Sutton Hoo: New pop-up theatre venue gets Olympic treatment

Sutton Hoo: New pop-up theatre venue gets Olympic treatment
The 2012 London Olympics opening ceremony59 Productions
The co-founder of 59 Productions, which created the video design for the London Olympics ceremony, was once a member of the Red Rose Chain

The site of some of the greatest ever archaeological discoveries is to host a new outdoor pop-up theatre made by an Olympics creative design team.

Suffolk theatre company Red Rose Chain will take up a residency at the Anglo-Saxon burial site Sutton Hoo, near Woodbridge, in summer 2022.

59 Productions, responsible for the video creations of the 2012 Olympics opening, will design the venue.

The theatre described the artistic collaboration as "special".

Mark Grimmer, the co-founder of 59 Productions, is from Suffolk and a former member of the company's youth theatre.

The site of the forthcoming outdoor theatre at Sutton HooRed Rose Chain
The site of the forthcoming outdoor theatre at Sutton Hoo
A design of the new outdoor theatre venue59 Productions
More designs of the new outdoor theatre will be unveiled at a Red Rose Theatre gala event in July

Joanna Carrick, Red Rose Chain's artistic director, said: "We are so proud of everything Mark has achieved.

"It means the world to us to be working with 59 Productions on the launch of a new era for Theatre in the Forest.

"He's extraordinary and amazing."

As well as the London Olympics, the production company has worked on the award-winning War Horse play, the David Bowie Is exhibition and New York's Met Ball.

Royal burial mounds at Sutton HooNational Trust Images/Justin Minns
The National Trust said the Netflix film The Dig had increased interest in Sutton Hoo

The Red Rose Chain, in partnership with the National Trust - which runs the Sutton Hoo site - will operate the new Theatre in the Forest venue between July and August 2022.

Designs for the new venue will be revealed on 31 July at its live-stream gala night to mark the Theatre in the Forest programme's 21st anniversary.

National Trust team with actors Carey Mulligan and Ralph Fiennes (centre)LARRY HORRICKS/NETFLIX © 2021
The National Trust team with The Dig actors Carey Mulligan and Ralph Fiennes (centre)

Theatrical entertainment has most recently been provided by the site in the form of .

Starring Carey Mulligan and Ralph Fiennes, the movie charts the discoveries made at Sutton Hoo in 1939 and .

The British Museum has described the site's Anglo-Saxon's treasures as some of .

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