New Shows Announced at Norwich Theatre Royal

Million-Selling Musical Favourites, Children’s TV Icon and Popular Podcaster Head To Norwich

The multi-platinum-selling vocal harmony group The Overtones are opening their 2020 tour at Norwich Theatre Royal. Back by popular demand, the popular quartet will bring their exciting blend of tuneful harmonies and entertainment to the stage on June 16.

The Overtones remain one of Britain’s household names thanks to appearances on dozens of TV shows across Europe and headlining at world-renowned venues like the London Palladium and the Royal Albert Hall.

With their enviable vocal harmonies and strong personalities, they have become one of the UK’s most popular live acts singing at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee at Buckingham Palace and in front of a million people at The Brandenburg Gate in Berlin.

They last appeared at Norwich Theatre Royal in 2016 as part of the hit show Puttin’ On The Ritz opposite Suffolk’s popular musical theatre star Ruthie Henshall in a celebration of the golden age of Hollywood.

Overtones member Mike Crawshaw cannot wait to launch their latest tour in Norwich. He said: “We love performing classic songs and favourites from our albums. Over the last 11 years, we have learnt a thing or two about throwing a party. People come to our shows to let their hair down, get their spirits up and dance their hearts out. We want everyone to leave an Overtones concert with a huge smile on their face and a spring in their step.”

Also heading to the city is children’s TV icon Johnny Ball with his live show Wonders Beyond Numbers which puts the fun into maths on May 17.

Children’s TV’s Mr Maths Johnny Ball is set to share his love of numbers in his latest show. The 81-year-old is promising no one will be bored in the audience as he tells stories of exploration, recreates the famous streak by Archimedes, and performs The Minute Waltz in under 60 seconds.

Fondly remembered for writing and starring in 20 series of BBC children’s hits Think Of A Number and Think Again, he also spent 12 years as a stand-up comedian and 25 years working in TV. Johnny has also written five educational stage musicals which focus on maths and science which played to up to 160,000 people a year.

Meanwhile the noble goals of 21st century feminists are explored as a popular podcast is transformed into a stage show with The Guilty Feminist: Live With Deborah Frances-White on May 11.

First launched in 2015, comedian Deborah Frances-White and her guests explore the noble goals of 21st century feminists while also confessing the insecurities, hypocrisies and paradoxes around those aims.

This new touring version promises to also feature stand-up comedy, music, local guests and some surprises. Nothing from the live show will be released on the podcast so the only way to experience the laughs, excitement and spectacle is to be in the audience on May 11.

Meanwhile the Theatre Royal is bracing itself for the debut of the exasperated news reporter whose comedy videos have gone viral, Jonathan Pie, brings his Fake News Tour to Norwich on April 6.

Described as ‘brilliant, brave, raw and analytical without forgetting to be funny’ by Ricky Gervais, Jonathan berates the people in power and the journalists who are apparently holding them to account. His previous two tours have taken in venues like the Hammersmith Apollo and London Palladium, and performances across the US and Australia.

Jonathan also boasts over 1.2m Facebook followers and his response to the election of Donald Trump was viewed more than 150 million times worldwide.

John Bultitude, of Norwich Theatre Royal, said: “The Overtones always bring an air of excitement when they visit the city and we are delighted to be hosting the start of their 2020 tour which promises to be a musical feast coupled with their ultra-enthusiastic stage performance. “Add in this exciting live version of a popular podcast which aims to discuss and explore feminism in an entertaining way plus the opportunity to learn a lot with the ever-exuberant Johnny Ball and enjoy the wit of Jonathan Pie, and it means some fantastic on-stage treats next year.”

All shows are on sale now. For more information or to book visit theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk.