Trio of movies in memory of film fan Julian

27th October 2020

(This event is now postponed to dates to be fixed – but it will go ahead and tickets will be honoured. Please watch this website and social media for updates)

A short film season is being staged at Sheringham Little Theatre next month in memory of one its staunchest supporters.

Julian High (pictured), who died aged 78 last year in November, was a regular at the venue for more than 60 years –as an amateur actor,  drama supporter, filmgoer and a raconteur regaling friends in the coffee bar with anecdotes delivered in his trademark deep  gravy-rich voice.

A trio of his favourite films – West Side Story, Out of Africa, and Carousel  – have been lined up for a special tribute week in November.

His partner for 45 years Tom Dick said: “I am delighted to see these films being screened. Julian has been a life-long lover of film, from the days when he visited the Holt Regal three times a week in the 1940s and 50s.

“These were his top three – West Side story regarded by many as the best ever filmed musical, Out of Africa because he was emotionally moved to tears and claimed he never ever saw the last 10 minutes, and Carousel because he appeared in a Norwich amateur production of it as a 19-year-old, in a non-singing role as The Star Maker’.

“They are marvellous films and I am sure other people will enjoy re-seeing them too,” said Tom, who shared a home in Holt with Julian.

Theatre director Debbie Thompson said:  “Julian is greatly missed at the Little Theatre. He was a fantastic volunteer and supporter but mostly he was a friend. We miss him and his jokes!”

The screenings are:

  • Tuesday November 17 (7.30) – West Side Story – 1961- Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet love story switched to a high energy but tender musical amid the rival gangs of New York. Starring Natalie Wood as Maria and Richard Beymer as Tony, with a stunning score by Leonard Bernstein. It won 11 Oscars.
  • Thursday November 19 (7.30) – Out of Africa – 1985 – Robert Redford and Meryl Streep star in a love story based on true life set in Kenya involving a Danish plantation owner and a free-spirted big game hunter. It won seven Oscars including best picture.
  • Sunday November 22 (2.30) – Carousel  – 1956 – Fantasy musical revolving around the love of a fairground carousel barker Billy Biggelow (Gordon MacRae) and mill worker Julie (Shirley Jones), featuring some of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s best songs including the anthemic You’ll Never Walk Alone.

Tickets are £8 each (or if seeing all three the third is £5) from the What’s On section of this website.

Julian High