Your guide to what’s on this month – theatre, music, comedy and more
October 1 STALIN’S ENGLISHMAN
In this production, Andrew Lownie presents a completely new picture of Guy Burgess, who is said to be one of the most important, complex and interesting of The Cambridge Spies. At The New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich. www.wolseytheatre.co.uk
October 2 - 7 GREASE
The hit musical returns to Ipswich Regent Theatre for one week only this October.
Fans of Grease can expect to see Tom Parker (The Wanted) making his musical theatre debut by playing Danny Zuko, as well as Danielle Hope (Over the Rainbow winner) who plays Sandy, and Luisa Lytton (Strictly Come Dancing /EastEnders) who plays Rizzo. www.ipswichregent.co.uk
October 3 - 7 REASONS TO BE CHEERFUL
This raucous musical celebrates the infectious music of Ian Dury and The Blockheads.
Featuring some of the greatest hits including ‘Sex and Drugs and Rock and Roll’ and ‘Sweet Gene Vincent’ , this show will fill an audience with sheer delight. At The New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich. www.wolseytheatre.co.uk
October 3 PULSE PRESENTS: BARBARA NICE - RAFFLE
An audience can join the Edinburgh Fringe’s favourite housewife Barbara Nice for an evening of proper good fun. Entrance price even includes a complimentary raffle ticket!
At The New Wolsey Studio, Ipswich. www.wolseytheatre.co.uk
October 4 THE TEMPEST
Revenge is the name of the game in this gripping Shakespearean comedy of magic, betrayal, fear and redemptions. At Conservatoire EAST Theatre, West Suffolk College. www.theatreroyal.org
October 5 PULSE PRESENTS: YOU’VE CHANGED
Through song, dance, hard-won wit and wisdom, You’ve Changed shines a light on the ins, outs, ups and downs of transitioning. Challenging the idea that genitals equal gender, character Kate literally bares all, exploring what’s down there and what’s up here. At The New Wolsey Studio, Ipswich. www.wolseytheatre.co.uk
October 1 1- 14 OLIVER!
The streets of Victorian England will come to life as the Company of Four present Lionel Bart’s classical musical based on Charles Dickens’ novel, Oliver Twist. At Seckford Theatre, Woodbridge. To buy tickets, visit www.wolseytheatre.co.uk
October 12 I HAD A BLACK DOG
A dark, yet comedic and sensitive look at one man’s life with depression. Small Nose Productions will bring a moving and playful adaptation of Matthew Johnstone’s international bestseller ‘I had a black dog, his name was depression’.
At HEG High Street Exhibition Gallery, Ipswich. For more information, visit www.wolseytheatre.co.uk
October 1 3 THE GAME’S A FOOT, TRY THE FISH AND THE MAN
WITH THE TWISTED HIP
Inspired by the Hippodrome’s latest mystery play, rakish aristocrat Charlie takes an advert offering his services as a consulting detective and, one breakfast later, finds himself on his first case. At The Fisher Theatre, Bungay. www.fishertheatre.savoysystems.co.uk
October 18- 21 FOR LOVE OR MONEY
This hilarious comedy is set in a small town in Yorkshire. It begins when a beautiful widow is being wooed by two suitors. The older one showers her with gifts, which the younger wants to put to better use. At The Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds. www.theatreroyal.org
October 21 ONCE UPON A FAIRYTALE
Once Upon A Fairytale is an all-singing, dancing and magical show featuring the most popular princesses and other fairytale characters. Families can join the cast as they perform wellknown classics from all those wonderful films. At The Seagull Theatre, Pakefield. www.theseagull.co.uk
October 25 BIGFOOT
In this coming-of-age story, Joseph tells the story of life when it collides with terminal illness and family pressure in North London.
Expect a funny and impassioned portrayal of becoming a man and the responsibility that comes with it.
At The Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds. www.theatreroyal.org
October 31- November 4 SISTER ACT
Based on the 1992 hit film comedy, Sister Act is full of tracks sure to put a smile on everyone’s faces. Set in Philadelphia, the tale begins when disco diva Deloris Van Cartier is forced to hide under police protection after witnessing a murder. At The Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds. www.theatreroyal.org
October 1 THOMAS LEEB
Guitarist Thomas Leeb will be bringing his unusual guitar style to the Haverhill Arts Centre in October.
