Staff Picks – February 2019

After the release of our brand new season, we caught up with some of our staff members here at Norwich Theatre Royal, to find out what shows are getting them excited for the year ahead!

Rachael Putland – Development Administrator

Matthew Bourne’s Romeo and Juliet

“It’s always exciting to see what’s in the new brochure! I haven’t seen a Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures production before, so I’m looking forward to his return in September. We recently had his versions of Cinderella and The Red Shoes, with Swan Lake here in April too. There’s something very magical about watching dance live and I’ve never seen Romeo and Juliet on stage, so I can’t wait for them to combine the two!”

James Kinsley – Marketing Assistant

A Taste of Honey

“The National Theatre have been behind some of my favourite plays I’ve seen here – Jane Eyre, Hedda Gabler, People and This House, to name just a few – so even when I’m unfamiliar with the play, as is the case with A Taste Of Honey, I still know that I can look forward to a gripping and well-crafted production.  And the play’s reputation as a high quality piece of authentic, post-war, kitchen sink drama should make for an engaging and provocative evening. Right up my street!”

Andrea Howes – Voluntary Steward

Jane McDonald: Live In Concert
Beverley Knight (Norfolk & Norwich Festival)

“I’m excited to see the BAFTA award-winning Jane McDonald stopping off in Norwich and bringing with her, an eclectic back catalogue of cruise-lining hits as well as her infectious personality.  I’m also bursting at the seams to see Beverley Knight. Another diva of the dancefloor (and the West End stage) “Come As You Are”… you won’t be disappointed!”

Chloe Lamb – Marketing Officer

Educating Rita

“I love the film version with Michael Caine and Julie Walters, so it’s a given I’m excited about the show too! To me it offers the perfect mixture of dry humour, 1980s history and heart… all ingredients that make for a cracking drama. I’m also looking forward to seeing Stephen Tompkinson star as Frank, he is so perfect for the role!”

Tim Read – Data & Online Manager

Suzi Ruffell (Norwich Playhouse)

“I’m looking forward to seeing Suzi do her Nocturnal stand up show at the Playhouse. As one of life’s long-suffering insomniacs I can empathise with her ability to fret over the slightest thing and acceptance that if you’re not anxious about the world then you’re sleeping on the job, so to speak. She has a really energetic delivery and sets up her punchlines in such a manner that the show never drifts. She is also excellent at balancing the audience’s sympathy with relatable put-downs. A treat is in store.   

Abbie Reeve – Box Office Assistant

Welsh National Opera

“A doner kebab van in an opera? Sign me up! I am really looking forward to seeing Don Pasquale at the Playhouse. Welsh National Opera are bringing this production bang up to date by basing it around the late night food van, the perfect place for the classic characters to hang out after a night on the town – very relatable. It is a good intro to the WNO as they are then back in Norwich with The Marriage Of Figaro next April-May. Being able to see WNO in the intimacy of the Playhouse, and then large-scale at the Theatre Royal will be an incredible experience.”

For full information on the latest shows, watch the brochure announcement video or visit our website.