Historic Theatre’s New Season Offers Innovative Fusion Of Old And New
Friday - January 6, 2017
The new Spring and Summer Season at The Georgian Theatre Royal in Richmond blends timeless classics with cutting-edge entertainment in an exciting new programme designed to have widespread appeal and interest.
Amongst the line-up of shows are well-established audience favourites such as the highly acclaimed Vienna Festival Ballet with Cinderella on 31 May and 1 June and Dyad Productions, the creators of Austen’s Women, I, Elizabeth, Female Gothic and The Unremarkable Death of Marilyn Monroe, are back with Jane Eyre: An Autobiography on 8 March.
Celebrating the Theatre’s unique heritage – and from one historic theatre to another – The Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds will be presenting Jane Austen’s earliest novel Northanger Abbey on 24 and 25 February. Jane Austen’s work is also the subject of Mr Darcy Loses the Plot on 18 February – an outrageously funny look at the world of women writers by award-winning comedy duo LipService Theatre. Another classic tale, this time from the world of opera, is Cosi Fan Tutte performed by the accomplished North West touring company Heritage Opera on 13 May.
Whilst playing to its historical pedigree, The Georgian Theatre Royal is also keen to showcase the most contemporary offerings of theatre and entertainment. Adrian Berry’s celebrated production about a young David Bowie obsessive takes to the stage on 16 February. From Ibiza to the Norfolk Broads is a darkly funny and moving tour-de-force solo show featuring Alex Walton and the voice of comedian Rob Newman. With a blistering Bowie soundtrack, it follows a thrilling journey taken by a troubled teenage pop fan whose life becomes changed forever.
Something different is also promised by an evening in the company of the colourful La Voix on 31 March. Finalist in RuPaul’s Drag Race UK and a semi-finalist on Britain’s Got Talent, La Voix will entertain with lively diva anthems from artists such as Judy Garland, Liza Minnelli, Shirley Bassey and Cher, interwoven with hilarious stories of travel across the globe.
Andy Zaltzman will be providing totally ‘up-to-the-minute’ comment on 10 February. Andy has firmly established himself in the vanguard of British comedy with his unique brand of political satire and, along with co-writer John Oliver, he presents the satirical podcast The Bugle – one of iTunes’s biggest ever comedy podcasts, averaging 2 million downloads a month.
Music lovers are set for a varied programme of performances with everything from ragtime to rock. BRIT Award-winning singer/songwriter Beverley Craven will perform on 19 May as part of her 2017 UK tour. She became a household name in the early 90s with a string of chart successes, including Promise Me, Memories, Holding On, Woman to Woman and Love Scenes, and these hits will feature alongside songs from her most recent album Change of Heart.
One of the world’s most respected and in-demand saxophone players, Snake Davis will perform Classic Sax Solos with his band on 9 February. Snake has worked with some of music’s biggest artists including Eurythmics, M People, Take That, Cher, Tina Turner, Beyonce and the late George Michael.
Ever-popular tribute acts include What the Floyd? - the brainchild of Australian guitarist and Pink Floyd authority Daniel Bowes – who will be bringing high technology and a blazing light show to recreate the legendary 1994 P.U.L.S.E tour on 9 March. Later in the season, Wayne Denton will celebrate the works of musical icons John Denver on 28 April and Neil Diamond on 29 April.
One of history’s greatest lyricists and performers Jacques Brel will be the subject of Being Brel on 8 April. Presented by Nick O’Connor, this live and passionate performance of Brel’s songs (sung in English, French and Flemish) is interwoven with projected imagery, monologue and a narrative based on interviews and research of the artist’s complex life. The life of another great – Richard Burton - will also be played out on 15 April. Rhodri Mills (Game of Thrones) takes on the role of the iconic Welsh actor in the award-winning show Burton that tells a fascinating story of beautiful women, alcohol and wealth.
Shows for children start with Bad Guys on 22 April when Comedy Club 4 Kids and CBeebies ‘Spot Bots’ stars the Three Half Pints present a brand new comic misadventure packed with songs, slapstick and silliness. This will be followed by Morgan and West’s Utterly Spiffing Spectacular Magic Show For Kids (And Childish Grown-ups!) on 20 May.
Also featured in the Spring and Summer Programme are dramas (The Herbal Bed and The Thing That Came From Over There!); musicals (Pirates of Penzance); performances by students from Richmond School & Sixth Form College and The Georgian Theatre Royal’s Youth Theatre; and much, much more.
Details of all shows and events are given in the newly published programme brochure, via the website (www.georgiantheatreroyal.co.uk) or by calling the Box Office on 01748 825252.