There’s something so magical about seeing a book or movie come alive on stage. I always admire the skill and craftsmanship of everyone involved. I’ve mentioned before that I want to make an effort to see more performances this year so I thought I would share six summer performances at Norwich Theatre Royal that I cannot wait to see. I can’t believe the variety of shows they have on this summer. There’s something for adults, children, musical lovers and those that love the classics. So if you fancy a summer jam-packed full of theatre go and get yourself some tickets.
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The critically acclaimed performance which shot Barbara Streisand to fame is coming to Norwich. It tells the story of Fanny Brice and her gambling husband Nick Arnstein. The musical documents the funny girl’s rise to fame from her humble beginnings in Brooklyn music halls one song at a time. I love an uplifting, funny, musical and this one sounds like it won’t disappoint! If anyone remembers Pop Stars or Pop idol Darius is in the musical alongside west end favourite Natasha J Barnes.
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Following a successful season at the National Theatre the collaboration between the Bristol Old Vic and the National Theatre is coming to Norwich. I loved reading Charlotte Bronte’s tale when I was younger so I’m looking forward to seeing how it translates onto the stage. The performance has been described as “Capturing the beating heart of the novel. And then some…” I’m expecting an emotional, raw and feisty performance from the cast telling the story of poor Jane Eyre.
Norwich Theatre Royal Youth Company will be telling the tale of Alice as she returns back to wonderland on the orders of the white rabbit. Will she defeat the Jabberwocky and make the unruly Queen of Hearts behave? How will she go back to normal life afterwards? It will be lovely to see a new generation of actors cut their teeth on stage.
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I fell in love with book as a child and thanks to my Dad, the movie has always been a Christmas staple in our house. I’m excited to see how Dave Simpson’s adaptation of this classic tale comes alive on stage. The lives of three Edwardian children change as their father disappears overnight. They then move to Yorkshire, uncover secrets and make new friends. The performance is said to be uplifting and heart warming packed full of adventure, mystery and fun. I do love a good historic costume so I’m looking forward to seeing the outfits too.
Is there anything better than bucketfuls of nostalgia set out to a soundtrack of rock n roll? I thought not! This incredibly popular musical hits the stage this August. It tells the story of two aspiring musicians vying for the love of a young woman and a competition prize, set to a soundtrack of the biggest hits from the late 50’s to early 60’s. I’m expecting high’s and low’s, teenage angst, fabulous outfits and an all round heart warming story.
The Northern Ballet will be performing this classic tale to a live score. Prepare to experience Ariel’s turmoil as she falls in love with a human. There will also be a range of talks before and after certain shows, where you can get an insight into life asa touring dancer. I cannot wait to see my first ballet!
By the amount of times I’ve written ‘looking forward to’ and ‘cannot wait’ you can probably tell that I’m a little bit excited about my summer of theatre! Norwich Theatre Royal have loads more performances too, including The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time which I’ve raved about before and Gangsta Grannie which would be perfect for kids.
Will you be seeing any of these six summer performances at Norwich Theatre Royal?