Red Riding Hood – The Rock’n’Roll Panto - New Wolsey Theatre

Red Riding Hood – The Rock’n’Roll Panto

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Written by Peter Rowe, and performed in the New Wolsey Theatre’s iconic actor-musician style, this brand new adaptation of the classic tale is brimming with fun, frolics… and flour!

Red Riding Hood owns the best bakery in Soggy-Bottom-In-The-Marsh but when the village party is scattered by the return of the legendary lone Wolf, the wicked Sir Jasper de Ville demands more rent to pay for the added security. So its all hands to the pudding bowl as everyone lends a hand at the bakers, even her grandmother, Dame Millicent Merry , famous for her firm buns and magnificent dumplings! Meanwhile, a handsome woodcutter has arrived in town, who isn’t all he seems to be…Can Red Riding Hood outwit Sir Jasper, avoid the clutches of the sly old wolf and find romance with the mysterious forester?

Laced with massive hits including NEEDLE IN A HAYSTACK, DON’T STOP BELIEVING, SMELLS LIKE TEEN SPIRIT, HEATWAVE, DANCING IN THE DARK and ROLLING IN THE DEEP, played live by our multi-talented cast, all the ingredients are in place for truly scrumptious festive treat.

Book now for a howling good time!

Please note, the late night special is Friday 15th December at 9pm.

There are now only £10 seats available for midweek 1.30pm school matinees.

Cast & Creatives

Red Riding Hood/Maisy Merry

Rob Falconer — Sir Jasper

Rob trained at Rose Buford College. He is a member of multi-award winning Mischief Theatre Company, and has just returned from Broadway performing in their Tony and Olivier award winning comedy 'The Play That Goes Wrong'.

Theatre roles include: Tinbad the Taylor in 'Sinbad' (New Wolsey Theatre), Tybalt in 'Romeo & Juliet' (Watermill Theatre), Kay in 'The Sword In The Stone' (New Wolsey Theatre), Trevor/Max in 'The Play That Goes Wrong' (Lyceum Theatre Broadway, Duchess Theatre, International Tour), Trevor in 'Peter Pan Goes Wrong' (Pleasance, Islington), 'Lights! Camera! Improvise!' (West End, International Tour), Bull Bill in 'Cool Hand Luke' (Aldwych Theatre) and Sam Byck in 'Assassins' (Unicorn Theatre).

Rob is over the moon to be back in Ipswich for the 3rd year.

Max Runham — Prince Fortunate

Max is from a small village in Kent called Hextable. While training at Rose Bruford, he landed his first TV role, appearing in Hollyoaks. Since then he has appeared in Graeae's production of 'Threepenny Opera', HOME theatre's production of Simon Stephens' 'The Funfair', 'The Family Way' by Bill Naughton at the Bolton Octagon, Greyscale's 'Gods are fallen and all safety gone' and last year, Max made his debut with The National Theatre and Complicite in 'A Pacifist's Guide to The War on Cancer'. Max then spent 2017 with Ramps on the Moon's production of The Who's 'Tommy' and Graeae's production of Reasons to be Cheerful.

Alongside this, Max is a very passionate musician and has been performing extensively as a solo artist throughout London over the past 5 years and recently composed/recorded music for an upcoming documentary 'Chalk'

Cherry Blossom

Simon Nock — The Dame

Theatre includes: The Legend of King Arthur (Guildford Shakespeare Company); Sleeping Beauty (Watermill Theatre); Much Ado About Nothing, The Comedy of Errors  (Guildford Shakespeare Company); Jack & the Beanstalk, Dick Whittington (City Varieties, Leeds); Sister Act (Pimlico Opera); Beauty & the Beast (Stafford Gatehouse); Animal Farm (Theatre Clwyd); The Two of Us (Bury St Edmunds); Dreamboats & Petticoats (UK Tour); The Haunted Commode, Crampons of Fear (Sir John Mills Theatre); Twelfth Night (Northcott Theatre); Ghost Train (Queens Theatre); Far Away (Albery Theatre); Hamlet (Finborough Theatre); Great Gatsby (Tour); Kes! (York); The Tempest, The Comedy of Errors, Paint Your Wagon (Regent’s Park); Macbeth (New Vic).


TV/Film includes: Peterloo; Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them; The Incident; Black Mirror; Fresh Meat; Harry Potter & the Half Blood Prince; Sex Traffic; Dalziel & Pascoe; The Vice; Narrator of both The Nightmare Neighbour Next Door; How to Die: Simon’s Choice.

