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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.

Miss Saigon star Ashley Gilmour - who plays American GI Chris - looks forward to playing every new venue on the musical’s mega tour - but Norfolk will be particularly special: it’s the place he calls home.

When the creator of smash 1970s sit-com Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em comes to see you bring it to life on the stage 13 times, you know you’re doing something right says Joe Pasquale.

It’s been 45 or so years since Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em blessed us with the complete daftness and hilarity of Michael Crawford’s Frank Spencer. He played a uniquely disastrous individual character that cannot be forgotten. Now imagine that today... on a live stage.

Suffolk’s Royal Ballet star Gary Avis receives an MBE “for services to Dance, and to charity in Suffolk”.

A two night stop at the Regent Theatre may not be the most rock ‘n’ roll sounding affair, but Bill Bailey brought the house down with his raucous brand of music-infused comedy.

Audiences will be going wild as X Factor winner Matt Terry will be starring in Madagascar the Musical, which comes to the Ipswich Regent from October 16-20.

An enthusiastic audience welcomed Strictly Come Dancing stars, Kevin and Karen Clifton, to the Ipswich Regent for their live show and goodness me, they were in for a treat.

Donning the famous green dress Amelia Lily is heading to the region to play Princess Fiona in the musical Shrek. The former X Factor singer tells Simon Parkin about her unconventional audition, being away from her beloved dogs.

Cast illness has forced the last-minute cancellation of a show at an Ipswich theatre.

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