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From Fame the Musical to Britain’s Got Talent finalists Flawless, there is something for everyone this autumn at the Ipswich Regent.

Shakespeare continues to be one of the most adaptable playwrights. His work is endlessly rewarding and continues to benefit from some inspired reinventions. Andrew Clarke and Lynne Mortimer recall some of their most memorable encounters with The Bard

Theatres are getting ready for their autumn seasons. The New Wolsey in Ipswich has gathered together a number of premieres and critically acclaimed tours to entertain us. Arts editor Andrew Clarke selects his choice of the productions on offer

Review: Much Ado About Nothing, Red Rose Chain, Theatre in the Forest, Jimmy’s Farm, to August 26

Earning standing ovations across the country, Bobby Ball’s The Dressing Room stops by Felixstowe’s Spa Pavilion this Friday.

A decade on from a maiden Ipswich Regent performance supporting Al Murray, Geordie comic Chris Ramsey has established himself into one of the UK’s top stand-up performers in his own right.

Harry Potter star Oliver Phelps has swapped his wand for a warrant card, making his stage debut as a policeman caught up in a murder mystery.

I’m not a fan of Les Mis, it’s a bit of a downer. Or sung through musicals. Or musicals in general. So why watch this a second time? Because CTC are just so good.

Colchester’s Mercury Theatre is looking to inject a little musical magic into the summer holidays with their new production of Babe: The Sheep-Pig. Arts editor Andrew Clarke spoke to director Katie Posner about celebrating the theatrical nature of the show

Five years after last staging Les Misérables, the Children’s Theatre Company Ipswich return with the French-set drama, this time at the Corn Exchange.

Review of Unseen Enemy: Radar and The Cold War by Suzanne Hawkes

The story of Bawdsey Manor during the Cold War is the story behind a new play by Suzanne Hawkes. Arts Editor Andrew Clarke spoke to her about East Anglia on the front lines.

Harry Hill performed in the comedy tent at this year’s Latitude Festival.

Maria Marten and the Murder in the Red Barn is one of the most enduring parts of Suffolk folklore. It’s a story that has been told, re-told, adapted, sung and staged countless times over the centuries and you would think that there is nothing more to say about this infamous crime. You would be wrong.

HighTide unveils a musical tinged theatre festival this year. Arts editor Andrew Clarke spoke to artistic director Steven Atkinson about the treats in store and discovers a real East Anglian flavour to the work

Maria Marten and the Red Barn has been an important part of Suffolk folklore for the past 200 years but who was the real Maria Marten. Arts Editor Andrew Clarke joined the cast of Eastern Angles summer show Polstead to find out

It’s the story of a feisty young girl whose parent figure is determined teach her perfect diction and turn her into a lady. Not only my childhood in a nutshell, but also the premise of the fabulous new production of My Fair Lady at Ipswich Regent.

James Acaster is one of several standout stand-ups appearing at this year’s Latitude Festival, returning to Henham Park, July 12-15.

The Orchard Players are back at Capel St Mary Community Centre from tonight, taking on one of their biggest shows so far - Oliver.

Considered the world’s greatest living explorer, Sir Ranulph Fiennes explains why he’s not ready to pack it in just yet and why, when it comes to cleaning out the gutters at home, it’s his wife who rises to the occassion.

I’d wager more than a few people considered joining the circus after a barnstorming first night and that’s no humbug.

Belly laughs were in abundance at the Ipswich Regent this week as Geordie comedy queen Sarah Millican brought two sold out performances of her Control Enthusiast tour to town.

Barnum, the circus musical, that made Michael Crawford, a West End and Broadway star, is being revived in an ambitious production at the end of this month by the Ipswich Co-op Juniors. Alan Ayres spoke to two local aerial artists who have been recuited to handle some of the dazzling stunts in the show

A feisty Felixstowe audience gave Giovanni Pernice a little more than he bargained for on Wednesday as he brought his Born to Win tour to the Spa Pavilion.

The greatest show comes to Ipswich next week in the shape of Barnum - the Co-op Juniors Theatre Company’s most ambitious summer musical yet.

Miss Saigon star Ashley Gilmour - who plays American GI Chris - looks forward to playing every new venue on the musical’s mega tour - but Norfolk will be particularly special: it’s the place he calls home.

When the creator of smash 1970s sit-com Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em comes to see you bring it to life on the stage 13 times, you know you’re doing something right says Joe Pasquale.

It’s been 45 or so years since Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em blessed us with the complete daftness and hilarity of Michael Crawford’s Frank Spencer. He played a uniquely disastrous individual character that cannot be forgotten. Now imagine that today... on a live stage.

Suffolk’s Royal Ballet star Gary Avis receives an MBE “for services to Dance, and to charity in Suffolk”.

A two night stop at the Regent Theatre may not be the most rock ‘n’ roll sounding affair, but Bill Bailey brought the house down with his raucous brand of music-infused comedy.

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