Show-ho-ho! Cromer Pier’s Christmas spectacular shatters audience records - and 2016 dates are revealed

Cromer Pier Theatre's Christmas show had a huge increase in crowds. Picture: AL PULFORD.

Cromer Pier Theatre's Christmas show had a huge increase in crowds. Picture: AL PULFORD. - Credit: Archant

A festive seaside variety show has broken records after a deluge of new viewers.

Cromer Pier Theatre's Christmas show had a huge increase in crowds. Picture: AL PULFORD.

Cromer Pier Theatre's Christmas show had a huge increase in crowds. Picture: AL PULFORD. - Credit: Archant

The 11th Cromer Christmas Show, at the Pier Pavilion Theatre, saw a 58pc attendance rise across the 41 shows - up from 8,000 in 2014 to 12,800 in 2015.

The month-long run featured local comedian Olly Day, Gorleston-based magician Steve Zebs and the Seaside Special dancers.

Cromer Pier is managed by Openwide Coastal, on behalf of North Norfolk District Council.

General manager Jo Artherton said: 'We have extended our marketing reach over the last year and been very proactive with contacting groups and encouraging families to come and see the show.

Cromer Pier Theatre's Christmas show had a huge increase in crowds. Picture: AL PULFORD.

Cromer Pier Theatre's Christmas show had a huge increase in crowds. Picture: AL PULFORD. - Credit: Archant

'The 2014 show received such great feedback that it set us in good stead for the 2015 show, with lots of customers returning and new customers trying us out.

'We are experiencing younger families coming to see the show and the feedback we are getting is confirming that our Christmas Show is fast becoming a family favourite in comparison to other Christmas productions around Norfolk.'

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She added: 'Audiences bought a total of 2,802 tubs of ice cream and 805 programmes, which is nearly double compared to what we sold in 2014.'

? Tickets are already on sale for the 2016 shows, which run from Saturday November 26 to Friday December 30. Tickets can be bought via the box office, in person, on 01263 512495 or at www.cromerpier.co.uk

Cromer Pier Theatre's Christmas show had a huge increase in crowds. Picture: AL PULFORD.

Cromer Pier Theatre's Christmas show had a huge increase in crowds. Picture: AL PULFORD. - Credit: Archant

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