Eastern Angles Theatre Company combines heritage with theatre to make regional stories and hidden histories come to life on stage.
We provide professional rural touring and site-specific theatre with a focus on new writing, new audiences and the development of new talent. Our stories and themes are derived from our sense of place, specifically East Anglia and the East of England. Since forming in 1982, Eastern Angles have blazed a trail across East Anglia for nearly 40 years and expanded to national tours and Edinburgh Festival residencies.
Based in Ipswich at the The Eastern Angles Centre, the company has a second base in Peterborough at Chauffeur’s Cottage.
Eastern Angles has performed across Peterborough including outside the city’s Cathedral, the Key Theatre and Nene Park. In October 2016, we opened a new theatre space: The Undercroft at Serpentine Green Shopping Centre.
Our mission is to...
- provide high quality theatre
- maintain and promote a regional identity
- tour to theatre, non-theatre and community venues
- develop and produce new and original work
- explore our heritage to support an understanding of the past, present and future
Eastern Angles current annual programme includes:
- Spring Tour - a community tour to village halls and small scale venues in Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk throughout March to June
- Autumn Tour - a small-scale tour to care homes, village halls and schools from September to November
- The alternative to the Christmas panto – Eastern Angles unique Christmas comedy touring to Ipswich, Woodbridge and Peterborough over December and January
Eastern Angles also commission new plays, provide workshops for schools with professional actors and directors and create community performances.
The Eastern Angles Centre is home to the Ipswich-based Eastern Angles team as well as our Sir John Mills Theatre space. Originally a Victorian primary school, we have developed the building into an Arts and Heritage Hub for the people of West Ipswich.
The Eastern Angles Centre is a community building with rooms available to hire for local organisations to hold events and meetings - we are currently home to Inside Out Community, Ipswich Reggae Choir and South Street Moves (Ipswich Community Media).
The Eastern Angles Centre also includes our very own performance space the Sir John Mill's Theatre. As well as professional performances, music and comedy nights, the Sir John Mill's Theatre space often hosts local amateur societies.
If you ever need to collect or book tickets in person, this is also where our Box Office is located. We have a free car park behind the building (accessible via Gatacre Road) and a pedestrian entrance on Bramford Road.
Our pop-up theatre in Peterborough is The Undercroft. The venue is located at Serpentine Green Shopping Centre. The Undercroft is a vibrant space for community groups, drama workshops, theatrical shows, live podcasts and cabaret nights. The venue has a studio space for performances, a large Front of House area, which can also be used for exhibits, and a rehearsal space for workshops. Since 2018, Korp has become the resident artist at The Undercroft, with his Studio 4, hosting paint jams and workshops. Follow the venue on Twitter & Facebook.