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Theatre news

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Ten years ago the Ipswich Waterfront gained an iconic building, the Jerwood DanceHouse. We teased out of artistic director Brendan Keaney the first details of the anniversary gala featuring the Royal Ballet

Actor and Shakespeare aficinado Brian Ralph talks about his life-long love of The Bard and why Shakespeare remains Britain’s greatest wordsmith

Shakespeare is synonymous with Stratford Upon Avon and The Globe theatre but as an actor he was frequently on tour and research has unearthed records of his visits to Suffolk

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

We all had the time of our lives as iconic 1980s movie Dirty Dancing was re-created on stage at the Ipswich Regent.

“I’m a feminist but...” The Guilty Feminist podcast has become a comedy phenomenon with over 60 million downloads since it launched in December 2015 and now it’s on tour and coming to East Anglia.

The wonderful world of Twirlywoos – as seen on CBeebies – will be brought to life on stage for the first time in Ipswich next week, when Toodloo, Great BigHoo, Chickedy, Chick and Peekaboo set sail for the New Wolsey Theatre on Monday April 15 and Tuesday 16.

Creepy Gothic tales are timeless storytelling favourites. We talk to poet and theatre-maker Murray Lachlan Young who combines tradition with technology in an exciting new stage show

The Easter holidays are just around the corner and, as the weather is never entirely predictable, Suffolk’s theatres have got a wide array of shows lined up to inspire the imaginations of young and old alike.

A household name for her private life as much as her time in Atomic Kitten, Kerry Katona is set to sprinkle a little magic this Easter in Beauty and the Beast.

Bury St Edmunds’ iconic 12th century Moyse’s Hall is a building with history and who better to mark its 120th anniversary as a museum than Terry Deary, a man who relishes the dark, entertaining and, at times, bloody tales that history can supply, the author of the best-selling ‘Horrible Histories’ books.

If you’ve ever wondered what crespuscule means, this is the show to watch - presented by Gallery Players at the Sir John Mills Theatre, Ipswich, until Saturday, April 6

Gary Avis MBE, star of the Royal Ballet company has been in conversation with Norfolk author and broadcaster Christine Webber at Covent Garden

Dirty Dancing remains one of the defining movies of the 1980s. Now it has moved from the big screen to on stage. We look at its continued appeal.

A ballet dancer from Ipswich is poised to make her first professional appearance on home ground as part of a nationwide tour,

And the people of Ipswich shall go to the ball... the Ipswich Regent have announced that this year’s panto will be Cinderella, a charming affair, which will do its best to finish before midnight so its audience won’t turn into pumpkins.

It has been a tough journey for businessman Ray Anderson, who took over the Spa Pavilion in Felixstowe in 2015, but four years on they are booking names including Jules Holland and Kerry Katona.

A smourgis board of audiovisual and culinary delights were on offer as one of Britain’s favourite cooking duos hit the stage at the Ipswich Regent.

An innovative touring theatre company is bringing Homer’s Odyssey to Suffolk and Norfolk this spring

Who else is in the line-up for the three-day short play event in Halesworth?

Review: The Remains of the Day, adapted by Barney Norris, Out of Joint, Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds, until Saturday March 30

Review: The Tide Jetty, by Tony Ramsay, Eastern Angles, touring Suffolk and Norfolk until June 1

Father and son television, theatre and film actors, Timothy and Samuel West will be ‘in conversation’ at Bury Theatre Royal in April raising funds for the Georigian Theatre’s 200th anniversary celebrations.

‘Small budget, big hearts and a whole load of talent’ - this is what the audience should expect as students from Westbourne Academy take centre stage next week for their biggest ever production.

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