New Season Announced

Foot-tapping musical extravaganzas, riveting drama and stunning dance are in the line-up for the theatre’s new season of productions for this autumn and into next year.

The brand new musical On Your Feet!, which tells the story of Emilio and Gloria Estefan and the pioneering Miami Sound Machine, has just opened in London after coming direct from Broadway, and in the autumn it will be heading out across the UK on tour arriving in Norwich from November 19-23.   The show features some of the most iconic pop songs of the era, including Rhythm Is Gonna Get You and Get On Your Feet – the Latin crossover sound which fused infectious Cuban rhythms with American pop and disco and saw Gloria Estefan win 26 Grammy Awards and sell over 100 million records worldwide.

On Your Feet! – the story of Emilio and Gloria Estefan. Credit Johan Persson.

And if the rhythm has got you, then We Will Rock You is another musical guaranteed to have audiences on their feet when it hits the stage from May 4-9 2020. The worldwide smash hit musical by Queen and Ben Elton delivers the scale and spectacle of the band’s legendary live performances with its biggest hits – We Are The Champions, I Want To Break Free, Don’t Stop Me Now, Bohemian Rhapsody and Another One Bites The Dust.

Smash hits from Queen with We Will Rock You (image of previous cast).

If you like your music delivered with a dollop of comedy then Curtains could be the show for you – it’s a musical who-dunnit from the creators of Chicago and Cabaret. Starring popular comedian Jason Manford, West End star Carly Stenson and Strictly Come Dancing star and television presenter Ore Oduba, it arrives from February 11-15 2020.

Jason Manford who stars in Curtains. Photo by Seamus Ryan.

A captivating tale is bought to life as part of the new season’s drama offering when a stage adaptation of Alice Sebold’s novel The Lovely Bones arrives from October 7-12.  A coming-of-age story, it features young Susie Salmon who has a crush on a boy, with one big difference – Susie is dead. With a cast of 13, visually stunning staging and a spellbinding soundtrack, it is emotional and uplifting. (Suitable for 14+).

The theatre also plays host to two classic pieces of drama – A Woman Of No Importance (November 4-9) directed by Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre former artistic director Dominic Dromgoole and starring Norfolk resident Liza Goddard, and Dial M for Murder (January 21-25 2020), starring another Theatre  Royal favourite Tom Chambers who danced his way into local hearts in Top Hat and Crazy For You. Oscar Wilde brings his glittering wit to bear on A Woman of No Importance, which tells the tale of an earnest young American woman, a louche English lord and an innocent young chap at a house party, while Dial M For Murder sees a charismatic and manipulative ex-tennis pro pursue revenge when he discovers his wife has been unfaithful.

Two dance productions are guaranteed to delight audiences. Richard Alston Dance Company will grace the Theatre Royal stage for the last time, as it celebrates its last season after 25 years of amazing work. On stage on February 7 & 8 2020, it will present two brand new works by Richard Alston and Martin Lawrance, alongside classic works from the company’s repertoire. Shine On is inspired by Britten and Auden’s song cycle On This Island, while Voices and Light Footsteps is influenced by the music of Monteverdi – a last chance to see this iconic dance company in action.

And from February 18-22 2020, Matthew Bourne’s The Red Shoes returns. The production delighted audiences during its world premiere tour in 2016 for which it won two Olivier Awards as it toured the UK and USA. Set in the golden-age of Hollywood, it is a tale of a girl who dreams of being the greatest dancer but who is torn between the two men who inspire her passion.

Matthew Bourne’s The Red Shoes returns – pictured Liam Mower as Ivan Boleslawsky and Ashley Shaw as Victoria Page. Photo by Johan Persson.

The master of mind control and psychological illusion Derren Brown also makes a return visit from May 19-23 2020, for a five-day run with his first new show in five years, called Showman.  (Suitable for 12+).  Its content is a closely -guarded secret but prepare to be astounded.

And the ever-popular Norfolk and Norwich Operatic Society returns from January 28 to February 1 2020, with the musical Made in Dagenham, an inspirational true story which takes audiences back to 1968 when female Ford factory machinists were battling for equal pay; and for lovers of classical music  Britten Sinfonia will present  The Eight Seasons on October 25, a dazzling evening of baroque music with Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons and Piazzolla’s The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires.

Entertainment of a different kind is available with The Football Ramble as the popular chart-topping podcast comes to life on stage with a multi-media extravaganza on October 31, while showbiz legends Des O’Connor and Jimmy Tarbuck come together to reminisce and entertain in Des & Jimmy on September 29.

Top comedians are also heading for the Norwich stage with appearances by Jimmy Carr on November 17, Sandi Toksvig on January 14 2020, and Milton Jones on April 9 2020. Already announced are appearances by Ben Elton on December 18, Ed Byrne on February 4 2020, and Ross Noble on May 25 2020; and for music fans there is an eclectic choice of live gigs to choose from with Motown on October 13, the return of Kate Rusby on December 8, Beyond the Barricade on January 6 2020, A Vision of Elvis on January 7 2020, Queen Rhapsody on January 13 2020, and Classic Rock Show on February 5 2020.

And a date has been set for the theatre’s popular Open Day on August 31. It offers the chance to peek behind the scenes to find out how the theatre ticks and it is free to attend.