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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.

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.

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

The Co-op Juniors Christmas Spectacular, Snape Maltings, until December 15

Fancy something creatively rewarding and, perhaps, a little different for the family this Christmas? Then, DanceEast and leading choreographer Arthur Pita could have just the show you are looking for - a stage adaptation, with songs and live music, of Mick Jackson's contemporary children's classic Ten Sorry Tales.

Review: The Magic Fishbone, by Joanna Carrick, Red Rose Chain, Avenue Theatre, until December 31

Comedian Geoff Norcott will give his take on modern Britain at Sudbury's Quay Theatre in the New Year.

Review: Peter Pan, Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds until January 19.

Strictly's Mr Nasty Craig Revel Horwood is going back to the roots of the TV phenomenon - the place where traditional ballroom dancing met modern musical theatre: Strictly Ballroom.

Aladdin, by Peter Rowe, New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich, until February 1 2020

David Copperfield is returning home to Bury St Edmunds - or his recent home at any rate - as the latest big screen outing of Charles Dickens' resourceful hero, The Personal History of David Copperfield, filmed on location in the west Suffolk market town, will get a pair of special screenings at the Theatre Royal next year.

Karen Simpson, CEO and artistic director of Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds, the person who was instrumental in turning round the fortunes of the Georgian theatre, has announced she is stepping down following an incurable cancer diagnosis.

Creating the Ipswich Co-op Juniors Christmas Spectacular is a wonderful collaborative endeavour and produces some much needed seasonal magic. We take a look behind the scenes at this Christmas treat.

The New Wolsey Studio theatre sitting unassumingly in St George's Street in Ipswich, nestled quietly behind Ipswich Museum, will have a new identity from next year.

Pantomime fun returns to the Quay Theatre this Christmas as Sudbury Dramatic Society stages Sleeping Beauty.

Documentary filmmaker, author, TV presenter and current Strictly Come Dancing champion Stacey Dooley is embarking on a 10-date tour across the UK next year with a stop pencilled in for an intimate chat with the people of Bury St Edmunds.

From Josh Widdicombe to Jimmy Carr and James Acaster - if you want a laugh these are the gigs you need to book.

The duo are set to appear in the Ipswich Regent's 2019 pantomime Cinderella.

Eastern Angles is reviving its critically acclaimed play telling the story of Maria Marten and her murder in the Red Barn with a UK tour next year

Watch anything from Annie to Les Miserable from the comfort of a cinema near you.

Review: The Season, by Jim Barne and Kit Buchan, New Wolsey Theatre, until November 16

Our lives, our likes and dislikes, have never been so available for scrutiny as they are today. Now choreographer Alexander Whitley premieres a work at DanceEast which asks whether this information is restricting our decision-making rather than enhancing it

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