From poor ne’er do well to rich Sultan, Aladdin’s journey is touched by magic, luck and a sprinkling of evil. Who would have thought a dusty old lamp could do so much?
George Clooney leads in this classic comedy. Somewhere in Mississippi, sometime in the 1930s, three escaped convicts, Ulysses Everett McGill, Pete Hogwallop and Delmar O’Donnell, set out to recover a hidden treasure. On the road, they meet a lot of strange folk and have many close shaves. Don’t miss the chance to see this hugely enjoyable film and enjoy the authentic songs of the period, which accompany almost every scene, and became one of the bestselling soundtrack albums ever.
Have you ever wanted to create your own picture book? Award winning author/illustrator James Mayhew leads you through the process of structuring a picture book, discussing sources of inspiration, different techniques, and his own experiences of working as a full-time writer-illustrator. Covering storyboarding and basic design, this is an ideal introduction to the world of children’s picture books.
Basic art materials will be available, but be sure to pack your favourite drawing materials and writing notebooks.
Places limited to 20, price includes tea and coffee.
Join award-winning children’s author and illustrator James Mayhew for a magical evening of stories and art as he celebrates the 30th anniversary of his first book, Katie’s Picture Show.
James will talk about his childhood in Suffolk, and his subsequent career, and include a selection of storytellings with live illustrations.
James will be signing books after the event. Suitable for ages 12+
In 1979 young Donna, Tanya and Rosie graduate from Oxford University -- leaving Donna free to embark on a series of adventures throughout Europe. On her journey, she makes the acquaintances of Harry, Bill and Sam -- the latter whom she falls in love with, but he's also the man who breaks her heart. In the present day, Donna's pregnant daughter, Sophie, dreams of renovating a taverna while reuniting with her mother's old friends and boyfriends on the Greek island of Kalokairi.
The Heights Motown & Soul brings you many of the great soul and Motown classics we all know and love. Featuring songs from artists such as Stevie Wonder, The Supremes, James Brown, Martha Reeves, The Four Tops, Sister Sledge, Chic and many more! Bring your dancing shoes and join The Heights as they pay tribute to all the best Soul and Motown greats.
‘Leaves you bobbing on a wave of happiness’ Independent
Alan Bennett’s sharp and hilarious new play is ‘just what the doctor ordered’ (Daily Telegraph). Filmed live at London’s Bridge Theatre during its limited run, don’t miss this ‘rousing chorus line for the NHS’ (Observer) in your local cinema.
The Beth, an old-fashioned cradle-to-grave hospital serving a town on the edge of the Pennines, is threatened with closure as part of an efficiency drive. A documentary crew, eager to capture its fight for survival, follows the daily struggle to find beds on the Dusty Springfield Geriatric Ward, and the triumphs of the old people’s choir.
Allelujah! is Bennett’s tenth collaboration with award-winning director Nicholas Hytner.
Fisher Folk & Acoustic, held in the heart of the historic Fisher Theatre in the atmospheric cellar, offers a prime opportunity for local talent of all kinds to perform in a friendly and appreciative environment.
Many performers make return bookings and a good night is always guaranteed. Slots offered are 20mins long and the vibe is relaxed and informal.
Great place for music-lovers to meet, mingle and share. Very popular event for performers and audience so booking in advance recommended.
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Audience tickets can be pre-booked, limited to 50 in cellar including performers.
Discover the bizarre and complex habits of our native eel (Anguilla anguilla) whose life-cycle involves extensive migration, drastic habitat changes and metamorphoses. Jez Wood of the Environment Agency will introduce the vital schemes both here and abroad to protect this peculiar, once numerous, now critically endangered species.
Come and celebrate Rabbie Burns. The supper will consist of 3 courses, with the traditional piping-in and addressing of the Haggis. Pendragon will supply the caller and fine music. Diners are limited to 60 so book early to ensure a place. When you book you will need to confirm your food choices.
Pendragon - A return visit of one of the region’s leading traditional dance bands after a previous year’s sell-out ceilidh!! Pendragon’s big sound blends ancient and modern instruments (including bagpipes and hurdy-gurdy) with tunes from all over Europe and beyond to create an irresistible invitation to dance.
