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A spoonful of sugar just the medicine for Norwich's Theatre Royal

A spoonful of sugar just the medicine for Norwich's Theatre Royal

The musical Mary Poppins took nearly £2 million, making it the Theatre Royal's most successful show ever.

Mary Poppins Credit: Norwich Theatre Royal

More than 42 thousand people went to the show during its five week run.

It was one of many successful shows at the theatre which has produced its best ever operating surplus of £700,000.

The profit will be used to provide the final injection of funding for the theatre's Stage Two learning centre.

Stage Two building Credit: Norwich Theatre Royal

"A significant development in this financial year was the completion of our new purpose-built £3.5m learning and participation centre. This important project has seen a whole new area of work and ambition for the Theatre Royal open up and has further cemented learning and participation at the core of our mission."

– Stephen Crocker, Chief Executive, Theatre Royal
Stephen Crocker Credit: Norwich Theatre Royal

The theatre says the best ever results will also mean that it can expand it's artistic programming over the next 12 months.

The theatre has become a member of the Dance Consortium and as part of that the first two pieces coming to the city will be the Norwich debut of world-renowned dancer Carlos Acosta and his new company Acosta Danza, and a visit from the Brooklyn-based Mark Morris Dance Group, presenting their Beatles-inspired piece Pepperland.

Acosta Danza Credit: Norwich Theatre Royal

Grease will be the word next year, The theatre's youth company will be bringing the classic musical to the stage.

The all-American love story set at Rydell High and featuring iconic songs including You're The One That I Want and Summer Lovin' will be a great chance for young people to act and sing in the cast, dance in the ensemble and also to form the production crew for the show.

"We would like to say a big thank you to everyone who has helped and supported us so far. We hope they will now join us on the journey to develop our programme even further as we innovate and develop what we offer across our three venues while absolutely sustaining the incredible quality and breadth of work across all genres that has become the trademark of the Theatre Royal and Playhouse."

– Stephen Crocker, Chief Executive, Theatre Royal