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Head East to Norwich Theatre and let our guest editor, Antonia Wiese take you on an all singing, all dancing theatrical experience in the run up to Dick Whittington and his Cat at Christmas at Norwich Theatre


Christmas is coming, and Norwich is an ideal city to spend a couple of days exploring the Lanes, visiting Norwich Castle and enjoying our great selection of restaurants and bars before being entertained at Norwich Theatre, which at this time has a festive line up filled with traditions, laughter and treats you won’t want to miss, writes Norwich Theatre head of communications Antonia Wiese.

Here are my top picks in the run up to Christmas and welcoming in the new year!

Warm up your vocal chords and get ready to sing Christmas classics with Norwich Theatre Singing Sessions, a relaxed and enjoyable creative activity that’s the perfect way for you to unleash your voice, stimulate your mind, and meet new people.

You might know the Michael Bublé album by heart, but there’s a new soundtrack for you to learn. The world premiere of Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World will be presented at Norwich Theatre Playhouse from Saturday 23 November till Sunday 5 December. Frida Kahlo, Rosa Parks, Amelia Earhart, Marie Curie, and Emmeline Pankhurst are just a few of the women whose stories will be told on stage this festive period, in an inspirational pop musical kind of way.

While you’re at the Playhouse, be sure to stop by the bar which serves a selection of local ales and more exotic drinks, as well as teas, coffees, hot chocolates, and hot cider. For a more intimate, quieter place away from the busy hustle and bustle of the bar, visit the Playroom – great for catching up with friends before a show.

Robin Good of Norwich will be visiting Norwich Theatre Playhouse too this year, in a sassy, smart-mouthed and irreverent alternative pantomime from Wednesday 8 till Sunday 19 December. The newly created Minister for Greed & Division wants to deport the people of Norfolk to Suffolk, build a wall around Norfolk and turn the county into a holiday resort for billionaires. One person is determined to foil these dastardly capitalist plans and stop Norfolk becoming a playground for the super-rich: young queer socialist vegan social media influencer Robin Good…

As we get closer to Christmas, Jack Frost will come to life at Stage Two from Saturday 18 to Thursday 23 December. A magical, wintery production of puppetry, music and enchanting storytelling, perfect for children over the age of three and their grown-ups!

If you catch Jack Frost nipping at your fingers, you can always warm up in the Café Royal with some barista made coffee, freshly made cakes, and locally produced sandwiches. Or, after a long day of Christmas shopping, why not visit Prelude for dinner and drinks before settling into a show? Prelude serves fresh, seasonal ingredients locally sourced whenever possible and if you’re looking for a more casual dining experience, Norwich Theatre Royal also offer a full hot menu in the Circle Bar.

Taking us through Christmas and into the New Year, Norwich Theatre Royal is going all in on this year’s pantomime, Dick Whittington and his Cat, which tells the rags to riches tale of a young man leaving home with only a spotted handkerchief and his cat on an exciting quest for fame and fortune. CBeebies TV Presenter, Gyasi Sheppy will play the lead role alongside Shakeel Kimotho, TV & Soap Star Siân Reeves, YouTube sensation Joe Tracini, plus Graham Cole, Jarnéia Richard-Noel, Joe Pollard and Richard Gauntlett. This pantomime will have all the traditional ingredients including sensational songs, a live band, magic, dazzling dance routines and magnificent slapstick comedy – it’s the perfect treat the whole family can enjoy.

So, what will your festive plans look like? Whichever way you indulge in treats and traditions this year, Norwich Theatre’s doors are open for you to see unforgettable shows, take part in inspiring workshops, or take a pause in their café, bars and restaurant.

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