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19th January 2019

Theatre Reviews

Review: Madagascar The Musical

Marty the Zebra believes there is more to life than his home at a New York City Zoo, and after hearing the penguins talk about breaking out and heading back to their ancestral home, Antarctica, he decides he too is going to escape. His destination… The Wild! Realising his friend is missing from his cage,

Review: Be My Baby

Mary Adams is 19 years old, she works in a bank and comes from a respectable family, she’s also to her mother’s horror – PREGNANT. Be My Baby follows the lives of four young girls sent to Mother and Baby home in the 1960s in an attempt to ‘hush-up’ their shameful predicament. Amanda Whittington’s tale

Review: The Return of the Soldier

Dame Rebecca West’s novel The Return of the Soldier was first published in the year that WW1 ended. Therefore this is not a story that has been written to mark the centenary of the war but dates from the time that the ravages of war were still raw and many had experienced the loss and

Review: Once – New Wolsey Theatre

Basically this is a story of boy meets girl and they both fall in love, but each has commitments, or so they think, elsewhere, so maybe it’s a case of another time and another place who knows what could have been. And basically that is the production, it’s a simple tale and never really gets

Review: An Officer and a Gentleman

It’s back to the 80s at the Ipswich Regent as a brand new musical, An Officer and a Gentleman, bursts onto the stage. Full of classic 80s tunes this is one show not to miss, as the classic chick flick from 1982 is brought back to life in this brilliant show. Set in the early

Review: Much Ado About Nothing

Much Ado About Nothing is one of the Bard’s best comedies, but even with a good story how many times can you watch the same old play (and as it was written in 1598 it is old!)? We know the story of two couples, the first head over heels in love with one another, until

Review: Les Misérables

Les Misérables is an epic musical, based on the novel by Victor Hugo and adapted as a musical by Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil. It has wowed theatre audiences around the world with it’s powerful songs. More recently it transferred to the movie screens bringing it to yet another audience. It is a production that

Review: Polstead – Eastern Angles

An extremely talented all female cast brings the story of Maria Marten and the true story of her murder in the Red Barn to life in Eastern Angles latest offering – Polstead. The Murder in the Red Barn is one of those tales that is fixed in the history of Suffolk. A young woman killed

Review: Guest House – Eastern Angles

Eastern Angles are on the road again with their brilliantly poignant production – Guest House. Set in Clacton, Guest House focuses on the lives of Val, Lisa and Chloe – three generations of women; a grandma, a mother and a daughter and the relationship they have with each other and how they face the changing

Gang Show is 80 years old

The Ipswich Gang Show is back this week and celebrating it’s 80th Anniversary…. it might have been going for 80 years but it’s certainly no dinosaur. The original Gang Show format was developed by Ralph Reader and gradually taken up by Scout Groups around the country. The Ipswich version started in 1938 and these days

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