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In 2017 we are celebrating 300 years since the birth of
David Garrick, with a programme of work which this celebrated
theatre innovator and actor would be proud to
Our Youth Theatre production is Cymbeline – one of the last of
Shakespeare’s plays in which Garrick appeared and, in keeping with our
namesake’s innovative spirit, our young players will be performing a
new version by Emma Rice.
But that’s not all; we have some amazing dramas this season – classic Jane
Austen brought to the stage in Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds production
of Northanger Abbey, funny and original play, Invincible and back by popular
demand, Oddsocks’ comedic take on Romeo and Juliet. Music lovers prepare
for a bumper season, whether you’re into 70s and 80s pop stars
Elkie Brooks or Barbara Dickson, the Sound of Glenn Miller Era big band,
our local theatre companies’ musicals or our new classical strand, including
a superb historically performed concert featuring Jane Booth performing
Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet and direct from the West End, The Opera Boys.
Beat the winter gloom, with our fantastic line-up of comedy; ever popular
Comedy 42 brings rising stars of the comedy circuit, whilst we are joined by Jim
Davidson for two nights in February and local favourite Sheila McMahon in April.
Looking for a family show? How about Don’t Dribble on the Dragon in
February, or The Tiger Who Came to Tea and Horrible Histories’ The Best of
Barmy Britain in May?
We look forward to welcoming you to our house.
Karen Foster, Tim Ford and the Lichfield Garrick Team
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Lee Hurst: Comedy Show No.9 4
Basil & Co: The Comedy
Dinner Show • SOLD OUT • 4
Jim Davidson: 40 Years On 8
Sheila’s MHS Show 20
Comedy 42 28
Rory Bremner: Partly Political 29
Showtime 2017 25
Pasha Kovalev: Let’s Dance
The Night Away 20
An Audience With Ian Waite
And Natalie Lowe: Somewhere
In Time • SOLD OUT • 24
Lady Chatterley’s Lover 8
Northanger Abbey 10
Dong Ding Murder Me On High! 16
We’re Stuck! 18
The Theatrical Newton 23
Dad’s Army 25
Waiting For Godot 25
Haywire – A Farce by
Eric Chappell 26
Once On This Island 27
Oddsocks Romeo & Juliet 29
Don’t Dribble on the Dragon 13
The Jungle Book 14
Chicken Licken 15
The Emperor’s New Clothes 21
Dick & Dom Live! 22
The Tiger Who Came To Tea 24
The Best Of Barmy Britain 24
Mister Maker 29
Chopping Chillies 11
Meet Fred 17
Mozart Clarinet Quintet &
Crusell Quartet 23
The Simon and Garfunkel Story 50th
Anniversary Tour • SOLD OUT • 4
Them Heavy People: Kate Bush
Tribute Band 8
Money For Nothing 8
Barbara Dickson: UK Tour 2017 13
The Barron Knights 15
ELO Again 15
Music Through The Decades 16
Elkie Brooks 21
The Sounds Of The
Glen Miller Era 21
Lichfield Garrick Choir Concert 22
Duets For Django 25
The Big Chris Barber Band 29
The Opera Boys 29
Betty Blue Eyes 26
The Wizard Of Oz 26
Made In Dagenham 26
Legally Blonde 27
9 to 5 27
Peter Alliss 16
: Young Men 11
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P POST SHOW DISCUSSIONS
Frankenstein 17 February
Chopping Chillies 18 February
Meet Fred 18 March
Ventoux 20 May
FRIDAY 27 JANUARY
ACE DANCE AND MUSIC presents:
A full-length dance production packed with intense physical power
and human fragility. José Agudo combines contemporary dance with
Flamenco, Kathak, Martial Arts and Ballet with ACE’s Afro-fusion style.
TICKETS £12, £10 (students)
£6 schools & groups of 5+ | for ages 9+ M
FRIDAY 13 JANUARY
LEE HURST: COMEDY SHOW NO. 9
One of Britain’s most-loved comedians, They Think It’s All Over team
captain and Have I Got News For You regular, Lee Hurst is back with an
all-new show for 2017.
Expect funny stories, quality gags and side-splitting observations. There
are no gimmicks. There is no over-arching narrative journey or message.
This is one man, a mic and his mind. The show is simple. The content is
hilarious. The audience turn up. Everyone laughs. Everyone goes home
happy. Easy. That’s why this show has a no-nonsense title.
TICKETS £18.50 | for ages 16+
THURSDAY 19 – SATURDAY 21 JANUARY
BASIL & CO: THE COMEDY DINNER SHOW
SATURDAY 14 JANUARY
THE SIMON AND GARFUNKEL STORY 50TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR
SATURDAY 28 JANUARY
Don’t miss these Country Folk and Celtic Rock sensations performing
old favourites and new tracks.
TICKETS £21 M
“Joy Strachan-Brain is the best female singer
to come out of the Midlands” Bev Bevan
New for 2017
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LOOK OUT FOR THE SYMBOL IN THE BROCHURETHEATRE
300GARRICK300 SHOWS AT THE LICHFIELD GARRICK...
Oddsocks Theatre Company
breathe new life into
Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet
by giving it a musical Mods &
17 & 18 MAY
Lichfield based actor,
David Titley, portrays the fact,
gossip and scandal of the
impresario, David Garrick.
LICHFIELD GARRICK YOUTH
Artistic Director Tim Ford and our
Youth Theatre bring this classic
tale of tragedy and romance to
the 21st century. Expect twists
and turns in this white knuckle
ride of a show.
30 MARCH – 1 APRIL
2017 sees the 300th anniversary of the
birth of David Garrick, one of the
most remarkable sons of the theatrical
world who lived his formative years
It was here that he first ventured onto the
stage and encountered the works of
Shakespeare under the tuition of his
then teacher, Samuel Johnson. As part
of this anniversary we are delighted to
celebrate the life of David Garrick with this
exciting programme of events and activities.
