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Previous Productions

Over the years (all 25 of them so far!) we’ve produced some amazing shows in Suffolk, London and in the most unusual of places!

Now you can relive the magic of these previous productions on our website….until it might be time to bring them back again!

The Wade Experience

The Avenue Theatre, 2024

The Wade Experience is an original play created by The Chainers youth theatre, based on Anglo Saxon mythology

The Great Creator

The Avenue Theatre, 2024

The Great Creator was the Junior Chainers’ debut production about Wayland the Smith


The Tale of Mr Tod

The Avenue Theatre, 2023

Beatrix Potter’s The Tale of Mr Tod was our Christmas show at The Avenue Theatre, featuring Jack Heydon, Emily Jane Kerr and Evangeline Dickson


The Ungodly

The Avenue Theatre, 2023

“Spellbinding” The Daily Mail

The Ungodly is a new play by critically acclaimed playwright Joanna Carrick, exploring the origins of Witchfinder General Mathew Hopkins

Happy Families

The Avenue Theatre, 2023

“Brilliant cast and a remarkable story!Audience

The Chainers new historical play based on the life of Victorian woman, Emma Hawes


The Wind in the Willows

The Avenue Theatre, 2022

“Engaging, entertaining, exciting, extremely funny, heart warming and uplifting!Audience

Our new fast-paced Christmas adaptation of Kenneth Grahame’s classic tale, written for the stage by Joanna Carrick

The Nightingale

The Avenue Theatre, 2022

“The cast were magnificent and spoke, danced, sang their hearts out with a vigour and joy that was up-lifting to watch.Audience

A new play based on the story of the Emperor and the Nightingale, created by the Gold Chainers for young people with disabilities.


Theatre in the Forest, 2022

“Red Rose Chain have only gone and raised the bar even higher” Stephen Foster 

The return of Theatre in the Forest to Sutton Hoo with an epic production of Shakespeare’s MACBETH!



The Avenue Theatre, 2022

“Creative, thoughtful, imaginative and talentedGrapevine magazine 

An epic retelling of Beowulf written and performed by the Chainers Youth Theatre, created during lockdown!


The World Turned Upside Down

Chainers youth theatre, 2020

“‘Edge of the seat’ performance!” Ipswich24 

The Chainers youth theatre’s sell out historical play about the Suffolk Witch Trials.


The Magic Fishbone

Avenue Christmas show, 2019

“Electric and joyously laugh out loud hilarious!” EADT 

Joanna Carrick’s acclaimed adaptation of this Charles Dickens classic returned once again to delight audience of all ages!

Romeo and Juliet

Theatre in the Forest, 2019

“A blast, a treat, a serious kind of joy.”  Libby Purves, TheatreCat

Celebrating our 20th year of Theatre in the Forest was this Mods and Rockers Romeo and Juliet, with a front row seat at the seaside!

Private Lives

The Avenue Theatre, 2019

Exuberantly funny” Libby Purves, TheatreCat

Nöel Coward’s classic comedy full of quick wit, outrageous laughs and a few champagne cocktails! Featuring our community dementia project, Marvellous Moments

Alice in Wonderland

Avenue Christmas show, 2018

“A truly magical experience” Ipswich Waterfront

Joanna Carrick’s bonkers interpretation of Lewis Carroll’s much loved story!

The Price of Magic

The Avenue Theatre, 2018

The Price of Magic is a new play written by Evangeline Cooke, mentored by Joanna Carrick as part of an Arts Council funded project.


Much Ado About Nothing

Theatre in the Forest, 2018

“Laugh a minute outdoor theatre at its best” 

This cast full of familiar faces, took audiences back in time to the 1940s for this war time take on Shakespeare’s hilarious comedy

Put Out the Lights

The Avenue Theatre, 2018

Faultless” Libby Purves, TheatreCat

Following on from the huge success of Fallen In Love at The Tower of London,  Put Out The Lights completes Joanna Carrick’s celebrated ‘Tudor trilogy’, with the tragic story of the Ipswich Martyr, Alice Driver.

The Elves and the Shoemaker

Avenue Christmas show, 2017

“Quite simply the best Christmas show yet by Red Rose Chain!” BBC Radio Suffolk

In 2017 we slipped on our fanciest footwear and headed to Lovelace Boots and Shoes for this reimagined classic!

As You Like It

Theatre in the Forest, 2017

““Carrick has struck gold” EADT

Our rootin’ tooting’ cowboy adventure to the Forest of Arden with our hilarious As You Like It at Jimmy’s Farm


Richard III

The Avenue Theatre, 2016

Bursting with energy and imagination” The Stage 

Shakespeare’s bloodiest play like you’ve never seen it before!


King Lear

Theatre in the Forest, 2012

“Musically daring and witty, this was a rare and unusual treat” The Stage

This mad and hilarious King Lear marked our last production at Rendlesham Forest!


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