That’s Entertainment: Friday, January 9 by Andy Tyler

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It’s only right and proper to start my first column of 2015 wishing all readers a very Happy New Year! I predict 2015 will prove to be a busy and exciting one, not only in the entertainment world, but in all walks of life, both locally and nationally. Before we explore some of the great entertainment and events coming our way soon, I wish to recount a few of my highlights over the Christmas and New Year period.

Although I have visited Sandringham many times I have never been over on Christmas morning and joined the crowds observing the Queen and Royal Family visiting Church; quite an experience for me, made even better by lovely weather, recommended!

I also had time to visit the cinema, and enjoyed Paddington, based on those classic bear adventures by Michael Bond and The Theory of Everything concentrating on Stephen Hawking’s early life and the relationship with his first wife, Jane. I did once turn round in a Cambridge shop only to realise I was not alone browsing, the good Professor and a carer were doing the same; wow!

Both movies excellent, in my view, so why not pay your local cinema a visit soon?

Wrapping up this retrospect a visit to The British Museum proved very enlightening and enjoyable recently, and an exhibition entitled Germany – Memories of a Nation, showing until January 25 (I understand German chancellor Angela Merkel will visit it); and also fascinating, was essentially a 600-year history in objects, with a book complimenting the exhibition by Neil MacGregor proving to be a best-seller!

If things German interest you, why not visit The King’s Lynn- Emmerich Twinning Club’s website and perhaps join. Emmerich am rhein has been twinned with Lynn since 1978 and the club gives one the chance to meet and befriend German people and families.

Now to the future! Panto season is still with us and although the very successful production of Snow White at Lynn’s Corn Exchange has finished, I notice you have just time to catch a production of Aladdin presented by the popular Watlington Players tonight at 7.30pm and tomorrow at 2.30 and 7.30pm at Watlington Village Hall. Better give the box office a call now on 0845 052 9645 (calls charged at your local rate)! A production of Grease follows in May.

Another delight coming up! Gilbert and Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance opens at The Arts Centre , Lynn, on Wednesday, January 28 finishing on the Saturday, January 31. Performances start at 7.30pm but there is a matinee at 2.30pm on the Saturday afternoon. Our local G and S productions are always of a very high standard, so have no hesitation in calling KL 764864 for tickets now.

The famous historian David Starkey is to give a lecture The Tudors and Us next Friday (January 16) at 7.30pm. Lynn Corn Exchange is the venue, and having attended David Starkey’s talks in the past I can promise a great evening. Call the box office on 01553 764864 for ticket details.

Waterstone’s next reading group meeting has now been confirmed as 4pm on the afternoon of Wednesday, January 21. “We are all completely beside ourselves” by Karen Joy Fowler is the book to finish before the meeting at Waterstone’s, Norfolk Street, Lynn.

With plenty more superb events coming along our way soon, I suggest you keep informed through “That’s Entertainment” and don’t miss out!