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Wednesday 10th August 2022 – Matinée

Forum Theatre, Malvern

Malvern Theatres Young Company presents

Following their successful productions of Sophocles’s Electra (2021) and Dylan Thomas’s Under Milk Wood (2019), Malvern Theatres Young Company returns this summer with Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest.

Subtitled ‘a trivial comedy for serious people’ Wilde’s play is a biting satire on manners, matrimony and misbehaviour in late-Victorian high society. None of the author’s trademark wit and sarcasm is lost in director Nic Lloyd’s streamlined adaptation, which leaves us in no doubt why The Importance of Being Earnest remains amongst our most popular and enduring comedies.

Established in 2012, Malvern Theatres Young Company gives aspiring young actors the opportunity to perform in a professional environment. The Importance of Being Earnest will be their 15th production and once again opens in Malvern before transferring to the Edinburgh Fringe for six further performances.

The performance is in the Forum Theatre (in the round) and we have reserved the front 3 rows.

Join us in encouraging these young actors at a bargain price of just £15 including the coach from Church Stretton.

Booking Forms will be available in late May

Thursday 25th August 2022 – Matinée

The Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-on-Avon

All’s Well That Ends Well

Set in France and Italy, this is a story of a one-sided romance, based on a tale from Boccaccio’s The Decameron.

In this production the Director, Blanche McIntyre, explores the modern resonance of Shakespeare’s enduring dark comedy.

Helen, the orphaned daughter of a doctor, is under the protection of the widowed Countess of Rossillion.

In love with Bertram, the countess’ son, Helen follows him to court, where she cures the sick French king of an apparently fatal illness.

The king rewards Helen by offering her the husband of her choice. She asks for Bertram but he resists. When forced by the king to marry her, he refuses to sleep with her and, accompanied by the braggart Parolles, leaves for the Italian wars. He says that he will only accept Helen if she obtains a ring from his finger and becomes pregnant with his child.

Helen then goes to Italy disguised as a pilgrim and suggests a ‘bed trick’ whereby she will take the place of Diana, a widow’s daughter, whom Bertram is trying to seduce.

A ‘kidnapping trick’ humiliates the boastful Parolles, whilst the ‘bed trick’ enables Helen to fulfil Bertram’s conditions, much to his mother’s delight, leaving Bertram no option but to marry Helen. But what happens when the reality of their relationship doesn’t match up to the fantasy she imagined? And do the ends justify the means?

Thursday 8th September 2022 – Matinée

Festival Theatre, Malvern

The National Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company presents

The Pirates of Penzance is one of the most enduringly popular of Gilbert and Sullivan’s great comic creations, full of memorable melodies you will be humming all the way home.

Jam-packed with sentimental, swashbuckling pirates who are really peers of the realm, a completely dotty Major General with his myriad of soppy daughters and a bumbling bunch of hopeless but hilarious policemen, what could possibly go wrong?

Frederic, a pirate’s apprentice, falls instantly in love with Mabel, the daughter of Major-General Stanley. Frederic is due to be released from his apprenticeship on his 21st birthday, but there’s a problem.

Born on 29 February, he discovers that technically he must serve for another 63 years! Although very much in love, his dedication to duty is resolute. Can he and Mabel find a happy ever after?

Be prepared for a delightfully entertaining and traditional production of this much-loved comic opera.

Booking Forms will be available in June

Recent Events

Thursday 13th January 2022 – Evening

Symphony Hall, Birmingham

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.

Thursday 20th January 2022 – Matinée

Festival Theatre, Malvern

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

Friday 18th February 2022 – Evening

Victoria Hall, Stoke

The BBC Philharmonic Orchestra presents
Romantic Rachmaninov

  • Bizet – Excerpts from Carmen
  • Rachmaninov – Piano Concerto № 2
  • Stravinsky – Firebird: Suite 1945

Conductor: Ben Gernon
Piano: Juan Pérez Floristán

Ben Gernon is the highly acclaimed Conductor of the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra who guides us through Romantic Rachmaninov in tonight’s concert.

You may already know Rachmaninov’s most romantic concerto, described as the best piano concerto ever written, and when you hear Juan Pérez Floristán’s interpretation you will know that it is true! Coupled with Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite, unleashing music of sweeping passion and dazzling colour, and excerpts from Bizet’s Carmen, this will be a night of music to light up the sky.

