THURS 24th JULY to SAT 2nd AUG. - 7.30pm - TICKETS £12.00 / £10.00 /£8.00
Matinee 2.30pm SAT 2nd AUGUST
THE NORWICH PLAYERS Present
LIFE & BETH by ALAN AYCKBOURN
Directed by Jude Wyatt
One of Alan Ayckbourn’s later plays, Life and Beth is also one of his funniest.
It’s Christmas and Beth Timms is mourning the recent death of her husband, Gordon. Gordon’s sister Connie, her son Martin and his strange girlfriend, Ella, have come to stay, supposedly to see that Beth has a stress-free Christmas, but with Connie’s drink problem and Martin’s practical ineptitude, this is clearly not going to happen.
Then Gordon, a pompous, domineering husband in life, returns from the dead, intent on helping Beth to “manage her affairs”. But Beth has moved on and having a dead husband telling her what to do is the last thing she needs. Between the three of them, and David the vicar trying to be helpful, this probably the most stressed she’s ever been. What is she to do?
Watching this hilarious situation build up, and how it’s resolved, is a laugh-out- loud experience!
THURS 21st AUG. to SAT 30th AUG. - 7.30pm - TICKETS £12.00 / £10.00 /£8.00
Matinee 2.30pm SAT 30th AUG.
THE NORWICH PLAYERS Present
‘ALLO ‘ALLO - A comedy by Jeremy Lloyd and David Croft
Directed by Trevor Thurston
Based on the hugely popular TV comedy series, the stage version of ‘Allo ‘Allo follows the adventures of René, the hapless café owner in war- torn occupied France, as he and his wife Edith, struggle to keep for themselves a priceless portrait stolen by the Nazis and kept in a sausage in their cellar.
René is hiding two British airmen and is endeavouring, with the help of the Resistance, to repatriate them. However, communications with London through a wireless disguised as a cockatoo add to the many embarrassments he endures in the company of his patrons. Matters come to a head with the news that the Fuhrer is to visit the town and the café becomes filled with tricksters intending to impersonate Hitler before the event.
René will need all the wit he can muster to save his café and his life ......
Toyah Willcox – Up Close and Personal
A chance to see the amazing Toyah Willcox at her very best in an acoustic show.
Fresh from her positively received diving on ITV1's Splash, household name, pop icon, TV presenter and stage and screen actress (Calamity Jane, Cabaret Peter Pan, Jubilee, Quadrophenia) Toyah comes to Maddermarket Theatre to perform her Acoustic, Up Close & Personal concert.
This is a unique chance to experience Toyah up close and personal. A lively, unplugged/storytellers style gig, it will include Toyah performing an acoustic set of her loved hit singles and classic songs, alongside recalling stories from her colourful, thirty-five year career. Toyah will be accompanied by fellow musicians Chris Wong and Colin Hinds.
WED 3RD SEPT.- 7.30pm - ALL SEATS £12.50
RAYMOND FROGGATT - “The Golden Anniversary Tour”
RAYMOND is a stalwart of the music industry, Froggie has spent 50 years treading the boards, writing and singing songs that have been covered by so many other artists.
Song writer for Sir Cliff Richard for ten years, there are not many artists that Froggie has not written for or recorded with including Sir Elton John.
His concerts are sold out across the country and abroad performing his own songs, mesmerising his audience, making them laugh with one of his many stories or cry with emotion with a song that touches the heart like no other.
Beverley Craven - Change of Heart Tour
A welcome return to the Maddermarket by the fantastic Beverley Craven who last year left a packed house spellbound.
There can be fewer venues better than the Maddermarket for Beverley’s natural talent to shine at its brightest, and there can be fewer artistes more welcome to our theatre than the very lovely Beverley Craven.
Book early for this concert for it is sure to be a sell-out.
Friday 5 September 2014 • Ticket Price: £15.00 booking fee applies
The World's No. 1 Eric Clapton Tribute Band makes a welcome return to The Maddermarket following last year’s sell-out show.
First formed in 1985, in Newcastle upon Tyne, the 4 piece band, featuring Mike Hall as ‘Eric’, have performed at The Royal Festival Hall and Glastonbury Festival where they were a major success. Over the years they have become something of a rock institution.
The show is a 2-hour journey through the music of Eric Clapton including all of his hits - Wonderful Tonight, I Shot The Sheriff, Lay Down Sally, Crossroads, Tears in Heaven, Layla and even an Unplugged segment.
LE THEATRE de DECADENCE
Le Theatre de Decadence is one of the Maddermarkets biggest crowd pleasers. This stylish variety show brings you some of the most well-known and talented performers from today’s burlesque and cabaret scene.
Hosted by international artist, Natalya Umanska, (finalist for Burlesque Idol 2013) and including acts from legendary performers, Vicky Butterfly and Edd Muir, this is a show not for the faint of heart!
Audience members are encouraged to dress to impress and join in with the true theatrical spirit that defines burlesque.
