The Sword In The Stone

Performed from Thu 26 Nov — Sat 30 Jan


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The Sword In The Stone | Get-In Set Build | New Wolsey Theatre 2015

The Sword In The Stone | Get-In Day One | New Wolsey Theatre 2015

A BRAND NEW ROCK AND ROLL PANTO

The New Wolsey Theatre is proud to present a BRAND NEW rock and roll pantomime to start our 15th birthday year! Written by Peter Rowe, and performed in the New Wolsey’s traditional actor-musician style, this brand new take on the legendary tale of King Arthur mixes music and magic, swordplay and slapstick into a wicked festive brew with a classic rock n roll kick.

It’s the end of the war and the Barbarians have been beaten back! But now the time has come to unite the seven kingdoms together by crowning the bravest knight of all as the rightful King of all the Britons. Join Merlin, Guinevere, Kay and the stunning Dame Bernadette Broadbottom to discover just who pulled the sword from that stone!

With favourite tunes including: I’m Going To Rain On Your Parade, You Got The Love, Come On Baby Light My Fire and Backstreet's Back…

…It’s time to Rule The World!

Our panto is suitable for all ages but we've also got a fantastic show for children aged 3 to 7 at the Studio Theatre with tickets starting from £5. Find out more by viewing 'The Paper Dolls' from the what's on page.

Please note, the only £10 ticket availability is now for midweek 1.30pm matinee performances. If you would like to be added to a waiting list for evening performances please call 01473 295900.


Cast & Creatives

Sean Kingsley — Merlin

West End: Jean Valjean Les Miserables (Queens/Palace Theatres), George The Drowsy Chaperone (Novello), Braithwaite Billy Elliot (Victoria Palace), Tom Jenkins Scrooge (Dominion), Admetus and Munkustrap Cats (New London), Me and My Girl (Adelphi).

Other theatre includes: Ursus The Grinning Man (Trafalgar Studios/Bristol Old Vic); Oxy and the Morons (New Wolsey); Annas Jesus Christ Superstar (Regent’s Park); Gyp Decarlo Jersey Boys (UK tour); Max  Jackie the Musical (Dundee Gardyne); Khashoggi We Will Rock You (10th anniversary world tour); Judas Jesus Christ Superstar (Minack); Eddie/Dr Scott The Rocky Horror Show (European Tour); Frederick Trumper Chess, 20th Anniversary Concert (Oslo); Bill Austin Mama Mia (International Tour); The Man in Some Girls are Bigger than Others (Lyric Hammersmith, National Tour, Dublin); Mike Hot Pants (Oldham Coliseum); Cyrano de Bergerac Cold Moon Rising (Jermyn Street); Tom Jenkins Scrooge (National/European Tours); Mike Costa A Chorus Line (Derby Playhouse); Slap Hot Shoe Shuffle (National Tour); Gabey On the Town (National Tour); Joe Matchgirls (Bromley); A Month in the Country, The Rivals and Toad of Toad Hall (Liverpool Playhouse); Fiddler on the Roof (Liverpool Empire). Workshop From Here To Eternity.

Actor/Musician: Merlin in Sword In The Stone; Sarah the Cook Dick Whittington; Fleshcreep Jack & The Beanstalk, King Camelot Sleeping Beauty (Ipswich New Wolsey Rock Panto); Orin Little Shop Of Horrors (Birmingham Rep).

Film/TV: Alan London Road (Cuba Pictures), PC Harrison Poirot (LWT), Stuart Ambrose Wire in the Blood (Coastal); Colin Piper Merseybeat, (BBC); Gary Stephens The Bill, (Talkback).

