Six of the Best: Cultural highlights not to miss this weekend
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Slapstick tragi-comedy Crazy Glue, Ray Quinn, a concert celebrating music from Shakespeare, comedy, theatre and Strictly's Brendan Cole. SIMON PARKIN picks six cultural highlights not to miss this weekend.
The Garage, Chapel Field North, Norwich, January 28, £15 (£5 cons), 01603 630000, www.thegarage.org.uk/Sheringham Little Theatre, January 29, 7.30pm, £10 (£5 students), 01263 822347, www.sheringhamlittletheatre.com
A couple have a car in the garage, a chicken in the pot and a child on the way — but is that enough to make true love stick? Inspired by the physical comedy of Buster Keaton and the madcap absurdity of Looney Tunes, this tragi-comedy about loss, based on a short story by Isreali writer Etgar Keret, creates a fusion of silent film nostalgia and cartoon antics. The cast of two, Filipa Tomas and Bradley Wayne Smith, blend vocal sound effects, quirky physical humour and an evocative 1930s soundtrack to reveal the crazy, sticky, messy side of marriage.
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St George's Theatre, Great Yarmouth, January 30, 7.30pm, £21.50, 01493 331484, www.stgeorgestheatre.com
Former X Factor star returns 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. Ray initially fame in Brookside, but his career was launched stratospherically when he was announced as the X Factor runner up to Leona Lewis in 2006. His debut album, Doing It My Way, went straight to number one going Platinum in its first week. He subsequently starred in a number of major West End shows.
A Shakespeare Concert
King's Lynn Corn Exchange, January 31, 3.30pm, £16, 01553 764864, www.kingslynncornexchange.co.uk
This year marks 400 years since the William Shakespeare's death. Some wonderful music has been written in response to his plays and Norfolk Symphony Orchestra is presenting some of the greatest alongside the words which inspired it. The programme features excerpts from the unforgettable and utterly dramatic music by Prokofiev for Romeo & Juliet one of the 20th century's greatest and most well-known ballet scores, the joyous and defiant film score for Henry V by William Walton and Frank Bridges' most appealing and elusive piece There Is A Willow Grows Aslant a Brook. Joining the orchestra will be talented young actors, Sophie Steer and Adam Slynn.
Norwich Playhouse, January 30, 8pm, £15, 01603 598598, www.norwichplayhouse.co.uk
Mock The Week regular, who is ranked alongside Milton Jones as the finest one-liner gagsmiths, back with a brand new show, There's Something About Gary, entertaining with expertly crafted comedy. It's a chow about himself which is just as well as it is something is he likes to write jokes. An awful lot of them. Gary thinks a good joke should be like a drunk Glaswegian, short and punchy. His new tour show is not only great for people who like lots of jokes but also fun for people who enjoy being offended by jokes too. A double Sony Award winner and Chortle Award nominee will be supplying an endless flow of top quality jokes.
Norwich Theatre Royal, until January 30, 7.30pm, 2.30pm Jan 30, £21.50-£7, 01603 630000, www.theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk
The hit musical based on the Billy Wilder movie of the same name is the latest of Norfolk and Norwich Operatic Society's always highly anticipated annual productions. The plot, of course, revolves around Norma Desmond, a faded star of the silent screen era, living in the past in her decaying mansion on the fabled LA street. When young screenwriter Joe Gillis accidentally crosses her path, she sees in him an opportunity to make her comeback to the big screen. A lush and sweeping tale of Hollywood's darker side features one of Andrew Lloyd Webber's best scores. In keeping with previous productions, this year's show is another lavish affair.
Brendan Cole: A Night To Remember
Norwich Theatre Royal, January 31, 3pm/7.30pm, £36.50-£8, 01603 630000, www.theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk
Alongside Anton Du Beke, Brendan Cole is a Strictly Come Dancing longest serving professional. He was also the show's first winner, taking home the glitterball trophy in 2004 with Natasha Kaplinsky. Putting in the hard work is part of the show but he is equally industrious on screen and on stage and this week he arrives back in Norwich with his dance spectacular, A Night To Remember as part of another extensive UK tour. 'In this, I host throughout and I'm happy to answer questions from the audience,' he adds. 'There's a wonderful cast and a fantastic programme of music and ballroom and Latin dance.' Appearing on the stage with his 14 piece band, expect plenty of Strictly style glitz and ballroom magic.