Month: December 2017

Diary of a Theatre Manager – Episode 14


Tell me it’s not true

But it is. It is true. Blood Brothers is coming back to The Broadway. In April, Bill Kenwright will be presenting his sell out show at our venue with Lyn Paul starring as Mrs Johnstone.

The show is one of a number of musicals coming to us next year. This includes the previously announced Skin Deep in May, along with two film adaptations we are looking to get in later in 2018. How marvellous.

This week has also seen Trumpageddon go on sale. This show won awards at the Edinburgh Fringe and is embarking on a tour. This fun, witty satire of Trump (you’ve only got to see the poster to get the gist of the show) will be presented in The Broadway Suite.

Also announced this week are Abba Mania and a Country Night in Nashville. Both music events are on on sale with the first in March and the second in June. The company bringing in these shows also have three others in the pipeline, so more news will follow in due course.

This Sunday is New Year’s Eve and we will be hosting a Speakeasy with ‘funny money’ casino tables, live jazz band and lots more to boot. If you fancy dusting off your flapper and heading down to bring in 2018 in style, check this website for more details. Read More

Diary of a Theatre Manager – Episode 13


Aladdin, a Speakeasy and an Awards Ceremony

Christmas is upon us, dear readers, and the presents are wrapped, cards are written and everyone has trundled off to see their favourite pantomime. Wait! What? You haven’t done all that? Well, never fear, I can help with you two out of three of those things (Meatloaf told me that ain’t bad). If you are stuck for a present to give someone, we sell theatre tokens here at The Broadway. These little wonders can be redeemed for any show here or at over 240 other theatres in the UK. So if you can’t decide what to get someone, make them choose!

Secondly, if you haven’t been to see your favourite pantomime yet, what are you doing keeping Widow Twanky waiting? She will be most sad. No, sadder than that! We have performances up to 31st December, so hurry down to Peking Town.

With 2018 just round the corner, if you looking for a way to celebrate the New Year and all it can bring, have a look at our New Year’s Eve Speakeasy Party. We have ‘funny money’ casino tables, a live jazz band, a magician and dinner included in the ticket price. Step back to the 1920s and let luck be a lady tonight!

The night before, Saturday 30 December, we have the magic of the Cult TV Awards. The 24th annual celebration of ‘extraordinary fictional television’ for the first time pitches up in Peterborough, despite the organisation behind it being based here. Dinner is served at 6.30pm, the Awards themselves at 8.00pm, followed by a Theme Party. Everyone’s invited, so get your tickets now.

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Diary of a Theatre Manager – Episode 12


The flying carpet takes off!

Apologies dear readers that I am writing this on a Saturday and not the usual relaxed Friday afternoon. This week has been very busy with the set up and opening of our pantomime, Aladdin. It is the first time that panto has been at The Broadway for ten years – oh yes it is!

The set looks fantastic and I have heard some of the musical numbers. I am looking forward to seeing the show for the first time this evening at our special Gala Night performance.

Going on elsewhere in the building we are into our Christmas Party season. Tonight is the second of our themed parties and next week we have a primary school staff party in before the final parties next weekend.

Next week we also have our Magical Christmas Santa Show in The Broadway Suite. We are delighted to be welcoming Whizz Kids nursery to one of the performances as an end of term treat.

A change of pace and subject matter next Wednesday with the debut of Doomwatch Wednesdays – our monthly look at alternative views on major news stories hosted by our very own alex:g. Those coming along to this launch presentation, networking and party also get a free novel, “Mindful”, for doing so. Guest speaker is author and lecturer Andy Thomas.Read More

Diary of a Theatre Manager – Episode 11


Prep for the panto and loads more besides!

Well, dear readers, I have just returned from a quick jaunt around the City Centre with the cast of our fabulous panto, Aladdin. We’ve been holiday shopping, sampling drinks and having hugs – a sample picture is below. If you want to find out more, have a look at our Facebook page or Twitter feed to see some more of the photos from this afternoon’s capers (in one of them, see if you can spot the name of the drinks Widow Twanky is holding).

While on the subject of panto, this week has been a delight to have the cast and creative team in the building rehearsing ahead of opening night on 14th December. There are sequins and glitter everywhere, but away from my desk it is a treat to see the wonderful company at work, creating a fun and fabulous production.

It’s not all panto here at The Broadway (oh yes it is!) – it really isn’t. Thursday we played hosts to BGL for their corporate training day. We were on hand to provide the precise configuration required for the room, refreshments, and lunch for 160 people while they undertook training sessions (there was a fabulous array of Christmas jumpers on show – Bravo).Read More

Diary of a Theatre Manager – Episode 10


Yes, we have a racing celebrity!

Bikes come in all shapes and sizes, but there’s only one Carl Fogarty. Foggy, as he is more commonly known, will be here in May 2018 as part of his book tour. Live on stage talking about his career, there will be chances to have a photo taken with the racing legend, as well as receive a copy of his signed book with certain levels of tickets.

Also up on sale today is Hello La Voix! On Friday 13th April (unlucky for some), La Voix will be bringing her live band, unique comedy and style to The Broadway Suite. The evening looks to be fabulous (ABSOLUTELY Fabulous to be precise – she appeared in the recent movie).

There are lots of other new shows in the pipeline (five more to go on sale in the next week or so) but more on that later.

This week I had a lovely visit from Noel and Mina, who are looking to bring me a circus. Fire, water, cages, ribbons, frills and feathers – once they have been removed from my office they will make their way to the stage in a spectacular show! Roll up, roll up!Read More