2018 Norfolk arts preview: the best family shows not to miss
PUBLISHED: 09:30 27 December 2017 | UPDATED: 11:46 11 January 2018
From Phileas Fogg’s journey Around the World in 80 Days to Peppa Pig and Shrek and a show packed with disgusting songs for revolting children, there is plenty to take to family to in the coming year.
Around the World in 80 Days
Norwich Theatre Royal, January 16-20
The New Vic Theatre’s celebrated production of Jules Verne’s story, adapted by Laura Eason and directed by Theresa Heskins, arrives in Norwich as the mysterious and fabulously wealthy Phileas Fogg wagers his life’s fortune that he can circumnavigate the globe in just 80 days. Fogg and his loyal valet, Passepartout, voyage from Victorian London to the exotic subcontinent and the Wild West in a race against the clock. This high-speed, globe-trotting comedy sees a hugely talented cast of eight play over 125 characters in this imaginative, high-spirited escapade including six trains, five boats, four fights, three dances, two circus acts and an elephant! Suitable for ages 7+
Dear Zoo Live!
Norwich Playhouse, February 10-12
Rod Campbell’s well known children’s books with their simple, distinctive drawings and often repetitive text engage young children in learning to read. Here his best-selling lift the flap book that has delighted generations of young readers since it was first published in 1982 is making its stage premiere. It is the story of a child who writes to the zoo asking them to send a pet prompting he search for the perfect animal. The stage unfolds with child-engaging puppets, music and lots of audience interaction. It promises a wonderful introduction to the stage and live theatre for young children aged 2-7 and families.
Disgusting Songs for Revolting Children
Sheringham Little Theatre, February 15/St George’s Theatre, Great Yarmouth, February 16
Jay Foreman is an award winning musical comedian whose songs have been heard on BBC Radio 4, The One Show and Dave Gorman’s last UK tour. With dark humour and wordplay reminiscent of Roald Dahl, his live show provides a devilishly cheeky hour of songs, poems and comedy for children of all ages in a family friendly show. Children will lap this up his cheeky side with lyrics that delve into all manners of mischief.
There and Back Again: An Odyssey
Norwich Puppet Theatre, March 3
Get ready for the mother of all stories, the classic of classics, the ultimate source of myths and legends. Ulysses and his companions set sail on a fantastic voyage across hostile seas and spooky islands in CBeebies Patrick Lynch’s lively retelling of The Odyssey. The epic tale comes alive in a fast-paced, one-man show that sees he uses a pioneering mix of live cinema and theatre to take you on a thrilling ride across the magical world of ancient Greece. With miniature sets he directs the lights, camera and action right in front of your eyes. Suitable for ages 6+
Guess How Much I Love You
Lowestoft Marina Theatre, March 27-28
Little and Big Nutbrown Hare, from the bestselling Guess How Much I Love You and I Love You All Year Round collection, leap off the page and onto the stage in this magical journey through the seasons. The playful story of love and nature unfolds on stage through puppets, live music and interactive play for children aged three and up. This family favourite is brought to life by Selladoor Family, producers behind James and the Giant Peach, Seussical and The Quite Remarkable Adventures of the Owl and the Pussycat.
The Jungle Book
Cromer Pavilion Theatre, April 10
Immersion Theatre bring their trademark energy to this brand new musical adaptation of Kipling’s classic. Mowgli and his friends, Baloo the bear and Bagheera the panther, set off on a madcap jungle adventure as they meet and attempt to outwit a slithering snake, some cheeky monkeys, and the fierce tiger Shere Khan. The larger-than-life musical will be filled with catchy music, audience interaction, and the chance to meet the characters after the show. Also at Bury Theatre Royal on February 11-12.
Peppa Pig’s Adventure
King’s Lynn Corn Exchange, June 2-3
Peppa gets ready to go on an exciting camping trip to the woods with George and her school friends, including Pedro Pony, Suzy Sheep and Gerald Giraffe, on the ever popular live version of the cartoon favourite. With lunch-boxes packed and Daddy Pig driving the bus, Peppa and friends are excited about their outdoor adventure, and the show is full of games, laughter, live music and muddy puddles! Also at Lowestoft Marina Theatre on January 31-February 1.
Norwich Theatre Royal, June 26-July 8
Following a record-breaking tour, the smash hit blockbuster is back in Norfolk. Based on the story and characters from the Oscar-winning film, the hilarious production turns the world of fairytales upside down in an all-singing, all-dancing, must-see musical comedy. Shrek and his loyal steed Donkey as they set off on a quest to rescue the beautiful Princess Fiona from her tower, guarded by a fire breathing love-sick dragon. Add the vertically challenged Lord Farquaad, a gang of fairytale misfits, and a biscuit with attitude, and you’ve got an irresistible mix of adventure, laughter and romance, guaranteed to delight all ages.