80th Anniversary

This year marks 80 years since the Co-op Juniors Theatre company started. Since our beginnings during the middle of the Second World War we’ve delighted thousands of audiences across Suffolk. 

Throughout 2023 we have been paying tribute to the last eight decades: our junior cast took on world-renowned musical masterpiece Oliver! Jr in June whilst the senior cast soared into Snape Maltings Concert Hall with the ultimate family musical adventure, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.  This landmark year will culminate in a special celebratory production of Christmas Spectacular!

80th Anniversary Book

Buy this stunning celebratory 80th anniversary book, with 64 full-colour A4 pages packed with memories!  Just £20, it’s a ravishing pictorial journey through time with the Co-op Juniors. From the early days of the company, 25 years at the Ipswich Regent,18 years of Christmas Spectacular at Snape Maltings, and much more. Glimpse behind the scenes with never-seen-before photos revealed from our archives.

Superbly researched and professionally designed by Louise and Courtney Yule, this is a unique record of what makes the Co-op Juniors so special.    


Collection is only available from the Warehouse Studios, Paul’s Road on Monday 18 December between 9.30am and 2pm (or on 8 or 15 January between the same times). Cast or volunteers at Christmas Spectacular! may also collect any copies purchased at Snape Maltings during the run. If you are unable to collect at these times, please select postage option.

Share Your Memories

As we celebrate our our 80th anniversary, we would love to hear from those who have performed or volunteered with the company over the past eight decades. Use the simple form below to send us your memories, or feel free to write to us at: Co-op Juniors Theatre Company, Warehouse Studios, Paul’s Road, Ipswich IP2 0AN

Theatre Academy

From our all-round Theatre Academy sessions, to LAMDA Acting, as well as Dance classes in Tap, Ballet, Commercial, Acro and Contemporary Dance, there’s a class for everyone aged 4 – 18, regardless of ability or previous experience.

Theatre Company

The Co-op Juniors Theatre Company is one of the largest youth musical theatre groups in the UK. We work with people aged 7-21 from any and every background to produce vibrant, innovative and original theatre across east Suffolk’s top venues.

From our Warehouse Studios in Ipswich, we aim to create an inspiring, happy and safe environment that gives young people the confidence to realise their full potential.

With a heritage of over 80 years, we have worked with generations of performers, many of whom have successfully auditioned and trained at the UK’s leading drama schools and entered the creative industries. 

Co-op Juniors Theatre Company

Appeal Fund

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The Co-op Juniors Theatre Company are grateful for the support of the East of England Co-operative Society

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