That’s Entertainment with Andy Tyler: Friday, December 16th

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In a welcome return to King’s Lynn Library, The Librarian Theatre presented a vibrant and energetic production of A Christmas Carol with Scrooge played as a female character and the story set in the 1940s. The Librarian Theatre was established in 2015 with the objective to support and celebrate libraries, literature and literacy by accessible high quality productions especially designed to perform among bookshelves.

Four actors played the various characters vividly and made the most of audience participation, minimum props, costumes and scenery and used movement mime and sound to create the appropriate atmosphere.

Well done all at Lynn Library and Librarian Theatre for putting on a great show. A production of Animal Farm should follow next year.

Once again I am amazed at the variety of events going on at our local libraries and museums, and not just at this time of year!

Do visit your local library or museum or their websites to find details of all that’s happening!.

King’s Lynn Society of Arts and Sciences and I can see from their most recent programme of lectures that there is much of interest being presented between now and next autumn. The subject for the evening of Friday, January 13, (lucky for some!) is The Rose: A Plant with a Past, given by gardening expert Shelagh Ashe. Looking further ahead, Peter Sibbons, of Poppyland Publishing at Crome,r gives the second lecture of 2017 on the evening of Wednesday, February 1. The West Runton Mammoth is his concern! All meetings of the society start at 7.30pm and are held in the Lecture Room at Marriott’s Warehouse on Lynn’s South Quay, PE30 5DT.

With the focus on local groups, I must not forget to mention the King’s Morris who will be morris dancing on Boxing Day at South Wootton, the venue being The Swan Inn, Nursery Lane, PE30 3NG. Children are welcome, so why not take a break and enjoy this traditional event, from midday?

Details of an exhibition with great local interest recently caught my eye. It is at The Hoste, in Burnham Market, and is a “Remember Nelson” event including items such as prints, letters and even an original life mask cast in Vienna in 1800. This fascinating presentation runs daily until December 31 between 9am and 7pm and is free. Call on 01328 738777 for further details.

Another Santa Railway Express that I have not mentioned yet is running this coming weekend on The Wells and Walsingham Light Railway between 11am and 2pm. The magical journey starts at Wells and includes all sorts of festive fun and surprises including meeting Father Christmas – can’t be bad! For further details do visit the railway’s website.

Although, of course, pantomimes are still held during the New Year, I am now beginning to wind down my round-up of local pantos being presented this season. So here goes: Don’t forget Cinderella at Lynn’s Corn Exchange, Jack and the Beanstalk in Norwich and Hunstanton’s Princess Theatre, Peter Pan at Sheringham’s Little Theatre, and Aladdin at Gorleston and Angles Theatre, Wisbech, all run through until the year’s end at least! I think that’s enough panto news for now!

Don’t forget the chance to join in Christmas celebrations at Lynn’s Tourist Information Centre tomorrow from 11am around the Christmas Tree (the Lynn Minster Congregation Choir will be there) and refreshments will be available and later in the evening. Also we have Messiah being performed at St Nicholas’ Chapel at 7.30pm on Saturday – tickets may still be available, contact 01553 764864 now.