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There promises to be something for everyone as the Lichfield Garrick theatre's new season springs into life in the New Year. The Garrick has announced its new Spring season which runs from January right through until May 2018. The packed programme of shows and concerts is filled with variety, live music, drama and family entertainment, ensuring that there is something on offer to suit all tastes. Top-class drama is very much at the forefront of the Lichfield Garrick's forthcoming Spring season.

Teechers
John Godber's Teechers is one of the highlights of the new Spring season


One of the highlights of the programme is The Importance of Being Earnest with an all-star cast that includes Gwen Taylor (Barbara), Thomas Howes (Downton Abbey) and Susan Penhaligon (Upstairs Downstairs). Audiences will take a trip back in time to Lichfield society in Oscar Wilde's wonderfully witty, deliciously decadent and classic revival from The Original Theatre Company. The drama programme also features John Godber's modern classic Teechers, which is being delivered by Blackeyed Theatre whose highly-acclaimed production promises to have something vital to say about education. And, following on from two critically acclaimed Christmas productions, New Old Friends theatre company return in March 2018 with Crimes Under the Sun. With a cast of just four playing multiple roles, there will be murder and mayhem on the English Riviera in this Agatha Christie inspired romp.

Paul Gambaccini
Master of pop, Paul Gambaccini


For music fans, a host of established artists appear alongside the very best of tributes on the Lichfield Garrick's main stage. From local favourites Quill to international superstar Jimmy Osmond, through to BBC Radio 2 jazz presenter Clare Teal, mixed in with tributes to The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Bob Dylan and Neil Diamond, there is something to delight fans of all music genres. The star names coming to the Lichfield Garrick also include BBC Strictly Come Dancing finalist Giovanni Pernice, Brit Award winning vocal trio, Blake, and Saturday night favourite Bobby Davro who will be bringing a touch of variety and entertainment to Lichfield audiences. Pop is the question as 'The Professor of Pop' Paul Gambaccini discusses his career in the music industry and hosts a music quiz in May, while Crooners bring a fresh twist in homage to the American Songbook and The Rat Pack.

Milkshake! Live
Milkshake! Live is just one of the fun shows for children


Family audiences have some of the biggest names in children's entertainment to delight the youngest of theatre goers in the new season. Milkshake Live!, Horrible Histories: More Best of Barmy Britain and the stage premier of Rod Campbell's Dear Zoo will all be appearing at the Lichfield Garrick in the new year, while the theatre has announced a week of half term family activates and workshops in February. The theatre's commitment to supporting the local community continues with the announcement of a new daytime choir with a free open day from 10am on Tuesday 13 February, This choir, open to all abilities, will run alongside the theatre's established Thursday evening Community Choir, both led by Musical Director Angharad Sanders. The Community Choir also returns to the theatre's studio space in March for another evening of performance after their sell out show in April 2017.

Gwen Taylor
Gwen Taylor to star in The Importance of Being Earnest. Credit Manuel Harlan


The Lichfield Garrick is also very proud to announce it's 2018 pantomime, Dick Whittington, is now on sale. The pantomime sees the comical duo, Sam Rabone and Ben Thornton return for a third successive year after delighting audiences young and old in both 2016's Sleeping Beauty and 2017's Aladdin. Lichfield Garrick's Executive Director, Karen Foster, said of the new season: "I'm delighted to welcome so many wonderful productions back to the theatre. The people of Lichfield and district have shown their appreciation for our entertaining dramatic performances and we anticipate that there will be huge demand: book early to avoid disappointment." Lichfield Garrick's new season is on sale now with tickets available to be booked via the Box Office on 01543 412121 or by visiting www.lichfieldgarrick.com
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Why? Something For Everyone As Theatre Unveils New Season
When: 1 Jan to 31 May 2018
Phone: 01543 412121
Where: Lichfield Garrick, Castle Dyke, Lichfield WS13 6HR
Cost: Ticket prices vary depending on show
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