Hope Mill Theatre & Aria Entertainment announce first three shows for 2018

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Hope Mill Theatre & Aria Entertainment announce first three shows for 2018

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Continuing the development of their critically-acclaimed collaboration, Hope Mill Theatre (Joseph Houston and William Whelton) and Aria Entertainment (Katy Lipson) have this morning announced the first three shows for their new 2018 season, which will see the world premiere of new British musical The ToyBoy Diaries, a new revival of the acclaimed modern Broadway hit Spring Awakening and a revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s romantic classic Aspects of Love.

Two further productions for Autumn/Winter will be announced later in the New Year.



The ToyBoy Diaries

18 January to 10 February 2018

Tickets on sale now

This new musical comedy charts the hilarious and sometimes heart-breaking sagas of mid-life dating.

When twice-divorced Lily inadvertently finds herself under a much younger man, it opens the door to a wild new world of inappropriate relationships. From Tom the Tender to Sam the Submissive, via Paul the Policeman, Hat Trick Patrick and Matt the Monstrous (with Old Willy and Philandering Phil mixed in along the way) Lily finally finds Ben the Bountiful.

The ToyBoy Diaries has a book by Simon Warne, music and lyrics by Andy Collyer and is based on the best-selling memoirs of Wendy Salisbury. Directed by Tania Azevedo.


Spring Awakening 

19 March to 3 May 2018

Hailed as “one of the great musicals of the last decade” (New York Times) and the winner of eight Tony and four Olivier Awards, Spring Awakening is based on Frank Wedekind’s controversial play. The show follows a group of teenagers in late-19th-century Germany navigating the struggles and virtues of blossoming youth, with an electrifying fusion of morality, sexuality and a Grammy award-winning rock score.

This landmark musical is presented in an intimate and bold new production helmed by director Luke Sheppard (In The Heights, The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole).

Spring Awakening has book and lyrics by Steven Sater, and music by Duncan Sheik.


Aspects of Love

5 July to 4 August 2018

Aspects of Love tells the story of passion, love and loss across three generations of a family and their artistic companions, against a background of 1940’s France and Italy.

Aspects of Love is based on the novel by David Garnett, with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, lyrics by Don Black and Charles Hart and directed by Jonathan O’Boyle.


William Whelton and Joseph Houston, co-founders of Hope Mill Theatre said:

“Hope Mill Theatre recently celebrated its 2nd anniversary and we could never have imagined that alongside Katy we would already be announcing our 3rd season of musicals after having five in-house productions and three London transfers under our belt.

“We wanted to make sure our third season was even more ambitious and we feel we have managed to achieve that with the world premiere of the new British musical The ToyBoy Diaries, an exciting revival of Spring Awakening with an Olivier Award-winning creative team and our first staging of an Andrew Lloyd Webber classic – Aspects of love.

“Once again we have proved the power of regional theatre and continue to spearhead Hope Mill Theatre as a leading player in new musical staging, musical premieres and exciting revivals.”


Katy Lipson, of Aria Entertainment, said:

“I first stepped into Hope Mill Theatre just under two years ago and was blown away with what a beautiful space Joe and Will had taken on and created. It’s an absolute honour to be joint artistic director of the venue; bringing my passion and knowledge of musical theatre and titles to the table as well as spearheading the venue as a leading producer of high quality musical theatre in Manchester, which is also my home town.

“I have enjoyed working with the theatre on taking our shows to new commercial levels in London and am extremely delighted to announce the first three shows of our 2018 season. The ToyBoy Diaries is an Aria Entertainment commission and world premiere, having been workshopped and developed in our annual From Page To Stage festival. Having worked with Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik on a concert of their work, we are delighted to be bringing Spring Awakening back to Manchester. To close the season we have the beautiful Aspects Of Love, by the most famous British composer of musicals Andrew Lloyd Webber, and it is an honour to share this diverse selection of work with you.

“We hope to continue to champion the genre and bring in audiences from far and wide.”


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