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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

Katherine Ryan is best known for her caustic comedy style on panel shows such as Mock the Week and 8 Out of 10 Cats,

In his inimitable Cockney style he lobbed out a host of gags and funny stories to a near sell out audience.

This week the role of critics has come under scrutiny as one long-serving reviewer revealed a racist approach to the casting of classic plays. Arts editor Andrew Clarke says that while you should disapprove of his views, banning dissenting voices is never the answer

A new children’s show at the DanceHouse, in Ipswich, combines dance with circus skills and plenty of surprises. Arts editor Andrew Clarke spoke to choreographer Tamsin Fitzgerald about inspiring a new generation of theatregoers

Updated: Ipswich Scout and Guide Gang Show turns 80

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Happy birthday to the Ipswich Scout and Guide Gang Show, which turned 80 this week.

Tracy Beaker star Dani Harmer and comedy legend Bobby Davro tell a tale as old as time in Enchanted Entertainment’s Easter pantomime Beauty and the Beast.

Fresh from his retirement from international cricket commentary, Henry Blofeld isn’t just yet declare just yet and is returning to the region on his farewell tour, looking back at 50 years behind the Test Match Special microphone.

A new report has suggested that theatres and arts organisations should be planning to engage more with an older audience as society ages. Arts editor Andrew Clarke suggests that older audiences don’t want to be pandered to, rather they want to be creatively challenged and engaged.

In less than five years the Ink Festival has established itself as a vital platform for new theatrical writing. Arts editor Andrew Clarke spoke to artistic director Julia Sowerbutts about how the festival has developed

Dancing at Lughnasa is one of the great theatre experiences of recent years. David Henshall speaks to Emma Martin about the play and it’s view on family life, prior to a new regional tour by Suffolk-based Open Space Theatre Company

Son of a Preacher Man at the Ipswich Regent until Saturday

Two of the great icons of Hollywood’s Golden Age take centrestage in a new play Bette and Joan touring Suffolk next month. Arts editor Andrew Clarke spoke to Jayne Lindill about the humanity behind the hatred.

Drawing audiences from all over the region, The New Wolsey’s PULSE Festival is one of the cornerstones of East Anglia’s cultural calendar. Arts editor Andrew Clarke takes a look at this year’s line-up.

Families, at times, are not places for the faint hearted. They can resemble Kangaroo courts with huge great elephants in every corner. Set in Clacton, Guesthouse, written by Nicola Werenowsa, is a drama that unravels 50 years of family history through three generations of the women.

Dara, ignore your GP, your wife and the doubters who laughed at you last night. Shufflefeet is a real condition. I have it too. Stay strong, together we can beat it.

Mind-reader Alex McAleer began his magic career on stage in Suffolk before developing successful cabaret shows in Norwich. Now he has found international success as part of hit show Champions of Magic.

Few things have the power to inspire, provoke, comfort, challenge or transport you like theatre. As part of World Theatre Day, we spoke to Latitude Festival’s arts curator Tania Harrison.

The Ipswich Regent was transformed into an opera house on Sunday night for the Ellen Kent production of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly.

Shakespeare’s Macbeth is one of the world’s greatest plays. It’s got murder, greed, lust, passion, ambition, witches and magic. Who could ask for more?

Tickets are now on sale for this year’s PULSE Festival Ipswich, bringing together some of the best contemporary performances and works in progress from established and emerging artists.

Despite showcases like the Celebration of Schools Music at Snape, opportunities for engagement in the arts in schools are becoming harder to deliver. Arts editor Andrew Clarke takes a look at the benefits we all gain from introducing young people to the arts early.

The New Wolsey Theatre’s Young Company is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year. Arts editor Andrew Clarke spoke to associate director Rob Salmon about the opportunities theatre can offer to youngsters

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