What's On in Suffolk

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MARCH Events





PULSE Presents: Then & Now

New Wolsey Theatre, 7.45pm

Many influential theatre makers and writers have identified as LGBT, and many important milestones in gay liberation first found their feet on a stage. Then & Now is an evening of rehearsed readings from some of British theatre’s finest gay voices from both past and present, as well as the chance to see some new short plays written especially for the night.

Ticket: £10

Box Office: 01473 295900





An Evening with Michael Perry, Mr Plant Geek

Urban Jungle Suffolk, Beccles, 6.30pm

An evening with TV Personality and horticultural extraordinaire ‘Mr Plant Geek’, Michael Perry, exclusively to Urban Jungle Suffolk at the start of his Weird and Wacky Plant Project world tour. Michael has travelled the world and is responsible for introducing hundreds of plants to UK gardens; ranging from climbing pelargoniums to ground-cover lilies and the egg and chips plant.

Tickets: £39

Email: rachel.bannon@urbanjungle.uk.com


Farmers Markets

Stowmarket Market Place, 9am-1.30pm




Farmers Markets

Beccles Heliport, 9am-1pm

Metfield Village Hall, 9am - 12 noon

Snape Maltings, 9.30am-1pm


The Sound of Wales in Suffolk

The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 7.30pm

The London Welsh Rugby Club Choir will sing a variety of pieces, from popular songs to haunting Welsh traditional songs.

Tickets: £21

Box Office: 01284 758000



The Festival of Fabric

 Orwell Hotel, Felixstowe

A one day celebration of vintage style clothes making with specialist traders, vintage fashion lectures, sewing and millinery workshops, vintage fashion exhibition from the 1930s to 1950s, afternoon tea and music supplied by a vintage swing DJ

Entry: £5

Information: 07787 981493


The Story of Bart

Spa Pavilion Theatre, Undercliff Road, Felixstowe. 7:30pm

Lionel Bart was a song writing genius having a career penning huge chart hits, musicals, film scores and one of the biggest musicals of all time earning what the average person earned a week every minute in the 1960′s. But things went wrong, tragically wrong and by 1972 he was declared bankrupt. This fast moving musical show is far more than a run-through of Bart’s evergreen hits as interweaved within them are all of the juicy yarns about Bart’s crazy millionaire-to-bankrupt life.

West End Star John Barr takes on the role of Lionel Bart, getting memorably into character as he tells you his story. John is joined by a supporting cast utilizing some of Bart’s most unforgettable hits as well as one or two songs you haven’t heard before. Is there a Happy Ending?

Tickets: £21

Box Office: 01394 284962






EACH Spring Craft Fair

Greshams, Ipswich

Over 50 stalls all selling amazing gifts ideal for Mother's Day or Easter.  Cakes, cards, candles, jewellery, sweets, handmade gifts and much more.



Kingfisher Sinfonietta Concert

Framlingham College Theatre

The Kingfisher orchestra returns to Framlingham with a programme that was cancelled last December because of the weather. Haydn Symphony no.63 La Roxelane and Tchaikovsky Variations on a Rococo Theme. Lead cello Susanna Davis is the soloist. Orchestra Leader, Beth Spendlove, performs Beethoven Romance no.1 for Violin & Orchestra and the concert concludes with Schubert Symphony no.6 in C 'Little'.

Tickets: £12 available from Framlingham Stationers 01728 724244 or at the door


Bury Friendly Orchestra

The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 6pm

Programme includes; Elgar's contemplative and elegiac Cello Concerto, a cornerstone of the Cello repertoire performed by local rising star Catherine Howells; Marchquez’ Conga Del Fuego and Danzon No.2 which evoke Latin America with fiery passion and syncopated rhythms; a new commission by David Sims 'The Sounds of Suffolk' which features five movements of music to depict areas of Suffolk in musical form.

