Our shows are what the Co-op Juniors are all about. Whether it is a staging regional premieres, producing award-winning performances, exploring the opportunities of a new venue or growing the success of our annual Christmas extravaganzas, we continue to challenge ourselves with our productions.

Our casts may be 100-strong or a 20-person ensemble; we may be in a world-famous concert venue, a big top or an aircraft hanger. Every production features strong performances, exceptional choreography, stunning costumes, West End production values, and great music.

Find out more about what is coming up, or take a look back at over 100 productions:

2010s

2000s

1990s

1980s

Pre 1978

Current Productions

Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr

12th June 2022

Join our junior cast at Seckford Theatre for an underwater adventure with all your favourite songs and characters from Disney’s smash-hit show.

Disney’s award-winning musical takes us on a journey under the sea with Ariel and her aquatic friends! In a magical underwater kingdom, a beautiful young mermaid longs to leave her ocean home – and her fins – behind and live in the world above. But first, she’ll have to defy her father, King Triton, make a deal with the evil sea witch, Ursula, and convince the handsome Prince Eric that she’s the girl whose enchanting voice he’s been seeking.

This production is a Junior version featuring our younger cast and lasts one hour.

Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater
Book by Doug Wright based on the Hans Christian Andersen story and the Disney film Music adapted and arranged by David Weinstein

This amateur production is presented by arrangement with Music Theatre International (Europe)

Prices: All tickets £15

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2010s

Beauty and the Beast

“One of the strongest casts I’ve seen”

The Evening Star

Summer 2010 saw the Co-op Juniors return to the Regent Theatre to present the Suffolk premiere of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.

May 2010, Regent Theatre
6 performances, 29th May 2010

Christmas Spectacular! 2010

“Entertainment for Everyone”

BBC Suffolk

Christmas Spectacular! returned to the Snape Maltings Concert Hall in 2010 with a longer run than ever. A mix of song and dance, traditional and modern, the show won strong critical acclaim.

December 2010, Snape Maltings Concert Hall
15 performances, 11th December 2010

Billy Elliot the Musical

“Will have you dancing for joy.”

The Evening Star

Following the successes of High School Musical and its sequel, the Co-op Juniors Theatre Company returned to the Seckford Theatre in Woodbridge for a sell-out run of the multi-award-winning musical Billy Elliot, as part of Billy Youth Theatre 2011.

April 2011, Seckford Theatre
7 performances, 29th April 2011

Christmas Spectacular! 2011

“Slick singing, on point choreography and the spirit of Christmas all in one show.”

The Evening Star

In  Christmas Spectacular! 2011 the Conductor took two children and the audience on a magical journey on board the North Pole Express.

December 2011, Snape Maltings Concert Hall
12 performances, 16th December 2011

Disney’s The Aristocats Kids

June 2012, Spa Pavilion
1 performances, 24th June 2012

Romeo and Juliet

July 2012, Sproughton Tithe Barn
3 performances, 15th July 2012

Christmas Spectacular! 2012

“A scintillating seasonal spectacular”

East Anglian Daily Times

Christmas Spectacular! 2012 saw a time travelling trio set off in search of the secret of an enchanted book. Two remarkable new sets and the Juniors’ hallmark music and dance brought this brand new story about a teenager’s search for her destiny to life.

December 2012, Snape Maltings Concert Hall
12 performances, 14th December 2012

CATS

“Beautifully staged and the costumes and choreography were stunning”

East Anglian Daily Times

The Co-op Juniors Theatre Company made its debut at the New Wolsey Theatre with a purrfect production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s smash-hit musical, CATS.

July 2013,
6 performances, 3rd July 2013

Christmas Spectacular! 2013

“Most Christmassy Christmas Spectacular!”

The Ipswich Star

 

Based on Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol, Christmas Spectacular! 2013 was bursting with seasonal spirit, vibrant song and dance and a magical family story!

December 2013, Snape Maltings Concert Hall
12 performances, 13th December 2013

Oliver!

“Boundless energy was infectious”

The Ipswich Star

Directed by the star of the group’s last production of Oliver! 14 years ago, the Co-op Juniors Theatre Company returned to the New Wolsey Theatre with the smash-hit musical about the lovable orphan.

