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Adieu, adieu Norwich!

Saturday, 6. July 2013 11:15

We have had a fabulous week in Norwich with all shows selling out, wonderful appreciative audiences and lots of coverage in newspapers and on TV & radio. Thank you to everybody who came, to EDP and to the wonderful staff at Norwich Cathedral. We hope to see you again next year especially in William Shakespeare’s 450th anniversary year.

The Cast have a couple of days off now before we perform at Reading School on Tuesday & Wednesday. Thursday we perform The Merchant of Venice at the magnificent Chepstow Castle in Monmouthshire. Friday, Saturday & Sunday and we are again taking part in the Bristol Shakespeare Festival performing at Brandon Hill.

We would suggest booking now as they may sell out! [ BOOK ONLINE ]

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Norwich Cathedral – ticket availability

Tuesday, 2. July 2013 11:17

Demand for tickets for our 2013 shows at Norwich Cathedral have been exceptional. Thursday & Friday’s performances are now SOLD OUT!

Some tickets are available for tonight’s (tuesday) performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Merchant of Venice on wednesday evening.

You can book in person at the Norwich Cathedral Shop or telephone 01603 630000 (Theatre Royal Box office), or buy online at www.gbtheatre.com – alternatively you can pay on the Door.

Please come with friends, food & drink is available to purchase or bring your own picnic. Note: Alcohol cannot be brought into the Cathedral Cloister. FULL DETAILS

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Norwich Cathedral & Arundel Castle dates announced

Sunday, 21. April 2013 15:05

GB Theatre Company are extremely honoured to have been asked to perform again at Norwich Cathedral and the magnificent Arundel Castle.

The shows in the Norwich Cathedral Cloister commence on Tuesday 2nd July until Saturday 5th July 7pm. A Midsummer Night’s Dream will be performed on Tuesday and Thursday with The Merchant of Venice performances on Wednesday and Friday. [Details]

Our shows at Arundel Castle take place in the The Collector Earl’s Garden on Thursday 22nd to Saturday 24th August 7.30pm. Performances of A Midsummer Night’s Dream on Thursday and Saturday with The Merchant of Venice on the Friday night. [Details]

Tickets for both venues are now on sale. Early booking for both venues is advised.

Additional venues will be announced over the next few days.

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A Great Patron for our Norwich Season

Sunday, 15. July 2012 15:20

Norwich was a huge success. We had audiences of up to 500 per night and got great reviews. Des Barrit joined us on the opening of Shrew and got a huge cheer when David Davies thanked him in a pre-show speech, “Desmond Barrit is our Patron. He was an amazing Falstaff for the Sir Peter Hall Company last year, has just finished playing a knockout Wizard in Wicked on the West End and will be Falstaff for the RSC later this year. He has given interviews on radio and in print for us and we have record numbers this year so you see – one man can make a difference!”. This was met by a huge roar from the crowd. Later he was dragged on stage during the ‘tailor scene’ by a wicked Peter Dineen and he took it in good humour. An amazing actor and a wonderful man – we are very appreciative that he was our patron in Norwich this year. And glad he made it into our review.

“The cast, music and setting married into an excellent trio – and with Desmond Barrit, actor and patron of the Shakespeare Festival pulled on to the stage unexpectedly – it felt all the more charming and tailored to the Norwich audience” – EDP

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Norwich Cathedral shows

Monday, 9. July 2012 15:21

The UK weather has not been to kind to us so far but our cast have braved the elements and our wonderful audiences have been really enthusiastic.

The newspaper theatre critics have all given us fabulous reviews. Today’s Bristol Post says “The actors were all fantastic – incredibly eloquent and dynamic – darting around the boggy stage set with bounds of energy and purpose.” and “This was a great performance and the GB Theatre Company are clearly a group to watch over the coming years. Hats off to the entire cast, who really embodied the slogan “The show must go on” and we are all incredibly grateful that it did.”

Natalie Burns reviewing The Tempest at Bristol said “All the actors brought a real electricity and life to their performances and added enough of a modern twist to make the tale translate to a modern audience without losing any of the wit or nuance of the original language.” and “Theirs was the best production I have seen by a modern Shakespeare company, and the whole performance was a real treat. A great new energy brought to a familiar tale.”

