The Hawth’s summer season is about to be revealed. What a scorcher it is! Packed with everything you would expect from your top local theatre. There’s so much to look forward to including comedy, dance, film, family shows and of course theatre.
Tickets are already selling fast for the hot comedy Calendar Girls, with an all star cast including, including Lesley Joseph (Birds of a Feather), Kacey Ainsworth (EastEnders’ Little Mo), Sue Holderness (Marlene in Only Fools and Horses) and Strictly Come Dancing’s Camilla Dallerup, to name just some of the line up. There are in fact plenty of theatrical treats to be had both inside and out. Les Enfant Terribles present the ‘elegant and subversive’ The Infant in the Studio, while outside audiences can look forward to a return visit from Compagnie Animotion with the free world premiere of it’s first international multi-media commission, Diaspora, telling a tale inspired by the people of Crawley. There will also be alfresco theatre with Twelfth Night in the Amphitheatre in June followed by Fantastic Mr Fox (Goffs Park), Pirates of Penzance (Amphitheatre) and Wind In The Willows (Amphitheatre) in August. With The Hawth’s special Outdoor Summer Saver Offer there’s no better excuse to get out and enjoy the sunshine.
The outdoor theme continues as Crawley Folk Festival returns in June to celebrate its 20th anniversary. There will be music from Warsaw Village Band, The Elevators and The Copper Family plus much more. Come along and enjoy the stalls, food, workshops and fun while soaking up the sun, sounds and atmosphere. Those looking for a more classical style of music will be delighted to hear that The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra are back and legendary baritone Sir Willard White will be performing as part of the Classical Concert Series. The Hawth’s Going Global programme brings the amazing Harlem Gospel Choir to Crawley direct from New York and Ladysmith Black Mambazo make a welcome return. Plus there will be the usual selection of great blues, jazz and world music.
There is a lot to make you laugh this season as Dom Joly says Welcome to Wherever I Am and presents a one man show tracking his extraordinary life from Trigger Happy TV, to holidaying in Chernobyl and ending up in the jungle with Gillian McKeith. Plus Rob Rouse will be putting a smile on everyone’s face with his new show The Great Escape.
Families can come along for an afternoon of sheer silliness as The Chuckle Brothers return with Barry Potty and his full blood brother Paul in the Ghostly Shadows. Later in the season some well known faces will be popping in including Shaun the Sheep in Shaun’s Big Show and Mr Benn, The Extraordinary Adventures of An Ordinary Man. Plus the internationally acclaimed Shaolin Warriors are back with a show full of breathtaking feats to wow all ages. The international family fun continues throughout the season culminating with Crawley International Mela, featuring music, dance, food, stalls and crafts from all over the world.
Over the last two years The Hawth has given away over 2000 tickets to under 26s as part of A Night Less Ordinary. As the Arts Council Scheme comes to an end the theatre will be launcing it’s very own under 26 card to encourage young people to attend and enjoy the arts. The card will offer discounts, free tickets and events and extra rewards for visiting The Hawth. Look out for more details coming soon or call the box office with your contact details to be kept up to date.
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