Dickens’ dark comedy in a new touring show

Bleak House by The Pantaloons

Bleak House by The Pantaloons - Credit: Archant

Bleak House coming to the Waterfront

There is a tremendous range of entertainment available, in and around Ipswich Waterfront.

Before Christmas, I happened to drop in at the Jerwood DanceHouse for a drink, one evening and discovered The Rise and Fall of Little Voice being presented by the Mustard Theatre Company.

This dark, black comedy, with music of course, proved to be a fine night’s entertainment - at very little cost.

A happy accident for us when we had just gone for a walk by Waterfront.

The Jerwood DanceHouse is home to a wide range of dance shows, performances and of course classes and training.

There is also buys programme of performances over the coming months.

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But it is not just dance, of course.

The Pantaloons touring company, regular visitors to Ipswich, are bringing their latest production, an adaption of Charles Dickens’ Bleak House to Ipswich Waterfront in March.

Dickens darkly comic story, set in a foggy, Victorian London, is at the Jerwood DanceHouse on Sunday March 8.

It is co-written and directed by Mark Hayward, from Ipswich.

The cast of five produces a wide range of characters from Dickens tale.

“Fog everywhere. Fog up the river where it flows among green aits and meadows; fog down the river, where it rolls defiled among the tiers of shipping, and the waterside pollutions of a great (and dirty) city.”

When a dead body is discovered in Mr Krook’s Rag-and-Bone shop, a web of mysteries starts to untangle, with far-reaching consequences.

Hilarious, tragic and romantic by turns, Dickens’ darkly comic masterpiece is retold by The Pantaloons in their own inimitable style.

Advance tickets are now on sale.

The Pantaloons are well-known for open air and touring productions.

This Spring and Summer they will be touring with Pride & Prejudice, Much Ado About Nothing and Treasure Island.

Venues will include Christchurch Park and Holywells Park, in Ipswich.


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