The Worst Witch Comes To Norwich Theatre Royal April 16th – 20th 2019!
It’s not often that you’ll find a theatre preview on my blog, I’m more about the reviews as you knw but occasionally one has to slip through the net, especially when Norwich Theatre Royal are doing such a magnificent job of inviting wonderful family shows to be played in our region. Later on in the year we will be getting Matilda The Musical which is a bit of a coup but don’t worry if you can’t wait for something amazing and need a theatre treat for the family before then because for the Easter holidays The Worst Witch will be on from April the 16th – the 20th and it looks set to be a whizz of a show!
Long before Harry Potter there was Mildred Hubble, an ordinary girl who found herself in an extraordinary place – a school for witches.
Now in her final year, accident-prone Mildred and her fellow pupils are about to embark on their biggest adventure yet – and Norwich audiences can find out how they fare when The Worst Witch swooshes in via broomstick to the Theatre Royal from April 16 to 20.
Jill Murphy’s The Worst Witch stories have sold more than five million copies worldwide and have been made into numerous films and TV series. The most recent – and successful – was written by playwright Emma Reeves (Royal Television Society Award for Best Children’s TV Programme and 2017 British Screenwriters Award for Best Children’s Programme) who has now brought these stories to life in a major new play touring the country.
Featuring all of Jill Murphy’s beloved characters, this original story is directed by Theresa Heskins (2017 UK Theatre Award for Best Show for Children and Young People) and features specially written music, breath-taking magic and plenty of Mildred’s unique brand of utter pandemonium.
Audiences will meet jealous Ethel Hallow, who is always out to spoil Mildred’s fun, and Miss Hardbroom who is opposed to all fun in general, and just as Mildred sparks some inevitable mayhem which is certain to upset them both, an old enemy returns with a plan for revenge that could threaten not just Miss Cackle’s Academy for Witches but the whole world.
Author Jill Murphy said: “My first trip to the theatre, aged four, opened up a magical world – so real to me that I had to be restrained from climbing onstage to help the
children in peril! My mum was quite cross with me, but I never wanted the show to end and sang the songs loudly all the way home on the bus. Imagine how proud I feel, all these years later, seeing my own Mildred Hubble on stage with all the characters from Miss Cackle’s Academy.”
The Worst Witch, Tuesday 16-Saturday 20 April at 7pm, and Wed, Thur and Sat matinees at 2.30pm. Tickets £10-£23.50. Discounts for Friends, Over-60s, Under-18s and Groups.
To book, log onto www.theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk or call the box office on 01603 630000.