December 13 2013 Latest news:
Thursday, October 31, 2013
Two stars of the current Norwich Theatre Royal show have officially opened a Christmas card and gift shop in the heart of the city which will benefit 25 local charities.
The two lead performers in Save The Last Dance For Me, Kieran McGinn and Elizabeth Carter, have taken a break from rehearsals and the 1960s nostalgia of the show to open the Original Norwich Christmas Card Shop.
The shop has moved from its traditional base at Assembly House to a new home for the festive season in White Lion Street, which has been donated by Norwich Consolidated Charities.
The shop is based in the former Caleys Cocoa Cafe, which closed in November 2012.
The Christmas card shop’s chairman, Pam Scutter, said: “We are grateful to Kieran and Elizabeth for taking time from their busy schedule to support us and also to our sponsors who have enabled us to reach this, our 48th year.
“We are particularly grateful to the Norwich Consolidated Charities who arranged our new premises for us, as well as our supporters and volunteers who help us to support so many fantastic causes every year.”
Since opening in 1966, the Original Norwich Charity Christmas Card Shop has raised £1.25m for local and national charities.
It is staffed by nearly 100 volunteers and is aiming to beat last year’s total of £39,000 by selling cards, advent calendars, wrapping paper, tags and other seasonal goods.
It will be open 9.30am to 5.30pm between Monday and Saturday, and 11am to 3pm on Sundays, through until Monday, December 16.
Ms Carter and Mr McGinn opened the shop on Tuesday. They play the love interests of the show, Marie and Curtis, which is set around a caravan trip to Lowestoft in the summer of 1963 which sees two sisters find love with locally based US airmen.
The show is written by Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran, who are best known for creating the hit TV show and stage spin-off Birds Of A Feather.
Mr McGinn said: “I am delighted to officially open the shop with Elizabeth. It is great to see so many different charities are supported by an initiative like this and I will certainly be coming back to get my Christmas cards.”
Save The Last Dance For Me continues at the Theatre Royal tonight and tomorrow before the curtain comes down with the 7.30pm performance on Saturday, although there is also a Saturday matinee performance at 2.30pm.
For ticket details, call 01603 630000 or go to theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk