On Saturday 31st January 2015, in celebration of Progress, Red Rose Chain’s opening show at their new Heritage Lottery-funded venue The Avenue, the award winning theatre co. invites you to relive the historic moment when Elizabeth first set foot in Ipswich town.
At 12pm, the grand Victor sailing barge, on a 120th anniversary outing, will carry Elizabeth I (played by Elsie Bennett) down to the Old Custom House, presenting a perfect photo opportunity. The cast of local players will also be there, to joyfully greet the queen with a musical celebration which will continue as they migrate from the waterfront into the town centre at 1pm.
In the summer of 1561, hundreds of lucky onlookers glimpsed the unforgettable sight of their Queen arriving in Ipswich on a “progress” by boat on the waterfront, bringing with her not only her close companion Robert Dudley, but a new message of hope and tolerance that would revolutionise Ipswich and indeed England forever.
Through her extensive research, Red Rose Chain’s artistic director Joanna Carrick has found out the truth about what happened during the Queen’s visit to our county town – it’s a story of court intrigue, scandal and passion which will reveal incredible secrets about Ipswich’s past. Progress follows on from Joanna’s critically-acclaimed Fallen In Love which followed the rise and fall of Anne Boleyn and performed to audiences in Ipswich and at The Tower of London in 2013, which the Telegraph hailed as “a real coup” adding “fail to answer this summons to the Tower at your peril”.
Tickets are available now at www.redrosechain.com or by calling Red Rose Chain’s friendly Box Office on 01473 603388