Your guide to what’s on this month – theatre, music, comedy and more
THEATRE August 24 – September 2 OUR DAY OUT
This heartwarming musical features a group of Liverpool teenagers who head on a school trip to North Wales where they have a day out that they will never forget. At Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds. www.theatreroyal.org
September 1 – 2 WENDY & PETER PAN
In this humorous and refreshingly modern adaptation, find out how Wendy takes centre stage in Neverland. At John Peel Centre, Stowmarket. www.johnpeelcentre.com
September 6 – 9 THE PRISONER OF ZENDA
A swashbuckling tale of duty and deceit which sees an English adventurer, who bears an uncanny resemblance to a missing king, being persuaded to take the king’s place and later embarks on a quest to save the kingdom. At Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds. www.theatreroyal.org
September 7 – 30 THE LADYKILLERS
In this hilarious production, the tale unfolds when Mrs Wilberforce puts a sign in her newsagent’s window advertising ‘a room for let’. She’s delighted when the mysterious professor Marcus proclaims it perfect for rehearsing his needs, but Mrs Wilberforce later finds out he is making illegal plans with a gang of criminals. At The New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich. www.wolseytheatre.co.uk
September 12 – 16 PRIVATE LIVES
In this new touring production of Noël Coward’s sparkling comedy, Private Lives features strong passions and personalities, which set the stage for a classic battle of the sexes. At Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds. www.theatreroyal.org
September 15 EMMA
Austen’s charming heroine Emma Woodhouse, who has a unique view of relationships, decides to spice things up in her life by taking on a protégé, Harriet Smith. Although determined never to marry herself, Emma decides to find Harriet a husband and sets about doing a bit of matchmaking. At the Seagull Theatre, Pakefield. www.theseagull.co.uk
September 18 PULSE PRESENTS: TWO MAN SHOW
In this award-winning, genre-defying new hit about gender, language and humankind, find out how Abbi and Helen are making a new show about ‘man and men’. They aim to talk about masculinity and patriarchy, but the words that exist aren’t good enough. Expect music, dance and laughter. At The New Wolsey Studio, Ipswich. www.wolseytheatre.co.uk
September 19 PULSE PRESENTS: TEAM VIKING
Team Viking is a remarkable, hilarious and heart-lifting story regarding how a man called James gives his best friend the send-off he has always wanted – a Viking burial. This is arranged after he finds out his best friend has been diagnosed with heart cancer and has just three months left to live.
At The New Wolsey Studio, Ipswich. www.wolseythetre.co.uk September 21 – 23 ALL OR NOTHING
This quintessentially British ‘Mod’ musical celebrates the unique sound of the iconic ‘60s Mod band, The Small Faces.
Expect hits such as ‘Watcha Gonna Do About It’, ‘Lazy Sunday’, ‘Tin Soldier’, ‘Sha La La La Lee’ and many more. At Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds. www.theatreroyal.org
September 25 ALL THE THINGS I LIED ABOUT
In this comic exploration of lead actor Katie Bonna’s past mistakes, discover how she unpicks everyday lies and how they can lead to a world of Trump and Brexit. Expect a fearlessly honest show for the posttruth era.
At Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds. www.theatreroyal.org. Also on as part of the HighTide Festival on September 16 at Aldeburgh Cinema.
September 26 – 27 THE STRANGE CASE OF DR JEKYLL AND MR HYDE
This thrilling adaption of Robert Lois Stevenson’s dark psychological fantasy of the same name, will immerse its audience in the myth and mystery of 19th Century London’s fog-bound streets where love, betrayal and murder lurk at every twist and turn. At Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds. www.theatreroyal.org
September 26 – 30 JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT
Starring X-factor winner Joe McElderry as Joseph, this performance of the beloved favourite, will retell the Biblical story with music and drama.
Expect memorable tracks such as ‘Those Canaan Days’, ‘Any Dream Will Do’ and ‘Close Every Door’. At Marina Theatre, Lowestoft. www.marinatheatre.co.uk
September 28 A NIGHT OF DIRTY DANCING
An audience can relive the passion and romance of the film that has captured the hearts of generations and at the same time, gain a sense of the drama from the summer of ’63.
Expect popular tracks such as ‘She’s Like The Wind’, ‘Big Girls Don’t Cry’, ‘Hey Baby’, ‘Wipe-out, Hungry Eyes’ and ‘(I’ve Had) The Time of my Life’. At The Spa Pavilion, Felixstowe. www.thelittleboxoffice.com
MUSIC September 2
SUFFOLK September 2017
CHOPIN AND FRIENDS AT HOLYWELLS PARK
A summer evening of classical music will be held in the walled garden at Holywells Park, Ipswich, from 6pm until 9pm.
A bar with refreshments will be available. Guests are welcome to bring a picnic. For tickets, head to www.ipswichregent.co.uk
September 9 THE BEATLES AND THE ROLLING STONES
Fans of both The Beatles and The Rolling Stones won’t have to choose between the two as this performance will see these tribute bands battle it out live on stage in a brand-new spectacular.
Expect all the best songs as well as costumes for an authentic evening. At Ipswich Regent. www.ipswichregent.co.uk
September 10 GILBERT O’SULLIVAN
Fans can enjoy every facet of Gilbert O’Sullivan’s history during this new live show, which will include classic tracks such as ‘Alone Again Naturally’, ‘Nothing Rhymed’, ‘Clair Matrimony’ and many more. At Ipswich Regent. www.ipswichregent.co.uk
September 11 THOMAS MAGUIRE AND FHIONA ENNIS
An evening of country music with Thomas Maguire and Fiona Ennis is set for The Regal Theatre, Stowmarket. www.regalstowmarket.co.uk
September 14 BLAKE
After a number of television and show performances, British harmony trio Bake, present a brand new tour, featuring the finest songs from stage and screen.
