Maddermarket Theatre Presents
THE SNOW QUEEN
by Hans Christian Andersen
Adapted by Stuart Paterson
The Snow Queen is a superb family show and is one of Hans Christian Anderson’s most widely acclaimed stories. When Kay is snatched from his home by the beautiful, cruel Snow Queen, his friend Gerda sets out on an epic journey to rescue him.
As she searches, she encounters a series of strangers to whom she tells her tale. Charmed by her story and her innocence, each of them helps Gerda, so that, at last, she is able to find the Snow Queen's icy palace.
But, at the end of her epic journey, will she manage to set Kay free?
Directed by Peter Sowerbutts
TICKETS £14.00 / £12.00 / £10.00
Parent and Child (1 Adult + 1 Child) £17.50
Family Ticket (2 Adults + 2 Children) £35.
SAT 21 DECEMBER - 6.00pm
ALL SEATS £5.00 (Under 16’s FREE) –
ALL PROCEEDS TOWARDS OUR WARDROBE DEPARTMENT
THE MAKING OF THE SNOW QUEEN
Director (Peter Sowerbutts), Set Designer (Virginia Bain) and Wardrobe Mistress (Amanda Greenway) present a unique insight into the making of The Snow Queen.
The process of producing The Snow Queen started in May 2013 with audition notices being placed and the first meeting between Director, Set Designer and Wardrobe Mistress to consider the outline ‘feel’ for the show.
What follows is the fascinating story of the journey to opening night.
With 92 years of producing live theatre to hundreds of thousands of people the Maddermarket remains one of the largest producing houses in the region.
For anybody with an interest as to how live theatre works this is a must see presentation.
PAUL JONES & DAVE KELLY
The reviews say it all:
"A spell-binding evening of intense country blues, passionately performed".
"These guys transport you to another time, another place - they sure know where their hearts lie"
These long standing co-vocalists with The Blues Band get a big buzz out of taking things down a level, simplifying the music a little, and plying their trade as a duo, thus imbuing their very own personal and individual approaches to a dynamic, rootsy and exhilarating set of Country Blues. Venues large and small have been hushed and then enraptured by the sense of ‘old times’ in the Mississippi Delta
THE JIVE ACES
Having become the first ever band to reach the semi finals of Britain's Got Talent following up with a performance for Her Majesty The Queen as part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations, The Jive Aces have truly established themselves as the UK's top Jive & Swing band.
The band are renowned for their hot, swinging music and high-energy stage show playing songs made famous by such greats as Bobby Darin, Louis Prima and Sammy Davis Jnr as well as a selection of superb originals.
Their forthcoming album, "King of the Swingers: A Salute to Louis Prima" was recorded in Hollywood, California and features very special guests such as Kenny Ball, Ray Gelato and Toni Elizabeth Prima (daughter of Louis Prima and Keely Smith) and includes their hit version of the classic "Bring Me Sunshine" of which their video now has over 2 million views on YouTube and has won seven film festival awards.
The Jive Aces have brought the house down at thousands of festivals, theatres, and dance halls throughout the UK, Europe, the USA and beyond, also making hundreds of TV and radio appearances world-wide.
The yellow-suited sextet have worked with such people as Van Morrison, John Travolta, Isaac Hayes, Lisa Marie Presley and many others in their career so far.
For more info go to www.jiveaces.com
The Glamtastics return to the Maddermarket theatre after last year’s epic night of Glam/rock nostalgia played to a packed house of Glam fans.
This 5 piece 70's tribute band feature some of the best musicians in the country, on lead guitar Captain John Snort (lots of widdly guitar playing), Mr Carlos Sultana also on lead guitar, Eddie Van Driver on the Bass and Vocals, Luke Warm on drums and Mr Duncan Disorderly on Vocals.
They promise another night of superb glam/rock classics you all love to hear - from David Bowie, Mud, and the Kinks to Steely Dan and Mott the Hoople .
Book early you will not be disappointed.
Always a sell out at the Maddermarket - so please book soon!!
