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Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tony Award-winning musical Sunset Boulevard is coming to the Ipswich Regent for a week-long run next year.

A village drama group have announced plans to once again perform open-air Shakespeare in the grounds of a historic property in Lavenham.

Take the loveable puppets from Sesame Street, throw them into adult life – and you’ll end up in the quirky, irreverent – and hilarious - world of Avenue Q.

Our pick of the region’s theatre, comedy and stage shows over the next few days.

A variety of top comedians are playing Suffolk and Essex theatres in 2017 so book your tickets today and get ready to chortle, chuckle, titter and guffaw at some great stand-up shows.

For those expecting a nostalgic regurgitation of the best elements of the classic TV sit-com of the same name then audiences should raise their sights and applaud the fact that scriptwriter and playwright Michael Aitkens has delivered something immeasurably better.

Despite the prospect of turning 50 next year - yes, really - Jason Donovan is as busy as ever appearing in Million Dollor Quartet and planning a reflective solo show.

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Friday, May 19, 2017

Stephen Foster and Wayne Savage’s must-see gigs and concerts across the region

I’ve often considered petitioning producers of Britain’s Got Talent to add a question mark to the show’s name. My only talent is knowing I have none.

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Two identical twin sisters from Stowmarket with identical passions for both painting and Britain’s Got Talent have told of their “surreal” experience during the auditions.

East Anglian portrait artist Ania Hobson has received a fantastic career boost by being selected to exhibit as part of the BP Portrait Awards at the National Portrait Gallery. Arts editor Andrew Clarke caught up with her as she moves into her new studio.

Best-seller Anthony Horowitz was “warned off” including a black character in his new book after being told by an editor it would be “inappropriate”.

A cardboard Banksy is set to sell for thousands of pounds when it goes on sale at a Suffolk auction house.

Avid readers in Bury St Edmunds are celebrating books by organising the town’s first literature festival - and have managed to secure famous author Louis de Bernières.

TV & films

Stonham Aspal photographer Gillian Allard launches her bid to become Sky Arts Master of Photography 2017 tonight - snapping up €150,000 in the process.

Empire Cinema in Ipswich has unveiled the world’s first full-seater D-Box screen – a film experience where the moviegoer’s reclining seat reacts to the action on screen.

Sir Roger Moore, the longest serving James Bond, from 1973 to 1984, has died of cancer, aged 89, his family has announced..

Sir Roger Moore, the longest serving James Bond, from 1973 to 1984, has died of cancer, aged 89, his family has announced..

Music

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It was well worth the 45-year wait. At last, I have heard my favourite rock song of all time performed - brilliantly - by Paul Rodgers.

Stephen Foster and Wayne Savage’s must-see gigs and concerts across the region

Fifty years have passed since Free’s Paul Rodgers and the late Paul Kossoff met. Devoting an entire tour to the band’s songs for the first time since those days, he says performing them without his friend is heartbreaking.

Synth-pop pioneers Marc Almond and OMD head to Ipswich this year.

One of the Queen’s favourite musicians is heading to Ipswich for one-night only.

Days Out

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From cosy cushions, to stylish rugs and tiles - there will be something to suit everyone’s style within the Lifestyle Pavilion at Suffolk Show 2017

After her success at last year’s Suffolk Show, local jewellery designer Emily Mortimer will be returning to exhibit at Suffolk Show 2017.

Suffolk scarf designer Bella Singleton will be showcasing her latest collection, plus a few limited edition products, at Suffolk Show 2017.

Major Jamie Milnes shares what is planned for the Suffolk Show 2017 Military Village.

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