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Our Christmas show for 2024 is PINOCCHIO!

When Gepetto, a poor carpenter, finds a piece of wood that can talk, he carves it into a puppet and is overjoyed when it miraculously comes alive. The next morning Pinocchio the puppet sets off to school but is easily led astray by temptation, selling his ABC book to buy a ticket to a puppet show. In a madcap chain of disasters, he meets a host of extraordinary characters,  including a talking cricket, a blue fairy and a giant shark. He learns to dance and to sing but will he ever learn the qualities he needs to make him into a real boy?


13th December 2024 – 5th January 2025
at The Avenue Theatre Ipswich 


Tickets £13 – £29

Booking a wheelchair-accessible space?

For seating in The Avenue Theatre , make sure you update OTHER PREFERENCES in your account. For an accessible space, make sure you fill out the ACCESS OPTIONS when you checkout. Need help booking? Give us a call on 01473 603388 and we’ll help you to book!


If you have never been to our Christmas shows before, they are the perfect treat for all the family!

We’re loved for our imaginative take on classic stories, filled with songs, dance and laughter for all the family to enjoy (without any innuendos or adult jokes you sometimes get at a panto!)


Every Christmas we team up with our friends at Ipswich Family Bank, who house their baby bank at our theatre, to make Christmas hampers for families in need across Ipswich. So we ask our amazing audiences to bring toys, books, snacks and treats for our hamper collection at the theatre!

The Avenue Theatre has theatre bench seating with lots of accessible options.

Row A is a low ground seat that is perfect for children and families as you are very close to the action on stage, however it might not be suitable for access needs

Row D & Row E are on a raised platform with 2 small steps to access.

Row C & Row E are slightly higher seats, which means you get a great view of the stage, but it might not be suitable for access needs as your feet don’t rest on the floor.

Row B has 2 wheelchair accessible spaces with a carer seat. To book, make sure you fill out the ACCESS OPTIONS when you checkout, or call on 01473 603388 and we’ll help you to book!

There is one exit/entrance to the theatre on the left side, with lots of end of aisle seats for access needs that need to be near the exit.

If you have any questions about the seating and the best place to suit you, please give our box office a call on 01473 603388

The Avenue Theatre

Red Rose Chain, Gippeswyk Hall, Gippeswyk Avenue, Ipswich, IP2 9AF 

The Avenue Theatre is purpose built, accessible studio theatre space for our diverse audiences and community participants.

We have an accessible toilet in our foyer, as well as designated Disabled Parking Spaces which can be reserved for your visit.

If you have any questions about any of our services, or need help arranging your visit please contact box office team on 01473 603388 or email

Accessible seats

While most of our performances operate unreserved seating, we can reserve accessible seating and wheelchair accessible spaces in the auditorium. If you would like to make an access reservation, please contact our box office team on 01473 603388 so we can reserve you the best seating. Booking online may mean your requirements will not be fulfilled to the best of our ability.

Guide dogs

Guide dogs are very welcome throughout the building.

Hearing Loop System

We have a ‘loop’ system in the auditorium that enables your hearing aid to pick up a personally created loop by switching your hearing aid to ‘T’.

Dementia Friendly

We want to ensure The Avenue is a dementia-friendly venue. Our team have trained to become Dementia Friends and we are taking steps to improve the venue further. If you would like more information please give our box office a call on 01473 603388.


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