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Thursday, June 14, 2018

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.

Audiences will be going wild as X Factor winner Matt Terry will be starring in Madagascar the Musical, which comes to the Ipswich Regent from October 16-20.

An enthusiastic audience welcomed Strictly Come Dancing stars, Kevin and Karen Clifton, to the Ipswich Regent for their live show and goodness me, they were in for a treat.

Donning the famous green dress Amelia Lily is heading to the region to play Princess Fiona in the musical Shrek. The former X Factor singer tells Simon Parkin about her unconventional audition, being away from her beloved dogs.

Cast illness has forced the last-minute cancellation of a show at an Ipswich theatre.

The New Wolsey’s fringe festival PULSE opens its doors today for its 18th year of showcasing new talent. Arts editor Andrew Clarke takes a look at this year’s line-up

Fans of Strictly Come Dancing favourite Giovanni Pernice have given his new show a 10. You can judge for yourself when it visits Felixstowe’s Spa Pavilion on June 20.

More than £19.3million is set to be distributed to museums, library services and arts firms in Suffolk over the next four years, as Arts Council England allocates the latest phase of cash grants.

Mica Paris, Jorgie Porter and Keith Jack lead the cast of Fame - The Musical, coming to the Ipswich Regent as part of its new 30th anniversary tour.

Hats off to Northern Broadsides.

After running the gamut of every possible emotion, the audience for Grow Up Grandad, will undoubtedly go home savouring their own individual and personal experience of the story. Performed by the highly skilled Gallery Players at the Sir John Mills Theatre, this delightful small cast play by Gordon Steel was premiered in the North East in 2015.

Jason Manford is bringing his latest live show Muddle Class back to the region next year.

The role of grandparents in our society is changing. Arts editor Andrew Clarke talks to Gallery Players director Steve Wolldridge about a new play which examines intergenerational relationships

Her sharp, wise crack humour had her audience in stitches with her one-woman show.

Colchester Mercury artistic director Daniel Buckroyd, the man who has championed Mercury Rising, the theatre’s £8.7 million renovation project, will be leaving in August to take over the running of the Exeter Northcott Theatre.

As a fan of radio comedy - The Now Show, The News Quiz, Round the Horne etc - I am sorry to say Radio Active passed me by when it was first broadcast in the 1980s (ahem...too young, obviously) so it was great catch the new tour at the Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds.

This is the third instalment in Jo Carrick’s engaging Tudor trilogy and the middle episode of the saga. The strength of Jo’s writing is that she can frame history-changing national events and anchor them in a local setting. She shows how Suffolk people lived through and dealt with changing times.

Everyone knows Danny Baker. Whether it’s for his radio career, infamous washing powder adverts, football programmes in the 1990s or his recent appearance on I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here.

Most tours tagged with a 20th anniversary label are showcases for sentimental trips down memory lane. Usually both performer and audience luxuriate in the hits from yesteryear but, what made Kerry Ellis’ 20th anniversary performance so refreshing was that, for the most part, her show was all about new music. The first half was filled with songs from her latest album Golden Days, which is a collaboration with Queen guitarist Brian May, and was a clear indication that Kerry is a performer who is looking forward rather than back.

What a heady, vibrant musical celebration! Our Blue Heaven takes audiences back in time to revisit Ipswich Town’s momentous FA Cup victory over Arsenal in May 1978. But, this isn’t just a stroll down memory lane for long-time football fans but rather it’s a celebration of a town.

The years rolled away this weekend. There was a feeling of the 1970s in the air as the New Wolsey Theatre premiered Our Blue Heaven, its musical celebration of Ipswich Town’s May 1978 FA Cup win over Arsenal.

Legendary broadcaster Danny Baker’s back on the road, sharing stories spanning more than 30 years. He talks about holidaying on the Broads and the joy of being shallow.

The New Wolsey Theatre has always been part of the community. For artistic director Peter Rowe, the 40th anniversary of Ipswich Town’s FA Cup win was a perfect opportunity to create an ambitious musical celebration. Arts editor Andrew Clarke spoke to him.

Known for being one fourth of Britain’s Got Talent winners Collabro, we can exclusively reveal Matt Pagan’s pulling on his tights to appear in this year’s Ipswich Regent pantomime.

The title may sound a bit dubious but as all musical theatre fans know The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas is all good clean fun, well almost. David Henshall takes a look at the award-winning show and its roots in real-life

The story, by Willy Russell, translates fantastically to the stage and makes one of the great musicals.

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