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Yesterday, 10:34

A lot of good drama is ignored because it’s judged not to be “as good” as Shakespeare says Robert Crighton. Entertainment writer Wayne Savage finds out more about this and more forthcoming theatre.

Thu, 23:16
Oysters by Ivan Cutting, the 2015 spring tour by Eastern Angles.L-R: Hephzibah Roe, Terry Frisch & Jeannie Dickinson

Oysters come with a reputation and so does touring theatre company Eastern Angles. Under the guiding hand of founder, director and occasional writer Ivan Cutting this innovative company have developed a well-deserved reputation for bringing drama with a local flavour to village halls and community centres across Suffolk and the region.

Thu, 18:50
Red Rose Chain stage Different Buttons. Photo: Bill Jackson

Originally written to mark the closure of Ipswich’s St Clement’s Hospital, this isn’t an easy watch but when the theatre falls dark you can’t help but feel a spark of hope.

Thu, 14:35
015 Cambridge Arts Theatre Trust 18

This is an extraordinary stage adaptation of a brilliant novel.

Thu, 12:24
Front – Cllr Geoff Holdcroft (left) with NRG Theatres’ chief executive, Ray Anderson, watched by (back – left to right) with NRG Theatres’ artist director, Vince Rayner, Cllr Andy Smith and Suffolk Coastal’s Leader, Cllr Ray Herring.

Photo: Paul Nixon

Theatre boss Ray Anderson accepts it will be a tough challenge to turn Felixstowe’s Spa Pavilion into a success but is determined to bring back the big names to the resort.

Thu, 07:55
The rousing production of Hairspray, on stage at the Theatre Royal, in Bury St Edmunds, with the Irving Stage Company.

It’s got colour, glamour, fabulous foot-tapping tunes .. and a plethora of talent.

Wed, 18:07
Dean Gould, centre, was joined by cast members from The Full Monty at the Regent Theatre Louis Emerick, Martin Miller, and Andrew Dunn.

“Dexterous Dean” Gould took centre stage as he broke two world records in front of actors from the Regent Theatre’s Full Monty Show.

Wed, 11:00
The cast of The History Boys which is being staged at The New Wolsey Theatre

Alan Bennett’s 2004 comedy The History Boys was recently declared The Nation’s Favourite Play by UK theatregoers and it’s easy to see why.

Tue, 17:00
Sarah Millican is returning to the Ipswich Regent next March

Comedian Sarah Millican returns to the Ipswich Regent next year with new tour Outsider.

Art & books


A television antiques expert has appealed for help rebuilding his eco-friendly arts centre in Suffolk after a major blaze destroyed the historic sawmill that was to be its showroom and workshops.

Latitude Festival, at the Henham Estate near Southwold

Suffolk poet Luke Wright has seen the Latitude festival grow from a modest boutique gathering in 2006 to one of Britain’s biggest music and arts events.

Claire Parker in The Big Painting Challenge. Photo: BBC/Dan Prince

The moment of truth looms for Claire Parker – the youngest finalist in the BBC’s Big Painting Challenge. She tells Steven Russell about the year that’s made her stronger… and being mistaken for a cartoon character

Yesterday, 15:20
Charles on the campaign trail

The trouble with Charles Michell’s book, a ‘jumble of thoughts for dipping into’, is that it reminds you how mundane your own life has been. STEVEN RUSSELL reads it, and vows to have more fun from now on

Yesterday, 01:56
Author Kate Worsley at Harwich.

Six books with the flavour of East Anglia running through them like sticks of seaside rock have been announced as the finalists in the 2015 New Angle Prize for Literature.

TV & films

The moment of truth looms for Claire Parker – the youngest finalist in the BBC’s Big Painting Challenge. She tells Steven Russell about the year that’s made her stronger… and being mistaken for a cartoon character

Wed, 23:55
Phillip Schofield during filming for Alan Carr's Chatty Man Christmas special.
Pic: PA

It’s very hard being a bit mean about someone who seems to be genuinely nice, but maybe it’s time that ITV lightened Phillip Schofield’s workload.

Wed, 13:25

Second World War diarist Anne Frank once wrote: “I still believe, in spite of everything, that people are truly good at heart.”

Tue, 13:42
The Pump Street Bakery in Orford received a mention from  local director Mat Kirkby at the Oscars during his acceptance speech.Jo Brennan at the bakery.

An Oscar winning film writer has returned to the Suffolk cafe that he referenced in his acceptance speech – and brought his statuette along with him!


Yesterday, 17:34

The Charlatans are among the latest names added to this year’s V Festival.

Wed, 12:30
David Owen Norris, one of Britain’s most versatile and enterprising pianists, noted for his radio and TV appearances, is to play in Lavenham this weekend

One of the UK’s most versatile and enterprising pianists, noted for his radio and TV appearances, is to perform in Lavenham this weekend.

Wed, 11:34
Kate Jackson

The musical line-up has been announced for this year’s Bury St Edmunds Fringe Festival.

Tue, 14:00
Making music: nine primary schools from the Bury Schools Partnership taking part in the BBC Ten Pieces initiative at the Apex in Bury St Edmunds.

A sea of children filled the Apex arts venue in Bury St Edmunds yesterday as they came together for a mass orchestral performance.

Days Out

Wed, 19:30

One of Suffolk’s best-loved attractions, the award-winning Leiston Long Shop Museum will be reopening for the season this weekend in style – with an action-packed steam and activity day.

Wed, 13:00
Andy Basham, of Coppice Designs, makes Ash tent pegs at the Weird and Wonderful Wood in Wetherden on Sunday, 18 May.

A celebration of all aspects of woodwork is returning to Suffolk in May.

Tue, 15:05
From left; attendant Lauren Baker, princess Rosa Stocker and attendant Ezmai Elmer

The princess and her two attendants for an annual Suffolk fayre have been chosen.

Tue, 14:49


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One “last hurrah” for RAF Mildenhall could see the famed air show return, with hopes it will strengthen ties between the US Air Force and the community.

Friday, March 20, 2015
Meet experts from the world of wedding dresses including Claire Evans from Lavender and Jude,

The EADT is pleased to announce its second wedding show at Seckford Hall, taking place this Sunday, March 22 between 11am and 4pm.

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