A community wardrobe is selling off some of its spare clothes to help raise funds for Sheringham Little Theatre.
Rails of items will be on sale at the theatre on Sunday July 17 from 11am to 3pm at a free-to-enter event.
Sadly a fashion show planned for the Friday night, July 15, has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances.
But the sale is still going ahead on the Sunday featuring vintage, retro and modern items including evening and day dresses, coats and men’s suits, along with some uniform pieces, fancy dress, fabrics and haberdashery, and accessories such as gloves, hats and wigs.
The wonders of the sea will be celebrated in a brand new marine film festival heading to North Norfolk in July.
A one-day series of films on July 8 is the brainchild of sea-loving local photographer and film-maker Chris Taylor from Sheringham.
The festival at Sheringham Little Theatre features a Bafta-nominated 2021 movie Becoming Cousteau, which tells the story of famous explorer and environmentalist Jacques Cousteau's life.
Screenings also include locally-made short films including Beachcombing by Hunstanton-based filmmaker Pete Naylor which features a poem read by acclaimed Silent Witness actress Emilia Fox. And there is work by Chris himself, including films about the north Norfolk sailing barge Juno, the life of a modern day fisherman Henry Randell, and some stunning footage of the rich wildlife on the chalk reef just a stone's throw from the Sheringham shoreline.
A feel-good show of stage song and dance favourites is set to be performed by a troupe of talented young performers at Sheringham Little Theatre.
A Celebration of Musical Theatre, running from April 14-16 at 7.30pm nightly, will see a cast aged eight to 16 showcase their stage skills.
They are excited and eager to step back into the limelight for the first time in two years, after the traditional Easter musical Guys and Dolls was postponed and then cancelled due to the Covid pandemic.
But the youngsters are aiming to come back with a bang with an hour-long show that will include hits from classic shows, including Guys and Dolls, as well as an introduction to some newer productions.
They are married in reality, as well as on stage – and both blissfully wedded to a shared lifelong love of amateur dramatics.
Peter and Amanda Howell play pompous councillor Albert Parker, and his downtrodden wife Annie, in a production of the classic comedy When We Are Married by the Sheringham Little Theatre Players which opens on March 31.
Since they first met in 1989 when Peter played Henry Higgins and Amanda Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady, the Coltishall pair have portrayed hundreds of roles mainly for the Cromer and Sheringham Operatic and Dramatic Society and the Maddermarket in Norwich.
They were wed 30 years ago, but have only played a married couple on stage less than a handful of times. That includes as King Arthur and Guinevere in Camelot on Cromer Pier in 2005 and as a widow and her dead husband Gordon in Life and Beth at the Maddermarket in 2014.
Sheringham Little Theatre is packing its suitcase for a summer holiday to remember, with the launch of its first full programme of events in two years.
The return of its popular summer drama season includes a feel good musical harking back to a classic pop-filled road trip in the swinging 1960s.
Summer Holiday saw Cliff Richard and the Shadows driving through Europe in their Routemaster London bus – singing hits such as In the Country, Bachelor Boy, Move It, Living Doll, the Young Ones and On the Beach.
A stage version, running from August 16-20, is one of the highlights of a newly-released brochure which shows the theatre is back in action after a long pandemic pause.
A theatre is putting fundraising in the spotlight as it plugs a funding gap in the wake of the pandemic.
Sheringham Little Theatre is seeking help from its supporters and general public – to attend money-spinning shows and special events as well as weighing in with other fund-generating ideas and action to carry them out.
Theatre director Debbie Thompson said: “Like many arts venues, we have had life-saving financial support from national and local government grants aiding Covid recovery. But even though we have had that funding, we are not out of the woods yet – and could be staring at a five figure deficit. So we are using our upcoming in-house productions as money spinners to help our coffers recover – and also appealing to the public for ideas, energy, donations and involvement to help the Little Theatre make 2022 a year of recovery that gets us back on track.”
Lady Walpole has taken over the presidency of Sheringham Little Theatre with the aim of seeing her famous family name reach a 50-year milestone as the figurehead of the arts venue. Her late husband Lord Walpole died in May 2021, aged 82, after 48 years in the role.
Now his widow Laurel has succeeded him – ensuring the Walpoles, who have taken part in Norfolk public life since the time of Britain’s first Prime Minister Sir Robert 300 years ago, complete their half century leading and supporting the theatre.
Lady Walpole, whose role was approved at the theatre’s recent annual meeting, has been visiting the venue since she married Robin in 1980 and is delighted to carry on where he left off, saying the role would be an honour and pleasure. “It is something we always did together – bringing the children to plays and pantos, and coming ourselves to see other events including the summer seasons. It is such a friendly place, the standard of productions are so high. I have been a theatre goer all my life, visiting the local theatre in Swindon as a child with my parents, enjoying student trips to Stratford, and going to ballet in London when I worked at the University of Reading. I love all live theatre and look forward to trying to encourage and enthuse others to visit the Little Theatre to sample it themselves if they’ve never been. The size and intimacy of the auditorium makes you feel really involved in live productions there – more so than big city theatres.“
Amateur drama returns to Sheringham Little Theatre with a classic comedy about a trio of married couples.
When We Are Married is J B Priestley’s timeless tale of three Victorian weddings which happened on the same day - but whose foundations are rocked when the couples gather to mark their joint 25th anniversaries.
It is performed by the Sheringham Little Theatre Players as their first post-Covid drama production since Goodnight Mister Tom in 2019. The show is also a fund-raiser for the Little Theatre as it seeks to rebuild coffers depleted by the pandemic.
The plot, penned in 1934 and first staged in 1938, sees the couples re-evaluating their marriages amid the shockwaves of a surprise revelation – observed by a wicked housekeeper, seeking to make the most of their misfortune, and an alcohol-soaked newspaper photographer.
She is eccentric, cantankerous and living in a vehicle parked on a famous playwright’s driveway – but there is much more to The Lady in the Van than that.
Alan Bennett’s comedy drama, which is brought to the stage of the Sheringham Little Theatre in early February, delves into what made the mysterious Miss Shepherd what she is.
But the drama, based on a true story, also explores the writer’s conscience as he wrestles with the daily challenges of putting up with her, while trying to empathise with how her back-story shaped her character.
Experienced amateur actor Sarah Westlake who plays Miss Shepherd said she is really enjoying rehearsing for the complex role. “She is rude and selfish, but as the story evolves you understand why she is living and behaving like she is. There is a lot of humour in it, but also pathos for her and sympathy for Alan Bennett for putting up with her. It’s great fun and full of Alan’s wit and observation which I love. The play is also packed with other interesting characters in a real ensemble production.”
Let the sparkling lights at Sheringham’s Little Theatre help shine the way through the Winter gloom and lead you into a scintillating Spring.
With a superb selection of over two dozen exciting events already booked before the end of May, there will be something for everyone to enjoy. And keep your eye on the website www.sheringhamlittletheatre.com for more events and mainstream cinema being added.
Some productions come with added anticipation, having been paused by the pandemic. Refreshed regulars are returning with sprightly fresh shows eagerly waiting in the wings.
To showcase the best of up-and-coming local talent, the energetic Youth Theatre will finally perform the beautifully crafted musical Guys and Dolls. It’s on for three nights at Easter including Good Friday so make sure of booking your tickets early.