Avenue Q among smash hit shows making Waterside debuts

Smash hit musical Avenue Q is among several massive shows making their first appearances at the Waterside Theatre in 2015.

The venue, which is entering its fifth year, has just released details of its spring 2015 season, with other highlights making their Aylesbury debuts including Anything Goes (February 9-14), Oh What A Lovely War (April 27-May 2), The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (March 17-21), Arcadia (March 2-7) and Dreamboats and Miniskirts (March 9-14).

There’s also plenty of favorites returning to town, such as Spamalot (April 13-18) and Blood Brothers (February 23-28), together with one-nighters featuring the likes of Noel Fielding (February 18),Brendan Cole (February 1), Jimmy Carr (February 7), Tim Vine (April 10), Russell Watson (March 24), Dara O Briain (April 21) and Anton & Erin (March 8).

Avenue Q, which runs from May 5-9, is the winner of the of the Tony awards ‘triple crown’ for Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book. While it may feature Muppet-style puppets,its themes are distinctly adult.

It is set in a grungy street in outer New York where the young and underemployed rent rooms. Blessed with hugely witty lyrics, Avenue Q certainly takes the American musical to places it has never been before.

Half of the characters are played by puppets, all of them are willing and able to have sex and to sing graphic songs about it, and they are all ruthlessly frank about their economic and personal weaknesses, belting out songs like What Can You Do With A BA in English?, and Everyone’s A Little Bit Racist.

Classic musical Anything Goes featuressongs by the legendary Cole Porter.

When Billy Crocker discovers that his heart’s desire, debutante heiress Hope Harcourt, is engaged to an English aristocrat, he stows away aboard the SS American to win her back. Aided by the string of eccentric passengers on board the luxurious transatlantic liner, can this love triangle be untangled before they reach Southampton?

Anything Goes features sensational songs including I Get A Kick Out of You, You’re the Top and It’s De-Lovely.

Oh What A Lovely War sees Wendi Peters (Coronation Street, Rutherford and Son, White Christmas) and Ian Reddington (Eastenders and Coronation Street) appearing in the legendary musical revived to commemorate the 100th anniversary of World War One. It is a riot of music and colour, deeply moving and features some of the greatest songs from the First World War including It’s a Long Way to Tipperary,Pack Up Your Troubles in Your Old Kit-Bag, Goodbye...ee, And When They Ask Us and Keep the Home Fires Burning.

The Curious Incident is the winner of seven 2013 Olivier Awards, including Best New Play, and has been hailed by The Times as ‘a phenomenal combination of storytelling and spectacle’.

Based on Mark Haddon’s best-selling book it tells the story of how a teenage boy tracks down who killed his neighbour’s dog.

In Tom Stoppard’s undisputed masterpiece, Arcadia, secret desires and professional rivalries take hold of the residents of Sidley Park, a stately home in 19th Century rural Derbyshire, as Thomasina, a talented pupil, makes a startling discovery. In the present day academics Hannah and Bernard attempt to piece together the fragments of truth that tell her story.