17 shows in Suffolk this April at theatres including Ipswich Regent and The New Wolsey

As You Like It, Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds

As You Like It, Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds - Credit: Archant

It’s not too late to book tickets and take in a great show in April.

The Importance of Being Earnest - Red Rose Chain

The Importance of Being Earnest - Red Rose Chain - Credit: Archant

Suffolk’s theatres have something for everyone throughout the month including music, movies, plays and cabaret. We have highlighted just a few of the entertaining events on offer.

The Importance of Being Earnest (until 9 April) - The Avenue Theatre, Ipswich: Red Rose Chain Theatre Company present Oscar Wilde’s world-famous play – new and re-imagined. The Importance of Being Earnest is widely regarded as one of the funniest plays in the English language, bursting with wordplay, wooing and waltzes. Joanna Carrick’s interpretation will take you on a surreal journey through the heightened absurdity of Wilde’s words, distorting the lens through which we view the past. Cucumber sandwich anyone? (Red Rose Chain also offer dementia-friendly performances).

For more information and to book tickets, visit the website.

As You Like it (April 26 - 27) – Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds: The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art present As You Like It - one of Shakespeare’s best-loved comedies. An idyllic country setting provides the backdrop for this romantic adventure, as Rosalind and Orlando’s famous courtship is played out amidst the turmoil of political rivalry, mistaken identity and exile in the Forest of Arden. The rules of romance are discarded and traditional gender roles are abandoned as Rosalind, disguised as the boy Ganymede, attempts to ‘cure’ Orlando of his lovesickness. The play boasts some of the Bard’s most glorious wordplay and oft-quoted speeches, including ‘all the world’s a stage’.

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The Ladyboys of Bangkok (April 20) – Marina Theatre, Lowestoft: Escape the drab greyness of everyday life and luxuriate in a colourful euphoric bubble of laughter, beauty, glitz and music. The entertainment never lets up as the attractive seductiveness of Hollywood and the stylish glitz of Las Vegas meet the great traditions of classic British music hall. With more songs and big-scale musical production numbers than you could pout a painted lip at, the Lady Boys pay tribute to a host of stars ranging from Beyonce, Rihanna and Nikki Minaj, to Gloria Gaynor, Boy George, Pitbull and Tom Jones. Hotter, cheekier, funnier than ever.

Tango Motion

Tango Motion - Credit: Archant

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Tango Motion (April 22) – Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds: From virtuoso displays of traditional tango dance in stunning costumes to the exquisite sounds of 1930s Buenos Aires, Tangomotion is a breathtaking journey into the heart of Tango Argentino. It features four world class tango dancers and live music from the acclaimed tango quartet, Tango Siempre.

More information and tickets here.

Because We Can Can Can! (April 30) – The Apex, Bury St Edmunds: Theatretrain presents a show dedicated to the inspiration of stage and screen. Enjoy drama, dance and song from box office smashes including Star Wars, Moulin Rouge, Sister Act, Frozen, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Hairspray.

Tickets can be bought here.

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Humpty Dumpty’s Eggstravaganza - The Easter Panto! (April 15) – Spa Pavillion, Felixstowe: One of our best loved stories brought to life in the form of an Easter Pantomime by Dennis Lowe Theatre Company - fantastic entertainment for all the family. Whether you believe that Humpty was a huge cannon which defended Colchester in the Siege of 1648, or was Richard the 3rd, or was just a figment of someone’s imagination won’t matter, as Humpty and his friends sing and dance their way through the most eggselent of tales, with the audience being encouraged to come out of their shells and sing along! The Panto Pixies are back too, causing mischief and helping Humpty as he goes on a magical adventure with some unexpected twists.

The New Wolsey is hosting a production of rock opera Tommy

The New Wolsey is hosting a production of rock opera Tommy - Credit: Archant

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Tommy (April 1 - 15) – The New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich: Based on the iconic 1969 concept album, The Who’s TOMMY is the multi-award winning epic rock musical written by Pete Townshend. With a cast of 22 performers and musicians, this is the story of the pinball-playing boy which has entertained and intrigued audiences for more than 40 years. A one-of-a-kind theatrical event! (Tommy will feature a creative use of audio description, captioning and British Sign Language interpretation which will enhance the experience for everyone.)

For more information and tickets, visit the website.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream (April 11 - 12) - John Peel Centre, Stowmarket: “The course of true love never did run smooth” - such is the basis of this enchanting tale from Shakespeare. Four young lovers, two feuding fairy factions and a group of amateur players caught in the middle. This is the story of love overcoming duty with a little help, and a lot of confusion, from some magical mischievous friends. This production has been designed, produced and managed by the Spinning Wheel Youth Takeover team.

