Ian Hislop joins Q&A sessions at Theatre on the Coast

Ian Hislop
Ian Hislop. Photo: BBC

A star of a BBC political satire show is heading to the Suffolk coast for a special event ahead of his theatre production.

Ian Hislop, editor of Private Eye and who appears on BBC TV’s Have I Got News For You, will make a guest appearance at one of four productions being performed as part of a traditional summer theatre season.

Theatre on the Coast, run by award-winning Matthew Townshend Productions, will be heading to Southwold from July 10 to August 31 to present four shows, each playing for a fortnight at Southwold Arts Centre.

Hislop, who with Nick Newman is the writer behind ‘A Bunch of Amateurs’ from July 23-August 3, will be holding a Q&A session on Saturday, July 27, at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £5 from www.totc.co.uk.


Debbie Isitt, whose show The Woman Who Cooked Her Husband – the third show in the run from August 6-17 – will also be holding a Q&A with novelist Esther Freud in August.

The two other performances for Theatre on the Coast, which is being sponsored by holiday cottage letting agency, Suffolk Secrets, are ‘The End of the Line’ from July 10-20 and ‘Hobson’s Choice’ from August 20-31.

Some of the cast members have now been announced. They include Stephen Donald from the recent UK tour of The Full Monty and Channel 4’s Brookside, Emma Keele from Emmerdale, John D Collins of Allo! Allo! And Olivier award winning Natasha Cox.

Matthew said: “We are incredibly excited about the forthcoming season of Theatre on the Coast.

“It is going to be a wonderful season of repertoire theatre and we are thrilled to confirm the Q&A sessions involving Ian Hislop and Debbie Isitt.

“Not only do we have our four brilliant productions, there are a whole host of other events lined-up for visitors to enjoy.”

Southwold-based Adnams hotel and restaurant The Swan is supporting Theatre on the Coast by offering a pre-theatre menu to coincide with matinee and evening performances.

The offer, which is bookable in advance, is £21 for two courses or £28 for three courses and includes a complimentary glass of Adnams Prosecco.

Visit www.thestillroomsouthwold.co.uk or call 01502 722186 to book.

Two internships for young people seeking a career in technical or performance have been made possible thanks to generous support from the Southwold Trust. Anyone interested in finding out about this paid opportunity should email mtproductions@btconnect.com

As well as the productions, there will be two full days of magic, shipwrecks and fun with Young Theatre on the Coast for those aged eight to 18.

Those taking part can work with an actor from Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, a musician and a costume and property maker on August 7-8 to create their own performance inspired by the history of Aldeburgh’s Moot Hall and the tales of Shakespeare’s actors visiting the coast.

The sessions will be held at the Aldeburgh Music Room at Aldeburgh Primary School from 10.30am-3.30pm and cost £7 per child per day or £12 per day for two siblings.

Contact mtp at mtproductions@btconnect.com for information.

There will also be a rock ‘n’ roll night featuring the Ben Goble trio with JS and the Lockerbillies on Sunday, August 25.

Ticket prices range from £11-£18 and can be bought via the box office on 01502 772572 or online via www.mtproductions.co.uk/theatre-on-the-coast/

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