BRIGHTER – Theatre & Dance Performances in Angel : April 2018

We all know that Angel is perfect for a cultured evening and as such our theatres and performance venues bring thousands of visitors to our area each month.   To make sure you are ‘in the know’, here’s a summary of the theatrical and dance performances taking place over the coming month:


 1 – 2 April                 Mardi Gras – The Stars in Our Eyes

Since 1997, Mardi Gras has been creating exciting opportunities for young people to perform on the most respected stages in the world. At Sadler’s Wells they will be bringing together many of the best amateur dance troupes from the length and breadth of the UK.

7 April                        National Youth Dance Company / Sharan Eyal – Used to be Blonde

World Premiere! The National Youth Dance Company returns to the Sadler’s Wells with the premiere of a new work created by the 2017-18 guest artistic director Sharon Eyal.   This unique choreographic approach combined with the young dancers’ energy and talent is set to produce a mesmerizing experience, pushing the dancers to their limits.

12 – 21 April            English National Ballet – Voices of America: Aszure Barton / William Forsythe / Jerome Robbins

Sadler’s Wells Associate Company English National Ballet returns with a programme of works packed with the audacious attitude of American-style neo-classical ballet, featuring two works by one of dance’s leading figures, William Forsythe.

23 & 24 April            Cecilia Bengolea & Francois Chaignaud – DFS

The award-winning team Cecilia Bengolea and François Chaignaud have collaborated since 2005. For DFS, Cecilia travelled to Jamaica to immerse herself in Kingston’s defiant dance scene, while François pursued the study of traditional medieval vocal polyphony repertory, stretching back hundreds of years.

26 – 28 April             BalletBoyz – FOURTEEN DAYS

After its premiere in autumn 2017, BalletBoyz return with their unique project: four pieces created in just 14 days. Choreographers Javier de Frutos, Craig Revel Horwood, Iván Pérez and Christopher Wheeldon teamed up with composers Scott Walker, Charlotte Harding, Joby Talbot and Keaton Henson to create new works that played with the concept of balance and imbalance.



Until 22 April                        The Singing Mermaid

Through beautiful puppetry and performance, and with music by Barb Jungr (We’re Going On A Bear Hunt), Little Angel Theatre collaborate once again with Royal & Derngate (Moominsummer Madness, 2014), to bring Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks’s enormously popular story, The Singing Mermaid, to life.

Until 29 April                        Junk

Discover a story about the things we throw away. Every day, under our very eyes, in rubbish bins and recycling boxes across the country, something strange and exciting is happening.   Little Angel Theatre presents ‘Junk’, a puppetry production that brings your milk bottles, newspapers and egg boxes to life, sharing stories through the hidden everyday magic we can easily overlook.

25 April – 20 May               Kika’s Birthday

A delightful interactive story, with puppetry, by award winning storyteller Danyah Miller. Come and help this family of mice bake a special birthday cake for Kika and maybe you can have a tiny piece too.



Until 7 April                          Summer and Smoke

Featuring an ensemble cast, Rebecca Frecknall directs Summer and Smoke, Tennessee Williams’ intoxicating classic about love, loneliness & self-destruction.

6 April                                    Séance

A presentation in complete darkness. Proceed with an open mind… This intense sonic performance from Darkfield explores group psychology and superstition in an unnerving exercise in suspense and surprise.

14 April – 26 May               The Writer

Ella Hickson returns to the Almeida following the success of Oil in 2016 with this searing exploration of power and patriarchy directed by Blanche McIntyre.



3 – 21 April                           Plastic

Plastic is a charged, poetic, unflinchingly honest new drama about time, memory and escape by BAFTA nominated, prizewinning Essex playwright Kenneth Emson. (Show playing Tuesday to Saturday within these dates)

8 & 9 / 15 & 16 April           Underexposed

Following wonderfully warm reviews for their debut show, Underexposed, Underexposed Theatre returns to the Old Red Lion for a second outing with a series of short plays that explore the underexposed theme from many different perspectives.



 Until 21 April                        The Mikado

Charles Court Opera return to the Kings Head Theatre with a smart, stylish new take on possibly the most loved of their comic masterpieces, The Mikado, giving it a classy CCO twist.

3 – 8 April                             The Service

An interactive comedy that combines clowning, dark humour and horror, taking a riotous poke at the absurdity of extreme religious cults. This unique piece of comedy horror promises to chill, confuse and covert you.

2/7/8/9/14/15/16/21 April   Victim

Victim follows the power struggle between a prison guard and criminal as they come face to face with a notorious inmate. A one woman show performed by Louise Beresford.

 10 – 14 April                        God: The Untold Story

God’s back and He’s not happy. He’s decided it’s time to set the Biblical record straight and tell His side of the story. In this exclusive and literally earth-shattering interview, God reveals the real truth behind the stories of the Old Testament and the tumultuous history of the human race.

24 April – 12 May               Tumble Tuck

BackHere! Theatre presents a new play written and performed by the acclaimed Sarah Milton. This fast paced, one woman show follows the story of Daisy, a young woman struggling to understand how to define herself as successful.

24 – 29 April                        In the Shadow of the Mountain

This touching, funny story explores a relationship born in the throes of a mental health crisis as a couple struggles to find their place in the world.