Autumnal treats in store for all culture vultures
16:14 25 September 2014
Summer might be slipping away, but autumn won’t disappoint culture vultures. From theatre to dance, music to comedy, there’s a plethora of cultural delights in the coming weeks. SIMON PARKIN offers a guide to some of this autumn’s hottest ticket.
Henry IV Parts I & II
Norwich Theatre Royal, October 14-18
Royal Shakespeare Company bring two of Shakespeare’s greatest plays, with a cast including Antony Sher as Falstaff, Jasper Britton as Henry and Alex Hassell as Prince Hal.
Jeeves & Wooster
Norwich Theatre Royal, October 21-25
Olivier Award winning adaptation of P.G Wodehouse’s Perfect Nonsense starring John Gordon Sinclair and James Lance. Bertie Wooster is unwittingly called on to play matchmaker.
Pride and Prejudice
Bury Theatre Royal, October 22-25
After a hugely successful run at Bury Theatre Royal last autumn, Two Bit Classics return with a welcome second chance to see this highly praised witty and inventive new adaptation of one of the most loved novels of all time.
The Restoration Of Nell Gwyn
Bury Theatre Royal, October 31-November 1
Full of humour and bawdy wit, this new comedy by Steve Trafford transports us into the wanton world of the English Restoration. Laughter, tears and Henry Purcell’s enchanting sounds of the Baroque.
A Doll’s House
St George’s Theatre, Great Yarmouth, October 28
UK Touring Theatre’s new English version of Henrik Ibsen’s groundbreaking play about marriage, money, and the freedom of women in the late 19th century.
Clamber Up the Crucifix
Granary Theatre, Wells, November 27
Off The Fence’s First World War play by John Kitchen explores the life of a telegraph key operator in the trenches.
Northern Ballet’s Cinderella
Norwich Theatre Royal, October 7-11
Northern Ballet’s new adaptation of this classic fairytale sees heartbreak turn to joy as the unstoppable power of young love conquers all, with a new score from Philip Feeney played live by Northern Ballet Sinfonia. The Nutcracker
Pavilion Theatre, Cromer, October 25
Highly acclaimed Vienna Festival Ballet returns with Tchaikovsky’s world famous classical ballet.
Rambert Dance Company
Norwich Theatre Royal, November 6-7
Rambert’s artistic director Mark Baldwin premieres The Strange Charm of Mother Nature, inspired by the origin of the cosmos, plus revival of Four Elements by Lucinda Childs and Christopher Bruce’s Rooster set to Rolling Stones’ tunes.
Bury Theatre Royal, November 17-19
Celebrating their 10th new production, Ballet Theatre UK will be performing this iconic masterpiece featuring their international cast of highly talented dancers, new glittering costumes and a stunning stage set.
Lord of the Flies
Norwich Theatre Royal, November 19-22
Matthew Bourne’s dance production of William Golding’s classic novel choreographed by Olivier Award nominated Scott Ambler. The action is transferred from deserted island to deserted theatre and includes a cast of dancers and young talent from across East Anglia.
Epic Studios, Norwich, October 16
British Comedy Award winning and BAFTA nominated duo arrive to unleash a torrent of absurd, anarchic and unpredictable character sketch comedy.
Mark Steel Back In Town
Lowestoft Marina Theatre, October 17/Norwich Playhouse, November 11-12/Guildhall, King’s Lynn, November 22
Based on his Radio 4 series, the comic pledges to discover the quirky little things that make Lowestoft, Norwich and King’s Lynn seem ridiculous. Omid Djalili
Lowestoft Marina Theatre, October 22/King’s Lynn Corn Exchange, October 23/The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, October 24
The thinking person’s Iranian comedian is back on tour with a new show, following a sell-out four week West-End residency.
Diss Corn Hall, October 23/Lowestoft Marina Theatre, November 19
Podium dancer, oil rig worker, food addict, musical theatre enthusiast, posh, eco-hypocrite, ex-Goth, muppet fan, the comedian’s latest show Je M’accuse - I Am Marcus is about his favourite subject: himself.
Norwich Playhouse, October 28-29
Often dangerously fierce pop-culture obsessed Canadian embarks on her second UK stand-up tour having been unaffected by publicised death threats and survived living in a city run by the world’s first crack smoking mayor.
Al Murray: Pub Landlord
Norwich Theatre Royal, November 9
Twenty years ago Britain’s favourite comedy publican embarked on his one man mission as the King Cnut of Common Sense, holding back a tide of bottled beer and ninny state nonsense. To celebrate, he returns with his brand new show One Man, One Guvnor.
Norwich Arts Centre, November 18
Sony Award Winner and Edinburgh Comedy Award Nominee’s new show, an emotional journey exploring his profound relationship with his granddad.
Stephen K Amos
St George’s Theatre, Great Yarmouth, November 13
Maestro of feelgood comedy back with new show Welcome To My World.
Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs
Norwich Playhouse, October 24-26
Live action show based on the award winning book by Giles Andreae and Russell Ayto. All aboard, me hearties, for a real live pirate adventure. Sid’s Deep Sea Discovery
Princess Theatre, Hunstanton, October 27
CBeebies Sid Sloane starring as the intrepid explorer encountering some weird, wonderful and fascinating sea creatures in interactive experience.
The Sooty Show
Pavilion Theatre, Cromer, October 28
Izzy wizzy lets get busy as Sooty, Sweep and Soo returns in a new show. It’s Sooty’s birthday party and, as ever, things aren’t going to plan. Richard Cadell will attempt to keep things from getting out of hand.
Norwich Playhouse, October 30
Knightmare Live returns with more adventure, characters, puzzles and monsters in this critically acclaimed stage adaption of the cult TV classic. 3 Wise Monkeys
Norwich Arts Centre, November 8
Hiccup Theatre’s adventures of three cheeky monkeys on their journey to wisdom, based on the classic Japanese proverb, juggling live music, puppetry and mischievous storytelling.
Waterfront, Norwich, October 16
Like Sam Smith and John Newman, this Brit School alumna has been catapulted from a guest spot to the British urban pop big league. Catch her in a small venue now – it won’t last long.
Waterfront, Norwich, October 19
A founding member of Portico Quartet, Mulvey’s gently affecting sound. Catch him now as he celebrates his second Mercury nomination – this time as a solo act.
Epic Studios, Norwich, October 31 The sister of Rufus and daughter of Loudon Wainwright and Kate McGarrigle brings her wonderful rootsy, folky pop approach, shot through with a distinctively sensitive and powerfully melodic sense.
Epic Studios, Norwich, November 13
Ever since the heady days of the seminal block parties of the mid-70s Bronx, Grandmaster Flash has been an ambassador for hip hop - whether with the original Furious Five rap crew, pioneering mixing and scratching, or just rocking parties.
UEA NRLCR, November 14
After breaking into the charts and our hearts with their synthpop stormers, La Roux is back, down one band member (it’s just luminous singer Elly Jackson this time) with a fantastic second album, Trouble in Paradise.
Norwich Arts Centre, November 15
Much hype surrounding this Mercury nominated hip hop poet who arrives on her first full UK tour in support of her debut solo album Everybody Down. She is earnest, urgent, savvy, streetwise, warm and most of all, riotously talented.
UEA NRLCR, November 18
Singer, songwriter, producer, former poet, occasional rapper and all round king of the club banger returns. Renowned for his monstrous live sets, he will be playing all the hits.
Show of Hands
Open, Norwich, October 16
Celebrating a remarkable 22 year partnership, Knightley and Beer are triple winners at the Radio 2 Folk Awards. Joined by Miranda Sykes on double bass they will be showcasing their talents in solo, duo and trio combinations.
Norwich Playhouse, October 17
Double MOBO Award winning saxophonist widely regarded as the emerging voice of jazz. After tours with Courtney Pine and Diana Krall - and collaborations with Mica Paris and Soweto Kinch catch her blistering solo set.
Julian Joseph Trio
The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, October 20
Hailed as one of the finest pianists to emerge this side of the Atlantic for over two decades Julian Joseph has been a towering figure in contemporary jazz.
Dizraeli and The Small Gods
Open, Norwich, October 24
Award-winning rapper and multi-instrumentalist Dizraeli and his six-piece Brighton outfit are utterly unlike anything you know. The band set out to explore the connection between modern hip-hop and old folk forms.
Norwich Arts Centre, November 15
Ghanaian legend visits to promote with his latest album Appia Kwa Bridge, a strident return from the highlife guitar master. His sound is more dense than ever as he collaborates with Berlin-based musicians Afrobeat Academy.
Glyndebourne Tour 2014
Norwich Theatre Royal, November 11-15
From Glyndebourne’s renowned Summer Festival, Mozart’s La Finta Giardiniera contrives dazzling music around seven characters in search of love; and there is a new production of Verdi’s masterpiece La Traviata.
Sibelius and Dvorak
St Andrew’s Hall, Norwich, November 13
UEA Choir and Symphony Orchestra perform Sibelius’ Second Symphony one of the composer’s best-loved works, and Dvorák’s Mass in D Major.
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - Great War Centenary
Lowestoft Marina Theatre, November 15
Great British composers, including Elgar, Vaughan Williams, Sutton and Butterworth, feature in this concert, which includes musical gems inspired by the First World War One. Soloist, Laura van der Heijden, winner of BBC’s Young Musician of the Year 2012.
Chamber Music Concert
Holkham Hall, November 23
American mezzo soprano Marianne Cornetti, accompanied by pianist David Harper, gives a musical journey across America, from spirituals to Broadway and American art song to arias by Verdi, Cilea and Saint-Saëns.