Skip to main content Skip to site map (in footer)

New Wolsey Theatre

The New Wolsey Theatre creates, develops and produces a dynamic programme of theatre, and other live performances and projects, for the people of Suffolk and surrounding areas. The Theatre combines its own productions, projects, collaborations with other partners and touring work to provide a programme of the highest quality, maximum diversity and greatest possible accessibility, within a sound and sustainable financial framework.

Funding awards

  • 2012-2013: £838,000
  • 2013-2014: £838,000
  • 2014-2015: £838,000

Video feed

Beauty and the Beast Panto 2014 Trailer

The annual rock and roll panto is here! Let us entertain you. www.wolseytheatre.co.uk/beautyandthebeast t’s time to Get This Party Started as Prince Promising is about to be crowned his country's rightful King – there’s only one tiny problem, he needs to find his Beauty. After a Wicked Witch transforms the handsome Prince into a hideous Beast, he needs to Keep On Runnin’ until he finds Somebody To Love. Meanwhile Beauty, who is under the thumb of her two sisters down on Dame Bessie's Suffolk farm, is keen to prove You Can’t Hurry Love. After saving her father from the clutches of the mysterious creature that lives in the castle, will she ever end up Dancing In The Moonlight? Join Fairy Fortunate and Company as they bring you Beauty and the Beast – transformed into one of the New Wolsey Theatre’s irresistible rock ‘n’ roll pantomimes! A beautiful traditional story married to some monster rock, pop and soul songs all served up by our brilliant company of actor-musicians - Let Us Entertain You!

Beauty and the Beast Panto 2014 Fit-Up

Take a look at how the New Wolsey Theatre is transformed for the annual rock and roll panto with this exclusive time lapse video taken during the fit-up of our 2014 show.

Midsummer Songs Trailer

This brand new musical MUST END on 27th September. Join us for this "spine tinglingly gorgeous" musical. Book Online: http://www.wolseytheatre.co.uk/midsummersongs “Wherever we are in 25 years, we'll come back and create the B side” Twenty-five years ago a group of friends celebrated the end of their university careers with a wild week in a barn half-way up a mountain in West Wales. A week of madness, mayhem and music, recorded on a C90 cassette and buried in a biscuit tin at the top of a hill with a pledge – “Wherever we are in twenty-five years’ time we’ll come back here on Midsummer’s Eve and create the B side”. And now we see those old friends return, a little rounder, a bit more rueful but with their passion for life, love and music still smouldering inside. As the biscuit tin gives up its secrets, old passions catch fire, past resentments return and the songs begin to fly. Will this reunion change their lives? Will the album ever be finished? And what on earth can they play that cassette on? This brand new musical is a celebration of friendship, survival and the power of song, written especially for a company of multi-skilled actor-musicians in the New Wolsey house style; with music like the ballads of Joni Mitchell and the summer feel good fun of Mumford and Sons. Book and Lyrics by Peter Rowe Music by Ben Goddard

Show 21 more videos

Midsummer Songs - Find Out More About The Brand New Musical

This September, join us for a brand new musical from the theatre that brought you 20th Century Boy, Mods & Rox, Our House and It's A Wonderful Life. Book Online: http://www.wolseytheatre.co.uk/shows/midsummer-songs/ “Wherever we are in 25 years, we'll come back and create the B side” Twenty-five years ago a group of friends celebrated the end of their university careers with a wild week in a barn half-way up a mountain in West Wales. A week of madness, mayhem and music, recorded on a C90 cassette and buried in a biscuit tin at the top of a hill with a pledge – “Wherever we are in twenty-five years’ time we’ll come back here on Midsummer’s Eve and create the B side”. And now we see those old friends return, a little rounder, a bit more rueful but with their passion for life, love and music still smouldering inside. As the biscuit tin gives up its secrets, old passions catch fire, past resentments return and the songs begin to fly. Will this reunion change their lives? Will the album ever be finished? And what on earth can they play that cassette on? This brand new musical is a celebration of friendship, survival and the power of song, written especially for a company of multi-skilled actor-musicians in the New Wolsey house style; with music like the ballads of Joni Mitchell and the summer feel good fun of Mumford and Sons. Book and Lyrics by Peter Rowe Music by Ben Goddard

Midsummer Songs - Teaser Trailer

This September, join us for a brand new musical from the theatre that brought you 20th Century Boy, Mods & Rox, Our House and It's A Wonderful Life. www.wolseytheatre.co.uk/midsummersongs

Raymondo at PULSE Festival - Thursday 5 June 2014

A World Premiere, Presented by Annie Siddons. Raymondo is a story of brotherhood, loss, incarceration, escape, survival, desire, art and resilience. It is a story about the cruelty of others, the kindness of others and Love. Simply told by a woman with a microphone and an atmospheric live score of guitars, loops and keyboard, Raymondo is a raw, dark, funny and tender lyrical narrative that will sear through your defences straight to your heart. Written and performed by Annie Siddons. Performed by Daniel Green. Commissioned by New Wolsey Theatre Ipswich and supported by Arts Council England and Battersea Arts Centre. 'Siddons' script is almost Shakespearian in its mix of the earthy and ethereal, the funny and the frightening' Sunday Times (Siddons' Rapunzel) For audiences 14+ (Contains some strong language and sexual references) All Pulse Festival events offer unreserved seating so you simply choose where you sit on arrival.

