Marina magic

PUBLISHED: 11:00 30 August 2008 | UPDATED: 21:10 05 July 2010

THE month of September brings a host of family entertainment to Lowestoft Marina Theatre with international dance, top class drama, orchestral music, final screenings a popular film and a West End musical.

THE month of September brings a host of family entertainment to Lowestoft Marina Theatre with international dance, top class drama, orchestral music, final screenings a popular film and a West End musical.

First up from Friday, September 5 is the international dance spectacular Spirit of the Dance, as the celebrated company premieres their latest tour. One of the most successful shows ever to come out of Ireland, Spirit of the Dance has been seen by more than 30 million people in 15 countries around the world.

Irish in origin and bursting with raw energy, this explosive and powerful show combines Irish dance with the Latino rhythms of flamenco and red hot salsa in a thrilling production of strength and passion. Performances take place nightly at 7.30pm on Friday, September 5 and Saturday, September 6 with a special matinee performance at 2.30pm on the Saturday.

Classic edge of the seat drama is promised with the spine-chilling thriller Intent to Murder from September 11. Leading the cast are Clare McGlinn and Nick Barclay.

Clare played Charlie Ramsden in Coronation Street for two years and Sgt Natalie Metcalf in BBC's The Cops.

The play is a classic suspense thriller that will keep audiences on the edge of their seats as the plot twists and turns towards its unexpected climax. Performances run nightly at 7.30pm with a special matinee performance at 2.30pm on Saturday, September 13.

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra presents the penultimate concert in its 2008 series on September 19 as Stephen Bell conducts a spectacular Tchaikovsky Gala. Featuring international soloist Tasmin Waley Cohen, the programme includes the composers Violin Concerto, Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture, The Waltz of the Flowers from Nutcracker and the Sleeping Beauty Suite.

It's already been seen by over a quarter of people in Lowestoft and the summer's top movie, Mamma Mia! has a few extra screenings added during September.

Meryl Streep leads an all-star cast in the beloved musical, which brings the timeless lyrics and melodies of iconic super group Abba to the big screen.

Extra matinee performances take place at 2.30pm on September 1, 9, 10 and 16, and at 4pm on September 7 and 14, with extra evening screenings at 7.30pm on September 7, 9, 10, 14 and 16, culminating in a special final screening on September 20 at 8pm during which a competition will be held for the best Abba fancy dress.

Supported by the Lowestoft Journal, the final evening kicks off with auditorium doors open at 7pm, the fancy dress judging at 7.30pm and the main feature at 8pm. The Marina bar will also be open from 6pm.

One of the region's popular amateur dramatic groups presents their version of the hit musical The King and I from Tuesday, September 23. This classic by Rogers and Hammerstein is presented by the Lowestoft Players and includes hits such as Getting to Know You and Shall We Dance with performances nightly until Saturday, September 27, with a Saturday matinee at


The stage is then set for the long awaited return of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's hit musical Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

Running for just 12 performances from September 29, the cast includes stars of the hit BBC TV series Any Dream Will Do with Craig Chalmers in the lead role and Antony Harrison as the Pharaoh.

And from another top television series, I'd Do Anything comes finalist Tara Bethan as the Narrator.

To book seats or for more information on any Marina Theatre concert, movie or show

telephone the box office on 01502 533200.

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