Peterborough could become ‘a major city for theatre’ as Broadway run extended

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The nine-week winter season of big name shows at Peterborough’s Broadway Theatre is to be extended, with former X Factor winner Joe McElderry set to make his stage debut in Joseph,

Leading theatre impresario Bill Kenwright has already lined up a mouth-watering season starting on November 17 with all-time classic Jesus Christ Superstar.

The Sound of Music and The Glenn Miller Story are also scheduled before Blood Brothers was to bring the curtain down in mid-January.

Today though Bill Kenwright Ltd’s commercial director Steve Potts announced two more shows for the run – their second venture after a 2013 season featuring Evita and Cabaret – and said others were in the offing, with the company determined to make the most of the opportunity in Peterborough.

Thriller Rehearsal For Murder will be a co-production between the Broadway and BKL’s Theatre Royal in Windsor with a star-led cast.

The following week, the 2016 touring production of Joseph And The Technicolor Dreamcoat will be launched out of the Broadway, with reality star Joe in the title role.

“Ticket sales are going well and I am really pleased with it so far, The public and the local council have been really supportive,” said Steve.

“But the interesting thing is that I now have people in the industry calling me about Peterborough and asking about dates

“The industry has been watching and people have been cautious, but other parties have been in touch and are interested in the weeks immediately after the run.

“This season is really putting the Broadway on the map.

“The credibility is there because this is our second season and I believe there is an expectation that Peterborough might become another major city for theatre.”

“I am telling people if we are all in it for the long haul it can be something really exciting and this can be the start of it.”

“It is proving itself to be viable. It is our second time here and prople in the business know if it hadn’t worked the first time we wouldn’t be back.

“We are bringing all of these touring shows, co-producing Rehearsal For Murder with Windsor as well as launching Joseph. And I cannot think of a comparable theatre that is doing anything like that in such a short space of time.”

Steve said he has been busy putting the run of shows together since the initial announcement last month and would look at what the future holds once the season was up and running.

But he added: “I love the idea of being involved all year round.”

The run begins with Jesus Christ Superstar from November 17 to November 21.

It continues with And Then There Were None, November 23 - November 28; The Sound of Music, December 2 - December 12; Cat in the Hat, December 15 - December 17; Miracle on 34th Street, December 18 - December 19; Dreamboats and Petticoats The Christmas Party, December 22 - December 27; The Glenn Miller Story, December 29 - January 10; Blood Brothers, January 12 - January 16; Followed by Rehearsal for Murder and Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (dates and times to be confirmed).