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Shakespeare and David Hare’s Skylight amongst not to miss theatre in Norfolk

PUBLISHED: 12:28 16 February 2017 | UPDATED: 12:28 16 February 2017

There is a rare chance to see Shakespeare's seldom-performed Timon of Athens in Norwich. Picture: Submitted

There is a rare chance to see Shakespeare's seldom-performed Timon of Athens in Norwich. Picture: Submitted

Sewell Barn Theatre

A rare chance to see seldom-performed Timon of Athens, Terry Johnson’s hilarious farce Hysteria and classic comedy The Ladykillers.

• Timon of Athens

Sewell Barn Theatre, Constitution Hill, Norwich, February 16-18/22-25, 7.30pm, 2.30pm Feb 25, £9 (£7 cons), 01603 628319, www.sewellbarn.org.uk

Sewell Barn’s latest production is Shakespeare’s complex essay on avarice, misanthropy and vengeance. Ostentatious Timon loses a fortune, and with it a host of sycophants. In self-imposed exile, he finds a new fortune which brings the sycophants crawling back to him. But by then he has learnt to see through shallow flattery and helps purge Athens before his death. This modern dress, sparse production, co-written with Thomas Middleton, aims to show how the play’s themes of greed, consumerism, credit, homelessness, mania, violence and urban rioting echo in contemporary Britain. It is a rare chance to share in the wonderful story of a seldom-performed Shakespeare updated to a modern setting.

• Skylight

Maddermarket Theatre, Norwich, February 17-25, 7.30pm, 2.30pm Feb 18/25, £12-£8, 01603 620917, www.maddermarket.co.uk

On a cold night in North West London, Kyra a school teacher has an unexpected visit from her former lover, the charismatic restaurateur Tom. Over the course of the evening it becomes clear that there might be a chance to rekindle their once passionate relationship. Can a past love be brought to life again under different circumstances? Can they reconcile their passions and politics? David Hare’s play was recently produced at The National Theatre with Carey Mulligan and Bill Nighy, to great acclaim, and is here the latest at the Maddermarket Theatre from the Norwich Players. You can see it for just £5 when you buy a ticket for a production of Action at a Distance from Orange Skies Theatre (Feb 16-18, 5.30pm/6pm).

• Hysteria

Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds, February 21-25, 7.30pm, 2pm Feb 22, 3pm Feb 25, £21.50-£8.50, 01284 769505, www.theatreroyal.org

London Classic Theatre’s production of Terry Johnson’s hilarious farce which won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Comedy in 1994. In 1938 Hampstead, London, Sigmund Freud has fled Nazi-occupied Austria and settled in leafy Swiss Cottage. The ageing Freud intends to spend his last days in peaceful contemplation, but when Salvador Dali pays a visit, and discovers a naked woman in the closet, intoxicating mayhem ensues. An acknowledged modern classic, Johnson’s play explores the fallout when two of the 20th-century’s most brilliant and original minds collide. Johnson is one of the UK’s most celebrated contemporary playwrights with notable successes include Mrs Henderson Presents, Dead Funny, Insignificance, The Graduate and Cleo, Camping, Emmanuelle and Dick.

• The Ladykillers

Sheringham Little Theatre, February 22-25, 7.30pm, 2.30pm Feb 25, £11-£10, 01263 822347, www.sheringhamlittletheatre.com

Based on the well-loved Ealing comedy, the stage version of this British screen classic written by Norfolk-based comedy writer Graham Linehan has enjoyed great success. Here it is being staged by Cromer and Sheringham Operatic and Dramatic Society. It tells the tale of a sweet little old widow pitted against a gang of criminal misfits who will stop at nothing. Posing as amateur musicians, Professor Marcus and his gang rent rooms in the house of the strictly moral Mrs Wilberforce, whilst they plan an audacious bank robbery. When she discovers what they are up to, Mrs Wilberforce is alone against five desperate men with only her parrot, General Gordon, to help her. But who will be forced to face the music?

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