The Threepenny Opera - Extended Trailer

"An opera for beggars. Conceived with magnificence such as only beggars could imagine, and an economy such as only beggars could afford" www.wolseytheatre.co.uk/thethreepennyopera The New Wolsey Theatre's Peter Rowe and Graeae's Jenny Sealey have joined forces once again to bring you their anarchic production of Weill and Brecht's The Threepenny Opera -- adapted from John Gay's The Beggars Opera. Presented by The New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich, Nottingham Playhouse, Birmingham Repertory Theatre, West Yorkshire Playhouse and Graeae Theatre Company. By Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill English translation of the dialogue by Robert David MacDonald English translation of the lyrics by Jeremy Sams Original German text based on Elisabeth Hauptmann's German Translation of John Gay's THE BEGGAR'S OPERA

The Threepenny Opera - Rehearsal Feature

"An opera for beggars. Conceived with magnificence such as only beggars could imagine, and an economy such as only beggars could afford" The New Wolsey Theatre's Peter Rowe and Graeae's Jenny Sealey have joined forces once again to bring you their anarchic production of Weill and Brecht's The Threepenny Opera -- adapted from John Gay's The Beggars Opera. Presented by The New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich, Nottingham Playhouse, Birmingham Repertory Theatre, West Yorkshire Playhouse and Graeae Theatre Company. By Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill English translation of the dialogue by Robert David MacDonald English translation of the lyrics by Jeremy Sams Original German text based on Elisabeth Hauptmann's German Translation of John Gay's THE BEGGAR'S OPERA

The Threepenny Opera - Teaser Trailer 2

"An opera for beggars. Conceived with magnificence such as only beggars could imagine, and an economy such as only beggars could afford" The New Wolsey Theatre's Peter Rowe and Graeae's Jenny Sealey have joined forces once again to bring you their anarchic production of Weill and Brecht's The Threepenny Opera -- adapted from John Gay's The Beggars Opera. Presented by The New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich, Nottingham Playhouse, Birmingham Repertory Theatre, West Yorkshire Playhouse and Graeae Theatre Company. By Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill English translation of the dialogue by Robert David MacDonald English translation of the lyrics by Jeremy Sams Original German text based on Elisabeth Hauptmann's German Translation of John Gay's THE BEGGAR'S OPERA

The Threepenny Opera - Teaser Trailer 1

www.wolseytheatre.co.uk/thethreepennyopera WED 12 — SAT 22 MAR 2014 - NEW WOLSEY THEATRE, IPSWICH The New Wolsey Theatre's Peter Rowe and Graeae's Jenny Sealey have joined forces once again to bring you their anarchic version of Weill and Brecht's The Threepenny Opera -- adapted from John Gay's The Beggars Opera. Presented by The New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich, Nottingham Playhouse, Birmingham Repertory Theatre, West Yorkshire Playhouse and Graeae Theatre Company. By Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill English translation of the dialogue by Robert David MacDonald English translation of the lyrics by Jeremy Sams Original German text based on Elisabeth Hauptmann's German Translation of John Gay's THE BEGGAR'S OPERA

Moon On A Rainbow Shawl - National Tour - Trailer

Book tickets now www.wolseytheatre.co.uk/shows/moononarainbowshawl tickets selling fast for all performances. Talawa Theatre Company and the National Theatre take Errol John's 'bruising, brilliantly witty play' (Time Out) on tour after its critically acclaimed run in London in 2012. In Port of Spain, Trinidad, the snatches of calypso music, hymn tunes and drums are interrupted by the raucous celebrations of troops returning from war. Here, neighbours drink, bawl, make love, look out for each other and crave a better life. But Ephraim is no dreamer and nothing, not even the seductive Rosa, is going to stop him escaping his dead-end job for a fresh start in England. Universally praised by critics and audiences alike, the original creative team have reunited to present John's mesmerising and heart-warming masterpiece once more. 'I was spellbound ... thrilled by one of the 20th century's great neglected plays ... just go' - The Times ★ ★ ★ ★ Take advantage of our new #LoveYourTheatre musical and drama packages -book more, save money! DRAMA PACKAGE Moon on a Rainbow Shawl, Classic Ghosts, Refugee Boy and Translations Book all four shows in the same band and pay PREMIUM £15 (Save £20) per ticket or BAND A £12.50 (Save £10) per ticket.

Punk Rock - New Wolsey Young Company

SHOWING FROM TUE 3 — SAT 7 DEC 2014 Book Online: http://www.wolseytheatre.co.uk/shows/punk-rock/ "Everything human beings do finishes up bad in the end. Everything good human beings ever make is built on something monstrous. Nothing lasts. We certainly won't..." Ferociously funny, complex, contemporary and unnerving, Punk Rock explores the underlying jittery tensions, hormonal headiness and potential violence in a group of affluent, articulate seventeen year-old students as they begin to plan for college and the rest of their lives. Set to a back drop of confrontational, hard edged Punk Rock, Simon Stephens' powerful and shattering play explores the volatility of adolescent life, confronts young people as they really are, and builds inexorably towards its tragic and violent climax.

