Welcome to an Evening of Jazz and Cabaret

The 15th annual ‘Evening of Jazz & Cabaret’ again produced an exciting mix of variety – it’s jazz and it’s cabaret and this year it was comedy, magic, mind-reading, a 1940’s sing-a-long, harmony trios and more crazy suits from the compere and musical director!

A sincere thank-you to each of the artists who contributed to create such an enjoyable night of entertainment for the appreciative audience.

In total £1,850 was raised for the charities Breast Cancer Now and Keeping Abreast

The 2018 show will be Sunday 16 September and we look forward to seeing you at the Norwich 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 £65,000 for Breast Cancer Now and £5,000 for Keeping Abreast.

Kirsty Berrigan 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 a cheque to either Breast Cancer Now or Keeping Abreast. Each donation is in memory to a wonderful woman who passed away over 40 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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