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Theatre in the Forest 2023: The Winter’s Tale

Theatre in the Forest 2023: The Winter’s Tale

Theatre in the Forest 2023:
The Winter’s Tale

Red Rose Chain’s Theatre in the Forest 2023, Sutton Hoo, Suffolk: The Winter’s Tale, By William Shakespeare. Directed by Joanna Carrick


“Exit, pursued by a bear”…

Suffolk’s BIGGEST and BEST LOVED outdoor theatre event returns! Join us in 2023 at Sutton Hoo for another unforgettable summer of Shakespeare!

If you go down to the woods this summer, you’re in for a big surprise! Shakespeare’s greatest tale of jealousy, love and forgiveness will leave you spellbound. Travel with us to the magical land of Bohemia for this vibrant production of THE WINTER’S TALE!

See Shakespeare as you’ve never seen it before – outdoors and under the stars at Sutton Hoo!

Theatre in the Forest is famed for making Shakespeare accessible and fun for all, staying true to the text while injecting high energy, dance, music, colour and magic! Our last Theatre in the Forest production MACBETH completely sold out – so book now to avoid disappointment!

The Winter’s Tale Dates and Times

26 JULY 2023 – 26 AUGUST 2023
Tues – Sat
Evenings: 7:30pm

Special events:

Thursday 17th and Thursday 24th 1 hour (5pm – 6pm) pre-show workshop with the cast of Theatre in the Forest! Free for any young person aged 7-16 with tickets to the performance.


The Winter’s Tale Ticket Prices:

Full Price: £30 | Over 65: £25 | Concession*: £12  | Family ticket (2 full price & 2 under 16 concession): £75 | Group offer buy 10 get one free!

*Concession tickets are for full-time students, people in receipt of benefits or pension credits, people with disabilities

Age Guidance: Theatre in the Forest: The Winter’s Tale is the perfect introduction to Shakespeare for children and young people! If you want any further information about the production, please contact our box office on 01473 603388 or

“Take the children, take the grandparents, take a picnic but above all take yourself along to Sutton Hoo for this summer’s must-see”
Ipswich 24 Magazine 
“Once again a riotously fun production by Red Rose Chain: fast, energetic, and filled with genuinely smashing songs”
Jammy Podcast

Booking a wheelchair-accessible space?

For tiered seating in PERDITA or MOPSA, make sure you update OTHER PREFERENCES in your account. For an accessible space in Bohemia, 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!

As always, access for our diverse audiences is our priority. Together with the National Trust, we are making the Theatre in the Forest experience better and more accessible than ever before.

The path from the car park to the venue is approx 200m across a field. The path is flat but there may be some bumpy bits! All-terrain wheelchairs are available at the box office to use, as well our team of volunteers to help you on the night!

There are plenty of close-up parking spaces and accessible toilets

Wheelchair-accessible spaces are available in the front row of our tiered seating, accompanied by a companion or carer seat.  To book online, log in to your account or register to update your access preferences and enable booking wheelchair-accessible spaces online. Or you can call our box office team on 01473 603388 to book your tickets.

Wheelchair-accessible spaces are also available in our on-the-ground seating. Once in your checkout, Please fill out our access reservation page when you book online to reserve a wheelchair-accessible space.

If you have any other access requirements and need to reserve a specific space in our on-the-ground seating, BOHEMIA, Once in your checkout please ensure you tick the options you want in the Additional Details when you book online. 

Set your Accessibility Preferences in your account

If you need a wheelchair-accessible space or close-up parking, Create or login to your account to make sure your accessibility requirements are set in “OTHER PREFERENCES”.

Theatre in the Forest at Sutton Hoo, Suffolk

Toilets are located at the Visitor centre just a short walk from the theatre.

Enjoy a range of takeaway snacks and hot and cold drinks from the King’s River Café, including alcoholic drinks, ice creams, and snacks for vegetarians as well as gluten and dairy-free options!

The Visitor Centre also has a shop and cafe, with indoor seating and plenty of picnic tables for your pre-theatre picnics!

There’s plenty of parking onsite and special close-up parking on request.

Tranmer House, Sutton Hoo, Woodbridge, Suffolk, IP12 3DJ
By cycle
Cycle rack located next to Visitor Welcome building. Please be aware there are no cycle paths on site. Cycle route information
By train
Melton 1¼ miles, Woodbridge 3 miles – you can catch the last train back to London after the show!
By road
On B1083 Melton to Bawdsey, follow signs from A12. There is ample free parking on site
By bus
From Ipswich to Framlingham (passing Melton train station)
WHAT IS THEATRE IN THE FOREST?See Shakespeare as you’ve never seen it before – outdoors and under the stars!
Theatre in the Forest is famed for making Shakespeare accessible and fun for all, staying true to the text while injecting high energy, dance, music, colour and magic. For over 20 years, we have welcomed over 8,000 audience members each summer, making it the largest outdoor family theatre event in SuffolkAfter seven wonderful years at Jimmys Farm, Theatre in the Forest is moving to the historic woodlands at Sutton HooWHERE IS IT HELD?The event is held amongst the trees in the beautiful woodland clearing at Sutton Hoo, near Woodbridge in Suffolk. Sutton Hoo has the King’s River Cafe, serving refreshments and alcoholic drinks during the pre-show and interval. For more info on how to get there, check out our ‘Directions’ tab.HOW DOES IT WORK?The magic begins as soon as you step foot inside the auditorium space, with our dedicated and friendly team of volunteers ready to greet you and show you to your seats.Our auditorium opens at 6pm, but you can arrive at Sutton Hoo from 5pm to enjoy the beautiful National Trust site with your theatre ticket. There are plenty of perfect spots for a pre-show picnic across the Sutton Hoo site, as well as in the field by the auditorium. Audience members are welcome to bring their own picnics, but all rubbish must be taken home.Seating is reserved in the tiered seating banks. If you have booked tickets on the ground, please arrive before 7pm. Please only bring standard size camping chairs, do not bring high backed or extra wide chairs as they spoil the view of others. Please don’t bring camping or picnic tables into the auditorium as it means other people cannot be seated, but you can picnic with them in the field!For those with access requirements: parking/seating reservations MUST be made in advance, by calling our box office (01473 603388).WEATHER POLICYIn the event of severe weather and the closure of the Sutton Hoo site, you can exchange your tickets hassle-free to a later performance in the run. If you have any other questions, feel free to give our friendly box office team a call on 01473 603388 and they will be happy to help. We are dedicated to making the Theatre in the Forest experience as enjoyable and memorable as possible for everyone!ARE DOGS ALLOWED AT THE VENUE?We are more than happy for dogs to attend and enjoy theatre just as much as people. All we ask is that your dog is to remain on a lead so that audience members feel as safe as possible.ANYTHING ELSE?

For the safety and enjoyment of all audience members, this is a no smoking event. Sutton Hoo is a site of international historic significance and littering will not be tolerated. All rubbish from picnics must be taken home to be binned and items bought on site disposed of in the bins provided. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Drink-driving is against the law; if you intend to drink, please designate a driver. Mobile phones must be switched off or set to silent during the show.

Sutton Hoo is a one way entry and exit, please ensure you exit using the correct road. Don’t forget it will be dark by the end of the performance, so we advise you to bring a torch for your walk back to the car park. If you’re in need of any assistance please don’t hesitate to find a steward.


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