Tickets: £10

Box Office: 01284 758000



The Time Travellers; Ipswich Symphony Orchestra's Family Concert

Ipswich Corn Exchange

With top favourites for all the family, the programme includes Dr. Who! Star Wars, Beauty and the Beast, The Planets, Wallace & Gromit, Star Trek and Finding Big Ben (make sure you have a mobile to contact outer space!). Dress up, try out musical instruments onstage!

Tickets: £7 - £10





Britten Sinfonia

The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 7.30pm

Rhapsody in Blue: Jeremy Denk & Jacqueline Shave join Britten Sinfonia for a programme of jazz and dance inspired music by Gershwin and Stravinsky. From its opening clarinet glissando Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue has become synonymous with 1920s America and its popularity continues to this day. Performed in the original jazz band arrangement with acclaimed pianist Jeremy Denk, the work is paired with Stravinsky’s rhythmically complex Concerto for piano and wind and Milhaud’s jazz infused La crèation du monde.

Tickets: £26 - £19

Box Office: 01284 758000



MARCH 5-10


Sunset Boulevard

Ipswich Regent

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tony Award®-winning masterpiece Sunset Boulevard stars Ria Jones, who received standing ovations every night when performing at the London Coliseum, as Norma Desmond and Strictly Come Dancing’s Danny Mac as Joe Gillis. In her mansion on Sunset Boulevard, faded silent-screen goddess Norma Desmond lives in a fantasy world. Impoverished screen writer Joe Gillis, on the run from debt collectors, stumbles into her reclusive world and is seduced by her and her luxurious lifestyle. Joe becomes trapped in a claustrophobic world until his love for another woman leads him to try and break free, with dramatic consequences. With its much-loved score (including Sunset Boulevard, With One Look, As If We Never Said Goodbye, The Greatest Star Of All and The Perfect Year) this production promises to be a spectacular event.

Box office: 01473 433100





Tim Vine: Sunset Milk Idiot

Corn Exchange, Ipswich, 8pm

It's Tim Vine back on tour, telling lots of silly new jokes, showing off new homemade props, singing some new daft ditties, and all with the appearance of confidence. The following subjects will be touched upon briefly: pixie football, ice cream and nibble feeders. Come along, sit down and laugh.

Tickets: £26

Box Office: 01473 433100




Jacqui Dankworth: Butterfly’s Wing

The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 7.30pm

Grammy Award winning singer Jacqui Dankworth is joined by award winning composer and jazz pianist David Gordon; Ben Davis, whose group Basquiat Strings have been Mercury-nominated; and Christian Garrick, widely recognised as the country's leading jazz violinist, for seductive rhythms, cutting-edge improvisation and lyrics, at turns heart-rending, joyous and surreal.

Tickets: £17.50

Box Office: 01284 758000



 MARCH 7-17



New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

A chilling and spine-tinglingly gripping thriller by Patrick Hamilton.

Two well-bred young men murder a fellow Oxford student just for the fun of it. Placing the corpse in a wooden box, they invite a group of friends over to their Mayfair apartment – including the loving mother of the boy they’ve just killed. Supper is served on the chest holding the gruesome contents. But one of their guests is starting to become suspicious…

Will this daring pair get away with their cat and mouse games?
Based on a 1920’s real life case, this dark classic, brilliantly evoking a jazz age generation, was filmed by Alfred Hitchcock in 1948 and remains to this day one of the most tightly coiled of thrillers.

This major revival from the producers of Made in Dagenham is directed by Queen’s Theatre’s Artistic Director Douglas Rintoul (The Crucible, Much Ado About Nothing). 

Tickets: £27

Box Office: 01473 295900





Turin Brakes

The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 7pm

Lush, melodic, folk-inflected rock from one of the finest indie bands of the last decade.

Tickets: £22.50

Box Office: 01284 758000



Steve Knightly

The Cut, Halesworth

In his highly anticipated 2018 solo tour Songs & Stories, multi-award-winning songwriter Steve Knightley invites his audience on a musical journey, charting the winding roads of his unrivalled career. The Show of Hands frontman (“One of the great English bands” – Peter Gabriel) showcases a set list peppered with classic gems such as Cousin Jack, AIG and Country Life with his inimitable passion and flair. And in a rare glimpse into the personal playlist of a songwriting legend, Knightley also pays tribute to some of his influences along the way, from Dylan to Radiohead.






