Drama festival returns to the Felixstowe Spa Pavilion

Organisers of the 61st Felixstowe Drama Festival have unveiled the six plays set to wow audiences this year.

It’s a welcome return for the much-loved event, which was cancelled for the first time in its history last year.

A stalwart of the resort’s arts calendar since starting in 1950, it was abandoned after several acts pulled out, citing a change of date and lack of funds as their main reasons.

There was doubt it would be held this year, with organisers worrying a clash with the Queen’s diamond jubilee celebrations would have an effect.

“As a committee we are extremely pleased the drama festival will be returning to the Spa Pavilion Theatre this year,” said Mike Deacon, chairman of the drama festival committee.

“We certainly missed not having it in 2011 and while we do have a lot to contend with in 2012, with other events linked to the diamond jubilee, we have a fantastic selection of plays available and hope people will support not only the drama festival but also this wonderful venue in the town.”

Running from June 4-9, this year’s plays are: Dry Rot, by the Deben Players; Terra Nova, by the Ship and Castle Theatre Company; Bouncers, by The Essex Group; Canterbury Tales, by the Rushmere Players; Pardon Me Prime Minister, by Stowmarket Operatics and Dramatics Society and The Government Inspector by Stageability Actors School.

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For tickets to see individual plays or to buy a weekly saver ticket, call the Spa box office on 01394 282126.