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LIVE From The Royal

22 Apr - 13 May

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LIVE From The Royal

22 Apr - 13 May 2021


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Spoken, Heard: An Evening of Poets and Poetry

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Norwich Free Market Music Night

Taking place at 7pm every Thursday evening for five weeks, the Live from the Royal series sees the very best of locally curated theatre, comedy, dance and music, exclusively streamed from the Theatre Royal stage to your sofa, in the comfort of your own home.

The entirely Norwich & Norfolk line-up for the series is part of our commitment to supporting the development of locally-based creatives, and providing opportunities for locally-inspired creation and storytelling. For many of the artists this will be their first time performing live in over a year.

The series is made available free of charge as a means of saying thank you to everyone who has supported Norwich Theatre through this most challenging period. All performers and crew will receive payment for their involvement, as they share their delight to be celebrating the diversity of creative voices and means of creative expression in our city and county.

People who wish to make a donation to support Norwich Theatre recover from the impact of the pandemic and keep delivering creative opportunities to all, can do so by visiting our Creative Recovery Appeal Fund here.

Important information

Running time: Approximately 60 Mins

Age recommendation: 12+

Available to watch online through any web browser, smart TV, tablet or mobile.

How To Watch

  • Click Here to visit our new Digital Stage platform or copy and paste the link below into your web browser:
  • Using your Norwich Theatre online account details log in using your email address and password.
  • Once you have logged in, you will be redirected back to the Watch page. Either click My Library or scroll to your performance and you will see a note above your event title to say You Have A Ticket, scroll to the bottom of the event and click Watch Now.

If you log in before the livestream start time, you will see the livestream player with a holding image just wait here until the stream starts, and then click on the play button to start.


Live from the Royal: The Rojas Quartet
Thu 22 April, 7pm

Inspired by the Latin American Serenatas, The Rojas Quartet offers a message of love and hope with works by Jimenez, Piazzolla and Matos.
Founded by musical director at Sistema in Norwich, Juan Gabriel Rojas, The Rojas Quartet comprises talented local musicians Caroline Bishop (BBC Symphony and Concert Orchestras, BBC Proms, English Chamber Orchestra and The London Mozart Players), Sarah Harris (English Touring Opera, Glyndebourne Opera on Tour and English National Ballet) and Ingrid Perrin (Heaven 17 and Palais Schaumberg, National Theatre, Second Stride, Rambert Dance and Lumière & Son Theatre Company).


Cuarteto Virreinal
By Miguel B. JIMÉNEZ

Zarabanda con Variaciones
Mosso e spigliato
By Manuel PONCE arr. Álvaro Bitrán

La Cumparsita
By Gerardo MATOS arr. Javier Montiel

Melodía en La Menor

La Muerte del Ángel

Tico-Tico no Fubá
By Zequinha ABREU arr. Freddy Ortíz

Live from the Royal: Spoken, Heard – An Evening of Poets and Poetry
Thu 29 April, 7pm

Award-winning and Norfolk-based poet and performer Lewis Buxton presents an evening of poets and poetry featuring sets by Shannon Clinton-Copeland and Edalia Day.

Lewis will be reading from his new book ‘Boy in Various Poses’ as well as extracts from his one person show ‘Workout!’, both focusing on boyhood, sport and the male body…

A British-Irish writer of Jamaican descent, Shannon Clinton-Copeland will be performing a short series of poems called ‘Love Poems for Animate Objects’, ranging in topic from memories of her late Jamaican grandmother to her affinity with the city of her birth and her committed long-term relationship with the hyphen.

Transgender/non-binary spoken word artist, motion designer and theatre maker based in Norwich, Edalia Day’s work is full of energy and theatrical flair combining comedy, live music and interactive projection mapping. Their shows include Super Hamlet 64, about videogames, and Shakespeare and Too Pretty To Punch, about transphobia in the media. Since lockdown they’ve produced several successful projects combining Animation and Poetry, working with the Young Vic, HOME, Harrogate Theatre, The Garage, Milk Presents and Scottee.