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Film: A United Kingdom (April 25) – Quay Theatre, Sudbury: This film tells the inspiring true story of Seretse Khama, the King of Bechuanaland (modern Botswana), and Ruth Williams, the London office worker he married in 1948 in the face of fierce opposition from their families and the British and South African governments. Seretse and Ruth defied family, Apartheid and empire - their love triumphed over every obstacle flung in their path and in so doing they transformed their nation and inspired the world. Stars: David Oyelowo, Rosamund Pike, Tom Felton.

Birmingham Stage Company present Gangsta Granny by David Walliams. Picture: MARK DOUET

Birmingham Stage Company present Gangsta Granny by David Walliams. Picture: MARK DOUET - Credit: Photo by Mark Douet

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Gangsta Granny - Live on Stage (April 5 - 9) – Ipswich Regent: It’s Friday night and Ben knows that means only one thing – staying with Granny! There will be cabbage soup, cabbage pie and cabbage cake and Ben knows one thing for sure – it’s going to be sooooooooo boring! But what Ben doesn’t know is that Granny has a secret – and Friday nights are about to get more exciting than he could ever imagine, as he embarks on the adventure of a lifetime with his very own Gangsta Granny! An amazing story by David Walliams, the UK’s best-selling author for children.

Tickets and information here.

Robin Hood Easter Panto (April 17) – Regent Theatre, Ipswich: Join our heroes Robin Hood and Maid Marian in this swashbuckling, arrow-slinging, tights-wearing comedy adventure! With an all-star cast, including Britain’s Got Talent Winner George Sampson as Robin Hood, children’s TV favourite Dani Harmer from CBBC’s Tracy Beaker as Maid Marian and X-Factor Runner-Up Andy Abraham as the wicked Sheriff of Nottingham. Packed full of laugh-out-loud comedy routines, stunning dances, show-stopping songs and heaps of audience participation.

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Treasure Island and the Caribbean Pirates (April 6) – The Apex, Bury St Edmunds: After last year’s wonderful Easter Pantomime, KD Theatre Productions return to The Apex with another family spectacular ‘Treasure Island & The Caribbean Pirates’. Join Jim Hawkins on his quest to find the buried treasure and rescue the island princess from the terrible Black Beard and the Caribbean Pirates. Featuring a professional cast, live band, popular songs, lots of comedy and spectacular effects, this is a must see for all the family.

TheTime Machine is showing at Sudbury's Quay Theatre

TheTime Machine is showing at Sudbury's Quay Theatre - Credit: Archant

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The Time Machine (April 6 - 8) – Quay Theatre, Sudbury: Far in the future, the human race has become something different – a peaceful species, who live in simple harmony with the planet. But beneath the surface there is a terrifying secret – one that is uncovered by a traveller from the distant past. Before there was Doctor Who, there was the Time Machine – this is a brand new adaptation of the first true science fiction story, where the past and the future meet with dramatic results.

Information and tickets here.

See How They Run (April 8) – The Cut, Halesworth: Open Space Theatre Company present a fast paced drama of blissful hilarity. A former colleague calls on a vicar’s wife and ignites a delicious farce of mistaken identity. Set in a post-war English village, Philip King’s play originally ran for 18 months at the Comedy Theatre in London’s West End, notching up 589 performances with a cast which included the young Joan Hickson.

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How To Disappear Completely And Never Be Found (April 18 - 29) – The New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich: When a young executive reaches breaking point and decides to disappear, he pays a visit to a master of the craft in a seafront fortune teller’s in Southend. Haunted by visitations from a pathologist who swears he is already lying flat out on her slab, he begins to re-live the nightmarish final hours that see his body retrieved from the Thames, stripped of everything that made him who he was. This extraordinary play follows one man’s desperate attempts to buck the system, and asks what really makes us who we are in the 21st century.

Andrew Van Buren is appearing at the Spa Pavilion, Felixstowe in The Good Old Music Hall Days on Apr

Andrew Van Buren is appearing at the Spa Pavilion, Felixstowe in The Good Old Music Hall Days on April 6 - Credit: Archant

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The Good Old Music Hall Days (April 6) – Spa Pavillion, Felixstowe: Over 60 years ago the Good Old Days was first shown on the BBC to a TV audience of around 10 million viewers. Re-live the jewels of light entertainment and the gems of variety for a dazzling display of talent at the Spa Pavilion, which hosted its very own Music Hall back in the day. This performance includes all of the elements of traditional music hall, with music, comedy and illusions from a variety of talented performers.

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An Evening of Country Music with Shaun Loughrey (April 24) – The Regal Theatre, Stowmarket: Shaun Loughrey and his band present an evening of live Country Music.

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