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Festival vibe at Norwich Theatre Playhouse with trio of musicals

We are bringing three delightfully silly, outrageously funny brand-new musicals to the Playhouse before the head off to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival for their debut!


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Move over Glastonbury, Download and Latitude there is a new festival in town, and it is at Norwich Theatre Playhouse.  

The Festival of New Musicals brings you three delightfully silly, outrageously funny brand-new musicals to the Playhouse before the head off to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival for their debut! The shows are at Norwich Theatre Playhouse from 23 – 28 Jul. 

From the producer that brought you Cake: The Marie Antoinette Playlist and My Son’s A Queer (But What Can You Do?) three brand new musicals – Come Dine With Me: The Musical; I Wish You Well – The Gwyneth Paltrow Ski-Trial Musical; and SILENCE! The Musical will all be headlining the festival. 

Just an hour long, they are perfect for people who will want to see all three in one day or over the course of a weekend with a festival ticket. 

For the full festival experience Norwich Theatre Playhouse will have a pizza truck delivering delicious delights straight to the Playhouse beer garden.  

The bar staff have also got you sorted with an amazing array of cocktails inspired by the musicals. Try a ‘Not Liable’ an alcoholic ginger shot; fancy some sangria then order a ‘Hello Clarice’; or why not go for a glass of prosecco with grenadine with ‘What a sad little life Jane?’ 

Sam Bain, Head of Programming & Producing at Norwich Theatre, said: “This July we’re bringing you a taste of the Edinburgh Fringe right here in Norwich.  Come and spend the day with us at the Playhouse and you can see three brand new comedy musicals and soak up the festival buzz in our riverside courtyard bar. A perfect summer day out.” 

I Wish You Well – The Gwyneth Paltrow Ski-Trial Musical (23 – 28 Jul), tells the (mostly) true story of the campest celebrity trial in history: Gwyneth vs Terry. The show is choreographed by former BBC Strictly Come Dancing judge Arlene Phillips and stars X Factor contestant Diana Vickers as Gwyneth Paltrow. 

Packed full of iconic moments, the questions about Taylor Swift, and the now famous whisper of ‘I wish you well’ – this is a fast-paced parody that sounds as good as Gwyneth’s candle smells. Throw in some jade eggs and future classics such as ‘Do You Know Taylor?’ and ‘I’m Gwynnocent’, and you have yourself a hilarious musical bursting with heart. We will ski you in court! 

SILENCE! The Musical (24 – 28 Jul) is the unauthorised musical parody of the Academy Award-winning film, The Silence of the Lambs, directed by Christopher Gattelli, who won a Tony Award for Best Choreography for Newsies on Broadway. 

As rookie FBI agent Clarice matches wits with the brilliant but insane Dr Hannibal Lecter to catch the serial killer known only as Buffalo Bill, a chorus of singing lambs breaks out to show tunes about the most horrific of subjects. Complete with singing serial killers, songs with unprintable titles and a chorus of lambs, SILENCE! The Musical comes charging at you with gleefully unstoppable bad taste.

Come Dine With Me: The Musical (23 – 28 Jul) takes a bunch of tuneful strangers, mixes in a dollop of behind-the-scenes skulduggery, a Sound Man playing detective, a sprinkling of star-crossed love, and plenty of juicy arpeggios. Marinade, cook for 60 minutes… and serve hot. The result is a mouth-watering fusion dish, combining the beloved TV show and a sumptuous original score to form a winning recipe that will delight even the pickiest palate! 

You can mix and match the musicals seeing all shows on separate days or make a day of it and see all of them at once! See all the musicals for £36 by booking online at or contacting the Box Office on 01603 630 000. All shows must be booked at the same time.