Welcome to an Evening of Jazz and Cabaret

It’s back – for the 16th time the annual Evening of Jazz & Cabaret returns to the Norwich Playhouse on Sunday 16th September 2018.

It’s Jazz, it’s Cabaret, it’s also an intoxicating mix of big band, comedy and magic, and much more – a rich vein of variety to tickle most tastes in a night of fun, frivolity and fund-raising.

Back for the 16th year, this show has become a fixture in the theatre’s Autumn programme raising funds for two breast cancer charities.

Returning to grace the stage is the much-admired Jonathan Wyatt Big Band, led by Jonathan for 30 years and well-established in the region as one of the outstanding big bands. And joining them on stage will be Norfolk’s very own comic/singer/magician Olly Day, the crooning Gary Winter, young upcoming singer Kayleigh Gare, and The Moonglow Sisters who have been supporting the JWBB for many years.

And further artists will be announced in the Summer to enlarge the variety style of this Sunday night at the Playhouse.


A Message from Chris

Chris Bailey tragically lost his mum to breast cancer when he was just 13 years old. She was 35 at the time. Heartbreakingly, his sister was later diagnosed with breast cancer too. As she was preparing for surgery in 1998, Chris decided to do something to support her – and honour their mum – by hosting a small fundraising barbecue at her home.

They raised £800 at the barbecue and, spurred on to reach the magical £1,000 mark, they decided to follow it up with a charity ball. Since that day the fundraising events have continued in earnest and Chris has raised over £67,000 for Breast Cancer Now and £7,000 for Keeping Abreast.

Maddy Bravery of Breast Cancer Now said “Thankfully, his sister is now in remission but Chris’ charity work continues. We’re so proud of them both.”

“Without Chris’ inspirational support, and the support of all our brilliant fundraisers, we wouldn’t be able to continue the vital research that we do here. Together we can hopefully create a world free from breast cancer.”

Chris says, “Each event is special and it gives me great joy when I forward the proceeds to Breast Cancer Now or Keeping Abreast. Each donation is in memory of a wonderful woman who passed away over 44 years ago.”

Previous Artists

I am very grateful for the multitude of artists who have performed at the Norwich Playhouse each September since the first show in 2003. Many have returned again and again, always without receiving any fees – and to the right is the roll of honour!

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