman Theatre, Kenilworth, June 12 to 17
This re-vamp of Willy Russell’s Stags and Hens follows a group of girls and lads as they venture out for a night of pre-marriage stag and hen party celebrations. The theatre favourite joins Educating Rita and Shirley Valentine in the list of the Liverpool playwright’s enduringly popular works of social observation. The action takes place in the gents and ladies toilets of a Liverpool club where Dave and Linda – groom and bride-to-be – have decided, unbeknownst to each other, to hold their respective parties. The play features frequent strong language and discusses adult themes explicitly.
Life Raft, Playbox Theatre, Dream Factory, Warwick, June 15, 17 and 24
In a mysterious dystopia, set against a backdrop of war, a lifeboat is adrift at sea – and the passengers are children. The liner they were travelling on has been sunk by the enemy, night falls, rations dwindle and a time of fear, superstition and madness begins. Playwright Fin Kennedy has created a contemporary version of Georg Kaiser’s The Raft of The Medusa inspired by a true story from the Second World War now refocused for our times. Playbox Theatre’s productionplaces a cast of 13 young actors in a life raft struggling for power as their resources run short. It may not make for easy viewing – but there’s the promise of hope, too.
The Secret Garden 2017, Jephson Gardens, Leamington, June 10 and 11
Open-air theatre experts Heartbreak Productions revisit their own production of The Secret Garden. Adapted from the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, this classic promises entertainment for all the family.
High School Musical on Stage!, Spa Theatre Juniors, Loft Theatre, Leamington, June 15 to 17
Follow the Jocks, Thespians, Brainiacs and Skater Dudes as they tackle life at high school.
High School Musical on Stage! is based on the Disney Channel film High School Musical. Those behind the high-energy show say the young company are flying through rehearsals with energy and passion, promising that it will be a big hit audiences of all ages.
Leo Sayer, The Assembly, Leamington, June 9
Known the world over for a string of classics songs including Thunder In My Heart, Moonlighting, One Man Band and I Can’t Stop Loving You, Leo promises a high-energy concert of his greatest hits. Some 44 years since his first album, he’s had five worldwide number 1 hits and is a Grammy-winning songwriter. In the past ten years since moving to Australia, Leo hasn’t stopped working, still paying frequent visits to the UK and Europe and wherever his audiences still demand his performance. He still maintains widespread appeal, with his songs appearing on radio playlists around the world.