A post-lockdown first for Cromer pier

Just Regional
Aug 17, 2020 2 mins read

Cromer Pier is set to be the first theatre in Britain after lockdown to stage a variety show.

After being closed for several months, the theatre will burst into life on August 23 for a very special show.

The show will run every Thursday to Sunday until the end of September, giving much needed employment to entertainers and technicians. 

Openwide, which runs the theatre has donated the space for this independent venture which sees resident musical director Nigel Hogg gather together some of Britain’s finest performers, who would normally be away working on cruise ships and in summer seasons across the country.

They include magicians, impressionists, singers and comedians and they have all jumped at the chance to work at this iconic venue

There will be local performers too, including Cromer favourite, Olly Day, who will be compering the shows. 

Olly said: “I’m thrilled that my first day back at work will be at the end of the pier and I’m so looking forward to working with some of the finest  acts in the entertainment business who, like me, are excited about getting back in front of a live audience again”. 

The theatre has been completely redesigned inside to meet the latest social distancing and hygiene rules. The 460-seat capacity has been reduced to 100 seats, with new aisles created to enable the audience to get around safely. Fogging machines have been brought in to sanitise the whole auditorium and there will be social distancing on stage, backstage and in the auditorium. 

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