Live theatre is a magical experience for all, from feel good musicals, rib-tickling comedy and heart stopping circus to chilling dramas and re-imaginings of Shakespeare- not to mention lashings of hilarious and heart-warming family theatre for the little ones to enjoy.
Take your seat at one of the many theatres and outdoor theatre spaces on the Suffolk Coast this summer for a well-needed dose of escapism.
The Marina Theatre, Lowestoft
The Marina Theatre is a prized venue in the coastal town of Lowestoft, offering audiences a wide range of quality programming to suit all tastes.
Comedy fans can enjoy Rhod Gilbert's brand-new live show The Book of John and back by popular demand Paul Zerdin with everyone’s favourite puppets taking to the stage in a fantastic display of ventriloquism and comedy characters in his show Hands Free.
Inspired by the talents of Christie, Coward and Wodehouse, Crimes in Egypt is a dramatic comedy romp centred on a Belgian detective extraordinaire and set on the River Nile. A versatile cast of just four actors brings to life lascivious lawyers, crooked captains, fastidious physicians and attractive Americans in this clever, creative comedy.
After a string of sell out shows at the Marina, ‘hostess with the moistest’ Fanny Galore is returning to Lowestoft for Afternoon Tea by the Sea! Enjoy a delicious selection of sweet and savoury treats and a glass of prosecco as Fanny Galore adds some sparkle to your afternoon with songs, dancing and entertainment.
For the full programme and to book tickets go to https://www.marinatheatre.co.uk/whats-on/
MTP presents Theatre on the Coast
This summer MTP presents Theatre on the Coast, a festival of all things performance and entertainment. For some camp, carry-on fun Cleo, Camping, Emmanuelle and Dick by Terry Johnson charts the offscreen love affair between stars of the Carry-On films Barbara Windsor and Sid James. The first performance of this hit comedy was performed at the National Theatre and went on to win the Olivier comedy award in 1999.
If you are after high flying, superhero shenanigans make your way to Monkey Business Circus on Southwold Common this August. Bring picnic blankets or deck chairs and your own refreshments and watch as the circus superheroes save the day and capture arch villain the Joker using their superhuman powers and breath-taking circus skills.
International star Robert Powell returns to Southwold with his one man show celebrating the genius of Jane Austen followed by Theatre on the Coast's patron Vicki Michelle ('Allo, 'Allo) will be starring in Hello Norma Jeane.
For the full programme of events and to book tickets go to https://mtproductions.co.uk/theatre-on-the-coast/
A new outdoor theatre set in the woodland idyll of the Suffolk countryside near Southwold, Thorington Theatre is sustainably built and styled in a natural amphitheatre shape. The programming for the summer offers visitors a range of exciting shows to choose from.
This is My Theatre will be presenting Jane Eyre; the novel, deemed ahead of its time, has been reimagined for the stage with traditional folk music woven into this love story of excitement and intrigue.
For panto family fun, but in the sun, join Al Fresco Theatre Company for Summertime Cinders - a topsy turvy summertime pantomime full of singing, dancing, classic characters and plenty of laughs.
Thorington is the perfect setting for William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer’s Night Dream. InAura presents Shakespeare’s romantic and anarchic comedy where brawling lovers elope to a nearby forest and unknowingly enter a Midsummer’s evening of mayhem, transformation, magic and darkness.
For the full programme and to book tickets go to https://www.thoringtontheatre.co.uk/
Summer Theatre by the Sea
Jubilee hall in Aldeburgh is a hub of performance, entertainment and creative arts. This year they host Summer Theatre by the Sea, with shows Monday to Saturday and Saturday Matinees, with plenty of shows to choose from. Why not opt for Noel Coward’s jazz age comedy classic Fallen Angels or Alan Ayckbourn’s comedy thriller It Could Be Anyone Of Us. If farce is your thing, you’ll enjoy Who’s Who? set in a Fawlty Towers inspired hotel this comedy is sure to have you rolling in the aisles and be whisked away to the island of Cuba with the exotic spy-themed adventure romcom Our Man in Havana.
For the full programme and to book tickets go to https://www.actco.uk/
Snape Maltings is synonymous with musical excellence and Summer at Snape is no exception, with its celebration of music from many different genres.
Throughout August Snape plays host to a variety of daily performances by musicians from the worlds of classical, jazz, folk, pop, blues and country who will take to the concert hall stage and Snape’s brand-new outdoor venue the Dome Stage. Families will delight in the up-tempo brass chaos of ‘Perhaps Contraption’ who are accompanied by Aldeburgh Young Musicians for this special performance.
Outstanding piano and cello duo Natalie Clein and Huw Watkins present an intimate concert of Beethoven’s classics. Join the Longest Johns, a Bristol based acapella folk music band who are at the forefront of the revival of the ancient tradition of fisherman’s shanties. Enjoy a selection of maritime songs alongside more unusual and less traditional folk tunes.
For the full programme and to book tickets go to https://snapemaltings.co.uk/season/summer-at-snape/