Summer is here so your probably wondering what's on in your local theatres that you can go and see. I've put together the 8 productions that I am buzzing about within Leicester from now (June) until the end of September, when we will be in Autumn and there'll be even more shows to talk about. We have some wonderful venues amongst the city of Leicester from De Montfort Hall which is around 15 minutes from the city's train station, the Attenborough Arts Centre which is around 10 minutes from the station and the Curve Theatre which is in the heart of Leicester's Cultural Quarter.

I spend a lot of time escaping into the theatre to watch some great theatre so I wanted to spend some time every season to talk about those you should be booking tickets for! I've shared with you today 8 performances within the summer season! 

Mine - Put The Book Down
Friday 23 June, Attenborough Arts Centre  

Mine is brought to Leicester by Put the Book Down with their award-winning, critically acclaimed, intense one-woman play. The synopsis is that a woman awaits for her son's return from a night out. Then at 3am, there's a knock on her door. It's the police and everything is about to change. She hears about what he's done, she reads his confession, she really sees her son for the first time, now what does she do? what can she do? It's a emotional and harrowing examination into what a parent must overcome themselves with their child is arrested for something truly unspeakable. It's a moving play about shame, courage, guilt and good parenting. 

I've been really drawn to plays recently so I can't want to see how this intense synopsis pans out. 

Gangsta Granny - Live On Stage! 
Wed 28 Jun - Sun 2 July, De Montfort Hall 

David Walliams, the UK's best-selling author for children has seen one of his books come to live in this new production, Gangsta Granny and from what I have seen and heard already it's been a hit during its UK tour. The story follows a young boy named Ben, he knows that when Friday night arrives he'll be staying with Granny and he knows it'll be boring. But what Ben doesn't know is that his Granny has a secret - and their Friday nights together are going to get more exciting than he could ever imagine, he will embark on the adventure of a lifetime with his very own Gangsta Granny! This one will be great for parents and children to enjoy! 

Kin - Barely Methodical Troupe
Fri 30 Jun - Sat 1 Jul, Curve Theatre

Barely Methodical Troupe are one of the UK's hottest circus companies right now, they are at the forefront in showcasing a new kind of physical performance to the stage. They create highly entertaining shows that bring together not only show-stopping acrobatics commonly associated of the circus but a emotional shot of theatre too. The boys that brought the 2015 smash hit performance Bromance are back with this incredible circus about camaraderie and affection, but this time they've also brought some friends with them. 

I'm loving exploring circus theatre in the space at the moment so these guys are definitely on my list of people to see during the summer. If you fancy experiencing a new different kind of theatre then this is something you need to go and see! 

Miss Saigon UK Tour.
Sat 1 - Sat 22 July, Curve Theatre

This is the UK touring production that everyone has been talking about this summer and Curve Theatre will be getting their hands on it first when it arrives at the beginning of July. The musical directed by Cameron Mackintosh was a smash hit in the West End and has won many awards, including 9 at the Whatsonstage Awards 2015. 

The epic love story tells the tragic tale of young bar girl Kim, who was orphaned by war, who falls in love with an American GI called Chris. Their lives are being torn apart by the fall of Saigon. It contains some of the most powerful music and is really worth seeing how they bring such a smash hit to life in a touring production. 

Tarantiseismic - National Youth Dance Company
Sat 8 July, Curve Theatre

The National Youth Dance Company are a true representation and celebration of the scope of talent in Dance that the UK has, using their productions to show how they're shaping the future of dance and they are always flawless. It's no surprise then that I'm excited for their latest production to arrive into Leicester. Their new production which is created by the 2016-2017 Guest Artistic Director Damien Jalet brings 40 young dancers into the dance space. 

The piece Tarantiseismic addresses the themes of severe depression, ritual, control and abandon in this piece.  The choreographic style of Jalet's brought together with the company of energetic and talented young dancers will leave a mesmerising experience. 

A Midsummer Night's Dream - Made At Curve. 
Thurs 10 - Sun 20 Aug, Curve Theatre  

With the success of Made At Curve productions within the Curve Theatre they're back with another Curve Young Company and Community Production with their retelling of Shakespeare's best-loved comedies A Midsummer Nights Dream this August. This is another chance for them to showcase the best of talent within Leicester as well as their collaboration with local talent to give them an experience like no other. The 70 person cast of people aged 12 to 63 will take on the story of a lover's quarter as they become integrated in magical mishaps in a fantastical forest at the hands of the mischievous fairy sprite Puck.

This is one of my favourite Shakespeare stories so I am very excited to see how it'll be presented. 

Billy the Kid A New Musical - National Youth Music Theatre 
Wed 23 - Sat 26 Aug, Curve Theatre  

Having loved National Youth Music Theatre's production of Spring Awakening at the Curve last year I'm excited to see their new production of this new musical. The musical follows William Antrim who is small for his age; he's also quiet and shy which makes him an easy target for bullies. But in his dreams, William becomes Billy The Kid, a courageous cowboy, riding the range with the sun in his eyes. He's an all-American hero as Billy The Kid, if only that could be made a reality. This musical is very much an adventure story, a magical, musical comedy that is set amongst a colourful world of cowboys and bandits, cactus trees and caballeros. I'm excited to see how this one unfolds! 

Sunset Boulevard
Sat 16 - Sat 30 Sept, Curve Theatre 

Sunset Boulevard is Andrew Lloyd Webber's Tony Award-winning masterpiece and is finally making a return to the stage, directed by Curve's Artistic Director Nikolai Foster and starring Ria Jones, who is an incredible actress within her right. The story itself is a fascinating story of romance and obsession, based on the legendary film by Billy Wilder. This musical is very glamorous in it's costume design and it's one of my mum's all time favourites so I'll definitely be treating her to a theatre trip to see this one.  It's set in a mansion on Sunset Boulevard, faded, silent-screen goddess, Norma Desmond, lives in a fantasy world that she'll make it back in front of the cameras if she can convince screen writer, Joe Gillis to work on her 'masterpiece'. 

Pink Star Revolution 
Weds 27 Sept - Sat 7 Oct, Curve Theatre 

This Made At Curve production is centred around the 'Badlands' of Uttar Pradesh, where the violence against women can be traced right back to Indian mythology, one woman has raised an army that says "no more". This woman is Sampat Pal, the fearless leader of the Gulabi Gang, a movement which sees over 400,000 women fighting for their human rights in a uniform of blazing pink saris. During a winter's day, Sampat will learn of Sheelu Nishad, a young girl who has been thrown into prison in the dead of night. As Sampat investigates what happens, a chain of events are set in motion that will reveal to her the cost of making a stand.

I'm excited for this production by just reading the blurb, I am also reading the book I Am Malala at the moment and really embracing the knowledge in understanding different cultures aside from my own. It's important to see plays like this one so I urge you to definitely book your tickets for this one.

You can book your tickets and find out more about these shows and more through the individual venue's websites;

thanks for reading,