Expect to hear Thomas’s influences from his studies in West African traditional music, which has given him a great sense of timing and groove.
October 7 SUFFOLK PHILHARMONIC
This autumn concert will capture every mood. From Italian influences to English inspiration, there will be something for everyone when Suffolk Philharmonic heads to The Apex in Bury St Edmunds for this charity concert. www.theapex.co.uk
October 10 THE YOUNG’UNS
The Teesside trio will be making their way to The Apex as part of an extensive October UK tour with the new eagerly anticipated new album, ‘Strangers’. www.theapex.co.uk
October 1 3 THE NUTCRACKER – RUSSIAN NATIONAL BALLET
The premiere of The Nutcracker transforms the classical ballet into a fairytale. Featuring a timeless score from composer Pyotr I. Tchaikovsky, The Nutcracker is a certified classic, replete with evocative music and beautiful dance. At The Marina Theatre, Lowestoft. www.marinatheatre.co.uk
October 14 AN EVENING OF JAZZ FROM SATORI
Satori is a brand new trio from Perrier award-winning saxophonist Josephine Davies, featuring drummer Paul Clarvis and bassist Dave Whitford.
Expect to hear a chord-less line-up, featuring open and playful compositions with plenty of space for improvisation. At The Fisher Theatre, Bungay. www.fishertheatre.savoysystems.co.uk
October 14 MARC ALMOND SHADOWS AND REFLECTIONS TOUR
Marc Almond will be playing an 18 date orchestral tour this autumn; performing songs and hits from his 36 year career to beautiful new orchestral arrangements of iconic torch songs and 60s orchestral pop. At The Regent Theatre, Ipswich. www.ipswichregent.co.uk
October 17 ALBION QUARTET
With a wealth of experience in some of the UK’s foremost ensembles, the newly formed Albion Quartet, will bring between them, an evening of outstanding music, including music from Howard Skempton, Antonin Dvorak, Franz Schubert and the Rosamunde Quartet, among others to The Apex Theatre in Bury St Edmunds. www.theapex.co.uk
October 19 SQUEEZE
British pop rock legends, Squeeze will be heading to Ipswich Regent as part of their extensive run of UK dates. Support on the night comes from cult rhythm and blues act, Nine Below Zero www.ipswichregent.co.uk
October 22 LULU
Following on from her huge 2016 tour, Lulu is returning to The Apex in Bury St Edmunds with her biggest show yet.
Fans can expect to hear all her hits, as well as new songs and other tracks that have influenced and guided her career. www.theapex.co.uk
October 28 JOOLS HOLLAND AND HIS RHYTHM AND BLUES ORCHESTRA
Jools Holland and his well-renowned rhythm and blues orchestra will be heading to Ipswich Regent in October. Joining Jools during this autumn/winter tour will be Grammy awardwinner, José Feliciano. www.ipswichregent.co.uk
October 20 KATHERINE RYAN
Writer/performer and stand-up comedian, Katherine Ryan will be heading to The Apex in Bury St Edmunds with her Glitter Room show in October.
Fans will have seen this comedian on shows such as BBC’s Live At The Apollo, Would I Lie to You, Sky One’s A League of Their Own and Channel 4’s 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown. www.theapex.co.uk
October 23 HARRY PANTO AND THE CHAMBER POT OF SECRETS
Little wizards can wave their wands and join in with this parody panto as the young magicians fight the dark lord in this spellbinding tale of good versus evil.
At The Apex Theatre, Bury St Edmunds. www.theapex.co.uk
October 23- 24 THE ENORMOUS TURNIP
Living in a tiny shed squeezed in amongst the garden tools, Mr and Mrs Chickweed’s amazing vegetables have taken over everything! But before they retire, they can’t resist planting one last seed to try for one more champion vegetable and one more trophy. At The New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich. www.wolseytheatre.co.uk
Above: Stalin’s Englishman
Below: Barbara Nice - Raffle
Above: Reasons To Be Cheerful
Below: You’ve Changed
Above: Marc Almond Below: Albion Quartet