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Dame Joan Collins signs copies of her new book The St. Tropez Lonely Hearts Club at Selfridges in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday November 3, 2015. See PA story SHOWBIZ Collins. Photo credit should read: Lauren Hurley/PA Wire

British actress Joan Collins will bring a sparkle of Hollywood glamour to Bury St Edmunds in September as part of her much-anticipated Unscripted tour.

Thursday, February 4, 2016
left to right - Musical director Matthew Herbert, Composer Charlie Pittman

A group of talented performing arts students in Ipswich will be dreaming the dream and making a host of memories this summer as they debut a new musical.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016
The cast of Suzanne Hawkes's new Harry's Bar episode Down the Mississippi, which is being performed at the Orwell Hotel, Felixstowe, in February.

Harry’s Bar 7: Down The Mississippi

By Suzanne Hawkes

The Orwell Hotel, Felixstowe until Saturday February 6

Sunday, January 31, 2016
Louise Haynes with her son Finley along with Tina Parker and her daughter Amber ready for Reggie and Bollie at Ipswich Regent.

Hundreds of families sold out the Ipswich Regent to see X Factor finalists Reggie ‘n’ Bollie on Sunday.

Friday, January 29, 2016
A flea in her ear at West Suffolk college

A Fawlty Towers mood took over West Suffolk College on Wednesday night during a student performance of Georges Feydeau’s A Flea in her Ear.

Friday, January 29, 2016
Comedian Sean Lock heads to the Ipswich Regent this September. Photo: Contributed

Comedian Sean Lock brings his new tour, Keep It Light, to the Ipswich Regent later this year.

Thursday, January 28, 2016
Kate Winslet and Alan Rickman in the film A Little Chaos

The acting world and fans were shocked by acclaimed actor Alan Rickman’s death. Actress Mabel Clements, who recently appeared at Ipswich’s Sir John Mills Theatre and Woodbridge’s Seckford Theatre, shared her memories of working with him with entertainment writer Wayne Savage.

Thursday, January 28, 2016
The Duchess of Malfi, which is at the Theatre Royal, in Bury St Edmunds,this week.

Brotherly love is not something that is high on the list of priorities for one disfunctional and hateful family in this latest offering by the Bury Theatre Workshop.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Faith Prendergast plays music prodigy Morfydd Owen and Daniel Whiley is her husband in the dance theatre piece I Loved You and I Loved You which is being performed at DanceEast on Friday.

For multi-award-winning choreographer Sally Marie, dance is all about storytelling and communicating with an audience. Her company Sweetshop Revolution is all about presenting engaging work that will speak to audiences.

Art & books

Friday, February 5, 2016
Events such as Thursday's Harry Potter Night have helped libraries become a hub for the community

People in Suffolk are today being urged people to back their local library – or risk losing them.

Friday, February 5, 2016
Debut novelist and classics scholar, Emily Hauser returned to Woodbridge to launch her new book

A former Suffolk student revisited the town in which she grew up to launch her debut novel.

Thursday, February 4, 2016
The new local artwork at Ryans Insurance in Ipswich. Artist, Richard Wendt (centre right) and Tim Larke (Director) are pictured with staff.

An Ipswich-based graphic designer has captured landmarks of Suffolk in a piece of artwork for a town centre firm.

Monday, February 1, 2016
An original Clanger, pictured in Peter Firmin's house

And if the phrase ‘Pugh, Pugh, Barney McGrew, Cuthbert, Dibble, Grub’ gives you a warm glow, you’re part of my club.

Sunday, January 31, 2016
Beach flame-barrage tests were carried out by the British military to combat invasion attempts

But the military DID try to set fire to the sea at Orford, says historian

Friday, January 29, 2016
Ex West Suffolk College student Alex Unsworth who recently worked on the latest Star Wars film is revisiting his old college to speak to students.

At just 20-years-old, former West Suffolk College arts student Alex Unsworth has an impressive CV, having recently landed a job designing sets for a horror film after learning his trade on the latest Star Wars movie.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016
John Constable painting of Wivenhoe House

Wivenhoe House has launched a series of events marking the 200th anniversary of a John Constable painting of the building.

TV & films

Then and Now: The cast of the new Dad's Army film starring Toby Jones, Bill Nighy, Tom Courtenay, Bill Paterson, Michael Gambon, Blake Harrison and Daniel Mays

Dad’s Army has always had a special place in the hearts of East Anglian viewers. David Croft, the co-writer and creator of the classic TV series, lived in Honington, near Bury St Edmunds, while much of the location filming was done in and around Thetford. We have always claimed Dad’s Army as part of Suffolk’s cultural heritage, so we were always going to have a keen interest in the new big screen version of the film. So what’s it like?

