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Ipswich is once again filled with a creative buzz following news that the Burton’s Building on Ipswich Waterfront has been awarded a £3m grant from central government under a scheme to invest in ‘shovel-ready’ local projects in England to aid economic recovery in response to the COVID-19 crisis.

Theatre bosses in Suffolk fear panto season may be a wash out this year as they struggle to work out how to stage the traditional Christmas shows while adhering to social distancing rules.

Drive-in movies have been a ‘thing’ for several years but this summer they are suddenly ‘the thing’ as we all seek out safe forms of entertainment to enjoy while socially distancing.

The New Wolsey Theatre, currently closed because of the Coronavirus restrictions, has turned its creative talents from producing work for the stage to coming up with its own lockdown short movie.

Red Rose Chain’s Theatre in the Forest is not letting lockdown stand in the way of their annual Shakespeare celebration. They are creating a new production of Twelfth Night which will be premiered online.

Summer theatre is an important part of Suffolk’s cultural offering but this year was always going to be a challenge. However, technology has come to the rescue

Suffolk-based physical theatre company Gecko have just completed a new feature film for the BBC exploring our need to care for everyone as society becomes more complex

Chelmsford’s Car Park Comedy party, staged in association with The Comedy Store, have announced their line-up for their night of drive-in laughs on July 31.

The government has unveiled a rescue package for the creative industries but despite this support, the fate of panto is still uncertain

Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds has a new artistic director. Owen Calvert-Lyons unveils his wide-ranging plans to take the Regency theatre out into the community.

All the Co-op Juniors productions have been rescheduled due to the ongoing restrictions facing theatres during the Coronavirus lockdown. But, the young performers are investing in further training during their enforced downtime and launching an appeal

Suffolk’s theatres are hoping to reopen to audiences soon but need financial support to keep staff on the payroll and a time scale to enable them to plan. Here’s what they need to keep the lights burning

So often festivals involve importing talent and entertainment into the region but Colchester’s Mercury Theatre want to establish an event this summer which is all about celebrating local creativity.

With theatres still closed, a Suffolk-based theatre company has harnessed digital technology to reach new audiences and to raise funds for the Royal British Legion

Ipswich-based theatre Red Rose Chain is bringing Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night to you for a one-time performance – through the power of live-streaming.

This is the longest shutdown in the history of showbusiness. Not even during the Second World War were theatres closed for so long. They were recognised very quickly as being extremely important for morale and an integral part of the society we were seeking to protect.

The award-winning Kander and Ebb musical Chicago is coming to the Ipswich Regent. The dark-humoured show, directed on Broadway by the legendary Bob Fosse, was revived in the West End in the 1990s and starred Suffolk’s theatrical superstar Ruthie Henshall as Roxie Hart alongside Ute Lemper as Velma Kelly.

Storytelling is the lifeblood of our cultural heritage – from traditional folktales and songs to theatre and Hollywood blockbusters, we love nothing more than a good story. Now, the New Wolsey Theatre is inviting members of the public to get creative and come up with their own comic tale or a drama with an unexpected twist in the tale.

Stand-up comedy has it roots in the music hall but it has never been old fashioned. It has always been about today’s world, a tool for the working classes to strip away the pretensions of our so-called ‘betters’. Laughter can be a great leveller. Here’s a selection of the best stand-up shows to enjoy online

Strictly Come Dancing’s Kevin Clifton will be bringing the glitz and the glamour of stage show Strictly Ballroom to the Ipswich Regent but now not until November 2021.

The Mercury Theatre Colchester is launching an exciting new songwriting contest with the help of composer-comedian Tim Minchin and in association with new musical developers Perfect Pitch, as part of the next phase of their ‘Mercury Online’ virtual season.

Joanna Carrick’s celebrated play about Anne Boleyn has been performed both in Suffolk and at the Tower of London, now it is getting a new performance online and the virtual audience can also gain access to added insights into the queen’s life including her time in East Anglia

Streaming as live theatre continues to draw massive audiences. Last week’s National Theatre broadcast of Frankenstein had two million views in five days. Here is a selection of the latest attractions from our theatres, galleries and dance companies

Outdoor theatre has long been a feature of the summer but could community shows become our new normal in a world afraid of enclosed spaces full of strangers?

Virtual theatregoing has become a popular pastime during lockdown with some theatre streams reaching TV-sized audiences. Here is a round-up of the latest attractions to be added to our ‘at home’ theatre season

Sara Barielles’ Waitress has stormed London and New York, and is set to go live in Suffolk next year with tickets on sale from May 2020.

Quizzes are the new cultural currency of lockdown. Jay Flynn’s Virtual Pub Quiz has set new online records in less than a month and now it seems that the National Theatre is getting in on the act to try and help them raises funds to weather the financial woes of enforced shut-down.

At this time, your local theatres and arts hubs need your support more than ever before

Entertain the family with some top quality theatre which is currently being streamed online. Here are a dozen of the latest and best updates from London, New York and a couple of classics from Colchester!

Following the closure of all UK theatres, as part of the Coronavirus lockdown, the 2020 performance of Queen & Ben Elton’s smash hit musical ‘We Will Rock You’ at the Ipswich Regent has been rescheduled for early 2021.

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