As part of the GARRICK300 celebrations we hope to
install an 8ft sculpture of David Garrick’s face on the
outer wall of the theatre.
To find out more and to donate towards this
project visit our website www.lichfieldgarrick.com
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David Garrick was an English actor,
playwright, theatre manager and producer
who influenced nearly all aspects of
theatrical practice throughout the 18th
century, he was a true innovator and
As part of the GARRICK300 celebrations we are
launching a new playwriting competition to inspire the
next generation of David Garricks.
We are looking for an original, unperformed and
unproduced piece of work. It must not have received
a professional production in any form, anywhere
in the world, apart from an absolute maximum of
three rehearsed/staged readings or workshops only.
Amateur productions do not apply. Any scripts that
have been professionally produced or published will
be automatically disqualified.
The play must have a running time of no longer
than 45 minutes. The theme and inspiration for the
play is: Risk & Innovation.
The winning play will receive a day’s rehearsal with a
director and four actors, plus a rehearsed reading on
Friday 14th July in our Studio Theatre as part of the
Lichfield Festival 2017. The play may be developed
further at the Lichfield Garrick.
For more details
HOW TO APPLY:
All entries must be emailed to email@example.com in Microsoft Word or PDF formats
only, with only a contact telephone number(s) on the front page. Please do not include your name
anywhere on the document, nor attach a synopsis or CV.
The deadline for submissions is April 7 2017.
For more details and the full terms and conditions please visit www.lichfieldgarrick.com
FRIDAY 10 FEBRUARY
MONEY FOR NOTHING
Europe’s premier tribute to Dire Straits. Featuring all the
hits from their first ever single, Sultans of Swing, through
to Brothers in Arms, this show will leave you absolutely
WEDNESDAY 8 & THURSDAY 9 FEBRUARY
40 YEARS ON
Britain’s most controversial comedian celebrates
an explosive 40 years in show business. Jim brings
to the stage for the first time a truly revealing and
hilarious look at his life. A night not to be missed.
TICKETS £24.50 | for ages 18+
FRIDAY 3 FEBRUARY
THEM HEAVY PEOPLE:
KATE BUSH TRIBUTE
Classic Kate Bush hits and album tracks are brought to
life with stunning vocals and iconic costume changes
that all add up to make this the closest interpretation of
a Kate Bush show.
SATURDAY 4 FEBRUARY
When the cultured Connie Reid falls for the lowborn
gamekeeper a dramatic love triangle ensues, causing
public scandal. (Contains adult content and nudity)
TIME 2.30pm & 7.45pm
TICKETS £15.50 & £11.50 (students)
for ages 18+ S
“Make no mistake… they are
good – VERY GOOD!” The Observer
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SATURDAY 11 FEBRUARY
BY BARELY METHODICAL TROUPE
Bromance is the debut show from Britain’s hottest
young acrobats, winners of the 2013 Circus Maximus
Award and 2014 Total Theatre and Jackson’s Lane
Award for Circus at the Edinburgh Festival.
Relationships are the heart of Bromance, where
handshakes become handstands and backslaps
become backflips. Audacious, touching exhilarating,
and with a great soundtrack, this is a tour-de-force of
cutting edge physical heroics, wittily exploring male
companionship and its limits.
Barely Methodical Troupe mix their enjoyable personal
chemistry and humour with exceptional skills in
parkour, B-boying, tricking, hand-to-hand acrobatics,
Cyr wheel and more.
Produced by DREAM and developed with support
from Underbelly Productions and the National Centre
for Circus Arts as winners of the Circus Maximus
Barely Methodical Troupe: Beren D’Amico, Louis Gift,
Director: Eddie Kay; Producer: Di Robson;
Associate Producer: Molly Nicholson;
Associate Director: Ella Robson Guilfoyle;
Lighting Design: Kate Bonney
TICKETS £15, £12 (students)
for ages 8+ M
MONDAY 13 – WEDNESDAY 15 FEBRUARY
Tim Luscombe’s adaptation of Northanger Abbey is
an absolute delight: witty, fast moving and stylish.
Catherine Morland loves a good novel and the more
‘horrid’ it is the better. At 17, she’s taken by her aunt
to Bath where she encounters the social whirl denied
her at home and befriends Isabella Thorpe and her
boorish brother, John. She also meets the charming
but eccentric Henry Tilney with his sister Eleanor and
works hard to get to know them better. However, John
Thorpe has other plans and is determined to have
Catherine for himself.
Following a string of deceptions, Catherine finally sees
through his tricks and lies. When she is invited by
her beloved Henry to his home, Northanger Abbey,
fact and fiction collide fuelled by the horror of the
Gothic fantasy The Mysteries of Udolpho and her
wild imagination gets the better of her judgement.
However, all misunderstandings are eventually
resolved and, as in all the best Jane Austen novels,
the young heroine finally gets her man…
TIME Mon 13 – Wed 15 Feb 7.30pm
Wed 15 Feb 2.30pm
TICKETS £23 Stalls & Boxes, £21 Circle,
adaptation is a delight
from beginning to end”
“Witty, fast moving and
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THURSDAY 16 FEBRUARY
Young Men is a feature length dance film without
dialogue shot on location in Northern France, featuring
dancers from BalletBoyz®
Based on the hugely successful stage production
that premiered at Sadler’s Wells Theatre in 2015, it is
choreographed by Iván Pérez with a commissioned
score by singer songwriter Keaton Henson.
The film has been realised by BalletBoyz®
Directors Michael Nunn and William Trevitt who were
formerly leading dancers with The Royal Ballet.
TIME 7.30pm Running Time: 110mins
TICKETS £10, £7 (students) 12A M
“Young Men pushes dancers
to the highest physical level”
The Edinburgh Reporter
SATURDAY 18 FEBRUARY
Written & Performed by Clair Whitefield
Directed by Guy Masterson
A MYSTICAL TALE OF LOSS, LOVE & SOUL FOOD.
A hit at Edinburgh 2016: From Kerala to Camden, an
epic, mystical tale of love, loss and soul-food.