Daniel Carter-Hope — Sir Cedric Scuttlebutt

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

Graham Kent — Dame Bernadette Broadbottom

West End: Includes the lead role of The Engineer, Miss Saigon (Drury Lane), Aladdin (Shaw), Tintin in Tibet (Barbican).                                                                                       Other theatre: Includes Dame Bernadette Broadbottom in The Sword in the Stone, And Then The Dark (New Wolsey Theatre); Dusty (Charing Cross); As You Like it (Ludlow/Stafford Festival); Sleeping Beauty (Aylesbury Waterside); Aladdin (Bristol Hippodrome); Romeo and Juliet, Merry Wives of Windsor (Stafford Gatehouse); Animal Farm (Clwyd Theatr); Spend Spend Spend (original production at the Watermill and national tour); Aladdin (Shaw, London); A Word from Our Sponsor, written and directed by Alan Ayckbourn (Scarborough and Chichester Festival); Iago, Othello and Puck, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Kent Rep); Mercutio, Romeo and Juliet (Dukes, Lancaster); The Narrator, The Caucasian Chalk Circle (Manchester Library); The Strindberg Chamber Plays (The Gate); A View from the Bridge (Greenwich); Peachum, The Beggar’s Opera (Buxton Opera Festival); Lockitt (Bridewell, London). National tours include Company, Chicago and The Rivals (Century Theatre); Happy End (Nottingham Playhouse); The Good Companions (Ipswich); Dick Barton: The Excess of Evil and Young Dick Barton (Croydon Warehouse); Aladdin (Stevenage); Framed; Trust No One; The Man of La Mancha and The Wizard of Oz (Edinburgh Lyceum); Something Wicked this way Comes (National Theatre of Scotland).

Television: Includes Call the Midwife, Doctors, EastEnders, The Bill, Trial and Retribution, Grange Hill (the school chef!), In the Red, Bugs, The Knock, Trail of Guilt, Thief Takers, A Line in the Sand, Bramwell.

Film: Includes The Muppets…Again! (Disney), Lift (Faster Baby Productions), From Hell (20th Century Fox).

Training: Guildford School of Acting.

Sir Lancelot

Lucy Wells — Guinevere

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’.

Georgina White — Morgan Le Fay

Barnaby Southgate — Sir Gawain & Assistant Musical Director

Steve Simmonds — Mordred

West End: The  Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (Duchess and Chichester Festival, Jonathan Church); Mack and Mabel (Criterion, Adam Kenwright/Watermill).

Other theatre: Steve Currie/Captain Sensible, 20th Century Boy (New Wolsey Theatre/UK no. 1 tour); The Sword in the Stone, Sleeping Beauty, Angie the Ox in Guys and Dolls, Aladdin, Sugar and Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood (New Wolsey); Bosun in Return to the Forbidden Planet 25th Anniversary Tour (Bob Carlton), Lend Me a Tenor, Gunmetal Blues, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Aladdin, Can’t Pay? Won’t Pay!, Twelfth Night, The Servant of Two Masters, A Slice of Saturday Night, Jack and the Beanstalk, Gaslight, Bouncers and It’s a Fine Life! (Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch); From a Jack to a King (Far East tour for British Theatre Playhouse); Norman Petty, The Buddy Holly Story (Buddy Musical Productions/no. 1 tour); The Comedy of Babi Babbett, Gentle Harry’s Farm, Ikarus Inc and Noah Babel’s Ark (Rude Mechanicals); Pinafore Swing (Watermill/national tour); Prior to training, Steve played Stitch in Oliver! (London Palladium, Sam Mendes).

Television: Includes Love Soup (BBC).

Training: Rose Bruford College.

Sandy Grigelis — King Arthur / Sprout

Rob Falconer — Kay

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.


Reviews of The Sword In The Stone

What the press say


Excellent writing and energetic performances

The Stage

Good fun and expertly executed

The Reviews Hub

A magical production full of toe-tapping hits

British Theatre Guide

What the public say

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Essay: What is Pantomime? Why is it One of the Most Popular Forms of Theatre in the UK? – WordPress: Josh Ely

WOW what a terrific show Great fun to watch, such a lot of talented people. Had our whole family laughing and singing along. Thanks

Steve Hood

Having just seen this for the third time i have to say that its definitely the best i've seen. The talent among the cast is outstanding and I could sit there all night and listen to Steve Simmonds on that guitar! I also think that Ben Goddard deserves a special mention for his choice of music and his superb arrangements which I think took this show to a level that would be impossible to better.

chris dunnett

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