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Richard Gauntlett and Ben Langley get set for this years Theatre Royal panto Snow White.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

The region may be enjoying blue skies and blazing sunshine, but preparations for the festive season are well under way at Norwich Theatre Royal – oh yes they are!

Norwich
Northern Ballet's The Great Gatsby

Twenties decadence is brought to the stage in Northern Ballet’s The Great Gatsby, plus comedy from Andy Parsons, Jimmy Webb, theatre, opera and art, SIMON PARKIN picks six cultural highlights not to miss this week.

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Richard Gauntlett as Smee and Ben Langley as Starkey in 2014-15 pantomime Peter Pan at Norwich Theatre Royal.

A comedy duo who entertained Norwich audiences last Christmas in Peter Pan are set to return to the Theatre Royal later this year for the 2015 Christmas show.

Norwich

Norfolk Events

Karl Minns

For more than a decade Karl Minns has kept Norfolk entertained as part of the Nimmo Twins, but his new solo show is a very different beast.

The old and the new as the latest GoGoDragon 'Luda',  painted around the tale of the Ludham Dragon by 12-year-old Kieron Williamson, stands next to the vintage Snap Dragon at Norwich Castle. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

One of Norwich’s newest GoGoDragons! met one of the city’s most famous fire-breathing beasts at an event at Norwich Castle.

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Holt Primary School pupils Mackenzie, 10, and Daisy, 9, unveil a ready-to-paint Go Go Dragon, watched by teacher Samantha Cole and fellow pupils Alfie, 5, and Amy, 4. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

It was a case of magnifying glasses at the ready for Holt Primary School pupils, when they returned from their Easter break to find a trail of three-toed footprints leading to a mysterious creature that had been captured by their teachers.

Norwich

Eating Out or Eating In

Norwich City of Ale 2015 festival publicans, brewers and supporters raise a glass at the launch in the memeorial gardens, Norwich.Pictured front Dawn Leeder and Phil Cutter Photo: Steve Adams

As the Norwich City of Ale prepares to celebrate its fifth year, a competition is being held to find a name for the new charity beer.

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The Seventh Heaven Burger and Waffle House which has opened on Exchange Street. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

A dozen customers queueing for their first taste of Norwich’s newest restaurant were hoping its waffles and burgers would reach celestial heights of culinary excellence.

Adnams' award-winning Longshore vodka being made at the Copper House Distillery in Southwold.
Jonathan Adnams with a bottle of the Longshore vodka.

Picture: James Bass

They beat the Baltics, despite being better known for brewing beer and now their vodka has been hailed as the best in the world. STACIA BRIGGS went to Southwold to visit Adnams’ award-winning distillery.

Film & Cinema

The Duff (12A)

Thursday, April 9, 2015
Film review pix 9/4/15

It seems rather disingenuous for Hollywood - an industry that reveres glamour, designer couture and age-defying beauty - to peddle wish fulfillment fantasies to female audiences that extol beauty as a quality that radiates purely from within.

Cinderella (U)

Friday, March 27, 2015
Film review pix 26/2/15

Slavishly adapted from Disney’s classic 1950 animated musical, Kenneth Branagh’s live action version of the fairy-tale romance doesn’t skimp on the period detail.

The Full Monty begins its run at the Ipswich Regent tonight. Cast outside of Town Hall. Left to right, Gary Lucy, Martin Miller, Andrew Dunn, Rupert Hill, Louis Emerick. Photo: Gregg Brown

Still nippy out, you can’t blame the cast of The Full Monty for leaving more than their hats on when they stopped by Ipswich Corn Hill.

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