Alice in the Cuckoo's Nest
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Several of the county’s libraries will be hosting performances by Librarian Theatre as part of their Arts Council England funded tour of libraries in December.

Librarian Theatre works alongside library services to deliver accessible, affordable, high quality theatre to local communities, whilst using their tours as opportunities to promote and protect public library services, reading and literacy. This is their third tour which is being supported by a grant of over £51,000 by Arts Council England.

Suffolk will be hosting five performances of their experimental new adaptation of Alice in Wonderland called Alice in the Cuckoo’s Nest on the following dates:

  • Wednesday 13 December – Southwold Arts Centre at 7pm (organised by Southwold Library)
  • Thursday 14 December – Framlingham Library at 7.30pm
  • Friday 15 December – Gainsborough Library in Ipswich at 7pm.
  • Saturday 16 December – Woodbridge Library at 7.30pm.
  • Sunday 17 December – Aldeburgh Library at 6pm.

Alice in the Cuckoo’s Nest re-imagines Lewis Carroll’s classic story in the setting of a modern day mental institution. Although the show is family friendly, as it explores adult themes of mental health it is not aimed at children but those aged eight and above accompanied by an adult are welcome.

Actors Tom Cuthbertson and Kelly Eva-May set up Librarian Theatre as a not-for-profit company in 2015, successfully trialling the concept last year with a 43-show tour of Hamlet, followed by a 25-show tour of A Christmas Carol. Both texts were newly adapted for the purpose, with library-themed designs and the lead roles of Hamlet and Scrooge re-gendered to be performed by women.

Tickets are £7.50 per person or £4 for concessions. They are on sale at or direct from the libraries.

The tour has been funded by The Libraries Fund which is part of ACE’s wider Grants for the Arts scheme and is intended to foster collaboration between libraries and arts organisations.

For a full list of all upcoming events in our libraries visit