Theatre in the Forest

Theatre in the Forest

Voted Top 10 best events for Families and Children
by The Independent

“I can see he’s not in your good books,’ said the messenger.
‘No, and if he were I would burn my library.”

Who says romance is dead?…Well that might have been Beatrice and Benedick during one of their legendary skirmishes of wit, but luckily the lovebirds Claudio and Hero have a cunning plan…So what could possibly go wrong? This year’s Theatre in the Forest brings Shakespeare’s hilarious comedy of chivalry and courtship to the beautiful woods of Jimmy’s Farm!

Dates and Times

At Jimmy’s Farm, Suffolk.

Gates open 90 mins before the performance begins, arrive early to enjoy the pre-theatre atmosphere!

Tues to Sat: 7:30pm
Sat matinees: 2pm
Extra show on Sun 26th Aug: 7:30pm

Concession: £10 (children, full-time students, people in receipt of benefits or pension credits, people with disabilities)
Over 60s: £20
Full Price: £25.50

FAMILY TICKET DISCOUNT: Add 2 Full Price and 2 concession tickets to the basket

GROUP DISCOUNT: Buy 10 or more tickets, get cheapest free (for group bookings larger than 15 people please get in touch for additional discounts)

BAD WEATHER POLICY: You can transfer your tickets hassle-free, in the event of bad weather to a different performance by calling our box office

Celebrating a special occasion with us? Make sure you let one of the actors or a member of staff know once you arrive and we can help your celebrations go off with a bang!


In the meantime, check out last year’s trailer for a taste of what to expect!


“This is the most family friendly production of Shakespeare’s ‘AS YOU LIKE IT ‘ you could possibly ask for. Think slapstick gags, laugh out loud songs, and an absurd Western theme, all accompanied by Shakespeare’s original, beautiful language. Performed in an outdoor theatre in the middle of a forest on Jimmy’s Farm, take a picnic and experience everything an English summer’s evening should be.” 

The Daily Mirror

“Energetic, clever and  irreverent” 

The Stage

“Carrick has struck gold” 

East Anglian Daily Times

“Magical, the family audience participates with gusto. A wonderful evening’s entertainment” 

Grapevine Live

“A creative masterpiece!
Fun for all the family

Ipswich Waterfront

"A small and intimate beautiful location. Being sat within the space and the way the actors worked the space and the script included the audience making you feel part of the production. The staff volunteers were amazing and it is a great building very beautiful. Will definitely be going back! Try it if you haven't you won't regret it."
Audience Member
"A small theatre full of love and warmth, and the best shows ever."
Audience Member
"This is a fantastic little gem of a theatre and even more so, a fantastic little gem of a company."
Audience Member
“Our first visit to the Avenue Theatre was an experience which all three of us enjoyed immensely. The warm welcome by the volunteers and front of house staff matched the bright and welcoming aura of your splendid new venue. The auditorium, intimate and involving beyond the dreams of larger houses, was the place of theatre magic.”
Audience Member
“The production at The Avenue was an entirely unique, liberating audience experience….I left this show feeling a bit more human for the experience of it. If that’s not art, I don’t know what is?”
Audience Member
"What a wonderful theatre and what a fantastic show. Paul Foot was wacky and hilarious and the red rose chain’s avenue theatre is a great setting. The theatre is small and intimate and was perfect for comedy. The building is new and tastefully done. Will definitely be keeping an eye on their programme from now on."
Audience Member
"I have visited this theatre on a number of occasions and have never been disappointed. It is small, intimate and quirky. Ipswich is so lucky to have such a fantastic independent theatre company and I would highly recommend people to support it."
Audience Member
"Glittering with Christmassy sparkle! Our little girl was transfixed start to finish and there's plenty of gags for mums and dads too! Thanks for a super night out you lot xxx Go see it!! :-)"
Audience Member
"Bravo to @red_rose_chain for the magical The Elves & The Shoemaker. We loved it so much, thank you"
Audience Member
"Went to see the Elves and shoemaker this morning, what a very good show. I took my wife and granddaughter, laughs all the way through."
Audience Member
"We went last night and it was brilliant! Lots of kids there too all laughing and having a great time. Well done yet again RRC."
Audience Member
"Wow what an amazing production, great energy and lots of fun and laughs,"
Audience Member
"I came on Thursday it was brilliant, such a dedicated and talented bunch..well done so funny!! x"
Audience Member
"Watched this on Friday... an absolute must!!! You will not be disappointed"
Audience Member
"What a fantastic show. The children had an amazing time and have not stopped talking about it."
Audience Member

Further Info

Together with the team at Jimmy’s Farm we are committed to making your Theatre in the Forest experience better and more accessible each year.

Please let our box office know about any access requirements in advance so we can make sure to reserve the best possible parking and seating for you, we want your experience to be as enjoyable as possible. The space is wheelchair accessible and disabled parking spaces/drop off point can be booked in advance to offer the shortest possible distance between your vehicle and the outdoor auditorium.

There is ample free parking on site at Jimmy’s Farm. The farm is only 7 minutes away from Ipswich Train station and is therefore a very reasonably priced taxi ride.

Disabled parking will be available for those with restricted access. Please let our Box Office team know about any accessibility needs you or your party member has in advance, during your booking.

Why not make a day of it? Jimmy’s Farm has loads of family-friendly activities to get stuck into and things to explore! The gates for Theatre In The Forest open at 6pm and you are welcome to check out the animals before the performance. For entry before 6pm normal charges will apply.

In 17 years of Theatre in the Forest we’ve only ever had to cancel a handful of performances due to extreme weather; we carry on in rain and we also provide basic ponchos to keep you dry –  this is to substitute the use of umbrellas within the space – but please feel free to also bring your own waterproofs.

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Coming soon

We’ve rounded up some fabulous accommodation options in Suffolk and ideal places to stay nearby in Ipswich for after the show ends – they are such stuff as dreams are made on!

Suffolk Secrets

Looking for somewhere to stay?  Suffolk Secrets has the largest selection of self-catering holiday cottages in the county.

VII Apartments

VII apartments are situated in a fine Georgian style building, located in the historic town centre area of Ipswich, close to the up and coming Waterfront.

Whether you are visiting Ipswich for one night, one month or longer VII Apartments will provide you with a comfortable & secure base, conveniently located at a competitive price. Perfect for business or leisure.

Each Apartment suite is decorated and furnished to an exceptional standard with wi-fi access, flat screen TV/DVD, fully equipped modern kitchen and bathrooms.

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Salthouse Harbour Hotel

A contemporary boutique hotel of curiosity on the Ipswich marina.

This artfully designed boutique Hotel and Restaurant in Suffolk reflects quality and dazzles in the waterfront of Ipswich’s vibrant Harbour quayside at night.

Lattice Lodge - B&B & self-catering

Lattice Lodge – B&B & self-catering

Lattice Lodge is a large Edwardian Property built in 1908 as a doctors surgery and residence, and has been completely renovated throughout and extended in keeping with the original style.
We offer excellent quality bed & breakfast accommodation to both business & leisure guests.

Subject to availability, we are also willing to let the whole house for your exclusive use. This could be on a self catering basis, bed and breakfast, or even half or full board. Perfect for a theatre cast, sports team, a family get together, or a reunion.

Ufford Park Hotel

Relax in style in the heart of Suffolk’s most beautiful, peaceful countryside: come to Ufford Park
Woodbridge, Hotel, Golf & Spa – to stay or simply to enjoy our bars, restaurant and many other

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