In honour of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death in 2016, Red Rose Chain undertook a 25-hour Shakespeareathon at The Avenue Theatre, Ipswich.
From 7.30pm on 5th June until 8.30pm the following evening, the theatre came alive with the sights and sounds of non-stop Shakespeare. This was Red Rose Chain’s biggest fundraiser to date featuring 25 hours of continuous Shakespeare in all sorts of guises performed by anyone and everyone – ranging from local people in the community that have a passion for drama, to the company’s youth theatre members, to West End casts (Les Mis, The Play That Goes Wrong) via video-link, a ventriloquist, opera socs, Red Rose Chain’s own professional company and many more! And it all raised money for an extremely worthwhile and exciting story telling project for under 5s and their families living in and around the Chantry area of Ipswich!
There were lots of other things going on in honour of the Shakespeare anniversary across Ipswich, including Trevor Nunn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the New Wolsey, and Red Rose Chain’s annual ‘Theatre in the Forest’.
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