There is something for everyone in the Lichfield Garrick's autumn/winter season. Running from September to January, the new season offers drama, family entertainment, comedy, music and variety.
On top of the theatre's pantomime, Aladdin (starring CBeebies Cat Sandion), there will be two further festive themed shows running in the Studio theatre.
For the younger audiences, Home for Christmas, a fun-filled adventure following a mother's quest to make it home in time for Christmas.
After the success of 2016's adult themed 'anti' panto, New Old Friends Theatre Company returns with a new show, Crimes on the Christmas Express, an alternative Christmas comedy inspired by Agatha Christie, 39 Steps and Jason Bourne. All three festive productions are Made in Lichfield and co-produced by the Lichfield Garrick.
The Made in Lichfield theme continues with Letters To Emma, a new play based on the life of Anna Seward. Written by local author Carolyn Scott Jeffs and directed by the theatre's artistic director, Tim Ford, this production is an intriguing modern day ghost story.
Karen Foster, executive director of the Lichfield Garrick on the new season said: "As a small, independent charity which aims to provide the best entertainment in Lichfield, our new season celebrates our city and its talents, past and present, brings our community together with three joyful productions during December and welcomes everyone, young and old into the wonderful world of theatre. There really is something for everyone."
For drama lovers, the national tour of Frederick Knott's Wait Until Dark arrives in Lichfield this October with it's all-star cast. Vamos Theatre return with the award winning Finding Joy, a humorous and humane show that approaches the subject of dementia, and, there will be thrills galore in Blackeyed Theatre's The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.
A host of well-loved names will be appearing at the Lichfield Garrick over the forthcoming season from Silver Screen with Robert Powell and Liza Goddard to War Stories with Peter Snow and Ann MacMillan. America's Got Talent winner Paul Zerdin will be bringing his (in)famous puppets to the theatre, while Jai McDowall and Michael Courtney present the very best of the West End in Mad About The Musicals. Later in the season Pam Ayres will make a welcome appearance at the theatre.
Music treats include Jimmy Osmond, The Syd Lawrence Orchestra and two classical concerts: Vivaldi by CandleLight and the internationally acclaimed Richter Ensemble performing Beethoven Quartets. After their sell-out performance in March, Lichfield acoustic duo Chris Buckle and Dan Anketell return with a new set of unique covers in Music Through the Decades.
Irish comedian Ed Byrne heads up the comedy with Spoiler Alert; a brand new show from the 'master of observational comedy', while Comedy 42 introduces some of the finest up and coming comedians on the circuit including Tony Law, Glenn Wool and Dane Baptiste. There will be laughs galore in Dirty Dusting starring Benidorm's Crissy Rock, as three cleaning ladies set up a telephone sex line that really cleans up.
Tickets for the Garrick's new season are on sale now and can be booked via the box office on 01543 412121 or via the website at www.lichfieldgarrick.com
The new season brochure will be available to download from www.lichfieldgarrick.com or to pick up a copy in person.