Theatre news

Friday, August 16, 2019

Suffolk theatre offers a dazzling array of high quality, home-produced theatre which utilises West-End talent to offer local audiences something extra special. We take a look at the productions seeking to entertain us on the run-up to Christmas

As the cheery music started at the Regent Theatre Ipswich, there were plenty of little heads bobbing along to the first song in the Elmer the Patchwork Elephant Show, which was making a special visit to the town.

Ipswich is set to enjoy a major boost to its new arts and leisure economy thanks to an extensive re-development of the New Wolsey Theatre site on Civic Drive.

Red Rose Chain has been exposing audiences to the joy of Shakespeare for the past 20 years as part of their annual Theatre in the Forest events. We take a look at director Jo Carrick's adventurous approach to The Bard

Ipswich Town fans are set to relive the magic of the club's historic UEFA Cup victory as popular musical Our Blue Heaven returns to the New Wolsey Theatre.

HighTide is a festival which celebrates the very best in new writing and groundbreaking contemporary theatre performances. We take a look at this year's programme

Elmer the Patchwork Elephant Show is coming to the Ipswich Regent next week - and youngsters can join in a special sticker swap shop before the curtain goes up.

Art & books

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Singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran's journey to global stardom is explored in a new Made in Suffolk exhibition at Christchurch Mansion. We take a look at the vast array of memorablia on display

An exhibition called 'Pests' has opened in Felixtowe and the vegan artist behind it hopes it will help people think about the damage they are doing to animals.

An exhibition of Suffolk superstar Ed Sheeran's life is to open in Ipswich just days before his big shows in the borough.

The success of David Attenborough's Life series and Chris Packham's enthusiastic Springwatch and Autumnwatch programmes means that youngsters have become increasingly well versed with the world around them. Now a new writing competition aims to boost their imaginations still further

The British sex comedies of the 1970s have long been regarded as the low point of the British film industry but Suffolk writer Alan Stafford has found comic inspiration in their tackiness and has penned a new novel based on a tragic half-finished film

TV & films

Former Kesgrave High School pupil Maria Louis - daughter of former Ipswich Witches speedway champion John Louis - has landed a role as Shelley on BBC's Eastenders.

The autumn is one of the busiest and most important times of year for cinema releases with studios looking for awards-season hits as well as family-friendly blockbusters. Here's what's in store for the rest of the year

Louisa Baldwin spoke to acclaimed comic Billy Connolly ahead of the release of a new film documenting his final tour coming to cinemas.

Gok Wan is on the hunt for brides-to-be in Ipswich, who are ready to 'Say Yes to the Dress' for the new series of the hit show.


The Maui Waui Festival is one of Suffolk's most diverse and intriguing weekend events. Mixing circus with a wide variety of music, it offers something for everyone: including families. We take a look at this year's line-up

About 500 extra car parking spaces have been made available in Ipswich town centre for music fans heading to Ed Sheeran's concerts at Chantry Park over the Bank Holiday weekend.

From sticking his glasses together with Sellotape to hanging out with Big Narstie on a mattress in Framlingham - singing teacher Claire Weston recalls some of her favourite memories of Ed Sheeran.

If you have bought tickets for Ed Sheeran's Chantry Park concerts but can't go after all, how can you resell your tickets?

Ipswich singer Caswell is gearing up for the biggest weekend of her life after she was crowned the winner of a nation-wide competition to support global superstar Ed Sheeran on his Divide world tour.

Days Out


National Dog Day is coming up on bank holiday Monday, August 26. East Anglia is full of wonderful places to take your best friend for an outing. Here are 21 great spots to explore.

Ever watched a time travelling episode of Doctor Who or one of Hollywood's historical epics and caught yourself thinking: "Wouldn't it have been great to see Boudica sack Colchester or witnessed a battle in medieval England?" then this weekend could provide you with the next best thing as Colchester Castle finds itself under seige as it stages two days of blood and mayhem as Roman, Viking and Medieval invaders look to storm the battlements.

Spectacular thrills are in store as Clacton Airshow returns this week. Here's your guide to one of East Anglia's biggest summer events.

Thousands of fans with tickets to the Ed Sheeran concerts at Chantry Park over the Bank Holiday weekend are wondering what the weather has in store for them.

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