“The costumes were stunning.” Vintage Norwich 2013
“What an enjoyable evening.” Outline Magazine 2013
THE EVERLY BROTHERS
Musical Songbook featuring
"The Temple Brothers"
The music of the "Don & Phil Everly" is acknowled ged to have immense influence on many successful musicians, includingThe Beatles, Rolling Stones,, and the Beach Boys
With Don & Phil's superb harmonies, and their stylish guitar playing, they developed from the "Grand Ole Opry" & "American Skiffle" to the all new American Pop.
The Temple Brothers Colin & Steve, have worked together for more that 20 years, emulating Don & Phil Everly's vocal talents & guitar playing with acute accuracy. Also sporting the clean all American look with their sharp "Ivy League" suits. Together they have recreated an authentic tribute to "The Everly's"
SPICE OF LIFE – A MUSICAL FEAST
Dress in red and join us for this charity variety show in aid of Myotonic Dystrophy Support Group and Sparks for Hearts.
An evening of fun, laughter and fantastic music, including stalwarts of the theatre Judi Daykin, John Hare and other supporting guests culminating in a mass choir of Norwich singers and NNUH choir in a medley of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s most loved songs, accompanied by a live band. Arranged with musical direction by Jason Lambert, and compared by the inimitable Trevor Thurston.
Included will be songs from Sinatra to Eva Cassidy, variety in it’s true form.
Dress in red for the evening and enjoy the stunning artists.
A Tribute to the Golden Age of Progressive Rock
A group of seasoned, professional musicians from some of the UK's most popular tribute bands, performing the work of Genesis, Yes, King Crimson, Van Der Graaf Generator, Camel, Jethro Tull, Gentle Giant, ELP and more…
The band features members of Pink Fraud, The Police Academy, Logical Tramp, Mannfred's Earth, and Cosmic Charlies, having years of top level performing experience between them.
So, prepare to hear some incredible music from the classic British Prog bands of the 1970's. All delivered with precise musicianship and attention to detail.
Welcome back my friends to the show that never ends! We're so glad you could attend.
Come inside! Come inside!
THE BAROQUE THEATRE COMPANY Presents
THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE
adapted by F. Andrew Leslie from the novel by Shirley Jackson
Directed by Adam Morley, produced by Claire Bibby
Sponsored by Clarian Ltd
A chilling and mystifying study in mounting terror in which a small group of psychically receptive people are brought together in Hill House, a brooding, mid-Victorian mansion known as a place of evil and contained ill will. Led by the learned Dr Montague, who is conducting research into supernatural phenomena, the visitors have come to probe the secrets of the old house and draw forth the mysterious powers which it is alleged to possess - powers which have brought madness and death to those who have lived there in the past.
SPOOKY KIDS COMEDY SHORTS AWARD 2014
Spooky Kid Productions exist to find new talent. They asked Norfolk-based writers to submit 20 minute long comedy plays and have selected the best four.
On September 13th these plays will be performed in front of our independent panel of guest judges who will select the author that wins the Comedy Shorts Award 2014.
This is a must see event for lovers of comedy, supporters of local talent and people who want to see the next big thing before everyone else does.
Thu 9 Oct 2014 - Sat 11 Oct 2014
NIGHTLY AT 7.30PM PLUS 2.30PM MATINEES ON THURS AND SAT TICKETS £12.00 EVES
(MATINEES £10.00) INCLUDING DONATIONS TO LOCAL CHARITIES
PHOENIX OPERA PRESENTS
OLD TIME MUSIC HALL
Pack up Your Troubles. Come along with us Down the Strand; Follow the Van; Knock ’em in the Old Kent Road!
Yes – Phoenix Opera return to the Maddermarket by popular demand in a lighthearted mood to bring you the song and laughter of the Old Time Music Hall.
Line up to have your ribs tickled and your larynxes loudly exercised. Come along and join in the fun with Mr Chairman and his troupe of artistes – all brought to you at enormous expense!!.
Sing Up! And, if you wish, dress up!!
THURS 25th SEPT. to SAT 4th OCT. - 7.30pm - TICKETS £12.00 / £10.00 /£8.00
Matinee 2.30pm SAT 4th OCT.
THE NORWICH PLAYERS Present
ARMS AND THE MAN by GEORGE BERNARD SHAW
Directed by Lucinda Bray
To Raina Petkoff and her fiancée Sergi love is chivalry, honour, glamour, and gallantry. We join their story on the eve of Sergei’s accidental, and some might say foolhardy, triumph in battle. His cavalry charge scatters the Austrian invaders and the Swiss mercenaries, and by some twist of fate one of those mercenaries finds his way onto Raina’s moonlit balcony. A mercenary who carries chocolate instead of bullets, who needs the wit of a woman to save him, and in exchange turns her life upside down.
Bernard Shaw uses his unmatched ability with words to shine a light on how love can be the catalyst to break down the barriers that class and prejudice create through a romantic comedy which will warm your heart.
Seats £7 (Conc. £6)
Broad Horizons Theatre Company presents
GREEN FORMS by Alan Bennett.
