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Theatre news

Yesterday, 14:22

In a week where news of war dominates and once again ordinary people just like you and me are being plunged into yet more suffering, Kinder Transport, a play about the evacuation of Jewish children from Nazi Germany feels desperately timely.

Wed, 10:28

The Theatre Royal, in Bury St Edmunds, has announced its line up for the autumn season with a raft of productions and entertainers set to visit the restored Regency venue.

Tue, 11:27

Waveney Light Opera Group hopes audiences will get on their plates of meat for its production of My Fair Lady.

Mon, 10:16

Katherine Ryan is best known for her caustic comedy style on panel shows such as Mock the Week and 8 Out of 10 Cats,

Saturday, April 14, 2018

In his inimitable Cockney style he lobbed out a host of gags and funny stories to a near sell out audience.

Friday, April 13, 2018

This week the role of critics has come under scrutiny as one long-serving reviewer revealed a racist approach to the casting of classic plays. Arts editor Andrew Clarke says that while you should disapprove of his views, banning dissenting voices is never the answer

Thursday, April 12, 2018

A new children’s show at the DanceHouse, in Ipswich, combines dance with circus skills and plenty of surprises. Arts editor Andrew Clarke spoke to choreographer Tamsin Fitzgerald about inspiring a new generation of theatregoers

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Happy birthday to the Ipswich Scout and Guide Gang Show, which turned 80 this week.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest – at Cambridge Arts Theatre until April 14 – is an enjoyable and amusing production, writes James Marston.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Tracy Beaker star Dani Harmer and comedy legend Bobby Davro tell a tale as old as time in Enchanted Entertainment’s Easter pantomime Beauty and the Beast.

Monday, April 9, 2018

Greeted in the bar and auditorium by a group of young performers singing evocative sea shanties, you could almost feel the salt on your face and rum in your belly even before the show started at the Theatre Royal in Bury St Edmunds.

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Fresh from his retirement from international cricket commentary, Henry Blofeld isn’t just yet declare just yet and is returning to the region on his farewell tour, looking back at 50 years behind the Test Match Special microphone.

Friday, April 6, 2018

A new report has suggested that theatres and arts organisations should be planning to engage more with an older audience as society ages. Arts editor Andrew Clarke suggests that older audiences don’t want to be pandered to, rather they want to be creatively challenged and engaged.

Friday, April 6, 2018

In less than five years the Ink Festival has established itself as a vital platform for new theatrical writing. Arts editor Andrew Clarke spoke to artistic director Julia Sowerbutts about how the festival has developed

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Dancing at Lughnasa is one of the great theatre experiences of recent years. David Henshall speaks to Emma Martin about the play and it’s view on family life, prior to a new regional tour by Suffolk-based Open Space Theatre Company

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Son of a Preacher Man at the Ipswich Regent until Saturday

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

A new play which relives the extraordinary true story of the Grunwick strike in north-west London in the 1970s is coming to the Theatre Royal in Bury St Edmunds.

Monday, April 2, 2018

Two of the great icons of Hollywood’s Golden Age take centrestage in a new play Bette and Joan touring Suffolk next month. Arts editor Andrew Clarke spoke to Jayne Lindill about the humanity behind the hatred.

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Drawing audiences from all over the region, The New Wolsey’s PULSE Festival is one of the cornerstones of East Anglia’s cultural calendar. Arts editor Andrew Clarke takes a look at this year’s line-up.

Friday, March 30, 2018

Families, at times, are not places for the faint hearted. They can resemble Kangaroo courts with huge great elephants in every corner. Set in Clacton, Guesthouse, written by Nicola Werenowsa, is a drama that unravels 50 years of family history through three generations of the women.

Friday, March 30, 2018

Dara, ignore your GP, your wife and the doubters who laughed at you last night. Shufflefeet is a real condition. I have it too. Stay strong, together we can beat it.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Mind-reader Alex McAleer began his magic career on stage in Suffolk before developing successful cabaret shows in Norwich. Now he has found international success as part of hit show Champions of Magic.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Luke Wright’s poetry in motion is a joy to behold, a clever hour of performance that transports audiences back to the heady days of the 1980s - and as an added bonus, shows the audience a video of Neil Kinnock being swept over by a wave

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Few things have the power to inspire, provoke, comfort, challenge or transport you like theatre. As part of World Theatre Day, we spoke to Latitude Festival’s arts curator Tania Harrison.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Two comfortable chairs took centre stage while a microphone stand and guitar sat stage left.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

The Ipswich Regent was transformed into an opera house on Sunday night for the Ellen Kent production of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly.

Monday, March 26, 2018

Shakespeare’s Macbeth is one of the world’s greatest plays. It’s got murder, greed, lust, passion, ambition, witches and magic. Who could ask for more?

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Tickets are now on sale for this year’s PULSE Festival Ipswich, bringing together some of the best contemporary performances and works in progress from established and emerging artists.

Friday, March 23, 2018

Despite showcases like the Celebration of Schools Music at Snape, opportunities for engagement in the arts in schools are becoming harder to deliver. Arts editor Andrew Clarke takes a look at the benefits we all gain from introducing young people to the arts early.

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