New shows take to the stage at two Norwich theatres this week

Sewell Barn Theatre is presenting the show Accolade from October 20-22 and 26-29. Photo: supplied by

Sewell Barn Theatre is presenting the show Accolade from October 20-22 and 26-29. Photo: supplied by Sewell Barn Theatre. - Credit: supplied by Sewell Barn Theatre

Audiences can enjoy both an epic love story and a thriller this week as two new productions are taking to the stages of Norwich theatres.

Rehearsals for the show Cyrano de Bergerac which is at the Maddermarket Theatre from October 21 to 2

Rehearsals for the show Cyrano de Bergerac which is at the Maddermarket Theatre from October 21 to 29. Photo: Sean Owen. - Credit: Sean Owen

Tomorrow night the show Accolade opens at Sewell Barn Theatre, in the north of the city.

Written by Emlyn Williams, it tells the story of Will Trenting, a critically acclaimed novelist who was recently knighted, but who finds himself caught up in scandals around his private life.

Clare Williamson, the show's director, said: 'Emlyn Williams provides us with a tense and revealing portrait of a newly-­knighted novelist, Will Trenting...In the end, he has to decide which is more important: family life or the debauchery which has given him his literary material and the audience shares these moral challenges.'

Meanwhile on Friday, the curtain will go up on Cyrano de Bergerac, the Maddermarket Theatre's latest show.

Cyrano de Bergerac is a swordsman, poet and philosopher full of wit but with an unfortunately large nose, and what he really desires above all is the love of the beautiful Roxane.

Written by Glyn Maxwell, and adapted from the play by Edmond Rostand, the show is said to be a play full of duelling, song and laughter.

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Tony Fullwood, the show's director, said: 'Directing Cyrano has been great fun. The play offers real challenges to the cast who have to swordfight, sing and go to war. Six of them play 31 parts between them while the other six have intense and poignant scenes. Plus there's lots of comedy so there's plenty of opportunities for the director to manage these rapidly-changing moods.'

• Accolade opens at Sewell Barn Theatre tomorrow night, with performances October 20 to 22 and October 26 to 29. Tickets £9 (concessions £7). For more information and to book tickets, call 01603 628319 or visit www.sewellbarn.org

• Cyrano de Bergerac opens at the Maddermarket Theatre on Friday and runs until October 29 (no performance October 23). Tickets £8-£12. For more information and to book tickets, call the Maddermarket Theatre box office on 01603 620917 or visit www.maddermarket.co.uk

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