9 must-see shows

We�re Going on a Bear Hunt, Civic Theatre, Chelmsford, June 8-9. Photo: Contributed

We�re Going on a Bear Hunt, Civic Theatre, Chelmsford, June 8-9. Photo: Contributed - Credit: Archant

Our pick of the theatre and comedy on across Suffolk and Essex over the next week

Ballet Black, DanceEast, Jerwood DanceHouse, Ipswich, June 2-3, 7.30pm, from £12 (£9 concs), school groups £6

A mixed bill courtesy of artistic director Cassa Pancho’s company. Captured is a four-hander piece characterised by intricate detail and propulsive energy with Martin Lawrance’s edgy choreography set to a Shostakovich string quartet. Celebrated British choreographer Michael Corder creates the evening’s second abstract piece, House of Dreams. South Bank Award winner Annabelle Lopez Ochoa ends things by turning the popular fairy tale Red Riding Hood on its head.

As You Like It, Seagull Theatre, Pakefield, Lowestoft, June 6, 7.30pm, £10 (£8 concs); Fisher Theatre, Bungay, June 7, 7.30pm, £15-£17, £8 under 18s

The Handlebards are a troupe of cycling actors who carry with them all of the necessary set, props and costume aboard their bikes to perform energetic, charmingly chaotic and environmentally sustainable Shakespeare plays. As You Like It is performed by an all-female cast and the four actors playing all the parts.

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The Unexpected Guest, Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds, June 6-10, 7.30pm nightly plus 2.30pm Saturday, tickets from £10

The Irving Stage Company presents the Agatha Christie murder mystery. Set in a fog-wreathed country house in the 1930s, a stranded motorist finds a man shot dead and his wife standing over him holding a gun confessing to the killing.

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Hairspray, Marina Theatre, Lowestoft, June 6-10, 7.30pm, 2.30pm June 10, £18.75-£8.75 (£16.75-£14.75 concs)

Multi award-winning Lowestoft Players return with the smash hit musical comedy based on the John Waters film. It’s Baltimore, 1962 and Tracy Turnblad on a mission to follow her dreams - to dance her way onto national TV and into the heart of teen idol Link Larkin.

Sand in the Sandwiches, Cambridge Arts Theatre, June 6-10, Tuesday-Saturday 7.45pm plus 2.30pm Thursday and Saturday, £19-34

BAFTA Award-winning actor Edward Fox returns to the stage with his acclaimed portrayal of poet John Betjeman. Fox - known for movies including The Day of Jackal, A Bridge Too Far and Oh! What A Lovely War - takes audiences through Betjeman’s boyhood and adolescence, to life as Britain’s poet laureate and national treasure.

CMP Comedy Club, PJ McGinty and Sons, Ipswich, June 7, 7.30pm, £5 on the door

Monthly alternative comedy showcase. Radio 4 regular Rosie Wilby headlines with support from Arielle Souma and Will Jones and hosted by So You Think You’re Funny Semi Finalist 2016 Carl Denham

Bunkered, Brantham Village Hall, June 7, 9 and 10; 7.30pm, £7

Brantham Amateur Theatrical Society stage the Lynn Brittney comedy about a decommissioned Naval Intelligence Cold War Bunker - only the four staff don’t realise it and the Royal Navy doesn’t know it’s still paying them.

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, Civic Theatre, Chelmsford, June 8-9, 1.30pm and 4.30pm Thursday; 10.30am-1.30pm Friday, £12, groups £9.50, schools £9.50, FE/HE students and registered unemployed £7

Direct from a successful West End season and international tour, Michael Rosen’s award-winning book is brought vividly and noisily to the stage. Join an intrepid family of adventurers and their musical dog on their quest to find a bear as they wade through the gigantic swishy swashy grass, the splishy splashy river and the thick oozy, squelchy mud.

Director Sally Cookson’s fun-filled adaptation is set to Benji Bower’s lively score. Expect catchy songs, interactive scenes and plenty of hands-on adventure.

Reginald D Hunter, Ipswich Regent, June 9, 8pm; Southend’s Palace Theatre, June 22, 8pm

The in demand comedian returns with new show Reginald D Hunter v Some People. He’s known for his distinctive take on subjects like race and sexuality he and searing honesty. Click here for our interview.

Don’t miss our what’s on guide - in the paper ever Thursday - for more events.

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