Andrew Clarke

Colchester’s Mercury Theatre has joined The New Wolsey Theatre and countless other theatres up and down the country in cancelling its 2020 pantomime.

Although, FolkEast is officially cancelled this year, organisers have found a way to keep live music in Suffolk. We take a look at a new Virtual FolkEast happening later this month

Colchester’s Mercury Theatre Colchester is joining forces with the University of Essex, Signals and the Lakeside Theatre to stage a brand new festival later this month celebrating local creativity.

The doors may still be closed, the projector switched off, but the Ipswich Film Theatre is busily preparing the two-screen cinema for reopening later this year and the work includes the appointment of new trustees and management team.

Ipswich is once again filled with a creative buzz following news that the Burton’s Building on Ipswich Waterfront has been awarded a £3m grant from central government under a scheme to invest in ‘shovel-ready’ local projects in England to aid economic recovery in response to the COVID-19 crisis.

Theatre bosses in Suffolk fear panto season may be a wash out this year as they struggle to work out how to stage the traditional Christmas shows while adhering to social distancing rules.

Live music performances at the Snape Maltings Concert Hall which were planned between August 7 and 9 and August 14 to 16 have been postponed.

As One Direction celebrate their tenth anniversary, we take a look at the rise of the boy band and ask the question: ‘Who was the very first boy band?’ the one that everyone else copied?

Live music is returning to the Snape Maltings Concert Hall from the first weekend in August.

While other cinemas are just starting to re-open this weekend, Abbeygate Cinema, in Bury St Edmunds, is seizing the opportunity to open a brand new auditorium, bringing the Hatter Street venue up to three screens.

Blockbuster entertainment is returning to Ipswich Cineworld from this weekend.

Museums, heritage attractions and theme parks have reopened to the public following the pandemic - but many require you to book in advance. See our guide to what’s open in Suffolk and Essex, what restrictions are in place and how you book your place.

Piano boogie maestro Jools Holland has announced the postponement of his 2020 autumn tour which was to have included the Ipswich Regent.

Social isolation has grown in recent years into an alarming problem, particularly in rural locations. Although the effects on the retired population are well understood, lockdown has highlighted that young parents are also suffering from its malignant effects

The New Wolsey Theatre, currently closed because of the Coronavirus restrictions, has turned its creative talents from producing work for the stage to coming up with its own lockdown short movie.

Craft-making has really taken off during lockdown, building on an increasing popularity in recent years. Hobbyists can gain inspiration from visiting Suffolk Craft Society’s 50th anniversary show online or by talking to makers at a series of pop-up events in Aldeburgh during August

East Anglia will relive its associations with Charles Dickens and the recent film version of The Personal History of David Copperfield when two of the principal filming locations team up for a watch-along event.

The X-Men movies are 20 years old. But, before Halle Berry conjured up her first storm or Hugh Jackman’s blades sliced through his knuckles, cinema had fallen out of love with costumed comic book characters. But, once the X-Men arrived, blockbusters changed forever.

Red Rose Chain’s Theatre in the Forest is not letting lockdown stand in the way of their annual Shakespeare celebration. They are creating a new production of Twelfth Night which will be premiered online.

Live entertainment looks to be heading back to the region this summer, with the organisers of Red Rooster Festival confirming they will be staging a socially distanced event this September.

There’s nothing quite like a night out at the movies, enjoying some big screen action and adventure or perhaps a laugh or two with a timeless comedy, and that experience is made even more enjoyable by the event taking place under a brilliant star-filled sky.

Cinema and live entertainment is heading outdoors this summer. Drive-in is the new night out and across Suffolk and East Anglia a new type of open-air festival is being staged so people can have fun times after months of being shut in and locked down.

Summer theatre is an important part of Suffolk’s cultural offering but this year was always going to be a challenge. However, technology has come to the rescue

Suffolk-based physical theatre company Gecko have just completed a new feature film for the BBC exploring our need to care for everyone as society becomes more complex

Two East Anglian arts and heritage centres have been thrown a lifeline by the Arts Council to see them through the current Covid-19 crisis.

Chelmsford’s Car Park Comedy party, staged in association with The Comedy Store, have announced their line-up for their night of drive-in laughs on July 31.

The government has unveiled a rescue package for the creative industries but despite this support, the fate of panto is still uncertain

Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds has a new artistic director. Owen Calvert-Lyons unveils his wide-ranging plans to take the Regency theatre out into the community.

All the Co-op Juniors productions have been rescheduled due to the ongoing restrictions facing theatres during the Coronavirus lockdown. But, the young performers are investing in further training during their enforced downtime and launching an appeal

Suffolk’s much-loved ‘Middy’ – the Mid-Suffolk Light Railway – has taken the decision to dampen down the fires and to temporarily pull the tarpaulins over its engines and rolling stock, as it closes its ticket office for the foreseeable future.

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