Southwold Arts Centre Summer Theatre Season Kicks Off!

The annual summer theatre season that has been running in Southwold for more than 80 years is celebrating after it announces another delightful summer season coming to The Southwold Arts Centre this summer.

Jill Freud’s well-known Southwold Summer Theatre has been entertaining audiences at The Southwold Arts Centre every summer since 1937.

The season was taken over by Matthew Townshend Productions in 2019.

“We’re thrilled to be able to push ahead with this year’s season,” says Matthew. “My association with the theatre in Southwold goes back a long way, to a time when I appeared in the season myself in both 1974 and 1975. “It must always continue. Quite apart from everything else, so many artists began their careers in Southwold.”

Theatre on the Coast also hopes to be able to mount events on Southwold Common in late July/early August.

“We are so proud to be a part of this incredible community.” Matthew continued, “We cannot wait to welcome our audiences back to Southwold this year!” 

To find out more about our Summer 2021 programme visit:

For more information, photographs, press tickets or to arrange interviews, please contact Emily Grimes at Prominent on 01473 276126/

Monday 26th July – Saturday 7th August:

Cleo, Camping, Emmanuelle and Dick
By Terry Johnson
Directed by Sarah Redmond

The first performance of this hit comedy was at the National Theatre in 1998 and it went on to win the Olivier comedy award 1999. The off-screen love affair between Carry On film stalwarts, Barbara Windsor and Sid James. The filming of the Carry On series was a less than glamorous affair, characterised by leaking caravans, inadequate pay-cheques and argumentative co-stars.

Ticket price

*booking fee applies

Sunday 1st August:

Music from Perhaps Contraption

Perhaps Contraption is a multi-award-winning, progressive brass band from London. Part choir, part chamber orchestra, part Avant rock troupe, they create a truly unique musical experience; melding elements of jazz, punk, art pop and post-minimalism.


Tuesday 3rd – Saturday 7th August:

Monkey Business Circus
Superhero Shenanigans©.

This is a crime caper where arch villain ‘The Joker’ has committed the heinous crime of spreading bad jokes throughout Southwold. In a fight to bring him to justice, various superheroes are called in to save the day, demonstrating their superhuman powers with their circus skills. 

Individual ticket price
£5.00 – £10.00*
Group ticket price

Tuesday 3rd August:

Robert Powell

Robert Powell in his one-man show celebrating the genius of Jane Austen. Tuesday 3rd August, 8pm | £18

Ticket price:
£16.00 – £18.00*

*booking fee applies

Sunday 8th/Sunday 22nd August:

Film screening: All 4 One

Film screening of 2020 Theatre on the “virtual” Coast show All 4 One by Jan Etherington and Gavin Petrie. What happens when Grandma summons the family for a crisis meeting? When the children include the heir to the throne, Dukes, Duchesses, princes and princesses, the stakes could not be higher! 

Sunday 8th August at 5pm | £10*
Sunday 22nd August at 8pm | £10*

*booking fee applies

Sunday 8th/Sunday 22nd August:

Film screening: Attagirls!

Film screening of 2020 Theatre on the “virtual” Coast show Attagirls! by Stewart Ross. Three young women from very different backgrounds choose to help the RAF in World War Two. Joining the ATA squadron, they ferry every imaginable aircraft around the country. But the risks and tragedies of flying are only half the story, as they battle for recognition on the ground.

Sunday 8th August at 8pm | £10*
Sunday 22nd August at 5pm | £10*

*booking fee applies

Wednesday 11th – Saturday 21st August:

Hello Norma Jeane
By Dylan Costello

Starring our Theatre on the Coast patron Vicki Michelle (‘Allo, ‘Allo). First seen at the King’s Head Theatre 2014. Spring 2003, a new war is coming and Essex grandmother Lynnie has escaped from her nursing home to fly 8000 miles across the Atlantic to Hollywood.

There, she holes up in a rundown motel, awaiting the right moment to reveal to the world her deepest secret – that she is Marilyn Monroe, alive and well after faking her death over forty years before. When grandson Joe turns up to take her home, he finds himself questioning reality. Is Lynnie really Marilyn? Or just an old lady who wanted to avoid ending her days in a nursing home?

As time starts running out, Joe’s search for the truth tests his self-worth – and his love for his Grandma – to the limit in this funny drama that is full of surprises.

“Hilarious…an excellent night of theatre” 
★ ★ ★ ★ The Reviews Hub

Ticket price
£16.00 – £18.00*

*booking fee applies

15th, 22nd, 29th August Southwold and Reydon:

Treasure Island

Get involved! Come and work alongside our team of professional performers, musicians and dancers to become a part of a new adaptation of the classic tale of piracy, treachery and treasure. Age 10+  Available soon!

Wednesday 25th August – Saturday 4th September

A musical revue with the songs and words of Tom Lehrer

A show for our times, if ever there was one. Celebrating the genius of Tom Lehrer; four actors, a piano and a healthy dose of attitude! ‘We will all go together when we go’, ‘The masochism Tango’ and many, many more. Originally created by Cameron Mackintosh from the songs of the Harvard maths professor and darkly satirical comedy star Tom Lehrer, the show has been seen in the West End and on Broadway.

Ticket price
£16.00 – £18.00*

*booking fee applies

Ewan Graham Art

“Unconstrained Retrospective – Defying Categorisation” I’m delighted to announce an exciting inaugural major solo exhibition in Suffolk, featuring original oil paintings and limited-edition Giclee Prints.


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