Theatre in the Forest 2019 – Romeo & Juliet


“Bursting at the seams with wit, intelligence and energy. Do yourself a favour this summer and see this production.
East Anglian Daily Times

“A blast, a treat, a serious kind of joy.
– Libby Purves, TheatreCat

“A hugely entertaining performance in a beautiful location and something the whole family will enjoy
– Chloé Baines for Ipswich Waterfront

“My bounty is as boundless as the sea,
My love as deep;
the more I give to thee,
The more I have, for both are infinite”

The Montague Mods are riding their mopeds, the Capulets are rocking their leather biker jackets – bitter rivals from different worlds and that’s the way its always been. But there’s one thing they hadn’t counted on…Romeo and Juliet have never been the kind to obey the rules!

Can these rebels in love ever break free from their families and create a truce between Rockers and Mods once and for all? This year’s marks 20 years of Theatre in the Forest and what better way to celebrate than with the love story that changed the world in the beautiful woods of Jimmy’s Farm as we take you back in time to the 1960s!

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special events

pre-show birthday bash!

before the 7:30pm performance (6:30pm – 7:30pm)

On the final Saturday night of the run we’re throwing a birthday bash to celebrate TITF’s 20th birthday as a Special FREE Event for ticket holders before the evening show – with birthday cake and lemonade for everyone plus all the musical hits of the 1960s AND we invite you to come dressed up as a Mighty (Montague) Mod or a Raucous (Capulet) Rocker!

Production photography by Bill Jackson

Dates and Times

At Jimmy’s Farm, Suffolk.



Sat 24 Aug @ 2pm – GOOD AVAILABILITY

Gates open 6pm for evening performances and 1pm for matinees, arrive early to enjoy the pre-theatre atmosphere!

Tues to Sat: 7:30pm – approx 10pm (includes interval)
Sat matinee 17th & 24th Aug: 2pm
Extra show on Sun 25th Aug: 7:30pm

Concession: £10 (children under 16 yrs old, students, people in receipt of benefits or Tax Credits, people with disabilities)
Over 65s: £20
Full Price: £26

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!

Pre-theatre Dinner Available Dates
Thu 1st, Thu 8th, Fri 9th, Sat 10th, Thu 15th, Fri 16th, Sat 17th, Thu 22nd, Fri 23rd, Sat 24th

Further Info

Our beloved summer theatre spectacular!
Theatre in the Forest is famed for making Shakespeare accessible and fun for all, staying true to the text while injecting high energy, dance, music, colour and magic. We welcome 10,000 audience members to our woodland auditorium throughout July/August making it the largest outdoor family theatre event in the region. This year we take on the one and only Romeo & Juliet for our 20th birthday! Theatre in the Forest offers the chance to see Shakespeare as you’ve never seen it before – outdoors and under the stars!

The event is held amongst the trees in the beautiful woodland clearing at Jimmy’s Farm in Suffolk, on the outskirts of Ipswich. The Farm has an award-winning restaurant that serves pre-theatre dinners and plenty of animals in the wildlife park to check out during your visit before the show! For more info on how to get there, check out our ‘Directions’ tab.

The magic begins as soon as you step foot inside the auditorium space, with our dedicated and friendly team of volunteers ready to greet you and show you to your seats. The space opens up to 90 minutes before the performance begins, leaving plenty of time to enjoy the unique pre-theatre atmosphere. Audience members are welcome to bring their own picnics, and you may bump into a cast member or two in-character as they like to meet, mingle and joke around during the pre-show!

Seating is all first-come-first-served (with exceptions for those with access needs) and there are 2 options:

camping chair area: closest to the front, LIMITED space.
Audience members bring their own low-backed camping chairs, arrive from 6pm & queue at the gate in order to bag their favourite spaces at the front, once these are gone, they are gone! Also spaces for wheelchair users.

tiered seating: just behind the camping chair area, for those who prefer a higher/more conventional view. The cast move all around the auditorium so wherever you sit you won’t miss any of the action.

For those with access requirements: parking/seating reservations MUST be made in advance, by calling our box office (01473 603388). Seats will be reserved under the surname of the booking party, is it essential that party members arrive in the space by 7pm.

Blankets can be placed on the tarmac (front row) for the children to sit on so they can be involved in all of the fun and surprises!

Then just sit back and enjoy the show! Whether it’s your first time seeing Shakespeare or you’re a seasoned fan, Theatre in the Forest offers a festival-feel that’s fun and makes everyone feel at ease.

In the event of severe weather, you can exchange your tickets hassle-free to a later performance in the run. If you have any other questions, feel free to give our friendly box office team a call on 01473 603388 and they will be happy to help. We are dedicated to making the Theatre in the Forest experience as enjoyable and memorable as possible for everyone!

Jimmy’s Farm is a working farm and you will need to walk across an open field & forest path to access the performance. For the safety and enjoyment of all audience members, this is a no smoking event. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Drink-driving is against the law; if you intend to drink, please designate a driver. Mobile phones must be switched off or set to silent during the show. Jimmy’s Farm is a one way entry and exit, please ensure you exit using the correct road. Don’t forget it will be dark by the end of the performance so we advise you to bring a torch for your walk back to the car park, if you’re in need of any assistance please don’t hesitate to find a steward.

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.

Jack Heydon

Emmy Rose

Darren Latham

Scott Ellis

Luke Wilson

Ailis Duff

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 20 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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Once again you can treat yourself to a delicious pre-theatre dinner in Jimmy’s Farm’s award-winning restaurant before the show.

Please visit their website to check availability and to book!

Theatre in the Forest is back! Book your pre-theatre dinner now at our award-winning Restaurant. Fresh, seasonal local produce served in our restored barn just steps from our ancient woodland theatre.

Available Dates

Thursday 1st August

Friday 2nd August

Thursday 8th August

Friday 9th August

Satuday 10th August

Thursday 15th August

Friday 16th August

Saturday 17th August

Thursday 22nd August

Fridya 23rd August

Saturday 24th August

To Book a table please call 0147 604206 option 4 or email

SAMPLE MENU (May Change Daily)

Pork Scratchings with Apple Ketchup £3.95

Honey Glazed Essex Cocktail Sausages, Mustard Mayo £4.50

Nocellara Olives £4.50 VG

Homemade Bread and Whipped Herb Butter £3.50 V

Wasabi Peas £3.75 VG

Suffolk Cheddar and Onion Chutney Straws £3.95 V


Beetroot Cured Salmon, Cream Cheese, Wild Herbs and Rye   £6.50 GFA DFA

Salt Red Poll Beef Croquette, Garden Pea and Broad Bean Salad, Pea Shoots £6.50

Soup of the Day, Homemade Bread and Butter £5.95 GFA DFA VG


Steamed Deben Mussels, Granny Smith, Sweetcure Bacon, Aspalls Cyder Cream £13.50 GFA

Jimmy’s Rare Breed Beef Burger, Suffolk Cheese Rarebit, Brioche Bun, Fries £13.50

St. George Sausages and Mashed Potatoes, Garden Vegetables and Gravy £12.95 GFA

Vegan Bean Burger, Sourdough Bun, Herb ‘Mayo’, Fries £13 VG


Dark Chocolate Brownie, Clotted Cream, Salted Caramel Popcorn £5.95 GFA VGA

Vanilla Panna Cotta, Poached Berries, Shortbread £5.95 VG GFA

Selection of Aldeburgh Ice-creams and Sorbet £4.95 GFA DFA V VG

Norfolk and Suffolk Cheeses, Grapes, House Chutney, Crackers and Celery £8.50 GFA


Children’s Menu Available

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

Reviews of TITF 2018

“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

“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

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