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Bury St Edmunds: Great Expectactions boating misadventures

Alexandra Ewing as Mrs Joe and Sam Norris as Pip in the Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds, summer school 2014. Photo: Tony Kelly

Alexandra Ewing as Mrs Joe and Sam Norris as Pip in the Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds, summer school 2014. Photo: Tony Kelly

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One classic story, two weeks and 25 youngsters - talk about Great Expectations.

Rehearsals for Three Men in a Boat. Alastair Whatley, Anna Westlake, Paul Westwood and Tom Hackney. Photo: Tony KellyRehearsals for Three Men in a Boat. Alastair Whatley, Anna Westlake, Paul Westwood and Tom Hackney. Photo: Tony Kelly

The Theatre Royal Summer School sees them work alongside theatre professionals for two weeks to produce a professional-standard production of Charles Dickens’ coming-of-age tale.

While the cast worked on a host of theatre skills and rehearse, others have been creating the set, organising props and scenery and filling other technical roles.

Amy Wyllie, community projects officer at the Bury St Edmunds venue, directs but insists the ambitious project is a collaborative effort from start to finish.

Run in partnership with West Suffolk College and The Apex, Nick Ormerod and Declan Donnellan’s new adaptation is at The Apex tomorrow and Sunday. Check out the rehearsals web gallery.

Earlier this week, the cast and crew of Three Men in a Boat dropped anchor at the Theatre Royal for an intensive rehearsal process.

Set up in the Greene Room bar, Jerome K Jerome’s classic tale of boating misadventure opens at the Theatre Royal on September 4 September.

Marking the 125th anniversary of the book’s publication, the show will be the first co-production between the Theatre Royal and Whepstead based Original Theatre Company who have enjoyed sell-out success locally and nationally with their stage version of Sebastian Faulks’ Birdsong which is preparing for its third national tour.

It will debut at the Theatre Royal before sailing out on a countrywide tour, including a visit to the New Wolsey in Ipswich from October 21-25.

Contemporary ballet director Holly Noble is premiering a new take on the Snow White legend at DanceEast this weekend. Arts editor Andrew Clarke spoke to her about the contemporary concerns reflected in the timeless story

Get ready to rock in 2019 as the much-loved musical based on the music of Queen is coming to the Ipswich Regent.

There’s something special about a well-performed pantomime. Arts editor Andrew Clarke spoke to Karen Simpson, from Bury Theatre Royal, about what makes this great theatrical tradition so successful

It’s safe to say that the Dreamboys received a grand reception at the Regent theatre in Ipswich on Friday night.

From rambling stories about dispensing sockfulls of change into an ATM to regaling the vagaries of living with a jazz musician, Irish funnyman David O’Doherty’s latest bonkers brand of comedy proved a hit.

With the Christmas season now almost upon us, our theatres are dusting down their stock of bad jokes, readying themselves for two months of festive fun. Arts editor Andrew Clarke casts an eye over the pantomimes seeking to entertain us this year

Gym goers of Ipswich are invited to a free workout with exotic-dancers The Dreamboys to raise money for Children in Need.

When you watch a comedian like Ross Noble, you’ve got to expect the unexpected.

Acting legend Sir Ian McKellen is touring the region next celebrating his 80th birthday and raising money for regional theatre. Arts editor Andrew Clarke finds out more about this ‘must-see’ event

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