We open in Norwich this week and Wednesday’s show at the Cathedral is now sold out. Tickets for the other evenings are still available but are selling fast. Please come and support the Company and see some really fabulous Shakespeare.

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Our patron for Norwich Cathedral Shakespeare Festival

Friday, 4. May 2012 15:27

GB Theatre Company and Norwich Cathedral are delighted to announce that renowned and respected Shakespearean actor, Desmond Barrit has agreed to be the Patron of the Norwich Cathedral Shakespeare Festival for 2012. Desmond is well known in Norfolk for his involvement in local companies and his direction of many Christmas Pantomines. He is a favourite of ours because of his work in Shakespeare and anyone who saw his recent Falstaff for the Sir Peter Hall Company at The Theatre Royal in Bath will agree that he was magnificent! He will be Falstaff again for the RSC but this time in The Merry Wives of Windsor.

We asked Des to give us a few words to kick off the Norwich Cathedral Season:

“Shakespeare is my favourite playwright and Norwich one of my favourite cities. To be asked to be the Patron of the 4th Shakespeare Festival at Norwich Cathedral is for me a great honour and privilege.

I don’t think anyone can deny that Shakespeare is the greatest playwright ever and the plays in this year’s Festival, The Tempest and The Taming of the Shrew, are two of the Bard’s greatest plays.

To see this professional company perform these plays in the cloisters of the Cathedral will be a real treat. I’ll be there, so join me for a memorable night out.”

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Norwich Cathedral Shakespeare Festival 2012

Friday, 17. February 2012 15:30

We are delighted to have been invited to perform at Norwich Cathedral for a 3rd successive year. The shows take place in the magnificent Cloister at Norwich Cathedral from Wednesday 11th to Saturday 14th July 2012.
We will be performing Taming of the Shrew on Wednesday 11th/ Friday 13th and The Tempest on Thursday 12th / Saturday 14th.
Doors open at 6pm with food and drink available to buy so you can picnic before the shows or during the 20 minute interval. The performances commence at 7pm.
Tickets can be bought online from GB Theatre Company or from Norwich Cathedral Shop telephone 01603 218323 and www.cathedral.org.uk. Tickets are also available from the Theatre Royal telephone 01603 630000.

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Review: Twelfth Night at Norwich Cathedral

Friday, 15. July 2011 15:41

James Goffin’s (Eastern Daily Press) review of the Twelfth Night said “Suzannah Hampton impressed as Olivia, switching between lamenting and lovestruck as she fell for the cross-dressing Viola (a disarmingly boyish Lucy Wray).

Chris Porter delighted as the much-wronged Malvolio – even in a slightly terrifying Borat-like costume – and David Davies and Joel Sams added a uniformly slapstick note as the misbehaving Belch and Aguecheek.”

Photos: Chris Hopkins. Additional photos are on the Gallery page.

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Review: Romeo & Juliet at Norwich Cathedral

Wednesday, 13. July 2011 15:42

Under the direction of Norwich-born Neil Sheppeck, the Bard’s story of the brawling Capulets and Montagues is taken back to basics – the set is minimal, the emotions palpable and the sword-play thrilling.

Not long out of drama school, Lucy Wray plays Juliet. A star in the making, her performance was wonderfully sparky – one of the most engaging portrayals of the character, who can sometimes be a bit one-dimensional, I’ve seen.

Her Romeo – and the pair has a great chemistry – is played by Gabriel Thomson. He grew up on screen playing Michael Harper in the long-running BBC sitcom My Family and effortlessly makes the transition from screen to stage.

While the star-crossed lovers take centre stage, special mention must be made of Joel Sams, who plays Mercutio – no entendre is knowingly underplayed, Sioned Jones as the scene-stealing Nurse and Oliver Cudbill, who plays Benvolio.

Emma Lee, Eastern Daily Press

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Norwich ticket sales

Monday, 11. July 2011 15:44

Ticket sales for the Norwich Cathedral shows are strong and the Wednesday evening performance of Twelfth Night is sold out. Booking for the remaining shows is advisable. Telephone Norwich Cathedral Shop on 01603 218323 or Theatre Royal Box office on 01603 630000.

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