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Tue, 10:55

Smash-hit musical Sister Act was the "best-selling show ever" at an Ipswich sixth form college.

Review: Shirley Valentine, by Willy Russell, Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds until February 15

Strictly Come Dancing favourite Karen Hauer has teamed up with fellow professional Gorka Marquez for the first time on their brand new Latin tour Firedance. Here she talks Strictly, fitness and dogs and reveals why fans can expect something "a little bit different" from the pair.

Felixstowe's Spa Pavilion Theatre, on the seafront, is offering audiences the opportunity to see some powerful theatre.

Maria Marten's cold-blooded murder in Polstead's Red Barn continues weave an almost mystical spell over our imaginations. As a new play heads out on the road we take a look at the fact-is-stranger-than-fiction elements of this fascinating slice of Suffolk history

Monty Python's Flying Circus changed comedy forever. Following the recent sad loss of Terry Jones and "seventh Python" Neil Innes, we're looking back at the team's 50-plus years of comic genius.

Pop superstar Peter Andre is returning to the Ipswich Regent this autumn playing three roles in the latest UK tour of Grease. Andre is part of the first new production of Jim Jacobs & Warren Casey's iconic musical in 25 years.

Art & books

Fri, 14:58

Theatre and art organisations in Ipswich are celebrating the 'huge positive impact' culture has made in the town as figures reveal they delivered more than 5,000 performances and exhibitions over two years.

On Saturday, families in Ipswich got to meet up with historical figures, as living statues entertained crowds on the Cornhill.

A new business owner is bucking the trend of closures in the town to sell unique books and plants

The Suffolk home of a celebrated English artist has attracted interest from four prospective buyers who turned out to be painters - despite not knowing it was once his home.

The Ed Sheeran: Made in Suffolk exhibition has become a source of inspiration for 25 promising young artists at a community workshop led by Ed's portrait painter Colin Davidson.

TV & films

Fri, 12:49

A 51-year-old analyst from Ipswich went home empty handed last night after failing to outplay 'The Beast' for £60,000 on The Chase.

The Defoe family is back in Abi Morgan's addictive series The Split on BBC1. Here are all the questions we have after episode one.

Suffolk is a beautiful place to live, so it is not surprising that it has attracted some famous faces and persuaded them to put down roots here. How many celebrities have you seen out and about in Suffolk's towns?

From game shows, to talent competitions and the newly popular reality dating series - here are seven TV shows looking for contestants this year.

Music

Thu, 09:31

Latitude Festival will be bursting into life this summer as Snow Patrol are set to make a triumphant return after they were forced to cancel their headline slot in 2019.

Jools Holland, king of the boogie piano, is not only bringing his celebrated Rhythm & Blues Orchestra back to the Ipswich Regent this autumn but, for the first-time, is teaming up with 70s superstar Leo Sayer to make audiences "feel like dancing".

Felixstowe's Spa Pavilion Theatre, on the seafront, is offering audiences the opportunity to see some powerful theatre.

A series of events is planned between Ipswich Cornhill and Waterfront.

Pop superstars The Pussycat Dolls will complete the line-up for this year's Newmarket Nights with a live peformance in July, it has been announced.

Days Out

Thu, 18:56

Looking for some weekend entertainment? There's lots to choose from, ranging from circus fun to science festival and a Lord of the Rings-inspired family quest.

A fun-packed circus is coming to Ipswich for half term - in a brand new, heated big top.

The Suffolk Show has beaten back some of the UK's biggest agricultural events to take the crown in a national competition.

Are you looking for something different to do this weekend? Here are 9 ideas, ranging from illuminations at a Suffolk stately home to vintage rock'n'roll... and to East Anglia Potato Day!

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