It’s nearly panto season
In this week’s That’s Entertainment column, Andy Tyler is getting in the pantomime mood...
Panto season is upon us, and I mention a few locally so they can be booked without delay.
Dick Whittington and his Cat is running at Lynn’s Alive Corn Exchange between Friday, December 8 and Sunday December 31 (book on 01553 764864), Jack and the Beanstalk at Hunstanton’s Princess Theatre between Saturday, December 2 and Monday, January 1 (book on 01485 532252), and very early next year performances of Sword in the Stone are performed at Watlington Village Hall, from Thursday, January 4. Visit The Watlington Players website to book. I’ll feature more panto suggestions in the near future.
There’s always something for everyone at Westacre Theatre, and I notice an adaptation by Philip Wilson of Philip Pullman’s Grimm Tales is being presented from December 15. Directed by Kirsty Bushell, magical and intriguing, the show sounds a winner. For all Westacre news visit: www.westacretheatre.com
Time for cinema news. The Marvels has recently been released, but didn’t have a good opening weekend in the States. If you’re a fan, however, why not go and see it locally and make your own mind up?
An exciting film event coming our way is The King’s Lynn Film Festival taking place between Thursday, November 23 and and Sunday, November 26. Most screenings will take place at The Corn Exchange Cinema, and films include: The Greatest Showman, The Red Shoes, Black Narcissus, Mean Streets and the latest movie from Japanese director Hirokazu Koreeda entitled: Monster. There will also be a selection of short films written and directed by young students from The College of West Anglia. For all the details visit: klfilmfestival.uk and to book contact 01553 764864.
Support for The King’s Lynn Night Shelter is always welcome so in order to support it The King’s Lynn Community Cinema Club is giving a special charity screening. Ken Loach’s movie The Old Oak is being shown at St George’s Guildhall on the evening of Thursday, December 7, starting at 7.30pm. Free entry with a suggested minimum donation of £5 cash on the door. Visit: www.klccc.uk for club details.
Having read and enjoyed Jilly Cooper’s regular column in The Sunday Times for several years I have no hesitation in recommending her new novel, Tackle! It’s in Jilly’s unmistakable slightly over-the-top style, but a must read for all lovers of her books.
And so to music. Distinguished choral ensemble The Gesualdo Six directed by Owain Park will give a recital of English choral music associated with Christmas entitled: There is no Rose. Works by Tallis, Byrd, Holst, Vaughan Williams and Chilcott will be included, and the date for your diary is, Thursday, December 7, starting at 7pm. The venue is The Minster in Lynn.
Moving away briefly from West Norfolk, if you’re in the Cambridge area, the Cambridge Literary Festival is currently being held. Speakers include Andrew Marr, Polly Toynbee, Rick Stein, Mike Brearley, Sebastian Faulks and Robert Peston. At the time of writing tickets were still available, visit: cambridgeliteraryfestival.com for details
It’s always worth a visit to The Fitzwilliam Museum if you’re in Cambridge, and the new exhibition Real Families can be viewed until January 7.
Another distinguished ensemble to hear and follow is The Mediaeval Baebes who will process, with torches, into St Nicholas’ Chapel on the evening of Sunday, December, 10. Carols and traditional folk songs will be included in the seasonal entertainment.
Tickets are now available from:www.mediaevalbaebes.com
Lastly, there’s a Tennessee Country Christmas to enjoy at Hunstanton’s Princess Theatre, this coming Sunday; all the fun starts at 7.30pm, many famous performers will take part and there’ll be a few surprises lined up, no doubt. For details call 01485 532252- your stairway to heaven!