Theatre in the Forest 2021 – Macbeth

Want to get excited for Theatre in the Forest 2021? Then check out this throwback to our incredible sell-out production of Romeo and Juliet in 2019!

Thank you to everyone who joined us for Theatre in the Forest 2020 – Twelfth Night at Home!


We are so excited to announce that we will be bringing you a spellbinding production in 2021 of…

…Shakespeare’s Macbeth!

Stay tuned as we will be announcing our exciting new home for Theatre in the Forest!

Reviews for Theatre in the Forest!

“A blast, a treat, a serious kind of joy.
– Libby Purves, TheatreCat, Romeo and Juliet 2019

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

“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, Twelfth Night at Home 2020

“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, TheatreCat, Twelfth Night at Home 2020

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. Theatre in the Forest offers the chance to see Shakespeare as you’ve never seen it before – outdoors and under the stars!

We have a brand new location for Theatre in the Forest 2021 so stay tuned for our big announcement of our new home!

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:
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!


This is a no litter event and we ask that you take your rubbish from picnics home with you or use the bins provided. 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. 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.

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.

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


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