8 shows to see this bank holiday weekend

Spinning Wheel Theatre Company present The Secret Garden, various venues, May 26-June 18. Photo: Sam

Spinning Wheel Theatre Company present The Secret Garden, various venues, May 26-June 18. Photo: Samuel Norris - Credit: Archant

Looking for something to watch across Suffolk and Essex? Here are some ideas.

The Secret Garden, various venues, May 26-June 18

Bury St Edmunds-based Spinning Wheel Theatre company brings a nostalgic and magical adaptation of The Secret Garden to life. Written by British-American author Frances Hodgson Burnett and first published in 1911, it’s set in England at the turn of the 20th Century and follows the story of a sickly 10-year-old girl called Mary Lennox learns about the magical healing properties of a secret garden. Read arts editor Andrew Clarkes look behind the scenes online.

Meet Tommy Atkins, Beccles Public Hall, May 26, 7.30pm

Performed by Peter Gill, witness the First World War through the eyes of a simple soldier who fought at Ypres, Passendale, Loos and the Somme.


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Gitano, Civic Threatre, Chelmsford, May 27, 7.45pm

Flamenco dancer Jairo Barrull’s current show has the Gypsy style in its core. He will be joined by special guest dancer Gema Moneo along with El Perla on guitar and three vocalists.

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Somewhere in Time - An Audience With Ian Waite and Natalie Lowe, Ipswich Regent, May 27; The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, May 30, 7.30pm

The Strictly Come Dancing stars return with their new show featuring specially choreographed versions of their favourite dances. See entertainment writer Wayne Savage’s chat with Waite online now.

Wilde at Heart, Fisher Theatre, Bungay, May 27, 7.30pm

Patrick Marley’s one-man show revealing the flawed genius of Oscar Wilde. A fascinating account of a man who, as Yeats puts it, was the half-finished sketch of a great man.

The Light Princess, Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds, May 27, 3pm/7pm

Ballet Cymru presents a brand new ballet The Light Princess featuring a specially commissioned score by acclaimed Welsh harpist and composer Catrin Finch.

The Grand Order of the Water Rats, Ivy House Country Hotel, Oulton Broad, May 28, 6.30pm

Stars from the world of stage and screen perform at the charity show, headlined by impressionist and actor Bobby Davro. He will be joined by Britain’s Got Talent ventriloquist Steve Hewlett, skiffle king Chas McDevitt, guitar instrumentalist Kevin Dea and TV comedian Ian Irving, Ian Larkin, showband Triple Cream and Rachel King.

Arcadia, Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds, May 30-June 3

Bury Theatre Workshop perform Tom Stoppard’s classic comedy. Skipping between 1809 and the present day, two academics arrive at a Derbyshire stately home to investigate the history of the garden and a possible scandal involving Lord Byron.

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