A cobbler and a cook concoct a delicious
transcontinental enchantment as tragedy and chance
entwine. Katie dreams of curries and chapattis; Ajna,
of holy souls and reincarnation... A delightful, poetic,
magical yarn that conjoins the spirit of India with the
heart of London.
Directed by Olivier Award winner (Morecambe, 2010)
TICKETS £12, £10 (students)
“The imprint lasts long after
the performance ends.”
Three Weeks, 2016
FRIDAY 17 & SATURDAY 18 FEBRUARY
Blackeyed Theatre in association with South Hill
Park presents Frankenstein by Mary Shelley,
adapted by John Ginman
“Beware; for I am fearless, and therefore powerful.”
Geneva. 1816. Victor Frankenstein obsesses in the
pursuit of nature’s secret, the elixir of life itself. But
nothing can prepare him for what he creates. So
begins a gripping life or death adventure taking him to
the ends of the earth and beyond.
A brand new adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Gothic
horror masterpiece fusing ensemble storytelling, live
music, puppetry and stunning theatricality. From the
team behind Blackeyed Theatre’s hugely successful
2013 production of Dracula comes a fresh, exciting
telling of Shelley’s landmark work of romantic, gothic
and science fiction literature.
TICKETS £17, £12.50 (students)
£11.50 (groups 10+)
for ages 11+ M
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THURSDAY 23 FEBRUARY
THE PEOPLE’S THEATRE COMPANY
DON’T DRIBBLE ON
BY STEVEN LEE, DIRECTED BY NICK LANE
My brother has a dragon and he keeps it secretly in a
box beneath his socks. He’s hiding it from me…
Tom is a toddler with a cool older brother, a secret
dragon… and a dribbling problem that just won’t
stop! When Tom’s endless drooling threatens to
tear the brothers’ friendship apart can their dragon’s
amazing magic help them put it back together again
or will it only end up making things worse?
Based on the fabulous new book by Steven Lee and
with magic designed by the legendary Paul Daniels,
this spectacular musical adventure about growing up
and the importance of family is the perfect feel good
show for big hearted adults and loving little ones alike.
TICKETS £12.50, £8.50 (child under 16)
£36 (family) M
FRIDAY 24 FEBRUARY
UK TOUR 2017
Barbara will perform a wonderful range of material
drawing on her folk roots, as well as performing globally
known hits such as The Caravan Song, Another Suitcase
in Another Hall and many more. Pure Class.
TICKETS £28.50 M
FRIDAY 24 FEBRUARY
Burton vividly presents the life of the great
Welsh actor in his own words from humble
beginnings to Hollywood mega-stardom. Beautiful
women (not least Liz Taylor), alcohol, wealth, stage
and screen are the threads woven into this sad,
happy, exuberant often hilarious one-man show.
Rhodri Miles, (Game of Thrones, Eastern Promises,
Atlantis) takes on the role of the younger Burton and
received critical acclaim at two Edinburgh Fringe
Festivals (2009/2014) and also the Hollywood
Fringe Festival 2010 where the play won ‘Best
TICKETS £12.50, £10 (students)
“Fantastic, the whole audience
was in the palm of his hand
from beginning to end”
HHHHH Edinburgh Guide
one-man show which
struggles to remove
itself from the memory”
SATURDAY 25 FEBRUARY
THE JUNGLE BOOK
Calling Wolf-cubs everywhere, Rudyard Kipling’s
The Jungle Book is getting the Oddsocks
Based on stories from The Jungle Book with a big
helping of Oddsocks humour, Mowgli’s mates, Baloo
the bear, Bagheera the panther and Kaa the python all
help to outwit his enemies and help him learn the law of
the jungle. Mixing it with madcap monkeys, escaping
the crazy cobra and seeing off the terrifying tiger
Music, muppetry, laughter and excitement all
mixed-up to make a memorable experience for the
TICKETS £16.50, £11 (child) | for ages 5+
“This is ensemble playing
at its most compelling”
HHHH The Stage
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SATURDAY 4 MARCH
THE ULTIMATE ELECTRIC LIGHT
ORCHESTRA TRIBUTE SHOW
The timeless Mr Blue Sky returns for A Night of ELO. A
professional re-enactment of an ELO concert with live
cellists and the infamous blue violin mixed with great
sound reproduction, light show and visual effects.
TICKETS £23 MM
FRIDAY 3 MARCH
THE BARRON KNIGHTS
The only group to have toured with The Beatles and
twice with The Rolling Stones. They will be playing old
favourites including Call Up The Groups, The William Tell
Overture, Malaguena and many more.
SATURDAY 11 MARCH
A baby chick is born and thinks the sky is falling down.
On the way to tell the King, she meets Henny Penny,
Ducky Lucky & Turkey Lurkey, but there’s a shocking
surprise! Chicken Licken grows up to be the Little Red
Hen and asks her friends to help her make bread, but
no one wants to play! Mixed into this recipe of food,
puppets and music is the story of Little Red Hen and
the sly Foxy Loxy. Will she outwit him and save her
This show uses shadow and rod puppetry and has an
original musical score by Jon Owen.
TIME 1.30pm & 3.30pm
TICKETS £10, £7.50 (child) | for ages 3+
“Extremely funny and
very funny and just a tiny bit scary
– a great afternoon for families”
HHHHH The Edinburgh Reporter
TUESDAY 14 MARCH
AN EVENING WITH THE ‘VOICE OF GOLF’
Join the former professional golfer and one of
Britain’s most celebrated television commentators
for an evening packed full of anecdotes, humour
TICKETS £19.50 (Stalls & Boxes)
FRIDAY 10 MARCH
CHRIS AND DAN presents:
Chris Buckle and Dan Anketell, two Lichfield born
musicians, plus special guests, take the audience on
an acoustic journey through seven decades of music
spanning every genre, taste and generation there is!
