This summer there is a plethora of the dramatic across the county. Atmospheric venues such as stately homes and hidden clearings in the woods will play host to open air theatre and operas, as well as concerts and live screenings. With the calendar teeming with must see shows, here are a select few we are excited for in the coming months.
The season kicks off with Shakespeare 400, celebrating 400 years since Shakspeare's death in the market town of Woodbridge. There will be lots of events running over the course of the summer months including a live screening on June 8th of the current Royal Shakespeare Company production of Hamlet at The Riverside Theatre as well as performances at Woodbridge School Chapel Lawn of Love's Labour's Lost on June 28th and 29th.
The Eastern Angles will be performing a three week run of an adaptation of the Arthur Ransome children's book We Didn't Mean To Go To Sea. The first performance will be on June 22nd and will finish on July 9th. On at the Hush House at Bentwaters Park in Rendlesham. To book tickets and for more information please see the website.
The Company of Four is a local dramatic group based in Woodbridge that have been performing for over 40 years. On July 9th and 10th they will be performing Fantastic Journey, a magical, musical quest through fairyland. Tickets are available from The Riverside Theatre.
This year for Theatre In The Forest, the Red Rose Chain company, the performance will be Shakespeare's The Tempest. Hosted at Jimmy's Farm, performances will run from July 26th to August 28th. Performed in a clearing in the woodland surrounding the farm, Theatre In The Forest is always a stunningly ethereal experience. The sun sets beyond the trees as an incredible backdrop which captures the magic not only of Shakespeare but of theatre itself. See the website for further details and to book tickets.
Kentwell Hall is host to no less than two Shakespeare plays this summer, Romeo & Juliet and As You Like It with performances at the end of July as part of their 'Picnic and Play' series. Enjoy a stroll around the beautiful grounds and gardens before settling down to watch a brilliant performance. If Shakespeare isn't your thing there's also Oscar Wilde's The Canterville Ghost and Tea with Oscar Wilde. Two operas will be performed, Rigoletto and Carmen which conclude the summer events at the Hall. See the website for further details.
Stay in Suffolk to make the most of these fantastic events.