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EastEnders and Hollyoaks stars join Son of a Preacher Man cast for Ipswich run

PUBLISHED: 17:13 04 October 2017 | UPDATED: 10:38 05 October 2017

Alice Barlow and Michelle Gayle have joined the cast of Son of a Preacher Man. Photo: Contributed / Darren Bell

Alice Barlow and Michelle Gayle have joined the cast of Son of a Preacher Man. Photo: Contributed / Darren Bell

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Two of the stars of the new musical Son of a Preacher man have been revealed.

Fans of EastEnders, Wolfblood and Beauty and the Beast will recognise Michelle Gayle. Alice Barlow is known for Hollyoaks and Drifters.

The musical visits the Ipswich Regent April 3-7. Directed and choreographed by Strictly Come Dancing’s Craig Revel Horwood, it features Dusty Springfield’s greatest hits including The Look Of Love, I Only Want To Be With You, Spooky and Son Of A Preacher Man.

Written by Warner Brown, the story centres around the Soho joint the Preacher Man, where the kids used to dance the night away and the legendary owner helped cure the loneliest of hearts.

That was a long time ago and all that remains are the stories, until three strangers generations apart are drawn to the site of the original venue in need of help.

Eastern Angles Christmas show has a reputation for creating affectionate spoofs of cultural classics. Arts editor Andrew Clarke spoke to producer Tim Bell about having fun with The Ladykillers.

DanceEast commissioned a real Christmas treat from choreographer Jane Hackett when they asked her to develop her idea of turning Mary Norton’s much-loved children’s novel The Borrowers into a dance-theatre production.

The Ladykillers is one of British cinema’s golden classics – an Ealing comedy that appears to be rosy on the outside but as soon as you dig beneath the surface its humour is as black as coal. This Christmas Eastern Angles and Shanty Theatre have decided to give this dark caper movie a modern and a local make-over.

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

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