A visit to one of Suffolk's theatres is a versatile experience, offering entertainment in the form of plays, musicals, comedies and panto, amongst many others. There are often matinee performances as well as shows on in the evening, plus entertainment aimed at children and families.
It is also possible to find various workshops, talks, film screenings, stand-up comedy, and art exhibitions taking place at a theatre in Suffolk, and most have excellent food and drinks facilities as well as disabled access and parking.
Please continue reading to learn more about Suffolk theatres, and click on each theatre's link for more information including a full programme of performances and ticket booking information.
Theatres in Suffolk
The Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds
was originally built in 1819, and is one of the three oldest playhouses in Britain. It has been fully restored to its Regency design today produces and hosts a variety of drama and live entertainment year-round including comedy, drama, children's work, dance and music, plus two fully staged productions of a Georgian drama held each year.
For a truly unique Theatrical experience, take in an open-air play in the middle of Rendlesham Forest! The Red Rose Chain, Ipswich
is an independent film and theatre company specialising in Shakespearean performances, drama workshops. For a unique experience that kids will love - including a picnic in the Woods perhaps? - click on the link above to find out their Summer performances this year. The Cut, Halesworth
, is a popular entertainment venue featuring live performances of music, theatre, dance, comedy, cinema, workshops and art exhibitions, along with a great cafe available an hour before most evening events, and two meeting rooms for hire. The Cut is also host to the annual HighTide Festival
Theatres in Suffolk
Originally built in the 1870’s as a roller skating rink, the Marina Theatre, Lowestoft
, is now one of the leading Civic Venues in the country offering a variety of shows including musicals, stand-up comedy, dance, film screenings an 'Evening with a Celebrity' events, farce, and the ever popular Christmas Panto! The Marina is also a residence of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.The New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich
, is a thriving arts centre and theatre that offers a versatile selection of shows, post-show talks and workshops. The Café Bar is a lovely place to eat or to have a drink at any time and particularly when the sun is shining and you can sit on the terrace. The New Wolsey is also home of the Pulse Fringe Festival and gift vouchers are available for all performances and events.
Theatres in SuffolkThe Quay Theatre, Sudbury
, offers a wide array of entertainment as well as costume hire, an Art Gallery, a book club, Young People's Theatre, Singles' Nights and other bar events. The Quay also offers a range of hiring possibilities for events large and small, from private parties to commercial conferences. Catering is available.
Finally, Ipswich Regent Theatre & The Corn Exchange
are two superb venues for a cultural night out in a Suffolk theatre. The Regent is East Anglia's largest theatre, and the Corn Exchange offers a variety of elegant rooms for hire, for conferences, weddings, meetings, exhibitions, private social functions and hosts the annual CAMRA Beer Festival in September. Both venues feature big name comedians, live music, theatre shows, dinner dances and balls.
For more information please see our FULL LIST of Theatres in Suffolk
, and read our article on Suffolk Entertainment