Broadway Theatre, Peterborough, re-opens with eight shows this autumn

Dreamboats and Petticoats is at the Broadway in November.

Dreamboats and Petticoats is at the Broadway in November. - Credit: Archant

Some of theatre’s biggest stars and greatest shows will grace The Broadway in Peterborough this autumn which has re-opened after two years.

Some of theatre’s biggest stars and greatest shows will grace the Broadway in Peterborough this autumn which has re-opened after two years.

The theatre closed in August 2011 after it was revealed the chief executive of StageLive, Paul Parker, was actually disgraced producer Paul Coxwell who had been jailed in 2009 for a £500,000 VAT fraud.

Coxwell was forced to leave the theatre following complaints and StageLive still owes hundreds of thousands of pounds to producers, suppliers and ticket buyers.

One of those owed money by StageLive, theatre production company Bill Kenwright Ltd, has returned to the venue and is bringing along eight West-End productions, the first of which opened this week.

Multi-platinum selling music artist and musical theatre star Marti Pellow stars as Che in Evita, which opened on Wednesday and runs until November 9.

The musical by Andrew-Lloyd Webber and Time Rice concentrates on the life of political leader Eva Perón, as she climbs the social ladder marrying Juan Perón who with her help becomes Argentina’s President.

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Adored by the population, Evita calls to her nation in the hit, Don’t Cry For Me Argentina, which reached number 1 in the UK charts.

A fortnight of rock ‘n’ roll follows.

Dreamboats and Petticoats, starring Mark Wynter, runs from November 11-16. It has enjoyed five West End seasons and returns to Peterborough where it enjoyed success in 2011.

The show features popular songs from the Rock n Roll era and follows the life and love of awkward teenager Bobby.

Save the Last Dance for Me is next up, coming to Peterborough for the first time from November 18-23.

Set to the backdrop of the hits of Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman, the story follows the holiday romances of two sisters as they set off on their first trip away without their parents.

In the stage production of Michael Morpurgo’s The Butterfly Lion, which runs from November 25-30, a cast led by Gwen Taylor embarks on an epic journey from the African heartland to war-torn France.

We follow the story of Bertie, who as young boy is separated from his beloved white lion cub, never expecting to see his friend again.

Pop star Will Young stars in Rufus Norris’ double Olivier Award-winning production of Cabaret from December 2-7.

The show, which enjoyed sell out success in the West End, stars Siobhan Dillon, who rose to fame as a BBC1 ‘Maria’, Olivier Award nominee Matt Rawle, screen and stage actor Linal Haft and West End leading lady Lyn Paul.

The show is set in a 1930s Berlin club and follows the lives of the club’s performers and writers as an increasingly threatening Nazi party endangers the delicate status quo of the Weimar Republic.

Musical theatre and movie legend Tommy Steele stars in a spectacular pre-Christmas treat in the hit Leslie Bricusse musical Scrooge the Musical, which runs from December 9-14.

The show features illusions by Harry Potter magician Paul Kieve in Charles Dickens’ famous story of Christmas spoil-sport, Ebenezer Scrooge, and his visits from the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future.

Jacob’s favourite son, Joseph, will be interpreting the dreams of pharaoh’s, butlers and bakers in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, which runs from December 17-January 5.

In the new year the Broadway will welcome Willy Russell’s multi-award winning Blood Brothers, as the lives of two boys from very different backgrounds are thrown together with dramatic consequences.

Information and tickets for all of the productions are available at 01733 822225 or from

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