Theatre on the Coast

Next season starts 10th July 2019

Summer Theatre returns to Southwold for 2019 at Southwold Arts Centre, St Edmund’s Hall, Cumberland Road, Southwold IP18 6JP

‘The End of the Line’ –  from Patrick Marlowe

Run date: 10th – 20th July

Two beach huts. Two very different couples. They’re about to meet for the first time. Their lives, and their precious huts, will never be the same again.

Patrick Marlowe is an East Anglian writer, actor and director whose career includes work for the National Theatre and more locally for Eastern Angles. He has written many new plays for the Frinton Summer Theatre stage, ‘The End of the Line’ premiered in 2011 and proved a smash hit.

“ a hilarious examination of the modern relationship, warts and all … an excellent piece of theatre … superbly written” (Neil D’Arcy Jones, Clacton Gazette)

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‘A Bunch of Amateurs’ by Ian Hislop and Nick Newman

Run date: 23rd July – 3rd August

Fading Hollywood action hero, Jefferson Steele touches down in the UK to take on the role of a lifetime – Shakespeare’s tragic King Lear. Only this isn’t Stratford upon Avon, but Stratford St John in the middle of Suffolk, and his co-stars are not the famous names he expected but local amateurs who are fighting to save their beloved theatre from closure.

Ian Hislop (editor of Private Eye, star of BBCTV’s ‘Have I got News for You’) and cartoonist Nick Newman first wrote ‘A bunch of Amateurs’ as a film. The stage play is a little more recent and premiered at the Watermill, Newbury in 2014.

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‘The woman who cooked her husband’ by Debbie Isitt

Run date: 6th August – 17th August

Debbie Isitt is now as well known for her hit comedy films ‘Nativity’ and ‘Confetti’. In this play from the 1990’s she paints a hilarious and gruesome picture of a deserted wife’s revenge on her ex-husband. When Hillary invites Keith to dinner, together with his new girlfriend Lauren, her guests are not prepared for what she will serve up as the main course!

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‘Hobson’s Choice’ by Harold Brighouse

Run date: 20th August – 31st August

One of the great classics of the British stage, Harold Brighouse’s immortal Lancashire comedy is given a sparkling fresh revival, translated from the late 1890s to 1958, in a new production first seen last year in the playwright’s 60th anniversary.

Starring John D Collins (TV’s ‘Allo! ‘Allo!’) as Henry Hobson.

“Very, very funny… I urge you to go and see this production.” (London Pub Theatres – ****1/2)

Buy tickets for ‘Hobson’s Choice’

Ticket prices held from 2018! Matinees £11-£14 Evenings £15-£18

All details and booking: (booking fees apply) / Box office 01502 722572


Get into Shakespeare by the Sea with YOUNG THEATRE ON THE COAST

Two full days of magic, mystery, shipwrecks and fun. Work with an actor from Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, with a musician and a costume and property maker. For ages 8 years to 18 years. Create your own performance inspired by travelling players and the historic Tudor Moot Hall in Aldeburgh.

When: Wednesday 7th & Thursday 8th August from 10.30-15.30

Where: Drop off and pick up at the Aldeburgh Music Room, Aldeburgh Primary School

Cost: £7 per child per day (£14 for both days). 2 siblings £12 per day or £24 for both days.

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Ian Hislop in Conversation

Ian Hislop, editor of Private Eye and who appears on BBC TV’s Have I Got News For You, will be making a guest appearance this summer.

Hislop, who with Nick Newman is the writer behind ‘A Bunch of Amateurs’ from July 23-August 3, will be holding a Q&A session on Saturday, July 27, at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £5 from

Theatre on the Coast will be heading to Southwold from July 10 to August 31 to present four shows, each playing for a fortnight at Southwold Arts Centre.