West End musicals Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat and Hairspray head to Ipswich Regent

Joseph and The Technicolour Dreamcoat, coming to Ipswich next year. Photograph: Contributed

Joseph and The Technicolour Dreamcoat, coming to Ipswich next year. Photograph: Contributed - Credit: Archant

Stuck for Christmas present ideas? The Ipswich Regent has the answer, with blockbuster musicals Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat and Hairspray heading to town next year.

Hairspray, coming to the Ipswich Regent next year. Photograph: Pamela Raith

Hairspray, coming to the Ipswich Regent next year. Photograph: Pamela Raith - Credit: Archant

The news comes after the theatre revealed some 8,000 people from across the county flocked to see the Agatha Christie whodunnit The Mousetrap last week.

Councillor Bryony Rudkin, Ipswich Borough Council’s culture and leisure portfolio-holder, said: “These two huge shows will attract many thousands of people to the Regent and enhance what is already a sizzling line-up. The theatre helps us to put on the biggest and best cultural offer in the region.”

Bill Kenwright’s production of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s family musical Joseph runs June 2-6, 2015. The retelling of the Biblical story of Joseph, his 11 brothers and the coat of many colours it includes songs like Any Dream Will Do and Close Every Door To Me.

X Factor top five finalist Lloyd Daniels makes his musical theatre debut as Joseph. Also taking on his first musical theatre role as Paraoh is Matt Lapinskas, known to millions of EastEnders’ fans as Anthony Moon.

Proving you can’t stop the beat is the new production of Hairspray, running November 23-28, 2015.

Turning the clock back to Baltimore 1962, Tracy Turnblad, a big girl with big hair and an even bigger heart, is determined to dance her way on to national TV. She’s soon using her new-found fame to fight for equality.

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Featuring songs like I Can Hear The Bells and Good Morning Baltimore it’s guaranteed to have you out your seat and on your feet.

“If anyone was stuck for Christmas presents, I think we’ve just solved their problem. These two blockbuster shows provide superb entertainment. Book now as we only have both shows for just one week,” added the Ipswich Regent’s David Mansfield.

Both shows go on sale at 9.30am tomorrow.

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