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Strictly Come Dancing champion and actress Joanne Clifton takes me behind the scenes of Flashdance - The Musical at the Ipswich Regent this week.

For an opening night, one might expect some hesitant performances as the cast get used to their new home; but right from the opening number, Steeltown Sky, the cast kept the energy high and Joanne Clifton showed her class with a cameo dance routine, the first of many.

Actor, writer, comedian and broadcaster Angus Deayton talks about resurrecting hit series Radio Active without his friend Geoffrey Perkins, modern comedy and life after Leveson.

The Encore Dance Company, featuring students about to graduate from the third year of their sixth form at the prestigious Tring Park School for the Performing Arts in Hertfordshire, are visiting Ipswich’s Jerwood DanceHouse.

A painting that threatens to wreck the friendship of three men is the subject of smash hit comedy Art. Stephen Tompkinson tells us how he is having a ball being reunited with Nigel Havers and Denis Lawson for its 20th anniversary tour.

In a week where news of war dominates and once again ordinary people just like you and me are being plunged into yet more suffering, Kinder Transport, a play about the evacuation of Jewish children from Nazi Germany feels desperately timely.

Review: Beautiful - The Carole King Musical, Ipswich Regent, to April 21

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

Art & books

Mon, 16:59

One of the region’s finest stately homes is hosting an exhibition that celebrates the region’s most charming scenery.

The Alde Valley Spring Festival is a great champion of contemporary art with roots in tradition. Arts editor Andrew Clarke spoke with festival curator Jason Gathorne-Hardy about exploring the role of the figure in art and the landscape

A rising Suffolk artist, 28 year old Ania Hobson, has been shortlisted for the prestigious BP Portrait Awards.

A diverse Ipswich community rallied for a “creative and joyous” celebration bringing “positivity” to a deprived neighbourhood.

Artist Catherine Richardson loves taking her subjects out of the real world. Arts editor Andrew Clarke visited the artist in her studio and found that her new work involves immersing figures in water as well as evocative dappled light.

TV & films

We all have our favourite depictions of Sherlock - for Lynne Mortimer, it’s Jeremy Brett

Ray Mears takes a journey 4,000 years back in time to the Bronze Age in East Anglia and visits Norwich Castle, Lynn Museum, Southwold Museum and Flag Fen Archaeology Park to find out more about the region’s past.

From Damien Chazelle’s drama Whiplash (2014) to Joel Edgerton’s dark revenge thriller The Gift (2015) and Jordan Peele’s chilling social thriller Get Out (2017), Blumhouse Productions has produced some of the best films of the last four years.

A hotly-tipped new film based around The Beatles, which is rumoured to star Ed Sheeran, will be shot in Suffolk, publicists have said.

Music

Yesterday, 15:13

Performed beneath the great red-brick Gothic arches of St John’s church by Trianon Music Group, the concert started with three motets by Charles Villiers Stanford, sung a capella by the Trianon choir.

Suffolk trio The Kettle Girls are performing a show in aid of The Ipswich Hospital Blossom Appeal and Cancer Research.

Miles Kane is the latest name to join this year’s first ever RiZE Festival in Chelmsford.

Operas are generally large scale affairs – frequently a few acts and a few hours. It is, perhaps, surprising that relatively few ‘short’ operas – around an hour or so – have established a secure niche in the repertoire. Puccini’s trio of such works, ‘Il Trittico’ has certainly found favour and ETO performed two of them at Snape following two well attended performances of Figaro.

Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro remains popular and filled the Maltings on two successive evenings.

Days Out

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The rearranged Holi Festival is one of the big events in the Ipswich area this weekend, along with a board games day, a garden opening and exciting shows and concerts.

Two fun activity days are returning to Dovercourt and Clacton this summer.

Quizzes make a great night out. But the first question is to answer is, where in Suffolk can you find a good quiz night to enjoy? Here are 10 suggestions.

Organisers of one of the region’s biggest showcases of rural entertainment have issued a “last chance” appeal for visitors to book discounted tickets before Monday’s deadline.

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