2018 Norfolk arts preview: the best cabaret events not to miss

PUBLISHED: 09:30 29 December 2017 | UPDATED: 11:42 11 January 2018

Dereen Brown, Judy & Liza, The Nature of Forgetting and Cirque Berserk! Photos: Submitted

Dereen Brown, Judy & Liza, The Nature of Forgetting and Cirque Berserk! Photos: Submitted


Master of mind-control Derren Brown returns, Cirque Berserk! start celebrations of the 250th anniversary of circus, there is an evening with Judy Garland and Liza Minnelli and Grumpy Old Women offer up more grump.

I Would Like To Get To Know You

The Garage, Norwich, February 2-3

Filmmaking and visual anthropology team, Kaleido Film Collective, collaborate with feminist theatre company Feral Foxy Ladies,for this cabaret-esque collection of stories about love, lust and loss, inspired by the quarter life crisis. Showcasing real life dating stories - from the humorous to the downright questionable - this show tries to understand how and why we are searching for love in 2018. Through physical theatre and song, its an escapist show that raises questions about the changing language and climate for love. A comical spin on the dating minefield.

Morgan & West: Time Travelling Magicians

Sheringham Little Theatre, February 6/St George’s Theatre, Great Yarmouth, February 7

Great Scott! The time-travelling magicians Morgan & West are back with their magical extravaganza. Not content with their lot as the 19th century’s greatest magic duo, this prestidigitatory pair are equally adept at conjuring up spectacle for today’s audiences. No future is left unseen and no timeline left unaltered as these temporal tricksters burst into the 21st century with a show brimming over with baffling magic, unparalleled precognitive powers, and a totally genuine ability to travel through time! Magic, mystery and the unexplainable.


Norwich Playhouse, March 16

From the creators of Olivier Award-winning Showstopper! The Improvised Musical, this show is competitive improv as you’ve never seen it. Honouring ancient Athenian traditions, two rhapsodes, Adam Meggido and Sean McCann, compete to improvise a fully authentic Shakespearean masterpiece on the spot. Featuring rap, poetry slams and any writer from the last 3,000 years, from Homer to Pinter, from Poe to Dr Seuss. A unique celebration of the poetic, the dramatic and the absurdly comic, it will change the way you think about improv and – quite possibly - Shakespeare.

Cirque Berserk!

Norwich Theatre Royal, April 5-7

Direct from the West End and showcasing the finest in traditional circus thrills and skills, Cirque Berserk! will this year be celebrating the 250th anniversary of the invention of circus by bringing this treasured form of live entertainment bang up-to-date in a jaw-dropping spectacular created especially for the theatre. Combining contemporary cirque-style artistry with adrenaline-fuelled stunt action, this astoundingly talented international troupe includes over thirty jugglers, acrobats, aerialists, dancers, drummers and daredevil stuntmen. Featuring the world’s most hair-raising circus act - the legendary motorcycle ‘Globe of Death’.

Judy & Liza

Norwich Playhouse, April 7

Judy Garland and Liza Minnelli are still the most loved mother and daughter team in showbiz and here the two iconic performers are back together again in this musical experience . Set against a background of photographs and movie clips, this production features performances of all of your favourite hits including Cabaret, Maybe This Time and The Man That Got Away. It’s an emotional rollercoaster amid the uncanny parallels between some of Judy and Liza’s most iconic songs and their own personal lives, so often blighted with tragedy and loneliness. West End star Emma Dears re-prises the role of Liza. Also at Bury Theatre Royal on February 9-10.

The Nature of Forgetting

Norwich Playhouse, May 9

Following a sell-out run at the 2017 London International Mime Festival, Latitude and the Edinburgh Fringe, Theatre Re visit with this powerful, explosive and joyous piece about what is left when memory is gone. Tom is 55, today. As he dresses for his party, tangled threads of disappearing memories spark him into life, unravelling as a tale of friendship, love and guilt. Established in 2009, Theatre Re is a London-based international ensemble creating thought-provoking, tangible and poignant work that examines fragile human conditions and spans the boundaries of mime and theatre.

Grumpy Old Women To The Rescue

King’s Lynn Corn Exchange, June 17

Fed up with flogging their guts out and always having to be in charge, the Grumpy Old Women have put their knobbly old feet up in glorious retirement, free at last to practise their extreme colouring-in, ukelele orchestra and novelty fudge- making. But with the world in a bigger mess than ever before, is there anything that can tempt them off their backsides to unleash their superpowers and once more come to the rescue?! Jenny Eclair, Dillie Keane and Lizzie Roper offer up a brand new ‘full-fat’, ‘batteries included’ comedy from the mistresses of grump.

Derren Brown

Norwich Theatre Royal, June 19-23

The multi-award winning master of mind-control and psychological illusion returns to amaze, astonish and enthral audiences with his latest smash hit show Underground, bringing together a collection of the very best of his work. Derren revealed: “Underground was originally written for audiences in other countries who hadn’t seen me before. It meant finessing and re-visiting past pieces and seeing them with fresh eyes.” As ever, he’s not revealing too much but expect jaw-dropping experience of magical genius and showmanship not to be missed.

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