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Curtain goes up on Malvern Theatres' autumn season
9:00am Friday 3rd August 2012 in Theatre & Comedy
ONE of the undoubted highlights of the forthcoming autumn season at Malvern Theatres will be Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap, which, to celebrate 60 unbelievable years on the London stage, heads out on its first ever UK tour.
Famous around the world for being the longest running show in the history of British theatre, the legendary thriller comes to Malvern for six days from November 19.
Many Malvern favourites return for the season, including Timothy West in Ronald Harwood’s The Handyman, Tom Conti in Rough Justice by Terence Frisby, Penelope Keith in Keith Waterhouse’s Good Grief and her former The Good Life co-star Felicity Kendal in Alan Ayckbourn’s Relatively Speaking.
Elsewhere on the drama line-up is the award-winning West End comedy, The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, starring Beverley Callard, Ray Quinn, Joe McGann and introducing Jess Robinson as Little Voice, and the 2012 award-winning revival of Driving Miss Daisy.
Starring Gwen Taylor and Don Warrington, Alfred Uhry’s tale of the unlikely friendship between a prickly elderly southern matriarch and her kindhearted chauffeur provided the inspiration for the Oscar-winning movie of the same name.
There is also the opportunity to see three National Theatre Live broadcasts – starting with The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time on Thursday, September 6, followed by The Last of the Haussmans and Timon of Athens on October 11 and November 1.
There’s a wide-ranging programme of music, too, with Glyndebourne Summer Broadcasts of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro and Ravel’s L’heure Espagnol and L’enfant et les Sortileges on August 17 and 19 respectively, and the new season from the Met features 12 operas broadcast live from New York.
The Yamaha International Piano Series returns to Malvern with four recitals by Joanna McGregor, Marc Andre Hamelin, Freddy Kempf and Steven Osborne and English Touring Opera brings its production of Britten’s Albert Herring.
Dance includes Tango Pasion direct from Argentina, a triple bill of work from the all-female hip-hop dance sensation Decadance, direct from New York, and the National Dance Theatre of Jamaica, while comedy is delivered by Jim Davidson, Jethro and the Two Wrongies with their World of Wrong.
Full details of all events, including this year’s pantomime Cinderella, can be found here: