THE THURSFORD CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR SHOW
Now in its 43rd year, the extraordinarily successful Thursford Christmas Spectacular has recruited its singers, dancers and instrumentalists for its 2019 season, which is well under way.
The show takes place at The Thursford Collection in Thursford (click here) , a tiny village 9 miles from the north Norfolk coast. The brain-child of producer, John Cushing, the show has grown from a single carol concert designed around the magnificent Wurlitzer organ to being one of the most successful and unique shows in the UK. The show is re-written each year and put on with a multi-million pound budget. The large cast, performing to packed houses of over 1,400 people, includes 58 singers, a 30-piece orchestra, 23 dancers, 2 bagpipers, 1 comedian, a circus-artist and the Wurlitzer virtuoso, Phil Kelsall. We opened on the 6th November and will close on 23rd December, just in time for all artistes to make it home for Christmas!
In two halves, the show works as a variety show with a range of acts, styles and moods covered in a succession of detailed and carefully produced scenes. The 130-foot wide stage is filled with dancers and singers during the first half with the conductor and instrumentalists playing from a variety of positions behind and to the side of stage (there is no orchestra pit). The second half takes on more of a traditional concert format with the orchestra and conductor centre-stage and the dancers and singers stage left and stage right. Musical styles work through Classical, Show-tune, Rock, Jazz, Light music and others.
Each show is a pageant of spectacle and colour. The Producer and Director, John Cushing indulges his own belief in creating a magical Christmas of yesteryear – a time of love, hope and giving. In his opinion, the one element that encapsulates the spirit of Christmas more than any other, is music. For John Cushing 'Christmas Eve' is the most magical night of the year.
The show, and extracts from it, has been the subject of many news reviews and light programming. Some of which can be viewed by clicking the links below. You may need a Facebook account to view some of them.