June 2014, New Wolsey Theatre
6 performances, 25th June 2014

Christmas Spectacular! 2014

“The acting, singing and dance routines were all near faultless.”

The Ipswich Star

In 2014 our Christmas Spectacular! took audiences for a magical journey to Neverland, taking in the adventures of Peter Pan, Captain Hook, Tinkerbell and the lost boys.

December 2014, Snape Maltings Concert Hall
12 performances, 12th December 2014

The Phantom of the Opera

“An evening to be savoured and marvelled at… entertaining, moving, incredible…”

ONE Suffolk

This powerful love story, still entrancing audiences worldwide, made its debut at the New Wolsey Theatre in an spectacular production with a stella cast, stunning set and a 15-piece live orchestra.

July 2015, New Wolsey Theatre
6 performances, 15th July 2015

Alice in Wonderland

“full of magic, sparkle and song”

The Ipswich Star

Celebrating 150 years of Lewis Carol’s story, our 2015 Christmas Spectacular took our audiences an imaginary world of nonsense and delight with Alice, The Queen of Hearts, the Mad Hatter, the White Rabbit and Cheshire Cat.

December 2015, Snape Maltings Concert Hall
12 performances, 4th December 2015

Starlight Express

“Incredible, inspiring, innovative: a triumph…nothing less than spectacular”

ONESuffolk

The race is on! The smash-hit rock musical, seen by over 20 million people worldwide, hit the rails at a remarkable new venue near Woodbridge. The audience surrounded our roller-skating cast on three sides as as they glide round the rail tracks in a breathtaking visual adventure of love, hope and a desire to win at any cost.

June 2016, The Hush House
6 performances, 15th June 2016

The Wind in the Willows

July 2016, Dance East
2 performances, 10th July 2016

The Snow Queen

“This festive extravaganza is as glitzy and glamorous as anything you would see on a West End stage.”

East Anglian Daily Times

Inspired by the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, this magical story is set in a winter wonderland. Journey with Kai, Gerda and a fantastical snow creature to the palace of The Snow Queen! Their epic adventure is full of surprises: meet the frost trolls, ice bandits and the warm-hearted villagers in a musical celebration of Christmas, love and friendship suitable for the whole family.

December 2016, Snape Maltings Concert Hall
12 performances, 2nd December 2016

Robin Hood

June 2017, Seckford Theatre
2 performances, 11th June 2017

Sister Act

July 2017, The New Wolsey Theatre
6 performances, 19th July 2017

Christmas Spectacular! in the land of Oz

December 2017, Snape Maltings Concert Hall
12 performances, 1st December 2017

Barnum

“An infectiously fun, charming and poignant piece that ranks among the Juniors’ best work”

East Anglian Daily Times

Roll Up! Roll Up! A colourful, exciting musical spectacle with a live band, staged in the Circus Fantasia Big Top in the Manor House grounds of Wherstead Park near Ipswich told the fabulous story of PT Barnum, the greatest showman on earth, whose remarkable circus made him a legend.

July 2018, Circus Fantasia Big Top, Trinity Park, Ipswich
8 performances, 1st July 2018

Madagascar Jr

June 2018, Seckford Theatre
3 performances, 9th June 2018

Christmas Spectacular! 2018

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December 2018, Circus Fantasia Big Top, Trinity Park, Ipswich
6th - 15th December 2018

Honk! Jr

The Co-op Juniors Theatre company return from Madagascar Jr. last year and their dazzling Christmas Spectacular at Snape Maltings to present Honk! Jr.

A heartwarming celebration of being different that delights all ages with its sparkling wit, unique charm and memorable score, Honk! JR. is witty and hilarious, but also moving, this show will treat you to equal amounts of laughter and tears.

Since it first hatched in 1993, Honk! JR. has been seen by over 6 million people, it has won multiple awards including beating The Lion King and Mamma Mia to the 2000 Oliver Award for Best Musical!

June 2019, Seckford Theatre, Woodbridge
7 performances, 8th June 2019

Peter Pan

The Co-op Juniors Theatre company return from the award-winning Barnum last year and their dazzling Christmas Spectacular at Snape Maltings to present Peter Pan – A Musical Adventure.

Close your eyes and imagine, close them tight and pretend as you take off on a magical trip to Never Land where you never grow old.

