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Theatre news

Wed, 19:55

The New Wolsey has announced its autumn season. It contains a classic knock-about farce, a new musical, a mystery which features Agatha Christie, a gripping World War II drama and a new play about dangerous prejudice in a small community

A new dramatisation of the Quentin Blake book The Green Ship is to be performed at Woodbridge Library next month.

Timothy West CBE and Samuel West in Conversation, Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds, Sunday April 14

The annual touring Easter pantomime Peter Pan at the Ipswich Regent didn’t fail to get the audience up dancing on their feet last night, as they took a trip to Neverland.

East Anglia was once known as ‘The Bread Basket of Britain’ today it could be re-named as ‘The Main Stage’ as a new report reveals that arts and culture provision has a greater impact on the UK economy than agriculture and Suffolk is shining a spotlight on the way ahead.

Suffolk’s new-look summer theatre will offer quirky plays with a local flavour along with timeless classics. We speak to independent theatre producer Matthew Townshend about his plans to make theatre part of the coastal community

Review: Caroline’s Kitchen, by Torben Betts, Original Theatre Company, Colchester Mercury until Saturday April 13

Art & books

Yesterday, 11:26

A Suffolk author has released his second book set on the county’s coast.

Porn is suddenly a talking point once again after the UK government announced that a UK-wide porn ban will be introduced in July. Arts editor Andrew Clarke offers a personal view about the uncertainties and shortcomings of the proposed ban and how it will affect the art world

A Colchester artist will be creating a pair of elephant figures for Elmer’s Big Parade, three years after his late wife designed the much-loved Ipswich Hedgepig for Pigs Gone Wild.

Fans of the beloved children’s book Elmer stomped their way into an Ipswich library to celebrate their own unique qualities and appearances.

An anti-trafficking campaigner who spent years helping families in refugee camps before writing a book which scooped this year’s Waterstones Children’s Book Prize is coming to Ipswich.

TV & films

Tue, 12:48

It was one of the most anticipated returns in television history with millions waiting to see what would happen in the massive-budget last-ever six episodes of the dragon and magic blockbuster. The answer? Not much. CONTAINS SPOILERS

A historic Sudbury hotel will appear on a popular Channel 4 television show where business owners are invited to judge other people’s B&Bs.

Fleabag series two finale: the best quotes from this year’s stand-out comedy, including Belinda’s monologue. The Priest’s command in the confession box, Fleabag’s rant about hair and Claire’s awkward way of telling her sister she loves her.

Shocking revelations mean we’ll be back next week for the third instalment of ITV’s The Widow - but what did we learn in episode two and what are the questions we’ve been left pondering? CONTAINS SPOILERS.


Yesterday, 11:17

Review: English Touring Opera, Rossini, Verdi, Mozart, Snape Maltings, April 11-13

For much of the population, April 13 will be just another date on the calendar – but for vinyl obsessives, it’s a time to rejoice.

In the final part of our series on multicultural Ipswich, we take a look at some of the international restaurants, festivals and musicians that the town is now home to.

Ipswich Regent are playing host to a boy band extravaganza next year when four of the biggest names from 90s pop get together to bring down the house.

East-Anglian based Trianon Music Group have a reputation of producing music programmes with a difference. This is certainly the case for their next major concert on Saturday April 27 at the Ipswich Corn Exchange.

Days Out

Yesterday, 20:00

A zoo in Essex is celebrating the birth of two adorable red river hog piglets.

Historic Suffolk sailing smack Excelsior has been taking water-lovers for day sails in Ipswich over the weekend.

The weather might not have been perfect for the Framlingham Country Show over the weekend, but visitors were determined to put on their warm waterproof coats and have a good time anyway.

Saturday’s miserable weather did nothing to dampen the spirits of the crowds who turned up for the free fun day of events on Ipswich Cornhill.

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