Theatre Royal To Host Its First Dementia-Friendly Concert


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People living with dementia, their family and carers are invited to come along and share in an afternoon concert packed with memorable melodies and classic sing-a-long favourites on Friday September 15 at 2pm.

Norwich Theatre Royal is working with The National Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company to prepare a programme which includes a host of well-known songs from the music hall era including Come To The Ball, Honeysuckle And The Bee, You Made Me Love You, My Old Man and Let’s All Go To The Music Hall.

The show will also feature a number of Gilbert and Sullivan songs in the mix including The Policeman’s Song from Pirates of Penzance, and both The Sun Whose Rays and Tit Willow from The Mikado.

Everyone will be encouraged to sing along with the cast and the 15-strong orchestra who will perform specially arranged versions of many of the songs.

The Pirates of Penzance

The concert itself will be hosted by company member and Norwich Theatre Royal stalwart Richard Gauntlett, who is well known as the writer, director and Dame of the venue’s annual pantomime.

And the price of the ticket will also include tea and cake after the concert.

Matthew Piper, the theatre’s Access Manager, said: “The arts enrich our lives in so many ways, helping us connect with our community.  This doesn’t change with a diagnosis of dementia.  A visit to the theatre can remain a happy experience, particularly when the environment is as relaxed and supportive as it is here at Norwich Theatre Royal.”

The concert links in with their membership of the Norwich City Dementia Action Alliance which is a group of organisations who are passionate about making Norwich a more inclusive and friendly city for those people living with dementia and their families.

The National Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company perform their dementia-friendly concert here on 15 September. Book your tickets by calling the Box Office on 01603 630000. For more information, head to and click on ‘Accessibility’.