Norfolk puts on a festive Christmas show
At time of writing there are still at least two months until Christmas. However, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t start planning some Christmas festivities now.
For many of us, that means a trip to a Christmas Show. Be it a pantomime, a musical performance or a Christmas extravaganza of dance, music and comedy.
Christmas show brings out the kid in us all
There is something about Christmas and the weeks leading up to and following the big day that bring out the kid in all of us. For a few precious days in the year we are happy to indulge in childhood stories and fantasies. Father Christmas, Rudolph and his fellow reindeer, Santa’s little helper, talking, dancing Snowmen – anything goes at Christmas.
Which is why a great Christmas show or a heart-warming pantomime is so popular. It doesn’t matter what our age, our background or a our day-to-day job is. Most of us are happy to be transported into a world where witches, wizards, black cats and hobgoblins exist side by side. It is a world where it is perfectly believable that a beanstalk offers a route to another, magical world.
Across Norfolk, the theatres and village halls are gearing up for a seasonal round of “He’s behind you.” Or “Oh yes, she is, oh no she isn’t”.
Norfolk’s panto offering
To the west of the county, King’s Lynn Corn Exchange is holding its annual pantomime. This year’s offering coming in the form of Sleeping Beauty. Just along the coast, the Princess Theatre in Hunstanton is all about Happy, Sneezy, Dopey, Bashful et al as Snow White takes to the stage.
Magic carpets, Widow Twanky and a genie in a bottle lend a touch of Far Eastern spice to Christmas at the Theatre Royal in Norwich. Aladdin is a pantomime favourite and this year Hollyoaks and History Boys star Steven Roberts and Emmerdale’s Rik Makarem are making magic and mischief.
Norwich Maddermarket is offering a Roald Dahl classic in the shape of James and the Giant Peach. This is a fun-filled and extraordinary adventure that will fuel children’s imaginations.
For many people, there is one event in Norfolk that personifies Christmas and that is the Thursford Christmas Spectacular. Coachloads of people come from all over the country to enjoy the three-hour extravaganza. The show entails carousels, mechanical organs and more than 130 professional singers, dancers and musicians. Grandparents, grandkids and all the kidults in between will find something to suit them. And maybe some quirks in their musical taste they didn’t even realise existed.
A Diva’s show at Holkham
For lovers of classical music, the Diva Opera at Holkham Hall is a must. The background to the musical extravaganza is a family union at Christmas. This lively and heart-warming tale features arias, songs and carols as the returning family members recount Christmases past and their hopes for the future. (For two nights only 30 November and 1 December).
There are many, many more shows and pantomimes across the county ranging from local am-dram shows to professional productions. The final one we will mention here is the rollicking, rumbustious Cromer Pier Christmas Show. Laugh-out loud comedy, great music, stunning dance routines – even the most miserable of Scrooges will enjoy this one – “Oh yes he will!”