Head indoors, grab a glass of something red and punchy, then cosy down with our guide to all the best cultural delights across the county.
TRIP TO THE FLICKS
Calling all fim buffs – this November is the 9th Annual Norwich Film Festival showcasing a whopping 155 great films. Independent, national and international – the full line up is released on the 23rd of September, but you can click here for a little teaser to whet your appetite! Don’t miss the chance to pop along to one of their talks and panels from OSCAR and BAFTA Winning artists and creatives. They usually pull in some great names and it’s brilliant for any budding film industry types. (6th – 17th November).
Margaret Atwood: Live in Cinemas at Cinema City, Norwich on 23 September. The Handmaid’s Tale is a bit of a cultural phenomenon, and this month Atwood will be interviewed live at the National Theatre in London by broadcaster and author Samira Ahmed. They will be discussing her remarkable career, her works and why she decided to return to the Handmaid’s story 34 years later.
Some great films being shown at Sheringham Little Theatre this November, including Red Joan and Mrs Lowry & Son.
If you haven’t tried a live screening at the Cinema, I can highly recommend it. There’s tons of great stuff being beamed live into cinemas across the county, just click on the links to find your nearest cinema. Kicking off with National Theatre (NT) live and James Corden in One Man, Two Guvnors on 26th September and Noel Coward’s Present Laughter on 28 November. The Met Opera are screening live Madama Butterfly on 9th November.
Halloween special – a live screening of the Northern Ballet’s Dracula on 25 & 31st October and just in case you missed it – cinemas county-wide are re running the NT Live screening of Fleabag creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s brilliant one woman show.
We can’t resist a Sing-a-Long screening especially if it’s cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Dressing up is highly recommended but don’t worry if you’ve forgotten your glitter – The Theatre Royal Norwich are giving away a free interactive props bag (4th of October).
TURN UP THE MUSIC
Festivals are not just for the summer and we’ve picked three great ones to see you over the next couple of months and help beat those seasonal blues.
Cool coastal village Burnham Deepdale, is holding its third annual music and arts festival from the 26th to the 29th of September. The Deepdale Festival will feature the best musicians from East Anglia and beyond, plus food, drink and pop up shops.
Or go west to Downham Market for their first ever Live! music festival (same weekend). Multiple venues with dozens of performers and buskers throughout the town. Can’t vouch for this one but it’s free, so you’ve got nothing to lose and you can always pop to The Hare in Stow Bardolph for a drink!
Wild Paths is Norwich’s first multi-venue music festival running from the 18 – 20th October. An eclectic mix of emergent and established artists – with big ticket names like Black Honey and The Magic Gang set to perform at all the cool venues across the city. Plus art installations, after parties, networking events and discussion panels.
TREAD THE BOARDS
Girl power at Gorleston Pavillion Theatre with their production of 9 to 5 The Musical. Sometimes it’s worth checking out the locally produced productions and with a Dolly Parton soundtrack this might just be a great girly night out!
Keeping with the girl power theme – The Blackeyed Theatre brings a brand new adaptation of Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre to the Norwich Playhouse (Mon 7th – Wed 9th October).
The Watermill Theatre have not one but two Shakespeare productions this October at the Norwich Theatre Royal. A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ or if you fancy a bit of dark tradgedy – this version of Macbeth has been given a rock and roll twist.
Musical genre more your cup of tea? Grab your stilettos and march on down to Kinky Boots at Theatre Royal Norwich (on until end of September). The Fisher Theatre in Bungay is showcasing Guys and Dolls (19th – 28th Sept) and Muddy favourite the Sheringham Little Theatre has Stepping Out the Musical from 15th – 19th October.
The book was chilling and I for one can’t wait to see Lovely Bones next month at Norwich Theatre Royal (7th – 12th October). With a 70’s soundtrack this production promises to be an emotional and uplifting theatrical experience.
Finally, is it too soon to talk about Christmas? A very special Royal Opera House screening of everyone’s seasonal favourite The Nutcracker at Cromer’s Movieplex. Great fun for all the family and even better followed by fish and chips from No. 1 and a brisk walk on Cromer beach!
JUST FOR LAUGHS
Plenty to tickle your fancy – The Kings Lynn Corn Exchange is warming us up with the very funny Jack Dee (27th October), Ed Byrne (5th October), Jimmy Carr (16th November) and ‘Pimms o’clock’ – Alexander Armstrong (23rd November).
Female comedians are dominating the stage at the Norwich Playhouse this October – The Scummy Mummies, La Voix, Mash Reports Ellie Taylor and Lou Sanders – Say Hello to your Step Mummy. The laughs don’t stop there – November they have Flo & Joan, Griff Rhys Jones and Jason Byrne.
The Theatre Royal Norwich also has a stellar line up – the brilliant Jack Whitehall (20th October), Eddie Izzard (23rd & 24th October, Josh Widdecombe (2nd November) and Jimmy Carr (17th November). Ending the year with the godfather of modern stand up – THE Ben Elton on 18th December!
Be blown away by Transition II – 1,001 individual suspended pieces of glass at The Sainsbury Centre, Norwich. A stunning exhibition from Magdalene Odundo OBE – one of the world’s most esteemed artists working in the field of ceramics. On until December.
Pop along to St Margaret’s Church and peruse a range of original prints and maybe even pick yourself up a first edition at The Norwich Print Fair this September. Or if you fancy an artistic challenge – The Groundwork Gallery in Kings Lynn is challenging visitors to think about cultural, emotional and physical bounderies with their new winter exhibition – ‘On the Edge: from transgression to frontier.’
AND A LITTLE EXTRA…
This November is the Festival of the Dead – a unique combination of carnival, circus and clubbing inspired by the art of the Day of The Dead celebration. After a sell out tour last year, this imaginative, immersive and outright wicked event is coming to Norwich’s LCR and is sure to be a night of deadly partying.