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From panto to Shakespeare, ballet to comedy, the Quay Theatre in Sudbury has it all this autumn

The Quay Theatre in Sudbury is a small, intimate, bustling community hub, run as a registered charity and buoyed up by a small staff and an army of enthusiastic volunteers. In its 38th year, The Quay has never had a higher profile and positive feedback from acts and customers alike prove that, as an arts venue and a community hire space, it is highly regarded as one of the somewhat hidden gems of this area in Suffolk.

Nestled on the bank of the Gasworks Cut running off from the River Stour, with free parking and surrounded in Quay Lane by other leisure organisations, it really couldn’t be better located for a visit!

Aiming to bring quality entertainment at affordable prices to the local area as the backbone of its ethos, The Quay is proud to announce the launch of its autumn season of shows, running from September to December 2019.

The Churchfitters (14272856)
The Churchfitters (14272856)

Covering children’s shows, comedy, drama, amdram, film, live event cinema, music, musicals, talks and, of course, panto, there should be something on offer for you, your family and friends!

To pick just a few examples of shows on offer is difficult as the quality doesn’t dip with any of them, however, we’ll give it a go. . .

One of the more recent ‘products’ on offer at The Quay are the live cinema events, including content from the National Theatre Live stable. With the prevailing mood that Phoebe Waller-Bridge is near genius in both writing and performance, now is the best time to see a screening of her original one-woman West End show, Fleabag, where it all began. The Quay will be screening this on October 3 and 13.

The Nutcracker (14274641)
The Nutcracker (14274641)

Now, those of you who are aware of that TV series will not have missed one of its main characters, played by the highly-talented actor, Andrew Scott. He will be appearing on the big screen on December 4, in a new adaptation of Noel Coward’s ever popular comedic play, Present Laughter, recorded live at the Old Vic.

The Quay will be awash with live stage drama too this autumn, with a heavy slant on gothic chillers such as The Turn of the Screw (complete with puppetry!) and The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, alongside dramatic stories by M R James and Edgar Allen Poe. Unsurprisingly, these will all be found nestled around the horror hub of Hallowe’en. Sudbury Dramatic Society will also be bringing work to the table with Terror in November.

Not so much nestled as coming-at-you-with-a-pointy-stick, there is a treat for all horror film fans on Saturday, October 26, with the fourth instalment of the annual Horrorthon; 13 hours of glorious classic and fun horror comprising seven fan favourites, beginning midday with Poltergeist (the original) and finishing with a Dario Argento belter. You don’t have to watch all of the films, but there is a bar and food available throughout.

Of course, there are other live touring drama shows that have little to do with horror, including Irish play, Gutted and a show from Sid James and Joan Sims, Funny Faces!

All is Trus (14274638)
All is Trus (14274638)

If chillers really do leave you cold, you may appreciate a dose of comedy and The Quay will be delivering some fantastic examples both young and old, including Hancock & Co., Choice Grenfell and Prophet Sharing (two great comedians from two great religions!)

Music will continue to stake its claim on The Quay stage, with the best UK tributes to artists such as Bon Jovi, the Blues Brothers, John Lennon, Frank Sinatra, Hendrix and Cream, The Who and Pink Floyd. Original music will be covered by the ever-inventive band, The Churchfitters and ethereal duo The Blackheart Orchestra.

Let’s not forget the younger audience – for half term in October there’ll be Marty MacDonald’s Toy Machine and (live on stage ballet) The Princess & The Frog, with the latter team returning in November with The Nutcracker.

Any good British theatre worth its salt cannot finish the year with anything other than pantomime! This year, Sudbury Dramatic Society will be bringing their usual organised mayhem to bear with The Sleeping Beauty. Staff will be prepared from November onwards for random sightings of men in tights and women

with moustaches in all areas of the building. Quite right too!

The best way to access full listings and information on the theatre is to visit the website at quaysudbury.com, but there are also What’s On brochures available and anything can be obtained by calling the box office on 01787 374745.

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