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Lichfield Garrick: Spring 2017

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Drama, Music, Comedy, Dance - It's All There In 2017
A feast of entertainment is lying in wait for audiences at the Lichfield Garrick in Staffordshire following the theatre's launch of its exciting new spring season at the start of 2017. The Garrick is promising to deliver award-winning theatre during its much anticipated spring season, complete with drama, comedy, family entertainment, music and dance, all mixed in with a number of famous faces. Running from January through to May 2017, the new season has a wide variety of performances to suit all tastes. There is a feast of delights in store for drama fans with the theatre welcoming the national tour of Invincible, written by Torben Betts who has been likened to the 'new Ayckbourn'; Dong Ding Murder Me on High starring Jeffrey Holland and Mark Little; Northanger Abbey, the perfect Jane Austen romantic story; and a new adaptation of Mary Shelley's classic gothic tale, Frankenstein.

Northanger Abbey
Northanger Abbey is one of the dramas in the Garrick's new spring season

For those theatre-goers looking for family entertainment, the Lichfield Garrick welcomes CBBC favourites Dick & Dom, alias children's TV presenters Richard McCourt and Dominic Wood, as well as Mister Maker who both make appearances during the new season. In addition, The Tiger Who Came to Tea comes to Lichfield direct from the West End, while Horrible Histories will take you through The Best of Barmy Britain. There are also further treats for youngsters with The Emperor's New Clothes and Don't Dribble on the Dragon, which features magic designed by the late Paul Daniels. And, for the first time, the theatre will take audiences on a journey across a number of its rooms with the interactive show We're Stuck, described as a must for anyone who likes maths, robots and a Dr Who-like adventure.

Bromance promises exciting circus skills

Under the theatre's Garrick Introducing Series, highlights include Bromance, a jaw dropping performance of circus skills mixed with acrobatics, Burton; a portrayal of the great Welsh actor and Ventoux; a restaging of the epic rivalry between Lance Armstrong and Marco Pantani. A new classical series has also been launched with the Mozart Clarinet Quintet & Crusell Quartet performing in the intimate studio theatre. And, on a lighter note, there are laughs aplenty from top comedians such as Rory Bremner and Jim Davidson, while the theatre's popular Comedy 42 nights continue with some of the best up-and-coming comics on the circuit, including Brendon Burns, Pat Monahan and Luisa Omielan. At the same time, the spring season will provide music fans with a treat with the likes of singer Elkie Brooks, The Chris Barber Big Band, The Opera Boys and The Barron Knights all gracing the Garrick's main stage.

Rory Bremner
Rory Bremner heads up an impressive line-up of comedians

The new season has been programmed by the Lichfield Garrick's Artistic Director, Tim Ford, who commented: "We have an incredibly exciting programme lined up this season and I am thrilled to be welcoming some of the finest companies and artists to Lichfield. We have something for everybody and we are incredibly proud of the work that is being developed here at the Garrick." As well as the programme of entertainment on offer, the theatre is also celebrating the 300th anniversary of the birth of David Garrick with a series of shows and events throughout the year. Under the Garrick300 umbrella, the Lichfield Garrick's Youth Theatre will perform Cymberline, a white knuckle ride of a show based on Shakespeare's coming of age play, and local actor David Titley will portray the life of David Garrick. The theatre is also launching a playwriting competition to inspire the next generation of David Garricks.

Elkie Brooks
The ever popular Elkie Brooks will be singing up a storm

Added Tim: "2017 also marks a very special year for us as we celebrate the life and times of David Garrick with the launch of our first playwriting competition in partnership with Lichfield Festival. This season also sees the start of our Garrick300 Sculpture by Peter Walker fundraising campaign, in which we hope to raise enough money to have a permanent sculpture of David Garrick The Pride of Lichfield put in place." The Lichfield Garrick's new season goes on sale on Monday 16 January with phone lines and the Box Office open from 11am. The new season brochure will be available to download online or by picking up a copy from the Box Office itself.
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Why? A Feast Of Magical Entertainment In Theatre's Spring Season
When: 20 January to 27 May 2017
Phone: 01543 412121
Where: Lichfield Garrick, Castle Dyke, Lichfield WS13 6HR
Cost: Prices vary
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