What’s on

Welcome to the Essential Suffolk guide to What’s On in Suffolk in the coming month. Scroll down to see events by date order.

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April

The Original Theatre Online

Online

Ticket price: From £2.50

April

The Original Theatre Online

Online

At the Original Theatre Company – we love to make theatre. We love to tell stories. We love to tour our work across the UK. But most of all we love to thrill, excite and engage audiences. We are delighted to announce that both of our national tours are now available as online productions (The Croft, by Ali Milles starring Gwen Taylor and The Habit of Art by Alan Bennett starring Matthew Kelly), from just £2.50 per production. Every penny we make through this online release will go to the people who helped make this show who now find themselves in a hugely precarious financial position.

Ticket price: From £2.50

Contact information: 0870 803 0158
www.originaltheatreonline.com

April 21 to 25

Private Peaceful

New Wolsey Theatre Ipswich

April 21 to 25

Private Peaceful

New Wolsey Theatre Ipswich

The Peaceful brothers, Tommo and Charlie, have a tough rural childhood facing the death of their father, financial hardship and a cruel landlord. Their fierce loyalty to each other pulls them through, until one day they both fall for the same girl. And then the Great War comes.

We join 18 year old Private “Tommo” Peaceful in the trenches as he tells us a story of courage, devotion and sibling rivalry on what may be his last night on earth.

Acknowledged by Michael Morpurgo as his favourite work, this professional premiere is a new ensemble-version by Simon Reade. It tells the story of a country lad fighting a war he doesn’t understand for people he cannot respect.

Box Office: 01473 295900
www.wolseytheatre.co.uk

April 23

The Passionate Quartet: Love, loss and longing ‘Three contrasting composers explore the extremes of human emotion’

St Peters Church, Sudbury 8pm

Ticket price: £15

April 23

The Passionate Quartet: Love, loss and longing ‘Three contrasting composers explore the extremes of human emotion’

St Peters Church, Sudbury 8pm

Following their sold-out final concert last year in the Train Shed in Chappel, our artistic director Orlando Jopling teams up with the same exceptional musicians Simon Blendis, Matthew Ward and Meghan Cassidy to bring you three passionate, beguiling and varied quartets by Beethoven, Janáček and Glass. The performers will introduce the music and the fascinating narrative behind each one, bound up with the composers’ own remarkable life stories.

Jopling’s exceptionally skilled and enthralling quartet explore the rich tapestry of human emotion, with a riveting programme;

Ludwig van Beethoven – Romeo & Juliet Quartet (Op 18/1) Philip Glass – Quartet no. 3 – from the film Mishima Leoš Janáček – Quartet no 1 – The Kreutzer Sonata

Ticket price: £15

Information: www.romanrivermusic.org.uk
www.romanrivermusic.org.uk

April 23

Sounds of the 60s LIVE with Tony Blackburn

Regent Theatre, Ipswich

April 23

Sounds of the 60s LIVE with Tony Blackburn

Regent Theatre, Ipswich

Hosted by DJ royalty Tony Blackburn, the show features songs, stories and memories from the golden decade of pop with music performed live by the Sounds Of The 60s All Star Band & Singers.

Box Office: 01473 433100
Ipswichtheatres.co.uk

April 24

Digital Detox Art Workshop

National Trust Orford Ness - 9.30am-4.30pm

£69 NT Members, £76.50 Non-Members

April 24

Digital Detox Art Workshop

National Trust Orford Ness - 9.30am-4.30pm

In an age dominated by our digital life, take some time to switch off in this inspiring art workshop led by artists Susan Barnet and Jane Watt. All digital devices will be switched off or left at home. We will use compass, OS map and the sun’s position to navigate our way across the Ness. In this workshop, we will create alternative watercolour maps of the Ness. We will look at some reproductions of historical maps of the area, including John Darby, a sixteenth century local Suffolk surveyor and map-maker.

£69 NT Members, £76.50 Non-Members

Information: 0344 2491895
https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/orford-ness-national-nature-reserve/whats-on

April 24

The Passionate Quartet: Love, loss and longing ‘Three contrasting composers explore the extremes of human emotion’

St Mary's Church, Bures 8pm

Ticket price: £15

April 24

The Passionate Quartet: Love, loss and longing ‘Three contrasting composers explore the extremes of human emotion’

St Mary's Church, Bures 8pm

Following their sold-out final concert last year in the Train Shed in Chappel, our artistic director Orlando Jopling teams up with the same exceptional musicians Simon Blendis, Matthew Ward and Meghan Cassidy to bring you three passionate, beguiling and varied quartets by Beethoven, Janáček and Glass. The performers will introduce the music and the fascinating narrative behind each one, bound up with the composers’ own remarkable life stories.

