Audiences set for trips across the world for 2011

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THEATRE Royal Brighton will be on the move next spring with a wide-ranging new season which will take audiences from the Indian jungle to the banks of the Ganges, from downtown New York to the horrors of the World War One trenches, and from the corridors of power and into the drawing rooms of 1950s British society.

Venue spokeswoman Rachel Knowles said: “One of the highlights of the season is Tony Award-winning Avenue Q, which visits as part of its first UK tour. This hilarious, irresistibly-charming musical about the lovably hopeless characters on a New York street, performed by a cast of perfomers and puppets, has played to packed houses throughout its five-year run in London.”

Also in the season is the Chichester Festival Theatre hit now out on tour, Yes, Prime Minister by Antony Jay and Jonathan Lynn, original writers of the classic TV series.

If you missed Master Class in Chichester in November, you can catch up with it in Brighton next year. Stephanie Beacham stars as diva Maria Callas. In the piece, Callas reflects on the glories of her career and the tragedies of her private life.

Rachel added: “Other highlights of our drama programme next season include a stunning new production of great expectations, presented by our associate company English Touring Theatre, which sets Dickens’ masterpiece in colonial India. Painted in rich, vivid colours across a vast landscape of characters and locations, this is a powerful retelling of a much-loved classic.

“The Birmingham Stage Company return to present their acclaimed production of Rudyard Kipling’s classic story, The Jungle Book. Shere Khan, Mowgli, Baloo and Bagheera are among the colourful characters in this adventure story which has delighted children and adults for generations.”

The award-winning World One War drama Journey’s End visits the Theatre Royal Brighton for a week in April, and Just Good Friends star Paul Nicholas, appears in The Haunting, adapted from the ghost stories of Charles Dickens. In an ancient crumbling mansion surrounded by desolate moorland, two men stumble upon a terrifying secret.

Jane Asher and Belinda Lang co-star in William Douglas-Home’s delightful romantic comedy The Reluctant Debutante, an affectionate caricature of 1950s British society.

Liza Goddard returns to star in Alan Ayckbourn’s brand-new comedy, Life Of Riley. With a few months of his life remaining, the friends of eccentric George Riley reflect on how deeply he has affected them. George, meanwhile, is planning a final farewell that will upset them all.

Robert Powell takes the title role in Jeffrey Bernard Is Unwell. The play sees the journalist, played in the original production by Peter O’Toole, trapped overnight in his favourite Soho pub and reliving episodes from his colourful life.

The spring programme also includes Andrew Lloyd Webber and Don Black’s Tell Me On A Sunday, starring Claire Sweeney - the story of the romantic misadventures of young English girl in New York.

Moscow City Ballet - Jan 26-29; Yes, Prime Minister - Feb 3-12; Master Class - Feb 14-19; The Reluctant Debutante - Feb 21-26; Tell Me On A Sunday - Feb 28–March 5; Derren Brown Svengali - March 9-12; Life Of Riley - March 14-19; Rambert Dance Company - March 23-26; Great Expectations - March 29-April 2; Journey’s End - April 5-9; The Haunting - April 11-16; Jeffrey Bernard Is Unwell - April 18-23; The Jungle Book - April 26-30; And Avenue Q - May 2-7.

Tickets on 0844 871 7650.