Treasure Quest return to Playhouse for Children in Need

Treasure Quest Live Children in Need show at the Playhouse. Picture: BBC Radio Norfolk

Treasure Quest Live Children in Need show at the Playhouse. Picture: BBC Radio Norfolk - Credit: Archant

BBC Radio Norfolk's Treasure Quest team will be taking to the stage for the ninth successive year in aid of Children in Need.

Treasure Quest Live Children in Need show at the Playhouse. Picture: BBC Radio Norfolk

Treasure Quest Live Children in Need show at the Playhouse. Picture: BBC Radio Norfolk - Credit: Archant

The first show in 2009 was intended to be a one-off, however, due to the popularity of the event and the amount of money raised, the team have returned to the Playhouse, Norwich every year since.

The show itself has evolved and diversified over the years, and audiences can expect everything from panel-show games and quizzes, to sketches. challenges, singing and amateur dramatics.

David Whiteley, of Look East and Inside Out, and Sophie Little, of BBC Introducing and Radio 1, will be joined by the rest of the Sunday morning Treasure Quest team and special guests such as Pudsey Bear.

Paul Hayes, producer of Treasure Quest, has always enjoyed the charitable tradition.

Treasure Quest Live Children in Need show at the Playhouse. Picture: BBC Radio Norfolk

Treasure Quest Live Children in Need show at the Playhouse. Picture: BBC Radio Norfolk - Credit: Archant


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He said: 'It's always really great fun and it's nice because it's an opportunity for us to meet our audience and for them to meet us.

'Unlike with a lot of other radio shows when they go into a theatre and just record a radio show with an audience, this show is actually designed specifically as a stage show, so while we will record the show and broadcast some bits, it is definitely best to come along for the full experience.'

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The weekly radio show comprises of Mrs Little travelling the county against the clock in search of clues, while Mr Whiteley navigates from the studio and listeners call in to help crack the clues, in a quest to locate the treasure envelope. It was the interactive nature of the programme that first inspired the show's charitable transformation.

Eight years on, at last year's stage show, the team performed their own version of A Christmas Carol, and this year they are promising to showcase an adaptation of another family favourite.

To help raise further funds, there will also be a printed programme on sale at the show, with a Radio Times spoof cover designed by artist David Lavelle.

Treasure Quest Live will consist of two performances, a matinee at 3.30pm and an evening show at 7.30pm on Saturday, November 11.

Tickets are priced at £13.50, with a minimum of £5 from each ticket sold going to Children in Need.

To purchase your ticket, visit norwichplayhouse.co.uk, call 01603 598598 or buy them in person from the Norwich Theatre Royal box office.

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