A star-studded programme will be coming to Wolverhampton’s Grand Theatre to mark the venue’s 120th anniversary next year.
Among the high-profile names scheduled to appear is Broadway and West End actress Denise Van Outen, who will be performing her new one-woman play, Some Girl I Used to Know.
The show – which has been co-written by Terry Ronald with musical supervision by Kylie Minogue’s long-term musical collaborator, Steve Anderson – will run at the theatre from February 20 to 22 as part of an 11-date national tour.
Other newly announced musical highlights include the foot-stomping 80s dance classic Fame, which will arrive in the city in March, and rock ‘n’ roll show Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story.
Meanwhile, Bafta-nominated actor Robert Powell, who took the title role in the 1977 film Jesus of Nazareth, will play the Belgian detective Poirot in a new staging of Agatha Christie’s Black Coffee. The show will run from February 3 to 8.
Brookside regular John McArdle joins the cast of Damian Cruden’s new adaptation of the classic British comedy Brassed Off from April 8 to 12.
Emmerdale heartthrob Ben Freeman, who plays Scott Windsor in the ITV soap opera, will become ‘The Fonz’ in Garry Marshall’s musical hit Happy Days. The show, which will run from June 9 to 14, also stars former Sugababe Heidi Rang as Pinky Tuscadero and 80s pop-icon Cheryl Baker as Mrs Cunningham.
Peter Cutchie, the theatre’s chief executive, said: “Next year marks 120 years of the Grand Theatre in Wolverhampton and a landmark year for the venue, something which I hope is reflected in the diversity and vibrancy of our 2014 programme.
The fact that the Grand continues to attract large-scale touring productions like Dirty Dancing and Midlands exclusives such as Will Young in Cabaret reinforces our status as one of the region’s premiere entertainment providers.”
The theatre will also offer a series of family, opera, drama, comedy and dance shows, as well as one-night concerts starring the likes of David Alacey, who appeared on television’s Lovejoy, and pantomime favourite Keith Harris.
Van Outen will also take Some Girl I Used To Know to New Alexandra Theatre in Birmingham from February 10 to 12.