The Elves & The Shoemaker

“Top marks!

Anne Morley-Priestman

“Delightful, uplifting Christmas play”

The Stage

“An uplifting feel-good start to the Christmas season. We loved it so much that we gave it five stars (shoes).”

Ipswich Waterfront


“Everything you want from a seasonal show. Funny, charming, clever, heartwarming and at times wonderfully anarchic with adorable, deplorable and outlandish characters and loads for all ages to enjoy.”

“Quite simply the best Christmas show yet by Red Rose Chain. An outstanding production. Christmas in Ipswich is officially here. The perfect fit for children and adults.”

BBC Radio Suffolk

“The Elves & The Shoemaker – Red Rose Chain Christmas Magic at its best. Joanna Carrick delivers once again.”

Ipswich 24

"Glittering with Christmassy sparkle! Our little girl was transfixed start to finish and there's plenty of gags for mums and dads too! Thanks for a super night out you lot xxx Go see it!! :-)"
Audience Member
"Bravo to @red_rose_chain for the magical The Elves & The Shoemaker. We loved it so much, thank you"
Audience Member
"Went to see the Elves and shoemaker this morning, what a very good show. I took my wife and granddaughter, laughs all the way through."
Audience Member
"We went last night and it was brilliant! Lots of kids there too all laughing and having a great time. Well done yet again RRC."
Audience Member
"Wow what an amazing production, great energy and lots of fun and laughs,"
Audience Member
"I came on Thursday it was brilliant, such a dedicated and talented bunch..well done so funny!! x"
Audience Member
"Watched this on Friday... an absolute must!!! You will not be disappointed"
Audience Member
"What a fantastic show. The children had an amazing time and have not stopped talking about it."
Audience Member
"Would just like to recommend the elves and the shoemaker as this year's Christmas family pantomime (sorry! Christmas Show...) Years 1-6 from school thoroughly enjoyed it and even after seeing it 3 times with different did not disappoint! Definitely one for the whole family to see, shout, dance to and enjoy! Thank You Red Rose Chain! I will definitely be back next year to see something else! X"
Audience Member

Pre show Pizza

Our cafe bar opens 60 mins before each performance and serves a range of refreshments including delicious artisan pizza, booking in advance is advised.

Margherita (Norbert): £8 – tomatoes, mozzarella & basil
Mediterranean (Elvira): £9 – tomatoes, mozzarella, basil & black olives
Funghi (Frank): £9 – tomatoes, cheese, basil & mushrooms

Sunday 10.30am performances have the option for post-show pizza instead.


Please note: this production has now closed.

Our Christmas Show!
adapted by Joanna Carrick

Slip on your fanciest footwear, tighten your laces and hop on over to see The Elves!

It’s the 1st of December. The countdown to Christmas is on in Elvedon, everyone’s scrambling to find the perfect gift, and all the shops are heaving…well almost all of them. Lovelace’s Boots & Shoes hasn’t seen much action lately…but Elvira is hopeful…there’s still a few weeks left, right? Everyone needs shoes…and they’re the only shoe shop in town.

Elvira has bucket-loads of talent, her shoe designs are legendary, just ask her best buddy Frank. It’s just a shame her boyfriend Englebert doesn’t appreciate her, er, we mean her shoes…But he’s a catch, everyone says so! And then there’s Elvira’s father – Norbert – who has owned the shop all his life, and knows exactly what people want…better than the customers know themselves! Who wants fancy green Wheezies when you could have sensible grey boots?

Elvira is determined to change their fate, and dreams of the perfect Christmas…and making an honest man out of Englebert, but it’s going to take some serious help from two very special visitors to turn things around! Together, can Elvira, Frank and the Elves work their magic to save the shop, overcome the odds and make all of Elvira’s wedding dreams come true…All before Christmas Day?

You’ve heard the story of The Elves & The Shoemaker, now prepare to be wowed as we sprinkle lots of Red Rose Chain magic all over this timeless Brothers Grimm tale. Expect a feel-good love story full of shoes, shenanigans and something for everyone!

Date and time

At The Avenue Theatre, Ipswich.
7- 31 DEC

Shows Tues – Sunday
3pm matinees, 7pm evenings
(Sundays 10.30am, 2pm matinees)
Duruation: Approx 110 mins including a short interval
Suitable for all-ages

Performances after 21st Dec:
Concession*: £12 (children or full-time students, people in receipt of benefits or pension credits, people with disabilities)
Over 60s: £19
Full Price: £22


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