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New Season at Chelmsford

Chelmsford’s Theatres Offer something for everyone this Autumn and Winter…

The new season at Chelmsford’s Theatres has something for everyone from award-winning drama, to comedy and great music alongside an exciting Christmas schedule.

“There’s an enviable choice of some of the best drama, comedy, music and dance around, right here on people’s doorstep” said Tom Johnson, Manager, Chelmsford Theatres.

The eclectic selection includes inspirational drama which is not to be missed in the intimate Cramphorn Studio. If you are looking for a thriller, The Collector (20/21 October) is a compelling tale of murder and betrayal. There is also a chance to see Carry on Jaywick, (14 October) the real story of the town told in the words of the people who call it home.

Amongst the 16 acclaimed plays and musicals on offer is the big comedy smash ‘One Man Two Governors’ which hits the boards from 17-20 September and ‘Sinatra, Sequins and Swings’ (23 September). Later in the season there is the compelling tale of Richard ‘Burton’ (23 February), winner of best international show at the Hollywood Fringe 2010. Classic theatre includes Shakespeare’s King Lear (12 October) and Cymbeline (28 September) performed by the Royal Shakespeare Company and screened live from Stratford-upon-Avon

Families can have a magical time this half-term with the delightful show ‘Don’t Dribble on the Dragon’ which includes some eye-popping tricks designed by the legendary magician Paul Daniels (27/28 October) And of course Santa is prominent this December and also in love with Christmas – Santa in Love (10-12 December)

Music ranges from vibrant folk acts including Gordie MacKeeman (25 September) to celebrating great legends with tribute performances from Whitney Queen of the Night (14 October) and the Roy Orbison Story (19 November), plus there is a host of classical concerts. It is the biggest ever screening of ballet and opera with performances direct from the Bolshoi and the Royal Opera House include Anastasia screened live on 2 November. Ballet Cymru will perform Romeo and Juliet live on stage on 8 October.

There’s plenty to cheer on the winter nights with a series of great comedy acts with Russell Kane (16 November), Jethro (21 September) and Henning Wehn (17 Feb) being just a few of the top comedians that will have people rolling in the aisles.

It’s also pantomime season (oh yes it is!) and this year we have Jack and the Beanstalk (2 December to 2 January) to entertain us and there’s A Christmas Carol (19 December) and the enchanting The Nutcracker screened live from the Royal Opera House on 8 December and pre-recorded from the Bolshoi Ballet on 18 December to get us right into the Christmas spirit.

This season promises to be a cracker in more ways than one! The events are held in both the Civic Theatre and Cramphorn Studio but can be booked via one Box Office at 01245 606505 or booked online at www.chelmsford.gov.uk/theatres