Star-studded 2011 line-up for pier

A well known singing actress, the voice of Bob the Builder and a classical boy band are among the line-up for celebrity concerts at Cromer Pier next year.

Barbara Dickson kicks off the year in concert on Saturday February 19 bringing more than 40 years of experience in the music business to the stage.

The former Scottish folk singer found fame signing on the two Ronnies television show, was picked to do Another Suitcase in Another Hall in the Evita stage musical, sang I Know Him So Well with Elaine Paige in Chess and has also done acting on stage and screen in Blood Brothers and Taggart - as well as starring in a show Spend Spend Spend based on the story of 1960s pools winner Vic Nicholson.

Neil Morrisey brings his Celebrities Stripped Bare show to Cromer on Friday March 4 - telling anecdotes, with some adult content, drawn from a career that has ranged from television roles in Men Behaving Badly and Boon, to providing the voice for the Bob the Builder cartoon, film work alongside Mel Gibson and Laurence Olivier and West End stage roles.

Blake are newer to the entertainment scene having launched their first album n 2007, but have taken the music world by storm with their blend of classical and pop songs. Their version of Swing Low was the official anthem of England for the 2007 rugby world cup, and they have performed at the opening ceremony at Wimbledon, as well as three times for football matches at Wembley stadium. They have also sung at Buckingham Palace for royalty and have gained a worldwide following.


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The concerts are part of a busy programme of shows at the Pavilion during 2011, as well as the popular Seaside Special starring ventriloquist Steve Hewlett from June 18 to September 24 -a week longer than usual with an extended run of the end-of-season combination show.

Other regular events include the Marlene School of Dance show from April 30 to May 2, Folk on the Pier over the May 6-8 weekend, and amateur dramatics music Half a Sixpence from May 28-June 4.

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New among the tribute acts next year is Jane Middleton as Annie Lennox (March 6), the Magic of take That (July 31) and the Bon Jovi Experience on August 14.

Cockney duo Chas and Dave are reunited for their farewell tour with a visit on April 21, and Dennis Lecorriere former lead singer from Dr Hook is in concert on April 8.

Before all of that the venue hosts its Christmas Seaside Special, starring Olly Day and magician Oliver Tabor, and singers Aston Dobson and Alice Redmond from December 4-28.

For more information contact the box office on 01263 512495 or visit www.cromer-pier.com.

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