Private Lives

Private Lives

Special Events

Mothers Day Matinee and Afternoon Tea!

Sunday 31st March
12pm onwards for 1pm matinee,
3:30pm onwards for 4:30pm matinee

SIBYL: I don’t believe you like Mother.
ELYOT: Like her! I can’t bear her.
SIBYL: Elyot! She’s a darling, underneath..”

Why not treat your darling mother (or mother-in-law) to some of the finer things in life this Mother’s Day!
You won’t have to worry about running out of tea and cakes if you opt for a spot of scrumptious Afternoon Tea before the show – which is available with or without a cheeky glass of Prosecco!
And to help her feel extra special, all mothers get a FREE small posy of flowers on arrival!

Then settle in to share plenty of laughter together at our 1pm or 4:30pm matinee show. Splendid!

Matinee Afternoon Tea Parties

Afternoon Tea

Join us 60 mins before every matinee performance (Saturdays & Sundays) to indulge in a spot of Afternoon Tea, £9 pp which includes cakes, sandwiches and a pot of tea!

Prosecco Afternoon Tea

For those that REALLY know how to indulge. This Afternoon Tea option is £15 pp & comes with a glass of prosecco, plus cakes, sandwiches and a pot of tea!

Director’s Post-Show Talk and Cast Q&A

Friday 29 March

To celebrate Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day, Join Joanna Carrick, Red Rose Chain’s Artistic Director to hear all about the process of re-imagining Coward’s world-famous comedy, alongside cast members Fizz Waller, Harriet Leitch and Rei Mordue talking about their fictional counterparts Amanda, Sybil and Louise.

The talk is free for ticket holders and takes place after the 7:30pm evening performance, it’s a special event not to be missed!

Champagne Cocktails

Our cafe bar opens 60 mins before each performance and every evening will have Champagne cocktails and Fizzy mocktails available, along with Prosecco all our usual refreshments to give you a real taste of the era!

Saturday Night Pizza

Each Saturday evening from 6.30pm during the run we will be serving delicious artisan pizzas before the show. Made to order, booking in advance is advised.


Margherita (Victor): £8.50 – tomatoes, mozzarella & basil

Mediterranean (Sibyl): £9 – tomatoes, mozzarella, basil & black olives

Funghi (Elyot): £9.50 – tomatoes, cheese, basil & mushrooms

Anchovy (Amanda): £10 – tomatoes, cheese, basil, anchovies and black olives


Directed by Joanna Carrick

Here come the fireworks! And the martini cocktails! 

It’s Noël Coward’s best loved and multi-award winning comedy – new and re-imagined! Private Lives follows the escapades of former lovers Amanda and Elyot as they suddenly reunite…while on their honeymoons to other people! But is it new love or true love? And can they really live with(out) each other? Featuring popular songs of the era, prepare to see sparks fly in Joanna Carrick’s interpretation of this wickedly funny Spring time comedy.

Our love-struck stars of Much Ado About Nothing – Fizz Waller and Ricky Oakley – reunite this March! Joined by multi-talented newcomer to Red Rose Chain Harriet Leitch alongside Red Rose Chain favourite Ryan Penny (The Elves & The Shoemaker, As You Like It, Treasure Island).

Also introducing Rei Mordue from our youth theatre as Louise the Housemaid.


Date and time

Tues 19 March @ 7:30pm
Sun 31 March @ 1pm
Fri 5 April @ 7:30pm
Sun 7 April @ 1pm

Weds 20 March
Thu 21 March

Fri 22 March

At The Avenue Theatre, Ipswich.
Tues – Sun
Evenings: 7:30pm, Saturday matinees 3pm, Sundays 1pm & 4:30pm

Full Price – £22
Over 65s – £17.50
Concession* – £10
*Concession tickets are for full-time students, people in receipt of benefits or pension credits, people with disabilities

We have free dementia-friendly performance & tea party tickets, please give our box office a call for more information and to talk through your visit: 01473 603388.


Fizz Waller

Ricky Oakley

Harriet Leitch

Ryan Penny


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