What’s on

What’s on in East Anglia with Matthew Townshend Productions (mtp) and Theatre on the Coast (TOTC).

Jubilee Celebration Week

01 – 03 June 2022

mtp presents Jubilee Celebration Week at Southwold Arts Centre

Schools do Shakespeare: “Put on my crown”

Wednesday 1st June at 5:00pm
Holton St Peter Primary School, Reydon Primary School and Wenhaston Primary School have been working with professional actors and musicians from Matthew Townshend Productions (mtp) to present a series of scenes with Shakespeare’s Kings, Queens, Dukes, Duchesses and their courtiers.

All seats £5.00

Book launch premiere: Queen Elizabeth II for Dummies

Wednesday 1st June at 7:30pm

‘Probably the best speaker we have.’
QEII Cruise Director

‘As always, you were fabulous!’
Research and Pedagogy Lead at Noadswood School


If you’re in need of a quick brush-up on all things Queen before the big day, look no further than Stewart Ross and his aptly named book Queen Elizabeth II for Dummies.

The multi award-winning author will discuss the fascinating journey through the life of our longest-serving monarch – through the highs and the lows.

He will be joined by national journalist Catherine Larner, best-known locally as a regular contributor to Suffolk Magazine, who has previously shared the stage with Robert Peston and Countdown star Susie Dent.

From stately secrets to regal realities, Stewart’s work is the ultimate manual to all things majesty. A limited number of signed copies will be available.

All seats £10.00

Comedy – Tim FitzHigham and guests

Thursday 2nd June at 2.30pm and 7.30pm 

‘Tim FitzHigham is unhinged. He is completely without hinges.’
Eddie Izzard

‘Thom is a joy and Tim is gut-bustingly funny.’
The Scotsman

Tim FitzHigham and his merry men will be spinning a chaotic comedic turn on classical Shakespeare in this rip-roaring event.

A follow-up to their sell-out 2019 Edinburgh Fringe show, Tim, fellow comedian Thom Tuck and Young Sherlock Holmes star Alan Cox will try their best to avoid the anticipated mayhem as they re-enact Shakespeare’s famous kings and queens.

As always with the man called “the maddest man in my kingdom” by Queen Elizabeth II, things are certain to go off on an unexpected tangent.

Matinee £13.00
Evening £15.00

Cabaret – Westdal and Hayward

Friday 3rd June at 2.30pm and 7.30pm

★★★★ (Westdal and Hayward Need Work) ‘Reminiscent of the late great Victoria Wood…The songs are genius…They join the ranks of Fascinating Aida and Flo and Joan.’
broadwaybaby.com

Get in and see them…to die for.’
Tiff Stevenson, Comedian


Two middle-aged women, who between them have three dogs, two kids but only one fully-functioning pelvic floor.

Join this pair of post-menopausal Mary Poppins’ to celebrate Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee and all she’s had to put up with. Featuring party games like Charles’ favourite “Whose Throne is it Anyway”, plus a new edition of “Would I Lie to You” with star guest Prince Andrew!

2019 top three finalists for the Funny Women Best Show award.

Matinee £13.00
Evening £15.00

From Suffolk to Sunset Boulevard

Tuesday 21st June at 7.30pm

Come and Celebrate Suffolk Day at Aldeburgh Cinema.

Graham Baker, Director in conversation with Matthew Townshend.

Graham Baker is an English film director. He directed a number of Hollywood feature films from 1981 to 1999, including the 1988 science fiction film ‘Alien Nation’.

Join us for a fascinating evening learning about Graham’s journey from advertising to the the film industry – including his time in Hollywood, directing films including ‘Alien Nation, ‘Impulse’ and ‘The Final Conflict’.  There is also a focus on Graham’s films set in East Anglia including ‘With Love from Suffolk’ and ‘Leaving Lily’ and his more recent work with the late Neil Innes.

Clips will be shared from all of the above films and the event will finish with the short film ‘Leaving Lily’ (BBC TV, BAFTA nomination & Chicago winner) which is set in East Anglia: in 1914 a farmhand prepares to leave his village to serve in the First World War.

All tickets £5.00

Sea Sagas of the North: Travels and tales at warming waters

30 June 2022 at 2pm

Professor Jules Pretty draws on his new book, Sea Sagas of the North, and weaves tales of the kindness of coastal people, alongside the cruelty and beauty of the North Sea. Fish cities have shrunk to hamlets, old ports levelled and harbours full of warming water yet there’s barely a single ship. Presented in association with mtp.

Summer Holiday – Reydon

Tuesday 09 – Saturday 13 August

The Big Barn Theatre, Maize Maze, Old Hall Farm and Café, Reydon

Summer Holiday – Sheringham

Tuesday 16 – Saturday 20 August

Sheringham Little Theatre, Sheringham

Summer Holiday – Great Yarmouth

Tuesday 23 – Saturday 27 August

St George’s Theatre, Great Yarmouth