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From Dracula and Sherlock Holmes to Brian Blessed
Spooktacular treats, festive frolics and big-name stars are set to delight audiences in Staffordshire as the Lichfield Garrick theatre announces its exciting new Autumn/Winter season. The joint season, which runs from September 2018 to January, offers a wonderful mix of drama, family entertainment, comedy, music, big screen movies and variety. Karen Foster, Lichfield Garrick's Executive Director, said of the new season: "The star names keep coming to Lichfield with Brian Blessed, Alice Roberts, Bobby Davro and Strictly Come Dancing favourite, Robin Windsor, all taking to the main stage. The big laughs come from Lee Nelson, Alfie Moore and Henning When."
Plenty to see at Lichfield Garrick over the coming months
There will be thrills galore as the national tour of Edgar Wallace's The Case of the Frightened Lady arrives in Lichfield this October with its all-star cast including West End favourite John Partridge. Blackeyed Theatre make a welcome return to the Garrick with Sherlock Holmes: The Sign of Four, and there will be some spooky goings on with Dracula: The Bloody Truth, which explores the comical side of all hallows eve. The Halloween theme continues across the October half term week with a range of workshops and story sessions aimed at those under the age of 18. From Pumpkin Carving to Special Effects Make Up Classes, Spooky Stories to a Garrick Ghost Hunt, there is something to entertain the littlest of goblins and ghouls.
The stars don't come much bigger than actor Brian Blessed
Big name stars commence with the visit of larger than life actor Brian Blessed on October 27, while the festive season also brings its fair number of treats for the whole family this Christmas. The Lichfield Garrrick's pantomime, Dick Whittington, will now run into January after its run was extended by an extra week. In contrast, there will be more murderous mayhem in the Lichfield Garrick studio as New Old Friends Theatre Company return with another festive 'anti panto' romp in the form of Crimes of the Christmas Pudding, whilst young audience members will be delighted by Elf and Reindeer's Christmas Cracker, made in Lichfield and directed by the Lichfield Garrick's new Artistic Consultant, Lucy Nicolls. Family entertainment will also see CBeebies' Bing and friends make their first theatre appearance in Bing Live! – Bing Goes to the Theatre, while modern classics Tabby McTat and Stick Man will be brought to life in wonderful stage adaptations.
Children's entertainment includes a stage adaptation of Stick Man
Lichfield Garrick's commitment to offering a cinema experience to Lichfield audiences continues with The Greatest Showman Singalong, Mama Mia – Here We Go Again and Avengers Infinity War amongst a host of films being screened in the main auditorium. The film season launches in September with Ready Player One and the theatre is offering £1 tickets to those aged 16-25 years old. Tickets for the new Autumn/Winter season went on sale on August 31 with tickets available from the Box Office on 01543 412121 or by visiting www.lichfieldgarrick.com The new season brochure is also available to download online or to pick up inn person from the Box Office.