The Next Six Weeks

Fri 19 Oct

19:45

Be My Baby

New Wolsey Studio, St Georges Street, Ipswich, IP1 3NF

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The New Wolsey Young Company Present Be My Baby

Mother and baby Home. 1964.

Be My Baby follows the fortunes of Mary Adams, aged 19, unmarried and seven months pregnant. Forcibly sent there by a mother intent on keeping up appearances, Mary – along with the other girls in the home have to cope with the shame and with the dawning realisation that she will have to give the baby up for adoption whether she likes it or not.

Despite this – and an overbearing matron – the girls’ youthful effervescence will keep breaking through as they sing along to the girl group songs of the period.

Be My Baby is an amateur production by arrangement with Nick Hern Books.

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19:45

Eugene Onegin

New Wolsey Theatre, Civic Drive, Ipswich, IP1 2AS

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Following their critically-acclaimed and hugely popular five-week run in London last year, Olivier Award-winning OperaUpClose tour the UK with their new English Version of Tchaikovsky’s sweeping Eugene Onegin, arriving at the New Wolsey Theatre on Friday 19 October.

With a narrative that is both romantic and thought-provoking, the central character is the fiercely intelligent but naïve Tatyana, whose entanglement with Onegin results in a wiser, sadder but ultimately self-reliant heroine.

This new chamber version transposes the story of Tatyana’s sexual awakening to the early 1960s, a world on the cusp of the women’s liberation movement when new thinking fought against the old ways. Infatuation and self-restraint do battle in a well-tailored world of sleek suits and full skirts, with seasonal allusions to the snow-swept Russian landscape of the original.

Performed by ten singers and four instrumentalists in a new orchestration for piano, cello, violin and woodwind; this coming-of-age story is a requiem for lost innocence and a triumphant celebration of hard-won independence – told through some of the most glorious music ever written.

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Sat 20 Oct

14:30

Comedy Club 4 Kids

New Wolsey Theatre, Civic Drive, Ipswich, IP1 2AS

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Like the name says it’s a Comedy Club 4 Kids!
Cracking entertainment for everyone over six years old and under 400 years old (no vampires). We have the best comedians from the UK and world circuit doing what they do best… but without the rude bits!

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14:30

Be My Baby

New Wolsey Studio, St Georges Street, Ipswich, IP1 3NF

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The New Wolsey Young Company Present Be My Baby

Mother and baby Home. 1964.

Be My Baby follows the fortunes of Mary Adams, aged 19, unmarried and seven months pregnant. Forcibly sent there by a mother intent on keeping up appearances, Mary – along with the other girls in the home have to cope with the shame and with the dawning realisation that she will have to give the baby up for adoption whether she likes it or not.

Despite this – and an overbearing matron – the girls’ youthful effervescence will keep breaking through as they sing along to the girl group songs of the period.

Be My Baby is an amateur production by arrangement with Nick Hern Books.

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19:45

Duke's Comedy Club - 18 Autumn

New Wolsey Theatre, Civic Drive, Ipswich, IP1 2AS

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An evening with the finest comics from around the world.

Line Up Announced

Emily Lloyd-Saini(MC)

A top MC, comedian and Improviser, Emily is a former finalist of Funny Women Stand Up Competition and is a rising star of the UK stand up scene.

“Zippy and Infectiously Fun!” - Three Weeks

Tony Cowards

A fantastic joke-smith and one-liner merchant, Tony is not only a brilliant comedian, but is Ipswich born and bred.

“The best joke writer around” - GQ Magazine


Celia Delaney

A musical comedian on the circuit and is fresh from a sell-out show at the Edinburgh Fringe. Now you can enjoy her trademark witty songs and banter and get an exclusive first glimpse of her new solo show, Angelic.

'Dark, distinctive and hilarious.’ The Upcoming

Mark Dolan

The award-winning broadcaster and comedian, best-known as host of the iconic Channel 4 comedy series Balls of Steel. He is a comedy circuit regular around the UK and is guaranteed to have Ipswich rolling in the aisles.

“unmistakably a master of his craft” Broadway Baby


Our Cafe Bar will be serving Vegetable Balti and Chicken Tikka with rice and naan. Must be ordered with your Duke's Comedy Club ticket. You'll be given the option to add this during the booking process.


(Line up subject to change)

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19:45

Be My Baby

New Wolsey Studio, St Georges Street, Ipswich, IP1 3NF

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The New Wolsey Young Company Present Be My Baby

Mother and baby Home. 1964.

