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Nearly 14,000 people flocked to the Felixstowe Spa Pavilion during the first three months of its re-opening. Photo: Su Anderson

The new owners of Felixstowe’s Spa Pavilion are celebrating after it was revealed thousands have flocked to see shows at the recently re-opened venue.

Catherine Tate as Nan, one of many popular characters she's bringing to the Ipswich Regent this November.

Award-winning comedian and actor Catherine Tate is bring her live tour to the Ipswich Regent this autumn.

Tue, 14:31
Gamer Dan TDM prepares for date at Ipswich Regent

YouTube personality ‘Dan TDM’ (Dan Middleton) has sold out two shows at The Ipswich Regent within days of going on sale.

Tue, 11:30
Jonny Fines as Rooster, Lesley Joseph as Miss Hannigan and Djalenga Scott as Lily in Annie. Photo: Paul Coltas

Performing to a full house on Monday’s opening night, the cast of Annie beamed a ray of sunshine down on their audience.

Mon, 06:00
Mara Galeazzi & Gary Avis in Onegin 

Onegin, The Royal Ballet
The Royal Opera House
Choreography, John Cranko
Music, Pytor Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Designs, Jurgen Rose
Lighting, Steen Bjarke
Artist:

Royal Ballet star Gary Avis is fulfilling a life-long ambition by bringing an international gala event to his Suffolk home town.

Sunday, April 24, 2016
Lesley Joseph as Miss Hannigan in Annie, which runs from April 25-30 at the Ipswich Regent. Photo: Paul Coltas

Annie and Birds of a Feather star Lesley Joseph talks to entertainment writer Wayne Savage about roles for older women, trying to find something likeable about Miss Hannigan - and why playing the villain is always more fun.

Thursday, April 21, 2016
Victoria Wood speaking to arts editor Andrew Clarke

Victoria Wood was frequently described as a national treasure, one of the great performers who seemingly could turn her hand to anything. Arts editor Andrew Clarke remembers a frank interview he had with the star in 2007.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Graeme Brookes, Kerry Bennett, Alastair Whatley in Invincible by Torben Betts at the New Wolsey Theatre

What’s the recipe for an exceptionally good night out at the theatre? The following ingredients are essential - a play which is entertaining, thought-provoking and has a heart.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Oliver Ward as Sweeney Todd in the New Wolsey Young Company's production of Sweeney Todd by Stephen Sondheim.


Photo Credit: Richard Davenport. richard@rwdavenport.co.uk. 07545642134

Sweeney Todd is often regarded as, not only, Stephen Sondheim’s masterwork, but also, quite rightly, as one of the greatest pieces of musical theatre ever written. So it’s a huge challenge for a group of student actors to tackle this most ambitious and demanding of shows.

Art & books

Thu, 10:00
Eastern Exposure: Piano Transplant #4 that is anchored in the sea in Harwich as part of the 2013 Harwich Festival of the Arts . Director Diana Burrell and artist Annea Lockwood wade with art.

A much-loved arts festival looks set to continue after three councils agreed funding of £13,000 towards a part-time administrator for another year.

Wed, 12:06
Gainsborough's House print workshop members are getting ready for next month's exhibition.

Etchings, wood-cuts, lino-cuts and screen prints will go on display in Sudbury early next month.

Mon, 16:19
Art for Cure 2016 will be held at Glemham Hall this year, with a sculpture park set within the grounds of the hall. One of the organisers Sally Ball with Rick Kirby's The Soaring Figure

The impressive grounds and managed gardens of Glemham Hall, near Saxmundham, are the setting for a spectacular sculpture park and art exhibition next weekend which is being staged to raise funds for Suffolk-based cancer charities.

Mon, 15:59
Ranulph Fiennes one of the speakers at  BooksEast, the new literary festival being held in Ipswich in May

Suffolk gets a new books festival this summer which aims to bring the excitement of words, ideas and storytelling to the widest group of people possible.

Abimaro Gunnell in Orla and the Sun, part of this year's Storm of Stories festival

Myth, legend, folk and fairy tales will be brought to life at Wonderful Beast’s third Storm of Stories festival. Entertainment writer Wayne Savage found out more.

Friday, April 22, 2016
Ruth Purchase, Jack Stephenson (centre) and Stephen Hicklin with the exhibition of wood engraving prints by the late Linda Holmes at the Ephemeral Gallery, in Saxmundham, with proceeds from sales contributing to repair Cratfield church roof after lead thives struck

Captivating narrative scenes printed from wood engravings by a Suffolk artist have gone on display at a Saxmundham gallery.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Tally-Ho Trotters, the Pigs Gone Wild mascot, visits Christchurch Mansion.

Christchurch Mansion played host to an unusual visitor this week as the Pigs Gone Wild mascot took a snout around the artworks on display.

