New season: King's Lynn Arts Centre

King’s Lynn Arts Centre’s summer programme complements its sister venue’s, with drama, children’s shows, comedy, music concerts and much more.

One of the most eagerly-awaited shows has to be The Improvisers on July 2 (tickets £15.50). It features two stars of the fondly-remembered Channel 4 improv series Whose Line Is It Anyway? – comedian Stephen Frost and ace instrumentalist Richard Vranch – plus the excellent Phill Jupitus, making a welcome return visit to the venue after his brilliant Star Wars show there a few years back.

Spectacular music doesn't come much spectacular than the acclaimed Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers (May 7, £12.50). This European ensemble will rattle the ancient rafters of this medieval venue with an evening of thrilling music based on the Japanese drumming tradition.

If blues is more your style, then look no further than guitarists Steve Phillips and Brendan Croker (June 17, £12.50).

Victor Borge was one of comedy's great one-offs, combining anarchy, erudition and a love for music in one much-loved package. Now British comedian Rainer Hersch has re-created many of the classic routines in his show Being Victor Borge (May 14, £11.50 concs £10.50) which also reflects on Borge's extraordinary life.

Turning to drama, acclaimed company Eastern Angles are back with new production Beyond the Breakers (May 21, £9, concs £8), set against the backdrop of North Norfolk lifeboat crews. And Mike Maran Productions – which has brought Captain Corelli's Mandolin and more recently Private Angelo to the venue – is back with The Little World of Don Camillo (June 11, £10.50, concs £9.50), based on the stories of Giovanni Guareschi.

Additional drama includes the debut visit of Romany Theatre Company who will be heading out on their first tour across East Anglia. Our Big Land (June 18, £7.50, concs £5) tells, through one woman's story, the history of Romany people. And then there is The Crimson Corset (June 19, £9, concs £8), about society's changing attitudes to women and their fight for the vote.

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It's all down to the long-standing link with the Royal Geographical Society which has brought many top-name speakers to the King Street venue.

On May 28 it's the turn of Dr Nick Middleton – from Channel 4's Going to Extremes – who'll explore Central Asia in Extremes Along the Silk Road.

This year's Lynn Festival will see some famous faces at the venue.

Distinguished foreign correspondent John Simpson will give a lecture on July 18, while historian David Starkey makes a return visit on July 24 for more witty and erudite insights into the past. On July 29 there's celebrated jazzers the Stan Tracey Quartet (£13.50, £12.50).

Other attractions include children's show The Mole Who Knew It Was None of His Business (June 4), a funny and tuneful show for anyone aged three years plus.

The venue will also be showing arthouse films such as the well-received Audrey Tautou drama A Very Long Engagement (May 5), and – in its associated galleries – exhibitions including Nelson-themed Saluting the Admiral (July 16-August 13) and the return of the Eastern Open (May 7-June 25).

More details on 01553 764864 and www.kingslynnarts.co.uk

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