World-leading designers 59 Productions are designing Theatre in the Forest!

World-leading designers 59 Productions are designing Theatre in the Forest!

London 2012 Opening Ceremony. Credit: 59 Productions

We are absolutely thrilled to announce our exciting collaboration with world leading designers, 59 Productions!

The AWARD-WINNING design studio is designing our new Theatre in the Forest outdoor venue at Sutton Hoo! 59 Productions’ accolades include Olivier and Tony awards, and they are behind the video design of the Opening Ceremony of the LONDON 2012 OLYMPIC GAMES, the globe-trotting smash hit WAR HORSE, the design and creative direction of the record- breaking DAVID BOWIE IS exhibition and the decor concept design for THE MET GALA, hosted by Anna Wintour!!

We will be unveiling the new Theatre in the Forest design at our special fundraiser Theatre in the Forest Gala, live-streaming on 31st July! So get your tickets here to watch and help us raise vital funds for our community programme:

Joanna Carrick, Artistic Director of Red Rose Chain said

“It is so exciting to be working with 59 Productions and for them to bring their immense international experience to the project. The creative team from both organisations has been working hard together throughout lockdown to design exciting new infrastructure, focussing on our unique audience experience and strong community roots to secure the future for this very popular event. Mark Grimmer, co-founder of 59 Productions, grew up in Suffolk and was a key member of Red Rose Chain’s youth theatre which makes this collaboration even more special. We are so proud of everything Mark has achieved and it means the world to us to be working with 59 productions on the launch of a new era for Theatre in the Forest at Sutton Hoo.”

59 Productions said

“59 Productions are thrilled to be collaborating with Red Rose Chain on their new, bespoke, outdoor venue for Theatre in the Forest next year. This design follows a through-line of research and development the company has embarked upon over the last year in response to the ongoing pandemic. We are passionate about creating spaces that are safe, secure and accessible for all and can’t wait for audiences in Suffolk to enjoy live theatre once again, this time at Sutton Hoo.”

The project team for Theatre in the Forest at 59 Productions is headed by Leo Warner and architect Jenny Melville. The project is also collaborating with Footprint Scenery, who will build the new pop-up venue. Their previous work includes London 2012 Ceremonies, Sochi Winter Games, the National Theatre, and the Royal Court.

We have been awarded funding from DCMS and Arts Council England’s Cultural Recovery Fund to develop this new space. This project has also been supported by New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership, through the Business Resilience and Recovery Grant Scheme.

Theatre in the Forest at Jimmy's Farm

Allison Girling, Property Operations Manager for Sutton Hoo said:

“The residency for Theatre in the Forest at Sutton Hoo marks the start of a new and exciting chapter in our work to bring unique experiences to our visitors. Red Rose Chain have a reputation for really innovative and unusual productions and we cannot wait to see them bring Macbeth to Sutton Hoo next summer. Along with so many businesses and organisations, this year has marked some incredibly difficult times for the arts, heritage and culture sectors across the country, and so we are particularly pleased to be able to work together and start to plan ahead for next year knowing that Sutton Hoo regulars and new audiences will have something really special to look forward to.”


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