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Smile away the winter and look ahead to the spring
A glittering new Winter/Spring season has been announced by the Lichfield Garrick theatre in Staffordshire with a huge variety of West End productions, musicals, drama, star names, top class live music and blockbuster films to look forward to over the coming months. Theatregoers can eagerly anticipate West End producer Bill Kenwright's thriller The Cat and the Canary, which arrives for a week next March, before he returns later in the season, in April, with the award-winning musical Blood Brothers by Willy Russell. Continuing the musical theme is Menopause The Musical 2: Cruising Through the Menopause, the fun-filled sequel to the smash-hit show Menopause The Musicalģ, which can also be seen in March.
Former Hi-de-Hi favourite Su Pollard stars in one-woman show Harpy
Drama returns to the Garrick stage in February with the first UK tour of Blackeyed Theatre's production of Jayne Eyre, a beautiful, brooding love story with a little Gothic horror and specially commissioned music. And, later on in the season, national treasure and former Hi-de-Hi star Su Pollard stars in hit one-woman show Harpy by Fringe First winner Philip Meeks. The story is of Birdie, a hoarder, who regard her 'collection' as a hazard for house prices. Looking further ahead, Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap, one of the longest running productions in the West End and a classic thriller, visits the Garrick for just one week.
HIV activist Nathaniel Hall in powerful show First Time
The Garrick's recently launched cinema in the studio theatre will be showing a host of blockbuster films and live screenings including Fidelio, Beethoven's only opera; NoŽl Coward's provocative comedy Present Laughter starring Andrew Scott (Sherlock, Fleabag); the murder mystery Knives Out starring Daniel Craig; crime film Motherless Brooklyn starring Edward Norton and Bruce Willis and CATS, the British-American musical fantasy film starring Taylor Swift, Idris Elba and Dame Judi Dench. As part of the new season, the Garrick is also delighted to welcome theatre maker and HIV activist Nathaniel Hall who brings his one man show First Time to Lichfield on February 7.
The Fizz featuring former Bucks Fizz stars Cheryl Baker, Mike Nolan and Jay Aston
Music highlights include legendary crooner Tony Christie who teams up with the iconic Nelson Riddle Orchestra for the first time in May to celebrate the life and music of Frank Sinatra. The same month sees The Dublin Legends, comprising Sean Cannon, Eamonn Campbell, Paul Watchorn and Gerry O'Connor of The Dubliners fame, perform classic songs including Whiskey in The Jar, Dirty Old Town and The Irish Rover. Other music treats include jazz singer Stacey Kent, West End and Broadway leading lady Marisha Wallace, and The Fizz featuring former Bucks Fizz stars Cheryl Baker, Mike Nolan and Jay Aston. Dance fans can get to see the ever-popular Spirit of the Dance, seen by more than 20 million people worldwide, and the Latin dance of Havana Nights with individual performances from Strictly's Graziano Di Prima and his partner, Giada.
For younger theatre-goers, highlights include Milkshake! Live, described as the biggest and best Milkshake! Live ever, while direct from the West End comes hit show The Tiger Who Came To Tea, a musical play based on the book by Judith Kerr. For full listings, to book tickets and to download a copy of the new brochure go to www.lichfieldgarrick.com or call the box office on 01543 412121.