Be My Baby follows the fortunes of Mary Adams, aged 19, unmarried and seven months pregnant. Forcibly sent there by a mother intent on keeping up appearances, Mary – along with the other girls in the home have to cope with the shame and with the dawning realisation that she will have to give the baby up for adoption whether she likes it or not.

Despite this – and an overbearing matron – the girls’ youthful effervescence will keep breaking through as they sing along to the girl group songs of the period.

Be My Baby is an amateur production by arrangement with Nick Hern Books.

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Mon 22 Oct

13:30

Snail and the Whale

New Wolsey Theatre, Civic Drive, Ipswich, IP1 2AS

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Join a tiny snail on her trip round the world in Tall Stories’ magical, musical production inspired by the fantastic bestselling picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.

Follow the tiny snail’s exciting journey, as seen through the eyes of an adventurous young girl and her seafaring father...

Storytelling, live music and lots of laughs for everyone aged 4 and up, from the Olivier Award-nominated company that brought you ‘The Gruffalo’ live on stage.

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16:00

Snail and the Whale

New Wolsey Theatre, Civic Drive, Ipswich, IP1 2AS

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Join a tiny snail on her trip round the world in Tall Stories’ magical, musical production inspired by the fantastic bestselling picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.

Follow the tiny snail’s exciting journey, as seen through the eyes of an adventurous young girl and her seafaring father...

Storytelling, live music and lots of laughs for everyone aged 4 and up, from the Olivier Award-nominated company that brought you ‘The Gruffalo’ live on stage.

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Tue 23 Oct

10:30

Snail and the Whale

New Wolsey Theatre, Civic Drive, Ipswich, IP1 2AS

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Join a tiny snail on her trip round the world in Tall Stories’ magical, musical production inspired by the fantastic bestselling picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.

Follow the tiny snail’s exciting journey, as seen through the eyes of an adventurous young girl and her seafaring father...

Storytelling, live music and lots of laughs for everyone aged 4 and up, from the Olivier Award-nominated company that brought you ‘The Gruffalo’ live on stage.

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14:00

Snail and the Whale

New Wolsey Theatre, Civic Drive, Ipswich, IP1 2AS

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Join a tiny snail on her trip round the world in Tall Stories’ magical, musical production inspired by the fantastic bestselling picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.

Follow the tiny snail’s exciting journey, as seen through the eyes of an adventurous young girl and her seafaring father...

Storytelling, live music and lots of laughs for everyone aged 4 and up, from the Olivier Award-nominated company that brought you ‘The Gruffalo’ live on stage.

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19:30

The Gondoliers

Seckford Theatre, Burkitt Road, Woodbridge, IP12 4JH

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Presented by Ipswich Gilbert & Sullivan's Society

In Venice lived two brothers, Marco and Giuseppe. They are happy being Gondoliers, until one day an imposing stranger announces they are not in fact brothers, but that one of them is the only son and heir of the late King of Barataria. Precisely which is the King and the Gondolier is unfortunately an inconvenient mystery. It is doubly inconvenient when they discover that the King, whichever he is, was married in infancy to the daughter of a Spanish Duke as - only half an hour earlier - the brothers were both married to two local Venetian girls.

Forced to leave their new wives behind, the Gondoliers set off to Barataria, set up a republican government where all are equal, and they reign in a coalition government. Surely this can't go on forever?

Come and join us for an evening of love, fun and frolics - all in Gilbert and Sullivan's inimitable style!

PLEASE NOTE: The New Wolsey Theatre is acting as a ticketing agency for this event. Please check the venue and event details carefully.

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Wed 24 Oct

19:30

The Gondoliers

Seckford Theatre, Burkitt Road, Woodbridge, IP12 4JH

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Presented by Ipswich Gilbert & Sullivan's Society

In Venice lived two brothers, Marco and Giuseppe. They are happy being Gondoliers, until one day an imposing stranger announces they are not in fact brothers, but that one of them is the only son and heir of the late King of Barataria. Precisely which is the King and the Gondolier is unfortunately an inconvenient mystery. It is doubly inconvenient when they discover that the King, whichever he is, was married in infancy to the daughter of a Spanish Duke as - only half an hour earlier - the brothers were both married to two local Venetian girls.

Forced to leave their new wives behind, the Gondoliers set off to Barataria, set up a republican government where all are equal, and they reign in a coalition government. Surely this can't go on forever?

Come and join us for an evening of love, fun and frolics - all in Gilbert and Sullivan's inimitable style!

