Cromer Pier Christmas Show provides magical entertainment for all ages

Launch of the 2016 Cromer Pier Pavilion Theatre Christmas Show.PHOTO: Nick Butcher

Launch of the 2016 Cromer Pier Pavilion Theatre Christmas Show.PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

Cromer Pier has ripped the wrapping off its annual selection box of festive treats.

Launch of the 2016 Cromer Pier Pavilion Theatre Christmas Show.PHOTO: Nick Butcher

Launch of the 2016 Cromer Pier Pavilion Theatre Christmas Show.PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

Inside is a mix of magic, comedy, song, spectacle and dance that entertains all tastes and ages - even hard-centred Christmas grumps.

The essential ingredients of the Pavilion Theatre's mulled version of its summer seaside special are the cosy atmosphere, bauble-bright colour ... and Olly Day, the multi-talented Christmas tree around which the action revolves.

He is at his best telling gags, Norfolk yarns and doing magic using his warm rapport with the audience - cheekily taking the Mickey without offending.

Olly has made the show his own having starred in eight of the show's 12 years and his role as Norfolk variety royalty was underlined with his appearance as The Queen doing her speech from Sandringham.

Launch of the 2016 Cromer Pier Pavilion Theatre Christmas Show.PHOTO: Nick Butcher

Launch of the 2016 Cromer Pier Pavilion Theatre Christmas Show.PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher


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Comedy sidekick Martyn James provides yet more magic - with boxes, dancing girls, neon spears, rope and a deliciously dry deadpan style.

Sweet-voiced songstress Emily Yarrow, who appeared in the pier's summer show, returns to conjure up some special moments of her own particularly with a mesmerising solo performance of Ave Maria, and The Prayer duet with deep-voiced fellow singer Duncan Sandilands.

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The Santa sack of live variety goodies is completed by a troupe of dancers who can switch from elegant ballet to energetic festive pop classics, glittering colourful costumes, some striking sets and a smattering of local children.

Like any festive fare there will be the odd sprout and Turkish Delight moment that doesn't quite excite the taste buds. But the fast-moving, ever-changing nature of the show means there will be something to savour along any moment. Someone may well be heading home singing: 'On its 12th year of Christmas this fun show gave to me a card trick in a pier treat.'

• The Cromer Pier Christmas Show runs until December 30. Book tickets online at www.cromerpier.co.uk or call the Box Office on 01263 512495.

Richard Batson

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