Wednesday 16th March 2022 – Evening

Symphony Hall, Birmingham

The CBSO, under Mirga, presents
Sheku Kanneh-Mason plays Shostakovich

  • Weinberg – Symphony № 4
  • Shostakovich – Cello Concerto № 2
  • Weinberg – Symphony № 3

Conductor: Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla
Cello: Sheku Kanneh-Mason MBE

Mirga recently said “With Weinberg, each piece is just greater than the next”. Her award-winning, critically acclaimed exploration of this great 20th Century composer (who was a friend of Shostakovich) has been one of the supreme achievements of her time in Birmingham. Two gripping symphonies frame Shostakovich’s powerful Second Cello Concerto – and a welcome return for another great friend of the CBSO, Sheku Kanneh-Mason.

Sheku Kanneh-Mason MBE, one of the brightest young cellists on the classical music scene, became a household name in May 2018 after performing at the wedding of TRH the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. His performance was greeted with universal excitement after being watched by nearly two billion people globally.

Wednesday 13th April 2022 – Matinée

Festival Theatre, Malvern

The Rise and Fall of Little Voice

One of Britain’s greatest modern plays, The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, starts its UK Tour shortly. The Olivier Award-winning comedy-drama from Jim Cartwright has earned international acclaim on stage and a Golden Globe for the film version which starred Jane Horrocks and Michael Caine.

Following the death of her father, Little Voice becomes a recluse in her bedroom, seeking solace by singing along with her father’s collection of old records. However her hidden singing talent is soon discovered when her mother’s boyfriend, a corrupt local promoter, hears her mimicking famous singers. Little Voice is swept away by his promises of fame and fortune but what will the consequences be for mother and daughter?

Jim Cartwright’s iconic Northern fairy-tale explores the highs and the lows of small-town dreams, family rivalry and finding your voice in a noisy world. There is humour, pathos and even iconic ballads in this life-affirming production which will rouse even the weariest of souls.

Starring Shobna Gulati (Coronation Street, Dinnerladies, Loose Women) as mother Mari, Ian Kelsey (Emmerdale, Casualty) as mother’s boyfriend, with Christina Bianco as Little Voice.

Saturday 23rd April 2022 – Evening

Symphony Hall, Birmingham

The CBSO, under Christoph Koenig, presents
Mahler and Mozart

  • Mozart – Piano Concerto № 27 K.595
  • Mahler – Symphony № 5

Conductor: Christoph Koenig
Piano: Paul Lewis CBE

A trumpet sounds, and the orchestra unleashes Hell. To call Mahler’s Fifth Symphony dramatic is a bit of an understatement! But there’s joy as well as tragedy in this epic musical adventure, as well as the ravishing Adagietto: possibly the sweetest love-song in all music.

Christoph Koenig was an instant hit on his first appearance here in 2019 and now The Spanish Radio Symphony Orchestra has just appointed him as their next chief conductor.

He’s joined by Paul Lewis in Mozart’s exquisite last piano concerto. Paul Lewis CBE is internationally regarded as one of the leading musicians of his generation. His cycles of core piano works by Beethoven and Schubert have received unanimous critical and public acclaim worldwide.

Wednesday 11th May 2022 – Evening

Symphony Hall, Birmingham

The CBSO, under Mirga, presents a concert featuring Tchaikovsky and Bruckner

  • Tchaikovsky – Piano Concerto № 1
  • Bruckner – Symphony № 6

Conductor: Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla
Piano: Gabriela Montero

A mountain peak, a cathedral in sound; Anton Bruckner’s Sixth Symphony contains music beautiful enough to pierce the very soul.

In this concert, Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla pairs the symphony with another classic that wears its heart on its sleeve – Tchaikovsky’s hugely popular First Piano Concerto performed by the Venezuelan pianist Gabriela Montero.

Gabriela gave her first public piano recital at age five and performed Joseph Haydn’s Piano Concerto in D Major with the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela three years later. She won a scholarship for music studies in the USA and later trained at the Royal Academy of Music in London.

Gabriela performs for us the day after her 52nd birthday.