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Golilocks and the Three Bears by Northern Ballet part of the DanceEast spring season

DanceEast’s seasons tend to have a broad, over-arching theme which loosely ties together a series of unrelated events. In the past we have had seasons of world premieres or a season of shows which looked at migration and international cultures.

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Comedian Jim Davidson

Comedian Jim Davidson talks about latest tour 40 Years On, the highs and lows, being deliberately provocative and his charity work ahead of Ipswich Regent show.

Sunday, January 8, 2017
The principal cast of Beauty and the Beast, staged by Capel St Mary's Orchard Players January 12-14. Photos: Contributed

It may be a tale as old as time, but it’s the first time The Orchard Players have staged Beauty and the Beast. It’s been a challenge, director and group chairwoman Lynn Perera told entertainment writer Wayne Savage.

Saturday, January 7, 2017
Comedian Mike McClean is returning to the Ipswich Regent with his new show. Photo: Contributed

Comedian Mike McClean returns to Ipswich next week. Just be sure you don’t turn up late he tells entertainment writer Wayne Savage.

Friday, January 6, 2017
Rumours of Fleetwood Mac play the Ipswich Regent tonight. Photo: Contributed

Event’s Martin Hutchinson talks to Allan Cosgrove of Rumours of Fleetwood Mac, playing the Ipswich Regent tonight.

Friday, January 6, 2017
Georgia Gower as Exotica in The Children's Theatre Company's production of Cats at The Apex, Bury St Edmunds. Photo: Mike Kwasniak

An audience of all ages lapped up a polished performance from The CTC as the youth theatre group brought Andrew Lloyd Webber’s hit show, Cats, to the Apex for some post-Christmas feline fun.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017
The Quay Theatre in Sudbury.

As the panto season came to a close on Sunday, Sudbury’s Quay Theatre is launching into its new spring programme with a broad range of fresh offerings including more comedy, local history talks and family film showings.

Monday, January 2, 2017
Stowmarket Regal set to smash visitor record numbers. Staff left to right, Sarah Page and Sian Copeman.

A Suffolk cinema is celebrating a bumper year, after recording their highest admission numbers on record.

Monday, January 2, 2017
Suzie Lowe, right, and co stage Jack and the Beanstalk at Felixstowe's Spa Pavilion until January 8. Photos: Contributed

Fee fi fo fum, there’s still time for Felixstowe Spa audiences to catch Jack and the Beanstalk’s festive run.

Saturday, December 31, 2016
Stevi Ritchie, appearing as Chester the Jester in Sleeping Beauty at Clacton's Princes Theatre until January 1

Look out X Factor host Dermot O’Leary, former contestant Stevi Ritchie’s after your job. He talks to entertainment writer Wayne Savage

Friday, December 30, 2016
The cast of Enchanted Entertainment's 2016 Ipswich Regent pantomime Sleeping Beauty. Photos: Contributed

When pantomime works it’s great. When it doesn’t, it can still be great; for the audience if not the performers. The cast of this year’s Ipswich Regent pantomime, Sleeping Beauty, share their best and worst moments with entertainment writer Wayne Savage.

Friday, December 30, 2016
The Children's Theatre Company Ipswich stage Cats at The Apex, Bury St Edmunds. Photo: Mike Kwasniak

The Children’s Theatre Company invite you to join them for a night on the tiles.

Thursday, December 29, 2016
The cast of Red Rose Chain's Christmas Show, Treasure Island. Photos: Bill Jackson

There’s still time to set sail with Red Rose Chain for a swash-buckling adventure full of pirates, parrots and hidden treasure.

Sunday, December 25, 2016
Peter Adshead is the Centre director for St Edmunds Hall, Southwold. Peter is creating a scheme to halt the decline of the building.

PHOTO: Nick Butcher

For more than 80 years St. Edmund’s Hall in Southwold has been at the heart of a coastal community.

Sunday, December 18, 2016
Ipswich Sleeping Beauty Production shots 2016, The Wicked Fairy played by soul legend Sheila Ferguson. Photo: Ipswich Regent

For a big helping of festive high spirits look no further than the Ipswich Regent where mischief and music are cheerily served up in this mostly traditional pantomime.

Thursday, December 15, 2016
Red Rose Chain's propduction of 1001 Fireflies

A dark night November night is filled with light and magic at Red Rose Chain’s new multi sensory show. Made for young people with complex needs and/or multiple disabilities, this show is a transformative and beautiful experience for all its audience.