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The Riverside, Woodbridge.

Neil McGlone has pulled off quite a coup. He has utilised his impressive list of Hollywood contacts from working in the film industry and put together a programme of events for the Riverside in Woodbridge, which will kick off with a talk from multi-award winning director Mike Leigh.

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Local film professionals shooting the film From Suffolk With Love which is designed to attract film units to Suffolk and to make Suffolk a better place for film companies to work.

From Suffolk With Love is a new romantic comedy, a movie written, shot on location and starring people from Suffolk. It’s designed to be the county’s calling card to the film world. Arts editor Andrew Clarke spoke to its producers Julien Mery and Matthew McGuchan

Friday, February 5, 2016
Stowmarket's Regal Theatre is premiering Dad's Army. In conjunction with the cinemas 80th Birthday.

A Suffolk town’s theatre and cinema kicked off its 80th birthday celebrations in style with a sell-out premiere screening of star-studded film Dad’s Army.

Monday, February 1, 2016
An original Clanger, pictured in Peter Firmin's house

And if the phrase ‘Pugh, Pugh, Barney McGrew, Cuthbert, Dibble, Grub’ gives you a warm glow, you’re part of my club.

Friday, January 29, 2016
Ex West Suffolk College student Alex Unsworth who recently worked on the latest Star Wars film is revisiting his old college to speak to students.

At just 20-years-old, former West Suffolk College arts student Alex Unsworth has an impressive CV, having recently landed a job designing sets for a horror film after learning his trade on the latest Star Wars movie.

Friday, January 29, 2016
Comedian Sean Lock heads to the Ipswich Regent this September. Photo: Contributed

Comedian Sean Lock brings his new tour, Keep It Light, to the Ipswich Regent later this year.

Music

Ed Sheeran donated a prize for the EACH/Sir Bobby auction

The 24-year-old ranks second in the list, released today.

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Photo of Holywells Park, taken by drone pilot David Mortimer

A series of three weekend-long music events are set to be staged in Ipswich this year – each conceived by the organiser of a town-wide annual arts festival in Woodbridge.

Friday, February 5, 2016
DJ Maseo at Pump & Grind

Proving that music can span the age divide, there was a diverse crowd at Pump & Grind on Thursday night as they hosted De La Soul’s DJ Maseo.

Friday, February 5, 2016
Remi Morrison is pictured at Pump and Grind in Ipswich.

Another week of great music and events is upon us and Remi Morrison brings you a round up of what is happening in Ipswich over the next few days.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016
The audience in front of the main stage at The Colchester Free Festival enjoy the early sunshine on Saturday in Castle Park.

A free music festival which drew tens of thousands of people to Colchester last year will not be going ahead this year.

Monday, February 1, 2016
Busted - James Bourne, Matt Willis and Charlie Simpson

Busted fans are finally getting their wish with Woodbridge’s Charlie Simpson joining his original band-mates for their first tour together in more than a decade - including a performance at Newmarket Nights.

Sunday, January 31, 2016
Louise Haynes with her son Finley along with Tina Parker and her daughter Amber ready for Reggie and Bollie at Ipswich Regent.

Hundreds of families sold out the Ipswich Regent to see X Factor finalists Reggie ‘n’ Bollie on Sunday.

Days Out

Nitro Circus in action. Photo: Mark Watson

Strap in Ipswich, you’re in for a wild ride when Travis Pastrana’s world famous Nitro Circus Live lands at Foxhall Stadium this summer.

Nitro Circus in action. Photo: Mark Watson

What a breathtaking show. At least I think it was, I watched parts of it peering through my fingers.

Friday, February 5, 2016
Storymaker

This weekend is set to be cold and overcast, with just a hint of sun on Sunday - making it difficult to entertain young children.

Saturday, January 30, 2016
Visitors to Ickworth House on New Years Day.

Stories of those connected to the Ickworth Estate during the First World War will now be told thanks to a £10,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Friday, January 29, 2016
016 Garden Bird Watch 4~1

From Big Garden Bird Watch days out to birthday parties, there is plenty to keep the children busy in Ipswich and elsewhere in Suffolk this weekend.

Friday, January 22, 2016
Centre Stage Company present Rapunzel. Photos: Andy Mayes / Idyllic Imagery

For more days out suggestions, see our packed Event guide in the paper every Friday or check out @WhatsonWayne on Twitter.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016
Omid Djalili

It’s a new year, full of new shows at Haverhill Arts Centre this spring. Entertainment writer Wayne Savage looks at some of the highlights.

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