The West End comes to Nor­wich

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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.

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