The Cromer Christmas Show

Pavilion Theatre, Cromer Pier

December 2013

Reviewed by Steve Medler

The Cromer Christmas Show opened last Saturday. Now in its ninth year it is better then ever, once the show starts, it's seasonal cheer throughout the show.

Regular headliner and local entertainer Olly Day is back for his 5th Christmas season at the end-of-the-pier. Olly is what we would call an 'all round entertainer' and in my opinion he is up there with the likes of Brian Conley. Olly can sing, tell gags and is also a very clever magician.

Also on the bill comedian and magician Martyn James (photo), whose deadpan comedy and very clever magic and mind reading is like a cross between Derren Brown, Tommy Cooper and Les Dawson!

A series of dance routines from tap to ballet from the Christmas Show Dancers followed (Anthony Collesso, Sophie Carpenter, Gina Chambers, Sian Pond, Sinaed Godin and Joe Atkinson).

The Christmas Quartet made up from Jane Watkins' and Cromer's very own Eddie Bushell and two of the Christmas show dancers, Anthony and Sophie, provide the show tunes from classical and pop music to well known Christmas songs with help from The Cromer Youth Choir.

We must not forget the young children from the local Marlene’s School of Dance who have bags of energy.

Once again Openwide and Di Cooke have excelled themselves with putting on a great show and credit must also go to Laura Whyte for the great costumes, and scenery from Ian Westbrook.

This is the one Christmas Show you do not want to miss this festive season.

(Runs until 29th December 2013 at the Pavilion Theatre, Cromer Pier)

© Steve Medler, December 2013