Our House - The Madness Musical 2013 UK Tour Trailer

Inspired by the music of Madness, this uplifting musical comedy is a raucous tale of life and love, heartbreak and hilarity, good and bad set in London's famous Camden Town. Follow LIVE updates at www.ourhouseuktour.co.uk Touring from Ipswich to Nottingham, Edinburgh, Bath, Coventry, Brighton and Plymouth for the 2013 tour.

Our House - The Madness Musical Trailer

Inspired by the music of Madness, this uplifting musical comedy is a raucous tale of life and love, heartbreak and hilarity, good and bad set in London's famous Camden Town. Follow LIVE updates at www.ourhouseuktour.co.uk Touring from Ipswich to Nottingham, Edinburgh, Bath, Coventry, Brighton and Plymouth for the 2013 tour.

Our House In Rehearsal

Inspired by the music of Madness, this uplifting musical comedy is a raucous tale of life and love, heartbreak and hilarity, good and bad set in London's famous Camden Town. Here is a look at the production and the rehearsal process. Photography by Mike Kwasniak Follow LIVE updates at www.ourhouseuktour.co.uk

A Sneak Peek of The Jellicle Ball!

Presented by The Co-op Juniors Theatre Company 3 July 2013 - 6 July 2013 The Co-op Juniors Theatre Company presents a major feline musical, an international smash-hit since it first opened in London in 1981. If you haven't guessed already please visit www.coopjuniors.co.uk for more information. An all singing, all-dancing musical spectacular from one of the region's top amateur companies. With a live orchestra and stunning staging, it's an unmissable event. The Co-op Juniors are making their debut at the New Wolsey by staging the first youth group production of this musical in Suffolk. We're sorry that due to licensing restrictions on publicity for this youth group production, we are unable to name the production or its authors.

I Was An Audience Member

As the 'I Was A Rat!' tour stopped off in Ipswich, we asked the audience what they thought of this five-star spectacular. www.wolseytheatre.co.uk/iwasatrat

I Was A Rat! Trailer

Philip Pullman's glorious and gripping story is brought to life on the professional stage for the first time in the UK. Combining humour, fantasy and adventure this moving and darkly comic tale slowly reveals its connection to one of the most famous fairy tales of all time. Full of music, fantastic physical performances and unforgettable images I Was A Rat! will surprise, delight and move audiences of all ages. www.wolseytheatre.co.uk/iwasarat

And Then The Dark Audience Reaction

Seven years since the fire; Seven years since a mother and son died in the attic; Seven years since Edward locked the door...; Seven years later, he still sits in the room below, tormented by their ghosts, refusing to accept they are gone. We asked the audience what they thought... Find out more at www.wolseytheatre.co.uk/andthenthedark

And Then The Dark - Trailer 2

Seven years since the fire; Seven years since a mother and son died in the attic; Seven years since Edward locked the door...; Seven years later, he still sits in the room below, tormented by their ghosts, refusing to accept they are gone. Find out more at www.wolseytheatre.co.uk/andthenthedark

And Then The Dark Cast

Seven years since the fire; Seven years since a mother and son died in the attic; Seven years since Edward locked the door...; Seven years later, he still sits in the room below, tormented by their ghosts, refusing to accept they are gone. We asked the cast what they are afraid of...hopefully not the dark. Find out more at www.wolseytheatre.co.uk/andthenthedark

And Then The Dark Music

Seven years since the fire; Seven years since a mother and son died in the attic; Seven years since Edward locked the door...; Seven years later, he still sits in the room below, tormented by their ghosts, refusing to accept they are gone. We asked Matthew Bugg how he plans to create an eerie atmosphere with music. Find out more at www.wolseytheatre.co.uk/andthenthedark

And Then The Dark at UCS Re-Union Fair

Seven years since the fire; Seven years since a mother and son died in the attic; Seven years since Edward locked the door...; Seven years later, he still sits in the room below, tormented by their ghosts, refusing to accept they are gone. We hopped down to UCS Re-Union Fair to find out what YOU'RE afraid of. Lets hope it's not the dark... Find out more at www.wolseytheatre.co.uk/andthenthedark

And Then The Dark Preview

Seven years since the fire; Seven years since a mother and son died in the attic; Seven years since Edward locked the door...; Seven years later, he still sits in the room below, tormented by their ghosts, refusing to accept they are gone. Find out more at www.wolseytheatre.co.uk/andthenthedark

Arts Council England is not responsible for the social media content on this organisation's page

Contact details

www.wolseytheatre.co.uk

New Wolsey Theatre Co Ltd
Civic Drive

Ipswich
IP1 2AS

52.058281, 1.14988

  • 52.058281 1.14988

View all National portfolio organisation and Major partner museums on our interactive map

Seen something out of date?
Tell us enquiries@artscouncil.org.uk