Playhouse aim to put a Spring in audiences step

Pride & Prejudice
Pride & Prejudice

In the realms of both music and theatre there are some classics thrown up in Alnwick Playhouse’s Spring programme.

Topping the bill and kicking things off is an adaptation of a book which has made a splash on the small screen and big screen in years gone by, most recently repeated on Sky over the festive period.

The novel in question is Jane Austen’s ‘Pride and Prejudice’ and it is arriving at the Playhouse, courtesy of the Chapterhouse Theatre company on Thursday, February 3.

Whilst their interfering mother engineers various courtships, Laura Turner’s adaptation of the classic tale, sees sisters Elizabeth and Jane Bennet pursue their own quest for true love. Amongst misunderstandings, mistakes and miscommunications, the two girls must fight for the men they love until Elizabeth can finally surpass her prejudices to see past the proud exterior of the enigmatic Mr Darcy.

Another well loved story is being brought to the Playhouse stage courtesy of Alnwick Stage Musical Society.

Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’, which boasts well known songs such as ‘Be Our Guest’ and ‘Belle’, is being given a five night run from Tuesday March 15-Saturday, March 19.

And a love for Disney is obviously contageous as another cartoon favourite, this time ‘The Aristocrats’ is being brought to audiences, this time by the Alnwick Playhouse Youth Theatre on May 18 and 19.

The show, which promises something for all the family, tells the story of Duchess and her Aristokittens who are catnapped by a jealous butler and abandoned, but luckily Thomas O’Malley and his rag-tag bunch of alley cats come to the rescue. The feline adventure includes all the elements of classic Disney and with songs such as ‘Everybody Wants To Be A Cat’ is sure to have you tapping your feet to its jazzy beat.

Continuing the feline theme, there’s sure to be more than a few feet tapping when music legend Marty Wilde rolls into town with his Wildcats on Thursday and Friday, February 17 and 18.

Join Marty, one of the greatest names of 50s and 60s music, as he looks back at a career spanning over 50 years of rock ‘n’ roll. The setlist will include his personal favourites such as ‘Bad Boy’, ‘Teenager In Love’ and ‘Rubber Ball’ and many more.

From established names to rising stars, the Playhouse welcomes dynamic young Canadian trumpeter Jay Phelps and his band of some of London’s top club musicians. Jay is at the forefront of the young and creative generation of jazz musicians in the UK and has recorded with the likes of Courtney Pine and one Amy Winehouse.

And keep your eyes peeled for tributes to The Hollies, Michael Jackson and Abba as well as an appearances from The Fureys and Davey Arthur on Sunday, March 20; top traditional duo Aly Bain and Phil Cunningham on Wednesday, April 6 and Feast of Fiddles on Friday, April 15.