Recessions may come and go, winter storms may lash the British Isles but Britain’s provincial theatres continue to thrive and even attract new audiences with imaginative line ups.
The Princess Theatre in Torquay has some sure fire hits on the way for 2014. Between 3rd February and 8th February Rod Stewart’s musical Tonight’s The Night will be showcasing all the singer’s greatest hits within a musical comedy that was a major hit in The West End. Also from the West End comes Michael Jackson’s hit Thriller Live this appears between 17th and 22nd February. Further touring productions of West End shows include the Beatles inspired musical Let it Be which manages to contain an astonishing 40 hits from the group. This musical is on between 10th March and 15th March. One last West End production is staged between 2nd June and 7th June; this is the eighties cult hit Rock of Ages.
The Princess Theatre also has a number of interesting one night performances lined up. On Sunday 26th January, The Circus of Horrors presents London After Midnight, on Friday 7th March, top stand up Ed Byrne ruminates on middle age. Eighties pop icon Alison Moyet appears on 31st March and on Sunday 13th April, international phenomenon Susan Boyle appears in Concert.
For lovers of quality thrillers, the diamond anniversary tour of the Mouse Trap sees Agatha Chrisite’s classic come home literally and spiritually when Torquay plays host to it between Monday 21st and Saturday 26th July.
Audiences who prefer slightly higher art forms are not forgotten either. On 8th April The Ellen Kent company presents Puccini’s La Boheme whilst on 25th April The Vienna Festival Ballet’s production of Cinderella will be shown.
Younger audiences are not forgotten either; for the really young Sooty and all his friends will be appearing on 27th April whilst for slightly older children all the fun and drama of Big Time American Wrestling comes to the Princess Theatre on 29th March.
With such a strong line up it is hardly surprising that theatre breaks are becoming increasingly popular with visitors to The English Riviera. With accommodation ranging from budget chain hotels through to Boutique Five star hotels there is also accommodation to suit all tastes and pockets.
Located in the very centre of Torquay, The Somerville offers five star guest accommodation and is a short walk to the theatre or an even shorter taxi ride. With free parking and extended breakfast times at weekends, The Somerville is ideal for visitors wanting a special and relaxed short break.
The team behind The Somerville also manage a set of one bedroom holiday apartments which are located immediately next door to The Somerville. With free parking and free wifi these self catering apartments are modern, bright and contemporary. They are also extremely good value for money accommodation.