Whether you’re a ceilidh veteran or have never danced before, this is the time to forget the credit card bill, the weather and the lack of daylight and get down to the Fisher. Full instruction in all dances – all you have to do is know your left from your right!!
Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Director: Stefan Herheim Conductor: Antonio Pappano Approx running time: 3hours 30 mins. Sung in Russian with subtitles.
Tchaikovsky’s most ambitious opera contains some of his greatest music and is a powerful study of destructive obsession.
In this intense opera of obsession and the supernatural, Gherman is caught between the woman he loves and a destructive fixation. The Queen of Spades is based on a short story by Pushkin, and comes to the Royal Opera House in a new production that has already garnered five star reviews in Amsterdam. The production is set in 1890, the year of the opera’s premiere. In his study, Tchaikovsky imagines the opera into life as his own story, its characters giving voice to his unfulfilled desires. This is an engrossing portrayal of a tortured creative artist and a gripping piece of gothic storytelling.
This French ensemble comedy is set in a 17th century château on the day of an extravagant wedding. The action shifts above and below stairs, between Pierre, the groom who demands nothing but perfection on his big day, and Max, the event planner, and his hastily assembled army of staff. Beautifully cast, with engaging performances, C’est La Vie! is likeable, touching and very entertaining.
Music: Giuseppe Verdi, Director: Richard Eyre, Conductor: Antonello Manacorda, Approx running time: 3h 35 mins including 2 intervals, sung in Italian with English Subtitles.
From the thrill of unexpected romance to a heart-breaking reconciliation that comes too late – Verdi’s La Traviata is one of the most popular of all operas. Alfredo falls in love with the courtesan Violetta in glamorous Paris society, but underneath the surface run darker undercurrents, leading to a tragic ending. The opera’s wealth of melodies includes the famous Brindisi and the exuberant ‘Sempre libera’ – both showing the lyricism of Italian opera at its most immediately appealing. Richard Eyre’s production for The Royal Opera brings out all the emotional colour, from the giddy discovery of love, through painful confrontation to the inevitable conclusion. Lavish period sets and costumes enhance the reality of a moving story based on true life.
I’m Not Running is an explosive new play by David Hare, premiering at the National Theatre. Pauline Gibson has spent her life as a doctor, and was the inspiring leader of a local health campaign. When she crosses paths with her old boyfriend, a stalwart loyalist in Labour Party politics, she’s faced with an agonising decision.
What’s involved in sacrificing your private life and your piece of mind for something more than a single issue? Does she dare?
Hare was recently described by The Washington Post as ‘the premiere political dramatist writing in English’. His other work includes Pravda and Skylight, broadcast by National Theatre Live in 2014.
Over the years, Shawn served his time and learned his craft, having supported Johnny Cash, as well having toured with Foster and Allen, which has led him to become one of the most polished entertainers and singers currently in the business.
Shawn and his band are one of the hardest working bands on the dance circuit and work between Ireland, England and in Scotland, he is a well recognised household name, getting a continuous warm reception by his fans. Shawn visits the studio recording new material every year and has quite a collection of new songs and old favourites in his large repertoire of material.
Simon Russell Beale plays William Shakespeare’s Richard II, from the stage of the Almeida Theatre in London to cinemas.
This visceral new production about the limits of power will be directed by Joe Hill-Gibbins, whose previous plays include Little Revolution at the Almeida and Absolute Hell at the National Theatre.
Richard II, King of England, is irresponsible, foolish and vain. His weak leadership sends his kingdom into disarray and his court into uproar. Seeing no other option but to seize power, the ambitious Bolingbroke challenges the throne and the king’s divine right to rule.
Simon Russell Beale returns to National Theatre Live screens following broadcasts of Timon of Athens and King Lear, and his recent role in the National Theatre’s critically acclaimed production of The Lehman Trilogy.
Starring: Glenn Close, Director: Bjorn Runge, Run time: 1h 40mins
Joan and Joe remain harmonious after nearly 40 years of marriage. Where Joe is casual, Joan is elegant. Where Joe is vain, Joan is self-effacing. And where Joe enjoys his very public role as the great American novelist, Joan pours her considerable intellect, grace, charm and diplomacy into the private role of a great man's wife. As Joe is about to be awarded the Nobel Prize for his acclaimed and prolific body of work, Joan starts to think about the shared compromises, secrets and betrayals.
