Theatre in the Forest 2016 – The Tempest

The Daily Mail

“This terrific Tempest goes down a storm!”
Libby Purves

The Reviews Hub

“Purists be damned, this Tempest is fun and accessible and worth getting wet for.”
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“Transformative and resonant”
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“A really dynamic show… All the kids were enraptured”
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Ipswich24 magazine

“A shining production.”
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“The best Theatre in the Forest yet”

essential suffolk

“The five players work with incredible energy and adaptability…Children and adults alike were shrieking with delight”
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This summer, prepare to be spellbound by Shakespeare’s supernatural spectacular, The Tempest!  Featuring the return of crowd-favourite and Theatre in the Forest royalty (King Lear) Edward Day, Joanna Carrick’s adaptation will make wizards of you all whether you’re new to Shakespeare or a seasoned fan. Outdoors and under the stars, it’s Shakespeare with a festival feel!

Dates and times

Tues – Sat at 7:30 pm – 9:50 pm (including 20 min interval)
Sat matinees at 2 pm – 4:20 pm (including 20 min interval)
Extra show on Sun 28 August at 7:30pm

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

Further Info

Full price adult ticket: £23
Over 60s: £17.50
Concession*: £10

*Concession: children, full-time students, those receiving benefits, disabled people, those receiving pension credits.


Family ticket: Place 2 full price and 2 concession tickets in the basket to save £8
Group discount: Book 10 or more tickets together and get one free. 
Group discounts for more than 20+ people: Please call our box office 01473 603388 to discuss a larger group discount.

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.

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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

Edward Day

Jack Parker

Kirsty Thorpe

Rachael McCormick

Lawrence Russell

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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