Jopling’s exceptionally skilled and enthralling quartet explore the rich tapestry of human emotion, with a riveting programme;

Philip Glass – Quartet no. 3 – from the film Mishima Ludwig van Beethoven – Romeo & Juliet Quartet (Op 18/1) Leoš Janáček – Quartet no 1 – The Kreutzer Sonata

Ticket price: £15

Information: www.romanrivermusic.org.uk
www.romanrivermusic.org.uk

April 25

Farmers Markets

Wyken Vineyard 9am – 1pm

Woodbridge Community Centre 9am – 1pm

April 25

Farmers Markets

Wyken Vineyard 9am – 1pm

Woodbridge Community Centre 9am – 1pm

April 25

What's Love Got To Do With It?

Regent Theatre, Ipswich

April 25

What's Love Got To Do With It?

Regent Theatre, Ipswich

Tina Turner fans should get ready to party as the smash hit touring show What’s Love Got To Do With It? arrives in Ipswich in the second year of its massive UK tour. Brought to you by the award-winning producers behind the hugely successful Whitney – Queen Of The Night, What’s Love Got To Do With It? is the ultimate tribute concert paying homage to one of the most iconic and much loved musical artists of the 20th Century.

Box Office: 01473 433100
Ipswichtheatres.co.uk

April 25

Trianon Spring Concert

Corn Exchange, Ipswich

April 25

Trianon Spring Concert

Corn Exchange, Ipswich

Conductor; Adrian Brown. Soloists; Julie Roberts (soprano) and Tim Gillott (baritone). A glorious selection of music to put a spring in your step: Beethoven ‘Overture Fidelio’, Elgar ‘Great is the Lord’, March from ‘Caractacus’’, Brahms ‘A German Requiem’ (sung in English).

Box Office: 01473 433100
Ipswichtheatres.co.uk

April 25

The Passionate Quartet: Love, loss and longing ‘Three contrasting composers explore the extremes of human emotion’

United Reform Church, Hadleigh 6pm

Ticket price: £15

April 25

The Passionate Quartet: Love, loss and longing ‘Three contrasting composers explore the extremes of human emotion’

United Reform Church, Hadleigh 6pm

Following their sold-out final concert last year in the Train Shed in Chappel, our artistic director Orlando Jopling teams up with the same exceptional musicians Simon Blendis, Matthew Ward and Meghan Cassidy to bring you three passionate, beguiling and varied quartets by Beethoven, Janáček and Glass. The performers will introduce the music and the fascinating narrative behind each one, bound up with the composers’ own remarkable life stories.

Jopling’s exceptionally skilled and enthralling quartet explore the rich tapestry of human emotion, with a riveting programme;

Ludwig van Beethoven – Romeo & Juliet Quartet (Op 18/1) Philip Glass – Quartet no. 3 – from the film Mishima Leoš Janáček – Quartet no 1 – The Kreutzer Sonata

Ticket price: £15

Information: www.romanrivermusic.org.uk
www.romanrivermusic.org.uk

April 27

Charity Shopping Day

The Village Hall, Lavenham, 10am to 3pm

Entry: £3 to Cancer Research UK (£2 after 1pm)

April 27

Charity Shopping Day

The Village Hall, Lavenham, 10am to 3pm

Lots of lovely things for ladies of all ages –
Everyone welcome! Hotfooted ladies shoes & sandals (a whole hall full!), collections of ladies clothes, jewellery, fashion accessories, gifts, plants & more…
Refreshments & light lunches available

Entry: £3 to Cancer Research UK (£2 after 1pm)

www.facebook.com/charityshopppingday

April 27 and 28

War of the Worlds

New Wolsey Theatre Ipswich

April 27 and 28

War of the Worlds

New Wolsey Theatre Ipswich

Originally Commissioned By New Diorama Theatre. Co-produced by Brighton Festival, HOME Manchester, New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth and Nuffield Southampton Theatres.
No-one would have believed in the early years of the twentieth century that this world was being watched…”
But we did believe.
We believed that Martians landed in New Jersey. We believed a water tower was an alien war machine. We believed a man walked on the moon. We believe everything the internet trolls tell us and now the end of the world is being broadcast live…
Inspired by H.G. Wells’ sci-fi novel and Orson Welles’ classic radio play, this legendary totem of science fiction is reimagined for our era of Fake News and ‘alternative facts’, where widespread panic and mistrust make the truth an ever-harder concept to identify.

