Theatre in the Forest 2018 – Much Ado About Nothing



“Thank God for Jo Carrick…This footloose and fancy free interpretation of this much revered comedy was a welcome gust of fresh air
– East Anglian Daily Times

“Laughs a plenty, audience participation and you are guaranteed to leave the unique forest setting with a smile on your face.
– Ipswich 24

“The whole production was magnificent, from the very talented cast to the enchanting setting, the show was utterly brilliant.
– Families Suffolk

“The six young actors were superlative.
The Shakespeare play itself was raised to new heights by this production”
– Des Lewis Gestalt Real-Time Reviews

“Laugh a minute outdoor theatre at its best
– Unscene Suffolk

“Appealing to both Shakespeare enthusiasts and novices, and both adults and children, this is an absolute must-see this summer.
– Sarah Brandon for Ipswich Waterfront

special events

Sun 26th August at 6pm-7.30pm 

We’re throwing a 1940s style street party for everyone in the forest before the final show begins!

With FREE cake and lemonade for everybody, 1940s hairdo demos by our very own Hero, musical hits of the decade and the option to dress up in whatever vintage attire you desire…

Why not come and celebrate with us!

“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 courage and courtship to the beautiful woods of Jimmy’s Farm!

MUCH ADO features some of Shakespeare’s most iconic couples and we’re over the moon to have a cast full of familiar faces this year, who will be lending their extraordinary musical talents as we take you back in time to the 1940s!

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 matinee 4th & 11th Aug: 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)

SEVERE WEATHER POLICY: You can transfer your tickets hassle-free, in the event of severe 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!

Thursday, Friday and Saturdays
*Excludes 3rd, 11th, 18th and 24th of August


“I can not recommend this enough! Absolutely stunning – hilarious! Shakespeare at its best – fourth wall smashed to pieces and the bard would definitely have approved. Massive well done to all involved. If you get the chance please go and see it -you will thank me!
– Audience member

“Fantastic night thank you, as always a great evening and I would recommend to anyone to go and watch this! This was one of my favourite theatre in the forest yet!
– Audience member

“My son and i went on Thursday night and had a brilliant evening, loved everything about it. The show was hilarious and there was such a great atmosphere. Very much looking forward to the next one.
– Audience member

“Went to see this last night, first of many. Such a fantastic performance, brilliant, funny. Amazing energy from all performers. It was a magical evening.
– Audience member

Further Info

Fizz Waller

Ricky Oakley

Oliver Cudbill

Jack Heydon

Joanna Sawyer

Claire Lloyd

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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Thursday, Friday and Saturdays
*Excluding 3rd, 11th, 18th and 24th August

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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