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

PUBLISHED: 12:25 16 May 2014 | UPDATED: 12:25 16 May 2014

Northern Ballet dance Matthew Topliss in Three LIttle Pigs. Photo: Brian Slater

Northern Ballet dance Matthew Topliss in Three LIttle Pigs. Photo: Brian Slater


Northern Ballet’s introduction to live theatre with Three Little Pigs, Minneapolis soul marvel Alexander O’Neal, a colourful exhibition of hand dyed cotton, silks, linen and art yarns and Norfolk Symphony Orchestra perform a rare piece by Vaughan Williams. SIMON PARKIN picks six cultural highlights not to miss this weekend.


Northern Ballet’s Three Little Pigs

Norwich Theatre Royal, May 16, 11.30am/1.30pm, £4, 01603 630000,

Following the fantastic sell-out success of Ugly Duckling, Northern Ballet’s latest ballet especially for children is the tale of the three little pigs with differing attitudes to home building. Then along comes a very hungry wolf threatening to huff and puff and blow their houses down. Will any of the pigs be smart enough to escape the big bad wolf? The show is the perfect opportunity to introduce your little ones to the magic of live ballet, music and theatre.


The Open Couple

Westacre Theatre, River Road, Westacre, May 16-17, 7.30pm, £12 (£9 cons), £9 under-18s, 01760 755800,

From Dario Fo, the writer of Accidental Death of an Anarchist and Can’t Pay? Don’t Pay!, the latest Westacre Theatre production is a hilarious, sharp and near-the-knuckle black comedy about men and women and marriage. Antonia and her husband are struggling to get their marriage and embark on an open relationship. Featuring Westacre regulars Karen Bates and David Connor, this hilarious two-hander is a satirical, farcical and slightly absurd look at modern marriage from one of Italy’s greatest playwrights.


Alexander O’Neal

Aquarium, Claremont Pier, Lowestoft, May 16, 7.30pm, £20, 01603 805050,

The Minneapolis marvel is the latest big name attracted to the region’s newest venue, bringing sweaty but smooth soul stylings including Flyte Tyme classics such as Criticize, Saturday Love and Fake. Throughout the 1980s he was no stranger to the R&B chart, being perhaps the best pure singer to come from Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis’ production stable. And with his 1987 album Hearsay went triple platinum in the UK.


Norfolk Symphony Orchestra

King’s Lynn Corn Exchange, May 17, 7.30pm, £15-£7.50, under-18s free, 01553 764864,

Vaughan Williams, Moeran and Malcolm Arnold all return to Kings’ Lynn, in spirit at least, at the Norfolk Symphony Orchestra’s latest concert. There’s a rare chance to hear Moeran’s transcendentally wonderful and bewitching Violin Concerto, together with Williams’ affectionate portrait of London and Malcolm Arnold’s Peterloo Overture, a hugely stirring piece that takes an emotional journey from cavalry charge, death and injury, to loss and lament. Soloist is violinist Pauline Lowbury.


Larry Miller

Waterfront Studio, King Street, Norwich, May 18, 7pm, £12, 01603 508050,

Guitarist Larry Miller is a hugely respected blues/rock performer noted for his mesmerising playing and high octane shows. Here he will be playing songs from his latest critically acclaimed live double album Live & Outlawed, which captures his incredible live performance, plus songs from his last studio album On The Edge and his back catalogue. If you like Rory Gallagher, Joe Bonamassa, Gary Moore, Walter Trout or Jimi Hendrix, you’ll be in seventh heaven.


Yarns In The Cathedral

The Hostry, Norwich Cathedral, until June 1, Mon-Sat 9.30am-4.30pm, Sun 12pm-3pm, free admission,

The creative and colourful national biennial exhibition by the Association of Guilds, Weavers, Spinners and Dyers showcases hand spun, hand woven and hand dyed cotton, silks, linen and art yarns created by members of the Guild. During the exhibition there will be daily demonstrations of spinning and weaving. A tapestry, based on a stained-glass window, is to be set up for everyone to weave even a small portion throughout the exhibition.

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