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Wed, 13:47
Fiona Hampton as Titania, Michelle Bishop and the Fairy Chorus in Sir Trevor Nunn's A Midsummer Night's Dream at the New Wolsey Theatre

One of the joys of watching Shakespeare on stage is the opportunity to marvel at the innovative ways his plays can be re-interpreted. Providing you pay attention to the text then the options would appear to be endless.

Tue, 12:00
Sir Trevor Nunn talks about his new production of

Suffolk-born theatre legend Sir Trevor Nunn realises a lifelong ambition when he opens A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the New Wolsey Theatre tonight. In an exclusive interview, he tells arts editor Andrew Clarke about the joys of coming home

Saturday, June 18, 2016
Bill Bailey

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It was an evening of belly-laughs and aching faces from smiling so much as Bill Bailey brought his Limboland tour to the Ipswich Regent.

Friday, June 17, 2016
Comedian Bill Bailey headlines Latitude Festival's comedy arena this year

A shake-up of Latitude’s traffic plan has been revealed by festival founder Melvin Benn, who described last year’s situation as “nothing short of a disaster”.

Thursday, June 16, 2016
Roger Ranson is looking for people who would've appeared alongside him in Sir Trevor Nunn's Northgate Grammar School production of Hamlet in the late 1950s. Photo: Sylvaine Poitau

Were you part of a young Trevor Nunn’s Northgate Grammar School production of Hamlet in the late 1950s? If so Roger Ranson and the New Wolsey wants to hear from you.

Thursday, June 16, 2016
Laurie Bertram as Rusty the steam engine dreams of winning with Amber Bourne-Williams as Pearl, Emily Leech as Dinah, Ella Page as Duvay, Mia Fisk as Buffy in the Co-op Juniors Theatre Company's production of Starlight Express. Photo: Mike Kwasniak

If you’re still debating whether to get tickets you’d better get your skates on. When word spreads how good it is they will be flying out faster than Greaseball in his prime.

Monday, June 13, 2016
Eddie Izzard at the University of Essex. Photo: Dave Higgleton

A comedy legend brought a serious message at a EU referendum talk at the University of Essex this afternoon.

Saturday, June 11, 2016
Once Upon A Festival show Tiddler and Other Tales

Need help keeping the kids entertained? Event looks at this year’s Once Upon a Festival, running June 12-26.

Thursday, June 9, 2016
Southwold Arts Festival welcomes Lucy Worlsey. Photo: Silver Ring

Billed as stronger and more diverse than ever before, this year’s Southwold Arts Festival is almost upon us.

Art & books

Yesterday, 14:27
Pigs Gone Wild Project Manager Norman Lloyd and Head of Property for the East of England Cooperative Stuart McDonald try to round up the pigs escaping the warehouse.

If you go down to Ipswich tomorrow, you are sure of a big surprise.

Thu, 17:16
Print of Emily's Cat, by Peter Firmin

A collection of prints by the creator of Bagpuss will go on display in Harwich later this month.

Tue, 17:56
Portrait of Queen Elizbaeth II by Richard Stone, which sold for £24,000 at auction

A royal portrait painter from West Bergholt saw a new record sale price for one his works of art at auction today.

Friday, June 17, 2016
Major Tim Pig is raised in the air to

Tomorrow the world will be watching as Tim Peake and his crew mates land in Kazakhstan but today all eyes were on a different astronaut.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Ipswich-born author, Tom Tawell, has teamed up with The Bumblebee Childrens Charity for the release of his debut book, Runaway Toes.

A former teacher has left schooling to pursue his life-long dream of writing a children’s book that will both inspire and educate young readers.

Monday, June 13, 2016
Pigs Gone Wild photo shoot in with photographer Mark Bailey
. Pretty Penny is pictured with Sam Catling and Jack Nicholl ,of St Elizabeth Hospice. Photo: Lucy Taylor

Nearly 70 pigs trotted the pigwalk to have their photos taken for this summer’s charity sculpture trail Pigs Gone Wild.

Saturday, June 11, 2016
Once Upon A Festival show Tiddler and Other Tales

Need help keeping the kids entertained? Event looks at this year’s Once Upon a Festival, running June 12-26.

TV & films

Friday, June 17, 2016
Comedian Bill Bailey headlines Latitude Festival's comedy arena this year

A shake-up of Latitude’s traffic plan has been revealed by festival founder Melvin Benn, who described last year’s situation as “nothing short of a disaster”.

Saturday, June 11, 2016
Ghost Busters (1984).

We are marking 34 years since the release of Spielberg’s movie classic ‘E.T. Extra Terrestrial’ with some E.T. film trivia and a fun 80s movie quiz to test your knowledge.

Monday, June 6, 2016
Colchester based organisation Enable East's Extraordinary People project is featuring in BBC2's Horizon programme on Tuesday

A Colchester organisation is featuring in an episode of BBC Horizon tomorrow following its research into the possible reasons behind obesity.

