CARDIFF

Blaze of Glory!, Wales Millennium Centre

It is the 1950s in a small Welsh Valleys community and, following a local disaster, a group of miners decide to reform their male voice choir in order to raise the town’s spirits. Blaze of Glory! promises to be a moving and feel-good event celebrating the land of song. 10, 14, 18 Mar, wmc.org.uk

BATH

The Shawshank Redemption, Theatre Royal Bath

Andy Dufresne is imprisoned in the notorious Shawshank facility for murdering his wife and lover, despite his insistence on innocence. Here he befriends Red, who was played by Morgan Freeman in the iconic 90s film, and becomes involved in a money laundering operation. This stage adaption has been declared a must-see. 27 Mar – 1 Apr, theatreroyal.org.uk

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Lord of the Flies rehearsals at the Leeds Playhouse (Photo: David Lindsay)

LEEDS

Lord of the Flies, Leeds Playhouse

Power, struggle, survival: William Golding’s 20th century parable lends itself to intense, gripping theatre. A group of schoolboys stranded on a deserted island following a plane crash learn to fend for themselves, but it ends up descending into chaos, violence and delirium. 18 Mar – 8 Apr, leedsplayhouse.org.uk

STRATFORD UPON AVON

Hamnet, Swan Theatre

An adaptation Maggie O’Farrell’s Women’s Prize-winning novel, Hamnet tells the story of Shakespeare’s wife Agnes and their son Hamnet, who died aged 11 from the plague. Fittingly retold by the Royal Shakespeare Company in the family’s former home town of Stratford, for many this is the theatrical event of the year. 1 Apr – 17 June, rsc.org.uk

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Wildfire Road follows a group of passengers on a hijacked plane (Photo: The Other Richard)

SHEFFIELD

Wildfire Road, Sheffield Playhouse

Passengers on a flight bound for Tokyo have just about settled into the journey when it becomes apparent the plane has been hijacked. Below them a wildfire burns, leading to questions about the motive and if and where they can land. Not all is as it seems in this electrifying new play written by Eve Leigh. 4-18 Mar, sheffieldtheatres.co.uk

SOUTHAMPTON

The Commitments, Mayflower Theatre

Five years on from its acclaimed run on the West End and subsequent sell-out tour, this gloriously upbeat musical based on the Bafta-award winning 90s film is back. The story is one of a working class man called Jimmy who dreams of starting a soul band in Dublin, and the music is the kind that gets you on your feet. 27 Mar – 1 Apr, mayflower.org.uk

LIVERPOOL

The Beekeeper of Aleppo, Liverpool Playhouse

Following the success of their adaptation of The Kite Runner, which recently opened on Broadway, the same producers have adapted Christy Lefteri’s devastatingly good novel. The Beekeeper of Aleppo follows married couple Nuri and Afra’s journey fleeing from their beloved Syrian city when war shakes it, and is a deeply moving tale of love, connection and survival. 1-11 Mar, everymanplayhouse.com

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EDINBURGH

Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story, Festival Theatre

From his early days in Texas to his stratospheric rise to stardom, Buddy Holly’s life story was a rock and rollercoaster ride of ups and downs; one which makes a great musical. First opening on the West End in 1989 and now touring the UK, Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story is a feel-good, toe-tapping delight. 14–18 Mar, capitaltheatres.com

BRIGHTON

Wish You Were Dead, Theatre Royal Brighton

Detective Superintendent Roy Grace and Cleo Morey are hoping for a happy, peaceful escape when they take their first trip together, but someone wants revenge – and their holiday soon turns into a nightmare. Part of a UK tour, this is an adaptation of Peter James’s acclaimed crime franchise. 20–25 Mar, agttickets.com

GIRL FROM THE NORTH COUNTRY by McPherson, , Writer/Director - Conner McPherson, Music - Bob Dylan, Olympia Theatre, Dublin, 2022, Credit: Johan Persson/ Girl from the North Country UK tour Provided by f.moore@curvetheatre.co.uk
Girl From the North Country celebrates Bob Dylan’s legendary music (Photo: Johan Persson)

LEICESTER

Girl From the North Country, Curve Theatre

Bob Dylan fans, assemble. This multi-award-winning production celebrates the legendary singer’s music by pairing his songs with a story about a group of wayward souls in 1934 middle America. Written by the acclaimed playwright Conor McPherson, this show really is quite extraordinary. 7–11 Mar, curveonline.co.uk

BELFAST

Abridged, Grand Opera House

Billed as “a personal retelling of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare”, this is an ingenious play in which a single actor romps through the Bard’s works playing the roles of many of his most famous characters. Abridged is 75 minutes of hilarious, fast-moving fun. 2–4 Mar, goh.co.uk

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BRISTOL

The Winston Machine, Bristol Old Vic

During the height of the Blitz, Charlotte has a passionate affair with a Spitfire pilot. Eighty years later her granddaughter Becky escapes her present through Vera Lynn songs and reveries of her grandparents’ romance. Moving between the two timelines The Winston Machine is a rich, new production about living in the past. 21–25 Mar, bristololdvic.org

NEWSCASTLE

Annie, Newcastle Theatre Royal

Paul O’Grady is the brilliantly ghastly Miss Hannigan in this timeless family musical about a young girl who lives in misery at an orphanage. When she is chosen to spend Christmas with a rich family Miss Hannigan is determined not to let her have a fairy tale ending. 7–11 Mar, theatreroyal.co.uk

Cast. The Mousetrap 70th Anniversary Tour. Photo by Matt Crockett Theatre Royal Plymouth Provided by chris.baker@theatreroyal.com
The Mousetrap is celebrating a big birthday with its 70th Anniversary Tour (Photo: Matt Crockett )

BIRMINGHAM

Of Mice & Men, The Rep

Dreaming of a better life, displaced migrant ranch workers George Milton and Lennie Small join Curly’s farm in California, where events unfold into tragedy. It might give some terrible flashbacks of their GCSEs or O Levels, but John Steinbeck’s Great Depression classic is an enduringly good story and big things are expected of this stage adaptation from Rep associate director Iqbal Khan. 18 Mar – 8 Apr, birmingham-rep.co.uk

PLYMOUTH

The Mousetrap, Theatre Royal Plymouth

Plymouth welcomes the world’s longest-running play this month as part of its 70th anniversary UK tour. Seven strangers are snowed in at a remote country guesthouse and, not surprisingly, a killer is among them. It is Agatha Christie, after all. 20-25 Mar, theatreroyal.com

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