Doncaster arts centre celebrates great first year

Hercules by New Art Club, part of the Cast first birthday season in Doncaster
Hercules by New Art Club, part of the Cast first birthday season in Doncaster

After 164 performances seen by 71,784 audience members, new Doncaster arts venue Cast announces its first birthday season, starting next month.

The season features two home-grown productions, Right Up Our Street and Cast’s production of Barry Hines’ Kes (September 5-13), plus the pantomime, Aladdin (December 5-January 3).

The Waterdale venue is also hosting a wide range of high-class theatre from Frantic Assembly, imitating the dog, Boy Blue, Red Ladder, Fascinating Aïda and is holding a children’s festival during the October half term.

The season starts with a new version of Kes. Based on Barry Hines’ novel A Kestrel For A Knave, Kes stars Doncaster-born Shameless actress Sally Carman as Mrs Casper.

As well as a full professional cast, Kes also features a community ensemble of Doncaster performers as well as live falconry.

Aladdin brings back the production team responsible for Cast’s popular first panto, Cinderella.

Aladdin tells the story of a land far, far away yet somehow strangely familiar. Live music, beautiful costumes, mayhem and song combine to create a Christmas treat with lots of magic.

There are two more Christmas shows.

It’s chocks away! as you climb aboard the Christmas Flying Machine on a journey to the North Pole (December 19-January 3).

If you’ve ever wanted to know the greatest Christmas secret, join Santa and the elves for Santa in Love (December 8–13), a treat for children that are a little bit too young for panto.

Frantic Assembly and Theatre Royal Plymouth visit with a co-production of Shakespeare’s Othello (November 4–8), an unforgettable take on Shakespeare’s thriller tragedy.

Leeds-based imitating the dog and The Dukes Lancaster bring the first UK adaptation of Ernest Hemingway’s classic novel A Farewell to Arms (October 29-November 1).

After the sell-out success of Bouncers earlier in the year, Cast bring back the John Godber Company and Theatre Royal Wakefield in Godber’s On the Piste (October 9-11).

Join ski instructors Tony, Isobel, Michelle and Marie in an avalanche of laughs.

Dance Touring Partnership present hip hop giants Boy Blue Entertainment with their production of The Five and the Prophecy of Prana (October 17). The Olivier award-winning team fuse hip-hop and martial arts in an explosive tribute to Japan’s popular graphic novel form, manga.

Bringing a large international cast, Indika (September 26-October 5), is a breathtaking odyssey that brings to life the story of one land.

The Children’s Festival runs throughout the October half term and is ideal for children aged from three to 11.

Take part in the Annual Animal Beauty Contest with a worried walrus, visit the pond with Goggles the leaping wood frog and take a path into the deep dark woods in Red Earth’s production of Hansel and Gretel.

For big and little kids alike, Hercules (October 25) is one extraordinary superhero who faces 12 impossible tasks. The story is told with a mixture of pantomime, a comic take on history and a party all rolled into one.

The Cast Comedy Club First Birthday Special (September 12) sees Duncan Oakley and Dan Bland kicking off a series of monthly comedy clubs. Lee Hurst brings his new show Things That Make You Go Aaarggh!!! (November 21) and Fascinating Aïda celebrate 30 years on the road with Charm Offensive (November 19) featuring topical songs and outrageous old favourites.

Graham Whitehead, Cast’s head of marketing and communications, said: “Whatever you enjoy watching, we again promise something for everyone through incredible high quality nights out.

“We’ve also managed to ensure that our ticket prices remain accessible. Throughout our first year and into this season no single ticket has been over £20 – with many events priced much, much lower.”

Tickets are on sale from Doncaster Ticket Office on 01302 303 959 or at castindoncaster.com.