PLEASE NOTE: The New Wolsey Theatre is acting as a ticketing agency for this event. Please check the venue and event details carefully.

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19:45

Minor Miracles

New Wolsey Theatre, Civic Drive, Ipswich, IP1 2AS

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She is the glorious enfant terrible of magic. He is a gentleman hobo, a conjurer extraordinaire. All the way from Sweden, Caper and Nilsson bring their unique combination of magic, comedy and surrealism.

A laugh out- loud, one-of-a-kind magic show packed with world class sleight-of-hand magic and topped with a pinch of confetti.

Ages 8+

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Thu 25 Oct

13:30

There Was An Old Lady...

New Wolsey Theatre, Civic Drive, Ipswich, IP1 2AS

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There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly. I don’t know why she swallowed a fly...

But The People’s Theatre Company do!

And now you can too as they bring one of the world’s best loved nursery rhymes to life just in time to celebrate the 45th anniversary of Pam Adams' best selling book!
This magical show has been written especially for grown ups to enjoy with their children, so come and relive the delights of this most charming of tales complete with a feast of sing along songs, colourful animal characters and heart warming family fun.

It’s the perfect treat for anyone aged 2 to 102!

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19:30

The Gondoliers

Seckford Theatre, Burkitt Road, Woodbridge, IP12 4JH

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Presented by Ipswich Gilbert & Sullivan's Society

In Venice lived two brothers, Marco and Giuseppe. They are happy being Gondoliers, until one day an imposing stranger announces they are not in fact brothers, but that one of them is the only son and heir of the late King of Barataria. Precisely which is the King and the Gondolier is unfortunately an inconvenient mystery. It is doubly inconvenient when they discover that the King, whichever he is, was married in infancy to the daughter of a Spanish Duke as - only half an hour earlier - the brothers were both married to two local Venetian girls.

Forced to leave their new wives behind, the Gondoliers set off to Barataria, set up a republican government where all are equal, and they reign in a coalition government. Surely this can't go on forever?

Come and join us for an evening of love, fun and frolics - all in Gilbert and Sullivan's inimitable style!

PLEASE NOTE: The New Wolsey Theatre is acting as a ticketing agency for this event. Please check the venue and event details carefully.

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Fri 26 Oct

19:30

The Gondoliers

Seckford Theatre, Burkitt Road, Woodbridge, IP12 4JH

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Presented by Ipswich Gilbert & Sullivan's Society

In Venice lived two brothers, Marco and Giuseppe. They are happy being Gondoliers, until one day an imposing stranger announces they are not in fact brothers, but that one of them is the only son and heir of the late King of Barataria. Precisely which is the King and the Gondolier is unfortunately an inconvenient mystery. It is doubly inconvenient when they discover that the King, whichever he is, was married in infancy to the daughter of a Spanish Duke as - only half an hour earlier - the brothers were both married to two local Venetian girls.

Forced to leave their new wives behind, the Gondoliers set off to Barataria, set up a republican government where all are equal, and they reign in a coalition government. Surely this can't go on forever?

Come and join us for an evening of love, fun and frolics - all in Gilbert and Sullivan's inimitable style!

PLEASE NOTE: The New Wolsey Theatre is acting as a ticketing agency for this event. Please check the venue and event details carefully.

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Sat 27 Oct

14:30

The Gondoliers

Seckford Theatre, Burkitt Road, Woodbridge, IP12 4JH

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Presented by Ipswich Gilbert & Sullivan's Society

In Venice lived two brothers, Marco and Giuseppe. They are happy being Gondoliers, until one day an imposing stranger announces they are not in fact brothers, but that one of them is the only son and heir of the late King of Barataria. Precisely which is the King and the Gondolier is unfortunately an inconvenient mystery. It is doubly inconvenient when they discover that the King, whichever he is, was married in infancy to the daughter of a Spanish Duke as - only half an hour earlier - the brothers were both married to two local Venetian girls.

Forced to leave their new wives behind, the Gondoliers set off to Barataria, set up a republican government where all are equal, and they reign in a coalition government. Surely this can't go on forever?

Come and join us for an evening of love, fun and frolics - all in Gilbert and Sullivan's inimitable style!

PLEASE NOTE: The New Wolsey Theatre is acting as a ticketing agency for this event. Please check the venue and event details carefully.

