Sparkling season at Playhouse

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an exciting mix of drama beckons this spring at West Yorkshire Playhouse with classic works and new productions.

The new season kicks off in February with a new production of Samuel Beckett’s masterpiece Waiting For Godot, a joint venture between the playhouse and Talawa Theatre Company, featuring an all-black cast.

Two homeless men, Vladimir and Estragon wait on a bare road with a single tree. In the course of two days, they argue, get bored, clown around, repeat themselves, contemplate death and wait for someone who will never come.

Angus, Thongs and Even More Snogging makes its world premiere in February, as we rejoin 14-year-old Georgia Nicholson and her Ace Gang for more adventures – this time to win a Sex God boyfriend in the form of local band lead singer Robbie.

Caryl Churchil’s Top Girls gets a revival, directed by Max Stafford-Clark, who also directed its 1982 premiere, while classic children’s story Swallows and Amazons visits in March, directed by Tom Morris, who also directed the international smash War Horse.

The life of Mary Shelley is brought to life in the world premiere of a new play, in a joint production between the playhouse, Nottingham Playhouse and Shared Experience.

Telling the story of her remarkable life, her controversial parents, her scandalous elopement at 16 and how she wrote a novel, aged just 19, so radical in its ideology, that she changed the literary landscape forever.

Northern Broadsides returns in April to celebrate its 20th anniversary with a new production of Shakespeare’s Love’s Labour’s Lost, a delicious comedy depicting the battle of the sexes, while youngsters can enjoy The Owl and the Pussycat, along with Peppa Pig’s Treasure Hunt later in the season.

Top Stoppard’s The Real Thing is performed throughout May, examining the complexity of love and infidelity. Brilliant and celebrated playwright Henry writes a new play starring his wife Charlotte.

Reality and fiction entwine when his own marriage becomes tangled with that of Charlotte’s co-star Max and his wife Annie.

The season is rounded off in June with a new musical Loserville. It’s 1971 and Michael Dork may be a computer geek, but he’s invented something that could change the world. He’s also discovered girls, an even scarier prospect.

For full details of the new season visit www.wyp.org.uk or call the box office on 0113 213 7700 for a brochure.