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Theatre news

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Esther Freud never set out to be an author, she just loves telling stories. She talks about her path to success, dealing with pressure and offers advice to aspiring writers.

Theatre has the ability to tackle some big questions in a fun and entertaining manner. Arts Editor Andrew Clarke spoke to director Amit Lahav about his new show The Wedding which asks questions about society and how we live.

In three years the Ink Festival has established itself as a vital platform for new theatrical writing talent. Arts editor Andrew Clarke spoke to artistic directors Julia Sowerbutts and Emma Struthers to find out how the festival has developed

This year’s Ink Festival sees celebrated novelist Esther Freud make her playwrighting debut. She, and director Helen Atkinson Wood, reveal more while professional theatre critic Libby Purves offers advice on how to get your new play noticed.

There is just nothing sacred for the Pub Landlord. He’ll touch every raw nerve in your body with his bigoted and single-minded view on life.

Comedian Jim Tavaré will no longer grace the stage of Clacton’s Princes Theatre or Felixstowe’s Spa Pavilion after being involved in a near fatal car crash in his home city of Los Angeles.

It was panto time at the Ipswich Regent this afternoon with Robin Hood and his band of merry men taking centre stage for the Easter production hosted by Enchanted Entertainment, the same company which brought us the Christmas offering just a few months ago.

Iestyn Edwards is coming to the Aldeburgh Bookshop and INK Festival at The Cut, Halesworth

Gangsta Granny author David Walliams talks about the special bond he had with his grandmas and his passion for writing for children.

Comedian Omid Djalili is bringing his latest show to the region as part of a huge 110-date tour. He talks about rubbing shoulders in Hollywood, finding laughs in the Chilcot report and why he doesn’t mind being called a schmuck.

A Suffolk dog has been hand-picked to star on stage with a touring opera company when its production of La Bohème rolls into Ipswich.

This week you can go on a magical adventure with Ben and Holly – who have found the perfect recipe for entertaining young children.

No-one has been surprised to see Suzie Lowe back at work directing this year’s Easter pantomime at the Felixstowe Spa Pavilion just weeks after becoming a mother.

Tomorrow, tomorrow, it’s showtime tomorrow for the cast of Annie Jr at DanceEast in Ipswich.

Expect surprises when Eastern Edge Theatre Company stage The Two Gentlemen of Verona at The Avenue Theatre later this month.

Pete Townshend’s classic rock opera Tommy is one of the great cultural treasures of our time. It started life as a double-album released by The Who in 1969. It was the first time that rock music had attempted to tell a complex story through song.

Spandau Ballet’s Martin Kemp will play the father of rock ‘n’ roll Sam Phillips when smash show Million Dollar Quartet visits Ipswich.

Peter Duncan hopes his latest visit to the region goes better than the time he could’ve drowned in Lowestoft harbour.

Noel Coward and Gertrude Lawrence were two of the biggest stars in Britain. Arts editor Andrew Clarke speaks to the team bringing their artistic love affair back on stage

Cabbage can have a terrible effect on your digestive system - even if you are The Queen.

Dogs with star quality are being sought to audition for a part in touring opera, La Bohème, when it comes to Ipswich at the end of the month.

The gang’s all here and they’re ready to entertain you.

Director Kerry Michael has unveiled an outstanding spectacle of a show which brilliantly displays the continued quality and the ambition of what the New Wolsey has to offer.

It’s not too late to book tickets and take in a great show in April.

Urinetown, a musical which has its roots in fringe theatre, imagines a future where water is so scarce that paying for a pee is only way to control the masses and their out of control squandering of the earth’s resources.

An Ipswich comedy club which celebrates its 10th anniversary this month is moving to a new venue to mark the occasion.

If your mum enjoys a good musical or you are arranging a first theatre date with a new girlfriend, you might want to think hard about booking this show. It’s a multi-Tony Award-winner, sharp and funny but for Pete’s sake don’t mention the title until your guest is strapped firmly in their seat.

The regional premiere of an Ealing Comedy classic and the revival of a much-loved New Wolsey musical form the cornerstone of the Ipswich theatre’s autumn season – along with a brand new rock’n’roll pantomime.

An amateur dramatic group in Kesgrave has paid tribute to one of its longest serving members ahead of its new show – the first in 49 years not to have included his input.

East Anglia is home to a wide variety of theatres and playhouses, and performers from across the region, the UK and indeed the world, have graced their stages.

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