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March starts with a smile as Father Ted writer Graham Linehan’s adaptation of the classic Ealing film comedy Te Ladykillers comes to Norwich Teatre Royal from March 4-9. If you don’t know the story, it follows a battle of wits between a little old lady and a criminal gang who are planning a heist. Te show also features lots of familiar faces including Michele Dotrice (Frank Spencer’s other half in Some Mothers Do Ave Em), Clive Mantle (consultant Mike Barrett in Casualty and Dawn French’s love interest in Te Vicar of Dibley), and Cliff Parisi (currently in Call Te Midwife and best known as Minty in EastEnders). A true musical icon then arrives at the theatre for one night only with Robert Cray fitting in a Norwich date as part of his latest tour on March 10 playing classic tracks and some of his new material. Tere is then the welcome return of the Richard Alston Dance Company on March 12-13. Teir 2013 programme includes Alston’s brand new piece Buzzing Round Te Hunnisuccle which celebrates the music of Jo Kondo, and Shimmer which is danced to the music of Ravel and features stunning costumes designed by Julien MacDonald. Towards the end of the month, it is time to dust off your porkpie hat and shake your tailfeather as Te Blues Brothers are back. Live on stage from March 28-30, it features original cast members from the West End runs plus a new set, new twists, new moves and some new songs.


We’re often caught gushing about the activities at Norwich Arts Centre, and how bulging their monthly programme is, and it deserves to be said again this month, as we look forward to these two corkers of scheduling on the same day! Saturday 23rd March, you better bed in for the long haul at NAC, as there’s a treat for the family in the afternoon, followed by a musical extravaganza in the evening. At 2pm, the NAC opens the curtain onTe Elephant Bridesmaid by Steven Lee, written especially for parents to enjoy with their children. Te Elephant Bridesmaid is a magical musical about weddings and wombats and the loveliest elephant the world has ever known. Based on a story from the best selling book How Te Koala Learnt To Hug and Other Australian Fairytales this delightful show has just the right balance of games, songs and heart warming elephant antics to make any day feel like your special day. As mentioned, you can stay at camp for the evening’s entertainment, withSpring Offensive + Olympians and Heart of a Dog all playing for your delight. Oxford 5-piece Spring Offensive are a relentlessly inventive guitar band complete with rich harmonies, pounding rhythms and dark lyrics. With a live show charged with energy, their influences include Death Cab for Cutie, Te National and Wild Beasts. Both Olympians and Heart of a Dog are local bands that deserve your eyes and ears. For details on these and all the NAC shows, go to


Fresh from winning four Oscars at this year’s Academy Awards, the point is never clearer than with ‘Life of Pi’, that behind many great films is an incendiary novel. Te film was an adaptation of Yann Martel’s best selling book of the same name, and is just one of a list that have inspired film over the years. Tis month, in timely celebration, the Great Big Read Goes to the Movies launches at your local library on 1 March, run by Norfolk County Council. It’s a celebration of books that have been adapted for the big screen. Great stories, gripping tales and surprising plots - discover where the story began by reading the book. Visit to see the list of suggested reads – which include Atonement, Life of Pi and Dracula. Cinema City is showing the films of five of the recommended reads – visit their website for screening times and for more details of Great Big Read events happening near you.

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