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Andrew Lloyd Webber's smash hit, award-winning West End show School of Rock - The Musical will be thundering onto the Ipswich Regent stage next year. The show will be stopping off in Ipswich as part of a major UK tour.

Review: Once, by Enda Walsh, Glen Hansard, Marketa Irglova, New Wolsey Theatre, until February 29

The Gavin and Stacey star and game show host is bringing his new Songs and Stories show to the region.

Felixstowe's Spa Pavilion has announced two big name comedy nights - with Jason Manford and Jim Davidson both set to top the bill.

Review: The World Turned Upside Down, by Joanna Carrick, Red Rose Chain: Chainers Youth Theatre, until February 29

Review: The Ballad of Maria Marten, by Beth Flintoff, New Wolsey Theatre, until February 22

Strictly Come Dancing favourite Giovanni Pernice is back with his fourth solo tour This Is Me. Here the Italian dancer reveals some of his hidden talents and explains why his show is "obviously the best" on offer.

The name of Matthew Hopkins, the self-proclaimed Witchfinder General, casts a long, infamous shadow over the East Anglian landscape.

For the first time in more than 50 years the Aldeburgh Festival opens far away from the Suffolk coast, with a special concert in St Edmundsbury Cathedral to mark the 1,000th anniversary of Bury St Edmunds Abbey.

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.

National treasure Su Pollard will be showing a different side to her wide-ranging performing talents when she stars in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival play Harpy which is coming to the Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds in March.

Pantos may be still in full swing but Suffolk's theatres are quietly gearing up for their spring season. Actors are stepping out of their panto dame frocks, rehearsals are getting underway, preparing for a diverse array of productions to keep audiences entertained.

The characters of upper-class twit Bertie Wooster and his resourceful valet Jeeves are two of the greatest creations of 20th century literature, brought vividly to life by author P.G. Wodehouse.

In the last 15 years Strictly Come Dancing has become an integral part of the nation's cultural identity. Throughout the autumn of each year, the BBC's ratings go through the roof as millions get drawn into the glitz and the drama behind the hit dance show.

Suffolk-based comedian Griff Rhys Jones is back gallivanting around the country with his latest full-length stand-up show All Over The Place and the last date on the tour is very close to home, Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds.

Comedy superstar John Bishop is heading to the Ipswich Regent this autumn. The Scouse comedian has added a further 29 dates to his run of live gigs across the UK to introduce audiences to his brand-new show.

Music from the Spice Girls and the Jersey Boys will be just some of the hits on offer when a popular Ipswich theatrical performance returns.

An appeal has been made to find Suffolk's star pooch to star in romantic opera La Bohème when it comes to Ipswich in February.

Karen Simpson, the artistic director and CEO of Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds, has died following a two year battle with cancer.

An Ipswich college is hoping to make the crowd whoop as they get ready to start their latest production of Sister Act.

West End show We Will Rock You proved to be the most successful week-long run ever at the Regent Theatre, boosting the prospects of the venue into 2020 alongside one of the most successful pantomimes ever.

Talented performing arts students took to the stage in front of a live audience for the first time at a festive event.

The critically acclaimed improvisational Showstopper! The Improvised Musical is returning to Suffolk in the New Year, playing both Bury St Edmunds and Lowestoft.

Review: The Famous Four (and-a-half) Go Wild in Thetford Forest, by Harry Long, Eastern Angles, Sir John Mills Theatre, until January 4, Seckford Theatre, Woodbridge, from January 8-18 2020

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