Your Visit

The Avenue Theatre

The Avenue Theatre, Gippeswyk Avenue, Ipswich, IP2 9AF

Our theatre, The Avenue, stands within the grounds of our current HQ at Gippeswyk Hall, a Grade II* listing building, made possible with a £1m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The building has been designed to reflect some of the traditional barn structures that would have once stood on the grounds and we’re keen to share this fantastic heritage site with everyone.



Audience feedback

“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.” 

“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?” 

“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.” 



Access

We hope The Avenue Theatre is as welcoming to you as possible. If you have any questions about any of our services, would like to join our mailing list or need help arranging your visit please contact Box Office on 01473 603388 or email info@redrosechain.com – we are here to help.

booking tickets

In order to experience our best service we ask that you contact the Box Office on 01473 603388 to discuss your requirements. Booking online may mean your requirements will not be fulfilled to the best of our ability. If you have any questions regarding accessibility in the theatre spaces you can also email info@redrosechain.com

getting around The Avenue

The Avenue is fully accessible and is all on one level. We have an accessible loo in our foyer, a low level Box Office and Café Bar as well as designated Disabled Parking Spaces. These can be reserved for you when you book your tickets.

Our Studio has level access from the main foyer and the foyer is accessible from the path without encountering any steps . We also have level access seating in the theatre. Please ring the box office on 01473 603388 to book these seats.

Guide dogs are very welcome throughout the building. We will happily look after your dog whilst you watch the performance or alternatively your dog can enjoy the performance with you. It’s entirely up to you.

Amenities

The Box Office is located just inside the main entrance. We have a low level Box Office as well as an induction hearing loop system – to use turn your hearing aid to T. You can also pre-order interval drinks at the Café to avoid bustling queues.

Hearing Loop System

We have a ‘loop’ system in the auditorium that enables your hearing aid to pick up a personally  created loop by switching your hearing aid to ‘T’.

Dementia Friendly

We want to ensure The Avenue is a dementia-friendly venue. Our team have just completed and passed training to become Dementia Friends and we are taking steps to improve the venue further in 2017. If you would like more information please give our box office a call on 01473 603388.


theatre parkingParking

We have limited free car parking at The Avenue Theatre.

Disabled spaces can be booked in advance.

There is additional on street parking nearby as well as public car parks on Ranelagh Road and at Ipswich Train Station, an easy 5 minute walk away.


Buses

Gippeswyk Avenue is served by the 12, 13 & 14 bus routes.


Cafe Bar Area

bar and cafe at red rose chain

Our cafe bar serves a range of hot and cold drinks, and a selection of snacks, including teas and coffees and also stocks Adnams beer, ale and wine. For some shows/events we also serve fresh rustic pizza – please check individual event pages for more info.



Entertainment

We delight our audience with our shows and events – The Avenue is a perfect intimate space to experience theatrecomedy and music – so far we’ve had the likes of Henning Wehn, Mark Thomas, Paul FootKenneth Sillito and Neil Innes with many more exciting things to come in 2017.

  • RT  @MusicTMHS :  @red_rose_chain  Thank you for a brilliant performance of #asyoulikeit Amazing to see Mills' very own Jack Heydon! #superstar…
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