Review. 25-11-17 Tim Wardley Chairman of The National Piers Society
Christmas arrived early in Cromer on Saturday with the opening night of the Cromer Christmas Show, blending the very best of comedy, dance, and traditional variety entertainment into one of the ‘ must see’ Yuletide special events.
Olly Day, the stalwart headliner of the show for the past nine seasons returns, his gentle humour, warmth and instant rapport with the audience ensuring an electric atmosphere from one of our greatest variety entertainers.
This year Olly is joined by instrumentalist extroadinaire Leo Shavers, no stranger himself to treading the boards of top theatres in his 30 year career. Leo works well as a solo artist or in comedy routines with Olly, enthralling audiences with his renditions on both weird and wonderful instruments, from bagpipes to traffic cones and penny whistles.
No Christmas production is ever complete without the big theatrical numbers, and this year the show excells with the return of highly accomplished vocalists Rob McVeigh and Emily Yarrow. They transport the audience on a journey through the great West End songbook, delivering stunning performances which command spellbound silence from the audience followed by deafening applause of appreciation after each number.
The famous Cromer Pier Show dancers, resplendent in their Christmas costumes high kick, shimmy and delight the audience with tightly choreographed routines, and demonstrate the versatility of their art with delightful ballet performances offering light and shade in contrast to the high action routines.
The young performers from Marlene’s School of Dance offer the ‘ ahhhhhh’ factor, while the superb sets, lighting, and live music ensure the West End production values on which Cromer prides it’s self are upheld to the highest standard.
The last word must be reserved for Olly Day, whom is like a silk thread seamlessly binding all the facets of the show together with brilliance. Everything is here for the whole family to enjoy. Comedy, dance, great show numbers all gift wrapped in a liberal sprinkling of Yuletide magic. Performances are selling out fast, so be sure to call the Box Office and secure your seat for this great entertainment spectacle.
National Piers Society are proud to support Openwide and Cromer Pier – bringing the very best of entertainment to Norfolk. See you there!.
Photography by Paul Macro Photography