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Guildhall Trust to mark special anniversary day

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Shakespeare’s Guildhall Trust (SGT) is now just over one year old and they have been waiting eagerly to celebrate a very special day on January 5.

The Trust is very lucky to have a fine body of historians on their research committee.

They have been beavering away in various archives all year and have found new evidence of the first-known performance in St George’s Guildhall, a nativity play in 1445!

St George's Guildhall packed to the rafters as it will be on January 5
St George's Guildhall packed to the rafters as it will be on January 5

This means next year will be the 575th anniversary of that performance.

The Trust has a full day of events starting at 12.30pm with six primary schools from Lynn and their parents, with a very special singing performance all together on stage at the Guildhall.

This will be a free event, and all are welcome to join the parents and perhaps give the trust a donation, which has recently become a registered charity.

At 3pm, in another free event, SGT’s trustees will be conducting their second public meeting on the Guildhall stage, with a progress report on a busy year.

There will be a business presentation and an update.

There will then be an interlude when King’s Lynn Young Players will give a short excerpt from ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’.

The research group will then take to the stage, with Professor Elizabeth Pye, Dr Paul Richards, Dr Kate Parker, James Wallis and Tim FitzHigham, and will be sharing their exciting news and conducting a question and answer session afterwards.

Ivor Rowlands, chair of the Trust, said: “We would love as many people as possible to attend these events, to share in this monumental anniversary day and to make it a whole day to celebrate St George’s Guildhall and all it stands for in our community and beyond.”

Multi-award-winning comedian, TV and film actor, explorer and author – and a passionate believer in the Guildhall – FitzHigham will be giving a performance with many surprises!

Trustee, Amanda Arterton said: “Tim always has something up his sleeve, and it will be a great last ‘hoorah’ of the holiday season!”

Tickets are on sale at the Corn Exchange: call 01553 764864 or book online.

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