WHAT IS THEATRE IN THE FOREST?
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!
WHERE IS IT HELD?
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.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
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!
The seating is all first-come-first-served (with exceptions for those with access needs) and there are 2 options: a camping chair area closest to the front (some audience members queue at the gate in order to bag their favourite spaces so these are the first to go) and plenty of tiered seating just behind for those who prefer a higher view. Blankets can be placed on the tarmac (front row) for the children to sit on so they can be involved in all of the action!
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!