Thursford Christmas Spectacular has confirmed its return in 2021.
The tiny Norfolk village of Thursford will once again stage Europe’s largest and most lavish Christmas show as it returns after a year off due to the pandemic.
Promising its most ambitious and extravagant show to date, the Christmas Spectacular will return for seven weeks only from 9 November – 23 December. Tickets are on sale now from www.thursford.com.
A cast of 130 professional performers, many direct from the West End, will put on a three-hours show-stopping bonanza of music, dance and comedy – plus some surprises.
Set in the midst of the world’s largest collection of steam engines, mechanical organs and fairground rides, Thursford’s Christmas spectacular has been entertaining visitors from across the world since Christmas Eve more than 40 years ago in 1977.
In total more than 360 dancers, singers, musicians, variety acts, technicians, wardrobe teams, ushers, caterers and production staff will be employed by the show this year.
John Cushing OBE, CEO, Founder, Producer and Director of Thursford Christmas Spectacular, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to be back this year with our Christmas Spectacular show. It is such an important occasion, not just for the cast and crew but the local community, hotels, B&Bs, rental properties and hospitality venues throughout Norfolk.
“We cannot wait to welcome the thousands of you back through our doors and give you the most extravagant Spectacular show yet. It has been a challenging couple of years for so many and we want to provide as much joy, over the festive period, as we possibly can.”
Ready to light up the Norfolk countryside this festive season, this year’s extraordinary selection of acts includes ITVs Britain’s Got Talent finalists, the brilliantly eccentric and energetic British-Armenian comedian Kev Orkian who will introduce the world-class acrobat Billy George on the Cyr Wheel.
Returning to the stage is renowned theatre organist Phil Kelsall on Thursford’s Mighty Wurlitzer (one of the largest remaining Wurlitzers in Europe and the centre piece for the show) and the gravity-defying duo Delfina & Bartek will also feature in an acrobatic spectacle.
The creative team includes John Cushing OBE (Producer and Director), Benjamin Ellin (Musical Director and Conductor), Tracey Iliffe (Choreographer), Peter Savidge (Casting Director), Jonathan Smith (Musical Orchestrator) and Stephen Adnitt (Designer).