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Saturday, December 10, 2016



Review: Dick Whittington – Mercury Colchester

The Mercury Theatre in Colchester turn their attention to Dick Whittington this year with all the festive Panto fun we have come to expect from this fabulous Essex theatre. London is plagued with rats, in fact they are everywhere, but it’s ok the Ratty King is taking care of them… or so he says! Heading


Ahoy land-lubbers

This Christmas, get ready to set sail with Red Rose Chain as they embark on a swash-buckling adventure full of pirates, parrots and hidden treasure for Joanna Carrick’s adaptation of the timeless classic Treasure Island! Yo-ho me hearties yo-ho! Red Rose Chain is extremely excited to welcome back Joel Macey to the company as Long


Busy December at Felixstowe Spa

The Spa has a hugely busy December as they begin with Everlasting Light from Saturday 3rd until Sunday 11th December. This is a show of festive music new and old, woven together with a fun retelling of the Christmas story. Each show features children from different local primary schools – with around 200 youngsters on


Review: Sinbad – New Wolsey

The New Wolsey Rock ’n’ Roll pantos have become as much a part of Christmas as Roast Turkey and Christmas Pudding and this year’s offering, Sinbad, is stuffed full of great songs and lots of fun for all. It’s also nice to have a variation from the more popular stories that are served up as


Celebrate the Season with Seraphim

The next concert of sublime upper-voice music to be given by the popular female vocal ensemble Seraphim on Sunday 4th December promises a fascinating blend of the traditional and the new.  Commemorating the 40th anniversary of the death on this day of Suffolk’s own Benjamin Britten the nine talented singers, conducted by Vetta Wise, will


Aida comes to Regent this week

Aida, the grandest of all Ellen Kent’s operas, returns in Autumn 2016 to the UK with a stunning new traditional production, boasting an impressive new set built by Set-Up Scenery in the UK, who also build sets for the Royal Opera Covent Garden. In Aida, the splendour of Egypt is set against the grandeur of


Feelgood this Christmas

Forty years ago the Canvey Island-based rhythm and blues band Dr Feelgood were celebrating getting to number one in the album chart with their live LP Stupidity. It was an incredible feat for a group who only a couple of years earlier were playing in the music pubs of London. In the mid-70s the classic


Come and celebrate Christmas at Flatford

Each year Flatford hosts a traditional Christmas celebration to get you in the mood for the festive season. This year, the ancient hall of Valley Farm will be decorated for a Tudor Christmas. Greenery garlands will hang from the ancient walls and frame the huge inglenook fireplace, where a cosy wood fire will keep the


Children in Need get help from Tony and choir

Suffolk and Essex’s award-winning community choir Funky Voices, turned out in force at one of the worlds most legendary recording studios to record a BBC Children in Need single with Spandau Ballet front man and 80’s legend Tony Hadley. Over 300 members from the modern community choir recorded “Through the Barricades” with Spandau Ballet front


Silbury Hill at the Thomas Wolsey

This Sunday, 20th November, Suffolk based duo, Silbury Hill, will be playing in concert at the Thomas Wolsey pub, in St Peter’s Street, in Ipswich. The Thomas Wolsey will be open as part of the Saint Peter’s Street Christmas Market and Silbury Hill will be playing live from 1.30 – 3.30pm. Silbury Hill are no

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