July 23 2014 Latest news:
Friday, June 13, 2014
The launch of Europe’s last remaining end-of-pier show provided a glimpse of what Cromer has in store this summer.
Organisers promise the production, now in its 38th year, is “back to its best” – returning to its traditional variety-show format of three years ago.
And with more dancers and singers than last year, director, deviser and choreographer Di Cooke said it was bigger, better and back to its roots.
This year the show is a mix of West End and Broadway-inspired song-and-dance numbers, eclectic music and entertainment from seasoned comedians and an impressionist.
And with ballet, tap and Copacabana, Ms Cooke said the aim of this year was to ensure the audience was not quite sure what is coming next.
She said: “The last three years we have been following a theme, but this year it is a return to a traditional variety show.
“I can get in all my show-stopping numbers and it will be fun entertainment, specifically designed to be a feast for the eyes and the ears.”
With a brand new cast, this year’s show features six dancers, two singers, an impressionist and comedians, as well as a multi-instrumentalist duo.
Starring in the show is comedian Paul Eastwood, 39, who was thrown into the media spotlight in March for his performance which included a string of jokes about foreigners at UKIP’s annual conference.
Speaking about the conference, he said it had been taken out of context and had nothing to do with his beliefs.
Mr Eastwood has just completed a six-year run working on cruise ships, and said he has had to step out of his comfort zone for the show.
He said: “I had to get involved in singing and dancing. Normally I have to stand at the back, but there is nothing like a challenge.
“I never believed it would happen and I am really proud to be here after some of the people who have previously performed here.”
The Cromer Pier Show, also known to many as the Seaside Special, starts on June 21 and runs to September 20.
There will be two shows, performed on alternate weeks. Call the box office 01263 512495, www.cromer-pier.com