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Diary of a Theatre Manager – Episode 16

BY HARRISON FULLER

We are definitely going to the ball!

I have returned from my leave and the sunny but bracing shores of the English Riviera. No rest for the wicked though as it is straight back in the swing of things here at The Broadway.

So far it has been meetings galore as we use January to plan for the coming year and beyond. I have had press, poets, dancers and directors through the door for a chat about hiring the spaces, working with us and moving things forward. Hurrah!

I am writing this just before heading off to another meeting, this time to talk panto 2018 – Oh yes I am! (will it ever end?). Cinderella will be arriving in her stylish coach at The Broadway this coming Christmas and you are all invited to the ball! Tickets will be going on sale soon (it’s never too early!) so do keep an eye out on Facebook and our website. Read More

Diary of a Theatre Manager – Episode 15

BY HARRISON FULLER

In with the new, with festivals, comedy and jazz

The theatre is looking a little sad this week. Gone is the glitter of the panto set, the bright colourful set pieces and, of course, the elephant. The run came to an end on Sunday, but plans are afoot for panto 2018. Cinderella has already been announced and tickets to the ball will be on sale very soon!

If you are feeling the January blues and are indeed some entertainment, we have music and comedy galore. Supporting local musicians we have a free music festival on 13th January with Doc Mason. Starting at 2.00pm there will music throughout the afternoon and the evening.

For a different style of music, we have Peterborough Jazz Club moving in from 11th February. Their first event will be the music of Dudley Moore. The Jazz Club will be with us each month, bringing in acts of international repute.

For comedy fans we have the return of Funhouse Comedy on 25th January with a three-comedians-for-the-price-of-one event! Bargain. Also, we have the brilliant Trumpageddon, a satire show coming to The Broadway Suite on 1st February. This show was a hit at the Edinburgh Fringe and is now coming to Peterborough as part of its UK tour.Read More

Diary of a Theatre Manager – Episode 14

BY HARRISON FULLER

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

BY HARRISON FULLER

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

BY HARRISON FULLER

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

BY HARRISON FULLER

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

BY HARRISON FULLER

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

Diary of a Theatre Manager – Episode 9

BY HARRISON FULLER

Of Theatre Tokens, Comedy and Pantomime!

This week has once again flown by in an eclectic mix of meeting, planning, putting shows on sale and networking.

Last Saturday we played host to Sean Lock in the main house and a wedding in The Broadway Suite. The room looked lovely decorated with a white and pink theme, with glittery centrepieces and a pick-and-mix station. What more could you want!

The Main Auditorium was buzzing with laughter as people enjoyed Sean Lock’s unique brand of comedy. It was a full house and our next big name comedian, Jon Richardson in April, looks set to sell out soon. If comedy is your thing, we also have Funhouse Comedy returning in January to The Broadway Suite.

Talking of The Broadway Suite, it is set to play host to a variety of events including Christmas parties and a New Year’s Eve ‘Speakeasy’ – party like it’s 1927 with a Jazz Band, funny-money Casino, and a hot buffet to see in 2018. Read More

Diary of a Theatre Manager – Episode 8

BY HARRISON FULLER

London Calling!

Today (Friday), dear readers, I am writing to you from London, from St Martin’s Lane in the heart of the West End. I have been hobnobbing like you wouldn’t believe, in order to seek out shows and collaborations for The Broadway. This is my second visit to London this week to meet with producers, all of whom are enthusiastic about The Broadway and the possibilities it holds. We are going to work together to unlock its potential and make it a centre for theatre and entertainment.

On Tuesday I was at the Young Vic to discuss a show for kids where they can get involved, play with balloons and help to tell the story. It sounds great fun (I want a ticket!) and I am hopeful that we will be able to find a slot for it in The Broadway Suite. The same producer also offered an all-female Shakespeare (in the same manner as the Donmar) so that is something worth considering and exploring, and we are looking at booking it in for 2019!

Today’s meetings have been even more promising and successful. I met with a delightful producer, Jamie, to discuss his current projects as well as how we can work together and bring bigger and better shows to the stage at The Broadway. I am excited for the theatre’s future and thrilled to be able to be part of it. Jamie will be coming up to Peterborough on Saturday 16th December for the gala night for Aladdin.Read More

Diary of a Theatre Manager – Episode 7

BY HARRISON FULLER

REFLECTING ON PROGRESS IN THE RUN-UP TO #LOVETHEATREDAY

This week I am in a somewhat ruminative mood. I have now been at this desk for ten weeks (has it really been that long already!?) and I am reflecting on the work that has happened in that time.

Those weeks have been very busy here at the theatre. Not only have we been hosting productions, but we have also been working on the fabric of the building to ensure that it is being well looked after, and we have been planning for the future. It is this future planning that has given me cause to pause and take stock of where we are.

In a short space of time we worked hard to ensure that we bringing in acts of quality to the theatre. This week, Dinosaur World Live announced their 2018 UK tour dates before they take up a residency in London at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre. And where have they chosen to kick start their tour…? Hello, The Broadway!Read More