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

Swan Lake, Russian State Ballet & Orchestra of Siberia

Swan Lake, Russian State Ballet & Orchestra of Siberia - Credit: Archant

Russian State Ballet of Siberia return to perform three classic ballets, there is family fun with a host of favourite characters in Milkshake Live!, the story of the building workers strike is told in United We Stand, there is an Indian fable told in dance, comedy from Iain Stirling and Paul McCaffrey and an retrospective by abstract artist John Golding. SIMON PARKIN picks six cultural highlights not to miss this week.


The Russian State Ballet & Orchestra of Siberia

Norwich Theatre Royal, February 16-18, £21-£5.50, 01603 630000,

For just over 30 years, the Krasnoyarsk-based Russian State Ballet of Siberia has brought some of the world's classical ballets to life. Their latest visit to Norwich Theatre Royal, following their sell-out season last year, includes La Fille mal gardée on February 16 (7.30pm). With an English translated title of The Wayward Daughter, follows the story of a gentle farm boy who is also in love with a popular but flirty farmer's daughter. The programme then continues on February 17 (2.30pm/7.30pm) with Delibes' very lively score comes to life in the classic ballet Coppélia. Then arguably the most romantic ballet of all time Swan Lake, which takes to the stage on February 18 (2.30pm/7.30pm). Tchaikovsky's evergreen score brings the emotional love story to life.


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Milkshake Live!

King's Lynn Corn Exchange, February 16, 1.30pm/3.30pm, £13, £11 children, £44-£33 family, 01553 764864,

An all new 2015 musical extravaganza based on a surprise birthday party that will again have young audiences up on their feet, singing along, and jumping with delight. The show's line-up features favourites characters including Little Princess, Bananas in Pyjamas, Noddy and Tessie Bear, Pip from Pip Ahoy! Bello from Jelly Jamm, Chloe from Chloe's Closet, Tommy and Tallulah from Tickety Toc, Toby and Dolores from Toby's Travelling Circus and Milkshake's very own Milkshake Monkey. Presenters include Jen Pringle, Derek Moran, Amy Thompson, Olivia Birchenough and Curtis Angus.


Iain Stirling & Paul McCaffrey

Epic Studios, Magdalen Street, Norwich, February 19, 8pm, £10, 01603 727727,

From being dubbed one of Scotland's 'hottest newcomers' to with the likes of Russell Kane and Rhod Gilbert, Iain Stirling has more recently been seen on Russell Howard's Good News, and proving he's diverse the stand-up comedian is also the current face of CBBC. He arrives for this Norfwich double-header fresh from his successful solo show, Happy To Be The Clown? And joined by Paul McCaffrey, star of BBC3's Impractical Jokers. He is a seasoned comic with a warm and cheeky wit, and likeability in the bucket loads. Here he will be dishing out his anecdotes in preparation for the Edinburgh Fringe.


Draupadi – The Fire-Born Princess

Fisher Theatre, Bungay, February 17, 2pm/7pm, £10, £6 children, 01986 897130,

The Sujata Banerjee Dance Company presents this modern interpretation of an Indian classic. Draupadi's world is magically brought to life through dance, music, song, storytelling and puppetry. Born of fire into a royal dynasty, the life imagined for Draupadi is one of privilege and advantage, but challenges come her way when she is torn between duty and justice. A tale of conflicts in kinship met with fiery strength and courage. Will our fiery heroine prevail? Ages 7+


United We Stand

Diss Corn Hall, February 19, 7.30pm, £10 (£9 cons), 01379 652241,

In 1972 tens of thousands of building workers won the first national strike in the industry for better pay and conditions. Flying pickets left the contractors reeling. The 'Shrewsbury 24' were put on trial. Townsend Productions new play follows in the traditional of their highly successful productions The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists and We Will Be Free! — the Tolpuddle Martyrs Story, and focuses on the true and still very current events that led to the imprisonment of building workers Des Warren and Eric Tomlinson (better known as Ricky Tomlinson). It features songs, arranged by renowned folk musician John Kirkpatrick.


Abstraction and the Art of John Golding

Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, until September 27, Tues-Fri 10am-6pm, Sat-Sun 10am-5pm, free admission, 01603 593199,

As painter, teacher and scholar, John Golding has held a lifelong fascination with the origins and evolution of abstraction. This is an exhibition in two parts; first, it surveys the origins and full development of abstract art at the beginning of the 20th century, and then displays a selection of works by Golding following the gift of the artist's works to the Sainsbury Centre in 2014. Showcasing the diversity and variety of modes of abstraction, it explores key elements of natural, geometric and lyrical abstraction alongside associated movements including Cubism, Vorticism, Orphism, Purism, De Stijl, Suprematism, The Bauhaus, Minimalism and Conceptualism.

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