‘Spectacular’ images show rollicking range of Thursford Christmas show

Showgirls in costume for the Thursford Christmas Spectacular 2019. Picture: THURSFORD

Showgirls in costume for the Thursford Christmas Spectacular 2019. Picture: THURSFORD - Credit: Archant

Dancers, musicians and entertainers are putting the finishing touches to their routines ahead of the premiere of this year’s Thursford Christmas Spectacular.

Billy George will perform in his Cyr wheel at the Thursford Christmas Spectacular 2019. Picture: THU

Billy George will perform in his Cyr wheel at the Thursford Christmas Spectacular 2019. Picture: THURSFORD - Credit: Archant

A seven-week run of Europe's biggest Christmas show starts on Wednesday (November 6).

Special acts include comedian and ventriloquist Steve Hewlett, who reached the final of Britain's Got Talent, and one of the world's top acrobatic Cyr wheel specialists, Billy George.

Ensemble performances will have themes including masquerade, rock 'n' roll, hoedown barn and Charlie Chaplin.

Roller-skating double act Royer and Emelie will aim to wow the crowd with a gravity-defying routine, while theatre organist Phil Kelsall will play one of the Thursford Collections's most treasured instruments, the Mighty Wurlitzer.

A silk dancer rehearsing for the Thursford Christmas Spectacular 2019. Picture: THURSFORD

A silk dancer rehearsing for the Thursford Christmas Spectacular 2019. Picture: THURSFORD - Credit: Archant

This year's show has a production budget of £2m and will feature a new lighting installation. Organisers are hoping it will be Thursford's biggest and best-ever season.

Royer and Emelie rehearsing for the Thursford Christmas Spectacular 2019. Picture: THURSFORD

Royer and Emelie rehearsing for the Thursford Christmas Spectacular 2019. Picture: THURSFORD - Credit: Archant

Steve Hewlett and dancers in costume for the Thursford Christmas Spectacular 2019. Picture: THURSFOR

Steve Hewlett and dancers in costume for the Thursford Christmas Spectacular 2019. Picture: THURSFORD - Credit: Archant

A 'masquerade' number will be part of the Thursford Christmas Spectacular 2019. Picture: THURSFORD

A 'masquerade' number will be part of the Thursford Christmas Spectacular 2019. Picture: THURSFORD - Credit: Archant

A rock 'n' roll' number will be part of the Thursford Christmas Spectacular 2019. Picture: THURSFORD

A rock 'n' roll' number will be part of the Thursford Christmas Spectacular 2019. Picture: THURSFORD - Credit: Archant

A 'hoedown barn' number will be part of the Thursford Christmas Spectacular 2019. Picture: THURSFORD

A 'hoedown barn' number will be part of the Thursford Christmas Spectacular 2019. Picture: THURSFORD - Credit: Archant

The cast in costume for a Charlie Chaplain-themed routine as part of the Thursford Christmas Spectac

The cast in costume for a Charlie Chaplain-themed routine as part of the Thursford Christmas Spectacular 2019. Picture: THURSFORD - Credit: Archant


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