'Capturing the energy and charisma of the legendary Jazz Rockers this 10 - piece band will have audiences rocking during a dynamic performance featuring such tracks as Reelin' in the years, Rikki Don't lose that number, Do it again, Haitian Divorce, FM and many more !'
Having been described as "the closest you could get to the real thing" by one of London's foremost critics, the band have also been praised by legendary session guitarist Elliot Randall, who performed on the original recording of Reelin' in the Years.
This year’s show sees the Band performing Steely Dan’s classic album ‘ROYAL SCAM’ alongside all of the usual favourites such as Do it again, Reelin’ in the years, Rikki don’t lose that number, Haitian divorce, etc.
LAST OF THE RED HOT LOVERS – Neil Simon
Thurs 23rd January to Sat 1st February - 7.30pm (2.30pm Matinee on Sat 1st February)
Tickets £12 / 10 / 8
‘Having an affair isn’t quite what Barney bargained for !!’
‘A wonderful comedy to lift those January blues’
Last of The Red Hot Lovers by Neil Simon
Written by the same author of the wonderful comedy The Odd Couple this very funny play will give you a whole evening of tickled ribs and will definitely leave you with a smile on your face.
Forty nine year old Barney Cashman, who has been partnered with his wife for, what seems, most of those years decides to have an affair.
With each attempt he fails completely to understand the fact that there is another needy person involved and what they might be looking for!
Needless to say he gets a lot more than he bargained for, just about everything but an affair. How can a man get it so wrong? I think, in these circumstances, most would.
Directed by Rob Morris
A SALUTE TO 1940’s
A Salute to the 1940s is a fabulous variety show featuring tributes to some of the leading artistes from the era, including George Formby, The Andrews Sisters, Al Jolson, Gracie Fields and the cheekie chappy himself, Max Miller. Keeping everyone in check is Warden Braithwaite, your very own air raid warden.
Leading the troupe is the lady who was known as the forces sweetheart, Vera Lynn, as performed for over 15 years by Lorrie Brown. Last year Lorrie sang to 33,000 supporters at West Ham Utd FC on Remembrance Sunday and performed in front of 3,000 veterans at the Music for Heroes concert in Blackpool Opera House.
Get ready to be on your feet waving the ﬂags and singing with pride.
BUDDY HOLLY and the CRICKETERS
21st Birthday Party
This breath-taking show has rock ’n’ rolled audiences across the globe from Cardiff to California, Barking to Bangkok and Swindon to Sweden and is guaranteed to have everyone singing along to the music and dancing in the aisles.
It stars some of the finest actor-musicians in the UK whose combined West End credits include Buddy, Lennon, Forbidden Planet and Jailhouse Rock and was endorsed as Britain’s most popular Buddy Holly act when the boys guested on BBC One's Saturday night live programme, “The One and Only”, hosted by Graham Norton.
Make your ‘Heartbeat’ a little faster with the show that Graham Norton described as ‘buddy brilliant’!
SIMON AND GARFUNKEL - THROUGH THE YEARS
Performed by Bookends
The THROUGH THE YEARS show is the only show of its kind. Written and performed by ‘Bookends’, the show is a unique blend of video clips, audio snippets, imagery and delicate live performances. ‘Bookends’, made up of old friends Dan Haynes and Peter Richards have been performing the works of Simon and Garfunkel for many years and their voices blend together to create what has been described as an uncanny recreation of the trade-mark sound of Simon and Garfunkel.
Now backed by a full line-up of musicians the THROUGH THE YEARS show features songs from every Simon and Garfunkel album.
FRIDAY 7th FEBRUARY 2014 • ALL SEATS £18.50
G2 Definitive Genesis pays tribute to a Vintage period in Genesis’ long and colourful history, the four-man “Seconds Out” era (1975-78),whilst also dipping back into the earlier Gabriel years. Having been performing for well over a decade, G2 are making a long overdue return to Norfolk.
Accolades posted online from recent shows included:
“Best Performance by ANY Trib Band (not just Genesis ones either) I have ever seen...”
