Theatre in the Forest – Macbeth – Sutton Hoo

This summer, Red Rose Chain will transform Sutton Hoo into great Birnam Wood as one of Shakespeare’s blood thirstiest tragedies, MACBETH, takes centre stage at Suffolk’s BIGGEST and BEST LOVED outdoor theatre event. A breath-taking production in a stunning and atmospheric new setting sees the meeting of two icons of Suffolk’s culture,
Theatre in the Forest and Sutton Hoo.

Red Rose Chain is delighted to announce that Nick Barnes Puppetsis designing three giant witch puppets for the production. Fresh from their Olivier award winning puppets in The Life of Pi, the company’s designs will bring the witches to life beyond any imagination! 

“We are so excited to be working with Red Rose Chain. The collaboration has challenged us to create witches like you have never seen before and we are looking forward to bringing these classic characters to life in a wonderful and original way!” Nick Barnes Puppets

“I have never been so excited about directing a show. I have the perfect creative team and our new partnership with Nick Barnes Puppets is inspirational. This will be a Macbeth to appeal to everyone’s imaginations. I can’t wait to see our wonderful audience at Sutton Hoo in our beautiful new pop up theatre.” Joanna Carrick, Red Rose Chain Artistic Director

The Puppetry Director for the production is Laura Cubitt, whose previous experience includes Peter Pan (National Theatre), The Lorax (Old Vic), Goodnight Mister Tom (Chichester) and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Warner Bros). The production will be led by Red Rose Chain legend, Jack Heydon as Macbeth and the incredible Olu Adaeze as Lady Macbeth. Joining them are Theatre in the Forest favourites Darren Latham, Ailis Duff and Matt Penson, as well as a talented youth ensemble from the Chainers youth theatre. With fantastic music, dance and comedy, this will be Macbeth not to be missed! 

Theatre in the Forest 2022: Macbeth
27th July – 20th August at Sutton Hoo, Woodbridge, Suffolk, IP12 3DJ
Tickets start from £12. Available from or box office 01473 603388