FROM comedy to dance, drama to music, and film to children’s theatre, there’s something for everyone in The Castle’s packed autumn season of entertainment.
Here are some of the highlights...
TV favourite Kevin Bridges starts off the new season at The Castle performing his Work In Progress show on Wednesday, August 22, and Thursday, August 23 at 7.30pm.
Having made his debut on BBC 1’s Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow in 2009, Kevin Bridges has gone on to host the Bafta-nominated Live At The Apollo and Channel 4’s Stand-Up For The Week.
Further laughs are promised this autumn as The Castle present their new comedy club nights – Laughing Boy Comedy Club.
With two dates booked on Friday, September 14 and Friday November 16, these events will present a mix of well-known faces and the brightest new talents on the comedy circuit.
The comedy continues at the venue with Frisky & Mannish on Friday, October 5 and Jeremy Hardy on Wednesday, November 28. And Eve Ensler’s smash hit The Vagina Monologues is back with an all star cast featuring Clare Buckfield (Two Point Four Children) Vicky Entwistle (Coronation Street) and Chelsee Healey (Strictly Come Dancing, Waterloo Road) on Friday, October 12.
Audiences can also join showbiz icon Des O’Connor for an evening of comedy, laughter and music on Saturday, October 6.
TO celebrate The Castle’s move into the digital age, the autumn season begins with a nostalgic Film Festival taking audiences on a trip back through the decades of memorable films from the 1940s to the present day.
All films have been digitally remastered. The festival takes place from Saturday, September 8 to Friday, September 21.
Titles include: West Side Story (PG), Breakfast at Tiffany’s (PG), King Hearts and Coronets (U) and Jurassic Park (PG), among others.
The Castle will also present a pre-national release screening of In Love With Alma Cogan (12A) – a film set on and around Cromer Pier – with a pre-screening introduction from the film’s Writer and Director Tony Britten on Thursday, September 20.
The festival also includes David Watt’s live show, The Silent Movie Experience, celebrating the silent movies of the 1920s.
Further film highlights in the Autumn season include Joyful Noise (PG) on Monday, September 24, The Dark Knight Rises on Monday, October 8, Anna Karenina on Monday October 22 to Wednesday, October 24 and Hope Springs on Tuesday, November 27.
THE season’s drama starts off with the gritty Seconds Out from theatre company Reform on Wednesday, September 12.
It tells the story of Tom and Simon, who have been mates since school and share everything.
But whilst Simon has always played it safe, Tom likes to push things to extremes...with occasionally violent repercussions.
On a lighter note, The Diaries of Adam & Eve take a look at relationships on Wednesday, September 26.
Then on Tuesday, October 9 Nick Hornby’s classic football drama Fever Pitch, adapted from the bestselling book, digs deep into the mind of an obsessed football fan.
Then on Tuesday, October 9 Brecht’s anti-war classic Mother Courage and Her Children visits, exploring what happens when two ideologies collide, in a conflict that stretches across a continent and threatens the balance of world power.
FANS of jazz will have a lot to choose from during the autumn season, starting with the first of the NC Jazz season on Thursday, September 13 with the Neon Quartet.
The NC Jazz season continues with gigs on Thursday, October 11 and Thursday, November 8 starring John Turville Trio and The Art Themen Quartet respectively.
Fans of traditional jazz can enjoy the Bob Dwyers Bix and Pieces Jazz Band on Thursday, September 27, Barry Palser’s Savoy Jazz Band on Thursday October 25, and Tad Newton’s Jazzfriends on Thursday November 22.
Then on Saturday, September 29, Rat Pack Vegas Spectacular visits, followed by Hats Off To Led Zeppelin on Thursday, October 4 and The Illegal Eagles, on Thursday, October 25.
Then there is acoustic talents in the form of Louise Jordan on Friday, September 28, Gilmore & Roberts on Saturday, October 27 and Ewan McLennan on Friday, November 23.
For classical musical enthusiasts, The Castle’s collaboration with Royal Academy of Music continues with three Lunchtime Music Series concerts. The first takes place on Friday, September 14 with a solo recital of the viola.
Following concerts take place on Friday, October 19 and Friday, November 16.
This autumn a new classical collaboration between Fiori Musicali and The Castle begins with two lunchtime events taking place on Friday, September 28 and Friday, October 29 culminating in an evening concert, Handel and the English Baroque, on Saturday, November 24.
There is also a chance to hear some soaring voices when Co Opera Co return with the seductive Don Giovanni on Friday, November 2.
THERE is plenty of fun in store for younger audiences as Blunderbus make a return with their new production The Selfish Crocodile, a tale about the unlikely friendship between a selfish crocodile and a brave little mouse, on Saturday, September 15.
Other studio children’s theatre include The Sea Show on Saturday, October 13 and The Snail and The Whale on Saturday, November 10.
There will also be a stop by Buster The Big Red Bus who brings his classic sing-a-long fun with Wheels on the Bus to Wellingborough on Tuesday, October 30, aimed at ages two and over.
The excitement really starts at The Castle with the family friendly, Christmas extravaganza Sleeping Beauty, running from Monday, December 10 to Saturday, December 29.
This new version of the classic story is an all-singing, all-dancing adventure from Paul Boyd, writer of The Castle’s much-loved 2008 Christmas show Alice In Wonderland, that will have the whole family in a spin.
This Christmas, join the King & Queen for a Royal party you’ll never forget, as a beautiful young princess discovers a curse and a whole Kingdom pays the price...
DANCE fans can enjoy a classic, as Moscow ballet’s The Nutcracker comes to the theatre on Friday, October 26 and Saturday, October 27.
There is also a chance to see a world premiere, as award-winning choreographer Jasmin Vardimon’s hotly anticipated new work, Freedom, arrives on Wednesday, November 14.
It explores notions of what keeps our imagination free, with a versatile company of international dancers.
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[NOTE Strapline} All tickets can be purchased by calling The Castle Box Office on 01933 270 007 or at: www.thecastle.org.uk.