The New Wolsey Theatre announces Autumn 2018 Season

9 Apr 2018 Press Release

The New Wolsey theatre has today announced their Autumn season for 2018

  • The UK’s first regional tour of ONCE, the Tony Award® winning musical, in The New Wolsey Theatre’s co-production with Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch.
  • English Touring Theatre returns with OTHELLO.
  • Live music from legendary bands SHAKATAK and CHINA CRISIS, plus Wayne Hernandez in AN EVENING WITH MARVIN GAYE.
  • Quality drama with TRIAL BY LAUGHTER in Nick Newman and Private Eye editor Ian Hislop’s witty new play about free speech; THE LOVELY BONES based on the Alice Sebold novel; THE RETURN OF THE SOLDIER, an intimate story of complex and powerful love, and THE HABIT OF ART by the legendary playwright Alan Bennett.
  • Comedy gold in WISDOM OF A FOOL, about the life of Norman Wisdom. Humorous insight into the three famous Bronte sisters in WITHERING LOOKS, plus mischievous sketches and improvisation in STILL NO IDEA and the best of stand-up acts in DUKE’S COMEDY CLUB.

 From Thu to Sat 22 September, The New Wolsey Theatre and Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch co-present ONCE, winner of eight Tony Awards® in 2012, including best musical.   The unforgettable story of a guy, a girl and the song that brought them together, Once is about what happens when you take chances and go for your dreams. Catch the show on its first ever regional tour.

 OTHELLO is one of Shakespeare’s most startlingly contemporary plays. English Touring Opera return to Ipswich on Tue 20 Oct to Sat 3 November with their masterful depiction of a life torn apart by prejudice.

Bryony Lavery’s adaptation of the Alice Sebold novel THE LOVELY BONES opens on Tue 13 to Sat 17 November, in a co-production by Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Royal & Derngate and Northern Stage in Association with Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse.  The main character, Susie Salmon, is young and beautiful and has a crush on a boy from school. There’s only one big difference – Susie is dead.

STILL NO IDEA on Mon 24 to Tue 25 September is part verbatim theatre, part-improv, part-comedy sketch show. Packed with raucous and mischievous fun, this exposé of good intentions gone bad is also an adventure story about how we can’t imagine some people having an adventure.  Featuring LISA Hammond and Rachael Spence in Association with Improbable.

On Wed 26 to Thu 27 September, Lipservice presents WITHERING LOOKS,  a humorously authentic insight into the lives and works of those three Bronte sisters (well, two of them actually; Anne’s just popped out for a cup of sugar…).

Aria Entertainment in Association with Guy James present THE RETURN OF THE SOLDIER on Mon 1 to Sat 6 October.  With music by Charles Miller Book and Tim Sanders’ lyrics, this is an intensely bitter-sweet tale that dissects the very different love of three women for one man.

Alan Bennett is one Britain’s greatest and most loved playwrights, with stage and screen blockbusters including The History Boys and The Lady in the Van.  His play THE HABIT OF ART opens on Mon 8 to Sat 13 October in a production by The Original Theatre Company and York Theatre Royal, Directed by Philip Franks and starring Matthew Kelly and David Yelland.

Following critical acclaim for The Wipers Times, Nick Newman and Private Eye editor Ian Hislop have once again taken inspiration from real life events for their new satirical play TRIAL BY LAUGHTER on Mon 5 to Sat 10 November.

Let’s get it on with Don’t Stop the Beat Productions’ AN EVENING WITH MARVIN GAYE on Sun 23 September, featuring the velvet falsetto of Wayne Hernandez as Marvin Gaye, incredible harmonies and infectious energy from Wayne’s band.  Guaranteed to get you moving!

1950’s UK comedy icon Norman Wisdom won the hearts of millions of fans. Portraying thirty characters in this tour de force performance, Jack Lane takes you on an emotional roller coaster on Sun 7 October in WISDOM OF A FOOL.

On Sun 14 October the soul, funk and jazz legends SHAKATAK return to the New Wolsey Theatre following their unforgettable performance in 2012, presented by Stephen Foster.

For the very best of stand-up comedy talent, be sure to catch DUKE’s COMEDY CLUB on Sat 20 October.

Stephen Foster presents Liverpool’s beautiful pop lyricists, CHINA CRISIS, on Sun 4 November in their first ever Ipswich appearance.


The Autumn Season will go on sale to Friends on Saturday 31 March at 10 am, with General Sale starting on Saturday 14 April at 10am.  Tickets can be booked through the Tickets Sales Team by calling 01473 295900 or by booking online at

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