Christmas isn’t just about the panto – here are some of the plays, shows, spectaculars and extravaganzas across the county

THURSFORD

The Thursford Christmas Show, the largest festive show of its kind in Europe, has 130 actors. Music, dance, comedy, theater and non-stop variety draw audiences from across the country to shows that run twice a day until December 23.

Great British Life: Thursford Christmas PageantThursford Christmas Show (Image: Thursford)

NORWICH

A Sound ideas Christmas show is a festive fun extravaganza for the whole family, at the Maddermarket Theater from December 1-3. Enjoy an afternoon of festive carols in Christmas Words and Music at Maddermarket on December 5th and 6th.

To listen A Christmas Carol at venues where Charles Dickens himself told his classic ghost story – including The Halls, Norwich on December 6. Dickens had a magnetic stage presence and powers of character and this production recreates the spirit of his 1859 performance in Norwich, in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital, which Dickens helped found.

heart of winter at the second stage from December 7 to 10, is a magical musical spectacle suitable for children aged three to eight, celebrating family and friendship with lots of fluffy snow.

Great British Life: The Heart of Winter at Norwich Theater Stage TwoThe Heart of Winter at Norwich Theater Stage Two (Image: http://www.photographise.com)

Christmas Cabaret by Mat Ricardo is a circus, comedy, cabaret and burlesque extravaganza at the Playhouse on December 10.

In Operation: Save Santa naughty and kind twins help save Christmas, for children aged 5-10, at The Garage, Norwich, from 9th December to 8th January.

My first: in the snow globe sees explorer Lucy battling blizzards, throwing snowballs and dancing with a Yeti, alongside youngsters up to five years old, at The Garage, Norwich, from December 15-31.

GREAT YARMOUTH

Jack Jay and Ben Langley lead a cast of international circus stars in one of Europe’s biggest Christmas productions at the Spectacular Christmas Circus and Water Show at the Cirque de l’Hippodrome, from December 10 to January 8.

WELLS-NEXT-THE-SEA

Hansel and Gretel, an evil stepmother, a talking tree and a house made of candy are part of a festive spectacle, performed by a cast of two with songs, puppets and a Norfolk twist on the classic tale. December 16-28.

CROMER PIER

The Christmas Variety Show is a celebration of the end of the year holidays with sparkling music, dance and humor until December 30th.

BERGH-APTON

A Christmas Carol will be told at Bergh Apton Church on December 3 with Ashley Ramsden playing all 23 characters, from Scrooge to Tiny Tim, in a show he has toured five continents with.

ELVIS AT THE FORUM

Join Elvis for Songs with the King at the Forum, Norwich, on 4 December. Listen to the classics of Elvis, accompanied by the Blue Sueder, with MC Olly Day.

Great British Life: Mark Fitch is Elvis in Carols with the KingMark Fitch is Elvis in Carols with the King (Image: provided by Mark Fitch)

A festive folk journey is a night of songs and stories to celebrate Christmas, weaving modern arrangements with centuries of festive tradition and music, at The Playhouse, Norwich, on 12 December. All profits are donated to local charities.

Joe Stilgoe and his band perform classics by Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole and Ella Fitzgerald plus Joe’s own seasonal songs at Christmas at the Playhouse, Norwich on December 14.

To listen classical music by candlelight including Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, Pachelbel’s Canon in D and Corelli’s Christmas Concerto at St Peter Mancroft’s Church in Norwich on 15 December.

Slade brings its Merry Christmas Everybody Tour to The Waterfront, Norwich on December 18.

The Great British Life: SladeSlade (Picture: supplied)

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