Dance East, Ipswich

Following a sell-out performance in 2016, Sally Marie’s company Sweetshop Revolution returns to the Jerwood Dancehouse with a brand new piece of dance theatre.

BEAUTiFUL encompasses movement and text, exploring love and sexuality from the point of view of women; what is fantasised about, desired and permissible within the complex web of social structures, expectations and cultural history.

Extraordinary dancers will lead us through their own experience of sexuality and love, and this is contrasted with an exploration of the history of women’s sexuality over the last three hundred years.

This piece, along with looking at gender, will also be celebrating the solidarity of woman, taking femininity to a more truthful place, past the gloss of media spin and pressure to conform. BeautifuL is a doorway into a dialogue about how women and men are experiencing relationships, sexuality and the body right now. And at the heart of it lies a question: how do we love and how has it changed?



The Frank Weatherley Jazz Trio

Avenue Theatre, Ipswich. 7.30pm

The jazz trio led by Frank Weatherley will be performing music by Frank from a collection of compositions written over many years that form a diary of events and musical reflections on places visited in England, Scandinavia and the European Continent. Jose Canha will be on double bass and Elmer van der Hoek on drums. The three have developed their own fresh take on the compositions, with lyrical saxophone sound, punchy drumming and a rich, double bass sound.

Entry: £8



BurySOUND 2018 Grand Final

The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 6pm

Legendary music competition, with five heat winners, plus guest headliners, BurySOUND 2017 winners, Tundra.

Tickets: £5

Box Office: 01284 758000




Farmers Markets

Halesworth Town Centre, 9am – 1pm

Nayland Village Hall, 10am - 1.30pm

Stonham Barns Market Square, 10am-2pm

Woodbridge Community Centre,9am-1pm




Farmers Markets

The Barn Assington, 10am - 2pm


So You Think You Know About Dinosaurs?

The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 3pm

Dr Ben Garrod (from Attenborough's Giant Dinosaur) tells everything you ever wanted to know about dinosaurs in this interactive, educational and entertaining show, using footage from BBC's Planet Dinosaur.

Tickets: £13.50 ( £11 children, £44 family)

Box Office: 01284 758000



Nicola Benedetti

Snape Maltings Concert Hall, 11am

When a violinist performs completely unaccompanied, it can be like walking a highwire: a feat of supreme artistic skill and courage. But Nicola Benedetti is more than just a superbly assured performer, and in pairing two of Bach’s masterpieces for solo violin with two of Eugène Ysaÿe’s fantastic, dazzlingly virtuosic unaccompanied Sonatas, we can expect new insights into both of these two very different masters of the art of creating a world from four strings and a bow.

Tickets: £25

Box Office: 01728 687110


Cordis String Quartet

New Cut, Halesworth

Beethoven String Quartet No.11 Op. 95; Mozart String Quartet No. 15 K421; Bartok String Quartet No. 4 Sz.91. The Cordis String Quartet was formed in autumn 2016 by four musicians from the Royal

Academy of Music in London.





Rumours of Fleetwood Mac

Ipswich Regent, 8pm

The world’s ultimate homage to Fleetwood Mac, returns to the Regent Theatre in 2018. Encompassing nearly five decade of legendary music and channelling the spirit of Fleetwood Mac at their very best, their latest show offers a unique opportunity for fans, both old and new, to rediscover the songs and performances that have ensured Fleetwood Mac’s place as one of the most loved bands of all time.

