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Showstopper! – Interview with the co-founcer

Find out more about the improvised musical

A recipe for good improvisation?

Showstopper! co-founder Adam Meggido is an award-winning writer/composer who has improvised at the National, The Royal Court Theatre, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and currently holds the world record for the directing the longest impro show – 55 hours without a break. He recently directed Olivier Award Nominated “Peter Pan Goes Wrong” at the Apollo Theatre (for Mischief Theatre), which was also televised on BBC One.

Here, we caught up with him to find out more about Showstopper!, and what theatre fans get from their night out with the cast…

Can you tell me what the audience can expect from the show?

A musical! With catchy songs, dazzling dance routines, sweeping storylines and hilarious characters. The only difference with our show is that EVERYTHING is entirely made up on the spot out of audience suggestions. It’s all 100% improvised. Read More

Diary of a Theatre Manager – Episode 4

BY HARRISON FULLER

COMEDY TOPS THE SALES LISTS

The week has flown by and, before I knew it, here we are at Friday once more, and time to sit down and write my next instalment.

The big event of the week has been our booking of comedian Sean Lock. I put his tickets on sale last Friday and we are close to selling out. If you would like to come and see him live on stage here at The Broadway, hurry before the last of the tickets go! If comedy is your thing, yesterday (Thursday) I put up on sale our next big TV comic. Jon Richardson will be here on 21st April 2018 with his ‘Old Man tour. I’m sure he will be suitably attired in a trademark cardigan. And, of course, still to come is comic sensation of the internet, Doreen Tipton, with her “Rise of the Yam-Yam” tour which is with us next month on Thursday 9th November. Come and see what the fuss is all about!

In other news I was invited to New College Stamford (NCS) on Wednesday to talk to their second year performing arts students about all the things happening at The Broadway and how they can be involved. We will be welcoming them to the theatre in November as part of #LoveTheatreDay.Read More

Diary of a Theatre Manager – Episode 3

BY HARRISON FULLER

FROM STOPPING TRAFFIC TO ENCOURAGING CREATIVITY

Never mind stop the press, this week we stopped the traffic! Our panto press launch took place on Wednesday, giving us a chance to meet the cast of the show and for reporters and bloggers to be able to ask questions and have a meet-and-greet. There are some great photos from it, using the inside and outside of the building. Widow Twanky got a little bit carried away and decided to flag down a passing bus. Perhaps she needed a lift back to her laundry. I think it is safe to say that we in for a treat with this show and the wonderful and talented cast are excited to be performing on our stage.

Speaking of the stage, you may think that being a theatre manger is either all office work or all glitz and glamour. I can assure you that escorting a stage manager around the building from basement to rafters provides little or no glamour! I’m sure some of the cobwebs are from 1937 when the Odeon opened were encountered. But he wasn’t here to see the decor; Ian came down to take measurements for the set which will fill our stage and provide a spectacle for audiences. I have also been promised a ride on the magic carpet – and it really is magical. Don’t believe me? Buy a ticket and find out!Read More

Diary of a Theatre Manager – Episode 2

By Harrison Fuller

FORTHCOMING ON STAGE AND SCREEN

Another busy week to summarise here at The Broadway. We have secured several new shows which are already up on sale, including The Magic Santa Show, Fastlove – a George Michael tribute, Big Girls Don’t Cry – a celebration of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, You WIn Again – the music of the Bee Gees, and even The Magic of Motown, which is scheduled for November 2018!

With a calendar filling up nicely, thoughts have been looking forward in a different way, to restoring cinema to The Broadway. We had an inspiring visit from Darren, who is going to aid us in getting the old 35mm projectors up and running and assist with sourcing a digital projector. For those techies, who have asked, YES, we hope they will in due course handle 70mm, too. I have a few cinema events in mind for the New Year, so please be sure to watch this space.

Next week we have our panto press launch and it means we will have our cast in the building for the first time. It will be a superb opportunity for us to meet them and talk all things pantomime, as well as take some photos which we will be sure to share with you, so as to give you a ‘sneak peak’ of what’s in store.Read More

Diary of a Theatre Manager – Episode 1

By Harrison Fuller

A BUSY BEGINNING…

I have only been at the Broadway for three short weeks, but they have flown by in a whirl of opening nights, dazzling lights and an ever increasingly busy diary. The aim of this blog is to give you an insight into the theatre and what we are working towards. There will be a new post each week, keeping you updated with the goings on here at The Broadway.

The three weeks have gone by quickly because they have been busy. My first task (on day one) was to find something for Christmas, and I am delighted that this year we are partnering with KD Theatre Productions to bring the traditional family pantomime Aladdin to The Broadway (oh yes we are! – I thought I’d make the joke before someone else).

Casting is currently underway and this Sunday (24th) we will be holding auditions for our chorus. Taking place at the theatre, the auditions will seek to find talent from the local area and provide an opportunity for aspiring performers to be part of a professional show.Read More

The Strange Doors

The Broadway summons up the ghost of Jim Morrison

The Strange Doors help celebrate the front man of iconic band The Doors this Friday while raising cash for charity

The Broadway is donating £5.00 for every ticket sold for their The Strange Doors gig to Shine this Friday, 15th September. The venue is showcasing the UK’s most authentic The Doors tribute band in collaboration with its chosen sponsored charity for 2017/18.

Starting from just £15.00 a ticket, the new management, which opened The Broadway’s doors full-time again on 2nd September under new leaseholders, is immediately embracing its newly-formed partnership with Shine, and the journey begins officially with this fourth event since the premises re-opened.

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Walter Cornelius commemorated with the Cornelius Banger

Visit Walter’s Bar and Eatery

New Peterborough meeting point commemorates local daredevil

In The Broadway you’ll find Walter’s Bar and Eatery, named after an iconic Cambridgeshire strongman, which also has a celebratory ‘signature dish’

Business and social meet-ups in the City centre have a new location to consider, which will provide a different option for everyone from 1st September this year. Walter’s Bar and Eatery is on the first floor of The Broadway in Peterborough. Open every day from early morning until the twilight hours, and with live music of the like of harpists and classical guitarists between Noon and 3:00pm to help set a mood, this promises to provide the perfect atmosphere giving something different for all those at work or play.Read More

Everly Pregnant Brothers to play The Broadway

Described as “a power house of parody fuelled on best bitter, pork pies and raucous gigs”

The Everly Pregnant Brothers regularly play to sell-out crowds in their native South Yorkshire, and are rapidly growing a cult following far and wide.Not a surprise, therefore, that The Broadway in Peterborough has made them one of the first bookings for the revived venue. They will be coming your way on Saturday 23 September, with two hours of hilarious re-workings of your favourite hits.Read More

Alex Geairns - Station Director of Hereward Media

Hereward on Broadway – Local TV comes to Peterborough

Rejuvenated headline venue shows community commitment via relationship with Hereward Television and Hereward Media

A new working arrangement will cement The Broadway Theatre as not only a top entertainment provider but also an active communications hub. Charity training organisation Hereward Media will be working from the rear of the complex, and its ancillary outputs will lead to Local TV station Hereward Television finally going ‘on-air’ this Autumn.Read More