Theatre news

Yesterday, 17:21

The award-winning Kander and Ebb musical Chicago is coming to the Ipswich Regent. The dark-humoured show, directed on Broadway by the legendary Bob Fosse, was revived in the West End in the 1990s and starred Suffolk’s theatrical superstar Ruthie Henshall as Roxie Hart alongside Ute Lemper as Velma Kelly.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Storytelling is the lifeblood of our cultural heritage – from traditional folktales and songs to theatre and Hollywood blockbusters, we love nothing more than a good story. Now, the New Wolsey Theatre is inviting members of the public to get creative and come up with their own comic tale or a drama with an unexpected twist in the tale.

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Stand-up comedy has it roots in the music hall but it has never been old fashioned. It has always been about today’s world, a tool for the working classes to strip away the pretensions of our so-called ‘betters’. Laughter can be a great leveller. Here’s a selection of the best stand-up shows to enjoy online

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Strictly Come Dancing’s Kevin Clifton will be bringing the glitz and the glamour of stage show Strictly Ballroom to the Ipswich Regent but now not until November 2021.

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

The Mercury Theatre Colchester is launching an exciting new songwriting contest with the help of composer-comedian Tim Minchin and in association with new musical developers Perfect Pitch, as part of the next phase of their ‘Mercury Online’ virtual season.

Sunday, May 10, 2020

Joanna Carrick’s celebrated play about Anne Boleyn has been performed both in Suffolk and at the Tower of London, now it is getting a new performance online and the virtual audience can also gain access to added insights into the queen’s life including her time in East Anglia

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Streaming as live theatre continues to draw massive audiences. Last week’s National Theatre broadcast of Frankenstein had two million views in five days. Here is a selection of the latest attractions from our theatres, galleries and dance companies

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Outdoor theatre has long been a feature of the summer but could community shows become our new normal in a world afraid of enclosed spaces full of strangers?

Friday, May 1, 2020

Virtual theatregoing has become a popular pastime during lockdown with some theatre streams reaching TV-sized audiences. Here is a round-up of the latest attractions to be added to our ‘at home’ theatre season

Art & books

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

The highly successful Felixstowe Book Festival was on the verge of cancellation because of Coronavirus but technology has come to its rescue and the event has now moved online, complete with guests. Here is the running order for the weekend

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Author Iain Maitland looks set to provide TV audiences with the next big TV crime drama. As his new book comes out, he talks about his love of setting his thrillers in East Anglia and getting under the skin of his heroes and villains

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Ipswich Waterfront will be getting some colourful new artwork later this summer thanks to National Lottery funding awarded to the team behind the Art Eat festival which transformed the area around DanceEast and the WineRack building with its vibrant public art last year.

Monday, May 11, 2020

Writer James Bowman on why he’s based his fantasy saga in Suffolk – and why he’s got his sights set firmly on Hollywood.

Friday, May 1, 2020

Art for Cure at Glemham Hall goes live online soon - with more than 1,000 pieces in all mediums and prices raising money for breast cancer support charities

Thursday, April 30, 2020

An artist has created a sketchbook to record her life in lockdown with stunning illustrations drawn from her home.

Friday, April 24, 2020

With Dial Lane Books shut for the foreseeable future, owner Andrew Marsh has launched a quirky new book club and is getting the latest releases to peoples’ doors

TV & films

Sunday, May 31, 2020

Hollywood legend Clint marks a major milestone this weekend. Our arts editor takes a look at a rather remarkable life.

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Comedy musician Jon Courtenay, who wowed the judges in Britain’s Got Talent, has told of his fond memories of growing up near Ipswich - and how he hopes to revisit once lockdown ends.

Saturday, May 23, 2020

A talented young singer from Bury St Edmunds has received a standing ovation from the Britain’s Got Talent celebrity judges and the audience.

Saturday, May 23, 2020

A girl from Bury St Edmunds will reveal her talent to judges tonight on a prime time television show.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Author Iain Maitland looks set to provide TV audiences with the next big TV crime drama. As his new book comes out, he talks about his love of setting his thrillers in East Anglia and getting under the skin of his heroes and villains

Friday, May 8, 2020

The majesty of the natural world is something many of us haven’t seen for over a month now. If you are feeling trapped by your four walls here are some epic movies which could broaden your horizon

Thursday, April 30, 2020

As lockdown continues, cinemas are finding ingenious ways to stay in touch with their audiences and add a splash of showbiz glamour into our increasingly restricted lives.


Thursday, May 21, 2020

An impressive line-up of Suffolk musical talent took part in an online music festival in aid of families living with autism and ADHD.

Thursday, May 14, 2020

International opera singer Christina Johnston is staging a series of themed concerts from her Felixstowe home to help combat lockdown frustration. The free shows enable her to connect with music fans around the world

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

An online music festival with an impressive line-up of local musicians is being held on Sunday, May 17, in aid of families living with autism and ADHD.

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Fans of Sir Tom Jones will have to wait until next year to see the Welsh superstar perform at Newmarket Nights, as the popular music event becomes the latest victim of coronavirus.

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

An Ipswich music venue which hosts scores of gigs, project sessions and community events has launched an online fundraising plea to help keep it afloat.

Saturday, April 25, 2020

What was your best-ever gig or festival? Live music might be on hold at the moment because of the coronavirus crisis, but our readers and staff have been sharing their top musical moments.

Saturday, April 25, 2020

A daughter is helping to organise a special fundraising event in memory of her much-loved dad, who she describes as “an NHS hero”.

Days Out

Tue, 16:42

Suffolk children’s entertainer Robbie James will be among the first in the country to launch socially distanced children’s parties.

Thursday, May 28, 2020

If this had been any normal May, farmer Bruce Kerr would have been making daily visits to the bustling home of the Suffolk Show on the outskirts of Ipswich.

Thursday, May 28, 2020

It’s not every day you get to meet the most famous woman of her era.

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Find out how you can book a session at the outdoor pool for you and your pet.

Saturday, May 9, 2020

Have you taken up any unusual new pastimes during lockdown? Our readers and staff have thought up some amazing ideas, from creating a home golf course and beach to Nerf Gun battles.

Monday, April 20, 2020

A cheetah at Colchester Zoo has given birth to five healthy cubs while the attraction has been shut to visitors during the coronavirus crisis.

Sunday, April 12, 2020

Even during lockdown, children have been enjoying the fun of Easter eggs at home - as your photos show.

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