Tickets: £26

Box Office: 01473 433100




Clay Workshops

Playford Village Hall, Ipswich, 6.30pm - 9pm

For both beginners and the more experienced. Groups and individuals catered for. Emma is a practising Ceramic and Applied Artist and highly qualified Tutor, offering various Clay Workshops and has many years experience working with all ages and abilities. Come and explore a variety of techniques and create your own masterpieces. The small friendly groups allow you to relax and enjoy experimenting with colour and textures, then experience the satisfaction of creating your own unique pieces.

£30 per session

Information: 01728 860125





Freak Power

The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 8pm

The 1990’s love child of Norman Cook's Beats International ('Dub Be Good To Me') and Ashley Slater's seminal cult band Microgroove; a mix of acid jazz, funk, soul and trip hop they had a massive hit with 'Turn On, Tune In, Cop Out'

Tickets: £16

Box Office: 01284 758000




Eastern Angles Theatre Company, Gateacre Road, Ipswich

(on tour until May 26)

A grandmother, mother and a daughter have to set aside differences as they decide the fate of their family-run guesthouse. Battling family demons and the crashing waves of a troubled past, tensions are high in Clacton-on-Sea. Exploring the lives of three generations of women, Guesthouse asks what's it like when the town you were proud to grow up in becomes impoverished? What does it take to keep going? And what does it take to face the truth? Written by Essex playwright Nicola Werenowska and directed by Tony Casement this new show will tour across the East of England.





Mark Padmore & Friends

Britten Studio, Snape, 7.30pm

A ‘hansel’ – the traditional gift given to bring good luck – is perfectly encapsulated in this concert given by an outstanding trio of collaborators. Mixing music for voice and instruments by Schubert (Auf dem Strom and other Lieder) with English song, it’s a combination of artists and music guaranteed to charm, move and entertain us – a handpicked garland of melody to decorate a special birthday.

Box Office: 01728 687110




Folk on the Boat: Silbury Hill

Sailing Barge Victor, 8pm

The popular Folk on the Boat concerts return to the historic Sailing Barge Victor. Set in the barge's warm and cosy wooden saloon, experience some of the best folk musicians from East Anglian in an intimate, atmospheric and unique music venue, complete with a well-stocked and fully licenced bar.

Tickets: £15

Box Office: 01473 433100




Farmers markets

Beccles Heliport 9am-1pm

Harkstead Village Hall, 9am - 12 noon

Needham Market Alder Carr Farm, 9am-1pm



Suffolk Sinfonia Spring Concert

The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 7.30pm

Rimsky-Korsakov; Overture Russian Folk Songs. Shostakovich; Piano Concerto No 2. Tchaikovsky; Symphony No 3.

Tickets: £12

Box Office: 01284 758000




New Cut, Halesworth

When the evil demon Mahisha wreaks havoc on the world, the Gods are in a quandary about what to do next. Since Mahisha cannot be killed by a man or an animal, they decide to create a woman goddess, Durga, to slay the evil demon. Vanquishing Mahisha is easy work for the delicate goddess, who not content with slaying demons, also decides to teach the local king, a lesson in treating her devotees with respect! Natyapriya Dance Company tell this exciting story, with their trademark beautiful dancing, mesmerising music, vibrant costumes and great humour.



Ipswich Remembers

Grand Hall, Corn Exchange

Ipswich Remembers is an exciting collaborative project between Ipswich Choral Society and independent Dance Artist Mary Davies, featuring Howard Goodall’s Eternal Light: a Requiem and new music commissioned and supported by Arts Council England and DanceEast. It will bring together a local cast of 200 dancers, singers, musicians and digital artists to commemorate the First World War and celebrate Ipswich's history, the local people and their stories.

Tickets: £15 (under 16's and students £6)

Box office: 1473 43100





Zimbe! And Mass of the Children

The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 4pm

Stowmarket Chorale perform Zimbe! Accompanied by the composer  Alexander L’Estrange and his Jazz Quintet. This celebration of African music combines traditional songs with jazz, Western choral and pop influences, and is sung by an adult 4-part chorus and unison children’s choir. Mass of the Children by John Rutter is sung in Latin and accompanied on the piano by William Baldry.

