Previews and reviews

If you’re looking for entertainment Essential Suffolk will provide the answer. Here are some highlights in the coming weeks.

Red Skies

With the Seventieth anniversary of George Orwell’s death this year Eastern Angles are bringing Red Skies, their spring tour, to audiences across East Anglia. Written by Ivan Cutting who also wrote Private Resistance, the play centres on a fictional meeting between two of Suffolk’s most famous residents: George Orwell, who took his name from the Ipswich river, and Arthur Ransome, who lived on it.

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Priscilla Queen Of The Desert

Mark Goucher and first-time producer Jason Donovan’s brand-new production of the much-loved glittering hit musical Priscilla, Queen of the Desert the Musical has been extended into 2020.

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Awakening

Dennington Arts, often likened to prestigious London galleries, opens its art exhibition ‘Awakening’ over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend, at the newly refurbished Dennington Village Hall.

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Agatha Christie’s A Murder Is Announced

Adapted for the stage by Leslie Darbon and directed & designed by Michael Lunney, Middle Ground Theatre Company Ltd is delighted to present its acclaimed production of a classic Miss Marple mystery.

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Cotton Club Exhibition

The Cotton Club was started in 1993 by a group of friends who met through patchwork and quilting classes and this year is celebrating its 25th anniversary. Its aim was simply to promote quilt making, inspire others by holding exhibitions, inviting well known quilters and artists to speak at meetings and to hold practical, hands on workshops. 

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The Ballad of Maria Marten

Beth Flintoff’s captivating drama The Ballad of Maria Marten, which toured previously in 2018 under the title ‘Polstead’ and following great audience and critical success, embarks on a spring tour in 2020.

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La Bohème

Award-winning opera producer Ellen Kent brings one of the most romantic operas ever written, La Bohème, to the Ipswich Regent Theatre in February as part of her new tour. Set in the backstreets and attics of Bohemian Paris, this powerful and emotional opera tells the heart-breaking tale of the doomed, consumptive Mimi and her love for a penniless writer, Rodolfo.

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Barb Jungr

Jazz and cabaret star Barn Jungr will be performing at an Ink Festival fundraiser at Snape Maltings this month showcasing her latest work. From her early days working in amongst the London comedy scene of the early 80s as a singer and musician alongside the likes of Alexei Sayle, Jo Brand and Julian Clary, to her position now as one of the greatest living interpreters of song, Barb Jungr has devoted her life to entertainment. 

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