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Up Pompeii this week in the Norbury Theatre

Up PompeiiA cult BBC sit-com from the early 1970’s written for the cult comedian – Frankie Howerd. This brilliantly crafted homage to this TV classic brings out all that was truly captivating about the heyday of bawdy comedy and innuendo and genius of Frankie Howerd.

The story is set in ancient Rome, before the huge eruption (Ooh Missus -see what I did there!) Lurcio (the part written for Howerd), the slave of Senator Ludicrous Sextus, and our hero and guide is attempting to deliver his traditional Prologue and begin proceedings but he quickly gets caught up in the myriad of sexual liaisons in all quarters of his master’s house.

Why does Ludicrous not leave for the Senate meeting in Rome? Why does his wife, Ammonia, return so quickly from the country? Who will take care of the escaped slave girl, Voluptua, and will Nausius, Ludicrous and Ammonia’s e ete son, ever be able to write a decent love poem? Whilst growing chaos ensues, an increasing rumbling is heard in the distance – what could that possibly be? (Hint – the clue is in the title!) 

‘No Regrets’ at The Norbury Theatre

Saturday 13th February Linder Productions present NO REGRETS – THE LIFE STORY AND SONGS OF EDITH PIAF A celebration of the life story and songs of the iconic French chanteuse Edith Piaf, who rose from the backstreets of Paris to become the most highly paid female entertainer of her time! Not a typical tribute show, this stunning piece of theatre contains a “beautifully crafted narration,” telling the fascinating story of the “Little Sparrow” who’s inimitable style and charisma has inspired performers all over the world!

“The Witches of Eastwick” at Norbury Theatre & Cinema

The Witches from Eastwick

The Norbury Theatre has a new premiere in October – “The Witches of Eastwick”. The play is based on the adaptation by John Dempsey (lyrics and book) and Dana P. Rowe (music), directed by Eric Schaeffer, and produced by Cameron Mackintosh.

The Norbury Theatre presents the black comedy musical “The Witches of Eastwick”. Based on the novel by John Updike it tells the story of a small town which is home to three extraordinary women. Alex, Jane and Sukie are the loose threads of this tight-knit little town and each of them wishes desperately for some excitement in their lives. As if by magic, their wishes are granted when the devilishly handsome Darryl Van Horne comes to the town and turns their worlds upside down. But they should really be careful of what they wish for, it might just come true…

This amateur production is presented by arrangement with Josef Weinberger Ltd. on behalf of Music Theatre International and Cameron Mackintosh Ltd. 

“Appointment with Death” in The Norbury Theatre

Appointment with DeathThe new production, “Appointment with Death” by Agatha Christie, is coming to The Norbury Theatre in September. An amateur production presented by The Norbury Players in association with SAMUEL FRENCH LTD

This year the theatre will be seeing a return to one of Agatha Christies classic murder mysteries. Originally published in the year 1938 Christie adapted the book as a play of the same name in 1945. It is notable for being one of the most radical reworkings of the novel Christie ever did, not only eliminating Hercule Poirot from the story, but also changing the ending of the story itself, meaning that even those familiar with the book might be in for a surprise.

It’s 1945 and Jerusalem’s King Solomon Hotel plays host to a party of visiting tourists. Among them is the Boynton family, headed by the elderly Mrs Boynton and accompanied by her loyal stepchildren, a young doctor and her colleague, the brash Alderman Higgs and the sophisticated Lady Westholme alongside her travel companion.