New season: King's Lynn Corn Exchangte

TREVOR HEATON, EDP Whats On Editor King's Lynn Corn Exchange has lined up a winning mix of old favourites and new attractions to get 2007 off to a flying start.


King's Lynn Corn Exchange has lined up a winning mix of old favourites and new attractions to get 2007 off to a flying start.

First up (January 10-11) is a return visit from the legendary stand-up Roy Chubby Brown, with a double helping of strictly-adult comedy. Tickets are £18.50.

After a locally staged version of Peter and the Wolf (January 13 with the Evelyn Hunter Dance Academy), there are four shows over two days (January 16-17) featuring the spectacular Chinese State Circus. This world-renowned ensemble also features the Shaolin Wu-Shu Warriors and features a jaw-dropping selection of acrobatic and martial arts skills. Tickets range from £21.50-£10.

The ever-popular Comedy Club returns on January 18 (and again on February 15 and April 27) with more fast-rising stand-ups from the London circuit.

That great singer Paul Carrack just keeps coming back to the Corn Exchange, and his appearance on January 28 coincides with the release of his Greatest Hits album. The ex-Mike and the Mechanics and Ace frontman and voice behind many worldwide hits including The Living Years and Tempted, Carrack's voice is as crisp and soulful as ever. Tickets £22.50.

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G&S fans will enjoy a run of the ever-popular The Yeomen of the Guard from January 31 to February 3. The show is present by West Norfolk Gilbert and Sullivan Society, and tickets range from £14-£5.

Tickle Me Pink on March 2 stars Ninia Benjamin from Three Non-Blondes and Jo Enright from I'm Alan Partridge, with one further name is still to be confirmed. Part of a national tour in association with Breakthrough Breast Cancer, your host for the evening is Stephanie Davies who will take you through a session of laughter yoga that has to be seen to be fully appreciated! Sounds like a great girls' night out, so tickets (£15.50, concs £14.50) are bound to be in heavy demand.

Musical theatre star Mark Rattray brings his latest West End showcase, Chicago and Beyond, on March 3 (£16, balcony concs £9.50).

There's a great family treat from March 7-11 with the Russian Ice All-Stars in Peter Pan on Ice. With choreography from Guiseppe Areana, who staged the opening ceremony for the 2006 Winter Olympics, the Russian Ice Stars are set to astonish audiences once again with their dazzling skating skills. Tickets for this must-see show ranged from £23.50-£15.50.

George Piper Dances present Encore on March 15, featuring ex-Royal Ballet stars and television's Ballet Boyz. Encore is an evening of four pieces devised by four British choreographers.

Any parents of young children will be more than familiar with the names Milo, Jake, Bella and Fizz, aka the Tweenies. Their live shows have previously toured to indoor arena venues but for the first time Tweenies Live is undertaking a theatre tour and performing five shows over three days at the Corn Exchange (March 20-22). Tickets £14.50, under 16s/concs £12.

The music of Barry Manilow is very much in the spotlight at the moment, so what better time to present Could It Be Magic (March 24), featuring musicals star Darren Day with all the great hits such as Mandy, Can't Smile Without You and of course Copacabana. Tickets £18.50, concs £17.50.

More music follows the next night with Broadway and Beyond, presented by King's Lynn Festival Chorus and Tom Solomon (£13, concs £11).

Sixties favourites the Hollies return on March 28 with plenty of hits from their huge back catalogue (£22, concs £21). That's followed on March 30 with another return visit, this time from the Russian Cossack State Dance Company (£18.50).

Once best known as a child chorister, Aled Jones (April 1) has come a long way since his early days singing Walking in the Air. Selling out concert venues across the UK, let's also not forget his recent appearance on BBC television's Strictly Come Dancing where his fancy footwork introduced him to a whole new generation. He's recently released his “Best Of” CD. Tickets £22.50.

King's Lynn Operatic and Dramatic Society present one of the best-loved musicals of all time from April 4-7. Rodgers and Hammerstein's ground-breaking Oklahoma! is brim-full of great tunes and a strong dramatic storyline too. Tickets £14-£10.50.

Make sure you catch up with the superb The Play What I Wrote, which runs from April 9-11. A sensation in the West End in 2001-2, it is a celebration of comedy double act Morecambe and Wise and much, much more. The feelgood play is famous for having a celebrity guest at each show. So who will it be? Ah, that's a secret what they never reveal beforehand… Tickets £17.50, concs £16.50.

The music of Fifties super smoothie Dean Martin and friends is celebrated in That's Amore on April 12 (£19.50, concs £18.50).

More music on April 13 with a welcome return visit from the ever-popular Irish country/easy listening stars Foster and Allen (£17.50, concs £16.50).

Soul-disco stars Jaki Graham and Jeffrey Daniel - whose astonishing 'moonwalk' routine in 1982 was one of the all-time great Top of the Pops moments - head the cast for Ridin' on a Soul Train (April 14, £18.50, concs £17.50).

Family fun galore on April 15 with two performances of The Chuckle Brothers' latest show Spooky Goings-On 2 (£12).

A treat for opera fans on April 18 when Opus 1 present Puccini's best-loved work La Bohème, sung in Italian with a 14-piece orchestra. Tickets range from £24.50 to £21.50 with some £9.50 balcony concessions.

There'll be plenty of solid-gold hits in the Solid Silver 60s Show (April 19, £21.50) featuring Wayne Fontana, the Merseybeats, the ever-gigging Searchers, and John Walker.

After a visit on April 20 by the Hip Hop Theatre Company with Tag Me Vs the City (£14.50, under-16s £9.50), Steve Steinman returns with The Meat Loaf Trilogy (April 21, £17.50).

One of the hottest tickets for the new season is bound to be Jimmy Carr (April 22, £15) with another shoot-from-the-lip adult show from one of the finest stand-ups around.

The City of London Sinfonia present works by Beethoven, Villa-Lobos and Rodrigo (and yes, it's the Concerto de Aranjuez) on April 26 (£17.50-£9.50) and Independent Ballet Wales present a tale from the pages of the Mabinogi, a classic of European literature, The Bride of Flowers on April 29 (£15).

And the season finishes with one of the legendary names of pop - Petula Clark. With Emma Bunton reviving her classic hit Downtown for Children in Need, the spotlight has swung back on this great star of film, stage, cabaret and pop. The April 30 show is set to be one of the hottest sellers of the new season - tickets £23.50.

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