The Avenue Theatre, Red Rose Chain's new home and studio theatre stands within the grounds of our current HQ at Gippeswyk Hall, a Grade II* listing building, made possible with a £1m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The building has been designed to reflect some of the traditional barn structures that would have once stood on the grounds and we're keen to share this fantastic heritage site with everyone.
Red Rose Chain is an independent dynamic award-winning theatre company based in Suffolk with a well-established reputation for delivering work for the whole community.
We also have Theatre in the Forest at Jimmy’s Farm where we offer inventive, magical and accessible Shakespeare productions that have delighted theatre in the forest audiences for more than a decade, in our beautiful open-air setting amongst the trees.
We are located at Gippeswyk Hall, Gippeswyk Avenue just 10 minutes walk away from Ipswich Station. We specialise in history plays and Shakespeare, site specific work. We create original productions that confront social concerns, often working with overlooked or hard-to-reach groups to create powerful and insightful stories that demand to be told.
The Avenue is fully accessible and has free car parking and disabled spaces can be booked in advance. There is additional on street parking nearby as well as public car parks on Ranelagh Road.
We have a cafe bar that stocks locally sourced produce such as Adnams and Paddy and Scott's Coffee, with modern, relaxing atmosphere suitable for all the family.