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Actress Joanna Lumley visits the Ipswich Regent, plus comedian Dara O’Briain adds extra date

PUBLISHED: 15:00 30 November 2017 | UPDATED: 15:02 30 November 2017

Actress and presenter Joanna Lumley visits the Ipswich Regent next year. Photo: Contributed

Actress and presenter Joanna Lumley visits the Ipswich Regent next year. Photo: Contributed

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It’s All About Joanna Lumley next year, as her first ever live tour visits the Ipswich Regent.

The actress and presenter will share some never heard before stories from a career spanning more than four decades and answer your questions.

“The thought of this tour has completely taken over my waking hours. It’s utterly thrilling to start planning the stories I can tell and the rapture - and gratitude, to be fair - with which I shall greet the audiences,” said Joanna, who won two BAFTAs for her role as Absolutely Fabulous’ Patsy Stone.

“Nothing like this has come my way before and I may have to be dragged off with a hook at the end of each show. Oh people! This is especially for you from me, with masses of love. I think it will be fabulous.”

Barely off our TVs since bursting onto screens as Purdey in the New Avengers in 1976, she’s appeared in Coronation Street, On the Buses, Dracula, as a brainwashed Bond Girl in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service and developed a side line as an adventurer and activist.

See Joanna Lumley – It’s All About Me on October 22. Tickets are on sale from 10am tomorrow.

The Regent has also announced an extra date for Dara O’Briain’s new show Voice of Reason.

Tickets for the March 28 gig are on sale now.

Sticking with comedy, there are still a few tickets left for Russell Brand Re:Birth, at the theatre on Monday.

“My whole head feels different and unusual as a result of the birth of my daughter. It has inspired loads of different thoughts,” he said.

“Very early on in the process of writing this show, before I had written or performed any of the stuff about my daughter, I spoke to Jimmy Carr. Jimmy said ‘this is going to be a show about a mad person now having to live a normal life, it’s going to be amazing to hear you talk about normal experiences’.”

Before each show he asks the audience to fill in a survey online and encourages people to do this if you are coming.

“It means I can talk to people about their most intimate and personal details. It shows you that behind the veneer, behind the veil, under the skin, the people of Britain are insane and interesting.”

Bananarama’s concert at the Regent tonight has sold out but you can read my review online later.

Aspiring actors auditioned in the hope of landing the role of a lifetime alongside Stevi Ritchie and Atomic Kitten’s Natasha Hamilton in this year’s pantomime at the Ipswich Regent.

Could you be the next Snow White?

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Are you the fairest of them all? Auditions for a truly glittering role are taking place on Monday – and producers are looking for a local girl to play the part.

Contemporary dance choreographer James Wilton is renowned for his athletic dance works now DanceEast is staging the premiere of his latest performance The Storm. Arts editor Andrew Clarke spoke to him about mixing spectacle with food for thought

Awful Auntie by David Walliams has been a huge hit in book form with young children since its release in 2014.

As an EastEnders superfan, seriously I haven’t missed an episode since I was eight years old and I’m now 23, when I heard Sid Owen had been cast as Hook I was more excited than Phil Mitchell in a brewery.

The musical Once has proved itself to be a contemporary classic that tells an aspirational story full of tears and laughter. Arts editor Andrew Clarke speaks to director Peter Rowe and the cast as the play opens the New Wolsey’s autumn season

Stately homes, castles, ruins, windmills, gardens and historic boats are all welcoming visitors free of charge for this year’s Heritage Open Days.

The Barton Players are busy rehearsing for their comedy which is being staged next month in the village.

It’s a heart-warming and at times heart-rending performance by this wonderful cast admiringly led by the indomitable Roy Hudd.

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