The Thursford Christmas Spectacular has become somewhat of a Norfolk, or British even, institution which sees coach-loads of people travel the length and breadth of the country every year.
Now in its 39th year, it has become what is thought to be the biggest Christmas show in Britain, if not Europe, and now boasts a cast of 130 and is put together over eight months on a budget of some £4m – it’s hard to believe it started life with just 10 choral singers in an old farm shed on a shoestring budget.
From the moment you arrive, you are transported into a world of festive cheer with giant Christmas trees, quaint shops and tearooms filled with Yuletide goodies and where dancing Santa’s and toy soldiers come to life.
The Thursford Christmas Spectacular is the largest Christmas Show in England with an audience of 130,000, running from 11th November until 23rd December with two shows per day at 2pm and 7pm.
The show is a three-hour fast moving celebration of the festive season featuring an eclectic fusion of the seasonal and sacred with famous chart topping pop favourites being sung alongside tradition carols. It is now generally recognised as being the largest show of its kind in the country, if not Europe. With a cast of 130 professional singers, dancers and musicians the range covers everything from solo singers, to full four part choral number with amazing dancing and costumes.
Word of this amazing show has spread and fifty coaches per day travel from all over the country to this outstanding show with many of the patrons visited year on year.
Work for the shows is ongoing all year, with John Cushing, the producer and director, starting in January by listening to music to formulate ideas. Auditions for singers and musicians commence in May, and the music is written from May to the end of September.
A team of thirty-people are required to erect the thousands and thousands of lights, Christmas trees and decorations to transform this building into the magical Christmas auditorium which many people liken to a Hollywood film set.
The show started in a very small humble way with ten choral scholars from Kings College Cambridge singing carols on the Sunday before Christmas to approximately 600 people way back in 1977. From that every small beginning the show has changed and grown into the truly spectacular event it is today with a cast who regular appear in shows in West End theatres in London.
For more details regarding the show, please visit www.thursford.com.
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