Thursday, December 15, 2016
Miracle on 34th Street

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at the Seckford Theatre in Woodbridge.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Jasmin Vardimon is staging her critically acclaimed production of Pinocchio at DanceEast in the run-up to Christmas

DanceEast is hosting a family-friendly production of Pinocchio during the run-up to Christmas. 
Arts editor Andrew Clarke spoke to choreographer Jasmin Vardimon and production manager Ed Yetton about getting the show up and running

Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Eamonn Fleming as Molly Muffintop in Bury Theatre Royal's Beauty and the Beast

Actor Eamonn Fleming is a great believer in the old adage that it’s never too late to learn a new skill, and for the past three years he has been learning the not-so-subtle art of being a panto dame.

Monday, December 12, 2016
Sheila Ferguson and the cast of Sleeping Beauty, this year's pantomime at the Ipswich Regent

There’s no such thing as a one-size fits all pantomime according to director and panto dame David Phipps-Davis, author of Sleeping Beauty, this year’s Ipswich Regent panto.

Sunday, December 11, 2016
Richard Mainwaring, Violet Patton-Ryder, Matt Jopling, Geri Allen. Music in Eastern Angles Christmas show Stoat Hall

The great American film director John Ford had a saying: “If the legend is better than the truth then print the legend.”

Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Tasha Salmon introduced Ben the elf in her household this year and daughter Mylie is loving seeing what antics he has been up to

Naughty elves have been holding toys captive, redecorating Christmas trees and swinging from the lampshades over the past week.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Martin Neely as Sir Kenneth Branflakes and Sebastian Hill as The Beast

There were no dancing cups and saucers, singing clocks or candelabra hosts but who needs the Disney sparkle when you have the true magic of panto?

Saturday, December 3, 2016
The Snow Queen, the latest Christmas Spectacular from the Ipswich Co-Op Juniors

The Ipswich Co-op Juniors certainly know how to stage a spectacle and this year’s festive extravaganza is as glitzy and glamorous – and as technically accomplished – as anything you would see on a West End stage.

Thursday, December 1, 2016
Steve Ruston as Sinbad in Sinbad, the New Wolsey's latest rock'n'roll pantomime

In an age when most pantomimes are traditional and predictable, the New Wolsey’s new rock’n’roll panto, Sinbad, doesn’t arrive like a breath of fresh air but more like a full-blown tempest. In among the rock’n’roll classics like Living on a Prayer, Smoke on the Water, The Tide Is High and Sending Out an SOS, we even get some lines of Shakespeare’s King Lear: “Blow, winds, and crack your cheeks!” to underline the power of the story.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Elf on Shelf is back for Christmas 2016

Families in Ipswich, Felixstowe, Bury St Edmunds, Stowmarket, Woodbridge and Newmarket will be expecting a visit from a naughty little elf tonight as the Christmas tradition continues.

Monday, November 28, 2016
Dorothy (Charlotte Sheenan),  Scarecrow (Sam Brown); Tin Man (Michael Haywood Smith) and The Cowardly Lion (Nathan Cant) in The Wizard of Oz by Ipswich Operatic Society at the Ipswich Regent. Picture by Gavin King Photography

The Wizard of Oz, a Hollywood musical classic, is brought to the Ipswich Regent with style by the Ipswich Operatic and Dramatic Society.

Saturday, November 26, 2016
Barrell of Fun: The Barton Players rolling out the barrell this weekend with their traditional Olde Tyme Music Hall. Amanda Kingsnorth and the Men's Company

Tickets are selling fast for tomorrow’s performances of an old-time musical by the Barton Players – but there are still a few seats left.

Monday, November 21, 2016
Behind the scenes at The New Wolsey Theatre as they set up for 'Sinbad' - photo by Sarah Lucy Brown

Panto season is almost upon us and photographer Sarah Lucy Brown and Arts editor Andrew Clarke have been behind the scenes at the New Wolsey Theatre in Ipswich to discover that a lot of planning goes into the creation of so much chaos, music and magic

Monday, November 21, 2016
Jasmin Vardimon presents Pinocchio with DanceEast this Christmas - photo by Ben Harries

There are dozens of traditional pantomimes taking place in Suffolk this Christmas season, but there are also a selection of other shows ideal for the whole family.

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