Expect music from Hanz Zimmer, Ennio Morricone, Leonard Bernstein, Andrew Lloyd Webber and many more. At The Apex Theatre, Bury St Edmunds. www.theapex.co.uk
September 15 TEXAS
Scottish pop rock band Texas has embarked on 21 date tour of the UK after successfully releasing their album ‘Jump On Board’ in April on BMG.
Written and produced by Johnny McElhone and Sharleen Spiteri, ‘Jump on Board’ is the first studio album since ‘The Conversation’ in 2013. At Ipswich Regent. www.ipswichregent.co.uk
September 19 TOSCA
After a successful tour with Carmen and
Madama Butterfly last year, the Russian State Opera is back with another beautiful production of the greatest opera classic – Tosca, which is a melodrama where love and politics collide. At Marina Theatre, Lowestoft. www.marinatheatre.co.uk
September 22 THE EAGLES
Fans of The Eagles can join tribute soloist Tommy Winn for his 90-minute show during which he’ll perform and sing hit after hit including tracks such as ‘Take It Easy’, ‘Peaceful Easy Feeling’, ‘Hotel California’ and many more. At The Seagull Theatre, Pakefield. www.theseagull.co.uk
September 23 MICHAEL JACKSON TRIBUTE
Danny Oliver will transform himself into the legend that was Michael Jackson for his tribute performance set to take place at Beccles Public Hall.
This disco dance party, will not only include Danny but also live music, two dancers and a local special guest. www.becclespublichall.org.uk
September 24 CHARLIE FINK’S COVER MY TRACKS
Former Noah and the Whale front-man and songwriter Charlie Fink, multi-awardwinning playwright David Greig and director Max Webster, will be bringing the tale of an idealistic young songwriter who sets out to write a 21st Century pop masterpiece and vanishes without a trace to The Apex. At The Apex Theatre, Bury St Edmunds. www.theapex.co.uk
September 28 MARC ALMOND
Hear one of Britain’s most unique vocal talents as Marc Almond takes to The Apex stage to perform songs from across his 36-year career.
Featuring beautiful new orchestral arrangements of hits, iconic torch songs and the 60s orchestral pop for which he has become known for, along with music from his new album ‘Shadows and Reflections’. At The Apex Theatre, Bury St Edmunds. www.theapex.co.uk
September 29 EVELYN GLENNIE AND THE COHEN ENSEMBLE
The Apex Theatre in Bury St Edmunds, will be welcoming back Evelyn Glennie as well as celebrating the first visit by orchestral group, The Cohen Ensemble, which includes international soloists, high-profile chamber musicians, among others, for a varied programme of classical music. www.theapex.co.uk
COMEDY September 28 JOEL DOMMETT
One of the nations most energetic and exciting comedian’s returns to the road with his solo show, Joel Dommett: LIVE.
Fans may remember seeing him on 2016’s I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here and Sky1’s Bring The Noise. At Ipswich Regent. www.ipswichregent.co.uk Join German comedian Henning Wehn for an evening of laughs. After his last show tackled the British nation’s obsession with home ownership and the self-serving nature of most fundraising efforts, this time Henning’s having an unbiased look at immigration. At Ipswich Regent. www.ipswichregent.co.uk
CHILDREN September 9 PETER AND THE WOLF
Children and their families can join Peter on a hilarious adventure through the fields and forest as he discovers new sounds and noises.
This show will feature animal antics, waddling ducks, sneaky cats and a rocking wolf to provide for a new musical that has been lovingly–inspired by Prokofiev’s classic. At The New Wolsey Studio, Ipswich. www.wolseytheatre.co.uk. Also on as part of the HighTide Festival on September 16.
September 12 – 17 HIGHTIDE FESTIVAL
The eleventh annual HighTide Festival returns to Aldeburgh in September, when once again it will present its latest productions as world premieres, hold a programme of talks with world-class artists, host plays, comedy and cabaret events and much more.
This year, organisers will also be creating a new temporary theatre space called The Mix as part of the six-day event. The state-of-the-art 260 seat venue, which will be located on Aldeburgh beach, will offer audiences a unique experience.
The packed line-up includes two world premiere productions this year, including Heroine by Nessah Muthy, directed by the festival’s artistic director Steven Atkinson, and comic drama Kanye The First by Sam Steiner, directed by HighTide theatre associate director Andrew Twyman.
Alongside these productions, Theresa Ikoko’s Girls is set to return. Telling the tale of three young friends who are kidnapped in Nigeria. Girls is a co-production between HighTide Theatre, Talawa Theatre Company and Martha Rose Wilson.
Other highlights include three headline plays, 12 comedy and cabaret shows, as well as Kate Mosse in conversation with Michael Morpurgo and again with Sheila Hancock. There will also be 11 pieces from new writers, shows for schools and families, a site specific works and street food, all to be held at various venues across the town.
To book tickets and to view the full line-up, go to www.hightide.org.uk
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Top: A Night Of Dirty Dancing Above: Joe McElderry in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Photo Mark Yeoman Below: The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
Below: The Ladykillers
Above: All Or Nothing
Michael Jackson Tribute