Cromer Pier Show
There’s no stopping the success of Cromer. Billed as the only end-of-the-pier show in Europe, it has gained both the 2015 National Pier of the Year and a special theatre award from the Piers Society for this now rare form of variety, a well-deserved accolade for a seaside show in its 38th season.
The original elements carved out long ago by the late Bob Marlowe of song and dance, comedy and speciality served up with high production values remain. Today’s deviser, director and choreographer Di Cooke also delivers constant freshness, pace and a subtle 21st-century upgrade, which brings this bang up to date – plus there are two different versions and a ‘best of’ to round things off.
She heads a strong team with designer Ian Westbrook in his 30th year of bringing visual magic; the Mary Poppins first act finale to show one with the cast and local youngsters from the Marlene School is a fine example of his artistry. Laura Whyte’s costumes, Amanda Hill’s lighting and Nigel Hogg’s musical direction do the rest. Paul Eastwood returns for a second year as host, totally at home with his audience and inoffensive material.
He works well with Ben Langley who is perfect for Cromer providing comedy, script writing, magic and amazing well delivered escapology. Also adding variety is multi-skilled musician Rachel King. Jane Watkins is a strong singer while male vocalist Luke Walsh is used to good advantage as is the highly talented team of six dancers, two boys and four girls.