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Mon 13 - Sun 19 January 2020

MUSIC: Britten Sinfonia, The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 19 Jan

Britten Sinfonia are back in Bury performing two of Bach’s Brandenburg concertos as well as his double violin concerto, Shostakovich’s stunning, sombre chamber symphony and two beautiful pieces by Arvo Pärt.

THEATRE: My Cousin Rachel, Cambridge Arts Theatre, 13 – 18 Jan 

woman wearing black veil

Buckle in for a menacing psychological thriller by Daphne du Maurier, author of Rebecca and Don’t Look Now. Follow Countess Rachel Sangalletti (murderess, seducer, thief, enchantress) as she travels to Cornwall in this classic Gothic romance. Helen George from Call the Midwife is Rachel, while star of the stage Jack Holden plays Philip, Rachel’s cousin.

THEATRE: Susie Dent: The Secret Lives of Words, The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 15 Jan 

head shot of susie dent

Tick tock tick tock, you’ve got 30 seconds to work out the clue or Susie Dent from Dictionary Corner will. Fascinated by language and where some of our bizarre words come from?  Susie will retell the adventures that lie hidden within such words as lasagne, bugbear and explain the mysterious disappearance of kempt, gormful, and ruly.

COMEDY: Josie Long: Tender, The Junction, Cambridge, 17 Jan

Credit: Giles Smith

New mothers and anyone looking for a bit of light relief will love this show from three-time Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee Josie Long. Her brand new comedy show touches on the mind-bending intensity of motherhood, and focusses on kindness, joy and generally feeling optimistic about the future.

ART: Feast and Fast: The Art of Food in Europe, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, until 26 April 

historical food display

Look at food and you get a pretty good idea about the people who ate it. This exhibition at the glorious Fitzwilliam takes a look at the history and culture of food and eating through a multi-sensory exhibition. You’ll see a Jacobean sugar banquet, a European feasting table and a Georgian confectioner’s workshop. As part of the exhibition there’s a flamboyant 4-metre tall pineapple installation created by the weird and wonderful Bompas and Parr – don’t ask me why! Just don’t go along when you’re hungry!

EXHIBITION: Bury Photographic Society Exhibition, The Apex Gallery, until 19 Jan 

what's on January 2020

Love the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibition? Well this is the next best thing, and it’s local too! Celebrating the talents of both amateur and professional snappers, this exhibition showcases over 150 prints and hundreds of digital images from talented local photographers. As well as wildlife images, there are portrait, landscape, nature, urban and sport. You can even buy the ones you love!

THEATRE: The Famous Four and a Half Go Wild in Thetford Forest, Seckford Theatre, 8 – 18 Jan

poster for a theatre production of the the famous four

Loved the Enid Blyton books as a kid or get a little one currently obsessed? Then you’ll be pleased to hear that the well-known quartet are in the county with The Famous Four and a Half Go Wild in Thetford Forest at Seckford Theatre in Woodbridge from 8 – 18 Jan 2020. Eastern Angles are behind this hilarious comedy spoof that sees Rupert, Nick, Fran, Alex and Dimmy the dog do battle with a shady figure who has stolen their Aunt’s time machine. A fabulous a Panto alternative that spoofs the kids whose adventures we all learnt to read by.

EXHIBITION: Ed Sheeran: Made in Suffolk, Christchurch Mansion, Ipswich, until 19 Jan

portrait of ed sheeran

We’re rather proud of our Suffolk son, Ed Sheeran, so proud in fact that we’ve had an entire exhibition devoted to his work running for nine months in Ipswich to coincide with the four coming home performances he did in 2019. The exhibition features portraits by artist Colin Davidson, photography by Mark Surridge and personal items portraying the journey from Ed’s school life in Suffolk to international stardom.

ART: Suffolk Open Studio’s Winter Exhibition, Ferini Art Gallery, Lowestoft, until Jan 19

Heading to the seaside? Take a detour via the charming Ferini Art Gallery in Pakefield to see the work of local artists in the SOS Winter Exhibition – the perfect place to pick up some new year art work.

PANTO: AladdinNew Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich, until Feb 1 

Aladdin panto on stage

Enter A Whole New World of pantomime awesomeness in Ipswich this year with their exotic take on Aladdin. There’s a musical twist for Ali and his genie pal this year with the introduction of over 20 classic songs like I’m A Believer, Papa Don’t Preach, ABC, I Will Survive and Highway to Hell! The theatre will be rocking.

PANTO: Peter PanTheatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds, until 19 Jan

Peter Pan panto at bury st Edmunds

Journey to Never Never Land with Peter, Wendy Darling and Tiger Lily for a swashbuckling adventure as they take on the villainous Captain Hook. A panto for kids and grown-ups who never want to grow up! Looking for the theatre? Second star to the right of the Greene King Brewery and straight on till morning. Think I’m pun-tastic? Just wait till you see the show.

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