New season: Sheringham Little Theatre

Trevor Heaton Its rep season may still be in full flow, but the busy folk of Sheringham Little Theatre have been making sure autumn has plenty of entertainment too. TREVOR HEATON reports.

Trevor Heaton

Keeping you entertained on the coast is the aim of the Sheringham Little Theatre, and this popular venue has another packed new-season programme, with plenty of music, drama, family entertainment, film, visual art and comedy.

The season gets under way with teen drama I Caught Crabs in Walberswick, presented by the excellent Eastern Angles company hot from the Edinburgh Festival on September 17. It's Joel Horwood's tale of an eventful day in the life of three 16-year-olds in the seaside village. Tickets £8, students £7.

The clock goes Back to the 1940s on September 19 for a community-style singalong at the Hub bar. Come in uniform or civvies and get in the mood (7pm, donations for theatre funds).

Keith Skipper and his much-loved Press Gang team call in to the theatre on September 20 on their farewell tour to host a special charity fundraiser to mark 40 years of the charity Break. The gang have entertained thousands with their unique blend of Norfolk squit, humour and songs since 1984. Tickets £20 (includes wine).

There's a folk evening on September 26 (£10) with West Country favourite Fred Wedlock - yes, the “Oldest Swinger in Town” chap - who'll give an evening packed with humour and great tunes.

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The following night it's the return of the popular teen Slam Night with MC Charlie Blue and his Throwdown Crew with everything from open mic to graffiti competitions. Tickets £5 on the door - and there's another visit on November 1.

October 4 sees two shows: an afternoon family treat, Puck's Bottom presented by Wild Wood Theatre and based on A Midsummer Night's Dream. It's suitable for ages five and above and costs £5.50, under-16s £5; and in the evening, highly-regarded acoustic folk combo Red Oktober (£9). Unscripted comedy comes on October 11 with the return of Improv Night in the Hub, presented by Smoking Mic Comedy Club, with special guest North Norfolk Radio's Greg Powles. Tickets £5.

Alan Bennett's classic (and saucy) farce Habeus Corpus, dealing with the “permissive era” in typically witty satirical style, is presented by the Cromer and Sheringham Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society (October 15-18, £7).

More wit on October 25 (£10) when the award-winning Northern Theatre presents The Gas Man Cometh, their ever-popular revue of the songs of Flanders and Swann.

Poetry and jazz join forces at the Hub on October 26 when acclaimed poet and playwright Jehane Markham reads from her collections, plus a new work Vladivostok to Moscow - part memoir, part homage to the world of Russian literature, it is the reflection of a poet on an epic train journey augmented by a soundscape of mellow jazz. Tickets £6.50.

October 29 brings a half-term drama workshop for eight- to 12-year-olds with Bridget Robinson and her team (£12). Talking of drama, the Sheringham Players present the play The Cemetery Club by Ivan Menchell from November 6-8 (£8, first night £7.50), a touching study of the friendship of three Jewish women after bereavement. Something to get your teeth into on November 15 (£12.50) with Dracula's Guest, a gothic horror from Rumpus Theatre based on Bram Stoker's wickedest creation.

Internationally-acclaimed concert organist Robert Wolfe makes what's sure to be another very popular visit to the Station Road venue on November 20. Widely recognised as one of the leading theatre organists of the world, Robert became at the age of 16 the youngest musician to play the Wurlitzer of the Tower Ballroom, Blackpool. Since then he's entertained tens of thousands of visitors to Thursford (this is his 28th season), played concerts all over the world and featured on numerous broadcasts. He'll be using the Lowrey Organ for music from the 1930s to the present day (£11, concs £10).

More music on November 22, when Showbitz are thrilled to return to Sheringham Little Theatre to bring you their autumn programme of great songs from your favourite West End and Broadway shows. Tickets £9.50. The Sheringham Savoyards take a new twist on G&S in a world premiere on November 28-29 (£8). The Magic Lozenge is a light-hearted story of dark secrets and private passions, written by two members of the group and features new music very much in that classic witty operetta style.

Panto returns from December 6 to January 3, with this year's offering from PDM Entertainments the classic Peter Pan aiming to emulate last year's sell-out success for Snow White. And casting his own look over the Yuletide season is that favourite from St Just-near-Trunch, the hilarious Sid Kipper. He presents A Kipper Country Christmas on December 7 (£9).

Enjoy some excellent cinema treats as well, including Happy-Go-Lucky, Son of Rambow, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Edge of Love, Norfolk-filmed The Duchess, plus archive film shows too. As usual, visual art is well represented with exhibitions including: Norfolk Coast, Light & Life by Karen Rowlands (September 1-October 4), A Sense of Place with Nora Gaston (October 6-November 1) and the ever-popular Art Under £100 open exhibition from December 8-January 31.

t 01263 822347 box office; www.sheringhamlittletheatre.co.uk