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Review: Bill Bailey at Ipswich Regent, Monday, June 4 2018

PUBLISHED: 23:45 04 June 2018

Bill Bailey entertained the Ipswich Regent Picture: GREGG BROWN

Bill Bailey entertained the Ipswich Regent Picture: GREGG BROWN

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.

Bill’s effortless routines come across as a glowing hotpot of anecdotes, traditional jokes, alternative histories, ad-libbed asides and lecture all coupled with his talents on a veritable smorgasbord of instruments, all making for quite the unique show.

Larks in Transit, as the latest tour is known, had Ipswich and the surrounding areas packing the Regent to enjoy musings on why chaffinches and puffins won’t make it in the music or horror movie businesses, the Russian influence of the Star Spangled Banner and a detailed history of the knock knock joke from the self-styled ‘Pound Shop Gandalf’.

Perhaps most remarkable in his performance is the ability to wander into improvised realms from audience feedback (carefully dissecting the band name of one particular Suffolk metal band, Crawlblind, was particularly memorable thanks to some wildly entertaining audience banter) make each show a unique event in its own right.

And if you’ve ever wanted to hear why the iconic Imperial March theme from the Star Wars films isn’t performed in a major key, then look no further.

Barnum, the circus musical, that made Michael Crawford, a West End and Broadway star, is being revived in an ambitious production at the end of this month by the Ipswich Co-op Juniors. Alan Ayres spoke to two local aerial artists who have been recuited to handle some of the dazzling stunts in the show

A feisty Felixstowe audience gave Giovanni Pernice a little more than he bargained for on Wednesday as he brought his Born to Win tour to the Spa Pavilion.

Her stories are as familiar to parents and grandparents as they are to the generations of youngsters for whom they are required bedtime reading. As stage adaptation of some of her favourites head to the region, we discover the magic behind Julia Donaldson.

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.

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