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Southwold announces the 2013 programme for the Summer Theatre and Aldeburgh's Jubilee Hall

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Amid flurries of snow and easterly winds, it's not easy to think of warm Suffolk coastal towns and entertainment for the evening after a day spent in, on or even just near the sea. But Southwold's summer theatre, which these days spills over into Aldeburgh, has announced its 2013 programme which runs from 10 July to 31 August.

The first production is of JB Priestley's An Inspector Calls, the first professional presentation of this classic since the 1992 National Theatre production and its ensuing tours. It runs in Southwold from 10 to 20 July and transfers to the Jubilee Hall in Aldeburgh for the week 25 July to 3 August. It's followed by a different sort of thriller – Dead Reckoning by Eric Chappell – between 22 July and 3 August in Southwold and 6 to 10 August in Aldeburgh.

A change of mood breezes in with the farce Not Now Darling by Ray Cooney and John Chapman. This new production also begins in Southwold from 5 to 17 August before moving down the coast to Aldeburgh for the week of 20 to 24 August. The final two productions of the 2013 season both begin their runs in Aldeburgh before transferring to Southwold.

The first of these is Dick Barton: Special Agent. Episode Two: The Secret of the Pharaoh's Tomb. It's by Phil Willmott – and may not quite be what anyone who remembers the 1940s and 50s radio serials is expecting. 12 to 17 August are the Aldeburgh dates, followed by 19 to 31 August in Southwold. Anthony Shaffer's Sleuth is the suspense-filled concluding production at Aldeburgh between 26 and 31 August and then home to Southwold from 2 to 14 September.


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