Dance, plays, music, film, talks and a Wicked Ice Queen…
talent abounds at Worthing Theatres
The winter/spring programme at Worthing Theatres covers a multitude of genres. In October music lovers are in for a treat with the likes of multi award–winning singer/songwriter Cara Dillon,
who performs both traditional songs of lost love and emigration, alongside songs from her latest album. One of the world’s finest clarinettists, Evan Christopher, takes to the stage with Django à la Créole, in which he celebrates the music of legendary Django Reinhardt in an evening of European gypsy swing incorporated with the music and rhythms of New Orleans, the Caribbean and Brazil. In November Show of Hands also make their Worthing debut, joined by their long-standing double-bassist and vocalist Miranda Sykes.
There are plays such as Strindberg’s Miss Julie, musical delight The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, both this October, and November kicks off with Gonzo Moose’s comical I’m an Aristocrat Get Me out of Here.
Talks are a recent addition to the theatres and include the BBC’s film guru Barry Norman in October discussing his celluloid favourites as well as the stars he has interviewed and admired. In November Patricia Routledge will be in conversation with her friend Edward Seckerson to share the secrets of her little-known award-winning musical theatre career and in January Honor Blackman reflects on her full and varied career, before Robert Powell, in February, explores the life and works of Rudyard Kipling.
In addition to a myriad films, live theatre screenings from around the globe, ballet, opera and classical music, there is a feast of festive cheer awaiting theatre-goers at the end of the year. Two enchanting theatrical adventures take place this Christmas in the shape of a giant journey above the clouds and a magical snow-capped adventure.
Gardening guru Charlie Dimmock, as Fairy Organic, leads the cast of Jack and the Beanstalk at the Connaught Theatre from 6th December to 4th January. Meanwhile Christmas could be cancelled if Claire Sweeney as the wicked Ice Queen gets her wish in the dazzling production of Santa Claus the Musical at the Pavilion Theatre from 11th December to 5th January.
Highlights at the start of the New Year are Worthing’s own professional symphony orchestra with soprano Prudence Sanders in early January, the bands Fairport Convention and Toploader in February, followed by fashion historian Rosemary Hawthorne’s The Knicker Lady. March sees the appearance of Dracula, Bizet’s Carmen, the comedy Austen’s Women and the stage show Birdsong which marks the 100th anniversary of the First World War.
This is just some of the up-and-coming and established talent on offer at Worthing Theatres during autumn and winter.
Visit www.worthingtheatres.co.uk to see details of these and many more productions.