Six of the Best: Cultural highlights not to miss this week

Bob Goulding as Eric Morecambe Bob Goulding as Eric Morecambe

Monday, May 12, 2014
12:40 PM

Olivier-nominated Bob Golding once again dons the glasses as comedy icon Eric Morecambe, Irish artist Stephen Brandes puts up qirky billboards in Norwich’s Cathedral Close, Irish music legends The Fureys & Davey Arthur play two concerts and old-time American musicians Adam Hurt and Beth Williams Hartness bring some banjo action. SIMON PARKIN picks six cultural highlights not to miss this week.

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SHOW

Morecambe

Marina Theatre, Lowestoft, May 15, 7.30pm, £18.50 (£17.50 cons), 01502 533200, www.marinatheatre.co.uk

A brand new touring production of Tim Whitnall’s hugely popular Olivier Award-winning play, starring the Olivier-nominated Bob Golding as comedy icon Eric Morecambe. Directed by Paul Hendy, the show is a moving, often hilarious tale about one of Britain’s best-loved entertainers: from humble beginnings in music hall to 28 million viewers on Christmas Day, it’s the heart-warming, tear-jerking, laughter-inducing story of the man what brought us the sunshine. The show was originally stage to mark 25 years since the comedian’s sudden death at the age of 58, however its proved so popular it has run and run and this revival marks the 30th anniversary. What do you think of it so far?

THEATRE

She Stoops To Conquer

Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds, May 13-17, £20-£8.50, 01284 769505, www.theatreroyal.org

With mayhem and merriment, this classic comedy by Oliver Goldsmith revels in mistakes and misunderstandings. Marlow stutters and quivers around educated and well-to-do young women, so when his father sets him up with his old friend’s daughter Kate, he is totally tongue-tied. But Kate’s attraction to her nervous suitor leads her to embrace a new and rather different persona to win him over. From Creative Cow, who won acclaim for their production of Charley’s Aunt.

COMEDY

New Comedy Cabaret

The Birdcage, Pottergate, Norwich, May 12, 8pm, £2 adv/£4 door, 01603 633534, www.thebirdcagenorwich.co.uk

The Birdcage welcomes more upcoming comedy talent from Norwich and beyond. The night is perhaps the longest-running and best night open mic night in the city, held on the first Wednesday of every month. This belated May Day special will feature another packed line-up including Pete Butler, Michael Cowlishaw, Daisy Jones, Liam McDonagh, Tim Lee, Steve Dunn, Ciara Jack, Harry Wright, Bridget Burgoyne, Ashley Brown and MC for the night Joe Frost.

MUSIC

The Fureys & Davey Arthur

Pavilion Theatre, Cromer Pier, May 14, 7.30pm, £18, 01263 512495, www.cromer-pier.com/The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, May 16, 8pm, £18 (£16 cons), 01284 758000, www.theapex.co.uk

These legends of Irish music, made up of four brothers, Eddie, Finbar, Paul and George, of Irish Traveller heritage, are in their fourth decade and are renowned for their hit songs I Will Love You, When You Were Sweet 16, The Green Fields of France, and From Clare To Here. Over the years they’ve performed for everyone from the late Pope John Paul to Tony Blair. Their folk/middle of the road-based songs are heartfelt stories.

MUSIC

Banjo Sessions

Dragon Hall, King Street, Norwich, May 14, 7.30pm, £8 adv/£10 door, 01603 663 922, www.dragonhall.org

Amongst America’s most acclaimed old-time musicians, Adam Hurt and Beth Williams Hartness perform duets of traditional music from the Appalachia and beyond with clawhammer banjo, fiddle, fingerstyle guitar and vocals. Their engaging programme at this special live session in the historic surroundings of Dragon Hall will appeal to players and fans of old-time music as well as those who may be getting their very first taste of this captivating genre.

EXHIBITION

The Last Travelogue Of Albert Sitzfleisch: Stephen Brandes

Upper Cathedral Close, Norwich, until May 25, open all day, free admission, www.nnfestival.org.uk

Irish artist Stephen Brandes, who lives and works in Cork and who represented Ireland at the Venice Biennale in 2005, explores the interplay of word and visual language as a vehicle for storytelling, with particular reference to travel fiction and European traditions of absurdism and satire. For this Norfolk and Norwich Festival commission he has produced multiple billboards arranged as a sculptural trail through Upper Cathedral Close and that imagine a future time when travel is only available to a privileged few. Albert Sitzfleisch, a fictional traveller, reports from his journey across Europe, commenting on its recent history.

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