TICKETS £10 M
FRIDAY 17 & SATURDAY 18 MARCH
DONG DING MURDER
ME ON HIGH!
BY PETER GORDON
Pratt’s back and once again he is
in the ‘presents’ of murder!
talking Scarlet are proud to present
the world premiere of the fourth
instalment of the Pratt trilogy by Peter
Gordon and this time it’s Seasonal!
It’s Christmas Eve and Pratt,
together with his unfortunate
assistant, Constable Mary Potter,
enthusiastically set about solving why the daughter of
Sir Walton Gates has nearly been ‘sleighed’ to death,
with the usual calamitous results!
Starring Jeffrey Holland (Hi-de-Hi!), Anna Brecon
(Emmerdale), Mark Little (Neighbours), Natasha Gray
(Emmerdale) and David Callister (The Bill) as Pratt.
TICKETS £19.50, £17.50 (students) M
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SATURDAY 18 MARCH
HIJINX THEATRE IN
ASSOCIATION WITH BLIND SUMMIT
“Prejudice against puppetry is the only acceptable
form of prejudice” (David Sefton, Artistic Director,
Adelaide International Festival)
A cloth puppet fights prejudice every day. Fred just
wants to be part of the real world, to get a job and
meet a girl, but when threatened with losing his PLA
(Puppetry Living Allowance), Fred’s life begins to
spiral out of his control.
Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2016 sell out show is
‘Sharp, funny and vastly entertaining’ (Lyn Gardner,
The Guardian). Contains strong language and
TICKETS £15.50 | for ages 16+
“The humour here
is brilliantly black
social and political
WEDNESDAY 22 – SATURDAY 25 MARCH
ONE TENTH HUMAN AND CHINA PLATE
By Sarah Punshon. Commissioned by Shoreditch
Town Hall and Z-arts. Originally developed in
collaboration with Maths on Toast.
Ever got terribly stuck on a problem? Ever made a
stupid mistake and felt like a fool? Brilliant!
This show is for you.
Join us on a special tour deep into the heart of
Volcano Industries where you can explore top-secret
research laboratories and meet cutting edge scientists
struggling with some unusual and extremely tricky
problems. They need your help but beware, there may
be unexpected dangers...
This brand new interactive show, created by
award-winning theatre-maker, Sarah Punshon, is
inspired by the latest educational neuroscience into
how amazing and utterly rubbish our brains can
be at maths, and how we can best grow our grey
matter. Join our brave and ridiculous heroes on their
voyage of discovery and together we’ll struggle with
ludicrously difficult tasks, get horribly stuck and risk
total failure. It’ll be fun.
WARNING: There may be numbers and robots.
TIME 10.30am & 1.30pm
TICKETS £15, £12 (child) | for ages 7 – 11
“It was like being
in Dr Who!”
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TUESDAY 21 – SATURDAY 25 MARCH
THE ORIGINAL THEATRE COMPANY
By Torben Betts
Directed by Christopher Harper
The smash-hit tour returns!
With the recession biting hard, Emily and Oliver
have decided to downsize and shift their
middle-class London lifestyle to a small town in the
north of England.
One night they open their doors and invite next door
neighbours, Dawn and Alan into their home.
Over the course of a disastrous evening of olives,
anchovies, Karl Marx and abstract art; class and
culture collide where the consequences are as tragic
as they are hilarious.
From one of the most exciting playwrights to emerge
since Alan Ayckbourn, Torben Betts, and produced
by the award-winning Original Theatre Company
(Birdsong, Three Men In A Boat), comes this ‘riotously
TIME Tue 21 – Sat 25 Mar | 7.30pm
Thu 23 & Sat 25 Mar | 2.30pm
TICKETS Stalls & Boxes £26.50,
Circle £22.50, £15 (students)
“Genuinely beautiful as
well as sharply perceptive”
HHHH Libby Purves
SUNDAY 2 APRIL
LET’S DANCE THE
Pasha Kovalev from Strictly Come Dancing and his
fantastic dancers return with a completely new
show for 2017. Expect all your favourite dances,
stunning costumes, great music, chat and fun for all
THURSDAY 30 MARCH – SATURDAY 1 APRIL
LICHFIELD GARRICK YOUTH
By William Shakespeare, adapted by
Emma Rice and written by Carl Grose.
Directed by Tim Ford
Cymbeline is a King. Imogen, his only daughter, has
married against his wishes and he has banished her
new husband, Postumus, from Court. Cymbeline’s
second wife is simply wicked, as is her son Cloten
who wishes that he had married Imogen. To
complicate things further, Cymbeline had two sons
who were kidnapped at birth. Never has confusion
been so pleasurable and surprising!
A wild, giddy and immersive production full of
misunderstandings, intimacies, betrayals and battles
with heart-stopping poetry, electrifying live music and
characteristic madness. With many twists and turns,
this promises to be a white-knuckle ride.
TICKETS £15, £12 (students), £10 (groups 10+)
for ages 12+
FRIDAY 7 APRIL
SHEILA’S MHS SHOW
After two previous sell out shows, Sheila and Sr. Mary
show us new ways to look after our mental health and
beat the self-sabotage!
“Sheila’s raucous act makes
her one of the funniest shows on
the comedy circuit”Stafford Comedy Forum
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TUESDAY 11 APRIL
STUFF AND NONSENSE
THEATRE COMPANY presents:
An inventive romp through the classic tale of an
Emperor who loves clothes more than anything.
But despite a wardrobe the size of Paris he hasn’t
a stitch to wear! When two ‘designers’ create an
outfit that’s “never been seen before”, our eccentric
Emperor doesn’t quite realise the spectacle he’s
about to make! For little kids (3+) and big kids too!
TICKETS £10.50, £9 (child) | for ages 3+
SATURDAY 8 APRIL
One of the most powerful and versatile vocal talents of
our generation, see Elkie perform some of her classic
hits, blues and jazz.
