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It is with deep regret that the management of the New Wolsey Theatre has had to make the extremely difficult decision to consult a significant number of its staff about possible redundancies. As custodians of a registered Charity and a publicly funded organisation, the Trustees and senior executives have a responsibility to do all they can to protect the long term future of the New Wolsey Theatre.  We have determined that it is not financially viable to stage our existing productions until social distancing is no longer required and have therefore cancelled our current programme, including our popular pantomime, Jack and the Beanstalk.  We will be arranging ticket refunds as soon as possible.

‘Over the last few months we’ve received generous donations from our many loyal supporters. Each and every one of these has been appreciated and has made a difference, not only to our bank balance but also to our morale. It has been heart-warming to know that the people of Ipswich and beyond want to see us survive this crisis and they’ve been willing to put their hands in their pockets. Donations will continue to buoy us through what may be the most difficult period of all – the next few months. The continuing support of our principal funders, including Arts Council England, Suffolk County Council and Ipswich Borough Council is equally valuable and will be vital to ensure that these difficult decisions have the intended outcome: to secure a healthy and viable future for the New Wolsey Theatre.’

– Sarah Holmes, Chief Executive

Over the last twenty years, with the support of our audiences, colleagues, funders and friends, the New Wolsey has become a thriving enterprise and entered the current crisis in rude health.  Despite the difficulties we now face, and the very painful process of consulting about redundancies, we are determined that we will steer the theatre through this crisis and into the future. It will require ingenuity, imagination, resilience and support from all sides – exactly as it did twenty years ago. It’s our twentieth birthday next year and, whatever the circumstances, we will find ways for us all to mark the occasion and look forward to many happy returns.



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