James Haggie — Ruffles/Jack Frost

Daniel Carter-Hope — Bodgit

Dan is a dyed in the wool Ipswich Town fan ever since he bought a retro Ipswich Town pint mug during last year’s rock and roll panto. He once supported West Ham for a few weeks but after five successive defeats Steve Simmonds begged him to stop.

Dan is excited to be back at the New Wolsey and for it not to be Christmas, having appeared in the last five rock and roll pantos. You can still get him a Christmas present if you like.

Recent work includes; Made In Dagenham (New Wolsey/Queens Theatre Hornchurch) Jackie the Musical (UK tour), several adverts for a well known fast food company and a short film featuring a man killed by his own duvet.

Dan hopes you enjoy the show with its excellent seventies playlist, and he looks forward to finding out if Ipswich can go all the way

Adam Langstaff — Dodgit

Adam trained at the Oxford School of Drama.

Work in the theatre includes: Grandma Saves the Day! (New Wolsey, Ipswich); Left My Desk (New Diorama); Oxy and the Morons (New Wolsey, Ipswich); The Who’s Tommy (U.K. tour); Roll Over Beethoven (Belgrade Theatre, Coventry); Jackie the Musical (U.K. tour); Beauty and the Beast, The Sword in the Stone, Sinbad, Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, The Snow Queen (New Wolsey, Ipswich); Manon Lescaut (Royal Opera); Hot Stuff (Queens Theatre Hornchurch); Our House (U.K. tour); Gawain and the Green Knight (The Yard, London); The Flying Dutchman (English National Opera); Miss Nightingale (Hippodrome Matcham Theatre & U.K. tour); Emperor and Galilean (National Theatre); Alice in Wonderland (Exquisite Folly, London); Noah's Ark (Mervyn Peake Centenary Festival, Blue Elephant Theatre, London).

Film includes: Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa (Baby Cow).

Isobel Bates — Bo Peep

Isobel trained at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, gaining an MA in Musical Theatre Performance.

Theatre credits include: Ensemble in Oh What a Lovely War, Fairy Aubergine in Jack and the Beanstalk (Stafford Gatehouse Theatre), Laura/Lesley Gore in Leader of the Pack (Waterloo East Theatre), Jill in Jack and the Beanstalk (Clwd Theatre Cymru).

Credits whilst training: Beth March/Chorus Master/Off Stage Trumpet in Little Women (Mountview), Anne in A Little Night Music (Mountview), Matron Morton in Chicago (Mountview), Sally Cato/Chorus Master in Mame (Mountview), Joyce in Neaptide(Mountview).

Other credits include: Lead Vocalist Holland America Line (Cruise), Trumpeter in Kiss Me Quick (Music Video),

Libby in Just In Time (Short Film), Polly in Girl Interrupted (Workshop).

Lana Walker — Little Miss Moffet/Goldilocks

Lana trained at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts and graduated with a First Class BA Hons. Degree. Her theatre credits include: Actor/Musician in I Happen To Like New York (Orange Tree Theatre); Fairy Bowbells in Dick Whittington (Stafford Gatehouse Theatre); Little Miss Muffet and Goldilocks in Red Riding Hood (New Wolsey Theatre) Ipswich; Rebecca The Mother in Operation Bible (4Front Theatre); Ladybird in James And The Giant Peach (Northern Stage); Sandra in Touched, Mrs Fairfax and Mrs Reed in Jane Eyre, Ensemble in Jacques Brel Is Alive And Well And Living In Paris, Karen in A Slice Of Saturday Night, Old Wife and Ensemble in Captain Corelli's Mandolin, Lady Tabitha Belch in Twelfth Night, Larissa in Brezhnev's Children, Polly Peachum in The Beggar's Opera all whilst training at Mountview.

Lana was a Session Singer on the Cast Recording of the films Pan and Kung Fu Panda 3.

Reviews of Red Riding Hood – The Rock’n’Roll Panto

What the press say

★★★★ "“Another belting, barnstorming, music-filled seasonal show from the New Wolsey”"

The Stage

"If you like your Christmas shows loud and rock laden you could do far worse than treat the family to a night out at the New Wolsey Theatre'


"Enjoy a magical Rock ‘n’ Roll treat!"


What the public say

This is my 3rd year going to the panto and yet again it did not disappoint. Excellent performance by all. I’ll be back next year no doubt!


WOW! WOW! WOW! What an absolutely brilliant show. One of the best we have seen over the years. Congratulations to ALL involved.

Tony & Janet Lawrence

Awesome production, superb in every way. Thoroughly engaging and entertaining. Congratulations!! ????????

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