What’s coming up this season from October 2018 – February 2019
With the region playing host to some of the best performances, it can be hard to pick what to see. So, we’ve done the hard work for you and tracked down the very best shows this season.
Theatres in Bedfordshire
Fancy yourself as a bit of a MasterChef? Then why not head over to Bedford’s Quarry Theatre on Saturday 10November to experience Gregg Wallace’s ‘Doesn’t Get Tougher Than This’ show. There’ll be plenty of juicy stories and anecdotes, a chance for audience participation and of course, some demonstrations. A must-see for any foodie fans out there. Full details at www.quarrytheatre.org.uk
What’s on in Cambridgeshire
The Cambridge Art Theatre will be playing host to a much-loved pantomime this year. ‘Aladdin’ will be running at the theatre from 29 November until 6 January. There’ll be plenty of singalong tunes, spectacular dance routines, great costumes and of course, plenty of laughs. Book now at www.cambridgeartstheeatre.com
Broadway Theatre, the recent addition to Broadway Cinema in Letchworth Garden City, continues to draw in big crowds for its varied program of live comedy, drama and family shows and this season is set to be the best yet! Broadway’s family shows have been particularly popular, bringing children’s favourite stories and characters to life. This season they can enjoy ‘Dinosaur World Live’, ‘Dear Zoo’, ‘Stick Man’, ‘Private Peaceful’ and more.
Continuing the trend of bringing excellent touring comedy to North Hertfordshire, shows from household names Seann Walsh, Phill Jupitus, Omid Djalili, Rory Bremner and Jan Ravens will be hitting the Broadway stage. There’s also plenty of drama with an interpretation of Shakespeare classic ‘Macbeth’ and ‘Not About Heroes’.
If you fancysomething a bit different book a ticket to one of the unusual stage shows, such as Colin Cloud’s forensic mind-reading trickery, a spooky new adaptation of ‘Hansel & Gretel’, and a juggling show like no other from Gandini Juggling. See broadway-letchworth.com for the full program.
Theatre shows in Norfolk
Norwich’s Theatre Royal will be featuring ‘Macbeth’ from 30 October until 3 November this year. The play is directed by the National Theatre’s artistic director, Rufus Norris and is set in a post-apocalyptic world of anarchy and uncertainty. The war-beaten landscape sets the scene for a broken-down society, with the only hope for survival based on alliances and the brutal oppression of opposition. The play features Michael Nardone as Macbeth and Kirsty Besterman as Lady Macbeth. More at www.theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk
Events in Essex
Saffron Hall has a range of exciting and varied performances planned this season. Highlights include visits by the English Touring Opera, including a rare triple-bill of 17thcentury works by Purcell, Carissimi and Gesualdo in October & November. They’ll also be playing host to the Czech National Symphony Orchestra (November), and will be launching a new ‘Thoughts & Talks’ series of spoken word events with Professor Robert Winston (October) and Dr David Starkey (January). To find out more about the huge array of shows confirmed for the season visit www.saffronhall.com
If you’re a fan of Ashley Banjo and Diversity, book your ticket to Cliff Pavilions Christmas pantomime immediately! The popular dance group will be joining an excellent cast for a fun and colourful performance of ‘Aladdin’ from 14 December to 5 January. You’ll need to be quick to get a seat, ticket sales are breaking all previous records! Book at www.southendtheatres.org.uk
What’s on in Suffolk
Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds has an array of productions planned for the rest of the season including the return of the family pantomime, ‘Sleeping Beauty’ from 30 November to 13 January, a production of ‘Henry V’ and a mystery with ‘Sherlock Holmes – The Sign of Four’. There’s also a beautiful production of ‘Beauty and the Beast’ by Ballet Theatre UK from 19-21 November. Head to www.theatreroyal.orgto find out more about what’s on offer this season.