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Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Theatre-going is currently out-of-bounds, but thanks to NT-Live plenty of contemporary shows are awaiting in the digital archives to be shared online. Here’s a round up of some of the special treats currently on offer

New technology has always helped theatre companies expand their horizons. The arrival of the Coronavirus lockdown has made companies become even more inventive. Producer Matthew Linley explains how one production left the stage and became an audio drama.

Smash hit show What’s Love Got To Do With It? has rescheduled its date at the Ipswich Regent.

As the effects of social distancing begin to bite, here is a simple but effective way audiences can make sure that their favourite theatres or arts venues will still be around when this current health crisis is over. By refusing a ticket refund, people can throw a much needed lifeline to a beleaguered arts community

With virtually all theatres dark because of the Coronavirus outbreak, one of Suffolk’s newest venues has come up with a novel idea to keep actors and performers employed and audiences entertained with a bit of help from modern technology.

Roy Hudd was a man who lived for the theatre. He was an actor, a writer, a stand-up comedian and one of the nation’s leading experts on the music hall. Here we look back at the best interviews he gave to the EADT

The swift rise of the Coronavirus outbreak, the ease of transmission and the potential harmful effects have left the theatre and arts industry reeling.

Former Strictly Come Dancing champion Kevin Clifton is coming to the Ipswich Regent to star in Baz Luhrmann’s smash hit West End show Strictly Ballroom The Musical.

Suffolk-based comedian, actor, writer and music hall expert Roy Hudd has died after a short illness.

As World War II loomed, authors George Orwell and Arthur Ransome were both in the vacinity of Southwold. Did the two political activists meet up? Eastern Angles writer Ivan Cutting believes it was highly likely and has penned a play about the fateful encounter

Review: A Little Space, by Gecko and Mind the Gap, New Wolsey Theatre, until March 11 2020

Strictly Come Dancing stars Gorka Marquez and Karen Hauer were the headline names as Firedance brought same Latin heat to Ipswich. But was the show worthy of a 10?

The Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds, have announced they are entering an exciting new chapter, following the appointment of a new artistic director who will follow in the footsteps of Karen Simpson who tragically died of cancer earlier this year.

Holby’s Joe McFadden showed a different side to his performing talents when he won Strictly Come Dancing, now he’s testing himself further by starring in Priscilla, Queen of the Desert at the Ipswich Regent. Here he talks about trying to avoid being type cast

Gecko is one of the world’s leading physical theatre companies. It makes its award-winning shows in Ipswich before touring across the globe. Next week it unveils its latest work at the New Wolsey

Five new shows have gone on sale at the Ipswich Regent and if you book before the end of the month you can save 10% or more on the top two prices.

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

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