Six of the Best: Cultural highlights not to miss this week

Northern Ballet dancers in David Nixon's Cinderella. Photo Emma Kauldhar

Northern Ballet dancers in David Nixon's Cinderella. Photo Emma Kauldhar - Credit: Archant

Northern Ballet takes the magical elements of fairytale Cinderella to a whole new level, Corrie baddie Brian Capron stars in gripping thriller Double Death, violinist Tasmin Little plays Italian classics, grumpy old man Arthur Smith cheers up at a comedy night and there's a beat-boxing theatre show unlike any other. SIMON PARKIN picks six cultural highlights not to miss this week.


Northern Ballet Cinderella

Norwich Theatre Royal, October 7-11, 7.30pm, 2.30pm Oct 9/11, £36.50-£6.50, 01603 630000,

Cinderella is a magical story and a firm favourite with theatre audiences - but Northern Ballet has taken the magical element in its re-telling of the fairytale to a whole new level. The company brings this brand new ballet, with a specially written score by composer Philip Feeney and choreography by award-winning David Nixon MBE. The ultimate rags-to-riches story has been given a complete make-over with set design and costumes following an Imperial Russia theme, huskies to pull Cinderella's sleigh and a magician to cast spells in place of a fairy godmother. There are even acrobats, jugglers and stilt-walkers for a touch of colourful fun. They commissioned both theatrical magic and circus consultants to work with its dancers on these special elements of the show.


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Double Death

Marina Theatre, Lowestoft, October 6-8, 7.30pm, 2.30pm Oct 8, £19.50, 01502 533200,

Brian Capron, Andrew Paul and Kim Tiddy, of The Bill and Hollyoaks, appear in Simon Williams' gripping, unpredictable thriller with a serpentine plot stuffed with surprises. In an isolated house on the cliffs of north Cornwall the sibling rivalry between identical twins Max and Ashley Hennessy is coming to a murderous climax. They both know one of them must die. Trapped in his wheelchair, Ashley knows the odds are now against him and he is in mortal danger – however does DI Fergus believe him? Can he trust Nurse Malahide, who has been employed to protect him? Poor Lalla, the twins' aunt, is torn between the two boys: which of them is the victim and which is the psychopath?


A Violin for All Seasons

The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, October 7, 7.30pm, £25-£20 (£23-£18 cons), £5 under-25s, 01284 758000,

A local favourite violinist Tasmin Little, fresh from appearing at the BBC Proms for the 20th time since her first debut appearance at the Royal Albert Hall in 1990, returns to The Apex this time with the London Mozart Players who are making their first appearance at the Bury St Edmunds venue. This concert features Vivaldi's much-loved work and Piazzolla's tango-infused music, and also includes Roxanna Panufnik's Tibetan Winter from her own recently composed Four World Seasons.


Escape The Fate

Waterfront, King Street, Norwich, October 7, 7.30pm, £14, 01603 508050,

The fourth studio album from Las Vegas rockers Escape the Fate, sees the quartet rip, ravage and rock like never before. While signed to Epitaph, the band released two massively successful albums — Dying Is Your Latest Fashion [and This War Is Ours — and they sold in excess of 350,000 copies worldwide in the process. They also toured with everyone from Bullet For My Valentine to Hollywood Undead. They have cultivated a diehard following from constantly touring and never failing to put on an unforgettable show.



The Garage, Chapelfield North, Norwich, October 9, 8pm, £10 (£5 students), 016903 630000,

A beat-boxing theatre show unlike any other. Devised with and performed by two-time UK beatboxing champion Grace Savage, Blind explores what young people are hearing today and how that affects who they will become, complete with flour and glitter. From motherly advice to what we learn in the school playground and the music charts, it's a unique interrogation into the influences on young people today. An acclaimed energetic and powerful Edinburgh Fring show will have you on the edge of your seat.


Arthur Smith

St George's Theatre, Great Yarmouth, October 9, 8pm, £12.50, 01493 331484,

Comedian, writer, broadcaster and all-round British institution returns to the region to headline the latest monthly Weird Buoys Comedy Night at St George's Theatre. Laughter and off the wall humour with one of the 'alternative comedians', who has since then he's become a BBC regular, well known for his appearances on TV's Grumpy Old Men, QI, Have I Got News For You, The One Show and Radio 4's Loose Ends. Support from Liam Smith, Kate Field, Sara Mason and Jonny Emmett.

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