The hamlet of Thursford, with a population of little more than 200, is home to a Christmas Spectacular which is widely recognised as the largest show of its kind in the country.
And it was curtain up on Wednesday for this year’s festive spectacular, which has a run until Wednesday, December 23, once again produced and directed by John Cushing with a cast of 130 professional singers, dancers and musicians.
The show has “spectacularly” grown and grown since it started back in 1977.
It was featured on BBC’s Songs of Praise programme in 2006 when Aled Jones was talking to the organisers and cast, and then getting royal recognition in 2010 when Prince William and his then new fiancee Kate Middleton watched a gala charity performance and attended a special reception in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust.
This year’s colourful three-hour show once again features non-stop singing, dancing, music, humour and variety.
There’s also top comedian Paul Eastwood and a speciality act provided by Anaelle Molinario, an amazing contortion and hula hoop artist from France, who has a gift of extreme flexibility.
Matinees are at 2pm and the evening shows start at 7pm; for ticket availability and prices you should call the booking office on 01328 878477 (Monday - Friday 9am to 4pm) or book online at www.thursford.com