Tickets: £19 - £11

Box Office: 01284 758000



Sacconi Quartet with Michael Collins

St Mary the Virgin Church, East Bergholt. 4pm
Glazunov, Oriental Reverie Op.14; Brahms, Clarinet Quintet in B minor Op.115; Mozart, Clarinet Quintet in A K581.

Entry: £14, students £7, children (under 16) free with adult

Information: 01206 298426

Email: svamtickets@btinternet.com






Beth Nielsen Chapman

The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 7.30pm

The twice Grammy-nominated Nashville based singer-songwriter has penned numerous hits and written songs for many top artists including Emmylou Harris, Bette Midler, Elton John, Neil Diamond, Roberta Flack, Willie Nelson and many more. Her music has been heard on ER & Dawson’s Creek, and in movie soundtracks, including The Prince of Egypt, Message In A Bottle, The Rookie and Practical Magic. 

Tickets: £27.50 - £23.50

Box Office: 01284 758000





Aly Bain & Phil Cunningham

The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 7.30pm

Witty and humorous banter sits alongside joyous reels and melodies and tunes that tug the heartstrings. The fiddler and accordion player have won numerous awards, including Best Duo at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, and recorded many highly acclaimed albums in their thirty years together.

Tickets: £20

Box Office: 01284 758000





Liza Sings Streisand

The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 7.30pm

Liza Pulman, acclaimed singer, comedienne and member of the satirical and much loved comedy trio Fascinating Aida, celebrates the songs of Barbra Streisand. Enjoy glorious new arrangements and orchestrations of legendary songs such as Evergreen, The Way We Were, New York State Of Mind, Second Hand Rose and many more.

Tickets: £20

Box Office: 01284 758000





The Stars From The Commitments

The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 7.30pm

Original Commitments cast members and musicians bring two hours of sizzling soul music and dialogue, including Mustang Sally, Midnight Hour, Chain Of Fools, Try A Little Tenderness and many more.

Tickets: £29.50

Box Office: 01284 758000



MARCH 22-31



New Wolsey Studio, Ipswich

Inspired by real events, Büchner’s unfinished masterpiece remains one of western drama’s most profound and moving explorations of class and morality. Written shortly before his death at the age of twenty three, Georg Büchner’s Woyzeck is often described as the first ‘modern’ play.

Tickets: £10

Box Office: 01473 295900





Albion Quartet

Jubilee Hall, Snape, 12pm

A shared belief in the visceral, communicative power of the string quartet has brought together four outstanding performers of their generation to form the Albion Quartet. Following years of close collaboration, these players are delighted to further their reputation for creative and imaginative performances in this exciting new venture.

Tickets: £9

Box Office: 01728 687110


MARCH 23-24



Dance East, Ipswich

The multi-award winning Mark Bruce Company presents a striking dance theatre adaptation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, a tragic descent into the darkest sides of human nature.




March 24


Farmers Market

Sudbury St Peter's Church, 9.30am-2pm


Spring Concert

The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 7.30pm

In aid of Focus 12 and Bury Drop In. The Bury St Edmunds Concert Band and The Ipswich Hospital Band perform music from Glen Miller to Rhapsody in Blue and Let It Go to Fanfare for the Common Man.

Tickets: £15

Box Office: 01284 758000



Hallelujah! Easter offerings from the Ipswich Bach Choir

Ipswich School, Ivry St, Ipswich. 7.30 pm

Easter-focussed music with full choir and orchestra. Includes Wondrous Cross: the Seven last words by Alan Bullard; Messiah, Part II (Handel); and Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring by JS Bach.

Tickets: £13 (£5 for students)

Information: 01394 271538 or ipswichbachchoir@yahoo.co.uk





Behn String Quartet

The Cut, Halesworth

Dvorak String Quartet No. 12 in F major, Op. 96 American

Jack Body Three Transcriptions for String Quartet, Shostakovich String Quartet No. 3 in F major, Op. 73. The Behn Quartet is formed of players from England, the Netherlands, New Zealand, and

Wales. Winners of the Charles Hennen First Prize at the Orlando International Chamber

Music Competition 2017, they currently hold the CAVATINA Chamber Music Fellowship at

the Royal Academy of Music. They take their name from Aphra Behn, the seventeenth-

century playwright, political activist, and philanthropist of the arts.



