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

Zoe Lyons who headlines WCB comedy night in Great Yarmouth

Zoe Lyons who headlines WCB comedy night in Great Yarmouth - Credit: Archant

Comedy from Zoe Lyons and Simon Munnery, plus X Factor star Ray Quinn, concerts and theatre, SIMON PARKIN picks six cultural highlights not to miss this weekend.

COMEDY

Zoe Lyons

St George's Theatre, Great Yarmouth, April 9, 8pm, £10, 01493 331484, www.stgeorgestheatre.com

Multi-award-winning, stand-up comedian Zoe Lyons, who is known for being one of the few female comedians to be a regular on Mock the Week, headlines the latest Weird Coastal Buoys (WCB) comedy night at St George's Theatre in Yarmouth. She is a former winner of the Funny Women Awards and The London Awards for Art and Performance and a regular on comedy shows. She is known to daytime TV viewers as a regular panellist on Channel 5's The Wright Stuff offering candid and humorous opinions. Paul Dunn from WCB comedy said: 'Not only have we got Zoe topping the bill we have Matt Price opening the night, Tony Cowards on MC duties, Chris Walker in one middle spot and Jamie Gosling in the other.'

MUSIC

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Ray Quinn

Maddermarket Theatre, Norwich, April 10, 7.30pm, £18.50, 01603 620917, www.maddermarket.co.uk

Former X Factor star Ray Quinn arrives as part of his latest UK tour in support of his latest album Dare to Dream, which takes a new direction away from big band swing with more of a jazzy, soul funk sound and some original ballads focusing on his impressive vocal talents. It follows a busy 2014 for the born entertainer following his first platinum selling album, Doing It My Way, which saw the born entertainers' five track EP, Old Soul, Young Blood, so straight to number two on the iTunes pre-order chart.

CONCERT

Once Upon A Time

St Botolph's Church, Trunch, North Walsham, April 11, 7.30pm, £10 (£8 cons) on door, www.trunchconcerts.co.uk

The first concert of the 2015 Trunch Concert season features an exploration of how fairy tales have inspired great music. The Trio Intermezzo, featuring oboe, horn and piano, who hail from the Moselle Valley in Germany, will be performing alongside solo soprano Tabea Goergen-Mahler and the Norfolk Winds, on a programme that includes Gade Noveletten, Schumann, various songs by Clara Schumann, and the premiere of Telling Tales by Norfolk Composers' Group composer, Andrew Lowe Watson, inspired by Grimm's famous tales.

MUSIC

The Good, The Bad, The Brassy

St Andrew's Church, Eaton, Norwich, April 11, 7.30pm, £8, 01603 705022, www.eatonconcertseries.co.uk

From the guys who gave us A Brassy Christmas, comes this latest musical journey through history's heroes and villains. The show will feature the incredible multi-instrumental brass skills of 'Jimmy the Lip' Stretton backed up by one of the country's foremost accompanists, Iain 'The Undertaker' Jackson. They use every member of the brass family, some silly hats, projected images and films, plus some serious moustaches!

COMEDY

Simon Munnery Sings Søren Kierkegaard

Norwich Arts Centre, April 9, 8pm, £12 (£10 cons), 01603 660352, www.norwichartscentre.co.uk

Serial avant-garde comedy innovator Simon Munnery endeavours to complete a gargantuan test of his own comic strength: to perform a selection of the 19th Century Danish existentialist philosopher's writings, talk about them, and make them funny, plus anything else in between. This latest show from the Chortle Award winner, Sony Radio Award winner and Perrier Award nominee, is typically different, the type of things that has made him the comedian's comedian. And there is support from Norwich poet John Osborne.

THEATRE

Caligula

Sewell Barn Theatre, Constitution Hill, Norwich, April 9-11/April 15-18, 7.30pm, 2.30pm Apr 18, £9 (£7 cons), 01603 697248, www.sewellbarn.org.uk

Roman emperor Caligula is familiar to many, his notoriety as a quintessential tyrant bolstered by countless reputed antics – debauched orgies, making his horse a senator, declaring war on the god Neptune, to name just three.

Existentialist playwright Albert Camus's play Caligula, written in 1939, is the latest production at the Sewell Barn Theatre in Norwich. After his sister Drusilla dies, Caligula disappears from the Roman Assembly, and returns with an obsessive desire to unlock the meaning of life. He wields absolute freedom and power, tearing apart the society around him.

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