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The Land of Might-Have-Been

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The summer is hot and life is bright for fearless Vera, her brother Edward, and friends Bobbie and Roland. In Buxton 1914, the four are feeling playful, optimistic and are falling in love.

Vera Brittain: feisty, intelligent, feminist. She wants to go to Oxford University, but for now must attend the debutante dances of the day. Witty and headstrong, she is caught off guard when she meets her match in more ways than one and falls in love with romantic poet, Roland.

Her brother Edward is a player (not just of the piano!). He’s full of lust and longing for brooding Bobbie, but in 1914 a gay relationship would be illegal. Should they follow their hearts and risk everything?

Join us in the Land of Might-Have-Been as we follow young love through a fun, steamy summer… but with the storm clouds of war looming on the horizon.

With the songs of Ivor Novello – the Andrew Lloyd Webber of his day – including ‘We’ll Gather Lilacs,’ ‘Glamorous Night’ and ‘Buxton Ragtime Band’ plus additional compositions by Iain Farrington, who was recently commissioned as a composer for the King’s Coronation. If you enjoy the passion of Les Misérables and Miss Saigon, you will love this.

The Land of Might-Have-Been is the brand new, spirited musical produced by Norwich Theatre and Buxton International Festival, with all the love and desire of Bridgerton, the glitz and glamour of The Great Gatsby, incredible dance routines and a story inspired by the early years of a passionate, inspirational woman.

Four young people falling in love and a summer that would change the world.

Important information

Ticket prices: £10 - £38.50

On Sale 
Gold Friends, Supporters and Corporates – 21 Nov
Friends and Best Friends – 24 Nov
General – 28 Nov

Friends pre-June 22 – £2 OFF Bands A-D
Friends from June 22 – 5% OFF
Best & Gold Friends – 10% OFF
O60s – £5 OFF Bands A& B (Thurs Matinee and Evening)
U26s – £5 OFF all performances Bands A-C
Groups –  Tues – Thurs 20+ 10% Off, 40+ 20% Off, 80+ 25% Off
Schools – Contact us for a code to share with pupils – £15 tickets all performances

Prelude Restaurant

Why not visit our restaurant…

Make your theatre trip extra special and dine in Prelude, a fresh and contemporary space inspired by the building’s art deco heritage.

With the hassle taken out, relax and enjoy our seasonal set price menu in Prelude. Your table is reserved for the whole evening, so you can enjoy your dessert and drinks in the show interval. Plus, Theatre Royal Friends can enjoy a 10% discount!



Norwich Theatre Royal - Auditorium | 2020


“Working on the show so far has been such a great process. To see a piece in creation with a very talented cast and creative team is something you don’t see very often. The rehearsals brought tears to my eyes. I sat there in the rehearsal room and had the same feeling as when I first watched Les Misérables!”
Dec Matwij, Norwich Theatre’s Head of AV and Sound Designer for The Land of Might-Have-Been

“This gorgeous new musical is one to indulge in! It’s beautiful, funny, clever and the singing is sublime. I was right there in the hot summer, partying with these four friends, as they were discovering love and their own power. Such a moving story too, I adored it!”
Rebecca Lyon, Head of Media and Communications at Norwich Theatre.


Eat & Drink

Fresh, seasonal, and locally sourced produce. Enjoy the best in food and drink  at our restaurant Prelude or a quick delicious bite before the show.

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