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19:30

The Gondoliers

Seckford Theatre, Burkitt Road, Woodbridge, IP12 4JH

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Presented by Ipswich Gilbert & Sullivan's Society

In Venice lived two brothers, Marco and Giuseppe. They are happy being Gondoliers, until one day an imposing stranger announces they are not in fact brothers, but that one of them is the only son and heir of the late King of Barataria. Precisely which is the King and the Gondolier is unfortunately an inconvenient mystery. It is doubly inconvenient when they discover that the King, whichever he is, was married in infancy to the daughter of a Spanish Duke as - only half an hour earlier - the brothers were both married to two local Venetian girls.

Forced to leave their new wives behind, the Gondoliers set off to Barataria, set up a republican government where all are equal, and they reign in a coalition government. Surely this can't go on forever?

Come and join us for an evening of love, fun and frolics - all in Gilbert and Sullivan's inimitable style!

PLEASE NOTE: The New Wolsey Theatre is acting as a ticketing agency for this event. Please check the venue and event details carefully.

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20:00

SPILL18 - Icons

New Wolsey Theatre, Civic Drive, Ipswich, IP1 2AS

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OPERA AND LYCRA‑LOVING CABARET SENSATION LE GATEAU CHOCOLAT REIMAGINES HIS HIT WORK ICONS WITH A LIVE BAND ESPECIALLY FOR SPILL.

Walking the tightrope between his public and private personas, Le Gateau Chocolat explores the people, the moments, the relationships, the art that have come to
shape us and the ideals we aspire to. Re‑imagined especially for SPILL Festival, and accompanied by a seven‑piece band for the first time, Gateau unashamedly weaves through an eclectic mix of music; pop, opera, rock; Kate Bush, Whitney, Meatloaf, Pavarotti … investigating his own objects of worship through the songs and music of his personal icons.

Le Gateau Chocolat is an Opera singing British boy with a law degree and a big heart who also likes to dabble in the dark arts of pop, jazz and musical theatre. This internationally renowned cabaret star has performed in Olivier‑nominated and award‑winning shows such as Porgy and Bess and La Soiree, delighted the Queen as part of her Jubilee Flotilla and travelled the globe with his own acclaimed solo productions including Le Gateau Chocolat, I Heart Chocolat, In Drag, Black, and Duckie.

Most recently, he has appeared in Rufus Norris + Simon Stephen’s reimagining of Threepenny Opera at the National Theatre, and Twelfth Night at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre.

Part of SPILL Festival 2018.

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Tue 30 Oct

19:00

Othello

New Wolsey Theatre, Civic Drive, Ipswich, IP1 2AS

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An English Touring Theatre, Oxford Playhouse and Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory Production.

Othello is one of Shakespeare's most startlingly contemporary plays - a masterful depiction of a life torn apart by prejudice.

Venice; a western colonial power employs the newly-married Othello, a Muslim general, to lead their army against the impending Turkish invasion. The strain of fitting into a society riven by discrimination and fear soon take their toll. Manipulated by Iago, Othello's life quickly unravels as he turns on everything he holds dear.

Following a critically acclaimed tour and London run, Richard Twyman’s vital production of Othello is brought to the stage by UK Theatre Award winners English Touring Theatre in a co-production with Oxford Playhouse and Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory.

The production of Othello includes violence and strong language, age guidance 12+

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19:45

Treasure Island

New Wolsey Studio, St Georges Street, Ipswich, IP1 3NF

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By Robert Louise Stevenson
Directed by Simon Panayi

"Fifteen men on the dead man's chest - Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum!"

Jim Hawkins is whisked away from an ordinary life into the greatest adventure story ever told!

With Billy Bones’ map in hand Jim sets sail with the motley crew of the Hispaniola in search of buried treasure. Jim soon discovers that the ship’s crew aren’t all they seem to be, and that Long John Silver is much more that a ship’s cook.

Join the New Wolsey Youth Theatre for buccaneers, buried gold, and sea shanties… lots of sea shanties!

Running time approx. 2 hour and 30 minutes (including interval)

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Wed 31 Oct

14:30

Othello

New Wolsey Theatre, Civic Drive, Ipswich, IP1 2AS

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An English Touring Theatre, Oxford Playhouse and Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory Production.

Othello is one of Shakespeare's most startlingly contemporary plays - a masterful depiction of a life torn apart by prejudice.

Venice; a western colonial power employs the newly-married Othello, a Muslim general, to lead their army against the impending Turkish invasion. The strain of fitting into a society riven by discrimination and fear soon take their toll. Manipulated by Iago, Othello's life quickly unravels as he turns on everything he holds dear.

