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

10:28 08 October 2015

He Had Hairy Hands by Kill The Beast

He Had Hairy Hands by Kill The Beast

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Carry on screaming with 1970s detective werewolf mystery He Had Hairy Hands, plus Lesley Garrett, an improvised musical and a celebration of Mozart wind pieces. SIMON PARKIN picks six cultural highlights not to miss this week.

THEATRE

He Had Hairy Hands

Conservatoire East Theatre, West Suffolk College, Bury St Edmunds, October 8, 7.30pm, £12, 01284 769505, theatreroyal.org/Fisher Theatre, Bungay, October 9, 7.30pm, £10, 01986 897130, fishertheatre.org/Guildhall Theatre, King’s Lynn, October 10, 7.30pm, £10 (£8 cons), 01553 764864, kingslynnarts.co.uk

Having splattered the UK with the acclaimed The Boy Who Kicked Pigs, multi-award-winning comedy theatre company Kill the Beast returns this week with a new tale of supernatural slaughter. He Had Hairy Hands is a 1970s detective werewolf mystery wrapped up in a hilarious Hammer Horror. Think American Werewolf In London meets Twin Peaks, The Wicker Man meets Scooby Doo, and The League of Gentlemen meets your fluffiest nightmare. The aptly named Kill The Beast stormed Edinburgh Fringe with this fantastic comedic romp. It will also be at The Garage, Chapel Field North, Norwich, on October 18, and Sheringham Little Theatre on October 19.

COMEDY

Vanity Bites Back

The Garage, Chapel Field North, Norwich, October 9, 8pm, £15-£12.50 (£10-£5 cons), 01603 630000, www.thegarage.org.uk

Edinburgh Fringe First nominated Helen Duff brings her critically acclaimed show offering explosive insights into areas of women’s experience that many others daren’t mention. Vanity Bites Back, her solo debut, which premiered at the Edinburgh Festival 2014 to great critical acclaim, earning her a Fringe First nomination, is a bold, subversive and very funny clown cookery show about searching for self worth in a cheesecake. Join aspiring TV cookery host Jill - a cross between Alan Partridge and Margaret Thatcher - as she whips up another formidable comic creation. It’s a show that delves into the complexities of mental illness and bites back at the stigma surrounding anorexia.

MUSIC

Audience with Lesley Garrett

St George’s Theatre, Great Yarmouth, October 10, 7.30pm, £24 (£22.50 cons), 01493 331484, www.stgeorgestheatre.com/Maddermarket Theatre, Norwich, October 11, 7.30pm, £24 (£22.50 cons), 01603 620917, www.maddermarket.co.uk

A delightful evening of song, reminiscences and chat with the popular soprano. As well as performing with the English and Welsh National Operas, Lesley has recently starred in Carousel and The Sound of Music and appeared on television shows including Strictly Come Dancing and Loose Women. She has also performed with artists as diverse as Michael Ball, Renee Fleming, Andrea Bocelli, Bryn Terfel and Lily Savage. Her behind-the-scenes stories and anecdotes will give a unique insight into her life on the stage. She will also be at Holt’s Auden Theatre on November 22.

SHOW

Showstopper!

Norwich Playhouse, October 10, 7.30pm, £15 (£13 cons), 01603 598598, www.norwichplayhouse.co.uk

Spontaneous musical comedy show created from scratch at each performance. Audience suggestions are transformed on the spot into an all-singing, all-dancing production with unpredictable and hilarious results. The show has played sell-out seasons in London’s West End, and has been a must-see staple of the Edinburgh Fringe for seven years, as well as entertaining audiences on tour around the world. Recently the group recorded a Radio 4 series to great acclaim and have played high-profile events such as The Oliver Awards and West End Live. So whether you fancy Sondheim on a ski lift or Cole Porter in Poundland - you suggest it and the Showstoppers will sing it!

CONCERT

Orchestra of the Age Of Enlightenment

St Botolph’s Church, Trunch, near North Walsham, October 10, 7.30pm, £12 adv/£15 door, £5 under-16s, 01263 516294, www.trunchconcerts.co.uk

Mozart is probably the finest composer of music for wind instruments and he wrote many pieces for large groups of wind instruments. The most substantial of these is Mozart’s Gran Partita KV 361, which contains some stunningly beautiful music. It will feature at this concert by The Winds of the Orchestra of the Age of the Enlightenment. Following the success in their Flying the Flag season last year, wind soloists of the OAE will take to the stage offering the chance to enjoy the distinctive sonorities and colours of our period wind instruments. Also on the programme is Mozart (arr. Triebensee) Don Giovanni and Myslivicek’s Octet no. 2 in E-flat.

THEATRE

Tartuffe

Granary Theatre, Wells, October 10, 7.30pm, £10 (£9 cons), £5 students, 01328 710193, www.granarytheatre.co.uk

Venetia Twigg cleverly adapts Molière’s classic for Theatrical Niche. Madam Penelle visiting her son Orgon’s house uses the opportunity to criticise all the members of the household and to praise their boarder, Tartuffe because he is a man of such holiness and zeal. Orgon refuses to hear anything against Tartuffe and wants his daughter to marry him, but eventually realises that Tartuffe is a hypocrite but his mother refuses to believe this. It is only when Tartuffe tries to evict everyone from the house that she is convinced and Tartuffe is arrested and imprisoned for his many crimes. Can Tartuffe seduce Orgon so completely that he will surrender his women and his fortune?

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