The heart of the New Wolsey beats as strongly as ever behind our temporarily closed doors.

As I look at our auditorium, I’m reminded of 2001 when Peter Rowe, the Artistic Director and I re-opened the theatre after a period of closure.   We had a vision to secure the New Wolsey’s place in the hearts and minds of the Ipswich community.  We believed the people of Ipswich deserved a thriving theatre, one that welcomed everyone and which produced and presented excellent shows.  We wanted to support up and coming artists and to reach out into the community, sharing the magic of theatre with people of all ages and from every corner of our town. The citizens of Ipswich agreed; we re-opened the theatre and audiences came.  

Nothing has changed.  And yet, everything has changed.    Our vision and passion burn just as brightly as they ever did and we’re waiting behind the scenes for the opportunity to step back on to the stage.

As the people of Ipswich find a way to recover from this crisis, so will we.  Your recovery is our recovery.  Our intention is firm and clear: we will be part of the re-awakening of the town in all its vibrant, diverse and uniquely Ipswich brilliance.   

You’re warmly invited to be part of our mission:

You can donate:  every pound enables us to do more.

You can respond: call our Storyline on 01473 760799 and tell us a story to inspire us or inform our next steps.  You can also email  Tell us what you think – we’d love to hear from you.  

You can sign up:  Bounce newsletter and blog; our curation of the best accessible online content refreshed every fortnight.

And when we re-open, you can visit.  Our lovely new golden-roofed participation space will be a place for the community to work, play and share with us.  Theatre Square will be completely refurbished so that it feels like an inviting place to walk, sit and meet friends for coffee.  The transformation will continue inside the building; our café/ bar will be a tempting place in which to enjoy a drink and something light to eat.  

Whatever your reason to visit, we promise you’ll get the warmest New Wolsey welcome.  I’ll be there at the door with my team.  

We can’t wait.


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