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

Matthew Bourne's Edward Scissorhands is revived. Photo: Hugo Glendinning

Matthew Bourne's Edward Scissorhands is revived. Photo: Hugo Glendinning - Credit: Archant

Matthew Bourne's magical dance production of Tim Burton's fairytale Edward Scissorhands is revived, much admired physical theatre company Tmesis perform That's Amore, symphonies by two of Vienna's adopted sons feature for Norfolk Symphony Orchestra, Thorpe Players stage Jack The Ripper and Trilby hat-wearing mangler of words Count Arthur Strong is in town. SIMON PARKIN picks six cultural highlights not to miss this week.


Edward Scissorhands

Norwich Theatre Royal, February 3-7, 7.30pm, 2.30pm Feb 7, £38.50-£6.50, 01603 630000,

Matthew Bourne's magical dance production has carved a place in the hearts of thousands across the world since its premiere. Presenting its first major revival, Bourne takes a fresh new look at this modern fairytale, which will be revitalised for a whole new generation of dance lovers and theatregoers. Based on the classic Tim Burton movie and featuring the beautiful music of Danny Elfman and Terry Davies, this touching and witty love story tells the bittersweet tale of a boy left alone and unfinished in a strange new world. It is a parable for our times about the ultimate outsider.


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The Three Degrees

The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, February 3, 7.30pm, £25, 01284 758000,

The Three Degrees — including original member Helen Scott, Valerie Holiday, who has been part of the trio since 1967 and relative newcomer Freddie Pool, who joined in 2011 — are renowned for their soulful voices, beautiful gowns, and fabulous stage shows. Known all around the world for songs like When Will I See You Again, Dirty Ol' Man and Take Good Care Of Yourself, they have been continuously touring for more than 40 years and are still touring. Formed in 1963 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the group has remained a trio since Sheila Ferguson left many moons ago.


That's Amore

Norwich Arts Centre, February 4, 8pm, £8 (£6 cons), 01603 660352,

Liverpool's renowned Tmesis Theatre latest production is all about love – wanting it, having it, keeping it and losing it. The much admired physical theatre company's trademark physicality and an ensemble of mesmerising performers is combined with text from long term collaborator and award winning writer Chris Fittock, stunning visuals and an original score. The result is a fast-paced, passionate and poignant piece which explores the world and culture of romantic love: from chance encounters to hidden desires, and emotional extremes to the science of romance, the piece discovers the flesh and philosophy behind what makes our hearts beat faster.


Jack the Ripper

Maddermarket Theatre, Norwich, February 4-7, 7.30pm, 2.30pm Feb 7, £12, 01603 620917,

The latest production by the Thorpe Players, who were founded in 1972 and have brought more than 100 productions to the Norwich stage, sees them bring their version of Jack the Ripper - the Musical, to the Maddermarket Theatre next week. Ron Pember and Dennis De Marne's energetic, haunting and emotive musical actually does not centre on the gory and violent murders but rather focuses on the deprived and hopeless existence of the inhabitants of Whitechapel. Although the murders are a passing feature, the musical centres on the resilient nature of the residents of Whitechapel to cope with their 'lot 'in those socially deprived times. Humour, wit, pathos and a sense of community spirit feature.


The Glory of Vienna

King's Lynn Corn Exchange, February 1, 3.30pm, £16-£8, £8 children, 01553 764864,

Symphonies by two of Vienna's adopted sons, from the beginning and end of that city's period as undisputed musical capital of the world, feature in this concert by the Norfolk Symphony Orchestra. Mozart's 40th is his most popular - a deeply personal statement by a musical prodigy. Mahler's 5th, with its famous 'Adagietto' offers an emotional journey through a vast orchestral landscape, pitting the terror of death against the nobility of mankind and reaching a shatteringly triumphant climax.

Count Arthur Strong

Norwich Playhouse, February 5-6, 7.30pm, £17.50 (£15.50 cons), 01603 598598,

Trilby hat-wearing mangler of words and variety entertainer Count Arthur Strong (the pompous, out-of-work actor with delusions that he is a show business legend comedy creation of Steve Delaney) returns with his latest live tour, Somebody Up There Licks Me, which coincides with the return of his hugely successful BBC sitcom, written by Norwich residing Graham Linehan, the latest series of which has been shifted from BBC2 to BBC1. The raconteur and master of misunderstanding, and has long been a firm favourite on Radio 4 and at the Edinburgh Fringe. He'll also be at The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, on February 18.

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