Eclectic mix of shows for Maddermarket Theatre’s new season

Maddermarket Theatre new shows: King Lear. Photo: submitted.

Maddermarket Theatre new shows: King Lear. Photo: submitted. - Credit: submitted

An eclectic mix of shows and entertainment is in store for audiences at the Maddermarket Theatre in Norwich this spring and summer.

Maddermarket Theatre new shows: Five Star Swing Band. Photo: submitted.

Maddermarket Theatre new shows: Five Star Swing Band. Photo: submitted. - Credit: submitted

The city venue - which is currently in the middle of a Shakespeare festival - has just released its latest brochure which runs from April to August.

A vibrant mix of drama, music, children's shows and more feature in the new programme which was put together by Peter Beck, one of the joint creative directors who left the theatre earlier this month.

Helen Vinsen, the theatre's marketing manager, said: 'The new brochure features a variety of acts to suit all budgets and tastes, showcasing new work, popular favourites and five in-house productions. We look forward to full orchestras, dramas, musicals and bands on the main stage, lunchtime shows, belly dancing and smaller musical events in the Emmerson Studio Theatre. The theatre has built up a strong monthly event calendar including Jazz Jam, Scratch Shot and Comedy Improv in the bar area which are going from strength to strength.'

The Maddermarket's resident Norwich Players is next month taking to the stage with Shakespeare's King Lear, and in the months that follow will be presenting plays including The Vortex, Ladies in Lavender and Absurd Person Singular.

Maddermarket Theatre new shows: Ladies in Lavender. Photo: submitted.

Maddermarket Theatre new shows: Ladies in Lavender. Photo: submitted. - Credit: submitted

The musical Return to the Forbidden Planet, packed full of rock and roll hits, will be taking audiences on a cosmic adventure in July.

There are also an array of performances from visiting groups, including Baroque Theatre, The Sound Ideas Company, Dreamcast Productions, Limelight Theatre and Anglia Ruskin Creative.

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A mix of music is set to entertain, with acts including Marty Wilde and The Wildcats, The Dreamers, G2 Genesis, Five Star Swing Band, Soul of Santana, T-Rextasy and Virginia Black. The theatre's monthly jazz jams also continue.

TV presenter and author Dan Cruickshank will be exploring What's Wrong with Modern Architecture? meanwhile psychic Derek Acorah will be stopping off at the theatre during his The Soul Reunion Tour 2016.

Maddermarket Theatre new shows: Return to the Forbidden Planet. Photo: submitted.

Maddermarket Theatre new shows: Return to the Forbidden Planet. Photo: submitted. - Credit: submitted

Among the events for children are The Giant's Loo Roll, a musical adaption of the book by Nicholas Allan, and Peter Pan A Musical Adventure by Limelight Theatre Company.

Brochures for the new season can be picked up at the Maddermarket Theatre, in St John's Alley, Norwich, during opening hours or downloaded from the Your Visit section of the theatre's website.

For more information, including show dates and times and how to book, call the box office on 01603 620917 or visit www.maddermarket.co.uk

You can also find Maddermarket Theatre on Facebook and follow @maddermarket on Twitter.

Maddermarket Theatre new shows: The Giant's Loo Roll. Photo: submitted.

Maddermarket Theatre new shows: The Giant's Loo Roll. Photo: submitted. - Credit: submitted

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

Maddermarket Theatre new shows: Marty Wilde and the Wildcats. Photo: submitted.

Maddermarket Theatre new shows: Marty Wilde and the Wildcats. Photo: submitted. - Credit: submitted

Maddermarket Theatre new shows: Virginia Black. Photo: submitted.

Maddermarket Theatre new shows: Virginia Black. Photo: submitted. - Credit: submitted

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