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Nigel Havers

Star of stage and screen Nigel Havers thas spoken of his love for Suffolk as he prepared for his latest show at the Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds

Thursday, August 18, 2016
Boxtree Productions' Scarlett Pimpernel at Hedingham Castle

They seek him here, they seek him there; but if you want to find The Scarlet Pimpernel he’s coming to Hedingham Castle.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016
Wind in the Willows, Colchester Mercury. Photos: Darren Bell

One of the great additions to the region’s theatrical life has been the advent of the Colchester Mercury’s summer family production. This is the perfect way to introduce youngsters to the joys of theatre but this isn’t a kids show – it’s a genuine family-friendly play which has plenty to offer audiences of all ages.

Sunday, August 14, 2016
Behind the scenes of Red Rose Chain's The Tempest. Photos: Wayne Savage

Ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes of Red Rose Chain’s Theatre in the Forest? Entertainment writer Wayne Savage decided to find out.

Saturday, August 13, 2016
Joe Pasquale, heading to the Felixstowe Spa Pavilion

Expect guest appearances from Spiderman, Velma from Scooby Doo and maybe a few dinosaurs, particularly a velociraptor named Vince when Joe Pasquale’s new tour One Man And His Bog comes to town.

Friday, August 12, 2016
Richard Wilson at Frinton Summer Theatre. Picture: Dave Carter

Top TV star Richard Wilson has been forced to pull out of the Frinton Summer Theatre’s Gala Night tomorrow after suffering a heart attack.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Flying the Nest play at Cox Park, Hadleigh. The event is aimed at 4-10 year olds and introduces them to ‘Hatchling College’, where they’ll learn all about native birds and how to be a good birder.

Youngsters sat in giant nests to watch an interactive show teaching them about birds.

Friday, August 5, 2016
Suki, the new Spa Pavilion mascot

The Spa Pavilion in Felixstowe has unveiled its new mascot – Suki the Spa Panda.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016
David Walliams's Gangsta Granny is coming to the Ipswich Regent. Photo: Tim Ireland/PA Wire

Watch out. The cabbage-crunching, criminal master-mind Gangsta Granny is coming to the Ipswich Regent.

Art & books

Yesterday, 12:24
John Elwes lived a frugal life at Stoke College, eating stale bread and mouldy meat

John Elwes went to bed when it grew dark so he didn’t have to pay for candles, and ate little more than stale bread and mouldy meat

Yesterday, 12:00
Amelia Felgate, five, with Sparkle - her very own Pigs Gone Wild creation

Her older siblings have been proudly showing off the junior pigs they and their classmates designed and painted during the summer term.

Wed, 17:00
The winner of the Get Caught Reading competition was Amanda Williams who sent in a photo of her daughters Cahir and Eira sitting in lockers at Haverhill swimming pool.

Dozens of creative entries have been submitted into the Suffolk Libraries Get Caught Reading and Bookface competitions as a means to inspire readers.

Mon, 18:01
Maggi Hambling, pictured beside her Scallop sculpture on Aldeburgh beach.

An exhibition by Suffolk artist Maggi Hambling goes on show at the British Museum next month, focussing on her drawings, including several exclusive works.

Monday, August 15, 2016
Co-owners and curators of The Freudian Sheep, Ian Moss and Eleanor May. Photo: Lucy Taylor

Ipswich contemporary art gallery The Freudian Sheep may be closing its doors, but it will live on; just in different clothing say co-owners Ian Moss and Eleanor May.

Saturday, August 13, 2016
River Waveney Sculpture Trail. Photo: Andrew Atterwill

The River Waveney Sculpture Trail is open. We take a wander down the riverbank to see what’s in store.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016
An early appearance for Mildenhall U9s football team for Tom Youngs. Photo: TOM YOUNGS

It was a trip to the optician that signalled the end of Tom Youngs’ rollercoaster career as a footballer… and heralded the beginning of something much more scary than a game with a ball.

TV & films

Yesterday, 17:30
The Great British Bake Off is back. 



(L-R) Back row: Candice, Kate, Benjamina, Paul Hollywood, Mary Berry, Michael, Lee & Louise. Front row: Andrew, Tom, Val, Selasi, Jane & Rav

  - (C) Love Productions - Photographer: Mark Bourdillon

As far as amateur BBC baking shows go, there really is (literally) only one option – and it returned to our TV screens last night.

Nigel Havers

Star of stage and screen Nigel Havers thas spoken of his love for Suffolk as he prepared for his latest show at the Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds

Thursday, August 18, 2016
Actors featuring in the Eat Your Principles film, Olivia Wilkes and Oliver Goble.

