Theatre in the Forest 2017 – As You Like It

“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 wonderful introduction to Shakespeare for the grandchildren, we all loved it and now look forward to the Christmas play."
Audience Member
"We went last night! Absolutely LOVED it! Best show we've seen at Theatre in the Forest, and we've been to quite a few!"
Audience Member
"This is absolutely brilliant! Great for all ages. My 11yo boy really enjoyed it and can't wait for next year's show. I loved it too. Well done all of you!"
Audience Member
"It's not the summer hols without a trip to see Red Rose chain a fab family tradition xx”
Audience Member
"Wow! What a wonderful evening being entertained by a super talented team of Shakespearian actors, in the beautiful Arden forest, aka Jimmys Farm! A must see this summer”
Audience Member
"I can recommend it - was amazing and we were thoroughly entertained last night”
Audience Member
"Brilliant, whole family from 6yrs to 71yrs thoroughly enjoyed it. Well done.”
Audience Member
"Been tonight brilliant as usual. If you haven't already book your tickets and support this amazing company and all their good work. Well done everyone involved”
Audience Member
"My Mother and I came on Saturday afternoon (we came to The Tempest last year) and loved every second of it- funny, vigorous, full of clarity and wonderfully heartfelt. We loved the joyous songs and music from your hugely talented cast. Just brilliant.”
Audience Member
"Went Saturday night, brilliant and as funny as usual. Well done to Jo and her v talented actors. Great audience participation too”
Audience Member
"Had an amazing time tonight thankyou so much for making my son koby 6th birthday amazing thankyou all so much good luck with rest of shows be back soon xx"
Audience Member
“Went to see 'As you like it' at Jimmy's Farm, definitely worth seeing and worth every penny. A must see.”
Audience Member
"What a wonderful performance by very talented artists. As we have never been to a play in the woods, we will certainly be coming again. We look forward to seeing you again at the Avenue Theatre in the future."
Audience Member
“Absolutely amazing! Such a talented bunch! The magical setting adds to it, definitely give you all a standing ovation!!!”
Audience Member
“A thrilling, hilarious, snappy and energetic performance: thank you all for a wonderful evening: what a joyous and talented company: full of love and life: brilliant! a MUST SEE!!”
Audience Member

As You Like It

Please note: this production has now closed.

Red Rose Chain presents
As You Like It
at Jimmy’s Farm

One of Shakespeare’s most bewitching comedies, featuring some of his best-loved characters. Forget the rules of romance…Orlando & Rosalind have their own ideas! Escape with us into the magical woodland of Jimmy’s Farm to enjoy a world of unforgettable adventure. Full of rivalry, redemption and a most-unexpected wedding!

Packed with engaging energy, music and dance – Theatre in the Forest is an ideal introduction to Shakespeare for all-ages and a must-see event of the summer!

Dates and times




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

Tues – Thurs:
Concession: £10 (children, full-time students, people in receipt of benefits or pension credits, people with disabilities)
Over 60s: £18
Full Price: £23.50

Friday & Saturday:
Concession: £12
Over 60s: £20
Full Price: £25.50

Times including interval
Tues to Sat: 7:30pm – 10pm,
Sat matinees: 2pm – 4.30pm
Extra show on Sun 27th Aug: 7:30pm – 10pm

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!

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.

Jimmy’s Farm have put new gravel paths in this year, both within the space as well as leading up to it. We’ve also moved the entrance to try and make the space more accessible in relation to the car park.

Jimmy’s Farm have also transformed the space where the huts stand, to create a lovely Coffee Cabin so there’s even more to enjoy this year.

Jimmy’s Farm offer a delicious pre-theatre dinner option, dine in their beautiful barn restaurant before our evening show begins – dates/times for 2016 coming soon.

Seats will be reserved for those enjoying pre-theatre dinner so there’s no need to rush!

To book your pre-theatre dinner table through Jimmy’s Farm & for more information, please call them on 01473 604206*.
*excludes 29 July, and 456, 20 of August

See the widget below to reserve your places online.

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Alternatively you are welcome to bring your own picnic.  There will be some picnic benches on site for you to use if you wish.

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.

salt house harbour theatre in the forest

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

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 the 16 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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As well as performances in the fantastic forest setting, we’ve got a whole load of special events for all ages… Stay tuned to find out what we have in store this summer!

We still welcome party bookings and would be delighted if you would like to bring a group of friends or relatives. We love Birthday bookings too, and have surprised lots of audience members over the years with a special treat from the cast on the special day! So if you want to surprise a loved one let us know when you call up to book!

3, 10, 17, 24 August at 5pm-6pm.
Free for The Tempest ticket holders – Wednesday pre-show drama workshops for children aged 18 and under.
Please call our Box Office to book your places in advance (spaces can fill up fast!) on 01473 603388

FREE: Director’s Talk
Thu 4 Aug at 6.30pm
Free for ticket holders of 4 Aug, Join Artistic Director Joanna Carrick to find out about what goes into staging Theatre in the Forest, and how she tackled The Tempest. Perfect for any Red Rose Chain fan!

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