Red Rose Chain begins work on new Ipswich theatre

Gippeswyk Hall, Ipswich
Image caption The new venue is being built to the rear of the Tudor hall near Gippeswyck Park

A Suffolk theatre company has begun work on its new £1m venue.

The Red Rose Chain is demolishing its rehearsal buildings which are to the rear of its Gippeswyk Hall headquarters in Ipswich.

It hopes to have the new 120-seat theatre open by May and it will mainly be used for community projects.

Money for it has come from the Heritage Lottery Fund after the theatre group had to abandon plans to open a venue on Ipswich waterfront.

The group has been given the money from the Heritage Lottery Fund to develop its Gippeswyk Hall site.

Joanna Carrick, Red Rose's artistic director, said: "We have a beautiful Tudor manor house and we will soon have a courtyard and barn-like structure around the back.

"The ceilings were falling down, the kitchen was revolting and it was freezing in the winter, so the old building has had its day.

"Hopefully it will be a lovely addition for the town."

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