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Wayne Savage

Entertainment and general feature writer for the East Anglian Daily Times and Ipswich Star. Also writes pieces for Suffolk magazine, Eastern Daily Press and Norwich Evening News.

The Proclaimers are coming to the Ipswich Regent later this year.

Known best perhaps for playing Brookside’s Lindsey Corkhill, Claire Sweeney’s causing just as much trouble as bridezilla Irene in the classic musical Crazy For You, at the Ipswich Regent from Tuesday.

Ria Jones was destined to play Sunset Boulevard diva Norma Desmond. She speaks about the latest UK tour, coming to Ipswich in March; our obsession with fame and the lack of meaty stage roles for women over 50.

Eighties icon Paul Young and the Bluetones head up Saturday night at Jimmy’s Festival.

Solange will perform her first ever headline slot at this year’s Latitude, a UK festival exclusive.

Some Latitude Festival favourites are returning to Henham Park this year. We spoke to Gus Unger-Hamilton of alt-J and Stuart Braithwaite of Mogwai.

We all get to go to the ball thanks to the New Wolsey Theatre, which has chosen Cinderella for this year’s rock ‘n’ roll pantomime.

The walk from the restaurant back to the car has never seemed so far. It was worth it though.

The Ipswich Hotel, Copdock, is hosting a ball in aid of Jim Davidson’s charity Care After Combat.

The junior members of the Children’s Theatre Company Ipswich are off to see the Wizard of Oz.

Poldark fans will get the chance to grill the BBC series’ makers at an INK Festival fundraiser.

Nile Rodgers is responsible for some of the best-known pop anthems over the last four decades. Now he and Chic, the group he co-founded, are coming to Newmarket Nights.

There are some great West End musicals waiting in the wings to entertain us over the coming months. We look at the line-up.

Erasure are visiting East Anglia. We spoke to Essex’s Vince Clarke about new album World Be Gone and more.

Club nights, gigs, folk sessions and more over the next few days

Celebrate the Year of the Dog, enjoy some ringside mayhem or listen to people’s coming out stories.

This time last year, Strictly Come Dancing favourite Brendan Cole and I were talking about him replacing outgoing judge Len Goodman. Today he revealed the BBC hasn’t renewed his contract for the next series.

Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra return to the Ipswich Regent this year with special guest Mark Almond.

Award-winning producer Ellen Kent returns to the Ipswich Regent with two classic operas – La Traviata and Madama Butterfly.

Newmarket Racecourses welcomes Paloma Faith on June 22.

Dodging cultural and literal bullets, Israeli incursions and religion, Mark Thomas set up a comedy club for two nights in the Palestinian city of Jenin only to find it’s not so simple to celebrate freedom of speech in a place with so little freedom.

Before Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s nuptials this May, there’s another royal wedding closer to home as One sixth form students stage the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic The King and I.

Sara Pascoe’s hit Edinburgh Fringe and sell out West End show LadsLadsLads is coming to Colchester Arts Centre this year.

Felixstowe Musical Theatre is looking for youngsters to take part in its Mini Musicality show.

The New Wolsey Theatre’s Ramps on the Moon has been given £2.1million to continue its work to overcome the barriers deaf and disabled people face when engaging with theatre.

This year’s SPILL Festival of Performance will begin with the world premiere of Clarion Call, a co-commission between Ipswich arts charity the Pacitti Company and 14-18 NOW, which was behind the Tower of London poppies project.

James Blunt and Plan B have joined this year’s Newmarket Nights line-up.

Comedy, talks, theatre and art suggestions to suit all tastes across the region over the next seven days

Music suggestions to suit all tastes across the region over the next seven days

Tomorrow’s the day all 12-year-old Roma Manteiga Nicholson’s work pays off, as she performs in the grand final of the Open Mic UK Songwriters Competition.

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