Maddermarket Theatre's Christmas show The Borrowers. Pictured left to right Fionna Monk ( Arrietty ), Oskar Schmidt-Hansen ( the Boy ) and Liam Arnolds ( Spiller ).

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

An alternative to panto, the Maddermarket Theatre’s Christmas production is an adaptation of The Borrowers, there is a special festive Red Card Comedy night, Syd Lawrence Orchestra swing into the season with Mistletoe & Miller, there is a magical festive story inspired by Russian folktale and a production of Dickens’ Great Expectations in Holkham’s Marble Hall. SIMON PARKIN picks six cultural highlights not to miss this weekend.

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The Secret Garden is being staged at Westacre Theatre

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

A key to unlock the spirit in this Christmas tale of magic that offers something different to panto, though no less popular is Westacre Theatre’s The Secret Garden, while 60s musical Hairspray is at Norwich playhouse, The Locrian Ensemble Christmas show is performed in lavish period costume, and there is rock from Rival Sons and rap from Game. SIMON PARKIN picks six cultural highlights not to miss this week.

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Susan Calman who is appearing at Norwich Playhouse

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

Scottish comedian Susan Calman brings her debut solo show proper Lady Like, Yarmouth’s Hippodrome launches its Christmas Spectacular, King’s Lynn Festival Chorus perform their special festive concert, Moyse’s Hall Museum’s Gothika is not for the fainthearted, while Jonathan Wyatt Big Band put the swing into the season with their Big Bubba’s Christmas Boogie Blowout. SIMON PARKIN picks six cultural highlights not to miss this weekend.

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Lisa Redford

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

Lisa Redford makes a long-awaited return to her home city of Norwich, there is more outrageous pop-based comedy from Frisky and Mannish, the Chorus of St Cecilia returns for three five music nights in Great Yarmouth, Brüer Tidman exhibits in Lowestoft and the Jay Singers give the traditional Christmas themes an invigorating twist. SIMON PARKIN picks six cultural highlights not to miss this week.

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Cast of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at King's Lynn Corn Exchange

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

Mirror, mirror on the wall, there’s panto fun in King’s Lynn, two great masterpieces by Richard Strauss in his 150th anniversary year feature in Norwich Phil’s latest concert, there are enthralling sounds from the Submotion Orchestra, comedian Jason Byrne let’s the audience choose the subjects and there’s a major exhibition on the Broads. SIMON PARKIN picks six cultural highlights not to miss this weekend.

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