Saturday, June 4, 2016
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Actress and eco- interior designer, Alexandra boyd
Pic Lucy Taylor

Film director Alexandra Boyd and her `love letter to Suffolk’

Saturday, May 28, 2016
Meeting organised by the Institute of Directors about Suffolks burgeoning film industry. Julien Mery, co-founder of Livid Films and director of Film Suffolk, discussed how the creative community in Suffolk is putting the county on the UK and worlds creative industry map. L-R Sarah Brown, Graham Kill, Julien Mery and Old Jet's Jesse Quin.

A group of executives got to see the creative side of Suffolk’s economy at one of the county’s most popular filmmaking locations.

Thursday, May 26, 2016
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.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

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.


17 minutes ago
Lionel Richie on stage in Colchester

“What the hell is this? You call this a summer evening? Welcome to Cold-chester!”

Thu, 12:12
Lionel Richie performing on The Pyramid Stage during the Glastonbury Festival 2015. Photo credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Lionel Richie will say hello to a sold out crowd in Colchester on Saturday, June 25 as he brings his ‘All Hits Tour’ to the Weston Homes Community Stadium.

Thu, 11:18
The ELO Experience

The ELO Experience offered fans just that and rarely have I seen an audience more thrilled with a performance.

Wed, 17:20
Les Siecles, part of this year's Aldeburgh Festival

In their second appearance at this year’s festival Les Siecles and their conductor, Francois Xavier-Roth, paired two ostensibly contrasting composers – JS Bach and Steve Reich. As in all good concert planning, however, links are pointed up and illuminated, as happened here.

Wed, 17:19
Blythburgh Church played host to the Choir of Kings College as part of the Aldeburgh Festival

One of music’s most reliable pleasures is to hear the choir of King’s College, Cambridge sing. Add the superb setting of Blythburgh Church to a sunny afternoon and the stage is perfectly set.

Wed, 16:30
Catalogue d'Oiseaux at RSPB Minsmere part of this year's Aldeburgh Festival

For many reasons this was an exceptional day, not least because it started at dawn and finished at midnight, all to the sounds of birdsong. Birdsong had always fascinated Olivier Messiaen and in Catalogues d’Oiseaux (so much more than a mere catalogue) he created a musical canvas of 77 species of bird within 13 pieces and lasting 150 minutes. Pierre-Laurent Aimard’s performances of Messiaen are unparalleled, in part because he was a pupil of the pianist Yvonne Loriod, whose brilliant pianistic technique helped extend Messiaen’s creative boundaries and who eventually married the composer after the death of his first wife.

Wed, 16:04
Illuminations with soprano Sarah Tynan and nine circus performers provides a spectacular premiere to open this year's Aldeburgh Festival

Struan Leslie’s production of Illuminations is a breath-taking carnival of circus, aerial artists and music.

Days Out

Yesterday, 16:00
Crowds enjoyed the sunshine at Ipswich Music Day 2015 in Christchurch Park.
Stetsons are Cool got the crowd dancing.

From live music and open air cinemas to art, sport and stunt displays, Ipswich has a packed programme of family fun lined up this summer.

Sunday, June 19, 2016
Brightlingsea Open Air Pool

Brightlingsea’s open air swimming pool is set to open up this summer once vital repairs have been carried out, it has been revealed.

Saturday, June 18, 2016
Paying tribute to Bob Marley

Some of the best tribute acts across the land descend on Ipswich’s Holywells Park this weekend. Entertainment writer Wayne Savage spoke to organiser Danny Banthorpe.

Thursday, June 16, 2016
Nitro Circus Live. Photo: Mark Watson

Nitro Circus’ riders may be fearless, a little crazy even. While every precaution is taken to protect his “kids”, CEO Mike Porra knows the worst can happen in a heartbeat. He talks to entertainment writer Wayne Savage.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Karl Lankester as Greaseball, Amber Bourne-Williams as Pearl, Holly Metcalfe as Electra and Laurie Bertram as Rusty with the cast of Starlight Express, staged by the Co-op Juniors Theatre Company. Photo: Mike Kwasniak

Staging Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Starlight Express would be a stretch for any youth group, never mind the added challenge of building a theatre in a gigantic aircraft hangar once used for testing jet engines and the fact many of the Co-op Juniors Theatre Company’s cast haven’t skated before.

Saturday, June 11, 2016
Haverhill Festival's Once Upon a Time There Were Four Little Rabbits

From opera and hypnotism to film and children’s shows, this year’s Haverhill Festival kicks off this week. Event looks at some of the highlights.

Friday, June 10, 2016
Once Upon a Festival show Graffiti Classics

Family storytelling, rural pastimes and art trails, there’s plenty to see and do in Suffolk and beyond this weekend - and here we bring you a round up of family days out.

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