The wonderful thing about this time of year is the stream of announcements, by theatres, of their forthcoming seasons and, without fail, the news so far is that regional receiving venues are pulling out all the stops to combat the post-panto blues.
The New Year at Royal & Derngate Northampton has a top programme of events for all ages and tastes.
The venue has already announced a stellar Made In Northampton 2015 season (see bit.ly/1uRAQEg).
The visiting drama programme includes the National Theatre’s smash hit drama The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time and, after a sell-out run at Royal & Derngate earlier this year with The Play That Goes Wrong, Mischief Theatre returns with their latest hysterical comedy, Peter Pan Goes Wrong.
Among the great selection of musicals are Oklahoma!, Jesus Christ Superstar and Anything Goes.
Moscow City Ballet will be performing the classic ballets Giselle and Swan Lake, while Anton and Erin return with the best of ballroom and Latin American.
The theatre’s orchestral season continues with more concerts by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, in a varied music programme that also include classical singer Russell Watson, folk quartet The Barr Brothers and Britain’s Got Talent’s Richard and Adam.
The top class comedy line up features gigs by Omid Djalili, Simon Amstell, Sara Pascoe, Milton Jones and more.
Master of illusion Derren Brown returns, and family entertainment Octonauts and the Deep Sea Volcano Adventure and Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom.
Looking ahead to the autumn, in September James Dacre directs Aldous Huxley’s ground-breaking novel Brave New World.
The adaptation is by multi-award-winning young playwright Dawn King (Foxfinder, Ciphers) and opens at Royal & Derngate before a major UK tour.
In October Lucy Bailey directs Patrick Hamilton’s powerful psychological drama Gaslight.
The stage version of John Boyne’s The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is planned and, also coming to the Royal stage, is the gripping Christie thriller The Secret Adversary.
Royal & Derngate is co-producing a brand new production of another Rodgers and Hammerstein favourite Oklahoma! which opens in Northampton before touring nationwide.