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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.

If you haven’t sent Santa your Christmas list yet, pop tickets for this festive-fuelled fairytale on it first.

It’s not Christmas without a visit to Red Rose Chain’s The Avenue Theatre. We spoke to writer and director Joanna Carrick and actors Emma Swan, Darren Latham and Ryan Penny about The Elves and The Shoemaker.

A great panto starts from the moment the audience enters the auditorium and starts looking at the set laid out before it. Arts editor Andrew Clarke talks to designer David Shields about the art of creating a larger-than-life panto world

DanceEast is staging the premiere of a new dance-theatre production of the children’s classic The Borrowers. Arts editor Andrew Clarke spoke to director Jane Hackett about putting dancers in the middle of an animated world

Charlotte Smith-Jarvis says Greg Davies, live in Ipswich as part of the You Magnificent Beast tour, is one of the funniest stand-ups she’s seen.

Robert Wright throughly enjoys Dick Whittington, this year’s panto offering at Bury St Edmunds Theatre Royal

Cockney fun Fairy Pearl promised us she would take us to “a world of pure imagination”.

The Colchester Mercury clearly know that they have got a pair of panto superstars in the infectiously funny Dale Superville and Dame Antony Stuart-Hicks and have harnessed their talent for comic mayhem for another Yuletide adventure.

A pantomime being put on in a north Essex village is bringing members of the community together – and raising money for charity.

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