With the Broadway Theatre opening its doors for live theatre last month, creative programmer Sue Scott Davison takes a look back at some of the highlights from the last month, as well as previewing some of the excellent shows still to come this season.
Sue here, Creative Programmer for the new Broadway Theatre. Following a year of building, we opened this beautiful venue on 7 February with a concert version of The Sorcerer’s Apprentice to a sold out and very appreciative audience. It was an exciting and special night for the team and audience alike!
The last three weeks have flown by with a mix of children’s theatre with Monstersaurus, drama from Pilot Theatre Company, poetry with Roger McGough, and a full house for magician Jamie Raven just last weekend. The variety of the shows has been excellent and the audiences have been great for every show, with everyone very excited to be coming to watch a performance at the new theatre.
We’ve got a couple of events to look forward to this week as we stage the first of our comedy events with Arthur Smith and Norman Lovett on Thursday 2 March, which is followed on Sunday 5 at 2.30pm by writer and illustrator James Mayhew painting to Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. James, famous for his ‘Katie ‘ books has very kindly agreed to auction the paintings following the performance, with proceeds going to the Foundation’s Charity of the Year MIND. This promises to be a very special event for all the family from age 6+
Through March, some of the shows to look forward to include The Chamber Philharmonic Europe; the hilarious Reduced Shakespeare Company and Pop –Up Opera returns to Spirella Ballroom with Bellini’s Romeo & Juliet. We also have a special appearance on Mother’s Day by comedian, raconteur and Radio 4 favourite and writer, Gyles Brandreth with his show Looking For Happiness and Finding it!
Our Spring season is running to May 28 is packed to the gills with something for everyone.
We look forward to seeing you all very soon at the Broadway Theatre!
Sue Scott Davison