Theatre in the Forest AT HOME!

In Summer 2020, Red Rose Chain’s much loved annual summer Shakespeare event happened with a difference!

Theatre in the Forest at Home


On August 1st, we brought all the fun and magic of a night in the woods directly into your homes with a special live streamed performance of Shakespeare’s TWELFTH NIGHT.

We assembled a cast of six Theatre in the Forest legends to entertain you at home with a brand new, green screen production of Shakespeare’s best loved comedy.


 Shipwrecked on the Island of Illyria, twins Viola and Sebastian are separated, each assuming that the other is drowned. When Viola disguises herself as a boy to work for the Count Orsino, a hilarious comedy of mistaken identity and misunderstandings unfolds, full of passion, revenge and yellow stockings!


We were overwhelmed by the support of our amazing Theatre in the Forest audiences, raising over £20,000 in donations! This vital support enables our community programme to continue throughout lockdown. Some of community participants volunteered virtually for the event and showcased the incredible work they create at The Avenue Theatre and during lockdown.

Theatre in the Forest at Home would not have been possible without the generous support of Richard Croft and our amazing sponsors M7 Real Estate, Birketts and Shout About Suffolk

Reviews for Twelfth Night at Home!

“What the tiny Ipswich company, Red Rose Chain, has achieved here in the time of social-distancing is so oddly brilliant … You’re unlikely to find a more uplifting show in this strange, frustrating summer.”

Libby Purves, Theatre Cat 

“Absolutely loved this quirky, fun production. Enticed our two teenagers out of their bedrooms and brought the family together. Congratulations on such a positive production in such difficult times.”

Audience member

“This production has lavish scenery painted in an almost cartoon style and the players costumes have a hand-drawn effect too. As you would expect from Red Rose it’s always imaginative but this year they’ve had to try that little bit harder…. it’s been worth it! Full Marks for Creativity.”

Ipswich 24

Theatre in the Forest at Home may be over, but there are still lots of ways you can get involved and donate to Red Rose Chain’s community programme!


Sponsor a seat in The Avenue Theatre!

Become a permanent presence at the heart of our theatre for a donation of £235. For more information, get in touch with


Spread the word about Red Rose Chain!

Like and follow us on social media @red_rose_chain, tell your friends and family about us and book tickets to ou to our shows at The Avenue Theatre and Theatre in the Forest 2021


Make a donation to our community programme!

No matter how big or small, every penny donated makes a massive difference to the lives of the young people and adults we work with in our community



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