Theatre round up: Our guide to theatre in and around Northamptonshire

Naomi Wilkinson
Naomi Wilkinson

Our look at some of the events coming to the region's theatres

The Dolls Abroad
The Core at Corby Cube, April 15.
Having scrubbed toilets and pubs, The Dolls are in need of a holiday. And this year a donner doon Dunoon promenade just ain’t gonnae cut the mustard! Luckily fate intervenes when Agnes wins top prize at Big Bella’s Bingo – an all-expense paid holiday in Greece, and she’s taking her lifelong pal Sadie along for the ride.
www.thecorecorby.com

The Caretaker
Royal & Derngate, Northampton, October 17 to 28
Royal & Derngate will stage Harold Pinter’s The Caretaker in the autumn. This production will explore the 21st century resonances of a play dealing with the desire to belong, the threat of alienation and the paranoia of living in a changing cultural landscape.
www.royalandderngate.co.uk

Bernie Keith: (Can Barely) Stand Up
Royal & Derngate, Northampton, April 8
Bernie gives his last performance on home turf before debuting his comedy at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August. This new show explores how a man gripped by crippling nerves found himself centre stage in a room and was expected to make them laugh.
www.royalandderngate.co.uk

We’re Stuck!
The Core at Corby Cube, April 4-8
Take a tour deep into the heart of Volcano Industries where you can explore top-secret research laboratories and meet cutting edge scientists struggling with some unusual and extremely tricky problems. They need your help. But beware – there may be unexpected dangers…
www.thecorecorby.com

Lord of the Dance - Dangerous Games
Milton Keynes Theatre, April 4-9.
This is a brand new show features new staging, cutting edge technology, new costumes and choreography, world champion acrobats and 40 of the world’s most outstanding young performers all directed by Michael Flatley, who has also choreographed the show.
0844 871 7652 or www.atgtickets.co.uk/miltonkeynes

Naomi Wilkinson – Wild & Scary
Royal & Derngate, Northampton, April 4.
The children’s TV presenter Naomi Wilkinson comes to Northampton this Easter holidays for a show that will be packed full of fun and surprises. Expect to see a carpet python, alligator snapping turtle, a giant centipede and a tarantula!
www.royalandderngate.co.uk

Shirley Valentine
Milton Keynes Theatre, March 27 to April 1
Musical star Jodie Prenger stars in this 30th anniversary tour of Willy Russell’s much loved romance story Shirley Valentine. It sees a bored housewife fed up of making egg and chips for her husband take herself off to Greece and find her perspective on life changed.
www.atgtickets.co.uk/miltonkeynes

Dancing Schools UK
The Deco Theatre, Northampton, March 25
The successful toe-tapping Latin and Ballroom dance competition for primary schools in Northamptonshire has seen over 3,000 children now having braved the stage. Who will lift this year’s Northamptonshire Year 3 & 4 Glitter ball trophy and qualify for the grand finals?
www.thedeco.co.uk

Steve Perryman
Silk, Wellingborough, April 1
One of the most respected footballers of all time will be talking about his career. Tottenham Hotspur legend Steve Perryman, who made more than 850 appearances for the club and won the FA and UEFA Cup with the club. Tickets cost between £20 and £30 with different packages available.
07921 568506

Twelfth Knight
The Castle Theatre, Wellingborough, April 6.
Tamsin Greig plays Malvolia in the National Theatre’s new twist on Shakespeare’s classic comedy of mistaken identity. A ship is wrecked on the rocks. Viola is washed ashore but her twin brother Sebastian is lost. This play is beamed live to the venue.
01933 270007 or www.castletheatre.co.uk