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Thetford to host outdoor cinema as part of Breckland Council's summer of entertainment





Outdoor cinema showings of film favourites such as Grease, The Greatest Showman and Encanto will soon becoming to Thetford as part of the town's summer events programme.

Breckland Council has funded the Stage and Screen Summer 2022 programme, in partnership with Thetford Town Council, to bring together local communities, attract visitors to the town and support local businesses.

The showings at Thetford Riverside Complex will closely be followed by theatre performances at the town's priory as well.

Chapterhouse Theatre Company will be performing Cinderella as part of the summer of events in Thetford. Picture submitted
Chapterhouse Theatre Company will be performing Cinderella as part of the summer of events in Thetford. Picture submitted

Councillor Paul Claussen, executive member for economic development and growth at the council, said: "Our Stage and Screen Summer events will bring four fun-packed days of events to Thetford, displaying the best the town has to offer and bringing people together.

"It is part of our Thriving Places commitment, to support the district and its local businesses and ensure our towns are vibrant places to live and visit.”

The series of events will kick off on Saturday, August 27, on the green of the riverside complex, with Encanto showing at 1pm, followed by Grease at 3.30pm and finally, The Greatest Showman at 6pm.

The next day, Encanto returns to the screen at 1pm, followed by the 2019 version of The Lion King at 3.30pm and Abba’s Mamma Mia! at 6pm.

Over both days, a range of street food vendors on the site, with the Light Cinema selling popcorn and a street barbecue.

After the free cinema events, Thetford Priory will provide the backdrop for two outside theatre productions on August 31 and September 1.

Chapterhouse Theatre Company will be performing Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and pantomime family favourite Cinderella, tickets can be purchased from www.chapterhouse.org.

The council has said that more than 600 people will be able to enjoy the two theatre shows and there is no need to book a space to attend the free outside cinema.