The Fruits of Enlightenment being staged at the UEA. Picture: Ella Joy Green

An Oscar Wilde inspired comedy, Russian drama and The Twelve Days of Christmas also amongst theatre presents.

Arabian Nights is being staged by Norwich Theatre Royal Youth Company. Picture: Savanah Gray

Talented local youngsters are bringing the exotic tales of the Arabian Nights to the Norwich stage with the help of puppets, dancers and a little sprinkling of theatrical magic.

The cast of Beauty and the Beast panto at the Marina Theatre, Lowestoft. Back from 2nd left, Mary Rees Howe (Fairy Rosebud); Jeremy Edwards (Gaston), Rosie Hale (Belle); Matthew Wellman (Prince Francois/Beast); Helen Jeckells (witch); and Terry Gleed (Freddy). Front, Graeme Henderson (Professor Crackpot) and Fenton Gray (Dame Cherie Trifle). Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

There was glitter and greasepaint in the air as Lowestoft’s Marina Theatre launched it’s annual Christmas pantomime.

Outgoing chief executive Peter Wilson's farewell during the Theatre Royal's AGM, with actor Martin Shaw, left. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

He is one of Norfolk’s great cultural champions who in his 25 years at the helm of Norwich Theatre Royal has brought big shows to the city, overseen a major revamp of the venue, and championed theatre education.

Norwich Theatre Royal chief executive Peter Wilson. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Buoyant ticket sales and a bumper year of successful shows will ensure outgoing Norwich Theatre Royal chief executive Peter Wilson leaves the organisation in a good position, the venue’s annual general meeting heard.

Cast of Norwich Theatre Royal panto, including Wayne Sleep, right, begin rehearsals.

Pantomime season is in full swing – oh yes it is! – as rehearsals for Norwich Theatre Royal’s festive show get under way.

Stephen Wilson and Nick Garrod of Scenic Projects on one of the backgrounds for the Jack and the Beanstalk set. PHOTO: Nick Butcher

Gallons of paint and glue, copious swathes of canvas and lengths of wood, and thousands upon thousands of staples – that’s what it takes to conjure up the magical land inhabited by the pantomime characters in Norwich Theatre Royal’s Jack and The Beanstalk, which opens on December 13.

Joe Ringer brings It�s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas to Lowestoft and Norwich.

Popular singer Joe Ringer’s festive show, Rat Pack goes Christmas and The Lock In Christmas Carol, half gig, half hip hop dance show and half panto amongst five shows.

Antic Disposition will present Shakespeare�s Henry V at Norwich Cathedral on Saturday, February 18.
Photo: � Scott Rylander 2016

A production of Shakespeare’s Henry V is to be performed at Norwich Cathedral next year as part of a nationwide tour.

The Garage and All-In Productions are presenting My First Panto: Cinderella this Christmas.
Photo: Teele Killing.

Fairytale magic is being cast over The Garage this Christmas as the story of Cinderella takes to the city venue’s stage.

Giovanni Pernice attending the Inside Soap Awards 2016. Picture  Ian West/PA Wire

Strictly Come Dancing’s Giovanni Pernice has announced his first ever tour of the UK and he will be visiting two theatres in Norfolk and Waveney.

Norwich-based theatre company Frozen Light has been awarded �46,507 by Arts Council England�s Grants for the Arts programme for a 2017 tour of the company's production, HOME, a show which has been specially developed for audiences with Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities (PMLD).
Photo: JMA Photography.

A Norwich-based theatre company which creates shows for people with disabilities has received a £46,507 funding boost for a tour of its latest production.

Groups from across the region have been auditioning for a chance to star in the Breakin’ Convention hip hop festival coming to Norwich Theatre Royal next May. Pictured is Legacy.
Photo: Norwich Theatre Royal.

Hip hop has been taking centre stage as groups from across the region auditioned for a chance to star in an international festival heading to Norwich Theatre Royal next year.

Sewell Barn Theatre is presenting Lord Arthur Savile's Crime. Photo: Andrew Evans.

A comedy tale about love and murder is taking to the stage in Norwich this week.

The Potters Christmas Spectacular 2016. Picture: Potters Resort

We are now in the narrow window of the year that leaves us divided.

Roddy Doyle has adapated his novel The Commitments for the stage. Picture: Simon Annand

Irish wit and soul music Roddy Doyle’s tale of the adventures of a working class Dublin band, The Commitments, is at Norwich Theatre Royal. Andrew Linnie, who plays Jimmy Rabbitte, tells us more.

Launch of the 2016 Cromer Pier Pavilion Theatre Christmas Show.

PHOTO: Nick Butcher

Cromer Pier has ripped the wrapping off its annual selection box of festive treats.

The Magnificent Bearded Lady, poignant, moving, off-kilter show in Bungay

From a moving, off-kilter show about a bearded lady to a radical staging of Richard III, Christmas classics with Blake and a visit from Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy. SIMON PARKIN picks cultural highlights over the next seven days.

Peter Pan panto cast members ready for rehearsals. Picture: RICHARD BATSON

The cast of Sheringham’s pantomime has flown into town to begin rehearsals for the popular festive show.

Glyndebourne's Madama Butterfly withMatteo Lippi as 

Lieutenant B F Pinkerton and Karah Son as 

Picture: Clive Barda

Glyndebourne’s latest visit to Norwich includes several first including the company’s first ever production of Madama Butterfly. SIMON PARKIN finds out more from its debut director Annilese Miskimmon.

Eva Collishaw-Briggs, eight, with her winning design for Cinderella's ball gown for the Garage's panto, and she meets Cinderella herself, played by Rosalind Burt. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Cinderella is set to go to the ball this Christmas in a special dress designed by eight-year-old Eva Collishaw-Briggs.

The Norwich Players are presenting the Alan Bennett comedy Getting On at the Maddermarket Theatre. Photo: Sean Owen/Reflective Arts.

Alan Bennett’s witty play about politics (both Parliamentary and sexual) provides a very entertaining couple of hours at the Maddermarket Theatre this week.

Lladel Bryant as Ishmael in Nine Lives coming to Diss and Sheringham

The plight of a refugee is at the centre of gripping and widely acclaimed one-man play, Nine Lives, which comes to two theatres in Norfolk. SIMON PARKIN reports.

Strictly Come Dancing Star, Brendan Cole, will be heading to the Theatre Royal Norwich in February with his new show, All Night Long. Photo: Norwich Theatre Royal

Strictly Come Dancing favourite Brendan Cole will be quick stepping into Norwich in February with his brand new show All Night Long.

Daisy Lewis in Silence by Moira Buffini. Photo: National Youth Theatre.

An actress who has starred in one of television’s best known period dramas has spoken of how joining the National Youth Theatre helped to kickstart her career.

Costume designer Laura Whyte and dancer Kris Spencer with a First World War medal. 

She has been dressing stage stars for decades. And her costumes have brought many a show to life.

Theatre company Crude Apache are set to perform Richard III at The Shoe Factory Social Club in Norwich. Photo: Crude Apache.

From theatre to music to a Christmas market and more, there is lots for people to enjoy in what is perhaps one of Norwich’s newest and most unusual venues.

The Norwich Players are presenting the Alan Bennett comedy Getting On at the Maddermarket Theatre. Photo: Sean Owen/Reflective Arts.

The curtain is set to go up on the Maddermarket Theatre’s latest production this Friday.

Strictly star Georgia May Foote plays Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany's.

Strictly star Georgia May Foote and Downton Abbey’s Matt Barber head the cast in Breakfast at Tiffany’s at Norwich Theatre Royal.

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