THE second half of Clacton Arts and Literary Society's season kicks off later this month after a seven-week winter break.

Michael Law’s Piccadilly Dance Orchestra and special guests the Gatsby Girls dancers reopen the Monday night shows on January 16 as they rediscover the lost magical world of Broadway and Hollywood music from between the wars.

Food historian and Radio 4's The Kitchen Cabinet regular Dr Annie Gray brings her knowledge of centuries-old cockery traditions to the Princes Theatre the following week.

Other highlights include wildlife photographer and author Dr Michael Leach, whose 'Poles Apart' talk explores the fragile domains of polar bears, king penguins, snowy owls and elephant seals from opposite ends of the earth, and Rosie Ashe performing the legendary songs of Broadway great Ethel Merman in 'Call me Merman' .

Amanda Bryett details 'The perils and pleasure of a blue badge tourist guide', and The Jazz Repertory Company will perform '100 years of jazz in 99 minutes', featuring many favourite pieces.

National treasure and actor Christopher Biggins has appeared in many British television classics as well as being crowned King of the Jungle in I’m A Celebrity – Get Me Out Of Here and making the finals of Celebrity Masterchef 2014.

The curtain comes down on the season with Welsh baritone Anthony Stuart Lloyd, accompanied by pianist Alexander Abbott on March 6.

Tickets are available on the door to non members on the night of each show from 7.15pm, priced £10.