With a full programme for 2019 set to be announced in February, Norfolk & Norwich Festival have today announced some of the first shows to go on sale for next year’s Festival. The 2019 Festival will once again take place over 17 days, this year from 10 – 26 May, with artists from around the world and the region presenting a huge variety of work and events throughout the city and around the county. Last year around 60,000 people attended the Festival’s multi-artform programme of music, theatre, literature, visual arts, circus, dance and outdoor arts across East England.
Adelaide based, internationally renowned contemporary circus company Gravity & Other Myths will present their multiple award-winning production A Simple Space in Norwich for the first time, having received praise and acclaim for it worldwide. The production sees seven acrobats and a live percussionist push their physical limits to create a performance that is raw, frantic and delicate to headline The Adnams Spiegeltent.
Seminal hip-hop dance company Boy Blue will present their universally acclaimed and Olivier Award-nominated Blak Whyte Gray at Norwich Theatre Royal. The powerful and political work by the company’s founders is a personal response to their experiences and observations of the world.
Other productions at Norwich Theatre Royal include Moliere Award-winner Victoria Thierrée Chaplin (Le Cirque Invisible) as she brings the UK Premiere of her new production, Bells and Spells, a wonderful and strange journey following an incurable kleptomaniac. Grammy-Award winning Chilly Gonzales will present an intimate show performing pieces from his Solo Piano album cycle alongside hits and hidden surprises from his repertoire.
To celebrate award-winning theatre company Hoipolloi’s 25th anniversary the Festival will present a trilogy of story-telling shows with their Artistic Director Shôn Dale-Jones (Floating, Story of a Rabbit, Things I Forgot I Remembered). Working at the forefront of artistic innovation and social change for a quarter of a century, Hoipolloi are recognised for creating highly imaginative theatre that is both touching and funny, weaving the personal and the political and inspiring audiences with work that is immediately relevant. The Festival will present The Duke – the company’s hit show that is a mix of fantasy and reality, gently challenging audiences to consider their priorities in a world of crisis and polar opposition, ME & ROBIN HOOD comes from its premiere at the Royal Court and follows Shôn Dale-Jones’ longstanding relationship with his favourite fictional friend. Completing the trilogy, the Festival will present a Festival commission, The Ladder, looking at the way optimism and pessimism affects how we create stories and exploring how the tales we tell influence the lives we lead.
As previously announced, Thomas Adès and Britten Sinfonia will return to Norfolk & Norwich Festival following their sell-out performance of Beethoven’s Symphonies 1 & 2 in 2017 and 4 & 5 in 2018, concluding their season with a performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.
On the 2019 programme, Daniel Brine, Festival Director said: “I’m thrilled to be announcing some of the first productions for 2019. These are the beginnings of our plans for next year, which is shaping up to be an exciting and varied Festival and I look forward to sharing the full programme at the end of February. In the meantime, we’re delighted to be working with Norwich Theatre Royal again to bring some world class acts to the city for special one nighters. Britten Sinfonia will mark the end of their Beethoven Cycle, which has been hugely successful over the past three years, and I’m delighted that we’re able to welcome Hoi Polloi and Shôn Dale-Jones to Norwich with a trilogy of shows to mark a quarter of a century of one of the most dynamic creative companies working in theatre.”
Norfolk & Norwich Festival shares exceptional arts experiences across East England. The Festival collaborates with artists – from down the road and around the world – to explore the unique physical and cultural identities of the city and country and to make art which is contemporary, international and audience-centred.
Full information on all Norfolk & Norwich Festival events at nnfestival.org.uk.