Show raises £27,000 for Norwich Theatre Royal’s new education centre

A scene from the revue show May Contain Nuts at Norwich Theatre Royal. Photo: supplied by Norwich Th

A scene from the revue show May Contain Nuts at Norwich Theatre Royal. Photo: supplied by Norwich Theatre Royal. - Credit: supplied by Norwich Theatre Royal

A comedy revue show featuring outgoing Norwich Theatre Royal chief executive Peter Wilson and a star-studded cast of friends has raised more than £27,000.

A scene from the revue show May Contain Nuts at Norwich Theatre Royal. Photo: supplied by Norwich Th

A scene from the revue show May Contain Nuts at Norwich Theatre Royal. Photo: supplied by Norwich Theatre Royal. - Credit: supplied by Norwich Theatre Royal

The show May Contain Nuts - which took place on Sunday - raised a lot of laughs as well as money for the theatre's new Stage Two learning and participation centre which opened this summer.

Among the acts that joined Mr Wilson on stage were comedian Griff Rhys Jones, comedy duo The Nimmo Twins, comedy cabaret act Kit-Hesketh Harvey and James McConnel, actress and comedian Helen Atkinson-Wood with Michael Fenton-Stevens and Philip Pope from Radio Active, and Theatre Royal pantomime stalwarts Richard Gauntlett and Ben Langley.

There were also performances from the all-male dance company Legacy.

Mr Wilson said the cast had a great time putting on the show.

A scene from the revue show May Contain Nuts at Norwich Theatre Royal. Photo: supplied by Norwich Th

A scene from the revue show May Contain Nuts at Norwich Theatre Royal. Photo: supplied by Norwich Theatre Royal. - Credit: supplied by Norwich Theatre Royal


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'Backstage there was an atmosphere of huge enjoyment and appreciation of the various geniuses that had gathered to help raise funds,' he said.

'My vote for electrifying brilliance goes to Legacy, the troupe of young men that had started with Matthew Bourne's Lord of the Flies.

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'My vote for genial and unflagging comedic skill goes to Griff Rhys Jones, who held the evening together with style and raffish grace.

'There aren't adjectives enough to thank and congratulate my pals Richard Gauntlett, Ben Langley, Kit and McConnel, the trio from RadioActive, and of course the utterly captivating Nimmo Twins.'

The Theatre Royal's £3m Stage Two venue aims to provide a huge boost to the theatre's work in education while also offering more opportunities for people of all ages. The building includes a flexible performing space with seating for up to 100 people as well as rehearsal spaces, dressing rooms and a light industrial workshop.

For more information about Stage Two, visit www.theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk/stagetwo

Do you have a Norwich arts story? Email arts correspondent Emma Knights at emma.knights@archant.co.uk

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