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One of the nation’s greatest dance companies is coming to Ipswich to unveil a triple bill of new work. Arts editor Andrew Clarke takes a look at what is in store when the National Dance Company Wales takes to the stage

Touring company Eastern Angles are letting their audiences do the talking with a new play, Everything Must Go, which has been devised from interviews with residents of Ipswich care homes. Arts editor Andrew Clarke finds out about the value of shopping

Strictly Come Dancing star Danny Mac is coming to Ipswich.

The number of students taking arts-based or creative subjects is falling. Arts editor Andrew Clarke says we ignore these subjects at our peril because our economic future is tied up in the talent of tomorrow

The musical that takes all the “poodle rock” songs from the 1980s and packages them up in one fun-filled evening of big hair and tight jeans.

Graham Seed talks about his role in the stage version of Ealing Studios classic The Ladykillers, currently on at Ipswich’s New Wolsey Theatre, and being dropped (literally) from The Archers. Spoilers ahead.

First things first, let it be known that the film that this theatrical event is based on is one of my top 25, desert island movies. It has, therefore, a lot to live up to. Transferring any classic film from the big screen to the stage is a perilous job because it comes with a massive amount of baggage and expectation.

The New Wolsey Theatre is teaming up with Ipswich Town Football Club and its fans to stage a celebratory musical marking the 40th anniversary of the club’s FA Cup win. Arts editor Andrew Clarke spoke to writer-director Peter Rowe about the ambitious project.

Theatre giant Sir Peter Hall has died after a long illness. Born in Suffolk, he returned to the county to direct the film of Akenfield. Arts Editor Andrew Clarke takes a look at his life and career.

Theatre giant Sir Peter Hall has died after a long illness. Born in Suffolk, he returned to the county to direct the film of Akenfield. Arts Editor Andrew Clarke takes a look at his life and career.

Red Rose Chain’s revamped community theatre group gets off to a great start today, performing for HighTide Festival launch audiences.

HighTide theatre festival is all about providing opportunities for new talent. Arts editor Andrew Clarke speaks to Tallulah Brown, an emerging playwright from Aldeburgh, who has new play dealing with the power of the sea

HighTide theatre festival celebrates its tenth anniversary with a week of premieres and new work staged across Aldeburgh. Arts editor Andrew Clarke spoke to artistic director Steven Atkinson about HighTide’s success in discovering new talent

The hit television show Storage Hunters is coming to the Corn Exchange in Ipswich next month.

Top comedian Joe Lycett is the latest stand-up set to bring his new tour to Ipswich, after announcing a date at the Corn Exchange next year.

Children with cancer, paedophiles, the holocaust, fatal nut allergies, animal cruelty – almost no topic is off the table when Ricky Gervais comes to town.

Philip Thicknesse was a soldier, traveller, writer and thinker. He was also a man who had a knack of making enemies. Arts editor Andrew Clarke speaks to writer Peppy Barlow about a new play about this unlikely East Anglian hero

This funny and emotive musical about a class of disadvantaged teens on a school trip was originally written by Willy Russell in the 70s but remains just as true and poignant today.

A new show based on the Oscar winning movie An Officer and a Gentleman is one of several musicals heading to the Ipswich Regent next year.

Adventurer Ray Mears wonders whether wildlife documentaries are working when it comes to inspiring the next generation of conservationists and how Lyme Disease threatened to end his career ahead of his East Anglian shows.

Griff Rhys Jones talks about his new tour, his enduring partnership with the late Mel Smith and their unaired BBC sitcom.

Bury Theatre Royal is offering young actors a summer holiday experience like no other, an opportunity to work in a professional musical. Arts editor Andrew Clarke spoke to director Karen Simpson

Oh Happy Day, the Sister Act Live Choir is coming to Ipswich with a special cinema screening of the hit Whoopi Goldberg movie.

Comedian Joe Pasquale returns to the region over the next few weeks. He took time out from his latest tour, The Devil in Disguise, to chat.

The annual summer production in Stowmarket is underway, with families invited to see The Railway Children this week.

The Railway Children remains one of the nation’s most beloved children’s books and now it is being transferred to the stage. David Henshall talks to David Vince about a new production at Stowmarket’s John Peel Centre

Rural touring theatre company Wonderful Beast loves telling a good story and winning the hearts of the community. Arts editor Andrew Clarke spoke to artistic director Alys Kihl about their discovery of a new audience.

The timeless re-telling of the classic story Peter Pan has had a burst of new life injected into it by the team of Daniel Buckroyd and Matthew Cullum. Barrie’s wonderful story about the boy who never grew up started life as a stage play before being turned into a best-selling novel, so it is fitting that Buckroyd and Cullum have returned this tale of children and their fears of the adult world to the stage for this innovative adaptation.

Top comedian Rob Brydon has lined up a date at the Ipswich Regent this year for his first stand-up tour since 2009.

Bringing together some of his favourite work, there were unicorns, dragons... okay, that’s a lie. In fact, he asked the whole audience to lie about what we’d seen so we didn’t spoil it for others.

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