First acts for the 2015 Norfolk and Norwich Festival are revealed

PUBLISHED: 08:39 06 November 2014 | UPDATED: 08:39 06 November 2014

NNF2015: Wolf's Child. Photo: Steve Tanner.

NNF2015: Wolf's Child. Photo: Steve Tanner.

A theatrical journey through the dark woods of a Norfolk country estate and the return of circus spectacle to the Adnams Spiegeltent are among the highlights in store for audiences at next year’s Norfolk and Norwich Festival.

NNF2015: Circa. NNF2015: Circa.

The annual arts extravaganza returns next May, and today the first acts are being revealed.

“These early announcements give a flavour of the full programme of shows and events that we will be revealing in February,” said the festival’s artistic director William Galinsky.

“This year’s major festival commission is a brand new piece of landscape theatre called Wolf’s Child, created specially for the woods at Felbrigg Hall by one of the UK’s most exciting site-specific theatre companies, WildWorks.

“They have created iconic productions across the world and it is a real coup to be bringing them to the festival with a world premiere.

NNF2015: Hofesh Shechter Company. NNF2015: Hofesh Shechter Company.

“And if one world premiere wasn’t enough, we continue our unique relationship with Circa, one of the world’s greatest contemporary circus companies, with a brand new show created for us by their artistic director Yaron Lifschitz, working with his pick of the finest circus artists that he has worked with over the last decade.”

The Norfolk and Norwich Festival will run from May 8 to 24 next year.

Wolf’s Child will take to the stage at Felbrigg Hall, near Cromer, from May 5 to 23 and will see the countryside setting transformed into a world of shape-shifting animals and humans as day turns to dusk.

Meanwhile Australian circus troupe and festival favourite Circa will be at the Adnams Spiegeltent in Norwich’s Chapelfield Gardens from May 13 to 23. The company’s new show, What Will Have Been, is described as being a spectacle of tender humanity and savage physicality set to the sounds of Bach and a spine-tingling electronic soundtrack.

NNF2015: Taraf de Haïdouks. NNF2015: Taraf de Haïdouks.

Other festival events also announced today include:

• American artist Jeff Koons - who has created playful and provocative work ranging from public sculptures to Lady Gaga record sleeves - will be presenting an exhibition at Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery from May 9 to 24.

• The Festival Chorus will be joined by the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and Sir John Tomlinson in a performance of Mendelssohn’s Elijah at St Andrew’s Hall, in Norwich, on May 17.

• Taraf de Haïdouks will perform riotous Romanian folk at Norwich Theatre Royal on May 17.

NNF2015: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. NNF2015: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.

• Oscar-nominated filmmaker Sam Green’s live cinema performance, The Measure of All Things, debuted at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and will be at Norwich Theatre Royal on May 21 with live music from New York’s yMusic.

• Hofesh Shechter Company will be bringing the show Political Mother - described as being part dance show, part heavy rock gig - to Norwich Theatre Royal on May 23.
• The Norfolk and Norwich Festival will run from May 8 to 24 next year. Tickets for the announced events go on sale from today to the festival’s supporters and to the general public from November 13.

For more details of dates and times and ticket prices, and to book, call the festival box office on 01603 766400, visit or go to the Norwich Theatre Royal box office in person.

• Do you have a Norwich arts story? Email arts correspondent Emma Knights at

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