East Anglia: Train operator Greater Anglia to sponsor Eastern Angles theatre company

Jonathan Denby of Greater Anglia at Ipswich railway station with cast members Louise Mai Newberry, H

Jonathan Denby of Greater Anglia at Ipswich railway station with cast members Louise Mai Newberry, Henry Devas and Richard Sandells from Eastern Angle's new production The Long & Great Good Fortune of John Clare which will visit venues across the East of England from March 12t to May 18 - Credit: Archant

REGIONAL train operator Greater Anglia is to sponsor the Eastern Angles company’s theatre work over the next 12 months.

Eastern Angles, based at the Sir John Mills Theatre in Ipswich, has been touring professional theatre productions to towns and village across East Anglia for the last 30 years.

Recent shows have included the Second World War drama Private Resistance and Up Out o’ The Sea, a show based on the work of a lifeboat crew.

The company’s new touring production, which looks at the life of the 19th century poet John Clare, will visit a total of 42 venues across East Anglia from March 12 to May 18.

The show, The Long Life & Great Good Fortune of John Clare, will be jointly sponsored by Greater Anglia and Ipswich Building Society. Greater Anglia will then go on to sponsor Eastern Angles’ output throughout 2013.

Eastern Angles’ artistic director Ivan Cutting said: “Our touring circuit overlaps with the local railway network; like the trains, we travel from town to town taking our shows out to rural audiences.”

Jonathan Denby, head of corporate affairs for Greater Anglia, added: “Eastern Angles visit many of the communities we serve across East Anglia with their touring productions and we hope our sponsorship will help to ensure that Eastern Angles continues to thrive and prosper.”