TV & films

Fri, 10:11
Artist's impression of new Curzon cinema in Queen Street, Colchester

Arthouse cinema chain Curzon has submitted a planning application for Roman House in Colchester.

Catherine Tate as Nan, one of many popular characters she's bringing to the Ipswich Regent this November.

Award-winning comedian and actor Catherine Tate is bring her live tour to the Ipswich Regent this autumn.

Mon, 19:00
The Electric Palace  in Harwich - Chris Strachan

Harwich’s Electric Palace Theatre has been given the all-clear to show an unclassified film in a rare move by Tendring District Council.

Sunday, April 24, 2016
Lesley Joseph as Miss Hannigan in Annie, which runs from April 25-30 at the Ipswich Regent. Photo: Paul Coltas

Annie and Birds of a Feather star Lesley Joseph talks to entertainment writer Wayne Savage about roles for older women, trying to find something likeable about Miss Hannigan - and why playing the villain is always more fun.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016
X Factor winner Ben Haenow. He plays the Ipswich Regent on April 20.

Ben Haenow is very open and level-headed about life after winning The X Factor.

Monday, April 18, 2016
Natalia Tena of Molotov Jukebox. Photo: Drew Cox

Entertainment writer Wayne Savage talks to Game of Thrones and Harry Potter actress Natalia Tena about her new tour with the band Molotov Jukebox. If you’re hoping for news of Jon Snow, you’re out of luck.

Monday, April 11, 2016
Ruby Wax and Sophia Norris outside Pocket Watch and Petticoats in St John's Street, Bury St Edmunds

After being frazzled at the Apex, comedian Ruby Wax relaxed the following day by taking a stroll around Bury St Edmunds.

Music

Joe Stilgoe, headlining this year's Ipswich School Festival of Music. Photo: Prasanna Puwanarajah

Hailed Britain’s very own Harry Connick Jr, Joe Stilgoe makes a welcome return to the Ipswich School Festival of Music this year.

Thu, 19:00
Keith Sadler at his home in Stowmarket.

A singer-songwriter from Suffolk whose life turned in a different direction due to health problems has released an album.

Wed, 17:49
The LeeStock music festival at Melford Hall in Long Melford in memory of Lee Dunford. The Big Alabama on stage.

Teams are gearing up for a charity football match in memory of a young Sudbury musician who died in 2006 after a brave battle with cancer.

Tue, 13:43
Volunteers and participants from Headway dress up at the Ipswich May Day Festival in Alexandra Park last year.

Organisers have promised to deliver a day of fun for the whole family at this year’s Ipswich May Day Festival.

Tue, 11:42
Big Girls Don't Cry at the Ipswich Regent

The critically acclaimed stage show featuring the music of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons has been working it’s way back to you across the UK.

Thursday, April 21, 2016
Prince in performance August, 12 1986.

Rock and pop star Prince has died at his home in Minneapolis, according to his publicist.

Thursday, April 21, 2016
Singer-songwriter Newton Faulkner

It had been seven years since I had last seen Newton Faulkner in Ipswich, when he was touring his second album Rebuilt By Humans.

Days Out

Fri, 18:14
Medieval Mayhem at Framlingham Castle. Photo: Nigel Wallace-Iles

From medieval mayhem and country shows to classic vehicles and hip hop, there’s lots to enjoy this long weekend. F

Wed, 17:45
The Mid and West Suffolk Show at Stonham Barns, Stonham Aspal. Father and son, Kevin and Alan Havelock with their root cutter.

An annual show returns to Suffolk this weekend.

Tue, 07:55
Red Arrows at Clacton Airshow

A twin engine turboprop monoplane which last appeared at an Essex air show four years ago is making a comeback.

Abimaro Gunnell in Orla and the Sun, part of this year's Storm of Stories festival

Myth, legend, folk and fairy tales will be brought to life at Wonderful Beast’s third Storm of Stories festival. Entertainment writer Wayne Savage found out more.

Sunday, April 24, 2016
The St George's Day Bike Show at the Bell Inn, Kesgrave.

The 2016 bikers’ season roared into life yesterday with the first major event on the calendar in Kesgrave.

Friday, April 22, 2016
A Harley Davidson gleems in the light at the St George's Day Bike Show held at the Bell Inn, Kesgrave, last year.

Ipswich Witches fans will get a chance to meet their favourite riders this weekend, as members of the team will be on hand at the annual St George’s Day Charity Bike Meet.

Friday, April 22, 2016
Rolls-Royce Alpine Centenary Ghost at the 20 Ghost Club Alpine Trials, Stelvio Pass. Italy. 20 June 2013, part of Kersey Mill's first Drive It Day organised by Bob and Marie Gathercote. photo: James Lipman

From theatre performance to to bird watching and fairs to exhibitions, here is what’s going on in East Anglia this weekend.

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