Norwich’s Theatre Royal have announced a number of major productions for their new season from August to December, alongside runs of major musicals Oliver! and Dirty Dancing previously announced.
The line-up includes some of the biggest names in theatre, with dance, drama, comedy and musicals among the schedule.
Matthew Bourne’s Play Without Words opens the new season, in a revival staged to mark the 25th anniversary of Bourne’s New Adventures company,Bourne then returns to the theatre later in the year with the world premiere tour of his adaptation of Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty, staged with Aurora growing up in the Edwardian era before reawakening in the modern age.
One of the biggest hits of the season is likely to be a visit by the National Theatre’s smash hit comedy One Man, Two Guvnors. Just reopened in its third London home, Richard Bean’s hilarious comedy, combining slapstick with skiffle, will play at the venue for a week in December.
In a week when they have announced their new Artistic Director, Gregory Doran, the Royal Shakespeare Company wil make a return to Norwich his African set Julius Caesar, created original as part of the London 2012 Festival.
Drama fans can also look forward to some Egyptian sun with The Agatha Christie Theatre Company production of Murder On The Nile, or for something a bit more chilly Alan Ayckbourn’s thriller Haunting Julia.
In what has already been a strong year for stage musicals in Norwich, two new additions will please song and dance fans. The classic backstage musical 42nd Street will run at the Norwich venue in October featuring Dave Willetts and Marti Webb, while Bill Kenwright will bring his production of Cabaret to the venue as part of a small UK tour, with star casting expected to be announced shortly.
Commenting on the new season the venue’s John Bultitude said:
“We have worked hard to provide a wide range of different shows, productions and performances to ensure the people of Norfolk can continue to enjoy top-class entertainment on their doorstep.”
Tickets for the new season begin to go on sale to members from April. For details of onsale dates check the Theatre Royal Website.