Arts & Culture
What’s On – April 22
Reginald D. Hunter
7 April, Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds
Reginald D. Hunter is back and there’s no time for niceties. Unafraid to tackle head on the subjects the rest of us skirt around, Reginald is the voice of his generation – searingly honest, brutally funny and uniquely placed to commentate on the unfolding meltdown of life as we know it. Buckle up for this unmissable hour of stand-up from one of comedy’s true greats!
Norwich Theatre Royal
This adaptation of Wuthering Heights brings all the romance and drama of Charlotte Bronte’s original book and coupled Wise Children’s high energy style to create a modern theatrical masterpiece.
This is a love story for all time, ripped from the page and thrown to life before you. The Power, passion, and providence will combine to give you the most exciting evening at the theatre you will have all year.
Mark Thompson’s Spectacular
15 April, The Apex, Bury St Edmunds
Designed for children and adults alike, Mark explores the strange and magical properties of matter, with exploding elephant’s toothpaste, vortex-generating dustbins and even howling jelly babies!
Awarded ‘Best Kid’s Show at Edinburgh Fringe’ by The Derek Awards, this interactive show promises to entertain and educate in the most spectacular way!
2 April-2 May
A truly unique experience now in its eighth blockbuster year. A cast of swashbuckling pirates, led by comedy favourites Jack Jay and Johnny Mac, lead you on a live action adventure show like no other. With a combination of heart-stopping circus stunts, hilarious pirate comedy scenes and spellbinding aerial artistry, this show has gained national acclaim.
This year the hippodrome have assembled the largest cast of circus performers, actors and dancers in Pirates Live’s history to create the most spectacular version of the show to date.
To create a truly immersive experience, half of the legendary hippodrome arena is used to accommodate a life sized pirate galleon and movie style set. The hippodrome’s iconic water stage forms the lagoon and pirate port.
The Addams Family
26-30 April, Norwich Theatre Royal
They’re creepy, and they’re kooky, mysterious and spooky; they’re all together ooky! The Addams Family are back and heading to Norwich Theatre Royal in this spectacular and hilarious musical comedy from the writers of multi-award-winning hit musical Jersey Boys. Starring Joanne Clifton (Strictly Come Dancing and The Rocky Horror Show) as Morticia, you will see a heart-warming story of love, family and friendship.
Horning Boat Show
30 April, Horning
Here you will find exhibitors showing luxury motor cruisers sailing boats, plus many other marine items and services, broads holiday companies together with charity stalls. Horning Sailing Club will once again be showcasing their ever popular Discover Sailing Day. Add to this a show of classic cars and the Horning Boat Show Auction which raises funds for local good causes. Entry to the show is free, plus there will be free parking at BeWilderwood with a shuttle bus to take you to the show.
Rhythms Sans Frontières Festival
1-3 July, Euston Park, Suffolk
This brand new music and arts festival brings together performers and workshops in genres including indie, Latin, R&B, Jazz Fusion, Reggae, Bluegrass and Afro-Beat, as well as immersive speaker tents shining a spotlight on key environmental and human rights issues. For a full list of the performing artists head to the website.
Inspired by Wells
9-21 April, at the Handa Gallery, Wells Maltings
An exhibition by local artists Linda Pattrick and John Richter, showcases their paintings of Wells and its surrounding area. Both artists love to paint their home territory and explore themes of marsh, beach, sea, boats and harbour; interpreting them in their highly individual styles. While Linds paints vigorously using a palette knife to make thick impasto textures, John uses a paintbrush and his work is delicate and meticulous. Both work in oils and acrylics, and share a love of colour.
All Things Baby
21 April, 26 May, 30 June, 28 July, 25 Aug & 29 Sept,
Thursdays 6.15pm at John Lewis, Norwich
Join the John Lewis Nursery Team along with their Lingerie and Beauty experts, at one of their regular events for expectant parents. These parental sessions will include information to help you prepare for your new arrival and the chance to discover local organisations to support you from birth and beyond, including; The Birth Preparation Company, Nurtured Mama & Bubs, Liquid Jewels, One to Cherish and The Garage Norwich.
To pre-book your place at one of our events visit the
John Lewis Nursery department or
26 May, 5.30pm-8pm, John Lewis, Norwich
Join the Beauty experts at John Lewis for a glass of fizz and beauty inspiration for the summer. On the night there will be beauty demonstrations and master classes, exclusive gifts with purchase and prizes to be won.
Tickets are £5, redeemable against a beauty purchase on the evening; are available from the beauty department on the ground floor.
My Other Half
Touring from 12-22 April
H and B are a young couple struggling with the pressures of their relationship. When a freak event causes them to switch bodies, they must learn to face their problems from an entirely new perspective. The more they learn, the more their lives descend into chaos. How far down can the human mind sink when given a new identity?
This one-act thriller is touring Norfolk and Suffolk, for more details and to book visit: www.raisingcainproductions.com
2-19 April, Chantry Place, Norwich
Hop along to Chantry Place this Easter for its free family Easter Eggstravaganza trail. Hunt all 12 eggs and solve the clues on the self-led trail to be in with a chance of winning a prize worth over £120! All you have to do is chick out the 12 eggs that will be hidden around the Centre in some retailer windows, solve the clues and, once you have found them all, unscramble them to make an Easter-themed word.
The 12th egg is the golden egg and will have instructions on how to enter a competition to win a £100 voucher for Byron, a chocolate egg from Hotel Chocolat, and a cute Jellycat bunny rabbit.
Arc of the Sky
Rehearsals begin on 19 April in Norwich
Norwich’s multi award-winning Voice Project Choir is at last returning to live singing after the pandemic forced them to move online. They are now inviting people to join their open-access choir to sing in Arc of the Sky, a site-responsive performance at the Cathedral of the Marshes – Holy Trinity Church, Blythburgh, Suffolk on 2 July 2022.
Rehearsals begin on 19 April in Norwich. The first session is a free taster for anyone who wants to find out more before committing to the whole project. No experience is necessary, all music is taught by ear, and the choir has a great sense of community and conviviality. Advance booking is necessary at www.voiceproject.co.uk
Spring Art Show
6-10 April, Forum Norwich
The exhibition, a staple event in Norfolk’s art calendar, will return for its ninth outing this April and will see artists from across the East of England exhibiting. The show, which takes place in the Atrium at the Forum, will gather together an eclectic mix of artists working in a range of art forms and styles. Organised by Norwich artist Brian Korteling, the exhibition attracts thousands of visitors and the original works and prints on show will all be for sale.
Jools Holland is without doubt a legend of the music scene and with a career spanning five decades, both as a musician and as a presenter, his reputation certainly precedes him. Now is the perfect time to see him in action alongside his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra as they make a welcome return to the UEA some 10 years after his last performance. Jools is continuing his Spring Summer UK tour and for dates, special guests and venue details visit:
Friday 27 May 2022 at NORWICH – UEA (The LCR) are available from: Box Office 0844 249 1000
Tickets – £35 advance