Eight great family shows for half-term week in Norfolk and beyond

The Horrible Histories crew brings Best of Barmy Britain to King’s Lynn Corn Exchange. Picture: Subm

The Horrible Histories crew brings Best of Barmy Britain to Kings Lynn Corn Exchange. Picture: Submitted - Credit: Archant

All-singing, all-dancing shows, circus spectacle, a charming adaptation of The Secret Garden, TV favourites Ben & Holly brought to life and Horrible Histories just some of the treats on stage this Spring Bank holiday.

Spinning Wheel Theatre stage their adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett�s The Secret Garden. Pictur

Spinning Wheel Theatre stage their adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett�s The Secret Garden. Picture: Samuel Norris - Credit: Samuel Norris

You Can't Stop the Beat

Hippodrome Circus, Great Yarmouth, May 26-27, 7.30pm, £12 (£8 cons), £6 children, 01493 844172, yarmouthhippodrome.co.uk

A heavenly nuns chorus, singing ghosts and a wacky choir of characters from Wonderland are just some of the sounds featured as Yarmouth's Hippodrome Circus hosts Triple T Productions latest tribute to the world of musical theatre. The show' billed as 'the ultimate musical theatre' party is the company's third annual show at the iconic venue. A cast of over 40 will visit nine fantastic musicals in this non-stop high energy singing and dancing show featuring some of the most popular songs from some of the best known shows from the West End & Broadway. An evening of high energy song and dance is guaranteed in this feel-good show for all the family.


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Vive La Cabaret

Burgh Castle, Great Yarmouth, until June 4, various times, £19-£14, £16-£12 children, 07752 218805, russellscircus.co.uk

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Roll up roll up as Russells International Circus, voted Britain's Best Circus three years in succession, makes a special return visit to Great Yarmouth, with an all new show. Expect some spectacular display of artistes from around the world, including being amazed by performers from the world famous Romanian State Circus including some stars who have appeared on Romania's Got Talent. The show also includes Mr Slinky and the outstanding Hungarian State Circus, and don't miss our amazing Russian Swing troupe, as they fly through the air.

The Tigerlily’s return with their all singing, all dancing family show Once Upon A Fairytale. Pictur

The Tigerlilys return with their all singing, all dancing family show Once Upon A Fairytale. Picture: Submitted - Credit: Archant

The Secret Garden

John Peel Centre, Church Walk, Stowmarket, May 28, 5.30pm, £9.50 (£7.50 cons), £7.50 under-18s, 01449 774678, johnpeelcentre.com/Sheringham Little Theatre, May 31, 3pm, £8, £6 under-16s, 01263 822347, sheringhamlittletheatre.com

Spinning Wheel Theatre's charming and heart-warming adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett's treasured childhood novel hits the road across East Anglia. When Mary Lennox is orphaned she is bundled off to live with her uncle at the gloomy Misselthwaite Manor. Sullen, spoilt and lonely, she begins to be entranced by the mysteries of the house and its gardens…but can she unlock the secrets that are held within? With the help of some unexpected friends – and an overgrown magical garden – her life, and the lives of those around her, is transformed. A joyful and uplifting tale of magic, friendship and hope.

Once Upon A Fairytale

Seagull Theatre, Pakefield, Lowestoft, May 27, 2pm, £6 children, £4 adults, 01502 589726, www.theseagull.co.uk

Lauren-Martin as Holly, Lucy-Brownhill as Nanny Plum and Emma-Riches as Ben in Ben & Holly's Little

Lauren-Martin as Holly, Lucy-Brownhill as Nanny Plum and Emma-Riches as Ben in Ben & Holly's Little Kingdom. Picture: Dan-Tsantilis - Credit: Dan-Tsantilis

Known for their A Night at the Musicals, a celebration of some of the greatest show tunes, and its Christmas show offshoot, The Tigerlily's return with their all singing, all dancing family show singing, a magical evening featuring all your favourite princesses and other fairytale characters. The cast perform some of the most well known classics from all those wonderful films, Disney and more. Launched by Claire Welham, a vocalist, dancer and choreographer, Tigerlily's create productions for theatres as well as their own shows, so they know a thing or two about adding glitz to a night out. This is a fast paced colourful show great for all the family.

Ben & Holly's Little Kingdom

Norwich Theatre Royal, May 30-31, various times, £15-£7, 01603 630000, www.theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk

From the makers of Peppa Pig comes this BAFTA award-winning television animation live on stage. Holly is a young Fairy Princess, who is still learning how to fly and her magic doesn't always go quite according to plan. Her best friend, Ben the Elf, doesn't have wings and he doesn't do magic, but he runs very fast and flies on the back of Gaston the Ladybird. They live in the Little Kingdom, a tiny land where flowers and grass rise high above them and every day is an adventure. An exciting, enchanting and magical musical adventure of elves, princesses and childhood innocence packed full of games, songs and laughter. Under-1s go free.

Frankenstein for Kids

Circo Ridiculoso’s Frankenstein for Kids is at Norwich Puppet Theatre. Picture: Submitted

Circo Ridiculosos Frankenstein for Kids is at Norwich Puppet Theatre. Picture: Submitted - Credit: Archant

Norwich Puppet Theatre, June 2, 11am/2.30pm, £9, £9 children, £30 family, 01603 629921, puppettheatre.co.uk

Step into Circo Ridiculoso's quirky new show – a hilarious fusion of silliness, storytelling and brilliant balloon puppetry. When Igor, Dr Frankenstein's assistant, attempts to assemble a beautiful dancer made from balloons, it all goes wrong. Dr Frankenstein is not happy - his dream of winning the highly-coveted North Southby Dance Competition Cup is fading fast. A marvellous monster is created and comes alive! Can Igor teach the friendly monster to dance in time?

Little Red Riding Hood

Norwich Puppet Theatre, June 3, 11am/2.30pm, £9, £9 children, £30 family, 01603 629921, www.puppettheatre.co.uk

A long time ago in a deep dark wood lived a lovely little girl who was very very good. And her name was Little Red Riding Hood. Wymondham-based Garlic Theatre tell this classic tale when he discovers he has lost Little Red Riding Hood, what is he going to do? Luckily he finds Robin Hood, who agrees to go on a quest to take some cakes and flowers to Grandma. Will he stay on the path? Or will he discover the big bad wolf who looks a bit like the Sheriff of Nottingham. A funny, slapstick, glove show with beautifully crafted puppets, clowning and gentle humour.

Horrible Histories: Best of Barmy Britain

King's Lynn Corn Exchange, June 4, 2pm/4pm, £14.50-£11, 01553 764864, kingslynncornexchange.co.uk

The ever popular Horrible Histories crew returns with this best of live show featuring all your favourite characters from Britain's barmy past. Could you beat battling Boudicca? Will King John be a martyr for the Magna Carta? Will you lose your heart or your head to Henry VIII? Can Parliament survive gunpowder Guy? Light up your life with the great fire of London! Stand and deliver to dastardly Dick Turpin? Escape the clutches of Burke and Hare and move to the groove with party Queen Victoria! It's the history of Britain with the nasty bits left in.

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