Aylsham

Festive Variety at its finest

Just Regional
Dec 5, 2022 2 mins read

The popular Cromer Pier Christmas show is back with a bang – and quality contents worthy of a luxury cracker.

From its stylish 1920s opening to a festive New York finale, the pacy action with West End production values is non-stop.

If song, dance, spectacle and magic are on your list to Santa, this show delivers them all in a beautifully-lit atmospheric auditorium.

Long-standing host Olly Day holds it all together with a mix of mulled-wine warmth, holiday postcard “dad jokes”, tricks and a fine singing voice – plus his trademark Norfolk dialect mirth and repartee with the audience.

Speciality magic and illusion duo Amethyst amaze with a string of cleverly staged fire-eating, rope-cutting escapes, disappearances and appearances – with leave the crowd constantly asking “How on earth did they do that?”

And if you looking for a stocking filler with a difference, check out their magic kettle.

Another breathtaking highlight is Andrea Bocelli’s The Prayer by singers Hayley Moss, Norwich’s “Street Soprano” returning from last year, and newcomer Ben Killingback, who team up for what many people say are the best vocal duo the Christmas show has heard.

Hayley also rises to new heights, literally, with a solo sung suspended from a moon above the stage.

The six-strong ensemble chorus show their versatile song and dance skills as the pace changes gear between high energy musical moments and balletic routines, when we see the silky sax skills of Chloe Edwards-Wood, who also joins in the routines and sketches.

The whole festive feast is wrapped in colourful costumes, stunning lighting and back projection effects which add an extra dimension to the show.

Compère Olly reminds us that the Cromer Pier show is blessed with the unique claim to fame as the only constantly-running end-of-the-pier show in the world.

If you have seen the summer version
and want a festive experience that provides laughter plus family variety fun, this
show ticks all the colourfully wrapped boxes. RICHARD BATSON

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