Including comedy from Ed Gamble, Flo & Joan, Andy Parsons & Count Arthur Strong, a contemporary production of Othello set in the Jazz-age, children’s picture-book favourites transformed for the stage, a comedy show from She Go of Nimmo Twins fame, and A Circus Carol from Lost in Translation Circus!
With over 50 shows and 120 performances, the Playhouse’s Autumn Season truly has something for everybody. Running from September 2019 to January 2020, these fabulous productions are sure to brighten the winter months. Caroline Richardson, Director of the Playhouse, says “Our Autumn Season of shows is all about brilliantly original work, with award-winning Edinburgh Fringe productions, exciting co-productions between Norwich Playhouse and Norwich Theatre Royal, fantastic comedy, and must-sees direct from London!”
See what’s on:
The cosy surroundings of the Playhouse auditorium make it the perfect space for first theatre trips, and there are plenty of fantastic children’s shows to choose from. Leaping onto the stage for the very first time is Oi Frog & Friends! (Tuesday 15th – Sunday 20th October), in an action-packed musical inspired by Kes Gray and Jim Field’s award-winning picture books.
Much loved children’s author Jacqueline Wilson (Sunday 13th October) will discuss her newest book, We Are The Beaker Girls, in advance of the UK publication of her latest Tracy Beaker story, at this RARE event. She will be signing books afterwards.
Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s bestselling love story The Scarecrows’ Wedding (Tuesday 19th – Sunday 24th November) is an unmissable production filled with live music and plenty of fun.
Beautiful and enchanting dance theatre comes to the Playhouse with Arthur Pita’s The Little Match Girl (Wednesday 27th – Saturday 30th November) in this rave-reviewed family dance piece based on the haunting Hans Christian Andersen fairy-tale.
The Playhouse is delighted to collaborate with Norwich Science Festival once again to present fascinating, intriguing, science inspired shows. This year features two shows especially for youngsters, from CBeebies star Maddie Moate (Monday 21st October) and The Horrible Science Show (Thursday 24th October) based on the phenomenally successful books. Also on the stage as part of the Science Festival, are Radio 4 presenter and scientist Adam Rutherford (Tuesday 22nd October) who will explore humanity and evolution, and ex-doctor Adam Kay (Wednesday 23rd October) with his show based on the No 1 bestselling book This Is Going to Hurt.
As always, there’s plenty of brilliantly funny stand-up from the best comedy venue in the East. We open with four nights of Ruby Wax (Tuesday 3rd – Friday 6th September), a re-creation of Morecambe and Wise in An Evening With Eric & Ern (Friday 13th September), Andy Parsons (Tuesday 24th & Wednesday 25th September) presents his reassuring treatise on healing the nation, and The Scummy Mummies (Saturday 5th October) promises to inspire parents and non-parents in fits of laughter.
Jonny & The Baptists (Saturday 12th October) combine music, comedy, and activism, Ellie Taylor (Thursday 17th October) bangs on about life and love, Taskmaster contestant Lou Sanders (Saturday 19th October) brings her new Edinburgh show, and Radio 4’s Jon Culshaw and Bill Dare present The Great British Take Off (Sunday 27th October).
Telly star Count Arthur Strong (Wednesday 30th & Thursday 31st October) returns to tackle life’s big questions, Griff Rhys Jones (Thursday 7th November) shares insights into celebrity, Flo & Joan (Tuesday 19th & Wed 20th November) delight with musical ridicule and Ed Gamble (Thursday 21st November) is back with Blizzard, which has already sold out three times this year at the Playhouse.
Jason Byrne (Friday 22nd & Saturday 23rd November) is wrecked, but ready as ever, Gary Delaney (Monday 9th & Tuesday 10th December) performs non-stop gags, and telly favourites are recreated with tinsel thanks to Christmas With Steptoe & Son (Saturday 4th January).
Karl Minns returns to the Playhouse in a Nimmo Twins character; She Go, in She Go Looks Back from Behind at 2019…with Friends (Thursday 16th – Saturday 25th January). She Go’ll be taking a look at last ‘yares’ news stories, with special guest appearances from the best of her Normal for Norfolk friends!
Be transported with a new season of theatre from the Playhouse: we begin with a wickedly satirical reworking of C S Lewis’ classic The Screwtape Letters (Thursday 26th September), followed by another brilliant literary adaptation from Blackeyed Theatre with Brontë’s gothic masterpiece Jane Eyre (Monday 7th – Wednesday 9th October). Fresh from the Fringe comes the multi-award-winning Trojan Horse (Tuesday 29th October), a rave-reviewed piece exploring the Birmingham schools scandal where teachers and governors were accused of radicalising pupils.
Playhouse favourites The Pantaloons present Othello (Friday 1st – Saturday 2nd November), reimagined in a jazz-age setting, in this true-to-text tale of mischief and intense drama. Slasher-spoof Hollywood hilarity comes to the Playhouse with Director’s Cut (Friday 8th November), the story of a horror movie gone very wrong…
This Christmas, we’ll be revelling with a new version of Dicken’s A Christmas Carol from local stars Lost In Translation: A Circus Carol (Wednesday 11th – Saturday 21st November). This is a new co-production between Lost In Translation Circus, Norwich Playhouse, and Norwich Theatre Royal. Filled with thrills, spills and plenty of festive spirit, this acrobatic spectacular is not to be missed!
Enjoy the splendid acoustics in the Playhouse auditorium with some stunning music, and celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of Dylan’s famous Isle of Wight show with The Bob Dylan Story (Friday 20th September). Jazz icons The Ronnie Scott’s All Stars (Friday 4th October) share tales of the venue’s history through stunning music in a sixtieth anniversary concert, The Simon & Garfunkel Story (Friday 25th October & Sun 1st December) perform all their hits, whilst The Adele Songbook (Saturday 26th October) faithfully re-creates the magic of Adele.
Local stars return to the Playhouse with the traditional seasonal celebration in The Joe Ringer Band Christmas Spectacular (Thursday 5th & Friday 6th December), and we start 2020 with a recreation of the golden era of music from The Pasadena Roof Orchestra (Friday 10th January).
From music to dance: Natyapriya (Saturday 7th September) presents beautiful Indian dance, Tangomotion (Saturday 21st September) transports audiences to Argentina, and Come Dance With Me (Saturday 28th September) captures the war-time era with a ballroom dancing family saga.
The Playhouse is also delighted to present Yuli: The Carlos Acosta Story (Sunday 27th October), where the film based on dance star Carlos Acosta’s life will be screened, followed by a unique chance to put questions to Carlos himself.
Later in the year, panto style breakdancing folk mash-up, The Lock In Christmas Carol (Saturday 7th December), promises a boisterous evening of festive fun. The New Year brings the return of Rambert2 (Wednesday 29th – Thursday 30th January 2020) for three performances following 2019’s sell out shows. Fierce new choreography showcases the talents of the best young dancers around with immersive and gripping pieces.
There’s plenty more, too! To see the entire season of forthcoming shows, visit Norwich Playhouse