Six of the Best: Cultural highlights not to miss this week

PUBLISHED: 08:54 01 December 2014 | UPDATED: 08:54 01 December 2014

The Full Monty

The Full Monty


Sheffield steel workers turn to stripping to boost their bank balances and self-esteem in new stage version of The Full Monty, there is warm and catty humour from Hal Cruttenden, award-winning jazz vocalist Georgia Mancio performs, there s First World War triple bill of plays, and pianist Lucy Parham is joined by actors Martin Jarvis and Joanna David. SIMON PARKIN picks six cultural highlights not to miss this week.


The Full Monty

Norwich Theatre Royal, December 1-6, 7.30pm, 2.30pm Dec 3/6, £29.50-£6.50, 01603 630000,

Oscar-winning screenwriter Simon Beaufoy returns to his story of a bunch of unemployed Sheffield steel workers who turn to stripping to boost their bank balances and self-esteem. The Full Monty is still the fifth highest earning film ever at UK cinemas and after a run in the West End this stage version arrives as part of a UK tour. Gary Lucy, who plays Robert Carlyle’s role of Gaz, Andrew Dunn, best known for his role as Tony in Dinnerladies on stage and screen, and Louis Emerick, who played the popular Mick Johnson in Brookside, are among the cast braving baring all. The production features songs from the film including tracks by Donna Summer, Hot Chocolate and Tom Jones.



Waterfront, King Street, Norwich, on December 1, 7.30pm, £12.50, 01603 508050,

It could not be a better endorsement for an up and coming band to have the likes of former Oasis star Noel Gallagher along with former Smiths’ guitarist Johnny Marr declaring themselves as big fans. Now, after raising their profile by embarking on the annual NME Awards tour earlier this year, Temples are back in Norwich this week on their own UK tour. Formed in Kettering, Northamptonshire, two years ago, the band consists of Thomas Warmsley on bass, singer and guitarist James Bagshaw, Adam Smith on keyboard and guitar and Samuel Toms on drums. They released a debut album Sun Structures in February but this tour coincides with Sun Restructured, a ‘re-animation’ of the much-acclaimed album by Beyond the remixers Wizards Sleeve (aka Erol Alkan & Richard Norris).


Hal Cruttenden

Norwich Playhouse, December 2, 8pm, £14 (£12 cons), 01603 598598,

Following stand out performances on Live At The Apollo, Let’s Dance For Comic Relief, The Royal Variety Performance and Mock The Week, Hal Cruttenden is being strongly tipped as the next big thing. The fast-rising comic returns Norwich after a previous date with his show Tough Luvvie. Footballers, Facebook and food are just three of the subjects he devours in a mix of camp and straight, warm and catty humour. Now is the perfect time to catch him with a show that was a complete sell-out at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe - and at Norwich Playhouse back in February - and has since transferred to the Soho Theatre, London.


Georgia Mancio

Lakeside Jazz, Lakeside Country Club, Quarry Lane, Lenwade, December 3, £12, 01362 696741,

Award-winning jazz vocalist and lyricist, Georgia Mancio, has consolidated her reputation as a true improviser with an unfailing flow, innate musicality and a boundless and bold imagination. Her music embraces her Anglo/Italian/Uruguayan background: seamlessly performing in five languages and interpreting Fats Waller, Chick Corea, Pat Metheny, Tom Waits, David Bowie, Brazilian samba, Chilean folk and Italian pop often with her own beautifully crafted lyrics. Here she is joined by the Chris Ingham Trio for a sensuous, jazzy blend of lovely melodies and gentle samba rhythms, famous pieces include The Girl From Ipanema, Desafinado, One Note Samba and masterpieces from genius Antonio CarlosJobim.


Front Line Home

UEA Drama Studio, Norwich, December 2-6, 7pm, £7 each show (£5 cons), 01603 508050,

UEA Drama Society stage three wartime productions. Based on a true story of hope and comradeship, Peter Whelan’s The Accrington Pals (Dec 2/5) follows men who join up in 1914 and the women back home who must learn to persevere in a world without their men. Darlings: Four Women, Four Years (Dec 4/6) follows the astonishing transformation of four women in the midst of war. Honouring the stories of Edith Cavell, Vera Brittain, Millicent Duchess of Sutherland and Frances Ivens and the men they loved and lost. Meanwhile original play The Gods of Smoke and Earth (Dec 3/6, 1.30pm) dramatises the politics of food on a Norfolk farm where the Women’s Land Army fights in the fields and in the city of London where the citizens riot for their right to eat.


Beloved Clara

The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, December 3, 7.30pm, £18-£15 (£16-£13 cons), 01284 758000,

Award-winning pianist Lucy Parham is joined by actors Martin Jarvis and Joanna David for an of music and readings chronicling the sometimes troubled marriage of Clara and Robert, the arrival in their household of the dynamic, 21-year-old Brahms, Robert’s decline into mental illness and the deepening relationship between Clara and Brahms, the exact nature of which has never been established. Music is interspersed with extracts from their letters and diaries.

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