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Yesterday, 10:09
Robin KIngsland, Olivia Onyehara, Krissi Bohn, Pete Ashmore in Private Lives by Noel Coward at the Colchester Mercury

It is doubtful if Coward would like this version of the rather good play he dashed off in three days while suffering flu in Shanghai in the 1930s. Director Esther Richardson has set out to give it a more modern feel without interfering too much with the text and in this she has largely succeeded.

Red Rose Chain, A Midsummer Night's Dream in 2010

There’ll be no time to sleep, never mind perchance to dream for those taking part in Red Rose Chain’s 25-hour Shakespeareathon.

Tue, 14:15
Street performers entertained the public in Abbey Gardens over the weekend.

The Bury St Edmunds Festival remains in full swing this week, running from May 20-29.

Tue, 13:52
Sir Trevor Nunn with members of the New Wolsey's Young Company

An opportunity has arisen for young actors to appear in Sir Trevor Nunn’s A Mid-Summer Night’s Dream at the New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich.

Mon, 19:00
Felixstowe Musical Theatre rehearse for this week's variety show

Felixstowe Musical Theatre turn 50 this year and invite you to join in the celebrations.

Thursday, May 19, 2016
Sally Morgan

Rapidly becoming our annual date, my (eldest) teenage daughter and I were looking forward to our return visit to see Sally - and yet again, we were not disappointed.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016
James and the Giant Peach, a fun family show for youngsters and the young at heart, which is at the New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Roald Dahl knew exactly what entertained, not only the young, but also the young at heart and this latest stage adaptation of his one of his most memorable works is just the ticket for family audiences.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016
The Mercury Theatre, Colchester.

Multi-million pound proposals to redevelop the Mercury Theatre in Colchester have been boosted after Essex County Council (ECC) pledged to invest £1 million.

Friday, May 13, 2016
Miles Jupp host of The News Quiz

Top class comedy came to the Ipswich Corn Exchange last night - and you can hear it all on BBC Radio 4 tonight.

Art & books

11:15
Walberswick artist Kate Felton's portrait of the Southwold town crier, John Barber, made the long list of a prestigious national competition

He is already a familiar sight among seaside residents and visiting tourists – but now a Suffolk town crier has been immortalised by an acclaimed portrait artist.

08:56
Some of the PhotoEast exhibition on the Ipswich Waterfront

Celebrations were enjoyed on Ipswich waterfront as the inaugural PhotoEast Festival was officially launched.

Wed, 10:27
Ipswich Town have signed up for the 'Pigs Gone Wild' event. Lee Hyde (left), Neil Hawes and Rosie Richardson are pictured with the pig.

With a bolt through his neck, a ripped black suit and a green tinge to his skin, Frankenswine looks just like the fictional character that inspired his design.

Tue, 17:00
John Williams has decided to carve a tree stump on Eastgate Street in Bury St Edmunds.

Not many people would give up 200 hours of their life and ten weeks of work free of charge, but that is exactly what one retired Suffolk teacher is doing after coming across an “ugly” tree stump near his house.

Tue, 16:00
Cellists Jonathan Evans, Katherine Joyson and Nick Parry rehearse at Browsers Bookshop in Woodbridge ahead of the appearance of author Veronica Henry with her new book, How to Find Love in a Bookshop.

A romantic novelist will bring the setting of her latest book to life when she visits a Suffolk town next month.

Mon, 21:20
Lois Cordelia painting Pig-Geswyk for the Pigs Gone Wild art trail.

Hundreds people visited an artist as she decorated a pig sculpture with Ipswich’s best known landmarks.

Sunday, May 22, 2016
Twelve community groups have been chosen to recreate John Constable's Wivenhoe Park to mark its 200th anniversary.

Twelve community groups who will each recreate a section of a John Constable masterpiece to mark its 200th anniversary have been unveiled.

TV & films

Adam Green, appearing at Latitude this year

This year’s Latitude film and music arena line-up has been announced, featuring documentaries, discussions and first-see film screenings.

Wed, 15:06
A THAMES/SYCO TV PRODUCTION FOR ITV.  PICTURE SHOWS: RICHARD JONES

Colchester magician Richard Jones stunned judges on Britain’s Got Talent on Monday night, with his act securing him a place in Saturday’s final.

