Cromer and Sheringham primed for festive on stage fun

Two north Norfolk theatres have launched a taste of their festive stage shows.

The 12 days leading up to modern Christmas, from parties to present-hunting, are given a sprinkle of showbiz glitter in this year's winter version of Cromer Pier's popular Seaside Special variety show.

Embarrassing office party moments, hangovers, a strange vicar and an enchanting choir are all part of the mix.

Devisor Di Cooke said the new 'storyline' approach had gone down well at the summer Seaside Special Show, so it was decided to do the same with the Christmas version.

With the show, now in its seventh year, promoting a 'children go free' offer this year, there was also plenty of content for youngsters including Disney songs and a Glee finale.

Local entertainer Olly Day, who is heading the cast for the third year running, said he did a lot of Christmas shows but Cromer had extra magic because it was the only theatre staging a variety show.

He is joined by comedy sidekick, former Pontins Bluecoat Dave Mac, singers Lulu Alexandra and Dale Page, a team of dancers and children.

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In neighbouring Sheringham the annual panto at the Little Theatre has been given a capital makeover after the coastal venue teamed up with the Hammersmith Lyric to debut its production of Dick Whittington.

The show has come direct from London and features cast and crew from the Lyric, which originally staged the popular panto last year. It now promises to have an exciting run at the Little.

Taking the role of Dick's faithful feline is up and coming actor Nathan Bryon, 20, from London while Aaron White returns to Sheringham to play the show's title role.

They are joined by Russel Hicken as dame Sarah the Cook, talented newcomer Suzanna Kempne as Alice and 40 local youngsters who play a variety of ensemble parts.

? The Cromer show runs from December 3 to 31, with Kids Go Free deals starting from December 17. More information on 01263 512495 or visit

Dick Whittington runs from December 7 to January 2. For more information and tickets call 01263 822347.