Suffolk Summer Theatre
Published: Wednesday 12th Jul 2017
Written by: Chloe Baker
Summer is upon us, as is the wonderful, diverse world of summer theatre. Here in Southwold our arty hub, ‘Suffolk Summer Theatre’, is putting on a great selection of comedies, thrillers and family dramas once again in the characteristic St Edmund’s Hall.
St Edmund’s Hall is a well-loved local theatre here in Southwold. It provides holiday makers with an extra special activity when visiting the town, and the shows are produced and acted with great care and enthusiasm. The surroundings of St Edmund’s Hall create an authentic atmosphere. Guests will be pleasantly surprised as they enter what can only be described as a quaint village hall which then explodes with energy from every performance and is bursting with skill and originality. Greeted by local, helpful staff and a small bar, holidaymakers will feel relaxed and looked after.
From July to August Suffolk Summer Theatre will be putting on five shows in St Edmund’s Hall, Southwold and also in Aldeburgh’s Jubilee Hall. Kicking off the five fantastic productions is ‘Communicating Doors’ by Alan Ayckbourn. A fast paced and very funny thriller. Theatre goers will follow main character ‘Phoebe’ embarking on a race against time to prevent an evidential killing.
Taking us into August is ‘Murder Weapon’ by Brian Clemens, a murder mystery where everything may not be as it initially seems. The audience will be sucked into the stage, trying to work out if the prime suspect really did commit the crime, and whether the smoking gun found at the scene was really the weapon used.
Next on the bill is ‘Tom, Dick and Harry’ by Michael and Ray Cooney. Tom and his wife's adoption process is all going to plan until Tom’s brothers come to help. Soon the house is turned into chaos with the adoption agency visit just around the corner. A hilariously inventive and irresistible comedy.
Continuing through the summer we have the penultimate ‘The Prisoner of Zenda’ by Mark Sterling. A swashbuckling royal rumble, the audience will enjoy watching the fight for the throne, a feisty romance and a drunken king.
Last but not least Suffolk Summer Theatre closes with Patrick Hamilton’s chilling psychological thriller ‘The Man Upstairs’. When George Longford is threatened with extreme physical pain by the menacing Cyrus Armstrong, who believes George has hurt his sister, he takes his mother’s advice to escape to somewhere far away.
A wonderful evening or afternoon can be had with Suffolk Summer Theatre. A spot of dinner in the many fantastic restaurants in Southwold and Aldeburgh followed by a theatre show full of talented actors is a special outing to add to a Suffolk holiday. SO Southwold hand picks the finest holiday cottages and we have an abundance of properties nearby the theatres in Southwold and Aldeburgh. Rain or shine, summer theatre can be enjoyed at all costs.
For more information on Suffolk Summer Theatre and their box office visit their website... http://www.southwoldtheatre.org/.