A Suffolk film-maker has been “overwhelmed” by the response to his latest project after being inundated with offers of support.

Saturday, August 13, 2016
Joe Pasquale, heading to the Felixstowe Spa Pavilion

Expect guest appearances from Spiderman, Velma from Scooby Doo and maybe a few dinosaurs, particularly a velociraptor named Vince when Joe Pasquale’s new tour One Man And His Bog comes to town.

Thursday, August 11, 2016
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part One. Photo courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures

As Suffolk looks set to get its first film office, Arts Editor Andrew Clarke believes that the county has the talent, natural backdrops, the historic houses and the resources to make filming an important part of our cultural economy.

Thursday, August 11, 2016
Actors featuring in the Eat Your Principles film, Olivia Wilkes and Oliver Goble.

An award-winning film-maker from Suffolk is inviting people from the region to feature in his latest project, which is due to begin filming next month.

Monday, August 8, 2016
Film Fixer directors Andrew Pavord and Karen Everett

From Jason Bourne and Star Wars to the BFG and Bridget Jones, Film Fixer certainly has a strong background in the movie-making industry.

Music

Yesterday, 14:32
Semyon Bychkov conductor of ther Britten-Pears Orchestra

Tchaikovsky wrote several symphonies and concertos, a number of which are deservedly popular and firmly established in the repertoire. Yet some of them, for whatever reason, do not enjoy the same favour and this splendid concert enabled us to hear two of his large scale but less frequently performed works.

Wed, 16:32
The BBC Concert Orchestra at the Snape Maltings for the Snape Proms

This was a concert on the lighter side with a particular focus on Lord Gerald Berners, a talented if minor figure in the artistic world of the first half of the twentieth century. Berners worked in the diplomatic service for some years and met many significant figures including Stravinsky and Diaghilev and ballet remained one of his enduring affections.

Tue, 19:00
Manningtree band Superglu

A band from north Essex will be headlining at stage at one of Britain’s biggest music festivals this weekend.

Mon, 21:00
FolkEast is a feelgood festival

Sheena Grant battles the elements to enjoy a festival that is fast becoming unmissable

Mon, 18:11
Tasmin Little and Martin Roscoe who performed sat the Snape Proms

Beethoven is one of the most concentrated of composers and any concert devoted entirely to him – in whatever medium – runs the risk of ‘too much of a good thing’. However, careful programme planning and the musical qualities of the performers ensured a wholly satisfying and splendidly performed concert consisting of three of his sonatas for violin and piano.

Saturday, August 20, 2016
Crowds at the main stage of the V Festival at Hylands Park in Chelmsford, Essex. Steve Parsons/PA.

As it celebrates its 21st edition this weekend, V Festival has become one of the country’s biggest pop events.

Friday, August 19, 2016
FolkEast patrons The Young 'Uns

FolkEast returns for a fifth year. Entertainment writer Wayne Savage looks at what’s in store for visitors while festival co-founder Becky Marshall-Potter gives her top picks.

Days Out

Tue, 15:18
What can you do with the kids in the last few days of the summer holidays?

There is just over one week left of the summer holidays but there is plenty still to do before the schools open their doors for a new term.

Tue, 15:06
Pigs Gone Wild tour led by Town 102's Wayne Bavin

Eager pig spotters were treated to a walk with a difference in Ipswich as a special guest joined the Pigs Gone Wild fun.

Friday, August 19, 2016
Familes enjoyed a medieval archery workshop in Christchurch Park on Thursday 18th August.
Owen Free and Mark Bloom.

Ipswich youngsters enjoyed a packed day of authentic medieval archery in Christchurch Park yesterday.

Friday, August 19, 2016
FolkEast patrons The Young 'Uns

FolkEast returns for a fifth year. Entertainment writer Wayne Savage looks at what’s in store for visitors while festival co-founder Becky Marshall-Potter gives her top picks.

Thursday, August 18, 2016
Dance East backing the Saints Beer Festival

Independent businesses in Ipswich are backing the new Saints Beer festival that launches tomorrow, which is helping boost trade for small firms.

Sunday, August 14, 2016
Behind the scenes of Red Rose Chain's The Tempest. Photos: Wayne Savage

Ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes of Red Rose Chain’s Theatre in the Forest? Entertainment writer Wayne Savage decided to find out.

Saturday, August 13, 2016
River Waveney Sculpture Trail. Photo: Andrew Atterwill

The River Waveney Sculpture Trail is open. We take a wander down the riverbank to see what’s in store.

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