July 2019, Circus Fantasia Big Top, Trinity Park, Ipswich
10 performances, 4th July 2019

Christmas Spectacular! 2019

The Co-op Juniors Theatre company return in 2019 to celebrate 15 spectacular years entertaining over 100,000 people at Snape Maltings Concert Hall. The award-winning cast of 100, complete with live orchestra and over 1,000 dazzling costumes present another magical Christmas song and dance variety treat for all the family.

December 2019, Snape Maltings Concert Hall, Ipswich
13 performances, 6th December 2019

2000s

Oliver!

June 2000, Regent Theatre
1st - 1st June 2000

Peter Pan

December 2000, Regent Theatre
1st - 1st December 2000

Me and My Girl

June 2001, Regent Theatre
1st - 1st June 2001

The Wizard of Oz

December 2001, Regent Theatre
13 performances, 21st December 2001

Jubilee Showtime

June 2002, Regent Theatre
1st - 1st June 2002

Snow White

December 2002, Regent Theatre
12 performances, 26th December 2002

Annie Get Your Gun

May 2003, Regent Theatre
1st - 1st May 2003

The Tempest

August 2003, The Warehouse Studio
1st - 1st August 2003

Pinocchio

December 2003, Regent Theatre
1st - 1st December 2003

Red Hot Feet

June 2004, Regent Theatre
1st - 1st June 2004

Measure for Measure

September 2004, Woodbridge Community Hall
1st - 1st September 2004

Alice in Wonderland

December 2004, Regent Theatre
13 performances, 23rd December 2004

Les Misérables

July 2005, Regent Theatre
5 performances, 13th July 2005

Much Ado About Nothing

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September 2005, The Warehouse Studio
1st - 1st September 2005

Christmas Spectacular! 2005

The Co-op Juniors travelled to Snape Maltings for the first time with their hugely successful festively themed variety show, Christmas Spectacular!

December 2005, Snape Maltings Concert Hall
7 performances, 8th December 2005

Disney’s The Jungle Book

Alongside rehearsals for Fame, the younger members of the group, took us to the jungle to experience Kippling’s wonderful tale.

June 2006, Kesgrave Community Centre
1st - 1st June 2006

Jungle Book

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June 2006, Circus Fantasia Big Top, Trinity Park, Ipswich
10th - 16th June 2006

Fame

The Co-op Juniors brought the electric dance rnumbers and stunning balads of the legendary young hopefuls of New York’s high school for the performing arts to the Ipswich Regent.

July 2006, Regent Theatre
5 performances, 5th July 2006

Christmas Spectacular! 2006

“A feast for the eyes as well as the ears.”

The Evening Star

For a second year the Co-op Juniors returned to the internationally renowned Snape Maltings Concert Hall for a stunning production of festive music and dance, filling the concert hall’s stage with a hundred-strong cast and almost 1,000 costumes.

December 2006, Snape Maltings Concert Hall
10 performances, 1st December 2006

Disney’s Cinderella Kids

In summer 2006, while the older members of the group were preparing for We Will Rock You, younger Juniors took to the stage with a fun and fantastic adaptation of Disney’s Cinderella Kids.

May 2007, Kesgrave Community Centre
3 performances, 6th May 2007

We Will Rock You

“A real triump… a great night out”

The Evening Star

The futuristic world or Planet Mall controlled by the Killer Queen burst onto the Corn Exchange stage, with the Co-op Juniors first production at the venue for more than 15 years. The Resistance look to return to the Golden Age of original music accompanied by 23 classic Queen hits throughout the show.

June 2007, Ipswich Corn Exchange
7 performances, 20th June 2007

Christmas Spectacular! 2007

December 2007, Snape Maltings Concert Hall, Ipswich
13 performances, 13th December 2007

High School Musical

“Co-op Juniors have yet again taken the county by storm”

The Evening Star

The Co-op Juniors’ debut performance at the new Seckford Theatre in Woodbridge was a sell-out success. Bringing the cult characters from Disney’s hit movie to the stage, High School Musical was a great new challenge for the Juniors

May 2008, Seckford Theatre
6 performances, 4th May 2008

Christmas Spectacular! 2008

An entrancing celebration of Christmas in music and dance, in its fourth year at Snape Maltings.