TICKETS £26 M
“Still one of the great
British voices” The Guardian
“A wonderful gem that will
appeal to children and
The Bournemouth Echo
SUNDAY 9 APRIL
THE NICK ROSS ORCHESTRA presents:
THE SOUNDS OF THE
GLENN MILLER ERA
Recapture the sounds of a bygone era with an
unmissable evening of music and song celebrating
the Classic Big Band Sound of the 1940s including
In The Mood, Little Brown Jug and other classic
Glenn Miller songs.
TICKETS £22.50 M F
WEDNESDAY 12 APRIL
DICK & DOM LIVE!
Children’s TV legends, Dick and Dom will be
unleashed with a show that promises to get the
whole family on their feet with a performance full
of madcap challenges and audience participation
games that will guarantee to have you in stitches.
The BAFTA winning stars of such memorable shows
as Diddy TV, Absolute Genius with Dick & Dom, The
Legend of Dick & Dom and of course Dick & Dom in
Da Bungalow will be live on stage and bringing their
unique bundle of fun and anarchy to life!
*WARNING - You may get messy*
TIME 11am & 2pm
TICKETS £13.50, £11.50 (child),
FRIDAY 14 APRIL
One of the world’s most authentic tributes to
Queen. The show includes fantastic and authentic
performances of the most popular Queen hits such
as Bohemian Rhapsody, Radio Ga Ga, We Are The
Champions and many more.
TICKETS £19.50, £18.50 (students)
SATURDAY 22 APRIL
The choir will perform music from a variety of genres;
ranging from classical music by John Rutter and
Pergolesi, through to pop songs by Adele and John
Legend. A fabulous night showcasing the inspiring
talent of the Lichfield community.
TICKETS £12, £8.50 (students) S
BAFTA Award Winning
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SUNDAY 23 APRIL
& CRUSELL QUARTET
The Clarinet Quintet by Mozart
is instantly recognizable as one
of the composer’s finest works.
In this performance, period
instrument specialist, Jane
Booth, joins Ensemble DeNote
playing a basset clarinet similar
to the instrument used in the
first performance in 1789.
Crusell, a contemporary of Mozart, was an early
clarinet virtuoso whose works for this instrument
are full of drama and lyricism, showcasing the
instrument’s virtuosity and versatility.
Jane Booth is an internationally renowned performer
and musicologist, working with the Academy of
Ancient Music, the OAE and Tafelmusik.
TICKETS £20, £15 (students) S
Afternoon Tea in our
only £7.50 per head
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FRIDAY 28 APRIL
David Garrick, the son
of a refugee and the
18th century’s most
famous author, actor and
Was this man of many parts ‘a
worthy friend and patron’, or
as some would say ‘a mean,
sneaking, futile fellow?’
Meet ‘the cheerfullest man of his age’; ‘the best
performer that ever existed’ and make up your
In this dazzling portrayal, David Titley brings to life
the fact, gossip and scandal of England’s most
celebrated man of the theatre world.
TICKETS £12, £10 (students) S
WEDNESDAY 10 & THURSDAY 11 MAY
THE TIGER WHO
CAME TO TEA
LIVE ON STAGE!
A musical play adapted and directed by David
Wood, based on the book by Judith Kerr.
Direct from a SMASH-HIT WEST END season.
The doorbell rings just as Sophie and her mummy
are sitting down to tea. Who could it possibly be?
What they certainly don’t expect to see at the door
is a big, stripy tiger!
Following a smash-hit West End season, the
tea-guzzling tiger is back on the road in this
delightful family show; packed with oodles of
magic, sing-a-long songs and clumsy chaos!
A stunning stage adaptation of the classic tale of
teatime mayhem... expect to be surprised!
TIME Wed 10 May | 1.30pm & 4.30pm
Thu 11 May | 10.30am & 1.30pm
TICKETS £14, £11.50 (group)
for ages 3+ M
MONDAY 15 & TUESDAY 16 MAY
THE BEST OF
We all want to meet people from history.
The trouble is everyone is dead!
So it’s time to prepare yourselves for Horrible Histories
live on stage featuring all your favourite characters
from Britain’s barmy past!
Will King John be a martyr for the Magna Carta?
Will you lose your heart or your head to Henry VIII?
Can Parliament survive gunpowder Guy? Escape the
clutches of Burke and Hare and move to the groove
with party Queen Victoria!
It’s the history of Britain with the nasty bits left in!
TIME 2pm & 7pm
TICKETS £14, £12 (child), £10 (schools),
£48 (family) | for ages 5+ M
TUESDAY 9 MAY
AN AUDIENCE WITH IAN WAITE AND NATALIE LOWE
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FRIDAY 5 MAY
DUETS FOR DJANGO
Paul Vernon Chester and Nick Mellor are two guitarists
who play with passion and extraordinary skill,
enthralling audiences throughout the UK with their
unique blend of Gypsy Jazz, Classical, Flamenco,
Country and Blues.
TICKETS £14.50 S
TUESDAY 28 FEBRUARY – SATURDAY 4 MARCH
Different Animal presents:
WAITING FOR GODOT
Samuel Beckett’s existential tour de force follows two
consecutive days in the lives of Vladimir and Estragon,
who divert themselves by clowning around, joking and
arguing, whilst waiting expectantly and unsuccessfully
for the mysterious Godot.
TICKETS £13.50, £11.50 (students)
WEDNESDAY 1 – SATURDAY 4 FEBRUARY
The Lichfield Players presents:
Classic WWII Home Guard comedy featuring the
well-loved characters “Stupid boy” Pike, “Don’t panic”
Jonesy, “We’re all doomed!” Fraser, “May I be
excused?” Godfrey; commanded by Captain
Mainwaring and Sergeant Wilson.
