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La Cage aux Folles - UK Tour

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by Alison Brinkworth (subscribe)
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With iconic songs like The Best of Times and I Am What I Am, it is no wonder that La Cage aux Folles has become a timeless classic.

musical La Cage aux Folles, Birmingham Hippodrome, Malvern Theatres, John Partridge, UK Tour preview
John Partridge appears as you've never seen him before


Added to that is former EastEnders' hunk John Partridge as you've never seen him before - glamourously dazzling as a drag queen in full make-up and sparkling outfits to die for.

A new production of the show embarks on a UK tour in 2017 and stops off to venues in the Midlands including Birmingham Hippodrome and Wolverhampton Grand Theatre, plus cities like Liverpool, Brighton and Glasgow.

musical La Cage aux Folles, Birmingham Hippodrome, Malvern Theatres, John Partridge, UK Tour preview
Colourful scenes in La Cage aux Folles


This version of the musical promises to be dripping in decadence and has extravagant Rococo-inspired set designs by Gary McCann to recreate the Cage nightclub along with the lavish interior of Albin and George's Parisian apartment.

Meanwhile, there's a constant flow of magnificent costume changes featuring glitter, feathers and sparkle.

La Cage aux Folles - based on the 1973 French play by Jean Poiret and written by Jerry Herman and Harvey Fierstein - has an array of prizes in its locker. The original Broadway production won six Tony nominations including Best Musical and Best Score.

musical La Cage aux Folles, Birmingham Hippodrome, Malvern Theatres, John Partridge, UK Tour preview
Big song and dance numbers have made this a well-loved musical


It's a comedy that surrounds couple Georges and his love, the dazzling drag artiste Albin, who is star of la Cage aux Folles. The pair live happily in sunny St Tropez but when Georges' son Jean-Michel announces his engagement to the daughter of a notorious right-wing politician determined to close down the local colourful night-life, things go awry.

There's plenty of laughs as the parents meet but also emotional scenes questioning whether Albin should be forced to live a lie so that Jean-Michel can marry the love of his life.

This production stars John Partridge and Adrian Zmed, who are being directed by Martin Connor. Joining them will be Dougie Carter as Jean-Michel, Samson Ajewole as Jacob, Su Douglas as Marie/Madame Renaud, and Paul F Monaghan as Renaud.

musical La Cage aux Folles, Birmingham Hippodrome, Malvern Theatres, John Partridge, UK Tour preview
La Cage aux Folles is a comedy with heart


Choreographer Bill Deamer has also had his work cut out creating dance scenes for throughout the show and for the Les Cagelles dancers, played by Jordan Livesey, Matthew Ives, Louie-George Daniels, Liam Paul Jennings, Micah Holmes and Richard Leavey.

La Cage aux Folles - UK Tour Dates
Tickets cost from 17.

9 - 13 May - Dartford Orchard Theatre
01322 220000

16 - 20 May - Birmingham Hippodrome
0844 338 5000 or the Hippodrome website.

23 - 27 May - Bristol Hippodrome
0844 871 3012

30 May - 3 June - Grand Opera House York
0844 871 3024

6 - 10 Jun - New VictoriaTheatre, Woking
0844 871 7645

13 - 17 Jun - Salford Lowry
0843 208 6000

27 Jun - 1 Jul - Wolverhampton Grand Theatre
01902 429 212

4 - 8 Jul - Liverpool Empire Theatre
0844 871 3017

18 - 22 Jul - Bradford Alhambra Theatre
01274 432000

25 - 29 Jul - Glasgow King's Theatre
0844 871 7648

1 - 5 Aug - Sunderland Empire
0844 871 3022

8 - 12 Aug - Milton Keynes Theatre
0844 871 7652

15 - 19 Aug - Brighton Theatre Royal
0844 871 7650

22 - 26 Aug - Brighton Theatre Royal
0844 871 7650

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Why? See an iconic feel-good gay-friendly musical
When: Touring May to August
Phone: Various - see theatre list
Where: UK Tour - Birmingham, Liverpool, Glasgow and more
Cost: From 18
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