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Norfolk and Norwich Festival programme announced

Just Regional
Mar 7, 2013 2 mins read

Norfolk and Norwich Festival has announced its full programme for 2013 with the most diverse, varied and exciting line-up in its 240 year history.

The best of the world’s music, theatre, circus, literature, dance, kids’ shows and free outdoor performance will bring a feast of the arts in all its forms.

Between the opening show from France’s Compagnie des Quidams in Cathedral Close (May 10 and 11) and the closing concert featuring Verdi’s Requiem (May 26) performed by London Philharmonic Orchestra with the Festival Chorus, there is something for everyone.

The 17 days of the Festival will include more than 165 performances of 75 shows as well as 101 exhibition days and 29 venues will be used ranging, from the established theatres and concert halls to Britain’s only surviving total circus building, The Hippodrome in Great Yarmouth.

“This is a programme packed with new commissions, world and and UK premieres: from the local to the international, from the large scale to the intimate,” said artistic director William Galinsky.

World and UK premieres include the first UK visit by New York-based Nature Theater of Oklahoma with their show Life and Times, which tells the true story of one very ordinary life based on the verbatim transcript of a 16-hour phone conversation.

The classical programme includes exceptional British orchestras and musicians and some exciting premieres. The Philharmonia Orchestra celebrate the Britten Centenary with a programme that includes Our Hunting Fathers (May 13), originally commissioned for the 1936 Norfolk & Norwich Festival and performed that year in the very same hall in which it can be heard in 2013.

More contemporary music includes fast-rising French star Woodkid (May 13), who has already enjoyed one successful career directing videos for the likes of Lana Del Ray, Rihanna, Katy Perry and Moby.

The Festival features many large-scale free family events that, thanks to generous sponsorship from May Gurney is all free alongside a variety of children’s events and shows (Baby Disco Dance Hall for the under 5s anyone?)

Full information on all Norfolk & Norwich Festival events at

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