“Thanks to all the guys from G2 who were out of this world, I really cannot describe how terrifyingly good you guys are.”
Ripples, Entangled, Los Endos, Blood On The Rooftops, Afterglow, mixed up with Gabriel era classics, Firth Of Fifth, Cinema Show and Suppers Ready, this is vintage Genesis, performed by G2 to a level Genesis themselves would be proud of! Well, Steve Hackett says he likes it…
So take a little trip back and relive those wonderful moments of your Genesis musical history with G2.
Sat 8th February - 7.30pm - All Seats £12.50
The Churchfitters is a folk band like no other. A double bass made out of a saucepan. Heart-wrenching vocals accompanied by a musical saw. Foot-stompingly fast fiddle mixed with infectious funk-rock rhythms. And traditional tunes reinvigorated with mesmerising jazz sax.
The four virtuoso musicians from England and France strut their stuff on a stage that bristles with instruments - adding flute, banjo, dulcimer, tin whistle, guitar, ukulele, electric hub-cap bass and a sack-full of percussion to their ensemble. And let’s not forget the unique ‘bing-bong’ machine made out of hack-saw blades.
Throw in some exquisite harmonies, a slew of startlingly original songs and a few jokes that create instant rapport and you’ve got a high energy show that always leaves audiences cheering.
HITCHCOCK BLONDE by Terry Johnson
Sex, obsession and yearning for the unobtainable…….
Media lecturer Alex tries to seducea young blonde student with a trip to his Greek villa to investigate a collection of old film canisters. Will the heat of a Mediterranean summer and the temptation of discovering a lost Hitchcock film break down her resistance?
Cut to Hollywood in 1959 - Hitchcock is auditioning a blonde for the “Psycho” shower scene. But she has designs on being Hitch’s next leading lady and is prepared to do whatever it takes... or is she?
Watch the two stories spool out and intertwine as the two men pursue their image of the perfect blonde. “HITCHCOCK BLONDE is about sex, obsession and yearning for the unobtainable.
Directed by John Holden
DEREK ACORAH - ENLIGHTENMENT TOUR
Voted Britain’s Favourite Male Medium by the prestigious Soul & Spirit Magazine
With countless hours of spirit contact, Derek’s friendly and sincere delivery, down-to- earth charm and obvious dedication to his work have endeared him to tens of thousands of people; many of whom regularly attend these amazing live events. “THE MODEL OF THE MODERN MEDIUM” The Guardian“It was the first time seeing you in Lancaster last night at the Grand Theatre. Your show was fantastic and I am a great fan. Your work is amazing” – Elaine
Here we go guys ‘n’ gals, Mr Digance returns to the Maddermarket for another sell-out gig. We’ve run out of superlatives so just do yourself a favour and BOOK NOW!
Richard Digance is back on tour with his 5 star rated Edinburgh Fringe show where he performed 26 different shows in 26 days. This 2014 sees him performing his favourite material from that marathon stint. Never resting on his reputation, he continues to stretch his creative skills to the limit by returning to his favourite theatres with bundles of new observations and song.
Whatever your musical tastes, this is a show not to be missed!!
Making their first appearance at the Maddermarket Theatre is one of the country's top ukulele bands, D’UKES. The seven piece band performs a wide range of music from Amy Whitehouse to the Zutons via Deep Purple and Beethoven!
If it’s a good song D’Ukes will take it apart, rebuild it and uke it up! They have taken their show all around the south east and London as well as recently touring the Czech Republic and appearing on TV and radio. An evening of fun (with a few surprises); guaranteed to get you singing, dancing and smiling!
Fri 7th March - 7.30pm - All Seats £16.00
LEE HURST – Things that make you go aghhh!
In his new tour, stand-up comic Lee Hurst is travelling throughout Britain to find out what really winds you up.
Mostly people get on with living their lives, but everyone has at least one thing that pushes their button and sends them over the edge. What's yours?
