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Strictly star Joanne Clifton heads to Ipswich with Flashdance - The Musical after all

Joanne Clifton will reprise her role of Alex in Flashdance - The Musical, when it comes to the Ipswich Regent next April. Photo: Contributed

Joanne Clifton will reprise her role of Alex in Flashdance - The Musical, when it comes to the Ipswich Regent next April. Photo: Contributed

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Strictly Come Dancing’s Joanne Clifton will reprise her star role in Flashdance - The Musical when it comes to the Ipswich Regent next April.

It’s good news for her Suffolk fans, who had been told she wasn’t available for next year’s dates. Joanne is no stranger to Ipswich; having performed with Gary Avis at his fundraising gala at the theatre last year.

“I am having the best time ever on this tour and so am delighted to be staying on for 2018. We have so much fun on stage and off and I really am dancing like I’ve never danced before,” said Joanne.

Flashdance - The Musical is the inspiring and unforgettable story of 18-year-old Alex, a welder by day and flashdancer by night, who dreams of going to the prestigious Shipley Dance Academy and becoming a professional dancer. When a romance complicates her ambitions, she harnesses it to drive her dream.

• See it at the Ipswich Regent April 23-28.

Kevin Kennedy will forever be best known as Coronation Street’s loveable loser Curly Watts, but he is also a stage star. His latest role is an all-star musical version of Kay Mellor’s Fat Friends, which allows him to rekindle his love of this region.

Fresh from being ravaged by hunger and sand-flies on Channel 4’s Celebrity Island with Bear Grylls, Shazia Mirza returns with a show about lies and truth - or are they the same thing these days?

The 80s are officially back, with Fame The Musical coming to the Ipswich Regent later this year.

The cast of new musical An Officer and a Gentleman has been revealed, featuring top West End talent.

Taj Mahal chef Sayid swaps the kitchen for the stage in The Chef Show, part of PULSE presents.

Crazy for You at the Ipswich Regent, all week until Saturday.

Energetic and intense, dynamic and diverse; it’s a fast paced musical and lyrical journey for Teddy and his young girlfriend Josie.

They say never work with children or animals but Norwell Lapley Productions do both very well in bringing Rod Campbell’s timeless children’s book Dear Zoo to life on stage, writes MICHAEL STEWARD.

Known best perhaps for playing Brookside’s Lindsey Corkhill, Claire Sweeney’s causing just as much trouble as bridezilla Irene in the classic musical Crazy For You, at the Ipswich Regent from Tuesday.

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