TIME Wed 1 – Sat 4 Feb | 7.30pm
Sat 4 Feb | 2.30pm
TICKETS Wed – Thu, Sat Mat £14, £12 (students)
Fri, Sat £15, £13 (students) M A
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SUNDAY 5 FEBRUARY
Julie Johnson School of Dancing presents:
Pupils from Sutton Coldfield aged from 3 to 26 years
will present a spectacular showcase of dancing,
singing and drama with special effects and stunning
costumes. There is something for everyone in this
TICKETS £20, £18 (students) A S A
TUESDAY 28 MARCH – SATURDAY 1 APRIL
Sutton Coldfield Musical Theatre
MADE IN DAGENHAM
Based on the 2010 hit film, focusing on the real events
of the Ford sewing machinist strike of 1968. Presented
with moments of high comedy and drama, with
musical numbers including Everyone Out, Busy Woman,
and Stand Up.
TIME Tue 28 Mar – Sat 1 Apr | 7.30pm
Sat 1 Apr | 2.30pm
TICKETS Tue – Sat £20, Sat Mat £18 M A
TUESDAY 11 – SATURDAY 15 APRIL
The Lichfield Players presents:
HAYWIRE – A FARCE
BY ERIC CHAPPELL
Follow the exploits of Bookshop owner, Alec Firth,
as he tries desperately to engineer an Easter
assignation in Spain with his assistant Liz without
arousing the suspicions of his wife Maggie. What could
possibly go wrong?
TIME Tue 11 – Sat 15 Apr | 7.45pm
Sat 15 Apr | 2.30pm
TICKETS £13.50, £11.50 (students)
Lichfield Cathedral School presents:
THE WIZARD OF OZ
Come and join Dorothy in the 1987 RSC theatre
adaption of L.F. Baum’s well-loved classic, which uses
much of the aura of the film as possible with all the
familiar scenes and songs we all know and love.
TUESDAY 7 – SATURDAY 11 MARCH
Walsall Operatic Society presents:
BETTY BLUE EYES
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman’s brilliant stage
adaption. An utterly British musical, full of eccentric
characters along with a weird assortment of bullies,
spivs, snobs and of course, the star, Betty the pig.
TIME Tue 7 – Sat 11 Mar | 7.30pm
Sat 11 Mar | 2.30pm
TICKETS Tue Eve & Sat Mat £17.50,
Wed & Thu £17.50, Fri & Sat £19.50
WEDNESDAY 15 & THURSDAY 16 MARCH
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TUESDAY 25 – SATURDAY 29 APRIL
Lichfield Garrick Youth Theatre presents:
When sorority sister Elle gets dumped, she is left with
only one logical choice; she packs up her pooch and
bags herself a place at Harvard Law School to try and
win back her man.
TIME Tue 25 – Sat 29 April | 7.30pm
Sat 29 April | 2.30pm
TICKETS Tue – Thu £18, £13 (students)
Fri & Sat Mat £19, £15 (students)
Sat Eve £20 M A
TUESDAY 2 – SATURDAY 6 MAY
Brownhills Musical Theatre
9 TO 5
Music and lyrics by Dolly Parton and book by
Set in the late 1970s, this hilarious story of friendship
and revenge in the rolodex era is outrageous, thought-
provoking and even a little romantic.
TIME Tue 2 – Sat 6 May | 7.30pm
Sat 6 May | 2.30pm
TICKETS Tue Eve & Sat Mat £19.50,
Wed – Sat £21 M A
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TUESDAY 18 – SATURDAY 22 APRIL
Lichfield Operatic Society presents:
Annie warms the hearts of the audience as we witness
her rise from next-to-nothing in New York City. Features
a wonderful score, including Easy Street, Hard Knock
Life and Tomorrow.
TIME Tue 18 – Sat 22 Apr | 7.30pm
Sat 22 Apr | 2.30pm
TICKETS Tue & Wed £19, £16.50 (under 16)
Thu £20, £16.50 (under 16)
Fri & Sat £21, £16.50 (under 16)
Sat Mat £18, £16.50 (under 16)
WEDNESDAY 17 & THURSDAY 18 MAY
South Staffordshire College & Momentum
Performing Arts presents:
ONCE ON THIS
This contemporary adaptation of The Little Mermaid
tells the tale of fantastical gods who rule an island
and guide a young peasant girl on a quest to test the
strength of her love against the powerful forces of
prejudice, hatred and death.
TICKETS £9.50, £6.50 (students) S A
COMEDY 42 brings you
the best comedians from across the
country (and around the world) featuring
household names and award winning
rising stars. You’ve seen them on TV
now come and see them live at the
ALL SHOWS START AT
FRIDAY 20 JANUARY
LINE UP IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE
ALL SHOWS PERFORMED IN THE STUDIO THEATRE
F| for ages 16+ S
FRIDAY 17 FEBRUARY
WHITEFRIDAY 17 MARCH
FRIDAY 21 APRIL
FRIDAY 12 MAY
ITV’S SHOW ME
and laugh out
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NEXT SEASON HIGHLIGHTS
SATURDAY 20 MAY
A restaging of the epic rivalry between Lance Armstrong and Marco
Pantani on the fearsome Mont Ventoux in the 2000 Tour de France.
TICKETS £12, £10 (students)
SATURDAY 20 MAY
THE OPERA BOYS
Leading men from London’s West End combine in a powerhouse of vocal
harmony to deliver a stunning blend of music ranging from Opera to Pop,
and everything in between.
SATURDAY 27 MAY
Join CBeebies’ Mister Maker in his hit live theatre tour! With a fabulous
supporting cast and art at its heart, this fantastic live show encourages
Mini Makers and grown-ups to sing, dance and make some noise!
TIME 10am, 1pm & 4pm
TICKETS £15.50, £13 (child)
WEDNESDAY 24 MAY
RORY BREMNER: PARTLY POLITICAL
Britain’s best-known satirical impressionist is back! With Trump, Boris
and Brexit fresh in the memory, Rory’s on a mission to make sense (and
nonsense) of it all.
TICKETS £20, £18 (students)
WEDNESDAY 17 & THURSDAY 18 MAY
ODDSOCKS ROMEO & JULIET
There’s Nowhere To Run To for the Capulets and Montagues as violent
confrontation stalks every meeting. Romeo meets his Juliet and It Must Be
Love. Maybe, just maybe, The Power Of Love will end the families’ violent feud.
