Things to do in Norfolk: 20 theatre shows and events not to miss in August 2017

Dreamboats and Petticoats is coming to Norwich Theatre Royal. Photo: Pamela Raith Photography

Dreamboats and Petticoats is coming to Norwich Theatre Royal. Photo: Pamela Raith Photography - Credit: Pamela Raith Photography

Arts correspondent Emma Knights highlights 20 shows and events taking to the stage in Norfolk in August.

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• Treasure Island and the Caribbean Pirates - Princess Theatre, Hunstanton, August 1 and 15

Join KD Productions on a swashbuckling adventure on board the Jolly Rodger, as Jim Hawkins goes on a quest to find the buried treasure and rescue the princess from the terrible Black Beard and the Caribbean Pirates.

Tickets £12.50 adults, £10.50 children - or call 01485 532252

• Summer Theatre at Sheringham Little Theatre - various dates throughout August

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The psychologial thriller The Business of Murder runs from August 1 to 9, the supernatural spine tingler The Revival (Scared to Death) is from August 11 to 22, and the comedy A Bedfull of Foreigners is from August 24 to September 5.

Ticket prices vary - or call 01263 822347

• Cromer Pier Shows - Cromer Pier, June 24-September 23

The Pavilion Theatre's summer spectaculars feature an eclectic blend of pop music, West End ballads, speciality acts and comedians. Show 1 runs from June 24 to September 9, Show 2 runs from July 8 to September 6, and a Best of Show 2017 runs from Sept 12 to 23.

Tickets - £12-£25 adults (concs. from £10) - or call 01263 512495

• The Railway Children - Norwich Theatre Royal, July 31-August 5

E. Nesbit's classic novel The Railway Children tells the story of Bobbie, Peter and Phyllis, three children whose lives change dramatically when their father is mysteriously taken away. They move from London to a cottage in rural Yorkshire with their mother, where they befriend the local railway porter, Perks, and embark on a magical journey of discovery, friendship and adventure. But the mystery remains – where is father, and is he ever coming back?

Tickets £7-£21 - or call 01603 630000

• Outdoor theatre at Holkham Hall, north Norfolk - August 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30.

Enjoy a variety of shows in the beautiful outdoor surrounds of Holkham Hall. The performances include: Alice in Wonderland on August 2; The Emperor's New Clothes on August 9; Billionaire Boy on August 16; Wind in the Willows on August 23; and A Comedy of Errors on August 30.

Prices and times vary - or call 01328 713111

• Bouncers - Westacre Theatre, August 2-5

The Westacre Theatre Company presents John Godber's Bouncers, a fast-moving, rumbustious, bawdy comedy about four nightclub bouncers and the characters they meet.

Tickets £16 adults (£12 under 21s) - or call 01760 755 800

• The Great British Seaside Special - Princess Theatre, Hunstanton, August 3, 10, 17 and 24

The Princess Theatre's summer season show is packed full of music, dance, magic and comedy.

Tickets £12.50, under 16s £6 - or call 01485 532252

• Children's Theatre at Sheringham Little Theatre - various dates throughout August

Audiences can enjoy two children's theatre shows this August. The Town That Lost Its Tales - on August 4, 5, 12 - is about a search for bedtime stories and fairy tales. King Neptune and the Norfolk Noise! - on August 18, 19. 25 and 26 - sees the mighty god of the sea go on a mission which leads him and his unlikely band of Roman characters on an adventure in Norfolk.

Ticket prices vary - or call 01263 822347

• A Midsummer Night's Dream - Dilham Village Hall on August 6, How Hill House in Ludham on August 13, and Diss Park on September 3

The Pantaloons theatre company presents the Shakespearean comedy which sees Puck and his musical fairy band tell a tale of lovers, mechanicals, and magical mayhem.

Ticket prices vary -

• Dreamboats & Petticoats - Norwich Theatre Royal, August 7-12

Inspired by the smash hit multi-million selling albums Dreamboats and Petticoats, the West End sell out sensation Dreamboats and Petticoats The Musical features some of the greatest hit songs of the Rock 'n' Roll era.

Tickets £8-£29 - or call 01603 630000

• The Wizard of Oz - Princess Theatre, Hunstanton, August 8 and 22

Join Dorothy on a magical adventure to the Land of Oz in this pantomime version of L. Frank Baum's classic story.

Tickets £12.50 adults, £10.50 children - or call 01485 532252

• Hansel and Gretel - North Walsham Memorial Park, August 9

New Stages is presenting an new open air production of the classic fairy tale Hansel and Gretel.

Expect catchy songs, larger than life characters and a plot with a twist. The cast will be accompanied by members of North Norfolk Youth Theatre.

Free entry -

• Be My Baby - Westacre Theatre, Westacre, August 10-12 and 17-19

The Westacre Theatre Company presents Amanda Whittington's story about the girls at St Saviour's Mother and Baby Home.

It is 1964 and The Ronettes are at the top of the charts, but for Mary Adams and the other young pregnant girls life isn't so swinging. However despite social disgrace and a bleak future, their effervescence and indomitable spirit keeps breaking through.

Tickets £16 adults (£12 under 21s) - or call 01760 755800

• Sleeping Beauty - The Garage, Norwich, August 11-12

Following two weeks of workshops, young people from The Garage will present their summer production of Sleeping Beauty which will tell the backstory of the bad fairy Maleficent and why she put a curse on the princess.

Tickets £5 - or call 01603 598646

• Alice in Wonderland - Bungay Castle August 11 and 12, and Blackwater Farm, Norwich, August 26 and 27

An open air theatre production of the classic Lewis Carroll story presented by Strange Fascination.

Tickets £12 adults, £8 children -

• Jack and the Beans Talk - Norwich Puppet Theatre, August 12-13

Charming and inventive with plenty of interaction, an enormous beanstalk, bags of gold and a smelly old giant, Garlic Theatre's production of Jack and the Beans Talk is a cautionary tale about what might happen if you throw things out of the window!

Tickets £9 - or call 01603 629921

• A Night at the Musicals - St George's Theatre, Great Yarmouth, August 15 and 28, September 11 and 17

Join Strictly Theatre Co. on a journey through musical theatre, with songs from shows including Evita, Chicago, Moulin Rouge, Les Miserables and Miss Saigon.

Tickets £14 (£12 concs.) - or call 01493 331484

• Swallows and Amazons - Maddermarket Theatre, Norwich, August 18-September 2

The Norwich Players present Arthur Ransome's classic tale Swallows and Amazons. When John, Susan, Titty and Roger set sail on their beloved boat Swallow they encounter fearsome foes, secret islands and dastardly pirates.

Tickets £10-£15 - or call 01603 620917

• The Nimmo Twins: The Country Cords - Norwich Playhouse, August 23-28

The Nimmo Twins return with their sell-out, award-winning show The Country Members to be recorded for a live CD.

She Goo, Billy Boy, Anne, The Council and Kraftwerk return to be recorded for posterity on a shiny disc thing that captures voices and souls and is the Devil's work. There will also be a preview of one or three new bits for their next show.

Tickets £19.50 (£16 Wednesday preview) - or call 01603 598598

• The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Norwich Theatre Royal, August 29-September 2

The National Theatre's internationally acclaimed production brings Mark Haddon's best-selling novel to life on stage.

Christopher, 15 years old, has an extraordinary brain – exceptional at maths but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. He has never ventured alone beyond the end of his road, he detests being touched and he distrusts strangers. When he falls under the suspicion of killing Mrs Shears' dog, it takes him on a journey that upturns his world.

Tickets £8-£28.50 - or call 01603 630000

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