Box Office: 01473 295900
www.wolseytheatre.co.uk

April 29

Meet our consultants on … Cataract Surgery

Nuffield Health Ipswich Hospital, 7pm

Entry free, BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL

April 29

Meet our consultants on … Cataract Surgery

Nuffield Health Ipswich Hospital, 7pm

If you are in need of cataract surgery and would like to find out more about private treatment, come along to our FREE event.

Entry free, BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL

Call us on 01473 851 960 or visit www.nuffieldhealth.com/hospitals/ipswich#events

April 29

Terry Dash Music presents Ian Ashpitel and Jonty Stephens as Eric and Ern

New Wolsey Theatre Ipswich

April 29

Terry Dash Music presents Ian Ashpitel and Jonty Stephens as Eric and Ern

New Wolsey Theatre Ipswich

This is a show for all the family from 8 to 108! A brilliant homage crammed full Morecambe & Wise’s most loved routines, songs and sketches and, of course, a musical guest. This wonderful show, evokes memories of times when whole families would huddle together around the telly to watch those fantastic Christmas specials.

Box Office: 01473 295900
www.wolseytheatre.co.uk

April 29

Writing Workshop: Changing Perspective – Migration and Flight on Orford Ness

National Trust Orford Ness - 9.30am-4.30pm

£69 NT Members, £76.50 Non-Members

April 29

Writing Workshop: Changing Perspective – Migration and Flight on Orford Ness

National Trust Orford Ness - 9.30am-4.30pm

Let your inner writer take flight, as landscape writer Liz Ferretti and nature writer Edward Parnell lead a workshop focused on birds and migration.Our first writing workshop of 2020 opens new perspectives on the natural world, providing rich inspiration for writers, experienced through the lens of the birds for whom this rare habitat is a place of rest and creative retreat. The wide skies hold the invisible threads that link Orford Ness to the rest of the planet, acting as a catalyst to step out of the human and into the wild. These workshops are designed for writers of any genre at whatever stage in their writing career.

£69 NT Members, £76.50 Non-Members

Information: 0344 2491895
Website: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/orford-ness-national-nature-reserve/whats-on

April 30

You’re the Top!

New Wolsey Theatre Ipswich

April 30

You’re the Top!

New Wolsey Theatre Ipswich

Join the ten musicians and glamorous female vocalist of Michael Law’s Piccadilly Dance Orchestra for an unashamed wallow in the toe-tapping and tuneful music of the 1920s and 30s.
With his cool, urbane manner and mellifluous baritone voice, Michael croons while the audience swoons to the sounds that bring to life the elegant, jazz and swing – flavoured “Art Deco” era.
A de-lovely cocktail of great songs by Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, the Gershwin brothers and friends.

Box Office: 01473 295900
www.wolseytheatre.co.uk

May 1

Slow Drawing Art Workshop

National Trust Orford Ness - 9.30am-4.30pm

£69 NT Members, £76.50 Non-Members

May 1

Slow Drawing Art Workshop

National Trust Orford Ness - 9.30am-4.30pm

Turn off your phone and leave your laptop at home and become immersed in the fascinating landscape of Orford Ness in this exciting art workshop led by artist Caroline Wright. This day long workshop is about taking the time to look, putting screens to one side, and immersing ourselves in the extraordinary landscape of Orford Ness. Using a range of drawing materials, we will create a portfolio of drawings working from the significant views and viewpoints that abound on Orford Ness.

£69 NT Members, £76.50 Non-Members

Information: 0344 2491895
Website: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/orford-ness-national-nature-reserve/whats-on

May 2

Frankie’s Guys: A Celebration of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons

New Wolsey Theatre Ipswich

May 2

Frankie’s Guys: A Celebration of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons

New Wolsey Theatre Ipswich

After five years of touring the UK and countless global performances, Frankie’s Guys have earned themselves the title of the world’s number 1 celebration of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons and they certainly are the real deal!

Box Office: 01473 295900
www.wolseytheatre.co.uk