Farmers Market

Lavenham Village Hall, 10am-1.30pm




Ladies of the Blues

The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 7.30pm

Connie Lush - one of the finest blues singers in the UK, five-time winner of best UK vocalist, twice European Blues vocalist of the year. Singer/guitarist Erja Lyytinen, a.k.a. the Finnish slide goddess (The Blues Magazine). Vocalist, Kyla Brox – who turns up the heat by degrees, lulling and charming before unleashing emotional catharsis.

Tickets: £18

Box Office: 01284 758000





Dara O'Briain - Voice of Reason

Ipswich Regent, 8pm

Dara is one of the most recognisable faces on British TV, as host of the hugely successful Mock The Week, Star Gazing Live, Robotwars and Go8Bit. Catch one of the most charismatic, intelligent, fast-talking and downright funny live performers working today in this brand new show for 2018.

Tickets: £26

Box Office: 01473 433100




Beethoven’s Quartet Journey

The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 7pm

The Dante Quartet and actor David Timson take us through Beethoven’s musical and personal life, with Beethoven's three Razumovsky Quartets, and a narrative drawn from original sources and letters.

Tickets: £20

Box Office: 01284 758000





Chantel McGregor

The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 7.30pm

Rock-blues with effortless virtuosity, flights of incendiary guitar and moments of poise, grace and fluidity. After years of touring and festival appearances, Chantel not only salutes contemporary rock, but shows a gradual transition from conventional Blues to a harder, bigger and bolder rock sound with progressive influences.

Tickets: £14 in advance (£16 on the door)

Box Office: 01284 758000



Bach: Mass in B Minor

Snape Maltings Concert Hall, 7.30pm

There are few mightier spiritual or artistic challenges than Bach’s B Minor Mass – but then, few living performers are better equipped to tackle it than Paul McCreesh and the Gabrieli Consort and Players. Using chamber-sized forces, and with the Consort’s own members stepping out as soloists, McCreesh pares away centuries of performance tradition to drive to the emotional core of the B Minor Mass – and lay bare the passionate heart of the genius who wrote it.

Tickets: £33

Box Office: 01728 687110


St John Passion - Gippeswyk Singers and the Classic Chamber Orchestra

St John’s Church, Felixstowe,

A beautifully expressive and dramatic oratorio for Good Friday by JS Bach, featuring young professional soloists and conducted by Geoff Lavery. Classic Chamber Orchestra is comprised of the finest musicians in East Anglia. Soloists: Sarah Rebecca Gallop (soprano), Chloe Pardoe (mezzo), Micheal Collins (Christ), Michael Collins (Evangelist) and Brian Latchem (Pilate). This concert is supporting local charities: Bipolar UK (Ipswich) and Sound On Talking Newspaper (Ipswich & District)

Tickets: £15 available from Stillwater Books Felixstowe

Box Office 01394 670633

Email: paulgalley@btinternet.com




Me and my Bee

High Street Exhibition Gallery, Ipswich

Multi award-winning theatre company, ThisEgg, invites you to save the world - one bee at a time. A new comedy for children and adults alike. Plant the seed for change, join the Bee Party. Before it’s too late…

Tickets: £8

Box Office: 01473 295900





Pastel Society Exhibition

Thompson's Gallery, Aldeburgh

The exhibition of contemporary artists  will show abstract and experimental works by such artists as Angela A’Court, Joanne Last and Keith Roper alongside the traditional representation of John Tookey, Cheryl Culver, Marchgaret Glass and  Peter Vincent, to name but a few.

Information: 01728 453743 

Email: camilla@thompsonsongallery.co.uk