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It was impossible not to smile as youngsters from Chantry’s children centres enjoyed this charming spin on a family favourite.

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Business is no joke - but it can be a laughing matter. Just ask stand-up comedian Joe Grant.

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Spill Festival has become an important part of Suffolk’s cultural calendar. Arts editor Andrew Clarke spoke to artistic director Robert Pacitti and was guided through a packed programme

Thursday, October 18, 2018

From trouser malfunctions to falling over in front of hundreds, the Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs cast disclose their most shameful showbiz moments.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

One of Coward’s first plays, there’s much to like and dislike. Director Sally Broatch and her cast wrestled the best out of a mishmash of a story brimming with too many ideas to create a thoroughly entertaining evening of wit and drama.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Dame Esther Rantzen talks to Wayne Savage about her debut UK tour and what it’s like being grilled live on stage by her daughter Rebecca Wilcox.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

A lively, fun filled show from the creators of Shrek the Musical and based on a movie of the same name comes Madagascar The Musical.

Monday, October 15, 2018

To mark the centenary of the end of the First World War, Red Rose Chain Youth Theatre have produced a brilliant new show. We are transported back into the past through fact, music, a bit of fiction and the universal of emotion of love.

Monday, October 15, 2018

Bury St Edmunds’ historic Theatre Royal turns 200 next year and a fundraising walk has been planned to celebrate the special anniversary.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

What surprised me most was how funny this was. I’d expected something, I don’t know, heavier?

Friday, October 12, 2018

Gina Long talks to Gary Avis MBE - Ballet Master & Principal Character Artist with the Royal Ballet, London

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Former Atomic Kitten reveals her most embarrassing theatre moment and why she is excited to be back in Ipswich.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Students at Stagecoach Performing Arts School have showed off their talent during a circus workshop which saw them walk on stilts, juggle and even walk a tight rope. As part of their theme this term called This is Me, which is inspired by hit film The Greatest Showman, the students have been celebrating their individuality in dance and music lessons, as well as special circus classes.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Unscene Suffolk, a community theatre company for adults with visual impairment, has been a life saver for founder member Pam Rivers.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

DanceEast, on Ipswich Waterfront, is playing host to one of the world’s leading dance companies next week. Jasmin Vardimon is marking her 20th anniversary with an exploration of the Medusa legend. Arts editor Andrew Clarke spoke to her

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Playwright Suzanne Hawkes’ new work Courage Calls to Courage focuses on the struggle for the vote between Emmeline Pankhurst’s Suffragettes and Millicent Fawcett’s Suffragists.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Julian Harries and Pat Whymark have enjoyed a strong following with local theatre audiences. Arts editor Andrew Clarke caught up with Pat Whymark as her latest play looks at the story behind Coleridge and his epic poem Rime of The Ancient Mariner.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Playwright Alan Bennett must be a kindly man. He’s certainly sympathetic and very forgiving of human frailties. He understands people and for proof of this you need look no further than his play The Habit of Art which is currently dazzling audiences not only with its wit and sharp dialogue but its understanding of our flaws as human beings.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Ross Noble likes to keep his fans on their toes. For more than 20 years the Geordie comedy wonder has been spinning spontaneous stand-up, regularly touring the globe and playing to packed houses.

Friday, October 5, 2018

Comedy legend Michael McIntyre had to ask an audience to explain the Suffolk phrase “on the huh” during a sell-out performance at the Ipswich Regent.

Thursday, October 4, 2018

We chat to Coast presenter Neil Oliver about his first ever theatre tour - The Story of the British Isles in 100 Places

Thursday, October 4, 2018

The term ‘bawdy romp’ is synonymous (or should that be sin-nonymous) with Daniel Defoe’s Colchester-born courtesan Moll Flanders. Writer Nick Perry and director Ryan McBryde have teamed up to bring Flanders – or rather her real-life inspration Elizabeth Atkins – back home for the Colchester Mercury’s wickedly inventive, musical re-telling of this classic slice of 18th century literature.

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Sat at The Avenue Theatre, Ipswich, the last thing I expected to hear as this poignant play ended was my 102-year-old great aunt singing the traditional Lowestoft May Day song Climbing Up the Walls.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

A rare early play by Noel Coward is being given a revival by a Suffolk theatre company who have discovered it has much to say to modern audiences. Arts editor Andrew Clarke spoke to director Sally Broatch

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

She’s performed on stage with Ed sheeran, at the FA Cup Final and in a panto in Cornwall - meet the woman who will play Snow White at the Ipswich panto this winter.

Friday, September 28, 2018

She’s performed on stage with Ed sheeran, at the FA Cup Final and in a panto in Cornwall, meet the woman who will play Snow White at the Ipswich panto this winter.

Friday, September 28, 2018

This weekend sees the start of a celebration of 100 years of women’s suffrage in Suffolk. Ipswich-based playwright Martha Loader, of Tusk Theatre, has written two very different plays to mark Women’s Voices Women’s Votes - 100 Years On Festival.

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Moll Flanders is one Colchester’s leading fictional figures. Her life and that of her real-life inspiration Elizabeth Atkins form the heart of a new play. Arts editor Andrew Clarke talks to director Ryan McBryde about this genre-bending production

Thursday, September 27, 2018

High Society is a much-loved Cole Porter show, crammed with some of his best-known tunes. David Henshall puts on his best bib and tucker and takes a look at how The Philadephia Story became a dazzling musical showcase

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Two of the biggest names in British comedy are bringing their new tours to the town in 2019.

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