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

PUBLISHED: 09:17 21 August 2014 | UPDATED: 14:13 21 August 2014

Thankfully recovered from his recent heart scare, Rick Parfitt and Francis Rossi will be bringing Status Quo to Holkham

Thankfully recovered from his recent heart scare, Rick Parfitt and Francis Rossi will be bringing Status Quo to Holkham


Rick Parfitt and Francis Rossi bring their familiar pub-boogie shuffle back to Norfolk, Bob Mills headlines a night of Yarmouth stand-up, there is a new summer school adaptation of Great Expectations, one of the world’s finest classical guitarists Xuefei Yang visits and there is free-wheeling sketches and inspired clowning from musical comedy duo Igudesman & Joo. SIMON PARKIN picks six cultural highlights not to miss this weekend.


Weird Coastal Buoys: featuring Bob Mills, Chris Ashton, Dan McKee, Carrie Grubb and Tony Maresse

St George’s Theatre, Great Yarmouth, August 21, 8pm, £12, 01493 331484,

Bob Mills’ bloke-next-door style saw him become well known for the late-night TV cult show In Bed With MeDinner, in which he commented on documentary footage. He later wrote episodes of Shameless and the 2006 film Pierrepoint. But as a stand-up he is no stranger to Norfolk and he is back tonight to headline a special summer Weird Coastal Buoys at Great Yarmouth’s St George’s Theatre. It’s the first of what is now set to be a regular WCB night at the St George after a successful trial, and will see Bob joined at the mic by fellow stand-ups Chris Ashton, Norwich comedian Dan McKee, Carrie Grubb and MC for the night Tony Maresse.


Great Expectations

The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, August 23, 7.30pm/August 24, 2pm, 7.30pm, £10 (£8.50 cons), 01284 758000,

It is one of literature’s least sentimental love stories and the hero, Pip, takes his first steps into that story in the most frightening fashion when as a boy he comes face-to-face in the graveyard with the desperate escaped convict, Magwitch. Great Expectations is Charles Dickens’ classic coming-of-age adventure and it is the big challenge facing 25 young people this month as the Theatre Royal’s choice of production for their summer school company at Bury St Edmunds. This year’s show is presented in partnership with West Suffolk College and The Apex where, in a break with tradition, it is being staged. It is being directed by the Royal’s community projects officer Amy Wyllie, her third summer show, using a new adaptation written for the Royal Shakespeare Company.


Xuefei Yang

Binham Priory, August 23, 7.30pm, £15 (£12.50 when booking three concerts), 01328 830362, www.binham

Xuefei Yang is acclaimed as one of the world’s finest classical guitarists. Born in Beijing, she became the first Chinese guitarist to launch an international professional career. She is now based in the UK and records exclusively for EMI Classics. Fei enjoys a truly international career, performing worldwide as a soloist, chamber musician and with leading orchestras and has made substantial contributions to the guitar repertoire both with her own arrangements and new compositions. Here she will be performing pieces by Villa Lobos, Piazzolla, Albeniz, Rodrigo and Falla.


The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

Diss Corn Hall, August 23, 2.30pm, £5, £3 children, 01379 652241,

Take one castle, one broom and a book of sorcery, add a boy with the tingle of magic in his fingertips, stir in a spell that spirals out of control and you have the classic tale of The Sorcerer’s Apprentice. Wymondham-based Garlic Theatre, who have been producing award-winning shows for almost 20 years, stage this bewitching tale, devised by Mark Pitman and Iklooshar Malara, and performed by Mark Pitman, full of mystery and enchantment which blends physical theatre, humour and technical wizardry. Puppets, mime and a dash of real magic will leave adults and children enthralled.


Status Quo

Holkham Hall, August 23, 7.30pm, £40, 01328 713111,

Thankfully recovered from his recent heart scare, Rick Parfitt and the no-longer-pony-tailed Francis Rossi are reunited to chug their way through their familiar pub-boogie shuffle for their loyal fanbase and will be rocking the night away on this return to Norfolk. The band has recorded more British hit singles than any other group, including all-time rock-boogie classics Caroline, Whatever You Want and, of course, Rockin’ All Over The World, and has total world-wide record sales in excess of 118 million. Support will come from Norfolk-based rock band Walkway featuring brothers Chris and James Ready, Alex Rosedale and Joe Evans.


Igudesman & Joo

Snape Maltings Concert Hall, August 24, 7.30pm, £18-£6.50, 01728 687110,

With a mix of free-wheeling sketches and inspired clowning this musical comedy duo are amongst the biggest stars of the YouTube era, gleaning a staggering 28 million hits. Here they make a rare UK live appearance bringing their impeccable timing and virtuosity to Snape Proms for the very first time. Their show is a joyful, affectionate and illuminating dissection of music and musicians, and archly, often hilariously funny. Worthy successors to the geniuses that are their musical heroes Victor Borge and Dudley Moore? Seeing them is the only way to decide.

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