Doris and Doreen are comfortable in their obscure little department of a large organisation. Whether Personnel have stolen their sink plug again is their biggest issue and only visits from the radical post courier enliven their day. So who is the mystery woman who is requisitioning replacement plugs and blinds for their office from afar? What can it all mean? Alan Bennett’s one-act play has all the humour we expect from this wry observer life.
THURS 23rd OCT. to SAT 1st NOV. - 7.30pm - TICKETS £12.00 / £10.00 /£8.00
Matinee 2.30pmSAT 1st NOV.
THE NORWICH PLAYERS Present
THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST by Oscar Wilde
Directed by Jeffrey Davies
Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest is regarded by many as his best and most popular play. A satire targeting Victorian upper-crust society; their behaviour and expectations, marriage (two young ladies who will only marry a man if his name is Earnest), religion, and the Arts. Wilde weaves this into an elegant comedy with some of the most quotable lines of any play, such as ‘To lose one parent … may be regarded as a misfortune, to lose both looks like carelessness’.
To quote Wilde himself, “The Importance of Being Earnest is exquisitely trivial, a delicate bubble of fancy. But it has its philosophy; that we should treat all trivial things of life seriously and all the serious things with sincere and studied triviality”.
This famous delightful comedy should not be missed!
Wed. Nov. 5th to Sat. Nov. 8th at 7.30pm plus Sat. Mat 2.30pm
Prices – Opening Night and Sat. Mat. – All Seats £12 – on the edge and economy seats £10 Thurs to Sat £14 / £12 / £10 – Family Tickets £45 (2 Full 2 Conc)
On the edge and economy seats £10
NORFOLK YOUTH MUSIC THEATRE Presents
THE ADDAMS FAMILY
A new musical comedy.
Based on the hilarious 1960’s TV comedy, the wonderful ADDAMS FAMILY comes to devilishly delightful life in this magnificently macabre new musical comedy created by Jersey Boys authors Marshall Brickman & Rick Elice with music by Andrew Lippa. THE ADDAMS FAMILY is every father's nightmare. Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable!! family. And if that weren't upsetting enough, Wednesday confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother.
Come and meet the weirdest family ever – we’ll leave the lights off for you!
THURS 20th NOV .to SAT 29th NOV. - 7.30pm - TICKETS £12.00 / £10.00 /£8.00 Matinee 2.30pm SAT 1st NOVEMBER
THE NORWICH PLAYERS Present
THE LAST OF THE SUMMER WINE
Directed by Rebecca Wass
Join Foggy, Clegg and Compo for an evening of classic English comedy as they go on one last adventure.
Follow Foggy as he attempts to woo the infamous Nora Batty’s niece, watch the calamity of mistaken identities unfold when a flasher is on the loose and enjoy the havoc Compo causes when he turns up uninvited.
With the help of the ever suffering Clegg, Foggy tries to win the affections of Constance with a selection of crisps and some After Dinner Mints, but the evening doesn’t go quite to plan when Compo appears and is mistaken for a Flasher by the local Special Constable who just happens to be engaged to Constance.
So sit back and enjoy an evening of farcical proportions full of wheelbarrows, lost trousers and a bugle as we return for one more Last of the Summer Wine.
INTERLUDE present POT-POURRI
A musical pastiche: with songs from the 1930’s onward. The programme will include items from the Musical Theatre, some popular standards, a little twist of Jazz and much more.
Music, particularly the song, has the power to evoke memories, be they joyful or otherwise. So, INTERLUDE
invite you to join them for an hour of rhythmic nostalgia, as they present ‘Pot-Pouri‘; a medley of songs, written by some of the worlds greatest songwriters.
Performers: Jason Lambert at the piano, with songsters Judi Daykin, Melissa Sampson and John Hare.
Paying tribute to both Jimi Hendrix& Cream - Voodoo Room are a stunning new "Power Trio" featuring some of the UK's finest musicians.
They perform an incredible, high energy show, delivered in the true spirit of these legendary superstars.
Their individual credits include: Steve Winwood, Duran Duran, Ben E. King, Fish, Thunder, Jo Harman, Thea Gilmore, Lulu etc etc.
Judi Spiers - BBC Radio.
Following the success of their last two Christmas shows, The Snow Queen and The Railway Children, the Maddermarket wanted to build on their reputation for offering quality original entertainment for the family and THE BORROWERS, written by Mary Norton in 1952 and adapted for the stage by Charles Way, was an obvious if elusive choice.
An adventurous, heart-warming Christmas treat for children aged 6+ and their bigger 'human beans', it is a wonderful story of the "tiny" Clock family, who live beneath the floorboards of a large Victorian house and "borrow" from the big people above to survive.
The one danger that lurks above our tiny family is being seen by the "human beans", so when the boy staying in the house discovers their presence their lives change forever as they are forced to face the dangers of the giant outside world.
THE BORROWERS was a popular BBC series in the early 90’s and in 2011 a BBC Production starring Stephen Fry, Victoria Wood and Christopher Eccleston was equally successful.