Our Creative Programmer looks ahead to Autumn/Winter at Broadway
Can’t believe we’re already at the end of our second season at Broadway Theatre…and what a way to end, with the ginormous spectacular Dinosaur World closing the season last week with over 1,000 visitors over the three shows! The summer has seen a variety of performances, including a showcase of local talents as we opened our doors to local groups and schools in support of the community for the two week Letchworth Festival, which proved a huge success.
Looking forward to the autumn, we again have a great variety of shows with something for everyone. We open the season in September with Wisdom of A Fool, a beautiful retelling of the life of Norman Wisdom, and if drama is your thing there’s plenty to choose from, ranging from White Feather Boxer, a beautiful piece about a Quaker boxer teaching a young girl to fight, to a brand new interpretation of Shakespeare’s As You Like It from award-winning company, Shared Experience.
We’re especially excited to bring this show to Letchworth as it includes a performance from local lad Adam Buchanan in the roles of Charles and Silvius, so we’re looking forward to seeing his performance in November.
This year marks the 70th anniversary of Partition in India, and we will be presenting a remarkable and poignant story of a child lost in the upheaval, Child of the Divide, by Sudha Buchar, an actress well known for her appearances on stage and screen.
Families and school are particularly well served with Michael Morpurgo’s Why the Whales Came and King Arthur; Lewis Carroll’s Hunting of the Snark, and for our littlies, The Ugly Duckling and a Christmas special of Rod Campbell’s Dear Santa. There’s plenty of chuckles to be had this season as well with top comedians Ruby Wax (SOLD OUT) and Andy Parsons. We will also have a special, vintage radio rendition of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol joining us in December.
Our musical programme opens with The Remains of Tom Lehrer, followed by a special concert version of The Navigator, a new musical previewing at Broadway based on the real life stories of Bomber Command. For those of you loved The Sorcerer’s Apprentice concert at our opening in February this is a must!
Towards the end of the season, we play host to Tenors Unlimited who bring the best of opera, musical theatre and hit classics in their own inimitable style. We’re thrilled that the Tenors have chosen the children from our local Box of Frogs Theatre Academy to join them on stage.
While many of you are thinking of back to school, and asking ‘when do we put the heating on?‘, I’m busy filling the programme for next year. Last week I went to watch the new Horrible Histories in London’s West End with a view to bringing the company back next year. I know many were disappointed not to get tickets, so I’ll make sure there’s plenty of advance warning!
Huge thanks to all of you for supporting our lovely new theatre, and I look forward to seeing you all again in the coming months.
Ta-ta for now,