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Sir Ranulph Fiennes to Gangsta Granny: 7 things not to miss in Norfolk this week

PUBLISHED: 09:04 10 July 2017 | UPDATED: 09:19 10 July 2017

Life-long adventurer Sir Ranulph Fiennes-brings his show Mind Over Matter to King's Lynn. Picture: John Cleare

Life-long adventurer Sir Ranulph Fiennes-brings his show Mind Over Matter to King's Lynn. Picture: John Cleare

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The intrepid adventurer will be telling his life story, while David Walliams’ tale of a granny with a secret returns to Norwich, Yarmouth Hippodrome’s summer show, Unthank Arms Comedy Festival, a celebration of John Berger and Britten Sinfonia.

Pioneering composer and multi-instrumentalist Tunde Jegede is at Norwich Arts Centre. Picture: Yoshitaka Kono Pioneering composer and multi-instrumentalist Tunde Jegede is at Norwich Arts Centre. Picture: Yoshitaka Kono

Unthank Arms Comedy Festival

Unthank Arms, Newmarket Street, Norwich, July 11-13, £13.50 per night, 01603 508050, https://unthankarms.ticketabc.com/listings/

The well-known Norwich pub hosts its annual three day event that has grown from strength to strength and attracts some top comedians. This year’s line-up includes on July 11 Keith Farnan, raconteur, bon-viveur Marcel Lucont and Jeremy O’Donnell, who mixes sharp one-liners and storytelling. July 12 includes self-confessed pessimist Mike Gunn, Danny Posthill and Iszi Lawrence. On July 13 laughs will come from Scottish comedian Alan Francis, Matthew Baylis and Radio 4 music-comic Mitch Benn.

Sir Ranulph Fiennes

King’s Lynn Corn Exchange, July 13, 7.30pm, £20.50, 01553 764864, kingslynncornexchange.co.uk

John Berger at home in paris in 1999. A celebration of his life and work is at Mandell's Gallery. Picture: Eamonn McCabe John Berger at home in paris in 1999. A celebration of his life and work is at Mandell's Gallery. Picture: Eamonn McCabe

A life-long adventurer Sir Ranulph, who received the Guinness Book of Records accolade as ‘Greatest Living Explorer’, has risked life and limb, suffering severe frostbite along the way, in some of the most ambitious private expeditions ever undertaken. Mind Over Matter will see him recount his personal journey, from light-hearted to strikingly poignant moments. It covers Sir Ranulph’s childhood, misdemeanours at school, army life and early expeditions, right through the Transglobe Expedition, to his current Global Reach Challenge.

Tunde Jegede

Norwich Arts Centre, July 11, 8pm, £10 (£8 cons), 01603 660352, norwichartscentre.co.uk

Pioneering composer and multi-instrumentalist Tunde Jegede arrives in Norwich as part of his ‘21 Concerts in 21 Cities’ project. He is an internationally renowned kora player, cellist and composer, whose soul-stirring music blends the ebb and flow of traditional kora-playing with his own dynamic contemporary compositions. Having performed with everyone from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Brodsky Quartet, Toumani Diabate and the Pan African Orchestra his music bridges both African and European, a synthesis of classical, jazz and traditional.

The spectacular Grand Summer Spectacular & Water Show begins at Great Yarmouth Hippodrome. Picture: Nick Warner The spectacular Grand Summer Spectacular & Water Show begins at Great Yarmouth Hippodrome. Picture: Nick Warner

Seeing Through Drawing: Celebration of John Berger

Mandells Gallery, Elm Hill, Norwich, until August 26, Mon-Sat 10am-5pm, 01603 626892, madellsgallery.co.uk

Having just celebrated his 90th birthday, John Berger, writer, famous the world over for his books, critical writings and TV programmes on art, including the ground-breaking BBC series Ways of Seeing, died in Paris in January. This celebratory show includes his rarely seen drawings as well as a section devoted to work by friends and contemporaries from the art world of the 1950s including Frank Auerbach, Leon Kossoff, Peter de Francia, Robert Medley, Edward Middleditch and Norwich-based master draughtsman Derrick Greaves. Other works are from some 30 invited artists.

Grand Summer Spectacular & Water Show

Hippodrome, Great Yarmouth, July 12-September 17, various times, £22.50-£18.50 (£18 cons), £14.50-£10 children, discounts for families, 01493 844172, hippodromecircus.co.uk

A specially commissioned piece from composer Elena Langer will be played by the young players of the Britten Sinfonia Academy. Picture: Robert Workman A specially commissioned piece from composer Elena Langer will be played by the young players of the Britten Sinfonia Academy. Picture: Robert Workman

Hippodrome Circus all action summer show that runs through until September. Joining comedy hosts Jack Jay and Johnny Mac are an all star cast of stellar circus from all across the globe, including Wheel Of Death stunts from the madcap Cardenas Brothers, trampoline comedy acrobatics from Costin, Italian handbalancing from The Martis Brothers, trapeze artist Carloline, Rolla Rolla from Sascha Williams back from Australia alongside some familiar homegrown talent and the unique water finale.

Britten Sinfonia Academy

St Andrew’s Hall, Norwich, July 13, 1pm, £9, £3 students/under-18s, 01603 630000, brittensinfonia.com

Britten Sinfonia’s series of lunchtime concerts reaches its finale with this performance by the young musicians of Britten Sinfonia Academy, with a programme that includes the world premiere of a new work by Elena Langer, one of the UK’s finest contemporary composers. Britten Sinfonia’s first work with Elena last year, Impossible Love, a love story between violin and oboe, was performed to great acclaim in London, Cambridge, Bradford on Avon as well as Norwich. She now returns with a piece specifically for young players who will also be playing Morgan Overton’s Gobbledigook and Dvořák Czech Suite.

Birmingham Stage Company presents Gangsta Granny by David Walliams. Picture: Mark Douet Birmingham Stage Company presents Gangsta Granny by David Walliams. Picture: Mark Douet

Gangsta Granny

Norwich Theatre Royal, July 13-15, 10.30am and 7pm Thurs-Fri/10.30am and 2.30pm Sat, £24.50-£7, 01603 630000, theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk

Birmingham Stage Company’s stage production of Gangsta Granny, based on the book by David Walliams, returns to the region following its West End run. It’s Friday night and Ben knows that means only one thing – staying with granny. There will be cabbage soup, cabbage pie and cabbage cake and Ben knows one thing for sure – it’s going to be so boring. But what Ben doesn’t know is that Granny has a secret He finds a tin filled with diamonds which leads to the amazing discovery that she was once an international jewel thief. Persuaded by Ben, they decide to take on the biggest heist ever to steal the Crown Jewels.

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