A heady summer of popular musicals awaits at the New Theatre Peterborough. From West End smash hits to never-before-seen gems, we get the lowdown on all the high profile shows visiting the city over the coming months.
Last chance to see: MAMMA MIA!
18 – 22 April
Tickets from £30
The iconic story of single parent Donna (immortalised by Meryl Streep in the film adaptation) and her daughter Sophie’s search for her biological father in idyllic Greek surroundings introduced a whole new generation to the hits of ABBA and is a bona fide musical blockbuster, having been seen by over 60 million people worldwide since its premiere in London in 1999. This irresistibly funny show has been thrilling audiences all around the world for over
twenty years, and now there’s never been a better time to see this unforgettable musical
in Peterborough. Early booking is highly recommended!
Perfect for: Dancing in the aisles with your gal pals!
16 – 20 May
Tickets from £19
Booker Prize Winner Roddy Doyle’s The Commitments is the first novel in the acclaimed author’s Barrytown Trilogy, telling the story of an unlikely bunch of amateur musicians and friends who start the finest soul band Dublin has ever produced. It’s an inspired choice for a musical! Showcasing some of the best soul classics of the 20th century, the tracks include Night Train, Try A Little Tenderness, River Deep, Mountain High, In The Midnight Hour, Papa Was A Rolling Stone, Save Me, Mustang Sally, I Heard It Through The Grapevine and many more!
Coronation Street legend Nigel Pivaro leads the cast as ‘Da’.
Perfect for: Fans of live music and Irish culture!
SHOWSTOPPER! THE IMPROVISED MUSICAL
Tickets from £24
Playing for just one night only, expect the unexpected with an evening of spontaneous musical comedy at its absolute finest, courtesy of the Olivier Award-winning Showstopper! The Improvised Musical. Each night a brand-new improvised musical is created – completely from scratch – based on audience suggestions. Whether you fancy Hamilton in a hospital or Sondheim in the Sahara, you suggest it and The Showstoppers will transform your suggestions into all-singing, all-dancing productions with hilarious results!
Perfect for: Fans of stand-up comedy and improv.
6 – 11 June
Tickets from £33
From the Edinburgh Fringe to reigning on Broadway and the West End, Six is fully deserving of the title ‘phenomenon’ and it’s heading to Peterborough for a hotly-anticipated run that will make herstory. Winner of the 2022 Tony Award for ‘Best Original Score’, the 2022 WhatsOnStage Award for ‘Best West End Show’ and a Gold-Disk winning album, the six wives of Henry VIII take to the mic to tell their tales, remixing five hundred years of historical heartbreak into an 80-minute celebration of 21st century girl power. These Queens may have green sleeves, but their lipstick is rebellious red. Think you know the rhyme, think again… Divorced. Beheaded. LIVE!
Did You Know? Katharine of Aragon (Queen #1) died at Kimbolton Castle (now Kimbolton School) and is buried in our city’s very own Cathedral!
THE SPONGEBOB MUSICAL
22 – 24 June
Tickets from £34
Who lives in a pineapple under the sea and has become the hottest star on Broadway? Spongebob Squarepants, that’s who! And now the smash-hit musical based on the much-loved cartoon will be touring the UK for the first time ever, heading to the New Theatre stage in June.
The hilarious deep-sea pearl of a show is sure to make a splash, and features a tidal wave of original songs by the world’s most iconic rock and pop artists, including Yolanda Adams, Steven Tyler, and Joe Perry of Aerosmith, Sara Bareilles, Jonathan Coulton, Alex Ebert of Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, The Flaming Lips, Lady A, Cyndi Lauper, John Legend, Panic! At the Disco, Plain White T’s, They Might Be Giants and T.I., and songs by David Bowie, Tom Kenny and Andy Paley!
Perfect for: the young and young-at-heart alike! Starring RuPaul’s Drag Race legend Divina De Campo.
BUDDY – THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY
26 – 30 Sept
Tickets from £19.50
Seen by over 22 million people worldwide, the sensational multi award-winning West End and Broadway show first opened in 1989 and has been thrilling audiences around the world ever since. Now it triumphantly visits Peterborough New Theatre as part of a hotly anticipated 2023 UK tour. In his tragically short career, Buddy Holly was responsible for some of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll songs ever written including That’ll Be The Day, Oh Boy, Rave On, La Bamba, Chantilly Lace, Johnny B. Goode, Raining In My Heart, Everyday, Shout and many many more. Relive the golden age of rock ‘n’ roll as a multi-talented cast of actor-musicians tell Holly’s story, from his Texas rockabilly beginnings to international stardom and his legendary final performance at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa, before his tragic death at the age of just 22.
Did You Know? Holly and his band, The Crickets, only toured the UK once, in 1958. He didn’t quite make it to Peterborough – here’s your chance to catch the next best thing!
NEW THEATRE PETERBOROUGH
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