Lights, Camera, Action

Published: Thursday 11th Jul 2019

Written by: Cathy Yeoman

Lights camera action…

Suffolk’s vibrant cultural scene is showcased this summer with an exciting programme of theatre, music and film taking place over the coming weeks.

The stage is set, so please take your seats and we’ll share our pick of the hottest tickets in town…

Theatre on the Coast

Theatre on the Coast

Following the long-standing tradition of Summer Theatre in Southwold and Aldeburgh, ‘Theatre on the Coast’ is being launched this summer with a fabulous new line-up of drama and comedy. Award-winning theatre producer Matthew Townshend has taken over production of what was ‘Suffolk Summer Theatre’. Southwold Arts Centre is playing host to a series of four performances from 10th July to 31st August, including ‘A Bunch of Amateurs’ by Ian Hislop and Nick Newman and ‘The End of the Line’ by Patrick Marlowe.

“We are thrilled to be taking on the heritage of Suffolk Summer Theatre,” says Matthew. “Our aim is to bring a fresh new look to the repertoire whilst making sure that we honour the great tradition of entertainment on the coast.”

As part of this year’s programme, which Suffolk Secrets is proud to sponsor, there will also be youth theatre workshops for 8-18 year olds in Aldeburgh. Find out more about Theatre on the Coast.

Snape Proms

Also continuing a summer Suffolk tradition is Snape Maltings Concert Hall near Aldeburgh with its exciting August line-up of world-class musicians at Snape Proms. From big bands and orchestras to folk groups and solo artists, there’s music for everyone at this series of outstanding concerts from 1-31 August. For every Snape Prom, more than 100 prom tickets are sold for £7.50 for the closest view of the action. This year’s programme includes performances from Gilbert O’Sullivan, Rick Wakeman and Lesley Garrett. Find out more

Aldeburgh Cinema is 100 years old!

On 9 August 2019 Aldeburgh Cinema will reach a momentous milestone and is 100 years old! A year-long programme of events celebrates this special birthday – with one of the highlights over the summer being ‘Cinema on the Beach’ with free open air performances of our perennial seaside favourite... Jaws on 9 August and Grease on 10 August.

Glemham Hall hosts performance of Shakespeare’s ‘Love’s Labour’s Lost’

The Castle Theatre Company is proud to present its annual Summer Tour of 'Love's Labour's Lost’, promising a lively performance featuring comedy, music and Shakespeare at Glemham Hall in Suffolk on 18 July. For over 30 years, Castle Theatre Company have performed classic comedies on the lawns of stately homes, gardens and abbeys. Find out more. 

Latitude Festival, Henham Park

Latitude Festival

Featuring an eclectic mix of literature, comedy, theatre, dance, poetry and some of the world’s greatest musicians, Latitude Festival in the beautiful lakeside setting of Henham Park on the outskirts of Southwold, is not to be missed. This year, the festival runs from 18th to 21st July with George Ezra, Stereophonics and Lana Del Ray headlining. Also featuring comedy from Jason Manford and Frank Skinner and performances from National Theatre Live with a screening of War Horse and  dance performances from Sadlers Wells and The Northern Ballet.

Storytelling at The Longshed in Woodbridge

Enjoy tales of rivers, seas and voyages at a series of workshops hosted by The Woodbridge Riverside Trust this summer.  Justine de Mierre will run six one-hour workshops bringing both local legends and international tales to life (including river dragons from China and piratical skulduggery from Italy) and Peppy Barlow and Rosie Walker will run 4 workshops at the end of August using ideas from the audience to craft a new odyssey rooted in the banks, tides and landmarks of the River Deben.

Theatre in the Forest presents Romeo and Juliet at Jimmy’s Farm

Theatre in the Forest 

This year marks 20 years of Theatre in the Forest and what better way to celebrate than with the love story that changed the world in the beautiful woods of Jimmy’s Farm from 31 July to 25 August. This year, Red Rose Chain Theatre Company takes you back in time to the 1960s with The Montague Mods on their mopeds and Capulets rocking their leather jackets. There is a bitter rivalry between them and that’s the way it has always been. But lovers Romeo and Juliet are never ones to follow the rules! Can they break free from their families and create a truce between Rockers and Mods once and for all? Find out more.

Cathy Yeoman
Cathy Yeoman



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