16 January 2017
Wayne Sleep in the Wild West helped make this year’s Norwich Theatre Royal pantomime a huge success. Jack and The Beanstalk, which featured a star cast headed by the renowned dancer and performer, proved popular with all ages.
61,200 people saw the show which generated a record-breaking £1,087,670 in ticket sales, an increase on last year’s previous record of £1,072,236.
The panto also won glowing praise from audiences and critics alike thanks to a strong cast starring opposite Wayne including panto stalwart Richard Gauntlett who wrote and directed the show as well as playing Dame Nigella Trottalot, comedy favourite Ben Langley as the always-energetic Silly Billy, Norwich’s own Harriet Bunton as Dolly the Fairy, popular West End performer David Burilin in the title role, and distinguished character actor David Gant as Sheriff Phil Hiccup with songstress Mira Ormala as Jolene.
13 January 2017
Norfolk Contemporary Art Society, Norfolk Contemporary Craft Society and Norwich Twenty Group are combining to stage an exhibition at The Hostry, Norwich Cathedral, from 21 January to 26 February 2017, celebrating the life of David Holgate. David, who died in 2014, was an active member of all three arts organisations. The title of the show, Exuberance is Beauty, is taken from one of his exquisite pieces of letter carving. An accomplished musician, sculptor, calligrapher and an innovative teacher, David’s life and work seemed to be united in a brave and inexhaustible search for meaning and beauty in everything he did.
12 December 2016
A rare mangabey monkey has been born at Africa Alive! near Lowestoft. This primate is endemic to the Democratic Republic of the Congo where it can be found south of the Congo River. Very little is known about this species in the wild, however, whilst information on its population status is limited, it appears to be very patchily distributed across its range, and with major threats including hunting (both for meat and the pet trade) and the risk from localised habitat loss, the population is decreasing and it is thought to be endangered.
6 December 2016
Buoyant ticket sales and a bumper year of successful shows will ensure outgoing Norwich Theatre Royal chief executive Peter Wilson leaves the organisation in a good position.
14 November 2016
The Thursford Christmas Spectacular returns for it's 40th year on Thursday 10 November 2016. This traditional show for families young and old, is one of Britain’s hottest tickets and gives visitors the chance to watch West End performers in the picturesque setting of Thursford, Norfolk.