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Following the appeal in last week’s Lynn News for stories from the 75 years of The King’s Lynn Players, these pictures have been unearthed.

When rehearsing for a production of ‘Me and My Girl’ in 1998, the Players got a huge surprise when Stephen Fry joined them for rehearsals!

The author, television star and one of Norfolk’s favourite sons, took part in a sing-song with leading players Sharon Fox, Jamie Thurston and Christina Attridge.

King's Lynn Players (8081690)
King's Lynn Players (8081690)

Chris Fox, King’s Lynn Players chairman, said: “I have great memories of this rehearsal.

“Our chairman at the time, the late Jim Farr, had managed to get in contact with Stephen’s agent and told him we were staging ‘Me and My Girl’.

“Stephen had rewritten the script for the show when they revamped the original 1930’s musical to bring it up to date.”

Stephen Fry at King's Lynn Players, 1998 (8081685)
Stephen Fry at King's Lynn Players, 1998 (8081685)

Sharon Fox adds: “He was so down-to-earth and spent quite some time with us. He even took part in an impromptu rendition of The Lambeth Walk!

“It’s lovely to look back on so many memories of so many great shows. I am currently choreographing our 75th anniversary production of Oliver! by Lionel Bart, a fitting way to celebrate with such a classic show.”

King's Lynn Players (8081692)
King's Lynn Players (8081692)

Oliver! – The Musical by Lionel Bart is one of the most beloved British musicals of all time and the talented cast will transport you to Dickensian London to meet the timeless characters of Fagin, Nancy, Bill Sykes, the Artful Dodger and, of course, Oliver, the boy who asks for more.

With the classic songs Food Glorious Food, Pick a Pocket or Two, Consider Yourself and the contrasting and haunting As Long As He Needs Me, this is a show not to be missed.

The King’s Lynn Players Oliver! is being staged from May 15-18 nightly at 7.30pm, with a Saturday matinee at 2.30pm, at The Alive Lynn Corn Exchange.

Tickets are priced from £13 to £15, with a family ticket costing £48 (two adults and two children), and are available now from King’s Lynn Corn Exchange on 01553 764864 or online at www.kingslynncornexchange.co.uk/whats-on/music/oliver/

The show is sponsored by The Lynn News.

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