Stately outdoor music event to boost Sheringham Little Theatre funds

31st July 2020

A music event in a north Norfolk stately home, raising funds for Sheringham Little Theatre, will be one of the first live entertainment events to return to the county.

The theatre cannot yet host full-scale events in its auditorium, but as lockdown eases it is promoting a pioneering outdoor performance mixing music, words and poetry in the walled garden at Mannington Hall on Saturday August 22.

The world renowned London Mozart Players will play classical inspired by the experiences and emotions of four young performers during lockdown – ranging from family and separation to countryside and reflection. Members of the public have also been asked to send in their positive lockdown experiences, which will be added to the performance.

One of the young actors Jodie Weller, from North Walsham, said: “This will be an amazing experience – particularly being one of the first live performances in north Norfolk after a period which has seen, and continues to see, artistic venues and professionals struggling.

“It is wonderful to be raising money for the Little Theatre, which has been a big part of our lives, and bringing a live audience some joy.”

She will be joined by Tilda Fassih from Sheringham, Katie Thompson from Knapton, all pictured below, and Charlie Randall from Aylsham, all in their 20s, curating and compering the event.


During lockdown they have also been entertaining residents of local care homes with online singalongs – and on the morning of the concert will perform live outside two of the homes, with members of the London Mozart Players.

Theatre director Debbie Thompson said the event came about through Orchestras Live seeking a community-focused event for the London Mozart Players in north Norfolk, and the Little Theatre’s need for an outdoor fundraiser while the auditorium remained closed for live performances.  People buying tickets would be supporting the Little Theatre and freelance artists as they recovered from the financial challenges of the Covid-19 crisis.

They will also get the chance to choose the event encore – after viewing two potential pieces via an online link.

Due to social distancing guidelines, there will be a limited numbers of tickets available for the 6pm-7.15pm show which will also be recorded and available online for those who cannot attend.

Areas will be allocated for groups of up to six people. Visitors are asked to bring a travel rug, fold-up seats, and umbrellas in case of rain. There will be no interval.

Tickets for the live concert are now SOLD OUT, but you can still buy access to the recorded version for £6. The ticket will give you a link which can be accessed to view the show between August 29 and September 9. Those attending the live show can pre-order afternoon tea boxes for two, with sandwiches, savouries, scones and cakes, costing £10.

Audience members are welcome to arrive from 4.30pm to enjoy their food in the gardens before settling down for the performance.

If Government guidelines change and prevent a live show, the concert will go ahead and be recorded. A 50% refund would be available on tickets purchased for the live event on the basis that everyone would be able to watch the “virtual” version to support those involved.

Tickets can be booked through this website.

Mannington Hall - venue for a fundraising music event for Sheringham Little Theatre