Remarkably compelling, amazingly detailed and always humorous
The popular star of TV’s Street Psychic, Psychic Private Eyes and Psychic Academy, Tony Stockwell has a long-established credibility as one of the top Intuitive Mediums. His belief that those who have passed can communicate with their loved ones with detailed messages frequently including names, dates and locations and all delivered with emotion, sensitivity and empathy. The evening may include psychometry, photographs readings and psychic prediction.
As a change from the usual Valentines fare we are showing the winner of 3 Academy awards including Best Picture. The Godfather is widely regarded as one of the greatest films of all time, this mob drama, based on Mario Puzo's novel of the same name, focuses on the powerful Italian-American crime family of Don Vito Corleone (Marlon Brando). When the don's youngest son, Michael (Al Pacino), reluctantly joins the Mafia, he becomes involved in the inevitable cycle of violence and betrayal. Although Michael tries to maintain a normal relationship with his wife, Kay (Diane Keaton), he is drawn deeper into the family business.
Professional singer Emily K has astounded audiences throughout her singing career with her dulcet tone of voice and similarity to the great Karen Carpenter
She has now got together with renowned Musical Director, Brian Parker (Keyboard), and a group of top-class musicians, Simon Howe (Lead guitarist), Dan Lacey (Bass guitarist), and Dan Ball (Drums) to produce this nostalgic tribute show. Taking you back to the 1970’s, Emily and the band will perform many of the Carpenters classic hits, including songs taken from their famous World Tour! If you are an avid Carpenters fan, this is a show not to be missed!
Mitchell and Vincent bring traditional and contemporary styles on fiddle and guitar to folk tunes and songs from around the British Isles, with their own varied arrangements and great foot-tapping folk music. They have performed concerts around the UK, including festivals such as Glastonbury, Broadstairs and Beverley. Bright Young Folk described their performance as, “skilled arrangements and expert delivery of tunes and songs which showcase the vibrancy, and variety, of folk music across Britain, a thoroughly engaging and enjoyable experience.”
Oliver was born in Australia, grew up in N Ireland and now resides in New York. The story explores the themes of loneliness and friendship and despite being translated into CGI 3D animation, the soft, simple imagery from the book is still there. Anglian Co-Op has generously sponsored this craft session. Cinema in the auditorium (film lengths vary) followed by an hour of prepared parent/carer and child craft time. This is a session for around 3 to 9-year-olds, an opportunity for young audiences to get used to being at the cinema. Each session is sponsored by a local business.
Want a fun way for children to spend a morning in half term? They’ll love to play with traditional circus props (juggling, Diablo, tightrope, devil stick, unicycle, balance poles, Pedal Gos, fun wheels, and plate spinning), in a relaxed semi-formal workshop structure. The sessions encourage perseverance, diligence, self-discipline, hand-eye coordination, manipulation skills and dexterity. The carefully worked out structure means that children of all capabilities achieve something.
The workshops are taught by professional circus artists from the Foolhardy Circus. The children get real hands-on tuition from people who have spent more than 28 years teaching and performing.
A show littered with mouth-watering comic timing, tons of circus skills and audience participation. The Foolhardy characters are a Laurel-and-Hardy-esque duo in a cartoon-like landscape reminding us what live entertainment is really all about.
Will they reach the end of the show in one piece? Or will it all collapse about them as they try to emulate the missing circus acts? A Comic romp follows taking laughology to its ultimate destination, an audience falling about with laughter. A simple plot, simple characters, simply the best.
The Foolhardy clowns have been treading the boards for 28 years and bring all their craft and ingenuity to this carefully constructed show, exhibiting their circus skills and clown expertise in this fantastic family show. Be you young or old it’s never too late to have a happy childhood or help someone else have one. This performance will finish at 3pm.
Plenty to bid for in a variety of auction styles: Conventional, Dutch and Silent Auctions dominate the evening interlaced with variety show-style entertainment from our talented drama students.
Tickets include a welcome drink and nibbles at your table. Waitress service will be available throughout the evening. Book early to avoid disappointment.
