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Women Taking the Lead at Norwich Theatre

We are welcoming a range of wonderful women lead shows to Norwich Theatre this season, from cutting-edge comedians to ground-breaking character casting.


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From cutting-edge comedians to ground-breaking character casting, take your pick from a range of shows this season at Norwich Theatre featuring strong, innovative women. 

Shewolves – Playhouse, 22 May 23 

Written and performed entirely by women, Shewolves is a play focussing on the power of hope and difficulties young girls face whilst forging friendships. This coming-of-age comedy is a must-see for teenagers and adults alike! 

The One Like Judi Love – Playhouse, 26 May 23 

Having recently produced ‘Black, Female and Invisible’ with Channel 4, delving into the topic of ingrained prejudice against black women, Judi Love is now back on tour. Expect unrelenting anecdotes from her life, sandwiched between hilarious routines about smear tests, shaving and period pants!  

Five Years – Stage Two, 2 – 3 Jun 23 

In 2011, a survey found that 20% of women in the UK would trade 5 years of their life to achieve their ideal body. In Five Years, the possibility of this exchange is a reality, and we follow Yasmin, and we follow Yasmin on her journey through the procedure. Using, similar to that of ABBA Voyage, this unique production examples the lengths women will go to in the pursuit of perfection.  

Julius Caesar – Royal, 6 – 10 Jun 23 

The Royal Shakespeare Company is breaking conventions with the casting of their new production, Julius Caesar. In the original play, 46 out of 48 named characters are men. The Director, Atri Banerjee, comments, ‘we’ve cast it in such a way to redress the gender imbalance, it’s now about half and half men and women and one non-binary actor’. Don’t miss this fresh take on a classic that hauntingly reflects modern times.  

The Land of Might-Have-Been – Royal, 25 – 30 Jul 23 

Based upon the life of Vera Brittain, a pioneering feminist and pacifist, The Land of Might-Have-Been explores her determination to not become a traditional housewife. Following Vera and her friends during the summer before World War One, this stunning musical examples how the power of love kept hope alive in the darkest of times.  

Jordan Gray: Is It a Bird? – Playhouse, 1 Oct 23 

One of the UK’s first transgender stand-up comedians, Jordan Gray, will be taking to The Playhouse stage with her show Is It a Bird? Fresh from the Edinburgh Fringe, this hilarious show tackles the topics of babies, breasts, bigots, and Batman! 

An Audience with Lucy Worsley on Agatha Christie – Royal, 2 Oct 23 

The Queen of History, Lucy Worsley, is heading to Norwich to share stories of the Queen of Crime, Agatha Christie. The show delves into Christie’s mysterious private life, falsely posing as an Edwardian lady of leisure. Lucy will uncover the real Agatha Christie, who, despite the obstacles of class and gender, became an astonishingly successful working woman. 

Sophie Duker: Hag – Playhouse, 6 Oct 23 

Having won the Funny Women Best Comedy Writer Award in 2021, Sophie Duker is smashing the current stand-up comedy scene, having made frequent appearances on Live at the Apollo, Mock the Week and 8 out of 10 Cats Does Countdown. Don’t miss her brand-new show, Hag, which is brimming with gags about sex, star signs, sugar, and spice! 

 Catch these inspiring women whilst you can and bask in their many talents! We also have Women in Shakespeare and Writing Through Motherhood sessions available to sign up for, perfect for the women who want to share their creativity as part of a community!  

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