need something to look forward to this Christmas? 

OH YES YOU DO!

 

Watch The Snow Queen Online!

We’ve pulled out all the stops to create a Rock ‘n’ Roll panto that you can enjoy at home. The Snow Queen is a mix of live action, animation, pre-recorded film and even includes a live moment at a viewer’s home! Technically the most ambitious pantomime we’ve ever produced, The Snow Queen is creatively the most exciting.  As with every panto, the audience is like another member of the cast; if you’re watching at home that will include you!

 

We’re giving away 400 free tickets to carers! As a great big ‘Thank You’ to all the carers who do an extraordinary job in our community day in, day out, we’ve already given away 130 seats to our auditorium. We still have a number of livestream tickets available, so get nominating and make sure your carer gets a real treat this Christmas (you can also nominate yourself if you’re a carer). 

Tell us why your carer is special – don’t forget to give their name with their permission – by emailing carers@wolseytheatre.co.uk and we’ll arrange the rest. Get nominating now so carers don’t miss out!

Carers' Big Night In Advent Stories

We’ve received some amazing stories from people about the incredible work carers have done this year and we feel it’s so important to recognise their hard work. So, as a countdown to Christmas, we’re going to share a new, true story every day so we can give these inspiring members of the community the credit they deserve.

Image description: a pale wooden background with Christmas ornaments and gifts around the edges, leaving the middle clear. In the centre, in dark red text are the words 'Thank you to my amazing mum, Helen Cotton, who has been my dad’s full-time carer for the past 30 years. She has also helped to home-school my children during lockdown in order for me to continue working as a midwife. Thank you! Emma Cochrane.' in quotation marks.

What A Carve Up!

The Telegraph ★★★★★ 

“A game-changer… Netflix itself would have a task commanding such a Who’s Who…”

The Times 

“The most polished and seductive digital production to come out of lockdown so far.”

The Stage ★★★★

“A thrilling creation…It pushes the theatrical form and has huge fun while doing it.”

Broadway World  ★★★★

“A welcome tonic amidst such ever-darkening days.”

This show features a stellar cast including Stephen Fry, Sir Derek Jacobi, Sharon D. Clarke, Rebecca Front, Gryff Rhys Jones and Tamzin Outwaite to name but a few.

We’ve teamed up with the Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield, and The Barn Theatre, Cirencester, to co-produce an online adaptation of Jonathan Coes’ critically acclaimed, award-winning novel What A Carve Up! and, trust us, you’re not going to want to miss it!

January 1991. Six people are dead. Murdered.

One thing in common – they are all members of the same dangerously powerful family.

One prime suspect – the celebrated writer in the middle of compiling their family history.

A simple open and shut case?

Anything but.

Directed by Tamara Harvey (Home, I’m Darling), the satirical murder-mystery play will be available from Saturday 31 October to Sunday 29 November and a portion of the proceeds raised will be donated to a freelance fund to support theatre workers.

The show has an age guidance of 16+ and features strong language and graphic descriptions of murder.

The pink logo of the New Wolsey Theatre, with a golden '2' written to the right of it, on a white background.

Welcome to ‘NW2’ – the new building in front of the New Wolsey Theatre.

It forms part of the emerging ‘Theatre Square’ development – a regeneration project to breathe new life into a formerly neglected part of Ipswich town centre. NW2 is a gift made to the New Wolsey theatre from the developers that own the car parks on the site, including the landmark underground ‘Spiral’ car park. The building has been designed by Phil Waind of WGPA architects and has a distinctive gold coloured roof. Architecturally the building pushes the boundaries of standard design for community facilities.

NW2 will be the new home for the New Wolsey theatre’s learning and participation work. Working under the banner of a new ‘Creative Communities’ programme, the team responsible will have office and meeting space in NW2, as well as a large open space for participation work. This work includes curriculum-linked workshops in schools, as well as on-site opportunities for young people to learn a range of technical skills such as lighting, sound, design, theatrical make-up and more.

The NW2 building exemplifies the theatre’s commitment to access in all areas of its work.

Inside the new building is a ‘Changing Places’ room –  a facility for people that cannot use a standard accessible toilet. The Changing Places room enables people to use the toilet in safety and comfort because it is much larger than a standard accessible toilet. People that could benefit from the facility include people with profound and multiple learning disabilities, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, as well as older people. Having this facility available during our opening hours could make all the difference for someone visiting the town centre, who may be unable to venture out otherwise.

The New Wolsey Theatre has always been a champion of making performing arts accessible to all. As a founder member of the ground breaking Ramps On The Moon, the New Wolsey is part of a consortium of theatres striving to normalise the presence of deaf and disabled people on and off the stage.  The Ipswich run of the extraordinary (ROTM) production of Oliver Twist was sadly cancelled due to Covid-19. 

The image shows the new building of the New Wolsey Theatre, called 'NW2.' It's zig-zagging golden roof and glass walls reflect and shine in the sun, a beautiful blue sky visible above it.

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