Holiday on Ice, Norfolk Showground

For the first time in its 60-year history, this legendary show comes to Norfolk. It has suffered from a bit of an image problem as audiences think it's all classical music and stuffy set routines but this show is aimed very much at the MTV generation.

For the first time in its 60-year history, this legendary show comes to Norfolk. It has suffered from a bit of an image problem as audiences think it's all classical music and stuffy set routines but this show is aimed very much at the MTV generation. Sure there's your Bolero – and who would want that left out? – but there are sequences to music from the Gipsy Kings, Sting, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, John Lee Hooker, even Moby.

The music is performed by a live band plus a couple of singers, which gives an extra dimension while the state-of-the-art lighting effects and a giant video screen add to the rock stadium atmosphere.

The show takes the audience on a so-called musical journey across the world from African rhythms to Indian chants and all things in between. It is choreographed by Robin Cousins, the hero of the 1980 Winter Olympics where he won us gold, so you can expect plenty for skating purists, too. Indeed, the majority of the 50-odd skaters are from former Eastern bloc countries and their skills reveal a traditional and thorough training.

Husband and wife Victor Mytnic and Valeriya Tyshler from Kiev combine powerful acrobatic movements with precision figure skating, and soloist Jennifer Schmitz is probably the most technically gifted.

Yet ensemble pieces appealed to me the most, especially the jazzy numbers where the skaters could really have a bit of fun and a rollerblading sequence delighted all. An aerial acrobatic display by German Jens Jensen is another little extra which keeps you guessing what could come next.

This is an exciting, lavish production – with fabulous costumes – which is clearly still going strong and attracting thousands of visitors because it's good! Despite last night's traffic problems that caused a half hour delay to the start of the evening's entertainment, you should get wrapped up warm, get your skates on and get there!

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Holiday on Ice runs until Sunday March 16 at the Norfolk Showground. For tickets call 0845 3678000.

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