Mama Mia! part of new Theatre Royal line-up

Just Regional
May 31, 2016 5 mins read

The first ever UK tour of MAMMA MIA!  is set to come to Norwich Theatre Royal from Thursday 2 – Saturday 25 March 2017. And it is one of a number of new shows announced by Norwich Theatre Royal which also includes a brand new stage production of a literary classic, the return to the city of a movie icon, a night of spiky comedy from a TV and radio favourite, and a celebration of one of the music world’s true legends.

MAMMA MIA!  is Judy Craymer’s ingenious vision of staging the story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs with an enchanting tale of family and friendship unfolding on a Greek island paradise. To date, it has been seen by more than 60 million people in 50 productions in 16 different languages. MAMMA MIA! The Movie is the highest worldwide grossing live-action musical film of all time.

From West End to global phenomenon, the London production of MAMMA MIA!  has now been seen by more than 10% of the entire UK population. It is one of only five musicals to have run for more than 10 years both on Broadway and in the West End, and in 2011, it became the first Western musical ever to be staged in Mandarin in the People’s Republic of China.It boasts a strong creative team with music & lyrics by Benny Andersson & Björn Ulvaeus, and is written by Catherine Johnson, directed by Phyllida Lloyd and choreographed by Anthony Van Laast.

Meanwhile this autumn, one of the UK’s best-known actresses Felicity Kendal will head the cast of A Room With A View which is performed from November 7-12. Based on the classic EM Forster novel, it is presented by Theatre Royal Bath who presented the critically-acclaimed Hobson’s Choice this spring in the city, which proved to be one of the year’s hottest tickets.

It tells the story of English rose Lucy Honeychurch who gets very close to the lower-class George Emerson while visiting Italy. On her return to this country, she becomes engaged to the eminently suitable but pretentious Cecil Vyse. When she discovers the Emersons have moved to her home village, will she be able to disguise her true feelings for George?

Written in 1908, the book is recognised as being one of the best novels of the twentieth century and also became a hugely popular film. This new stage production boasts a strong creative team headed by director Adrian Noble, who was Artistic Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company from 1990 to 2003.

Three one-night shows are also being added to the Norwich Theatre Royal programme. Back by popular demand following its 2012 sell-out, you can enjoy An Afternoon With Sir Roger Moore on Sunday 13 November. The screen legend and James Bond star is going to leave city audiences shaken but not stirred as he chats with his biographer Gareth Owen about his incredible life and career. Inside stories and showbiz anecdotes are guaranteed, and there will also be the chance for audience-members to put their own questions.

You can get all shook up in the run-up to Christmas with A Vision Of Elvis on Sunday 18 December. The multi-award-winning Rob Kingsley brings The King to life in this show which takes the audience on a musical journey from Elvis’s Movie Years through to his comeback in 1968 and ends with a finale celebrating the spectacle of his concerts.

And start 2016 with the spiky comedy of actor, writer and comedian Miles Jupp on Monday 9 January. Best-known for his appearances on BBC Two comedy favourite Rev and BBC Radio’s Four’s topical panel game The News Quiz, he will be musing on a host of different subjects including astronauts, regrets, social media, hipsters and manners.

In addition, two cast members are confirmed for the return of Chicago to Norwich Theatre Royal on October 31-November 5. Taking the role of Billy Flynn is John Partridge, who has just returned to EastEnders in the role of Christian. As well as a popular TV actor, he is also a highly respected stage performer with roles in the likes of Cats, A Chorus Line, Miss Saigon and Starlight Express. Starring opposite him as Roxie Hart is Hayley Tamaddon, who played Andrea Beckett in Coronation Street and Delilah Dingle in Emmerdale. Hayley also has a strong theatrical pedigree and is no stranger to Norwich delighting city audiences when she took the lead role in the Theatre Royal’s pantomime Sleeping Beauty over Christmas 2011.

John Bultitude, of Norwich Theatre Royal, said: “This is your must-see musical SOS. We are very excited to be welcoming Mamma Mia to the city so that Dancing Queens (and Kings) can enjoy this hugely successful show and some superb performances. Add in a highly-anticipated drama and a wide range of other entertainment, and we are expecting a busy box office as people spend their Money, Money, Money on these fantastic productions.”

MAMMA MIA! International Tour 2016

MAMMA MIA! International Tour 2016

International Tour 2016


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