For the first time, the show also toured to Charter Hall,Colchester.

December 2008, Snape Maltings Concert Hall and Charter Hall, Colchester
18 performances, 11th December 2008

High School Musical 2

 

Disney’s smash-hit sequel to High School Musical. School’s out, the summer’s here, and the East High School students are working at a country club.

May 2009, Seckford Theatre
15 performances, 2nd May 2009

Christmas Spectacular! 2009

December 2009, Snape Maltings Concert Hall and Charter Hall, Colchester
16 performances, 17th December 2009

1990s

Peter Pan

December 1990, Regent Theatre
1st - 1st December 1990

A Little Princess

April 1991, Kesgrave Community Centre
1st - 1st April 1991

Robin Hood

December 1992, Regent Theatre
1st - 1st December 1992

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

December 1993, Regent Theatre
1st - 1st December 1993

The Wind in the Willows

December 1994, Regent Theatre
27th - 1st January 1995

The Sound of Music

June 1995, Regent Theatre
1st - 1st June 1995

The Little Mermaid

December 1995, Regent Theatre
12 performances, 23rd December 1995

The King and I

May 1996, Regent Theatre
1st - 1st May 1996

Beauty and the Beast

December 1996, Regent Theatre
13 performances, 27th December 1996

Annie

May 1997, Regent Theatre
1st - 1st May 1997

A Christmas Carol

December 1997, Regent Theatre
27th - 3rd January 1998

Bugsy Malone

May 1998, Regent Theatre
1st - 1st May 1998

Aladdin

December 1998, Regent Theatre
1 performances, 1st December 1998

My Fair Lady

June 1999, Regent Theatre
1st - 1st June 1999

Cinderella

December 1999, Regent Theatre
1st - 1st December 1999

1980s

Mother Goose

December 1980, Gaumont (not Regent) Theatre
1st - 1st December 1980

Babes in the Wood

December 1981, Gaumont (now Regent) Theatre
1st - 1st December 1981

Snow White

December 1982, Gaumont (now Regent) Theatre
1st - 1st December 1982

Cinderella

December 1983, Gaumont (now Regent) Theatre
1st - 1st December 1983

Aladdin

December 1984, Gaumont (now Regent) Theatre
1 performances, 1st December 1984

Tom Thumb

December 1985, Gaumont (now Regent) Theatre
1st - 1st December 1985

Robinson Crusoe

December 1986, Gaumont (now Regent) Theatre
1st - 1st December 1986

Pinocchio

December 1987, Gaumont (now Regent) Theatre
1st - 1st December 1987

Pinochio

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December 1987, Circus Fantasia Big Top, Trinity Park, Ipswich
1st - 7th December 1987

Summer Showtime Spectacular

June 1988,
1st - 1st June 1988

Alice in Wonderland

December 1988, Gaumont (now Regent) Theatre
1st - 1st December 1988

Summer Showtime

June 1989, Spa Pavilion
1st - 1st June 1989

Pre 1978

Please click the underlined productions to view our available programmes.

  • 1943Aladdin
  • 1944Dick Whittington
  • 1945Cinderella
  • 1946Babes in the Wood
  • 1947Aladdin
  • 1948Dick Whittington
  • 1949Cinderella
  • 1950Babes in the Wood
  • 1951Alice in Wonderland
  • 1952Sleeping Beauty
  • 1953Humpty Dumpty
  • 1954Jack and Jill
  • 1955Puss in Boots
  • 1956Mother Goose
  • 1957Goody Two Shoes
  • 1958Little Miss Muffett
  • 1959Little Bo-Peep
  • 1960Mary, Mary Quite Contrary
  • 1970Little Tommy Tucker
  • 1962The Man in the Moon
  • 1963Cobbler, Cobbler Mend My Shoe
  • 1964Simple Simon
  • 1965There Was a Crooked Man
  • 1966Goosey Goosey Gander
  • 1967Hi Diddle Diddle
  • 1968Old Mother Hubbard
  • 1969Old King Cole
  • 1970Ride a Cock Horse
  • 1971Sing a Song of Sixpence
  • 1972Little Boy Blue
  • 1973What’s New 1973
  • 1975What’s New 1975
  • 1977What’s New 1977
  • 1978Queen of Hearts

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