The relaunch of an historic season of repertory theatre on the Suffolk coast has been hailed a resounding success.

Produced by Matthew Townshend Productions (mtp), Theatre on the Coast took Southwold by storm this summer with audiences enjoying four breath-taking shows.

Matthew Townshend, who started mtp 20 years ago, said: “We are utterly delighted with the phenomenal response to our first season of Theatre on the Coast.

“Southwold has had a great tradition of summer repertory theatre since the early 1930s, so it was important to us to honour that legacy.

“The support we received in our debut season in Southwold was overwhelming and shows there is a real demand for live theatre.”

More than 8,500 theatre-lovers were entertained by performances including The End of the Line by Patrick Marlowe and A Bunch of Amateurs.

Paul Ansdell as Roger in The End of the Line

Co-star of BBC TV’s Have I Got News For You, Ian Hislop, who wrote A Bunch of Amateurs with cartoonist Nick Newman, also headed to Southwold for a sold-out Q&A session.

Kieran Garland as Denis in A Bunch of Amateurs

Audiences were then enthralled by The Woman Who Cooked Her Husband, by Debbie Isitt – well-known for her hit comedy films Nativity and Confetti.

Cast of The Woman Who Cooked Her Husband - Theatre on the Coast

And closing the season was Harold Brighouse’s immortal Lancashire comedy Hobson’s Choice.

Natasha Cox as Nurse MacFarlane and John D. Collins as Henry Hobson

Yet it was not just the performances that piqued the interest of tourists and locals. Theatre on the Coast also brought two days of magic, shipwrecks and fun with Young Theatre on the Coast workshops and a gala night with music from up and coming Suffolk composer and songwriter Ben Goble.

As a result of the resounding success of Theatre on the Coast, mtp is bringing a brand-new Christmas show to Aldeburgh.

The Snow Queen, which will be performed at the Jubilee Hall in Crabbe Street from December 19-31, is a thrilling adaptation from the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale.The Snow Queen - Theatre on the Coast

Gerda and Kai are the closest friends but when Kai is stolen away by the Snow Queen, Gerda sets out on a dangerous journey to rescue him from her frozen castle and bring him home again.

Matthew added: “It is a Christmas show with something for all the family.
“A specially commissioned musical score and songs, magical creatures and beautiful choreography.
“So don’t delay, book your tickets today!”

Visit Aldeburgh Jubilee Hall  for more information about tickets, prices and bookings.