Some 14 years have passed since Jimmys Farm sprung to life. I spoke to farmer and TV star Jimmy Doherty about the highs, the lows and the importance of educating future generations about the food they eat. Photo: Lucy Taylor

Some 14 years have passed since Jimmy’s Farm sprung to life. Wayne Savage talks to the farmer and TV star about the highs, the lows and the importance of educating future generations about the food they eat.

Thursday, May 19, 2016
Sally Morgan

Rapidly becoming our annual date, my (eldest) teenage daughter and I were looking forward to our return visit to see Sally - and yet again, we were not disappointed.

Saturday, May 14, 2016
Ukraine's Jamala celebrates after learning that she advanced to the final during the second Eurovision Song Contest semifinal in Stockholm

Since Sandie Shaw sang barefoot and won the competition for the UK with Puppet on a String, Lynne Mortimer has been unable to ignore Eurovision... even if nobody votes for us nowadays. Brace yourself for a night of high camp

Friday, May 13, 2016
Anna Mercer, Leiston Long Shop museum curator takes a break from filming the BBC's Great British Railway Journeys with Michael Portillo

A well-known locomotive lover steamed into a Suffolk town for a whistle-stop tour of its famous engineering landmark.

Friday, May 13, 2016
Robert Birch holds the first item he purchased for his Only Fools and Horses collection.

Suffolk superfan Robert Birch, who could be the owner of the biggest collection of Only Fools and Horses memorabilia in the world, has picked his favourite moments from the show.

Music

Adam Green, appearing at Latitude this year

This year’s Latitude film and music arena line-up has been announced, featuring documentaries, discussions and first-see film screenings.

Wed, 18:44
Aaron Peart is competing in Britain's Got Talent

A proud Newmarket family are willing their son on to victory in the semi-final of Britain’s Got Talent on ITV

The Deben Collective, playing a pop-up performance in Pettaugh ahead of this year's PettaFiesta festival.

The Deben Collective will be calling on Pettaugh phone-box on bank holiday Monday for a pop-up performance announcing this year’s PettaFiesta line-up.

Mon, 23:27
Adam Ant on stage in the Word Arena at the Latitude Festival in 2011. Photograph: Simon Parker

I’m not an avid Adam Ant fan, so when I headed to his Kings of the Wild Frontier concert at the Ipswich Regent tonight I wasn’t sure what to expect.

Mon, 19:00
Felixstowe Musical Theatre rehearse for this week's variety show

Felixstowe Musical Theatre turn 50 this year and invite you to join in the celebrations.

Mon, 13:08
Adam Ant

Have you got tickets to see Adam Ant live in Ipswich tonight?

Sunday, May 22, 2016
Josh Lock at the first-ever Ipswich Weekender.

Internationally acclaimed DJs and live acts have drawn large crowds of music fans during a new music and arts festival for Ipswich over the weekend.

Days Out

13:38
The Sorcerer's Apprentice. Photo: David Tett

From half-term fun and open gardens to the Suffolk Show and air displays, there’s plenty to see and do in Suffolk during the school holidays.

16:01
A 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO outside Heveningham Hall. Picture: Cameron Maynard/Aperto Photos.

An 18th Century Suffolk mansion has announced plans to host a gathering of rare classic cars as part of celebrations marking the 20th anniversary of its annual country fair.

Watch the new equestrian challenge

There are just days to go until the gates open for the 2016 Suffolk Show, and with an action packed programme set to please visitors, organisers have shared their top 10 new things to enjoy at this year’s show:

Red Rose Chain, A Midsummer Night's Dream in 2010

There’ll be no time to sleep, never mind perchance to dream for those taking part in Red Rose Chain’s 25-hour Shakespeareathon.

Tue, 20:38
The Suffolk Show 2015 - 
The grand parade.

The Suffolk Show has been a regular fixture on the calendars of generations of families and as this year’s event approaches, we thought we would test your knowledge of shows past and present.

Tue, 11:01
Steam Punk Pig - Birketts entry for Pigs Gone Wild

Staff at Ipswich-based law firm Birketts are welcoming a new member to the team ahead of the Pigs Gone Wild art trail - Steam Punk Pig.

Some 14 years have passed since Jimmys Farm sprung to life. I spoke to farmer and TV star Jimmy Doherty about the highs, the lows and the importance of educating future generations about the food they eat. Photo: Lucy Taylor

Some 14 years have passed since Jimmy’s Farm sprung to life. Wayne Savage talks to the farmer and TV star about the highs, the lows and the importance of educating future generations about the food they eat.

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