ELF THE MUSICAL
The West End comes to Norwich
Elf, the West End and Broadway musical based on the 2003 Will Ferrell film, is coming to Norwich in December.
An East Anglian premier, the musical will be staged by awardwinning local society Threshold Theatre Company and features both familiar faces and new society members alongside a team of local schoolchildren.
Director Dan Rayner says that Threshold Theatre Company was delighted when it was offered the opportunity to stage the musical.
He says: “Elf is one of the best Christmas movies of all time and I hope Norwich audiences will love our version just as much as they love the film.
“It’ll be a
Christmas spectacular for all ages and will really put audiences in the festive spirit.
The show is filled with real Christmas magic, from snow and ice skating to a flying sleigh!
“Though they’re working very hard, our incredibly talented cast and team are having so much fun rehearsing for this fantastic musical
– though it was a bit strange starting rehearsals for a Christmas show in July”, he jokes.
Following the plot of the original film, the musical tells the story of eternal optimist Buddy the Elf as he leaves Santa at the North Pole to find his real father in New York. Realising his father is on the naughty list and his halfbrother doesn’t believe in Santa, Buddy sets out to win over his new family and teach them the true meaning of Christmas.
First performed in the UK at London’s Dominion Theatre in 2015, Elf the Musical features a book by the Tony Award winning team behind The Producers and Hairspray, as well as an original score of great new songs including Christmas Town and Sparkle Jolly Twinkle Jingley.
Elf will run at the Norwich Playhouse from Wednesday, December 12 to Saturday, December 22.
Tickets are already selling well. To secure your seats, go to www. norwichplayhouse.co.uk or call the box office on 01603 598598.
Prepare to be spellbound this Christmas as a Beccles stage becomes the backdrop for one of the most celebrated fairy tales.
Spark Live Pantomines will be returning to the Public Hall for the fourth year running, to present Sleeping Beauty for a 12-performance run, beginning on December 21.
Audiences will be treated to the classic story of Princess Aurora, who is cursed by evil and later falls asleep for 100 years, after touching the spindle of an enchanted spinning wheel.
With only a kiss as the cure, expect a tale of love conquering all, alongside some slapstick comedy, popular songs and a huge sprinkling of fairy dust.
After thrilling crowds during 2017’s pantomime Robin Hood, Daniel Hanton is back as Dame Victoria Sponge, while his partner in crime, comedian Ross Chenery, will play his son Muddles.
Christian Manderfield will switch from last year’s role as the Sheriff of Nottingham to Sleeping Beauty’s father King Bumble and Laura Watling will provide some festive magic as Fairy Lights.
Thom Bailey, who is also directing, will hang up Friar Tuck’s robes to play Carabosse; Rebecca Jillings once again takes on the title role, while Matthew Squance is debuting for Spark Live as Aurora’s one true love Prince William. Sleeping Beauty runs from December 21 to December 31 at Beccles Public Hall.
A family ticket for two adults and two children is £42, adults £12.50, children £10.50 and concessions £11.50. To book call the box office on 01502 770060, or visit www.becclespublichall.com
Joe Perry as Buddy the Elf.
Cast members of Threshold Theatre Company’s production, Elf the Musical.
Sleeping Beauty is coming to Beccles Public Hall.