New season: King's Lynn Arts Centre

TREVOR HEATON, EDP Whats On Editor Event editor Trevor Heaton presents an exclusive look at the spring season of the sister venue the King's Lynn Arts Centre.


Over at King's Lynn Arts Centre, there'll be plenty to tickle those entertainment tastebuds.

No doubt about the season's stand-out… or should that be stand-up? Deadpan comic Jack Dee will be back in West Norfolk to play a double-header of dates at the King Street venue.

He has been a star since the Jack Dee Show first hit our television screens in 1992 and has notched up numerous comedy awards, an acclaimed appearance in the long-running West End hit ART, other dramatic and documentary roles – and, of course, that famous Celebrity Big Brother win.

Jack will be on stage on Thursday March 3 and Friday March 4, with all tickets £20.

Neil Innes has had an amazing career in showbusiness, ranging from his early years with the zany Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band (remember the classic I'm the Urban Spaceman?), an appearance in the Beatles' Magical Mystery Tour, honorary member of Monty Python – and creator of that brilliant mop-top spoof the Rutles. The singer-songwriter will be making a rare local concert appearance on March 12, with tickets £11.50.

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Still on the subject of music, the very popular East Anglian band the Hamsters will be raising the (15th century) rafters on April 9 with their distinctive brand of powerful bluesy rock (£11.50, concs £10.50).

Drama at the centre includes King's Lynn Players' production of HE Bates' much-loved bucolic comedy The Darling Buds of May (March 17-19, £9, concs £7.50); Stage-Works' Two, by Jim Cartwright (March 26, £9, concs £8), and London Classic Theatre Company in Frozen on April 16 (£10, concs £9).

Family treats include Jack and the Beanstalk, by the excellent TieBreak company, on April 2 (£5) and Image Musical Theatre's production of children's classic Stig of the Dump (April 30, £5, family tickets available).

Labour's Mo Mowlam will be talking about her unconventional approach to politics – and no doubt sharing her candid thoughts on life behind the scenes at 10 Downing Street – in an “audience with”-style show on April 23 (£13.50, concs £12.50).

The Royal Geographical Association link with the venue has brought many fine speakers to West Norfolk, and on March 5 there's a chance to hear Alastair Fothergill, producer of that marvellous David Attenborough series The Blue Planet (£11, concs £10).

The venue will also be presenting its usual mix of mainstream and arthouse films, including The Incredibles (February 14-19) to Cole Porter biopic De-Lovely (January 12-14).

Its galleries will be showing the arrestingly-titled Tales Told By An Idiot, featuring work by Susan Adams, Sean Harris and Chris Nurse, and Warehouse on the Wash, an exhibition by the Warehouse Artists Studios. Both exhibitions run from February 5 to March 5.

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