It’s a year since I joined the Your Leisure team as Programme Manager of the Theatre Royal and 2013 has been incredible! Spurred on by the success of over 20,000 tickets sold last year, 2014 promises to be even bigger and better for this gem of a theatre.
Our Spring highlight has to be the return of Shakespeare’s Globe with “Much Ado about Nothing” in April. This will sell out and early booking is recommended. I watched their “King Lear” from the gallery at the top of the theatre last year and that’s now my favourite view of the stage!
Comedy remains a personal favourite and so I’m thrilled to be welcoming Trevor Noah this month, Mark Thomas in February, Tom Wrigglesworth and Jimeoin in March – all for the first time, with a very special visit from Dave Gorman coming up in October (selling fast). Comedians are loving the Theatre Royal and so more big names will be announced later in the year.
I can’t wait to see Theatre Royal favourites, Mid Wales Opera with Handel’s Acis and Galatea in March, followed by Opera Up Close (who brought us their ground breaking La Boheme last year) with La Traviata in May. Powerful stuff – hankies at the ready!
But my personal picks – shows which I’ve seen and loved – are The Table on February 15th (an award winner brought to us by Blind Summit – the company behind the Voldemort puppet in the 2012 Olympics opening ceremony) and The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik – Deep Sea Explorer on March 14th. This last show comes to Margate from Australia via the Edinburgh Festival and is guaranteed to warm your heart.
We are continuing our popular free and community events and so, working with our sister venue the Winter Gardens, holding a Free Margate Theatres Open Day on Sunday March 9th. And our hit of 2013, Shakespeare on the Beach, returns on August 19th with Romeo and Juliet.
But wait till you hear what’s coming later in the year!
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If you’ve never been to the Theatre Royal Margate before, now’s the time to check out the UK’s 2nd oldest theatre. And when you do, make sure you walk down to the front and look up. The view will take your breath away. Then settle down and enjoy the show!
Theatre Royal Programme Manager