Theatre & Events

If you're looking for entertainment Suffolk will provide the answer.  Here are some highlights in the coming weeks. 


New Wolsey Theatre. September 7-30

When Mrs Wilberforce puts a sign in her newsagent’s window advertising ‘A Room to Let’, she’s delighted when the mysterious Professor Marcus proclaims it perfect for rehearsing his unorthodox string quintet. She soon discovers that she is not making tea for a motley band of musicians, but harbouring a hardened gang of criminals and conmen planning the great Kings Cross Train Robbery!

National Dance Company Wales


National Dance Company Wales, Jerwood Dance House, Ipswich. September 22 and 23

This September, DanceEast will welcome Wales’ flagship dance company to Ipswich for the first time. National Dance Company Wales is a repertory company based at its purpose-built home, the Dance House at Wales’ Millennium Centre in Cardiff. It presents work by some of the most celebrated international choreographers alongside new creations by emerging choreographic talent. With technically brilliant dancers and an impressive repertoire, audiences will be spoilt with the company’s dance offering this autumn. The Triple Bill offers a varied programme to suit all tastes across the contemporary dance spectrum.



Landguard Fort, Felixstowe. September 28-October 1

For centuries Languard Fort has guarded the mouth of the River Stour and the ancient port of Harwich. It’s soldiers repelled the last seaborne invasion of mainland Britain and over the years it has seen many conflicts, characters and military men come and go. One these was Philip Thicknesse, who was Governor of Landguard Fort from 1753-66 and whose story is being brought to life in a unique play being performed on location. Written by two local playwrights Peppy Barlow and Sally Wilden it tells the story of a soldier, husband, father and traveller. He was a champion to his friends, a viper to his enemies, much respected by the men who served under him and adored by his wives, especially his third wife, Ann, a talented musician and writer


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Essential Reviews

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An Honest Gentleman (Review 3/5/19 by Essential Suffolk

Fenland Screamers & Other Boggy Tales (Review 7/12/18 by Essential Suffolk)

Once - New Wolsey Theatre (Review 11 September 2018)

Red Riding Hood - New Wolsey Theatre until Jan 27 2018 (Review 28/11/17  by Essential Suffolk)

The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart - various dates and locations (Review 24/03/17 by Essential Suffolk)

Silver Lining - until March 18 (Review 15/03/17 by Essential Suffolk)

The Worst Wedding Ever - until March 11 (Review 01/03/17 by Essential Suffolk)

Stoat Hall - Sir John Mills Theatre Ipswich until January 7, Seckford Theatre Woodbridge January 10 -21

Made in Dagenham - until October 22 (Review 22/09/16 by Essential Suffolk)

The Tempest - until August 28 (Review 29/07/16 by Essential Suffolk)

A Midsummer Night's Dream - until July 9 (Review 25/06/16 by Essential Suffolk)

Richard III - until June 4 (Review 10/05/2016 by Essential Suffolk)

Somewhere in England - until June 4 (Review 26/04/16 by Essential Suffolk)

The Last Five Years - until March 11 (Review 01/03/16 by Essential Suffolk)

End of the Rainbow - until February 20 2016 (with later tour dates) (Review 19/02/16 by Essential Suffolk)

Holy Mackerel - until January 23 2016 (Review  09/12/15 by Essential Suffolk)

The Sword in the Stone -until January 30 2016 (review 01/12/15 by Essential Suffolk)

Sweet Charity - until September 26 (review 08/09/15 by Essential Suffolk)

A Midsummer Night's Dream - until August 30 (review 12/08/15 by Essential Suffolk)

Little Shop of Horrors - until June 13 (review 29/05/15 by Essential Suffolk)

Educating Rita - until March 14 (review 27/02/15 by Essential Suffolk)

Dracula - until November 16 (review 06/11/14 by Essential Suffolk)

Midsummer Songs - until September 24 (review 09/09/14 by Essential Suffolk)

Friend or Foe - until September 13 (review 03/09/14 by Essential Suffolk)

Wuthering Heights - until August 24 (review 08/08/14 by Essential Suffolk)

Blood Brothers - until May 3 (review 28/04/14 by Essential Suffolk)

TOM, A Story of Tom Jones - until May 3 (review 24/04/14 by Essential Suffolk)

Betty Blue Eyes - until April 19 (review 15/04/14 - by Essential Suffolk)

Miss Nightingale - until April 5 (review 01/04/2014 - by Essential Suffolk)

The Threepenny Opera - March 12-22 (review 13/03/2014 - by Essential Suffolk)

Beauty & The Beast - February 18-22 (review 18/02/2014)