About us

The Co-op Juniors Theatre Company is the largest amateur theatre group in the UK. Based in Ipswich, Suffolk, the group is a non-profit co-operative. In the last year they’ve entertained audiences totalling over 14,000 with stunning, high-energy musical productions.

christmas-spec-2010-11The group started out in Ipswich during the Second World War then performed as the Co-op Juniors at the Spa Pavilion, Felixstowe, from the early 1950s until 1977, before moving to the Ipswich Regent (then the Gaumont) in 1978.

They remained at the Regent for 25 years, staging an annual pantomime and musicals ranging from Oliver! and The Sound of Music to Fame and Les Misérables. (For more details of past shows, click here).

The group also led a successful campaign to save the Ipswich Regent for live entertainment, when its future was threatened in 1991.

In 2005, the regular cast of 100 moved to the world-famous Snape Maltings Concert Hall, home of the Aldeburgh Festival, to stage their hugely successful Christmas Spectacular! Last year, the show ran for 15 performances at Snape Maltings. Visit the Past Shows section for more information, the programme, photographs and press coverage.

Recent summer musicals include an acclaimed production of Billy Elliot and two sell-out runs of Disney’s High School Musical and High School Musical 2, at the Seckford Theatre, Woodbridge and a production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast at the Ipswich Regent.

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