West Side Story among the new shows announced by Norwich Theatre Royal

West Side Story at the Norwich Theatre Royal Photo: Alastair Muir West Side Story at the Norwich Theatre Royal Photo: Alastair Muir

Wednesday, March 26, 2014
12:30 AM

Hit musical West Side Story is among the shows announced as part of Norwich Theatre Royal’s latest line-up.

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West Side Story. Photo: Alastair MuirWest Side Story. Photo: Alastair Muir

The show - based on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet - is heading to Norwich from September 2 to 13 direct from a sold-out season in London.

With choreography by Jerome Robbins, a score by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, the production features all the big musical numbers the show is famous for including Maria, Tonight, Somewhere, America and I Feel Pretty.

It is part of a diverse programme revealed today by Norwich Theatre Royal, with Shakespeare, opera, dance, comedy and more set to entertain audiences.

Also heading to the city from London will be the award-winning Regent’s Park Theatre’s production of the Harper Lee classic To Kill A Mockingbird in September. The Royal Shakespeare Company is bringing Henry IV Parts I and II in October and the shows boast the strong cast who appeared in the productions at the RSC’s Stratford-Upon-Avon home headed by Sir Antony Sher as Falstaff.

Antony Sher as Falstaff in Henry IV parts I and II. Photo: SuppliedAntony Sher as Falstaff in Henry IV parts I and II. Photo: Supplied

John Bultitude, of Norwich Theatre Royal, said: “Some really exciting and diverse productions are heading to the city in the weeks ahead. The high-energy stage spectacular West Side Story and the RSC’s powerful productions are both sure to be highly sought-after productions for our patrons around the region.

“This comes on top of some great on-stage comedy and drama, a feast for fans of opera and dance, and lots of family entertainment too.”

Jeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense, the West End show celebrating the comedy characters, is in Norwich in October, Thriller Live brings Michael Jackson’s songs to the theatre’s stage in July, and some of the greatest movie musicals will feature in Puttin’ On The Ritz in September into October.

The National Theatre’s comedy One Man, Two Guvnors - the story of skiffle band member-turned-minder Francis Henshall - will return in November, an adaptation of the film The Full Monty is at the theatre in December, and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is back once more in October into November.

Dance fans look set to enjoy choreographer Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures company joining forces with dancers from the region in Lord of the Flies in November, while Northern Ballet is bringing its adaptation of Cinderella to the city in October.

Rambert meets the Rolling Stones as the dance company returns to Norwich in November with the show Rooster heading the line-up, and Glyndebourne On Tour has confirmed details of its November productions - Mozart’s La Finta Giardiniera, Verdi’s masterpiece La Traviata, and Benjamin Britten’s The Turn Of The Screw.

Britten Sinfonia has confirmed two more concerts - Mozart’s Adagio headlines a concert called Kaleidoscopes in October while Bach’s Goldberg Variations headlines a show in March 2015.

Family shows in the summer holidays include Angelina Ballerina and Peppa Pig’s Big Splash, meanwhile Norfolk schools will be performing plays about the Great War in To End All Wars.

One night music events include: Halfway to Paradise, the story of Billy Fury (May 25); the Kings of Swing (June 22); ELO Experience featuring music from the 1970s and 80s (July 3); Killer Queen (August 31); Abba Mania (September 14), The Hollies (October 12); John Mayall’s 80th anniversary (November 2), and The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain (December 21).

One night comedy shows include: BBC Radio 4 hit I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue (April 24); Jon Richardson (August 2); and Ross Noble (October 19).

Other highlights include the Science Museum’s The Energy Show (June 29); Sir Ranulph Fiennes talking about his expeditions and adventures (June 30); Norwich School’s A Big Night Out (July 2), dance celebration Flash Mob (July 4); science stunts in The Modern Alchemist (November 3); and Paul Hollywood with his show Get Your Bake On (December 8).

• For more information and to book tickets visit www.theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk or call 01603 630000.

• Do you have a story about the arts in Norwich? Email arts correspondent Emma Knights at emma.knights@archant.co.uk

1 comment

  • Why do I have to travel to Ipswich to see music stars who are doing UK tours? Our Theatre Royal seems happy to show tribute bands, but is apparently not able to attract the big names. Or is the theatre in Norwich only for 'certain types' of audiences?

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    Mel Lacey

    Thursday, March 27, 2014

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