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

12:11 06 November 2014

Stones In His Pockets, starring Conor Delane and Stephen Jones

Stones In His Pockets, starring Conor Delane and Stephen Jones

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Multi award-winning comedy Stones In His Pockets, by Irish writer Marie Jones, returns; John Kitchen’s one-man play Clamber Up The Crucifix explores life in the trenches, there is comedy as Jongleurs returns to Cromer Pier, Norwich Philharmonic Orchestra launch their new season with a first ever performance of Debussy’s La Mer and Moscow Ballet La Classique perform Sleeping Beauty. SIMON PARKIN picks six cultural highlights not to miss this weekend.

MUSIC

The Animals & Steve Cropper

Epic Studios, Magdalen Street, Norwich, November 6, 7.30pm, £20, 01603 727727, www.epicstudiosnorwich.com/The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, November 11, 8pm, £22, 01284 758000, www.theapex.co.uk

Following their previous critically-acclaimed and hugely successful tours together this legendary combination of musicians will once again be performing together. Featuring, from the original Animals, the second British band to top the American charts after The Beatles with legendary anthem House of the Rising Sun, John Steel and Mick Gallagher, plus Danny Handley and Peter Barton. Their very special guest is the legendary blues guitarist Steve Cropper of (Sittin) On The Dock Of The Bay, Soul Man, Booker T and Blues Brothers fame.

THEATRE

Stones In His Pockets

King’s Lynn Corn Exchange, November 7, 7.30pm, £21, 01553 764864, www.kingslynncornexchange.co.uk

Multi award-winning comedy by Irish writer Marie Jones returns as part of a nationwide tour with original director Ian McElhinney, now better known for starring in Game of Thrones, at the helm. Following its Tony Award nominated run on Broadway, four and a half years in the West End and on tour, the show has already been seen by more than two million people. It tells a hilarious and moving tale of a quiet Irish community, turned upside down by the arrival of a massive Hollywood movie shoot. This latest production is brought to life by talented actors Conor Delaney, also a familiar face from Game of Thrones, and Ripper Street star Stephen Jones — the pair playing 15 characters between them – from the cheeky lads intent on stardom to a Hollywood goddess!

COMEDY

Jongleurs Comedy Club

Pavilion Theatre, Cromer Pier, November 7, 8.30pm, £12.50, 01263 512495, www.cromer-pier.com

The world-famous comedy club is back for another one-off at Cromer Pier. Mark Simmons is quickly establishing himself as a young comic to watch. Chris Turner’s sharply written gags, assured stage presence and blisteringly quick improvised raps have established him as one of the best up-and-coming comics on the international circuit. Headliner is Daliso Chaponda who began his comedy career in Canada with the acclaimed one man show Feed This Black Man. In 2011 Daliso Chaponda grew frustrated with the fact that he was better known outside Africa than so he began a project called ‘Laughrica’ with appearances in Zimbabwe, South Africa and Nigeria. Compère Sean Percival’s brand of comedy steers clear of the surreal and confronts realism in an explosively funny way.

THEATRE

Clamber Up The Crucifix

Sheringham Little Theatre, November 7, 7.30pm, £10, £5 students, 01263 822347, www.sheringhamlittletheatre.com

John Kitchen’s one-man play explores the life of a telegraph key operator in the trenches and the mind of an ordinary soldier caught up in the long waits and terrifying bombardments of life at the First World War. It begins at the end: midday, 11th November 1918. To the officers, Parker was invisible, hardly more human than the telegraph key he operates. Earlier that day, and privy to certain information, Parker had caused serious offence. His sentence is due, footsteps approach. Off The Fence’s five-star production has one actor playing five different roles.

CONCERT

Debussy & George Lloyd

St Andrew’s Hall, Norwich, November 8, 7.30pm, £16-£6, 01603 628319, www.norwichphil.ticketsource.co.uk

Norwich Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus, conducted by Matthew Andrews and David Dunnett, launch their five concert season with their first ever performance of Debussy’s evocative sea-moods composition La Mer. The symphonic suite, completed while the composer was staying at the Grand Hotel in Eastbourne, broke new musical ground in its impressionistic depiction of the changing moods of the sea. Also on the programme is one of George Lloyd’s final works his Symphonic Mass, written in 1993. The season will see them mark two notable composer anniversaries, Richard Strauss’150th and a belated centenary celebration for unsung British composer George Lloyd.

DANCE

Sleeping Beauty

King’s Lynn Corn Exchange, November 9, 5pm, £25.50 (£23.50 cons), 01553 764864, www.kingslynncornexchange.co.uk

Moscow Ballet La Classique was founded in 1990, utilising ballet dancers from the leading theatres of the CIS Countries and the Bolshoi, Kirov and Ballet Theatres of Kiev and Odessa. Here they perform their colourful production of one of the greatest ballets of all time with Tchaikovsky’s sumptuous music filling the air and wondrous fairytale characters coming to life. A prick from a knitting needle hidden in flowers by the wicked fairy Carabose that sends Princess Aurora into her 100 year sleep.

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