Sleeping Beauty has its final performance this afternoon, and we’re missing it already! It’s a long time before we return to panto land (with Aladdin, December 2018), but don’t despair; there’s plenty more to come here at Norwich Theatre Royal in the coming months.
We’ve got another round of great family entertainment this week, thanks to Around The World In 80 Days. A madcap journey based on the iconic Victorian novel, the show is performed by a cast of just eight actors, who between them will portray more than 125 characters! Featuring everything from circus acts to an elephant, it’s not to be missed.
From Victorian England, we fast-forward to the Golden Age Of Hollywood, when the Norfolk & Norwich Operatic Society take to the stage with their glamorous production of Top Hat.
Based on the Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers movie, Top Hat is a romantic comedy about Broadway star Jerry Travers and society girl Dale Tremont – and more to the point, it’s an excuse for a string of hummable Irving Berlin tunes (including Cheek To Cheek and Puttin’ On The Ritz) accompanied by a whole lot of tap dancing.
For fans of quality dance, that’s not all. We’re following it up with another visit from the Richard Alston Dance Company, who will be bringing three of their reliably popular works. Excitingly, that line-up will include audience favourite Gypsy Mixtures, which pays tribute to the infectious music of Macedonian and Romanian gypsy bands.
Needing no introduction, Take That musical The Band arrives here from 6 February. Starring the winners of the BBC’s Let It Shine, Five To Five, it uses the iconic songs of Britain’s most successful boy band to follow five friends as they grow up and strive to meet their heroes. It is now the fastest selling musical theatre tour of all time – will it be your Greatest Day at the theatre?
In our Stage Two centre, Creative Matters returns with a month focused on men’s mental health. It features an art exhibition, live performances from local people and visiting companies, and even a chance to get involved with the creation of a brand-new piece of theatre. That’s courtesy of MoCo Theatre Company, whose production of Frankenstein is currently in development: they are opening up the rehearsal process to give you a glimpse behind the scenes. It’s your chance to get involved and have a real impact on the development of a new and challenging piece of drama.
Looking ahead, we’re particularly excited for the Norfolk & Norwich Festival in May, which once again brings a packed schedule of art to the city. For our part, we’ll be hosting top choreographer Hofesh Schechter, a cappella group Ladysmith Black Mambazo as well as multi-platinum selling singer-songwriter Ben Folds, performing some of his best-loved songs in an intimate environment, alone on stage with a piano.
And no overview of this year would be complete without star-studded musical Fat Friends. Based on the much-loved Kay Mellor series, it follows a group of friends who are being put through their paces at Super Slimmers by lovelorn Lauren.
The star-studded cast features Sam Bailey (The X Factor), Kevin Kennedy (Coronation Street) and Natasha Hamilton (Atomic Kitten), with original music written by Nick Lloyd Webber. Brimming with hope, humour and heart, it bursts onto the Norwich stage from 12 March.
Whatever your tastes, there’s sure to be something for you on stage here in 2018. From Agatha Christie to Miss Saigon, you’ll find the full line-up in our brochure.