The first shows to be performed at Hull New Theatre following its £16m refurbishment have now be revealed.
It includes a world premiere of a brand new play by city playwright John Godber for Hull UK City of Culture 2017, world-class opera, drama and dance.
September 18 to September 23
The classic story of the trailblazing Jane is as inspiring as ever in 2017 – the 170th anniversary of when Charlotte Brontë’s novel was first published. This bold and dynamic production uncovers one woman’s fight for freedom and fulfilment on her own terms.
The Kings of Hull
September 27 to October 7
Written and directed by Godber, The Kings of Hull tells the remarkable story of the King family across three generations, from life on the docks, to Hull prison, a lottery win and success in the coal trade. Featuring the music of Ruby and the Vinyl.
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by Northern Ballet
October 18 to October 21
Divided by a barbed wire fence, Bruno doesn’t understand anything about where Shmuel lives, or who he is. To him, he’s just a new friend – a boy wearing a pair of striped pyjamas. Northern Ballet will be performing this brand new ballet and the first story-telling through dance of The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas, with an original live score performed by the company’s sinfonia.
Opera North – The Little Greats
October 26 to October 28
The Little Greats brings five short operas to Hull, from the well-known to rarely performed jewels of the genre: Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci, Mascagni’s Cavalleria rusticana, Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortilèges, Gilbert and Sullivan’s Trial by Jury, and Leonard Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti.
October 31 to November 4
The sparkling family musical continues on its record breaking tour having sold to date an estimated 15 million tickets. Retelling the Biblical story of Joseph and the coat of many colours, this magical musical, the UK’s longest running, is full of unforgettable songs including Those Canaan Days, Any Dream Will Do and Close Every Door To Me.
Son Of A Preacher Man
November 7 to November 11
Three broken hearts, one Soho hang-out, and the only man who could ever help them…Welcome to the Preacher Man, the swinging 1960s Soho joint where the kids danced the night away to the latest crazes and dared to dream of love, while the legendary owner, The Preacher Man himself, dispensed advice to cure the loneliest of hearts. Featuring the greatest hits of Dusty Springfield.
November 13 to November 18
Just married. Bored already. Hedda longs to be free… A vital new version of Ibsen’s masterpiece by Patrick Marber. The National Theatre will bring a new version of Ibsen’s classic, Hedda Gabler, and an epic production of Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre in the 170th anniversary year of the classic novel.
November 21 to November 25
The chart-topping music legend was an ordinary girl with an extraordinary talent. She fought her way into the record industry as a teenager and sold her first hit, Will You Love Me Tomorrow, when she was 17. By the time she was 20, Carole King was writing hits for the biggest acts in rock ‘n’ roll but her greatest challenge was to find her own voice and finally step into the spotlight.
December 7 to 31
The traditional pantomime this Christmas will be Peter Pan, a family-friendly finale to round it all off. More details about this exciting production, including casting, to be announced soon.
Tickets for all the above productions – with the exception of Peter Pan – will be on sale from 10am on Tuesday, February 28. You can book online at www.hcandl.co.uk/hullnewtheatre or call 01482 300 306. Tickets can also be booked in person at the box office at the theatre’s sister venue, Hull City Hall.