9 West End shows head to Norwich Theater Royal in 2023

Published:
7:30 a.m. August 7, 2022



From Six to Sister Act, you don’t need to shell out for train tickets to London as some of the West End’s biggest shows are heading to the city.

This is what you should expect in 2023 at the Norwich Theater Royal.


Sister act.
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1. Sister Act, January 10-14

Everyone’s favorite nun is on the run in this hit show, touring straight from London.

The musical tells the story of disco diva Deloris who witnesses a murder and is placed in a convent under protective custody where she transforms the choir.

The show stars West End sensation Lizzie Bea and Emmerdale star Sandra Marvin.


Mousetrap arrives in Norwich.

Mousetrap arrives in Norwich.
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2. The mousetrap, from January 23 to 28

Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap is the longest running play in the world and it opened in London’s West End in 1952.

In this murder mystery, a group of seven strangers find themselves locked up in a secluded country guest house.

When a police sergeant arrives, they discover that one of them is a killer.


Girl from the North Country.

Girl from the North Country.
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3. Girl From The North Country, February 28-March 4

This West End and Broadway show from acclaimed playwright Conor McPherson boldly reimagines the legendary songs of Bob Dylan.

It’s set in 1934 in the heart of America, and audiences encounter a group of wayward souls who cross paths in a weathered guesthouse.

They realize that nothing is what it seems and come face to face with unspoken truths.


Derren Brown has canceled his Norwich shows after contracting Covid.

Derren Brown: Showman arrives at the Norwich Theater Royal.
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4. Derren Brown: Showman, March 21-25

Award-winning master of mind control Derren Brown is finally heading to the Theater Royal after the show was postponed due to Covid.

The show is also moving to London’s Apollo Theater West End from December 2022 to March 2023 ahead of the Norwich run.


Strictly Ballroom the musical.

Strictly Ballroom the musical.
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5. Strictly Ballroom the Musical, April 10-15

Strictly Ballroom the Musical returns to Norwich and is based on the hit 1992 film directed by Baz Luhrmann.

The show is touring the UK and Ireland and features Kevin Clifton of Strictly Come Dancing, under the direction of judge and choreographer Craig Revel Horwood.

It will feature a cast of over 20 world-class artists.


Charlie and the Chocolate Factory arrive in Norwich.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory arrive in Norwich.
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6. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, April 19-29

Be sure to get your golden ticket to see this devilishly delicious adaptation of Roald Dahl’s timeless classic, with West End star Gareth Snook playing Willy Wonka.

It tells the story of Charlie Bucket who wins a trip to the Wonka Chocolate Factory with four other children.

But in the sweet hallways and among the edible delights, the five winners discover that not everything is as sweet as it seems.


Titanic the Musical arrives in Norwich.

Titanic the Musical arrives in Norwich.
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7. Titanic the Musical, May 1-6

Titanic the Musical is a stunning and moving production that focuses on the hopes and dreams of the passengers who boarded the RMS Titanic in 1912.

It was on her maiden voyage from Southampton to New York when she sank, killing 1,517.

The original Broadway production won five Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book.


The Holbein House on stage SIX the musical

Six returns to Norwich in 2023.
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8. Six, May 16-21

Global hit Six returns to Norwich Theater Royal by popular demand in 2023.

It sees Henry VIII’s wives transform from Tudor Queens to popstars, remixing 500 years of historic heartbreak in a high-octane 80-minute celebration of girl power.

Six first came to the city in 2018 on their first Norwich Playhouse tour.


West End cast of The Ocean at the End of the Road.

West End cast of The Ocean at the End of the Road.
– Credit: Manuel Harlan

9. The ocean at the end of the road, from September 5 to 9

Adapted from the 2013 novel by Neil Gaiman, also behind Coraline, Good Omens and The Sandman, comes this major new show from the National Theatre.

This gripping adventure of fantasy, myth and friendship takes audiences on an epic journey to a once forgotten childhood.

Back at his childhood home, a man finds himself standing by the pond at the old Sussex farmhouse where he used to play and his friend Lettie claims it was an ocean.

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