It looks like we’ve all been very good this year as Santa has delivered The Hawth’s new Spring Brochure a little early and it is packed full performances to entertain and delight in the new year. It’s an especially exciting season as it heralds the launch of The Hawth’s 30th anniversary year, so audiences can look forward to the return of some old favourites plus some exciting new arrivals for 2018.
The line up of Theatre this season sees The Agatha Christie Company present “The king of the detective thriller” Edgar Wallace’s The Case of the Frightened Lady. Starring a line-up of well known names and with a thrilling plot full of mystery and intrigue, this is a night of theatre not to be missed. There’s another literary favourite brought to life on stage as The Kite Runner flies into Crawley direct from the West End. Based on Khaled Hosseini’s best-selling novel and described as a ‘theatrical tour-de-force’, tickets are already selling fast. Completing the theatrical line up and taking us in a completely different direction, Some Mothers Do ‘ave ’em stars Jo Pasquale as the loveable Frank Spencer for a perfect night of comedy and nostalgia.
There will be more laughs throughout the season as The Hawth has so much comedy we’re almost bursting at the seems. The hilarious Tim Vine, Iain Stirling and Joe Lycett have already sold out, but never fear, there’s still plenty to tickle your funny bone. Jonathan Pie returns with a brand new show, Back To The Studio and Jason Manford explains his confusion at being Muddle Class. Brian Conley will be proving why he’s Still The Greatest Entertainer – In His Price Range while Lee Hurst of They Think It’s All Over is back on the road with his brand new show, Mucking About. Jenny Eclair, Dillie Keane and Lizzie Roper return as Grumpy Old Women to the Rescue – 90 minutes of brand new, full fat, batteries included comedy from the mistresses of grump.
There’s a wide array of wonderful music to look forward to with Jimmy Osmond performing the music of Andy Williams in Moon River and Me, the return of the UK’s best-selling classical crossover artist, Russell Watson and TV favourite Martine McCutcheon sounding better than ever. 20Th Century Boy, the hit musical inspired by life of music legend Marc Bolan is set to wow audiences and those looking for a trip even further back down memory lane will love hanging out with Frank, Sammy and Dean in the Rat Pack Live from Las Vegas. On top of all that we have the Blues, Jazz and Classical performances our audiences love and more Americana than ever to look forward to.
With the Strictly Come Dancing final just around the corner, you may find yourself suffering from dance and glitter withdrawal symptoms in the new year. Luckily The Hawth has the answer, with four incredible shows featuring six ‘Strictly’ professionals from past and present. Brendan Cole puts on a dazzling performance in All Night Long, Ian Waite and Oti Mabuse will be dancing to the Rhythm of the Night, while also sharing a few tales about themselves and Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace star in Tango Moderno, the ultimate Tango Experience. Finally Giovanni Pernice proves why he was Born to Win with his show, choreographed by Strictly Come Dancing’s creative director Jason Gilkison.
As the phenomenon of Strictly Come Dancing proves, we love good family entertainment and there’s a great selection on offer for all ages this Spring. Sing-a-long-a Beauty and the Beast will allow everyone to let out their inner Belle (or Beast) and there’s a Chinese New Year Extravaganza that will leave audiences in awe. Later in the year little ones will be thrilled to see some of their favourites on stage in Milkshake Live! and Tiddler and Other Terrific Tales will bring some of Julia Donaldson’s best-loved characters from page to stage.
As always there are fantastic films, live screening and exhibitions to look forward to in the Curzon Cinema. Keep up to date with the latest news, events at www.hawth.co.uk and on Facebook and Twitter – you’ll find the theatre at www.twitter.com/thehawthcrawley and www.facebook.com/thehawthcrawley.