The classic story has come to life, leaping from the page and onto the stage and bringing all the magic of Roald Dahl and Quentin Blake with it, and a few new treats to boot.
You can imagine my joy when the writer of The Crown created a new show for my local theatre, Nuffield Southampton Theatres. Peter Morgan, along with director Samuel Hodges, have brought the Queen's most intimate conversations to life in The Audience.
Would you expect the opening scene of an opera to feature an enormous, monstrous lobster? Neither would I; but my latest trip to the theatre proved that there's a first time for everything!
The titular dead dog in this show is just one small part of a production which flips a classic opera on its head and turns it into a mixtape that covers the entire emotional spectrum.
Annie whisks you back to a time of uncertainty and hardship during America's Great Depression, but shares a story of hope, resilience, and optimism. You're bound to be grinning by the end: after all...you're never fully dressed without a smile.
The Comedy About a Bank Robbery does what it says on the tin – it's a comedy show involving a bank robbery – but that's where the simplicity stops. This production is an incredibly clever and witty tonic to the chaos and seriousness of real life at the moment, and an escape from the drudgery filling our newsfeeds.
Jersey Boys has swaggered onto the stage at Southampton's Mayflower Theatre, ready to transport us back to the sixties; to the heyday of classic rock ''n roll and the giants of the airwaves.
Abigail's Party is a bit of a cult classic, and it's on tour right now, transporting theatres around the UK back to 1977 complete with pineapple and cheese on sticks and platform heels.
The Girl on the Train has pulled in right on time to Southampton and has made the Mayflower Theatre its station for the next few days as part of its UK tour.
The Shadow Factory returns to Nuffield Southampton Theatres after its sell-out run in 2018.