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Samantha Robinson and Dougal Lee in Willy Russell's modern classic Educating Rita which is currently playing at The Mercury Theatre, Colchester

Review: Educating Rita by Willy Russell at Colchester Mercury until March 14.

This is Russell’s piece de resistance in which he brings together two very unlikely, very different people in a brilliant situation which is a laugh a minute.

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Reeves and Mortimer are heading on tour for the first time since 1995. They're at the Ipswich Regent December 2.

Ipswich Regent hosts Reeves and Mortimer’s first tour in 20 years

Back on tour for the first time since 1995, Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer are coming to the Ipswich Regent December 2

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Robert Gill (Frank), Thomas Pickles (Alan) in Sign of the Times

Review: Sign Of The Times, by Tim Firth, New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich, February 24 2015

Two men meet on a roof and at first glance they have nothing at all in common other than their job at a commercial lettering factory. One is Frank (Robert Gill), a man who has played it by the book for over thirty years while harbouring an apparently hopeless desire to become a novelist. The other is sixteen year old trainee Alan (Thomas Pickles) whose interests appear limited to his band Lizard and iPod. Frank gives a disinterested Alan the benefit of his considerable experience as Head of Installation at Forshaws and how it is ‘in life’ generally.

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The Big Painting Challenge contestants Claire Parker, Anne Blankson-Hemans, Melvyn Flint, Alison Stafford, Richard Salter, Paul Bell, Amy Goldring, Anthea Lay, Heather Harding and Jan Szymczuk with Una Stubbs and Richard Bacon. Photos: BBC / Dan Prince

What’s on Wayne: Back to the drawing board for The Big Painting Challenge

Whoever came up with The Big Painting Challenge needs to go back to the drawing board. Clearly trying to cash in on the success of Sky Arts’ Portrait Artist of the Year, this was the sort of cheap knock-off Lovejoy’s Charlie Gimbert may’ve had laying around.

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David Tennant and Olivia Colman in Broadchurch, series two.
Pic:  ITV/Kudos.

Unmissable: Why I’ve switched off from Broadchurch - I’ve had enough of David Tennant’s misery

Episode three of Broadchurch is coming on ITV at 9pm on Monday, but I can’t be alone in switching off from this one, writes Elliot Furniss.

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A still from the new Paddington movie which has proved a hit with audiences of all ages.

Private Viewing: Using the arts to bridge the generation gap will benefit us all

There’s nothing like watching a film with an audience. Arts editor Andrew Clarke thinks that it’s time for the generations to mix

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Bury Stagecoach performance raising money for St John's Church in Bury.

Gallery: Stagecoach performers from Bury St Edmunds and Stowmarket put on music hall and variety show

Old time musical favourites have been brought to the stage by a group of young performers and their mentors.

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Cambridgeshire singer Sam Smith who will be performing this summer at Thetford Forest

Brit Award winner Sam Smith to play Thetford Forest on Friday, July 3

Brit Award winning singer Sam Smith is the latest artist to be confirmed for the Forest Live series of summer concerts held at High Lodge, Thetford Forest.

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Royal Marines Corps of Drums

Review: Versatile and talented Royal Marines thrill the audience at the Regent Theatre, in Ipswich

The talent and versatility of the Royal Marines Band service came to the fore at the Regent Theatre, last night, in a concert full of diverse music, superb soloists and all conjured up with a mix of fun and fabulous entertainment.

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