The festive season was filled with cheer for theatres as record crowds of all ages packed out the Christmas shows in Lynn and Hunstanton.
Lynn’s Corn Exchange saw the return of the town’s favourite dame, Ian Marr, as he directed the annual pantomime, this year, Beauty and the Beast, which set new records after selling a total of 19,483 seats. General manager, Les Miller, said: “We are thrilled with the success of Beauty and the Beast. The feedback from customers has been outstanding.”
The showfeatured West End star Darren Day, from Joseph and his Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat and Summer Holiday, as The Beast, with Brookside’s Steve Pinder and KL.FM’s Adam Newstead in supporting roles.
In Hunstanton, the Princess Theatre put on a special show full of Christmas sparkle and wonder for the whole family after another packed season of shows ranging from music to magic.
Diana Hallard, of the theatre, said: “Looking back over the year, we have had some wonderful, varied shows at The Princess.
“One of my own personal favourites has to be The Stones, because as a fan of the originals since they made their debut on Juke Box Jury with, Come On, it was fantastic to be taken back to their early days and see a young ‘Mick’ strutting his stuff on stage again.”
The festive season gave the perfect opportunity to stage a fun-filled musical spectacular featuring all your favourite Christmas songs, slapstick and much more. The cast took audiences on a magical journey with Santa, his elves and of course, The Magic Snowman.
Mrs Hallard added: “This season’s production of Santa’s Elves And The Magic Snowman, has been full of Christmas magic. I have lost count of the number of times I have seen the show, yet every time, I still leave each performance feeling as if I have watched it through the eyes of a child.
“This show is full of favourite Christmas songs both old and new and has an endearing story.
“Adults and children alike have enjoyed it immensely, especially all the schools we have hosted throughout December.”