The Harbour Lights Trio draws material from East Anglian local traditional songs and tunes, music hall and a few more recent gems, with audience participation, and professional clarinettists of the future from Norfolk Centre for Young Musicians. Supporting Bungay Rotary president Terry Reeve's appeal for Bungay Youth Club and the NSPCC.
Poland/France/UK 2018. 88 minutes. In Polish with English subtitles. Directed by Pawel Pawlikowski. Starring Tomasz Kot and Joanna Kulig.
A dark Polish love story set in the 50s in a divided post-war Europe. The film is shot in moody black and white and follows the on/off affair between a singer and a musician. Cold War has a soundtrack that ranges from Polish folk songs to jazz in a Parisian bar, and includes breath-taking dance sequences. Director Pawlikowski won an Oscar with his previous film, Ida, shown by the film club in 2015.
“AN EVENING WITH HANK WANGFORD & THE BASS COMBO”
Hank takes us into the dark underbelly of Country Music with his Bass Combo, the twin basses and sparkling harmonies of Spanner Robinson and Lord Kevin Foster. Stories, laughter and tears with a heavy dash of new songs fished out of the Atlantic at Rancho Wangford in 2018. Now 42 years since his debut at the Bungay May Horse Fair, Hank will feature old favourites mixed in with gorgeous new songs. The last visit here was a blast. This will be dynamite.”
Director: Isabel Coixet Starring: Emily Mortimer, Bill Nighy, Honor Kneafsey & Patricia Clarkson, Run time: 113 mins
England, 1959. Free-spirited widow Florence Green (Emily Mortimer) risks everything to open a bookshop in a conservative East Anglian coastal town. While bringing about a surprising cultural awakening through works by Ray Bradbury and Vladimir Nabokov, she earns the polite but ruthless opposition of a local grande dame (Patricia Clarkson) and the support and affection of a reclusive book loving widower (Bill Nighy). As Florence's obstacles amass and bear suspicious signs of a local power struggle, she is forced to ask: is there a place for a bookshop in a town that may not want one? The Bookshop is an elegant yet incisive rendering of personal resolve, tested in the battle for the soul of a community.
Choreography: Carlos Acosta after Marius Peptipa Music: Ludwig Minkus arranged and orchestrated by Martin Yates. Story: Cervantes Running time: 2 hrs 35 mins 1 interval, Ballet in a Prologue and three Acts.
Cervantes’ story of the bumbling knight Don Quixote has inspired countless artistic interpretations. Marius Petipa choreographed this sparkling ballet about the encounters of the man from La Mancha and his faithful squire Sancho Panza. At its heart are virtuoso roles for the lovers Basilio and Kitri. Carlos Acosta chose this joyful classic for his first production for The Royal Ballet. His vibrant staging brings together the whole Company in such roles as exuberant villagers, passionate gypsies and even fantasy flowers. The story follows Don Quixote’s picaresque journey to do deeds in honour of his imaginary noble lady, Dulcinea. Sunny, charming, funny and touching – Don Quixote is a ballet as full of uplifting emotion as it is of astonishing ballet technique.
Harold Brighouse's immortal comedy begins in the well-established boot shop of Henry Horatio Hobson; so successful is his business that Hobson is content to drink away his days in the bar of the Moonraker's Inn with his cronies.
Brighouse's comedy is as fresh, sharp and engaging now as the day it was first performed. Following last year's successful production of "Measure for Measure", RoughCast presents more comedy and intrigue, but this time of a more gentle and down-to-earth variety.
This year, those who have taken the chance to enter the NT Connections Festival with FYTG, have been allocated a play unlike any other that has been performed in the 24 years of this prestigious youth festival. The National Theatre is naturally very excited, as are we.
Nell Leyshon, novelist and playwright has won many awards and nominations for her writing. She was the first woman playwright to have her work Bedlam performed at the Globe. Her travels with the British Council, to encourage and inspire writers from all walks of life, took her to countries with huge social divisions and inspired Terra/Earth.
Terra/Earth is a play about division over petty differences, which eventually evaporate because of an unlikely unifying force. The story is told through words and movement.
