Churchill Theatre Bromley last night launched their 40th anniversary season with the opening of the 20th-anniversary production of Jonathan Larson’s award-winning musical Rent. The production which has already been on tour around the UK and is fresh from a sell-out run at the St James Theatre in London, is the start of what the theatre management hope will be their most successful season ever.
Amongst the jewels in the theatre’s crown will be a spectacular production of Thoroughly Modern Millie starring Joanne Clifton in the title role. Joanne is fresh from winning Strictly Come Dancing as partner to Ore Oduba and she’s certain to be a big draw. Better known as a dancer, the producers of the show are convinced that Joanne is destined for big things not only on this tour but on the West End stage in years to come as her singing and acting skills are more than equal to her dancing.
Also, this season are productions of Footloose with Gareth Gates and Maureen Nolan, The Wedding Singer with Ray Quinn and Roxanne Pallett and the world premiere of Son Of A Preacher Man which will feature the songs of Dusty Springfield.
But the season whilst big on musicals doesn’t neglect straight plays and there are productions of West End hit The Woman In Black, Ruth Rendell’s A Judgement In Stone starring Sophie Ward, Shirley Anne Field and Antony Costa and an adaptation of Peter James’ book Not Dead Enough starring Bill Ward and Laura Whitmore.
These are just a few of the highlights of what you can see in Bromley between now and July. There’s a lot going on in in the theatre and things seem to be going from strength to strength. They’re also launching a brand-new membership scheme for the 16-25 age group called Sidekick. Getting young people away from watching Youtube, their phones, and computer games into theatres can be a difficult trick to pull off but Sidekick could be the way forward not only in Bromley but for other provincial theatres too.
There’s much to be admired in this season’s offerings so a trip down to Bromley (and if you get the right train, it’s only 16 minutes from Victoria) will be well worth it.
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