Lee is known throughout the comedy business as someone who can pull laughs out of thin air with his razor sharp ability to improvise and ad lib comedy on the spot.
Lee doesn't just perform a stand-up show, it's an event that changes night after night. Book now, you will not be disappointed!.
‘BIG GIRLS DON’T CRY’
The East Coast Boys
The iconic sound of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons recreated in this "feel-good" concert featuring four phenomenal singers and a fantastic live band performing top hits from the 60’s and 70’s. Lots of fun and dancing in the aisles encouraged!!
This fantastic show is guaranteed to have you dancing in the aisles, featuring many hits from both sides of the Atlantic: ‘Sherry’, ‘Grease Is The Word’, ‘Bye-Bye Baby’, ‘Stay’, ‘Silence is Golden’, ‘Working My Way Back to You Babe’ ‘Oh What a Night’, plus many, many more…. A night not to be missed and you’ll head off home singing all the way!
Thurs 13th March to Sat 15th March - 7.30pm – All Seats £8.00 (£4.00 Conc)
Norwich School Senior Play
SAUCE FOR THE GOOSEby Georges Feydeau,
translated by Peter Meyer.
Georges Feydeau was probably the finest French farceur the world has seen. Sauce for the Goose or Le Dindon (‘The Turkey’) in French, was written in 1896 and has been regularly produced ever since.
Tickets for this show are only available via Norwich School Booking opens on 1st February 2014. For booking details, please consult the School's website:
Seats £12.00 / £10.00 / £8.00 Student prices on application to Box Office
AS YOU LIKE IT by William Shakespeare
What do Shakespeare's Globe and the Maddermarket Theatre have in common? Both opened with a performance of As You Like It: the Globe in 1599 and the Maddermarket in 1921.
Now, to celebrate the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare's birth, As You Like It returns, set in another year of cultural awakening: 1967, the summer of love.
Take a trip from the stifling court into the depths of the forest, where conventions – and costumes – are cast off and the trees cloak reality. As You Like It has all the elements of Shakespeare's great comedies: cross-dressing, unrequited love, an evil Duke taking the place of a banished one, brothers locked in combat, and, of course, a philosophical Fool. The cast's antics are infused with music and song, rousing the Sixties’ spirit.
The drama unfolds around the burgeoning love of young nobles Rosalind and Orlando. Fate sends them along different paths into the forest, where, they unite to "live beneath the sun" in pursuit of the simple life.
And, indeed, life might have been simple… If only Rosalind hadn’t been disguised as a man called Ganymede, for Orlando to woo, if shepherdess Phoebe, disdaining shepherd Silvius' adulation, hadn't fallen for Ganymede and if comely country girl Audrey hadn't rejected steadfast William – for a Fool.
Directed by Chris Bealey
Broad Horizons Theatre presents
I CAN’T REMEMBER ANYTHING by Arthur Miller
Join us at lunchtime for this wonderful one-act play by America’s leading dramatist, Arthur Miller.
The play is a gentle, poignant and amusing study of two old friends - Leo and Leonora. He’s a retired draftsman and she’s a wealthy widow.
They’ve been friends for a lifetime, but will memory serve or fail them in the time they have left? Can they agree on their memories of the past? Can they even agree what to have for lunch?
Enjoy Maddermarket stalwarts, Judi Daykin and John Hare, on this voyage through the shared and disputed recollections of these two not so everyday Americans.
HAMLET – THE UNDISCOVERED COUNTRY
"Shakespeare’s Hamlet ends with Hamlet’s mother, Gertrude, Laertes, and treacherous King Claudius are all dead, and a dying Hamlet begins his death speech.
This is where our story begins. ‘The Undiscovered Country’ of the title refers to the afterlife, a vital and brave new world where Hamlet lives on in death; Shakespeare's characters you know, or thought you knew, confront each other again in this often grim and strange new realm. They discover some old friends, long deceased, plus some wholly unexpected new ones.
Can Hamlet finally make sense of life the second time round?
Norwich Players and Friends present
NOW – THAT’S WHAT I CALL SHAKESPEARE !!!!
‘All the world’s a stage’ for this fabulous show…!
As part of our Shakespeare 450th birthday celebrations join us for a thoroughly enjoyable evening of the best songs, sonnets and speeches from the world’s greatest wordsmith performed on our world famous Elizabethan style stage. Delight in this exceptional anthology of Shakespearean humour, music, love and hate performed by an ensemble of our most talented performers. Sing along to popular covers inspired by Shakespeare such as Kiss Me Kate and West Side Story.
A set list will be issued on entry and if your favourite piece is not included there will be a chance to request it on the night.
Eastern Angles presents
Palm Wine & Stout, a moving & magical story full of family secrets
Written by acclaimed poet, composer and playwright Segun Lee French this funny and emotional play is based on the writer’s own journey back to a small Nigerian village in search of his father. The story, which focuses on Taiye, a young British man on a quest to find out more about his African heritage, draws some fascinating parallels with English village life. Along the way Taiye meets up with his half-brother, Femi, and a challenging culture clash ensues incorporating music, dance and whole host of entertaining ancestors.
Palm Wine & Stout premiered in 2010 when it received fantastic feedback from audiences and critics. Now Eastern Angles are touring the show to a wider audience.
This play will strike a chord with those familiar with the amusing eccentricities and petty politics of the village!
“Palm Wine & Stout captures the attention and keeps you entranced to the very end”
BBC Radio Suffolk
“This production fairly sizzled with energy and ideas”
East Anglian Daily Times
“A tale of pride and tenderness, money and mourning that is
warm, sharp, funny and refreshingly challenging”
‘NON JE NE REGRETTE RIEN’ featuring Edith Piaf’s most treasured songs
You are promised an intimate evening of the spellbinding songs and heart-rending journey through the life and loves of ‘La Mome’, Edith Piaf.
This is a tribute to the indomitable spirit and emotion of France’s most enduring musical icon and her fellow ‘chanteurs’, including Charles Aznavour and Yves Montand, who shared her world.
Included in a mixture of French and English are Edith’s most treasured songs including ‘Je Ne Regrette Rien’, ‘La Vie en Rose’, Mon Dieu’, ‘Hymn to Love’, ‘Autumn Leaves’ and many more.
A singular evening of nostalgia and romance…… lovely!
Jairo Barrull and Manuela Vargas star in…
DOS RAMAS – Flamenco Show
This is quite simply Flamenco at it’s very best and rarely seen outside of Spain.
Those who came to see Jairo Barrull perform at the Maddermarket last year were astoundedby the quality of this Flamenco performer and for the 2014 show Jairo is joined by Manuala Vargas, daughter of the great flamenco dancer Isidro Vargas.
Jairo Barrull, son of the genius flamenco dancer Ramón Barrull, and Manuela Vargas both represent two of the most important gypsy dance dynasties in Seville’s flamenco history to date. Manuela dances with temperament and Jairo with an unmatched velocity. Two branches of the old flamenco tree reflect all their gypsy spirit in this show ‘Dos Ramas’.
ONE NIGHT OF ELVIS with LEE MEMPHIS KING
Europe’s most successful Elvis Presley tribute artist - Lee Memphis King, presents the ultimate tribute to The King - celebrating the entire career of the musical legend.
This spectacular show begins with an authentic recreation of the 1950’s rock’n’roll years, progressing through the movie years to Elvis’s return to performing in his1968 comeback special. The second half culminates in a rousing expo of Elvis in Vegas. Accompanied throughout by his world class band and backing singers, Lee brings the majesty of the voice and the electrifying power of Elvis’s performance back to life. The show also features large screen projection, making it the biggest Elvis show to tour UK theatres.
Tickets £6.00 (£5.00 Conc) includes coffee and cake on your return
" STROLLING WITH SHAKESPEARE"
Come and enjoy a walk around historic Norwich and hear some of Shakespeare's sonnets performed by members of the Maddermarket Theatre Company. Your walk will begin at the Maddermarket Theatre between 10.30am and 2.30pm and will last approximately 1 hour. Walks depart every 15 minutes. Tickets need to be booked in advance and will be limited, so book early to avoid disappointment.
