Once the curtain comes down on Sleeping Beauty, Aylesbury’s Waterside has a packed start to 2014 in store

West Side Story
West Side Story

Panto fun may be centre stage at Aylesbury’s Waterside Theatre for the rest of the year, but plans are already in place for 2014’s big name productions.

Big budget musicals including West Side Story, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and Fame The Musical head up a feast of variety.

Rock of Ages, The Buddy Holly Story, Rod Stewart Musical Tonight’s The Night and a return of Thriller Live promise nostalgic evenings of music and memories.

Serious drama is catered for with Alfred Hitchcock’s Dial M For Murder starring Christopher Timothy and ballet aficionados will love Giselle and Sleeping Beauty performed by the Russian State Ballet of Siberia.

Area theatre manager Elizabeth Adlington said: “Our spring season features a real mix. We have some fantastic brand new productions including The Two Worlds of Charlie F and Some Girl I Used to know, alongside many West End favourites.

“It’s also a fantastic coup to be receiving the UK premiere of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels with Robert Lindsay and Rufus Hound.

“We are really looking forward to our line-up for 2014, and hope it has something for everyone.”

The armed forces are recognised with two moving productions.

The Two Worlds of Charlie F is based on the true stories of British servicemen and women who served in Afghanistan, performed by ex-servicemen and women as part of the first Theatre Recovery Project for the Ministry of Defence

There’s also Private Peaceful, written by War Horse author Michael Morpurgo and inspired by the tragic stories of young soldiers court martialled and shot for cowardice during First World War.

Children are not forgotten with visits from Peppa Pig, Scooby-Doo and MyFirst Ballet – Coppelia. Visit www.atgtickets.com for full programme details.