Please support FYTG take part in great new writing for young people, and be part of keeping theatre alive and telling stories into the future.
Life is not safe for the other animals, as the villainous Highway Rat gallops along the highway, stealing their food. Clover from a rabbit; nuts from a squirrel - he even steals his own horse's hay. Then he finally meets his comeuppance, in the form of a crafty duck... A fabulous, rollicking rhyme inspired by the famous Alfred Noyes poem, 'The Highwayman'. Anglian Co-Op has generously sponsored this session. Cinema in the auditorium (film lengths vary) followed by an hour of prepared parent/carer and child craft time. This is a session for around 3 to 9-year-olds, an opportunity for young audiences to get used to being at the cinema. Each craft session is sponsored by a local business. Runtime 25mins
Following the popularity of our last Fisher Youth Theatre Group fundraising Fashion show, we have joined forces again to bring you a night of glamour and fun for Mother’s Day. Cutting-edge fashion, accessories, beauty and therapies advice and more exciting things to be announced. Tickets include a complimentary drink on arrival. All profits raise funds for the Fisher Youth Theatre Group.
The PanAfro Band (guitar, keyboard/bass, drums, percussion, lead and harmony singers) plays African guitar band music by such luminaries as Jabu Khanile, Thomas Mapfumo and The Afrigo Band. Add in guest singer/dancer Perfect Bakashaba from Uganda with his unfailing ability to engage, entertain and involve audiences - plus possible additional outbursts of tribal drumming - for an exciting, interactive evening of lively, uplifting danceable music. African Food is also on the menu, please book and choose this when buying your tickets. We would like to thank The PanAfro Band and Friends for this fundraiser for the Fisher Theatre.
A coming-of-age drama set in the beautiful Catalan region of Northern Spain. After the death of her mother, six-year-old Frida has to move from Barcelona to live with her Uncle’s family in the country. Despite the warmth of the welcome, Frida struggles to acclimatise. In this sunlit period piece, Simon achieves the rare feat of faithfully recreating the mysterious consciousness of a child and obtains extraordinary performances from her young stars.
The greatest storm in living memory blasts the English coast. Striving against the howling winds and pounding waves, a lonely boat struggles on. Those left behind wait impatiently, huddled together, isolated and unfamiliar.
Tempers will flare and solace will be sought in this evocative journey into our seafaring past and present.
Join us for an immersive Victorian experience featuring town historian, Chris Reeve, sharing his knowledge of Victorian Bungay. Work up an appetite with Victorian dance teacher Alexandra Staines, then enjoy a Victorian buffet by candlelight. A fun themed evening full of Victorian Delights. Please visit the website to view what’s on the buffet menu.
The Salts are one of the most exciting and energetic concepts around, performing original material alongside their own interpretations of traditional songs we all know and love. Their live shows have been going down a storm throughout the UK at festivals and venues alike. Recent performances include the Tall Ships Festival Greenwich, The Pirate Festival Brixham, Wilton’s Music Hall, Crawley Folk Festival and many more. Their new album ‘Brave’ is receiving rave reviews across the board and is getting radio plays around the country and abroad. The band features five seasoned musicians collectively performing a mixture of instruments as well as great harmonies and is guaranteed to get the crowd singing and dancing along.
with Clare Hirst- sax/vox (Bellestars/Communards/Bowie) & Sarah Fisher keyboards/vox (Eurythmics)
The first major female star of the 80’s, award winning singer-songwriter Hazel O’Connor rose to fame in 1980 starring in the film Breaking Glass. There were hits and eye-catching Top of The Pops appearances aplenty along the way. Hazel's ageless songs include Eighth Day, Will You, Big Brother, Monsters in Disguise, Calls The Tune, If Only, Give Me An Inch, Blackman and Hanging Around - all of which seem even more relevant in our present times. Accompanied here by virtuoso saxophonist Clare Hirst (The Belle Stars, Communards, David Bowie) on sax and vocals and Sarah Fisher (Eurythmics) on keyboards and vocals, this powerful blend of voices and musicianship brings a classy touch of energy, passion and fire to Hazel’s vibrant performance. Unmissable “It's all there, that voice, soaring sax ...timeless.”. Glastonbury Festival “The sturdiness and earthy expression of her voice...marvelous” Hot Press
Music: Giuseppe Verdi, Director: Christof Loy, Conductor: Antonio Pappano Running time: 4 hours, 15 mins inc. 2 intervals, Sung in Italian with English Subtitles.