Following a critically acclaimed tour and London run, Richard Twyman’s vital production of Othello is brought to the stage by UK Theatre Award winners English Touring Theatre in a co-production with Oxford Playhouse and Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory.

The production of Othello includes violence and strong language, age guidance 12+

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19:45

Othello

New Wolsey Theatre, Civic Drive, Ipswich, IP1 2AS

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An English Touring Theatre, Oxford Playhouse and Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory Production.

Othello is one of Shakespeare's most startlingly contemporary plays - a masterful depiction of a life torn apart by prejudice.

Venice; a western colonial power employs the newly-married Othello, a Muslim general, to lead their army against the impending Turkish invasion. The strain of fitting into a society riven by discrimination and fear soon take their toll. Manipulated by Iago, Othello's life quickly unravels as he turns on everything he holds dear.

Following a critically acclaimed tour and London run, Richard Twyman’s vital production of Othello is brought to the stage by UK Theatre Award winners English Touring Theatre in a co-production with Oxford Playhouse and Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory.

The production of Othello includes violence and strong language, age guidance 12+

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19:45

Treasure Island

New Wolsey Studio, St Georges Street, Ipswich, IP1 3NF

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By Robert Louise Stevenson
Directed by Simon Panayi

"Fifteen men on the dead man's chest - Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum!"

Jim Hawkins is whisked away from an ordinary life into the greatest adventure story ever told!

With Billy Bones’ map in hand Jim sets sail with the motley crew of the Hispaniola in search of buried treasure. Jim soon discovers that the ship’s crew aren’t all they seem to be, and that Long John Silver is much more that a ship’s cook.

Join the New Wolsey Youth Theatre for buccaneers, buried gold, and sea shanties… lots of sea shanties!

Running time approx. 2 hour and 30 minutes (including interval)

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Thu 1 Nov

14:30

Othello

New Wolsey Theatre, Civic Drive, Ipswich, IP1 2AS

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An English Touring Theatre, Oxford Playhouse and Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory Production.

Othello is one of Shakespeare's most startlingly contemporary plays - a masterful depiction of a life torn apart by prejudice.

Venice; a western colonial power employs the newly-married Othello, a Muslim general, to lead their army against the impending Turkish invasion. The strain of fitting into a society riven by discrimination and fear soon take their toll. Manipulated by Iago, Othello's life quickly unravels as he turns on everything he holds dear.

Following a critically acclaimed tour and London run, Richard Twyman’s vital production of Othello is brought to the stage by UK Theatre Award winners English Touring Theatre in a co-production with Oxford Playhouse and Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory.

The production of Othello includes violence and strong language, age guidance 12+

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19:45

Othello

New Wolsey Theatre, Civic Drive, Ipswich, IP1 2AS

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An English Touring Theatre, Oxford Playhouse and Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory Production.

Othello is one of Shakespeare's most startlingly contemporary plays - a masterful depiction of a life torn apart by prejudice.

Venice; a western colonial power employs the newly-married Othello, a Muslim general, to lead their army against the impending Turkish invasion. The strain of fitting into a society riven by discrimination and fear soon take their toll. Manipulated by Iago, Othello's life quickly unravels as he turns on everything he holds dear.

Following a critically acclaimed tour and London run, Richard Twyman’s vital production of Othello is brought to the stage by UK Theatre Award winners English Touring Theatre in a co-production with Oxford Playhouse and Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory.

The production of Othello includes violence and strong language, age guidance 12+

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19:45

Treasure Island

New Wolsey Studio, St Georges Street, Ipswich, IP1 3NF

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By Robert Louise Stevenson
Directed by Simon Panayi

"Fifteen men on the dead man's chest - Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum!"

Jim Hawkins is whisked away from an ordinary life into the greatest adventure story ever told!

With Billy Bones’ map in hand Jim sets sail with the motley crew of the Hispaniola in search of buried treasure. Jim soon discovers that the ship’s crew aren’t all they seem to be, and that Long John Silver is much more that a ship’s cook.

Join the New Wolsey Youth Theatre for buccaneers, buried gold, and sea shanties… lots of sea shanties!

Running time approx. 2 hour and 30 minutes (including interval)

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Fri 2 Nov

19:45

Othello

New Wolsey Theatre, Civic Drive, Ipswich, IP1 2AS

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An English Touring Theatre, Oxford Playhouse and Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory Production.

Othello is one of Shakespeare's most startlingly contemporary plays - a masterful depiction of a life torn apart by prejudice.

Venice; a western colonial power employs the newly-married Othello, a Muslim general, to lead their army against the impending Turkish invasion. The strain of fitting into a society riven by discrimination and fear soon take their toll. Manipulated by Iago, Othello's life quickly unravels as he turns on everything he holds dear.

Following a critically acclaimed tour and London run, Richard Twyman’s vital production of Othello is brought to the stage by UK Theatre Award winners English Touring Theatre in a co-production with Oxford Playhouse and Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory.

The production of Othello includes violence and strong language, age guidance 12+

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19:45

Treasure Island

New Wolsey Studio, St Georges Street, Ipswich, IP1 3NF

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By Robert Louise Stevenson
Directed by Simon Panayi

"Fifteen men on the dead man's chest - Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum!"

Jim Hawkins is whisked away from an ordinary life into the greatest adventure story ever told!

With Billy Bones’ map in hand Jim sets sail with the motley crew of the Hispaniola in search of buried treasure. Jim soon discovers that the ship’s crew aren’t all they seem to be, and that Long John Silver is much more that a ship’s cook.

Join the New Wolsey Youth Theatre for buccaneers, buried gold, and sea shanties… lots of sea shanties!

Running time approx. 2 hour and 30 minutes (including interval)

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Sat 3 Nov

11:00

Storymaker - Little Story - Autumn 18

New Wolsey Theatre, Civic Drive, Ipswich, IP1 2AS

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If you’re 3 or 4 years old and love silly stories and tremendous tales then you’ve got to come and meet the Storymaker at the New Wolsey Theatre.

Mums, Dads, Grans, Grandads, big brothers and big sisters should come too, they can look after you and pick up some tips along the way.

Storymaker takes place in the upstairs foyer of the theatre where the children sit on cushions around the Storymaker chair.

NOTE: You only need to book tickets for children.

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12:00

Storymaker - Big Story - Autumn 18

New Wolsey Theatre, Civic Drive, Ipswich, IP1 2AS

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If you’re 5 or 6 you can leave your family downstairs in the New Wolsey Café Bar and come upstairs to meet the Storymaker yourself for an amazing adventure, or an exciting escapade.

Mums, Dads, Grans, Grandads, siblings can come too, but they’ll have to join in with the fun.

Storymaker takes place in the upstairs foyer of the theatre where the children sit on cushions around the Storymaker chair.

NOTE: You only need to book tickets for children.

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12:30

Backstage Tour (Othello)

New Wolsey Theatre, Civic Drive, Ipswich, IP1 2AS

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The New Wolsey Theatre is opening its stage door to offer a brilliant and rare opportunity you go behind the scenes. Our engaging, knowledgeable tour guides will lead you through the theatre to the dressing rooms, the green room, the lighting box, the trap doors, onto the stage and beyond! Tours can be booked online but if you have access requirements please contact the Ticket Sales Team on 01473 295900.

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14:30

Treasure Island

New Wolsey Studio, St Georges Street, Ipswich, IP1 3NF

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By Robert Louise Stevenson
Directed by Simon Panayi

"Fifteen men on the dead man's chest - Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum!"

Jim Hawkins is whisked away from an ordinary life into the greatest adventure story ever told!

With Billy Bones’ map in hand Jim sets sail with the motley crew of the Hispaniola in search of buried treasure. Jim soon discovers that the ship’s crew aren’t all they seem to be, and that Long John Silver is much more that a ship’s cook.

Join the New Wolsey Youth Theatre for buccaneers, buried gold, and sea shanties… lots of sea shanties!

Running time approx. 2 hour and 30 minutes (including interval)

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16:00

Othello

New Wolsey Theatre, Civic Drive, Ipswich, IP1 2AS

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An English Touring Theatre, Oxford Playhouse and Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory Production.

Othello is one of Shakespeare's most startlingly contemporary plays - a masterful depiction of a life torn apart by prejudice.

Venice; a western colonial power employs the newly-married Othello, a Muslim general, to lead their army against the impending Turkish invasion. The strain of fitting into a society riven by discrimination and fear soon take their toll. Manipulated by Iago, Othello's life quickly unravels as he turns on everything he holds dear.

Following a critically acclaimed tour and London run, Richard Twyman’s vital production of Othello is brought to the stage by UK Theatre Award winners English Touring Theatre in a co-production with Oxford Playhouse and Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory.

The production of Othello includes violence and strong language, age guidance 12+

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20:15

Treasure Island

New Wolsey Studio, St Georges Street, Ipswich, IP1 3NF

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By Robert Louise Stevenson
Directed by Simon Panayi

"Fifteen men on the dead man's chest - Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum!"

Jim Hawkins is whisked away from an ordinary life into the greatest adventure story ever told!

With Billy Bones’ map in hand Jim sets sail with the motley crew of the Hispaniola in search of buried treasure. Jim soon discovers that the ship’s crew aren’t all they seem to be, and that Long John Silver is much more that a ship’s cook.

Join the New Wolsey Youth Theatre for buccaneers, buried gold, and sea shanties… lots of sea shanties!

Running time approx. 2 hour and 30 minutes (including interval)

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Sun 4 Nov

19:00

China Crisis

New Wolsey Theatre, Civic Drive, Ipswich, IP1 2AS

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Liverpool legends China Crisis are making their first ever appearance in Ipswich.

They will be performing their classic album Flaunt The Imperfection in its entirety alongside hit singles like Wishful Thinking and Christian. Flaunt The Imperfection sold a million copies worldwide and included the successful songs Black Man Ray and King In A Catholic Style. The album was produced by the late, great Walter Becker (Steely Dan) who became both a friend and collaborator as well as guide and mentor. The founding duo behind China Crisis, Gary Daly and Eddie Lundon, will be joined on stage by a stellar band of musicians hand-selected by them to perform some of the very best music of the 1980s and now.

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Mon 5 Nov

19:45

Trial By Laughter

New Wolsey Theatre, Civic Drive, Ipswich, IP1 2AS

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Following critical acclaim for The Wipers Times, Ian Hislop and Nick Newman have once again taken inspiration from real life events for their new play Trial by Laughter.

William Hone, the forgotten hero of free speech, was a bookseller, publisher and satirist. In 1817, he stood trial for ‘impious blasphemy and seditious libel’. The only crime he had committed was to be funny. Worse than that he was funny by parodying religious texts. And worst of all, he was funny about the despotic government and the libidinous monarchy.

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Tue 6 Nov

19:00

Trial By Laughter

New Wolsey Theatre, Civic Drive, Ipswich, IP1 2AS

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Following critical acclaim for The Wipers Times, Ian Hislop and Nick Newman have once again taken inspiration from real life events for their new play Trial by Laughter.

William Hone, the forgotten hero of free speech, was a bookseller, publisher and satirist. In 1817, he stood trial for ‘impious blasphemy and seditious libel’. The only crime he had committed was to be funny. Worse than that he was funny by parodying religious texts. And worst of all, he was funny about the despotic government and the libidinous monarchy.

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Wed 7 Nov

14:30

Trial By Laughter

New Wolsey Theatre, Civic Drive, Ipswich, IP1 2AS

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Following critical acclaim for The Wipers Times, Ian Hislop and Nick Newman have once again taken inspiration from real life events for their new play Trial by Laughter.

William Hone, the forgotten hero of free speech, was a bookseller, publisher and satirist. In 1817, he stood trial for ‘impious blasphemy and seditious libel’. The only crime he had committed was to be funny. Worse than that he was funny by parodying religious texts. And worst of all, he was funny about the despotic government and the libidinous monarchy.

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19:45

Trial By Laughter

New Wolsey Theatre, Civic Drive, Ipswich, IP1 2AS

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Following critical acclaim for The Wipers Times, Ian Hislop and Nick Newman have once again taken inspiration from real life events for their new play Trial by Laughter.

William Hone, the forgotten hero of free speech, was a bookseller, publisher and satirist. In 1817, he stood trial for ‘impious blasphemy and seditious libel’. The only crime he had committed was to be funny. Worse than that he was funny by parodying religious texts. And worst of all, he was funny about the despotic government and the libidinous monarchy.

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Thu 8 Nov

19:45

Trial By Laughter

New Wolsey Theatre, Civic Drive, Ipswich, IP1 2AS

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Following critical acclaim for The Wipers Times, Ian Hislop and Nick Newman have once again taken inspiration from real life events for their new play Trial by Laughter.

William Hone, the forgotten hero of free speech, was a bookseller, publisher and satirist. In 1817, he stood trial for ‘impious blasphemy and seditious libel’. The only crime he had committed was to be funny. Worse than that he was funny by parodying religious texts. And worst of all, he was funny about the despotic government and the libidinous monarchy.

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Fri 9 Nov

19:45

Trial By Laughter

New Wolsey Theatre, Civic Drive, Ipswich, IP1 2AS

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Following critical acclaim for The Wipers Times, Ian Hislop and Nick Newman have once again taken inspiration from real life events for their new play Trial by Laughter.