TICKETS £19.50, £14.50 (students) £10 (schools)
FRIDAY 19 MAY
THE BIG CHRIS BARBER BAND
Join British Jazz legend Chris Barber OBE and his band as they celebrate
100 Years of Jazz, performing favourites like Bourbon Street Parade,
Jubilee Stomp, When the Saints Go Marching In and many more.
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If you are a drama or performing arts
teacher then why not join us here
at the Lichfeld Garrick for this new
termly teachers meeting. We will
bring teachers together at the theatre
to network, share practice, discuss
the programme, schools workshops
and learning offers. If you would
like to get involved please contact
Dates of Meetings:
8 February, 6pm, Studio Theatre
24 May, 6pm, Studio Theatre
Themed around our shows,
workshops can take place in your
school or here at our theatre. Look
out for the ‘education’ badge next
to applicable shows throughout the
Special offer: purchase 30 or
more tickets to a show and
receive a half price workshop for
your school or college.
We also offer a wide range of
bespoke workshops for key
stages 1- 6 to support the national
Looking for a new challenge to start your 2017?
Why not get involved with Your Theatre. Do you
love to perform, are you a teacher looking for
new ways to engage your students or are you
simply looking for a fresh challenge and to make
GET IN TOUCH
To find out more about all our
opportunities email education@
lichfieldgarrick.com or call
our box office on 01543 412121
Join us on Facebook and Twitter
for news, exclusive behind the
scenes insights and special
More information about our
workshops, as well as our work
experience programme and
backstage tours, can be found
in our brand new schools’
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Our dedicated team of volunteers
provide invaluable support to our
theatre, from ushering to assisting
our marketing team and getting
involved with community
Volunteering is such a special and
fun experience, you can learn new
skills, keep active and get involved
in your local community. You can
even increase your employability
and discover more about a career in
Our volunteers must be at least 16
years of age and you can give as
much time as you are able.
Our Community Choir is open
to all ages - no previous singing
experience necessary. From pop to
classical, musical theatre, acapella
and jazz – we’ll cover all the classics
The group meet weekly on
Thursdays at 6.00 - 7.30pm, from
Thursday 19th January and costs
£55 per term. Call our Box Office
to book your place.
Numbers and Robots make this
the perfect educational show for
pupils aged 7 – 11. See page 18
for more details.
Do you want to:
Raise the profile of your business?
Engage with the 100,000 plus customers who visit the
Entertain clients, potential clients and reward staff?
Support your local community?
Take advantage of tax breaks for charity giving?
Then call the Lichfield Garrick for more details
or call 01543 412110
SPONSORSHIP AND CORPORATE
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HIRE US“THERE’S NO BUSINESS LIKE
Bring a touch of glamour to your events – put the MD centre stage
and turn on the spotlight. Put your sales team target meeting into a
swanky bar and buy the winners tickets to see the show.
Entertain clients, thank customers, court
buyers… at the theatre we can make magic
happen. A magician at your AGM? Or a
team of actors explaining your next big
product to the sales team? Why be boring,
explore the possibilities at the Lichfield
Our 550 seat auditorium, fully flexible 150
seat Studio theatre and more spaces
including the Upper Bar, combine to offer
venues for Conferences, Breakfast
Meetings, Evening and Daytime Events
and Board Meetings.
We also offer full technical support,
presentation equipment and catering is
available to suit your budget. Day delegate
rates, evening packages or hourly room hire
rates are available.
To find out more email firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 01543 412110
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HOW TO FIND US
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SEATING PLANS/HOW TO FIND US
5 minute walk from Lichfield Town Centre Bus Station.
Lichfield, Burntwood, Tamworth and surrounding villages
are served by several local services.
5 minute walk from Lichfield City Railway Station. Lichfield
Trent Valley is approximately a 20 minute walk.
The A38 and A5 link at Lichfield and provide access to the
Midlands motorway network: M42, M50, M40, M5, M6,
M6 Toll and the M1.
Parking is available in the Birmingham Road multi-storey car
park, directly behind the Lichfield Garrick. Prices start from
£1.00 per hour and it’s free to park after 6.30pm. Please use
postcode WS13 6HP for satellite navigation.
Other car parks are located across the city centre.
For more information please visit www.lichfielddc.gov.uk
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HOW TO BOOK
YOU CAN BOOK IN ONE OF
You can book your tickets online 24/7 using your debit or
credit card, simply visit www.lichfieldgarrick.com.
Choose your seats and print your tickets at home!
£1 booking fee applies.
The Box Office is located in the Lichfield Garrick foyer and is
open Monday to Saturday 11am – 5pm and until 9.30pm on
Call the Lichfield Garrick Box Office on: 01543 412121.
Open Monday to Saturday 11am – 5pm and until 9.30pm
on performance days.
Please make cheques payable to Lichfield Garrick Theatre
and send to: The Box Office, Lichfield Garrick,
Castle Dyke, Lichfield WS13 6HR.
Please remember to state how many tickets you require and
for which performance and include £1 for postage. Please
include a telephone number as tickets are subject
We only offer refunds in exceptional circumstances and by
arrangement with the Box Office Manager. If you are unable
to attend a performance that is fully booked and has a
waiting list we may offer to re-sell your ticket for a nominal
fee of £1 per ticket. We operate a ticket exchange service
up to 48 hours prior to the performance and subject to
availability, for a fee of £1 per ticket (excludes Friends of
the Lichfield Garrick).
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
T&CS/ACCESSIBILITY/HOW TO BOOK
01. Tickets may not be exchanged or refunded once purchased.
02. Smoking in all areas of the Lichfield Garrick is strictly forbidden.
03. Only food and drink purchased on the premises may be
consumed in the building.
04. Mobile telephones and digital watch alarms must be switched
off in the auditorium at all times. The use of camera or
recording equipment is strictly forbidden.
