The wonderful Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is still holding court at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane.  Book now to see the new cast which includes Barry James (Grandpa Joe), Josefina Gabrielle (Mrs Teavee), Richard Dempsey and Kirsty Malpass as Mr and Mrs Bucket, and Alex Jennings (Willy Wonka).  The new cast’s first performance is on May 19th and you can book at or 0844 858 8877.

On the other end of the scale it is good to see Robert Icke’s and Duncan Macmillan’s 1984 transferring to the Playhouse Theatre in London for a 12-week run.  The production is a collaboration between Headlong, Nottingham Playhouse and the Almeida. Great deals for school groups – but book fast at before opening night on April 28th.

From May 2 to July 5 Transport Theatre Company will tour their compelling family production of 1001 Nights. Devised and directed by Artistic Director Douglas Rintoul, the production premiered at the Unicorn Theatre in 2013.  Based around The Arabian Nights, the Islamic tales are brought to life by Shahrazad, torn between her home in Syria and her new life in the UK.  Age guidance is eight plus but really, the wonderful story-telling is a masterclass for all students. For full tour listings visit: