‘West-End’ shows come to city in Broadway revival

Film producer Bill Kenwright CBE, bringing a series of shows to the Broadway Theatre. ENGEMN00120131023152835

Film producer Bill Kenwright CBE, bringing a series of shows to the Broadway Theatre. ENGEMN00120131023152835

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Theatre impresario Bill Kenwright has announced he is bringing a series of major productions to Peterborough’s Broadway Theatre.

Mr Kenwright told the Peterborough Telegraph this week that his company will bring a string of West End shows featuring big name stars to the city this year and hinted he would like to see the city theatre open all year round for major productions.

Bill Kenwright Ltd last staged a major run of shows in the city two years ago.

Mr Kenwright said: “Ever since our very special season two years ago, made possible by the tremendous support of the people of Peterborough, I’ve been asked again and again when will Bill Kenwright Limited be back at the Broadway Peterborough.

“I’m pleased to answer that question now, and tell the Peterborough Telegraph that I will be presenting a new season of musical theatre and more, starting in just nine weeks’ time.”

The theatre has been largely closed, except for occasional shows staged by local groups, since Mr Kenwright’s previous run of shows two years ago.

Prior to that the theatre had been hit by a fire and then a disastrous period when businessman Paul Coxwell took over the running of the theatre in February 2011 but ran into financial trouble just five months later. Coxwell was subsequently jailed for financial irregularities.

Bill Kenwright Ltd’s run of shows in 2013 breathed new life into the theatre and this latest investment will revive hopes that the Broadway will be a major attraction again.

The new Kenwright season opens on November 17 with Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s masterpiece Jesus Christ Superstar.

That will be followed by the dramatisation of what was recently voted ‘world’s favourite Agatha Christie’, And Then There Were None.

Other shows scheduled include The Sound Of Music, Dr Seuss’ The Cat In The Hat, and, based on one of the most popular films of all time, Miracle on 34th Street.

Legendary stage star Tommy Steele will appear in The Glenn Miller Story widely acclaimed as the year’s biggest new musical success, and the centrepiece of the season. And, by huge popular demand, a musical favourite of theatregoers everywhere, Willy Russell’s multi-award winning Blood Brothers returns.

Mr Kenwright added “I really hope there is something here for everyone to enjoy.

“Peterborough is a terrific city and last time around it was clear to me that the people of Peterborough want, deserve and support top quality theatrical productions.

“I would like to see a time when the Broadway is reinstated in full, and has year round shows – with your support I think that’s very achievable.”

On December 20 ‘Christmas Magic’ will include Peterborough Male Voice Choir with Peterborough Voices, Youth Choir and Festival Orchestra under the direction of Will Prideaux, who will also be the Broadway Theatre manager for the Bill Kenwright season. In further support of the season for the Christmas week Mr Kenwright said he is considering creating a new show to be produced out of Peterborough.