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DanceEast’s seasons tend to have a broad, over-arching theme which loosely ties together a series of unrelated events. In the past we have had seasons of world premieres or a season of shows which looked at migration and international cultures.

Comedian Jim Davidson talks about latest tour 40 Years On, the highs and lows, being deliberately provocative and his charity work ahead of Ipswich Regent show.

It may be a tale as old as time, but it’s the first time The Orchard Players have staged Beauty and the Beast. It’s been a challenge, director and group chairwoman Lynn Perera told entertainment writer Wayne Savage.

Comedian Mike McClean returns to Ipswich next week. Just be sure you don’t turn up late he tells entertainment writer Wayne Savage.

Event’s Martin Hutchinson talks to Allan Cosgrove of Rumours of Fleetwood Mac, playing the Ipswich Regent tonight.

An audience of all ages lapped up a polished performance from The CTC as the youth theatre group brought Andrew Lloyd Webber’s hit show, Cats, to the Apex for some post-Christmas feline fun.

A Suffolk cinema is celebrating a bumper year, after recording their highest admission numbers on record.

Fee fi fo fum, there’s still time for Felixstowe Spa audiences to catch Jack and the Beanstalk’s festive run.

Look out X Factor host Dermot O’Leary, former contestant Stevi Ritchie’s after your job. He talks to entertainment writer Wayne Savage

When pantomime works it’s great. When it doesn’t, it can still be great; for the audience if not the performers. The cast of this year’s Ipswich Regent pantomime, Sleeping Beauty, share their best and worst moments with entertainment writer Wayne Savage.

The Children’s Theatre Company invite you to join them for a night on the tiles.

There’s still time to set sail with Red Rose Chain for a swash-buckling adventure full of pirates, parrots and hidden treasure.

For a big helping of festive high spirits look no further than the Ipswich Regent where mischief and music are cheerily served up in this mostly traditional pantomime.

A dark night November night is filled with light and magic at Red Rose Chain’s new multi sensory show. Made for young people with complex needs and/or multiple disabilities, this show is a transformative and beautiful experience for all its audience.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at the Seckford Theatre in Woodbridge.

DanceEast is hosting a family-friendly production of Pinocchio during the run-up to Christmas. 
Arts editor Andrew Clarke spoke to choreographer Jasmin Vardimon and production manager Ed Yetton about getting the show up and running

There’s no such thing as a one-size fits all pantomime according to director and panto dame David Phipps-Davis, author of Sleeping Beauty, this year’s Ipswich Regent panto.

The great American film director John Ford had a saying: “If the legend is better than the truth then print the legend.”

Naughty elves have been holding toys captive, redecorating Christmas trees and swinging from the lampshades over the past week.

The Colchester Mercury has a well deserved reputation for staging some of the most lavish traditional pantomimes in East Anglia.

There were no dancing cups and saucers, singing clocks or candelabra hosts but who needs the Disney sparkle when you have the true magic of panto?

The Ipswich Co-op Juniors certainly know how to stage a spectacle and this year’s festive extravaganza is as glitzy and glamorous – and as technically accomplished – as anything you would see on a West End stage.

In an age when most pantomimes are traditional and predictable, the New Wolsey’s new rock’n’roll panto, Sinbad, doesn’t arrive like a breath of fresh air but more like a full-blown tempest. In among the rock’n’roll classics like Living on a Prayer, Smoke on the Water, The Tide Is High and Sending Out an SOS, we even get some lines of Shakespeare’s King Lear: “Blow, winds, and crack your cheeks!” to underline the power of the story.

Families in Ipswich, Felixstowe, Bury St Edmunds, Stowmarket, Woodbridge and Newmarket will be expecting a visit from a naughty little elf tonight as the Christmas tradition continues.

The Wizard of Oz, a Hollywood musical classic, is brought to the Ipswich Regent with style by the Ipswich Operatic and Dramatic Society.

Tickets are selling fast for tomorrow’s performances of an old-time musical by the Barton Players – but there are still a few seats left.

Panto season is almost upon us and photographer Sarah Lucy Brown and Arts editor Andrew Clarke have been behind the scenes at the New Wolsey Theatre in Ipswich to discover that a lot of planning goes into the creation of so much chaos, music and magic

There are dozens of traditional pantomimes taking place in Suffolk this Christmas season, but there are also a selection of other shows ideal for the whole family.

This play’s first incarnation was as a film – of the same name – and is also written by Nick Newman and Ian Hislop, of Private Eye fame.

Since leaving teaching and becoming a professional comedian just a few years ago, Romesh Ranganathan has quickly established a career as one of the country’s leading comics.

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