Our guide to what’s on in Norfolk this weekend

The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby - Credit: Archant

If you have not got anything planned this weekend then have a look at some of the great events going on this weekend.

action from last year's Wild About the Wensum at Pensthorpe

action from last year's Wild About the Wensum at Pensthorpe - Credit: Archant

Adapted from the well-known novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald, the Great Gatsby (12A), directed by Baz Luhrmann stars Leonardo DiCaprio as Gatsby along with Carey Mulligan Daisy. Writer Nick Carraway (Maguire) is chasing the American dream and ends up next door to the elusive Jay Gatsby, and opposite cousin Daisy (Mulligan) and her husband Tom Buchanan. He is drawn into the world of the super-rich, where he observes the love lives, dreams, and tragedy of the characters, and delves into the secret life of Gatsby. The Great Gatsby takes on 1920's America with well crafted sets, and costumes, but also offers a modern twist with a soundtrack featuring Lana Del Ray, Jay-Z and Florence and the Machine, suggesting that the themes are as relevant today as they were in the 1920s.

Sticking with the Great Gatsby theme, The Tuxedo Jazz Orchestra, will be performing their sounds of the 1920's at the Pavilion Theatre on Cromer Pier, Saturday at 7.30pm. Tony Jacobs and co-stars will be performing unforgettable classics from the 20's and 30's taking you right back into the Gatsby era. Tickets at £17, for more information visit: www.cromer-pier.com


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Go wild about conservation at Pensthorpe Nature Reserve with Wild About the Wensum on Saturday 10am till 5pm. Its fun for all the family with chances to learn all about the habitat of the river, with activities based around the Wensum Valley and it's wildlife. There is also the chance to create your own turtle dove puppet with Norwich Puppet, and take a walk around the reserve. Money will be being rased for Operation Turtle Dove to help create habitats for this declining species. Entry is free with £4 for parking.

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One of the world's most ground-breaking circus troupes, Les 7 doigts de la main are returning to the Norfolk and Norwich Festival at the Norwich Theatre Royal today and Saturday at 8pm. They seamlessly blend circus, modern dance and hip-hop in a performance that is family friendly and entertaining to watch. There will be a range of disciplines performed, from aerial acrobatics to Russian bar routines, with incredible feats performed in the air, as acrobats are propelled across the stage. Tickets are £26.50 to £6.50, for more information visit: www.nnfestival.org.uk

Stand-up comedian Sean Hughes will be bringing his personal narrative, Life Becomes Noises to St George's Theatre in Great Yarmouth on Saturday at 8pm. This show discusses the death of Sean's father , and offers an insight into the lighter side of dying and getting old, turning this poignant subject into a hilarious show, employing music, puppetry and costumes. Tickets are £14, for more information visit: www.stgeorgestheatre.com

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