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Strictly siblings Kevin and Joanne Clifton are realising a long held ambition by performing in a show together. Kevin talks about surviving lockdown and looking forward to getting in front of an audience again

What A Carve Up! – The New Wolsey’s all-star murder-mystery thriller – receives its online premiere this weekend and is the first production the theatre has produced since the Covid pandemic shut the main house in March.

Ipswich’s Regent Theatre and the Museum of East Anglian Life in Stowmarket are among arts venues and groups to benefit from £2.2million of government funding to help overcome the Covid-19 crisis.

Showbiz brothers AJ and Curtis Pritchard are bringing their new variety show to the Ipswich Regent as part of a 2021 UK tour.

Acting royalty Vanessa Redgrave CBE will be joining former Church of England envoy and Beirut hostage Terry Waite at St Edmundsbury Cathedral raising funds for the Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds.

Robert Pacitti, one of the leading figures in Suffolk’s cultural life, founder of the eponymous Pacitti Company and SPILL Festival, has announced that he is stepping down and looking for someone with vision and creative energy to take the company and the festival forward.

Britain’s Got Talent winner Jon Courtenay is coming home. The Ipswich-born comedian and musician Jon Courtenay is the first ever Golden Buzzer act to win Britain’s Got Talent and he will be back in town performing at the Ipswich Corn Exchange in September 2021.

Suffolk’s leading arts organisations have been thrown a £3.8million lifeline by the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund which should, hopefully, help them remain solvent until the early new year.

The nation’s favourite Canadian, comedian Katherine Ryan is coming to the Ipswich Regent as part of a massive European tour running from next year into 2022.

Theatre at Christmas has traditionally been a magical wonderland. However, with Coronavirus restrictions still in force, live entertainment was always going to be a challenge.

Do you fancy an evening in with Matthew McConaughey or a night out with Freddie Flintoff, a chat with Dick and Angel Strawbridge or a cosy night in the kitchen with the Hairy Bikers or Nigella Lawson?

Fans of panto will be delighted to discover that Sleeping Beauty, Chelmsford’s Christmas romp for 2020 will be taking place at the Civic Theatre from the end of November.

Strictly stars Kevin and Joanne Clifton will be bringing their new show “An Evening with…” to the Spa Pavilion, Felixstowe next month and will be entertaining a socially distanced audience with an intimate show.

In the heart of theatrical lockdown Suffolk producer Karen Goddard has found a way for theatre professionals and local communities to come together to create a special project called Stow and Tell.

Starring in the leading role will be West End actress Joanna Sawyer – who, prior to lockdown, was performing in Wicked.

Stars including Stephen Fry, Griff Rhys Jones, Sir Derek Jacobi, Tamzin Outhwaite, Rebecca Front and Sharon D Clarke are part an online production at Ipswich’s New Wolsey Theatre to premiere in October.

The New Wolsey Theatre has launched a series of workshops with young people to make use of the empty stage and resources while the theatre stays closed to performances during the coronavirus pandemic.

With Strictly Come Dancing set to return to our screens this weekend, Strictly star Kevin Clifton has announced new dates for the Burn The Floor tour which was postponed because of coronavirus.

Comedy superstar John Bishop is bringing his distinctive view on the world of comedy to the Ipswich Regent for three separate performances in 2021 and 2022,

The importance of arts and culture to the health of our communities and the economy has been highlighted in a new Arts Council study which explores how culture helps support local economies by creating jobs, providing additional amenities for the public like bars and restaurants as well as reinvigorating town centres.

Summer theatre has long been an important institution in Suffolk but this year it has been leading the fight to put performing arts back in front of its audience

Panto lovers shall go to the ball with Cinderella at Felixstowe’s Spa Pavilion as a show boss confirmed this year’s pantomime will be going ahead - although with strict social distancing in place.

The New Wolsey is helping to pioneer the premiere of a new play online in an effort to get theatres up and running again and to provide audiences with live entertainment in the midst of the longest theatrical shutdown in showbiz history.

Here is your chance to welcome household names as diverse as Arsène Wenger, Graham Norton, Ant & Dec, Jeremy Vine, Monty Don, Nigella Lawson and Love Island star Ovie Soko into your home - and support the Ipswich Regent at the same time.

The Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds may be closed because of Covid-19 restrictions, the pantomime may be cancelled for this year but the creative team at the Regency theatre continue to work hard to provide quality entertainment for the people of Suffolk.

Even the Genie of the Lamp can’t save Aladdin, this year’s pantomime at the Ipswich Regent, as theatre bosses have announced that their annual Christmas extravaganza has fallen victim to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Cinderella shall go to the ball – but not this year as the Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds has been forced to move this year’s pantomime into next year’s slot.

Work on the £3.6million upgrade of Stowmarket’s Regal Theatre is progressing despite the coronavirus pandemic, and is due to be completed early next year.

As lockdown eases concert promoter John Hessenthaler is planning a weekend of music and entertainment in Lavenham at a special pop-up theatre weekend in September mixing war-time nostalgia with disco hits and country acts.

Colchester’s Mercury Theatre has joined The New Wolsey Theatre and countless other theatres up and down the country in cancelling its 2020 pantomime.

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