Red Riding Hood – The Rock’n’Roll Panto

Performed from Thu 23 Nov — Sat 27 Jan


Red Riding Hood Trailer

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

Lucy Wells — Red Riding Hood/Maisy Merry

Lucy is very excited to be returning to Ipswich for the 4th year running and can’t wait for another panto in Suffolk! Lucy trained on the Actor Musicianship course at Rose Bruford and has since gained the following theatre credits: Beauty and The Beast; The Sword in the Stone; Sinbad (New Wolsey Theatre), Roll Over Beethoven; Steel Magnolias (Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch), The Scarecrows Wedding (Scamp, Leicester Square Theatre). She has also appeared in BBC Radio 4 Drama ‘Now, Love’.

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'

Elizabeth Rowe — Cherry Blossom

Elizabeth graduated from Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts in 2016. Her theatre credits include Made in Dagenham, Queens Theatre Hornchurch; Sinbad the Rock 'n' Roll Panto, New Wolsey Theatre and Fatbusters the Musical, Park Theatre. Credits before training include The Girl in the Ashes, Queens Theatre Belfast and Goblin Market, Greenside @ Royal Terrace, Edinburgh Fringe Festival. She has also recently appeared in Crawl, the newest music video from Joseph J. Jones. 

Elizabeth is thrilled to be returning to the New Wolsey this year.

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

Theatre credits include: Simon Zealots in the international tour of Jesus Christ Superstar, Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors at the New Wolsey Theatre and the Birmingham Rep, Titch in Mods and Rox at the New Wolsey Theatre, Joe Vegas in the national tour of Fame, two national tours of The Roy Orbison Story playing Bobby Vee, Paul McCartney and Bruce Springsteen, August in Norway Today at London’s BAC Theatre, Scott in The Crazy 50s Italian Tour, Inland Revenue 2 in The Man, Finborough Theatre, Narrator in Animal Farm, Sampson/Balthasar in Romeo and Juliet, Francis Flute in A Midsummer Nights Dream, Le Beau/Silvius in As You Like it, Balthasar/Friar Francis/Watch in Much Ado About Nothing, Stafford Shakespeare. Emmo in Our House National Tour, Vernon Hopkins in The Tom Jones Story, Gryff in Eye of The Storm, Various in Synergy New Writing, The Captain in Thinking Out Loud, Biondello in The Taming of the Shrew, Lord Banks in The Spirit of the Mimosa, Billy Bungalow in Jack and the Beanstalk, Cecil in Yesterday, Buttons in Cinderella, Numbskull in Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood, Wishee Washee in Aladdin - the Wok ‘n’ Roll Panto and Simon Steadfast in Sleeping Beauty at Clwyd Theatr Cymru,

Screen and radio credits include: Marcus Weyman in Casualty, Rupert in You Want Me, Jessie’s friend in The Leading Man, Louis in Bugsy Malone, Hero Boy in Playstation’s Singstar commercial campaign, Factory Worker in X Public School Boy music video and Russian Gulag Prisoner in Muppets Most Wanted

James is thrilled to be back at the New Wolsey Theatre

Daniel Carter-Hope — Bodgit

Dan is very pleased to be back at the New Wolsey for his fifth rock and roll pantomime. After playing incompetent dads for the last three pantos, Dan is glad to be relinquishing his parental responsibilities in Red Riding Hood. Dan had a busy year last year touring the UK playing bass for Jackie: The Musical, and then had a great time appearing in Made In Dagenham at the Queens Theatre Hornchurch and here at the New Wolsey. As well as actor musician work, Dan has performed comedy for the science museum, British Council and Edinburgh Fringe, presented science live and on tv and had roles in many short films. He played the lead in the award winning short film The Furred Man for local filmmaker Paul Williams.

Adam Langstaff — Dodgit

Adam is delighted to be back for his fourth New Wolsey panto.

He trained at the Oxford School of Drama.

Work in the theatre includes: Oxy and The Morons (New Wolsey); Tommy (U.K. tour); Roll Over Beethoven (Belgrade Theatre Coventry); Jackie the Musical (U.K. tour); Beauty and the Beast, Sword in the Stone & Sinbad (New Wolsey); Manon Lescaut (Royal Opera); Hot Stuff (Queens Theatre Hornchurch); Our House (U.K. tour); Gawain and The Green Knight (The Yard); The Flying Dutchman (English National Opera); Miss Nightingale (U.K. tour); Emperor and Galilean (National Theatre); Alice in Wonderland (Exquisite Folly); Noah's Ark (Mervyn Peake Centenary Festival, Blue Elephant Theatre)

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

Theatre Credits Include: I Happen To Like New York (Orange Tree Theatre), James and the Giant Peach (Northern Stage). Lana is delighted to be spending the festive season in Ipswich.

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'

Grapevine

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

TheatreLife

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!

Zoe-Ipswich

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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