05. In the interests of other patrons, babes in arms are not usually
admitted. Exceptions may be made for pantomime and certain
children’s performances, when prior arrangements should be
made with the Box Office.
06. Due to Fire Regulations, all patrons, including babes in arms,
must be in possession of a valid ticket before entering the
auditorium. Tickets must be purchased, irrespective of the age
of the child.
07. The Management reserves the right to refuse admission of the
ticket holder to the premises. The Management reserves the
right to request the ticket holder to leave the premises and to
take any appropriate action to enforce such a request.
08. Latecomers will not be admitted until after the interval, or until
a suitable break in the performance. Latecomers, if admitted,
may be required to occupy alternative seats. Strictly no late
admittance to Studio performances.
09. The Management may alter or vary the programme, artistes
and timings without consultation or compensation.
10. If the performance is cancelled for reasons beyond the control
of the Management, the Lichfield Garrick will not be liable for
compensation whatsoever, other than a possible percentage
or maximum refund of the value of the ticket to the ticket
11. In the event of an evacuation of the theatre, Patrons are
asked to leave the building by the nearest fire exit and wait
on the grassed area by the Multi-Storey Car Park until further
instructions are given. Every attempt will be made to resume
the performance as soon as possible. Cancellation would be
12. Information and prices in this brochure were correct at the time
of going to press, please check details when booking your
tickets. Unforeseen circumstances may result in changes to
the published programme and artists. Show timings, if given,
are for guidance only and may vary in performance.
13. If there is a seating issue please report this to the
Duty Manager during your visit.
Lichfield Garrick Theatre, Castle Dyke, Lichfield WS13 6HR
Box Office 01543 412121 Administration 01543 412110
The Lichfield Garrick Theatre Ltd | Registered in England and
Wales No: 07972082 | Registered Charity No: 1147697
Wheelchair spaces are available and should be reserved
with the Box Office when booking tickets so we can ensure
all seating requirements are met. For professional shows an
accompanying escort may also be brought if assistance is
required, charged at 50% of an adult ticket price.
There is lift access within the building and ramped access to
the Green Room as well as adapted toilets.
Seeing and hearing dogs are welcome, please inform the
box office to ensure seating is appropriate.
Both theatres are equipped with an Infra-red system to
assist the hearing and impaired. Receivers can be reserved
from the Box Office for use with or without hearing aids.
If you require further assistance please contact the
LICHFIELD GARRICK THEATRE, CASTLE DYKE, LICHFIELD WS13 6HR
Jan 7 Garrick Guided Tour 1pm
Jan 13 Lee Hurst Comedy Show No.9 7.30pm
Jan 14 The Simon Garfunkel Story • SOLD OUT •
Jan 19 - 21 Basil Co: The Comedy
• SOLD OUT •
Jan 20 Comedy 42 7.30pm
Jan 27 TEN 7.30pm
Jan 28 Quill 7.30pm
Apr 2 Pasha Kovalev: Let’s Dance
The Night Away
Apr 7 Sheila’s MHS Show 7.45pm
Apr 8 Elkie Brooks 7.30pm
Apr 9 The Sounds Of The Glenn
Apr 11 The Emperor’s New Clothes 3pm
Apr 11 - 15 Haywire
Apr 12 Dick Dom Live!
Apr 14 Mercury 7.30pm
Apr 15 Garrick Guided Tour 1pm
Apr 18 - 22 Annie
Apr 21 Comedy 42 7.30pm
Apr 22 Lichfield Garrick Choir
Apr 23 Mozart Clarinet Quintet
Apr 25 - 29 Legally Blonde
Apr 28 The Theatrical Newton 7.45pm
10am, 1pm 4pm
May 5 Duets For Django 7.45pm
May 2 - 6 9 to 5
May 9 Ian Waite And Natalie Lowe:
Somewhere In Time
• SOLD OUT •
May 10 - 11 The Tiger Who Came
May 12 Comedy 42 7.30pm
May 15 - 16 Horrible Histories:
The Best Of Barmy Britain
May 17 - 18 Once On This Island 7.45pm
May 17 - 18 Oddsocks Romeo Juliet
May 19 The Big Chris Barber Band 7.30pm
May 20 The Opera Boys 7.30pm
May 20 Ventoux 7.45pm
May 24 Rory Bremner: Partly Political 7.30pm
May 27 Mister Maker
Mar 3 The Barron Knights 7.30pm
Mar 4 ELO Again 7.30pm
Mar 7 - 11 Betty Blue Eyes
Mar 10 Music Through The Decades 7.45pm
Mar 11 Chicken Licken
Mar 14 Peter Alliss 7.30pm
Mar 15 - 16 The Wizard Of Oz 7pm
Mar 17 Comedy 42 7.30pm
Mar 17 - 18 Dong Ding Murder Me
Mar 18 Meet Fred 7.45pm
Mar 21 - 25 Invincible
Mar 22 - 25 We’re Stuck!
Mar 28 -
Mar 30 -
M F2.30pm 7.30pm
Feb 1 - 4 Dad's Army
Feb 3 Them Heavy People:
Kate Bush Tribute Band
Feb 4 Lady Chatterley’s Lover
Feb 8 - 9 Jim Davidson: 40 Years On 7.30pm
Feb 5 Showtime 2017 2.30pm
Feb 10 Money For Nothing 7.30pm
Feb 11 Garrick Guided Tour 1pm
Feb 11 Bromance 7.30pm
Feb 13 - 15 Northanger Abbey
Feb 16 Balletboyz®
: Young Men 7.30pm
Feb 17 Comedy 42 7.30pm
Feb 17 - 18 Frankenstein 7.30pm
Feb 18 Chopping Chillies
Feb 23 Don’t Dribble On The Dragon 2.30pm
Feb 24 Barbara Dickson: UK Tour 2017 7.30pm
Feb 24 Burton
Feb 25 The Jungle Book 7.30pm
Feb 28 -
Waiting For Godot 7.45pm
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