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Movies that tell a good story and have engaging characters provide that all-important re-watch value necessary for a great film. Arts editor Andrew Clarke presents a series of idiosyncratic suggestions for movies which may entertain if you are in the mood for something different

Kevin Kennedy will forever be best known as Coronation Street’s loveable loser Curly Watts, but he is also a stage star. His latest role is an all-star musical version of Kay Mellor’s Fat Friends, which allows him to rekindle his love of this region.

Fresh from being ravaged by hunger and sand-flies on Channel 4’s Celebrity Island with Bear Grylls, Shazia Mirza returns with a show about lies and truth - or are they the same thing these days?

A bid by Mid Suffolk District Council to buy the vacant former NatWest bank next to the John Peel Centre has been accepted, the council has confirmed.

The 80s are officially back, with Fame The Musical coming to the Ipswich Regent later this year.

Talented students at Suffolk New College organised and filmed their own Jools Holland-style show showcasing some of Suffolk’s brightest talent.

Film award shows seem to be losing favour with audiences. Arts editor Andrew Clarke wonders whether its because the audience for movies is changing and the Oscars and BAFTAs are reacting by rewarding the wrong films.

The Bury Festival is one of the cornerstones of Suffolk’s cultural calendar. Arts editor Andrew Clarke speaks to festival director Nick Wells and takes a look at the treats in store during this year’s 10 day extravaganza.

The cast of new musical An Officer and a Gentleman has been revealed, featuring top West End talent.

Taj Mahal chef Sayid swaps the kitchen for the stage in The Chef Show, part of PULSE presents.

Weighing in at more than 60 dates between October and this June, The Sensational 60s Experience is just about the biggest show dedicated to the music of that decade. This time, the line-up is colossal, with six artists – three groups and three solo acts.

How to have a go at Winter Olympics sports in East Anglia

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

Suffolk popstar Ed Sheeran arrives at BRIT Awards ceremony - wearing a wedding ring?

Fill your weekend with things to do in Ipswich - here are the events taking place on February 24-25.

Marcella the TV show - like Marcella the character - is complicated and confusing but occasionally there are flashes of brilliance. Who is scarier: the baddies or Marcella? The jury is out.

Crazy for You at the Ipswich Regent, all week until Saturday.

A much-loved free music event is returning to a Suffolk resort this summer after a two-year absence – and organisers hope it will raise a big sum for charity.

Sculptor Paul Richardson is best known for his quirky, figurative steel sculptures – over-sized East End geezers, a Roy Rogers-style cowboy, a native American chief on the warpath, Pegasus, a flying horse, a Day of the Dead Mariachi and a earnest looking butler, among many others.

Altered Carbon’s author Richard K Morgan is from Norfolk which is just one (OK, two) of the 10 reasons we put forward as to why you should watch the Netflix series that everyone is talking about

Four guys under a street light in New Jersey many Blue Moons ago created a sound so unique that some sixty years later people still crave it.

I so wanted to love this show. Following years of mild brainwashing as a child – thanks Mum – I have long been a huge fan of musicals and in particular the fabulous collection from MGM.

Since announcing himself with seminal vampire horror Cronos (1993) and garnering further acclaim with Pan’s Labyrinth (2005), Guillermo del Toro has established himself as one of the finest living directors of fantasy cinema.

The popular boxing legend gave an insightful, informative, humourous and honest appraisal of his glittering career (warts and all).

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.

School choirs from across Suffolk are fine-tuning their performances for competition with the Great EACH Choir Off now just a few days away.

Music industry professionals in Suffolk have warned that a “long, sober look” is needed at supporting live music venues across the country, as a new national survey reveals threats to the future of some spaces.

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