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Something for everyone as new theatre season announced
With summer thankfully just around the corner, a Midlands theatre has announced its new sizzling season of entertainment with community at the heart of its programme. The Lichfield Garrick theatre, at the heart of the historic cathedral city of Lichfield, promises a season packed full of variety with something for everyone during the course of the new programme, which runs from May to September 2018. Following the success of Lichfield Garrick's two previous critically acclaimed community musicals, the theatre has announced its 2018 offering. comically titled Once Upon a Mattress. If you thought you knew the story of Hans Christian Andersen's famous fairy tale, The Princess and the Pea, you might be in for a big surprise. This musical promises to be full of side-splitting moments in a raucous and rollicking spin on the classic tale of royal courtship and comeuppance.
Katie Arnstein in her one woman show, Bicycles and Fish
The musical theme continues with What A Glorious Feeling!, a fantastic new musical direct from Broadway that brings together the behind-the-scenes story of the tempestuous love triangle between Gene Kelly, Stanley Donen and Jeanne Coyne during the creation of Singin' in the Rain. In addition, local Lichfield actress Katie Arnstein brings her one woman show, Bicycles and Fish, which explores her upbringing in Lichfield, to the theatre's intimate studio setting. Also for music lovers, and fans of Shakespeare alike, Oddsocks Productions will be taking the Bard's classic play, The Tempest, on a sci-fi journey to outer space in what promises to be an hilarious, out of this world musical adaptation.
Grammy-nominated jazz singer Stacey Kent makes one of her few UK appearances at the Lichfield Garrick, while fans favourite Tony Christie and multi-Brit Award-winning singer, Russell Watson, bring their unique styles to the theatre. And the Garrick also bids a fond farewell to the Barron Knights who will be performing one last time. The summer season programme also has plenty to interest children and family audiences. There will be thrills, spills, magic and mayhem in Monstersaurus! while CBeebies' favourite Bing takes a trip to Lichfield in Bing Live – Bing Goes to the Theatre. And the theatre will struggle to keep its roof on when The Enormous Turnip pays a visit.
The Garrick will also welcome a host of leading television personalities including actress Patricia Routledge, presenters Neil Oliver, Simon King and Lucy Worsley, and Strictly Come Dancing's Robin Windsor with his farewell tour. Later in the season, the Lichfield Garrick welcomes Edgar Wallace's The Case of the Frightened Lady, a chilling, captivating and complex thriller. Drama lovers are advised to keep a look out for the all-star cast announcement due soon. New for the 2018 Summer Season, Lichfield Garrick has launched a monthly film night which promises to bring the very best blockbusters to the big screen in Lichfield. The full cinematic experience starts with Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle on Saturday 5 May. The theatre's Executive Director, Karen Foster, said: "We are proud that, as a small independent charity, we are able to welcome everyone from celebrities to our community performers with the excitement and razzamatazz of our community musical. This season offers something for everyone and we look forward to welcoming people from all over the district into the theatre."
Strictly Come Dancing's Robin Windsor with his farewell tour
The new season brochure is available to download from the theatre's website at www.lichfieldgarrick.com or you can pick up a copy in person from the Box Office in Castle Dyke.Tickets can be booked either online or by calling the Box Office on 01543 412121.