HUMBLE BOY by Charlotte Jones
‘Sad, very sad; funny, very funny…this is a seriously wonderful play.’ (Sunday Times)
Blending Ayckbourn’s comedy of family relationships with Stoppard’s wit, Humble Boy rings with Shakespearean echoes.
400 years after Shakespeare gave us Hamlet, the most famous depressive in world literature, another unhappy son returns home from university for his father’s funeral to find his mother in love with a man he despises.
In a Cotswold garden, astrophysicist Felix Humble mourns the loss of his father’s beloved bees and seeks a unified theory of everything whilst avoiding the black holes of failure, love and grief.
Premiered at the Royal National Theatre, in 2002 HUMBLE BOY won both the Critics’ Circle and the People’s Choice New Play Awards.
Directed by Tony Fullwood
THE WORLD FAMOUS MADDERMARKET TREASURE HUNT
Join us for a spiffingly splendid afternoon of fun for the Maddermarket Treasure Hunt organised by our good friend Trevor Thurston.
We all meet in the theatre bar ready for a 2pm start. The Treasure Hunt is sure to tease you around Norwich, taking you to unusual places and spaces and making you hunt out treasures along the way. Enjoy passing others while they stand in the wrong place scratching their heads or maybe you will be the ones perplexed.
There’s bound to be theatre….. and we all meet back again in the bar for well-earned refreshments(included in your ticket price).
Wed 7th May to Sat 10th May - 7.30pm plus (Sat 10th May Matinee at 2.30 pm - All Seats £12.00
East Norfolk Operatic Society presents
‘H.M.S. PINAFORE’ and ‘TRIAL BY JURY’
H.M.S. Pinafore is a hilarious operetta from Gilbert and Sullivan, which takes place aboard the British ship H.M.S. Pinafore where a navy captain’s daughter, Josephine, falls in love with a lower-class sailor instead of her father’s choice, the First Lord of the Admiralty, Sir Joseph Porter. Act 2 includes the short comic opera ‘Trial By Jury’ concerning a "breach of promise of marriage" lawsuit in which the judge and legal system are the objects of light-hearted satire. It is a charming story, filled with memorable music and a surprise twist.
Thurs 15th May – Fri 16th May - LUNCHTIME at 1.10pm (Plus Friday at 7.30pm) - Tickets £6.00
INTERLUDE - ‘Love is in the Air‘
INTERLUDE return to the Maddermarket Theatre with a programme of their favourite love songs.
All the world loves a lover, and every lover has a favourite love song, be it a memory of first love, a holiday romance or lost and unrequited love.
We invite you to join us for an hour of romance and heartbreak as we present some of our favourite love songs, written by some of the world’s greatest songwriters.
Performers: Jason Lambert at the piano, with vocalists Judi Daykin, Melissa Sampson and John Hare.
Thurs 22nd May - Sat 31st May - 7.30pm(Matinee Sat 31st May – 2.30pm)
Seats £12.00 / £10.00 / £8.00 Student Prices on application to the Box Office
THE LAST OF THE HAUSSMANS by Stephen Beresford
Dark, savage and very funny…..
Stephen Beresford’s debut play premiered at the National Theatre in 2012. Dark, savage and very funny, this portrait of a chaotic and dysfunctional family is regarded as an examination of the ‘state of the nation’, looking at the legacy of the revolutionary generation of the 60s and the fate of its children.
Over the course of a summer, with her once grand Art Deco house on the south coast crumbling around her, ageing hippy Judy Haussman clings to an idealistic, indulgent and anarchic existence. After a minor cancer operation, her troubled son and daughter arrive to discuss the future and vent long-held resentments and failures. Outrageous, at times brutal and full of pathos, ‘The Last of the Haussmans’ will entertain and lift spirits high with sounds of the 60s.
Directed by Pip Sessions