The Pavilion Theatre at Cromer Pier is special in many ways, but unique in one. The Seaside Special is the last surviving end of the pier variety show in Europe. It may now be in its 38th year, but that doesn’t make it old fashioned. A range of acts are chosen precisely so that if you choose to visit every year, you will always get to enjoy something different.
This summer sees two comedians that I found really entertaining and Adam Daye certainly brought tears of laughter with his slightly rude but not offensive jokes! The musical act Andante showcased the playing of a recorder amongst many instruments. I’ve never heard a recorder played so brilliantly and probably never will again. If you like young singing hunks then the talent of Louis Yssel was outstanding; there’s a great female vocal Jane Watkins with finally the dazzling Seaside Special dancers to delight us with a variety of dancing styles in fabulous costumes.
Watch this video Cromer Pier Seaside Special by local TV station Mustard TV to get a flavour of the show.
There is a Christmas Seaside Special too, to give you a reason to holiday in Norfolk in December, but there are a range of shows year round, to suit all tastes. Just proves you don’t need to live in a big city to enjoy this great theatre on our doorstep. Can’t wait to see the show next year!
We had a quick pre theatre supper at No 1 Cromer, a lovely fish and chip shop at the top of the cliff with great views over the pier. You can’t book during the summer months and it’s very popular so leave yourself plenty of time! I’ll blog about No 1 another time.