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Matinee performance to go ahead at fire-hit theatre

Fire engine outside the Theatre Royal in Norwich
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A theatre said its matinee performance will go ahead following a blaze in its kitchen this morning.

About 20 firefighters were called to the Theatre Royal in Norwich at about 07:00.

A theatre spokesman said the venue would reopen at 11:00 and the scheduled performance of Cinderella by the Russian State Ballet of Siberia would take place at 14:30.

He added it was not yet known how the fire started.

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