CAST ANNOUNCE SPRING/SUMMER 2018 SEASON Cast, Doncaster's flagship theatre has announced its new season of work for Spring/Summer 2018, including the return of smash-hit sell-outs, West End musicals and family favourites. Described as funnier than the black death, Spamalot (8-12 May) is headed for Cast. Lovingly ripped off from the hugely successful 1975 film ‘Monty Python and the Holy Grail’, this spammier than ever production is a riotous comedy full of misfit knights, killer rabbits, dancing nuns and ferocious Frenchmen. Cast will welcome a number of touring drama productions throughout the season including London Classic Theatre's Private Lives by Noel Coward (8-10 Feb), John Godber Company and Theatre Royal Wakefield's The Scary Bikers (26-28 April) and Lyric Hammersmith and Filter Theatre's production of A Midsummer Night's Dream (22-26 May). Continuing Cast’s commitment to increasing accessibility, fingersmiths make their debut with Up ‘n’ Under (1-3 March), a witty re-telling of John Godber’s award winning and much-loved play, with a cast of Deaf and hearing actors using British Sign Language and spoken English. Dance highlights include a new classical contemporary programme by Joss Arnott Dance (31 Jan), the return of the award-winning Gary Clarke Company with their riveting dance theatre show Coal (14 Feb) and the acclaimed Phoenix Dance Theatre present a major new dance production for 2018 Windrush: Movement of the People (7 March), as part of their Mixed Programme. On top of that, expect all your favourite dances, sequins, glitz and glamour when Pasha (from “BBC TV’s Strictly Come Dancing”) tours to Cast with his brand-new show The Magic of Hollywood (4 May). Music features prominently in the new season, most notably with a first ever visit to Doncaster by the internationally-acclaimed Orchestra of Opera North (30 May), who bring a sparkling summer programme. OperaUpClose return with a bold re-invention of Mozart’s The Magic Flute (14-15 March), followed by the world famous The Pasadena Roof Orchestra (23 March) with a foot-tapping evening of music and jazz from the 20s and 30s and Yorkshire’s finest folk music star Kate Rusby (8 April). Cast once again presents a fantastic selection of shows for the little ones. This includes a stage premiere of Rod Campbell’s best-selling lift-the-flap book Dear Zoo (10-11 March), a journey through the world’s favourite fairy tales in Milkshake! Live (24 March) and an all-singing, all-dancing panto ride in Alice in Wonderland (4-5 April), starring TV legend Dave Benson Phillips. Critically-acclaimed Northern Ballet return with Ugly Duckling (6 June), a hugely popular ballet for children retelling the famous Hans Christian Andersen fairytale. The season also sees the return of three sell-out-smash-hits from 2016, with All or Nothing (2-4 July), Some Guys Have All the Luck – The Rod Stewart Story (14 July) and The Magic of Motown (20-21 July). Cast are always looking out for opportunities to work with up-coming artists, to support new writing and to discuss globally relevant topics; that’s what their Second Space is all about. From historical events told from a fresh perspective, to dance and movement pieces, there’s bound to be something for everyone. Highlights include Trump the Musical (15-17 Feb) and Macbeth (27 Feb), alongside Sand House (8-10 June), the fascinating story behind Doncaster's legendary underground sand carvings and On Behalf of the People (1-2 June), the tale of a post-war mining family coming to terms with the changing world. Cast also announced that the 2018 pantomime will be Robin Hood (Dec-Jan ’19), which will once again be fully BSL integrated. Filled with adventure, mischief and plenty of derring do, join the most skilled archer in the land and his band of merry men for an action-packed and hilarious panto. The full season is now on sale at castindoncaster.com. To book, go online or call the box office on 01302 303 959.