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PUBLISHED: 11:01 03 October 2008 | UPDATED: 21:25 05 July 2010

JOSEPH and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat returned to Lowestoft's Marina Theatre on Monday, allowing audiences once again the opportunity to enjoy a major musical production on their own doorstep without having to travel hundreds of miles.

JOSEPH and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat returned to Lowestoft's Marina Theatre on Monday, allowing audiences once again the opportunity to enjoy a major musical production on their own doorstep without having to travel hundreds of miles.

This latest production marks the latest in a series of high profile events to visit the Edwardian venue.

Three years ago when Joseph was first staged at the Marina the event was a major coup for the town and at the time management at the Marina stressed that if the public supported the show many more could follow.

The message struck the right cord with patrons as more than 6,000 people saw the show, at the time breaking all previous box office records.

Since then the Marina has staged a host of major touring shows, many of which would usually only be seen in major cities. This autumn we can look forward to West End hit Buddy, the return of the Russian Ice Stars in Cirque De Glace and the town's first professional pantomime in half a century, Peter Pan this Christmas.

Speaking this week Martin Halliday, Marina Manager, said: “When we first secured Joseph for the Marina three years ago, we promised that if it was well supported, more top musicals would follow. We were delighted at how well the production went and this lead to visits from more top shows including Blood Brothers, Half A Sixpence, Annie and Beauty and The Beast on ice.

“Without such a strong level of support we would not have been able to go on presenting such high profile events and we are pleased that this year our audiences not only have this weeks return of Joseph, but also The Russian Ice stars bring their latest production in November, along with our first ever visit from West End hit Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story, which starts on November 25.

“We would like to thank the thousands of people that have made these productions so popular and once again remind readers that their continued support is vital if we are to go on attracting major events of this calibre.”

Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat continues at Marina Theatre until tomorrow and the cast includes some very well known faces from top rating television shows including Craig Chalmers, Tara Bethan and Antony Hanson.

24 year-old Welsh soap star Tara Bethan, one of the favourite finalists from the hit BBC series I'd Do Anything plays the coveted role of the Narrator. Tara will take her place alongside two other Saturday night TV favourites Craig Chalmers as Joseph and Antony Hanson playing Pharaoh, both were popular finalists in the BBC series Any Dream Will Do.

Under the name Dream On, Craig and Antony's debut album went straight into the charts in its first week of release earlier this year.

Retelling the Biblical story of Joseph, his eleven brothers and the coat of many colours, this magical musical is full of unforgettable songs including “Any Dream Will Do”, “Close Ev'ry Door To Me” and “One More Angel”.

Remaining performances are tonight at 5pm and tomorrow at 2pm, 5pm and 8pm.

Blob: The winner of BBC1's One and Only competition Katy Setterfield will be performing at The Marina on Wednesday at 7.30pm.

Katy wowed audiences and judges with her tribute to Dusty Springfield in the show earlier this year. Multi-talented Katy has been a session singer for many years, and since 2000, has been the lead female vocalist and musician on the hugely popular stage show, That'll Be The Day.

For more information on Katy or Joseph, or to secure your seats please call the box office on 01502 533200.

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