Live from the Royal: Comedy Night with Nelson Gombakomba & Guests
Thu 6 May, 7pm

Local comedy legend Nelson Gombakomba has invited a few friends around for a bit of a laugh…

Based in Norwich, Nelson Gombakomba has performed all over the country including the Comedy Store in London, his favourite club, and Gonzo’s Tea Room in Norwich. Last year he was a finalist in the prestigious Amused Moose New Act Competition and was one of the headliners at Norwich Theatre’s summer season INTERLUDE. He will be joined on stage by local support acts Alex Oliver and Martin Westgate for an hour of entertaining stories.

Gigging up and down the country for the last six years, Alex Oliver is a seasoned mc and opener as well as being the resident mc at two comedy clubs in Norwich. He has performed at the Edinburgh Fringe and made the finals of numerous comedy competitions including Chortle Student Comedian of the year, Brighton squawker new act and Bath new act of the year. He has written, performed and helped produce The BBC New Comedy Show for the past two years. He also appeared on Helen Lederer’s (Absolutely Fabulous) Knock Knock podcast for the BBC and is a permanent feature on The Game with Phil Daley (BBC Radio Norfolk).

Martin Westgate is a card carrying Norfolk boy specialising in quick gags and one liners and thriving on audience interaction, all wrapped up in a check shirt. He likes to find the funny in most things… Great Yarmouth, relationships, talent show judges.

Martin is a regular MC at Hooma Comedy Club in Norwich, the host of The Sense of Hooma Podcast and has been a regular contributor on BBC New Comedy show. He has supported Carl Hutchinson and will support Gary Meikle on their Norwich tour dates. He has been on the same bill as Hal Cruttenden, Rhys James, Tanyalee Davis, Bobby Mair, Tim Fitzhigham, and Simon Brodkin to name but a few

“Martin asked me for a quote and I said yes… Saw him, liked him, hope he gives up soon before he starts costing me work.” Gary Delaney

Live from the Royal: Norwich Free Market Music Night
Thu 13 May, 7pm

Join us for an unforgettable evening of music featuring the best up-and-coming artists from Norwich and Norfolk. All performed live, directly to your sofa! The line-up includes:

Exceptionally talented rapper/vocalist and co-founder of the popular Hip Hop duo Toplinerz, B-MUS is responsible for hard-hitting tracks ‘Out Here’, ‘New Day’ and ‘They Don’t Know’ which topped the charts on Radio Channel AKA in 2007. After collaborating with well-known artist and producer Paul Waller on his first demo, B-MUS went on to collaborate with artists such as Big Narstie, Little Dee, Pak-Man, Smiler and Swiss of So Solid.

Jon Loser Peach started Love Songs for Losers as a solo acoustic act in 2017. He then teamed up with producer Mark Ferguson to record the band’s debut album ‘Save Your Worship’ in Sep 2018. The band spent the 2020 lockdown recording a second album due for release in the summer.

Hailed as one of the most incredible voices around today, an extraordinary songwriter and an unbelievably talented harmonica player, Lisa Jane is an up-and-coming singer songwriter from Norwich. After winning a BBC Radio 1 competition, she supported Mark Ronson at Liverpool’s Carling Academy. Her music can be defined Acoustic… Alternative… and most definitely Indie.

The Dove & Boweevil Band are an Americana-Soul duo act based in Norfolk, known for their memorable melodies and eclectic and energising music. Expect soaring vocals from Lauren Dove and raw, gritty guitar from Mark ‘Boweevil’ Howes, with backing from a mightily accomplished band.

Originally from Dublin, now based in Norwich, Sanguine Sea was founded by singer songwriter Alan A. Redmond. Alan’s music is a rich, emotive and in part autobiographical blend of melodies, described as ‘Scott Walker meets Crowded House in an Irish Bar’.