Leonora falls in love with Don Alvaro, but when her father forbids their marriage, a
fatal accident triggers a drama of obsession, vengeance and tragedy. Jonas Kaufmann and
Anna Netrebko star in Verdi’s epic La forza del destino (The Force of Destiny) an opera which demands the very best of singers for its powerful music and the fullest theatrical treatment for its story of bitter revenge pursued across miles and years. The production comes to The Royal Opera in a sensational staging from Amsterdam packed with colour and action.
A show tracing the story of how Doo-Wop and the early 50s sound came and went and came back again, and its influence on early Rock and other genres. The show features the group the Testosta Tones performing such songs as ‘Blue Moon’, ‘Earth Angel’, ‘Why Do Fools Fall in Love’ and ‘Runaround Sue’ among many others.
Hugh Jackman leads an all-star cast in this bold and original musical filled with infectious show stopping performances that will bring you to your feet time and time again. Inspired by the story of P.T. Barnum (Jackman) and celebrating the birth of show business, the film follows the visionary who rose from nothing to create a mesmerising spectacle. It isn’t hard to see how the film’s feelgood factor can give audiences a much-needed sense of escape or respite…the film offers a genuine rush of spectacle and wonder, which still counts for something on a big screen, perhaps more so in an era of standardised CGI. To quote the film, “it’s fire, it’s freedom, it’s flooding open”. Feel free to dress-up and the Fisher will offer some fitting food and drink.
Directed By: Wash Westmoreland, Starring: Keira Knightley, Dominic West & Denise Gough, Run time: 111 minutes
After marrying a successful Parisian writer known commonly as "Willy" (Dominic West), Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette (Keira Knightley) is transplanted from her childhood home in rural France to the intellectual and artistic splendour of Paris. Soon after, Willy convinces Colette to ghost-write for him. She pens a semi-autobiographical novel about a witty and brazen country girl named Claudine, sparking a bestseller and a cultural sensation. After its success, Colette and Willy become the talk of Paris and their adventures inspire additional Claudine novels. Colette's fight over creative ownership and gender roles drives her to overcome societal constraints, revolutionizing literature, fashion and sexual expression.
On a steamy night in Mississippi, a family gathers to celebrate the birthday of cotton plantation owner “Big Daddy” Pollitt. But the scorching heat is almost as oppressive as the lies that are told. His son, Brick, and daughter-in-law, Maggie, dance around the secrets and sexual tensions that threaten to destroy their marriage. With the future of the family at stake, which version of the truth is real – and which will win out?
Tennessee Williams’ great play was made into a memorable film in 1958, starring Elizabeth Taylor and Paul Newman.
Back by popular demand INK on Tour returns to The Fisher Theatre with a selection of the best new short plays directly from The INK Festival. INK on Tour offers a rare evening of contrasting and exciting works from the very best writers from East Anglia.
Spend a Saturday night paying homage to the much loved and remembered band, including tracks from all Fleetwood Mac’s greatest albums, from ‘Rumours’ and ‘Mirage’ to ‘Tusk’ and ‘Tango in the Night’.
Fleetwood Mac’s formula can be summed up as soft rock with an edge, the slight spaciness to their musical texture and the never replicated song-writing source that comes from having had three talented singer-songwriters in the same band, and you’ve got the recipe for multi-platinum success and some of pops most enduring classics. Accompanied by video projections and lighting, Songbird plays tribute to one of music’s all-time greats. Sing and dance along to tracks such as ‘The Chain’, ‘Dreams’ and ‘Go your own Way’ with this charismatic and musical band.
BlacKkKlansman is based on the extraordinary but true story of Ron Stallworth, the first African-American to serve as a detective in the Colorado Police Department. In the early 70s, Stallworth undertook an implausible mission: to infiltrate and expose the Klu Klux Klan. BlacKkKlansman blends comic irony and brutal fact, but still works very effectively as a crime drama. It’s funny, fast-paced and never loses its dramatic tension.