SUFFOLK STAGE AND SCREEN: THEATRES IN SUFFOLK
Cultural entertainment in Suffolk is so varied and abundant, we couldn’t possible fit it all into one article. What we can do is give you a taste of what you can find here, and where best to start looking:
Bury St Edmunds Theatre Royal is the only surviving Regency theatre in the country
THE NEW WOLSEY THEATRE: CULT THEATRE AND NEW PRODUCTIONS
The New Wolsey Theatre is central to cultural life in Suffolk. At the centre of Ipswich you’ll find a wealth of new theatre performed in this 400-seater venue, much of it written and produced in house, some of it collaborative, some of it from London and further afield.
BURY ST EDMUNDS THEATRE ROYAL: GREAT PLAYS IN A HISTORIC SETTING
The New Wolsey’s older sister, The Theatre Royal in Bury St Edmunds is the only surviving Regency theatre in the country. Expect a traditional bill of plays, musicals, concerts and comedy, featuring more than a few household names.
THE MARINA THEATRE: SOMETHING FOR ALL THE FAMILY
Lowestoft’s much-loved Marina Theatre has an eclectic programme with everything children’s productions to shows streamed live from the National Theatre in London.
KINGS THEATRE, NEWMARKET: WIDE RANGING SHOWS
2015 marked the 60th anniversary of the first ever performance at the King’s Theatre. Run by volunteers called NOMANDS (Newmarket Operatic, Musical and Dramatic Society) Kings has a varied programme over the year ranging from pantomime to musical to plays.
WINGFIELD BARNS: COMMUNAL CREATIVITY
Wingfield Barns is a beautiful collection of barns in the north Suffolk countryside, run by members of the local community. Showing anything from classical music concerts to art exhibitions, movies to plays by local writers, Wingfield Barns has something for everyone, and a stunning setting to boot. Keep an eye out on their website for details of what’s on.