Thursday 2nd December 2021
Birmingham Royal Ballet’s The Nutcracker
Tchaikovsky’s soaring score and the 60-strong Royal Ballet Sinfonia take centre stage in this unique production that brings the orchestra out from the pit and onto a platform raised above the stage.
And, of course, in front of all of this we see Birmingham Royal Ballet’s company of world-class dancers as they beautifully tell this most nostalgic of stories, taking Clara on the ultimate Christmas journey through a fantastical winter wonderland of dancing snowflakes to the kingdom of the Sugar Plum Fairy.
Thursday 9th December 2021 at 7.30pm
The CBSO presents a “New Worlds” concert
- Sibelius – Finlandia
- Dove – In Exile (CBSO Centenary Commission: UK Premiere)
- Dvořák – Symphony № 9 (New World)
Conductor: Gergely Madaras
Baritone: Sir Simon Keenlyside
Cello: Raphael Wallfisch
Grand passions, glorious tunes: Sibelius’s Finlandia and Dvořák’s New World are two classics that just never get old (even if the Hovis advert was nearly 50 years ago now!) But tonight, we’re creating new memories too, with the UK premiere of In Exile by Jonathan Dove: a heartfelt musical journey for two great British soloists, written specially for the CBSO by one of our most communicative – and brilliant – living composers.
Thursday 13th January 2022 at 7.30pm
The CBSO presents a concert featuring Mendelssohn and Sibelius
- Coleridge-Taylor – Solemn Prelude
- Mendelssohn – Violin Concerto in E minor
- Sibelius – Symphony № 2
Conductor: Ryan Bancroft
Violin: Clara-Jumi Kang
Sibelius’ Second Symphony begins quietly – even playfully. But by the time it’s run its course, trumpets are raising the roof and the air is ringing with a melody that sweeps everything before it. It’s a thrilling climax to a concert that opens with the soul-stirring music of a forgotten English romantic, and stars the extraordinary Clara-Jumi Kang in a violin concerto that always sounds fresh.
Choir seats are once again available in addition to Stall seats.
Booking Forms are being sent out and applications will close at noon 8th December.
Thursday 20th January 2022
The Festival Theatre, Malvern, presents The Dresser, starring Julian Clary and Matthew Kelly
Inspired by memories of working as Donald Wolfit’s dresser as a young man, Ronald Harwood’s evocative, affectionate and hilarious portrait of backstage life is one of the most acclaimed dramas of modern theatre.
It is 1942 and in a war-torn provincial theatre an ageing actor manager, known to his loyal acting company as ‘Sir’, is struggling to cling on to his sanity and complete his two hundred and twenty seventh performance of King Lear.
It is down to Norman, Sir’s devoted dresser, to ensure that in spite of everything, the show goes on. For sixteen years Norman has been there to fix Sir’s wig, massage his ego, remind him of his opening lines and provide the sound effects in the storm scene.
Norman will be played by Julian Clary one of the UK’s most unique and best loved entertainers.
Playing ‘Sir’ will be Matthew Kelly, winner of an Olivier Award for Of Mice and Men and who has presented TV shows such as Game for a Laugh.
“Riotously funny” – Express
“A hugely entertaining evening, rich in comic moments” – Sunday Times
Thursday 17th February 2022 – Matinée
Theatre Clwyd, Mold, presents The Da Vinci Code
The blockbuster story that captivated the world is now an epic stage thriller based on Dan Brown’s best-selling novel which sold over 100 million copies.
The curator of the Louvre has been brutally murdered, and alongside his body are a series of baffling codes. Follow the pulse-racing journey as Professor Robert Langdon, played by Television favourite Nigel Harman (EastEnders, Hotel Babylon) and fellow cryptologist Sophie Neveu (Hannah Rose Caton) attempt to solve the riddles, leading to the works of Leonardo Da Vinci and beyond, deep into the vault of history.
With guidance from teacher and friend Sir Leigh Teabing, played by family favourite Danny John-Jules (Red Dwarf, Death in Paradise), Langdon and Neveu embark on a breathless race through the streets of Europe. The pair must decipher the labyrinthine code before a shocking historical secret is lost forever.
“I am thrilled that The Da Vinci Code is being adapted for the stage, and excited to see the unique potential of live theatre to enhance this story. The production team has been faithful to the book, but will also bring something new for the audience, in what is certain to be a gripping, fast-paced stage thriller and a thoroughly entertaining show.” – Dan Brown
Wednesday 27th April 2022 – Matinée
Malvern Theatre presents Penelope Keith starring in Two Cigarettes in the Dark
Written by Stephen Wyatt this is a bitter-sweet comedy about facing the end.
Bright, witty, and fiercely independent, Isabel is not ready to let go just yet. In a series of encounters with an old friend and her two sons, by turns funny, startling and poignant, home truths are exchanged, and her past begins to emerge.
As Isabel confronts her own hidden regrets and family secrets, we learn what hides below the surface of this proud mother, wife, and friend. Finally, Isabel is able to make peace with her life and say goodbye.
Stephen Wyatt’s new play reunites Dame Penelope Keith with director Alan Strachan who also directed her in Entertaining Angels (2006), Mrs Pat (2015) and The Chalk Garden (2018) at Chichester.