‘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 GOOSE by 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).
‘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
T.Rextasy have now been performing around the world for over 20 years, a career that ironically out lives Marc’s very own T.Rex. The band is now accepted as the world’s only official live tribute band dedicated to Marc Bolan & T.Rex, and the only band endorsed and approved by Marc Bolan’s family, estate, original ex-members of T.Rex, and Bolan’s catalogue management. The band has been described by many as ‘beyond the boundaries of tribute’.
Truly a rock’n’roll concert for all ages - If you would like to know exactly what a Marc Bolan concert was like in the 1970s, this show is for you!
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.
Thursday 4 September 2014 Ticket Price: £17.50
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.
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
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.