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 light hearted 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!!
Blofeld & Baxter: Memories of Test Match Special
Henry Blofeld returns to his Norfolk roots!
Following a triumphant return season at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, a BBC Radio 4 show and a sell-out 28 date UK tour, Henry Blofeld and Peter Baxter invite you to join them for a behind the scenes exclusive of what makes TMS so special.
Hear tall tales from across the globe from Brian Johnston to Jonathan Agnew and discover the extraordinary escapades of players both on and off the pitch. They will regale you with even more untold stories from memory lane and offer ‘direct from the booth’ insights from the Ashes and a summer of cricket.
Henry ‘My Dear Old Thing’ Blofeld is one of Britain’s most loved broadcasters and a bastion of the cricketing community. He is as notorious for his hilarious observations as he is for his astute cricket commentary.
Peter Baxter was the brain behind TMS for over 34 years; the man tasked with the unenviable position of corralling Henry and his cohorts around the world.
Together they offer a hilariously entertaining show for both cricket and non-cricket lovers alike.
RAT PACK VEGAS SPECTACULAR SHOW
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!
The Pity of War
Poems and friendship of Siegfried Sassoon
and Wilfred Owen in a staged reading of their work.
The Pity of War is a compilation of poems and biographical fragments which bring vividly to the stage the work and friendship of Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen. Their friendship was cut sho0rt after only 15 months, but it was a period which produced some of the most powerful war poems ever written and which have helped to change the attitudes of succeeding generations. As Owen wrote in the draft preface to his first volume of poems which he did not live to see published: "This book is not about heroes...My subject is War, and the pity of War. The Poetry is in the pity"
The Pity of War is not a play, but a dramatic anthology. The actors will read the poems and the letter quotations, but the performance will be staged and dressed for the theatre.
The performance will last 30 minutes and will coincide with the anniversary of Armistice which came into effect at the eleventh hour, of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918. A donation from the proceeds will be made to the British Legion Poppy Appeal.
Monday 10th, Tuesday 11th and Wednesday 12th November 1.10pm
Full price £6.00 Concessions £5.00 (unreserved)
Please note: approximate running time 30minutes
10% of proceeds will go to the British Legion Poppy Appeal
Light food and drink will be available to buy from our bar from 11.45am
FRAGMENTS OF FRAGMENTS
A new play by John William Brown
On one evening-out in late 1914, watching Vester Tilly at Collins musical hall, a fiddler player, much to the chagrin of his wife, gets up on stage and joins the army to do his bit. We follow his trials and those of his wife, on both Home and War Fronts, through their letters, thoughts and diaries. Written in one hundred sonnets, this timely piece comes 100 years on from the outbreak of The Great War.
This play contains strong language
Monday 17th, Wednesday 19th and Friday 20th November 1.10pm
(Special evening performance on Tuesday 18th November at 7.30pm)
Seats £6.00 (unreserved)
Please note: approximate running time 1hr 50, including 15 minute interval
Light food and drink will be available to buy from our bar from 11.45am
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.
SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE CASE OF THE
By John Longenbaugh
Directed by Adam Morley, produced by Claire Bibby
Sponsored by Clarian Ltd
Literature’s favourite quirky detective is infused with the spirit of a crotchety Ebenezer Scrooge in this festive Victorian theatrical treat. After failed attempts by Dr. Watson to cheer Holmes into celebrating the holiday season, the unrepentant, ill-tempered detective is forced to deduce the facts and solve the most important mystery of his life – past, present and future. Experience a magical mix of Dickens and Doyle … You won’t want to miss this cheery, insightful and truly atmospheric journey with some of literature’s best.
Suggested age: 8+
Audience and Reviewer Quotes:
“Sherlock Holmes and the case of the Christmas Carol is simply breath-taking. The superb quality of the acting, backed up with an incredible array of technical sound and lighting and top notch Direction make this one a 'must see' show”.
“I cannot recommend this show highly enough.”
“I can only highly recommend that you give this show a visit yourself. It is a very enjoyable play, fantastic dialogue, a strong cast and some of the finest moments I have ever enjoyed in a theatre.”
The UPBEAT BEATLES have a BRAND NEW SHOW!
Whether you are a Beatles fanatic or simply a lover of good music – DON’T MISS THIS!
Using projection and narrative, teamed with the pinpoint accurate music and vocals of the band, this show takes you on a “Magical History Tour” - travelling through the ages of The Beatles’ relatively short yet amazing career…….
The Upbeat Beatles recreate the sheer fun, excitement and magnetic power of The Fab Four and their unforgettable music, with their attention to detail and stunningly precise reproduction.
The Beatles were the band that shook the world…….
Now……. Let The Upbeat Beatles ROCK your night!
ALL SEATS £16.00
THE LOCRIAN ENSEMBLE PRESENTS
For almost two decades the Locrian Ensemble have played to capacity audiences at the Maddermarket, enjoying a truly special relationship with Maddermarket audiences. Now, in their final costumed appearance they present their best-loved show, a musical celebration of the Spirit of Christmas. In a candlelit set, the Locrian Singers provide carol favourites, the ensemble perform carol medleys and seasonal surprises, and the evening is introduced by their cellist and musical director, Justin Pearson. A Festive Finale, not to be missed.
ALBION CHRISTMAS BAND
For most people Christmas 2014 will bring with it the annual round of festivities, parties and pantomimes and all the hectic preparations. For the Albion Christmas Band it also signals the start of their annual xmas tour. The band’s inaugural appearance was 17 December 1999 – the first night of a six date tour. This year, the band that forms each year for its winter tour and then disbands until the next season will visit seventeen venues. The well-planned tour has ensured the band will visit all parts of the country for audiences to enjoy a taste of Christmas without the commercialism.
The band evolved from special Christmas shows by the last incarnation of the Albion Band. On a suggestion from Simon Care, a previous Albion band member himself, Ashley ‘The Guv’nor’ Hutchings brought together two other previous Albion Band members to create an autonomous band to present a guided tour through the Christmas customs of Britain. Performing a mixture of seasonal carols, spoken word, humorous readings and dance, the show is the antithesis of the Christmas special shows filling television screens, reminding audiences of the simpler pleasures and values of a traditional Christmas.
The Albion Christmas Band features the combined talents of Simon Nicol (founder member of Fairport Convention) on acoustic guitar and vocals, Kellie While (Albion Band), acoustic guitar, vocals and percussion, Simon Care (Edward II), melodeons, and the Guv'nor himself, Ashley Hutchings, (founder of Fairport Convention, Albion Band, and Steeleye Span) on bass guitar and vocals.
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.