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

Cambridge Touring Theatre's Robin Hood - The Musical. Photo: Chris Carroll-Davis

Cambridge Touring Theatre's Robin Hood - The Musical. Photo: Chris Carroll-Davis - Credit: Chris Carroll-Davis

Cambridge Touring Theatre bring the iconic tale set in the English countryside of Robin Hood and his band of merry men to The Walks in King's Lynn, plus music, theatre, art and a show about false hair! SIMON PARKIN picks six cultural highlights not to miss this week.

FAMILY

Robin Hood — The Musical

The Walks, King's Lynn, July 28, 2.30pm, £11 (£8 cons), under-3s free, £32-£24 family, 01553 764864, kingslynncornexchange.co.uk

There is perhaps no more iconic tale set in the English countryside than that of Robin Hood and his band of merry men. Here have a joyful, fun-filled picnic with your family while you watch this hilarious musical show from Cambridge Touring Theatre as Robin as seeks to restore the rightful balance and thwart the Sheriff of Nottingham. Will he capture Maid Marian's heart and save the people of Sherwood Forest? They bring it to The Walks in King's Lynn for a special outdoor performance, and also they will also be performing it at Holkham Hall on August 26.

MUSIC

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Laish

The Bicycle Shop, St Benedict's Street, Norwich, July 27, 7.30pm, £6, 01603 625777, www.ueaticketbookings.co.uk

Songwriting project of Daniel Green, a Yorkshire-born musician who in his twenties was an integral member of the Willkommen Collective, a group of songwriters and musicians based in Brighton who embodied the recent revival of acoustic music. Under the Laish moniker, and with an ever-evolving group of musicians, Green produced two critically acclaimed albums and toured extensively and has supported and shared stages with renowned artists including Grizzly Bear, Beach House, Jason Lytle, Peggy Sue, David Thomas Broughton and The Leisure Society. He's currently playing solo which is perfect for this intimate venue.

PERFORMANCE

Victoria Melody: Hair Peace

Norwich Arts Centre, July 28, 8pm, pay what you can, 01603 660352, www.norwichartscentre.co.uk

When Victoria Melody was competing in beauty pageants for a previous show a hairdresser advised her that she needed hair extensions. Freaked out by wearing a piece of somebody else's body she set out on an extraordinary adventure to find out just whose hair this was. Her boundless curiosity takes a live audience on a serendipitous journey. There is a real life baddie, a saviour in the shape of a Bollywood financier, the most expensive wedding to have ever taken place, a Celebrity Big Brother contestant, forensic crime scene investigations and hair, lots of hair. It's 'pay what you can', options ranging from £2–£10.

SHOW

Summer Laughter Show

Pavilion Theatre, Gorleston, July 28-29, 7.45pm, £16 (£14 cons), £5 children, 01493 662832, www.gorlestonpavilion.co.uk

Gypsy Productions return for 2015 with this all new show, which continues this week, then again on-and-off right through until October. This is the longest running summer season show in the UK in an intimate cabaret style setting in the historic Gorleston Pavilion Theatre, with a drinks service at your table. As ever the cast includes Norfolk all-round performer, Mr Variety himself, Olly Day, comedian and musician Nigel 'Boy' Singer. Andy Pelos, lead singer with Showaddywaddy, is the brains behind the music. Newcomer Lisa Marie is a highlight as a singer with a capturing voice that sees her emulate the unique voice of Karen Carpenter.

THEATRE

A Chorus Line

Westacre Theatre, River Road, Westacre, July 29-August 1/August 6-8 and 13-15, 7.30pm, £16 (£12 cons), £12-£8 under-21s, 01760 755800, www.westacretheatre.com

On the 40th anniversary of its Broadway premiere, Westacre Theatre stage their own Chorus Line. The story is about young dancers undergoing a gruelling audition for a new Broadway musical. Their stories are told through captivating songs like What I Did for Love, One Singular Sensation, I Hope I Get It, At The Ballet and The Music and The Mirror. The result is a very original and uniquely structured musical that is both funny and moving, but ultimately hugely entertaining.

EXHIBITION

100 Small Paintings: Garry Raymond-Pereira

Mandells Gallery, Elm Hill, Norwich, until August 6, Mon-Sat 10am-5pm, admission free, 01603 626892, www.mandellsgallery.co.uk

Garry Raymond-Pereira is a Norwich-based painter whose land and seascapes are at once realistic representations of scenery instantly full of atmosphere, powerful and often moody. He has for a long time been inspired by waves and dunes along the Norfolk and Suffolk coast, an area he has a strong connection with. This latest show is — as the title suggests — an exhibition of 100 small paintings, along with a number of larger pieces. His paintings usually begin with a location that offers him a dialogue. 'It has been, for a long time now, the crashing waves of my home county of Norfolk or my spiritual homes in bleak mountainous areas of Scotland, Wales or out of season Lake District,' he says.

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