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Shakespeare’s Guildhall Trust is celebrating St George’s Day by hosting a very special lunch at the Riverside Restaurant in the Guildhall on Tuesday, April 23.

There is nowhere better to spend this special day than at the Guildhall of St George (est. 1376, charter 1406) home of the Guildhall Theatre – the only theatre that can confidently claim to have hosted performances by William Shakespeare himself.

It’s a packed programme for the special day at the Riverside Restaurant. A buffet lunch with a drink of your choice included in the ticket price starts at 1pm.

Special guests, including the Mayor of King’s Lynn, a speech by Andrew Jarvis (convener of the King’s Lynn Shakespeare Festival, experienced RSC actor and board member of the British Shakespeare Association) and, for the first time since 2001, Tim FitzHigham.

Tim FitzHigham (8078332)
Tim FitzHigham (8078332)

The latter is a Lynn-born award-winning actor who has appeared in films such as Paddington 2 and worked with the likes of Clint Eastwood (Hereafter) and Sir Anthony Hopkins (Wolfman).

FitzHigham will strap on his armour and attempt the great speech from Shakespeare’s Henry V.

He will arrive into the Guildhall Courtyard with two horses, kindly supplied by Blackborough End Equestrian Centre.

The intrepid FitzHigham has already auditioned at Blackborough End Equestrian Centre and the horse was reported to be very impressed with Tim’s performance!

Continuing the Henry V theme: organisers are very excited to be joined by the Lord Mayor of Norwich’s bodyguard – the Whifflers. The Whifflers were established since before the time of Shakespeare and ‘the Bard’ mentions them in Henry V, too.

Most exciting of all they will be arriving with Snap the dragon (where would St George be without a dragon). Snap is a really naughty dragon and anywhere he goes is filled with fun and mischief.

Snap the Dragon (8078334)
Snap the Dragon (8078334)

It is the first time known since 1547 that a dragon parade has happened in Lynn – this is not to be missed.

Tickets are priced at £20 and available from Artertons Furniture Store opposite Debenhams (cash or cheque) or email your name and number of tickets to shakespearesguildhalltrust@gmail.com and make a direct payment to the Trust’s bank account.

Sort code: 53 61 38; acct. no. 71042377, using reference ‘birthday’.

Acknowledgement of your ticket purchase will be emailed once payment is received and your tickets can be collected on the day at the Riverside Restaurant.

The event starts at 12 noon, lunch from 1pm. Tickets are very limited, so please book early.

All proceeds will go to Shakespeare’s Guildhall Trust (SGT) which is dedicated to keeping the oldest working theatre in the UK, the Guildhall Theatre in Lynn, working as a theatre.

The Trust was launched earlier this year and hundreds packed into a public meeting called by the SGT in February amid fears the theatre may be lost.

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