Packed programme at Sheringham theatre

If you enjoy the summer rep season at North Norfolk's delightful Sheringham Little Theatre, then we've some good news for you. The Station Road venue is getting together with the new Two by Two Theatre Company to offer two comedies in February.

If you enjoy the summer rep season at North Norfolk's delightful Sheringham Little Theatre, then we've some good news for you. The Station Road venue is getting together with the new Two by Two Theatre Company to offer two comedies in February.

It's just one of the features of the typically packed programme for this lively venue, which encompasses everything from jazz to art, and drama to film.

There's a special charity panto on January 16-17 (£5) when North Norfolk District Council staff present Aladdin in aid of the local charity About With Friends, that's followed on January 31 (£7) with a local am-dram Showcase Evening featuring the Sheringham Savoyards, Sheringham Players and the Cromer and Sheringham Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society.

Oscar Wilde's lovely children's story The Selfish Giant is told by Sea Legs Puppet Theatre on the afternoon of February 7 (£5.50, under-16s £5), suitable for children aged four and above. Then in the evening it's the return of the Smoking Mic Comedy Club with another night of improve starring North Norfolk Radio's Greg Powles. It's suitable for ages 12 and up - tickets £5 (under-16s £4).

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Then from February 9-14 there's a double helping of Alan Ayckbourn with the Early Rep team of Christine Lawrence and Simon Stanhope - last seen in the theatre's 2007 summer rep - who'll present A One Man Protest (February 9 7.30pm, February 10 2.30pm and 7.30pm, and February 13 7.30pm) and A Cricket Match (February 11 7.30pm, February 12 2.30pm/7.30pm, and February 14 7.30pm). Tickets £12.50 for evening shows and £9.50 for matinees.

More children's fun on February 16 (£5.50, under-16s £5) when the Wild Wood Theatre Company presents The Frog Princess, based on a Russian folktale and using storytelling, puppetry and vibrant live Eastern European gipsy music. It's aimed at ages seven to 11, but ages five and six should enjoy it too.

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Two events with a very different “spirits” theme next: on February 21 it's a psychic evening with Shirley Cimelli (£9) and then in complete contrast, from February 25-28 it's that classic comedy thriller The Ghost Train, written by Dad's Army's Arnold Ridley and presented by Cromer and Sheringham Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society (£8 and £7).

There's the return of the Celebration of Performing Arts, presented by local schools from March 2-7, followed on March 7 by two performances of that classic Norfolk tale The Pedlar of Swaffham (£4.50, under 16s £4).

On March 14, I Got Rhythm features the talents of singer Jayne May-Sansum and musical director Barry Todd with a new show featuring the best of light jazz and theatre music. Tickets £11.

And a Little Theatre favourite returns on March 21 (£12) when Roger Dean presents his acclaimed portrait of the iconic Johnny Cash.

The hip-hop Slam Night returns on March 28, with a Variety Show (two performances) starring acclaimed magician Roy Davenport and singer Richard Winch (£11, under-16s £6, family £30).

Sheringham Little Theatre Staff and Special Guests presents Entertainment@The Hub (April 3, donations) with a community singalong of songs from the Twenties to the Forties - come in period dress if you like.

The Nutmeg Puppet Company presents its eco-themed children's show The Rubbish Monster on April 4 (£5.50, under-16s £5). It's suitable for children from five years old.

Jazz for the golden age is on the menu with the Ken Colyer Legacy New Orleans Jazz Band on April 4 (£12.50), paying tribute to a giant of British jazz.

The Sheringham Players presents Frank Marcus' black comedy The Killing of Sister George (April 8-11, £8, first night £7), with a youth production from April 14-18 based on Kipling's Jungle Book, followed on April 25 by a Folk Beyond the Pier presentation with singer-songwriter and humorist John Conolly, who'll be performing songs from his latest CD The Grumpy Old Men of Old England and more besides (tickets £9).

The theatre also continues its regular film screenings, with goodies lined up to include Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (January 13), Man on Wire (January 20), Mamma Mia! (January 24-25), I've Loved You So Long (January 27), The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (February 3), Then She Found Me (February 6), The Fox and the Child (February 17), Conversations with My Gardener (March 10), Brideshead Revisited (March 17), Nights in Rodanthe (March 24), Easy Virtue (March 31), Burn After Reading (April 21), Ghosts of East Anglia (April 24) and Quantum of Solace (April 28).

There is also a busy programme of art exhibitions, including TM Fairbank's etchings Norfolk Inspirations (February 2-28), Colin Wyatt's children's book illustrations Wally the Worm (March 2-April 4), Paston College and Sheringham High School student exhibition (April 6-May 4) and recent paintings by Derek Inwood (May 5-30).

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