Ipswich Regent Theatre re-opened last night with great reaction to first live show for more than a year

Published22nd July 2021

Almost one thousand people were in the audience at the Ipswich Regent Theatre last night to see the first live performance - Anton & Giovanni (Strictly’s Anton Du Beke and Giovanni Pernice’s joint tour) - there for 494 days.

Ipswich’s own theatre is back with a bang. In a survey we undertook with the audience last night more than eight out of ten felt “comfortable or extremely comfortable with their visit” and all rated their overall experience “excellent or very good”.

Members of the audience also said they “felt very safe, staff were very helpful and friendly and show was just incredible, so nice to be back!” and that the Regent Theatre is “extremely easy to enter venue and sufficient sanitiser around. Staff friendly and approachable.”

Cllr Sarah Barber, Ipswch Borough Council's town centre portfolio holder, said: “It’s great so many came to the reopening of the theatre and to see a great show.

“I’m also pleased people are happy with the measures we have taken to keep audiences safe, including enhanced cleaning, contactless payment, improvements to the building's air ventilation system, NHS Test & Trace QR Codes available to scan on arrival and audiences strongly encouraged to wear masks in all public areas.

“I look forward to seeing you at the Regent Theatre.”