William Hone, the forgotten hero of free speech, was a bookseller, publisher and satirist. In 1817, he stood trial for ‘impious blasphemy and seditious libel’. The only crime he had committed was to be funny. Worse than that he was funny by parodying religious texts. And worst of all, he was funny about the despotic government and the libidinous monarchy.

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Sat 10 Nov

12:30

Backstage Tour (Trial by Laughter)

New Wolsey Theatre, Civic Drive, Ipswich, IP1 2AS

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The New Wolsey Theatre is opening its stage door to offer a brilliant and rare opportunity you go behind the scenes. Our engaging, knowledgeable tour guides will lead you through the theatre to the dressing rooms, the green room, the lighting box, the trap doors, onto the stage and beyond! Tours can be booked online but if you have access requirements please contact the Ticket Sales Team on 01473 295900.

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14:30

Trial By Laughter

New Wolsey Theatre, Civic Drive, Ipswich, IP1 2AS

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Following critical acclaim for The Wipers Times, Ian Hislop and Nick Newman have once again taken inspiration from real life events for their new play Trial by Laughter.

William Hone, the forgotten hero of free speech, was a bookseller, publisher and satirist. In 1817, he stood trial for ‘impious blasphemy and seditious libel’. The only crime he had committed was to be funny. Worse than that he was funny by parodying religious texts. And worst of all, he was funny about the despotic government and the libidinous monarchy.

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19:45

Trial By Laughter

New Wolsey Theatre, Civic Drive, Ipswich, IP1 2AS

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Following critical acclaim for The Wipers Times, Ian Hislop and Nick Newman have once again taken inspiration from real life events for their new play Trial by Laughter.

William Hone, the forgotten hero of free speech, was a bookseller, publisher and satirist. In 1817, he stood trial for ‘impious blasphemy and seditious libel’. The only crime he had committed was to be funny. Worse than that he was funny by parodying religious texts. And worst of all, he was funny about the despotic government and the libidinous monarchy.

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Tue 13 Nov

19:00

The Lovely Bones

New Wolsey Theatre, Civic Drive, Ipswich, IP1 2AS

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The stage premiere of the world-famous novel.

Susie Salmon is just like any other young girl. She wants to be beautiful, adores her charm bracelet and has a crush on a boy from school. There’s one big difference though – Susie is dead.
Now she can only observe while her family manage their grief in their different ways. Her father, Jack is obsessed with identifying the killer. Her mother, Abigail is desperate to create a brighter future. And her sister, Lindsay is discovering the opposite sex with experiences that Susie will never know. Susie is desperate to help them and there might be a way of reaching them…

Alice Sebold’s novel The Lovely Bones is a unique coming-of-age tale that captured the hearts of readers throughout the world. Award-winning playwright Bryony Lavery has adapted it for this uplifting play about life after loss.

Recommended for ages 13+, at parents' discretion.
Contains themes of a violent and sexual nature.

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Wed 14 Nov

14:30

The Lovely Bones

New Wolsey Theatre, Civic Drive, Ipswich, IP1 2AS

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The stage premiere of the world-famous novel.

Susie Salmon is just like any other young girl. She wants to be beautiful, adores her charm bracelet and has a crush on a boy from school. There’s one big difference though – Susie is dead.
Now she can only observe while her family manage their grief in their different ways. Her father, Jack is obsessed with identifying the killer. Her mother, Abigail is desperate to create a brighter future. And her sister, Lindsay is discovering the opposite sex with experiences that Susie will never know. Susie is desperate to help them and there might be a way of reaching them…

Alice Sebold’s novel The Lovely Bones is a unique coming-of-age tale that captured the hearts of readers throughout the world. Award-winning playwright Bryony Lavery has adapted it for this uplifting play about life after loss.

Recommended for ages 13+, at parents' discretion.
Contains themes of a violent and sexual nature.

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19:45

The Lovely Bones

New Wolsey Theatre, Civic Drive, Ipswich, IP1 2AS

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The stage premiere of the world-famous novel.

Susie Salmon is just like any other young girl. She wants to be beautiful, adores her charm bracelet and has a crush on a boy from school. There’s one big difference though – Susie is dead.
Now she can only observe while her family manage their grief in their different ways. Her father, Jack is obsessed with identifying the killer. Her mother, Abigail is desperate to create a brighter future. And her sister, Lindsay is discovering the opposite sex with experiences that Susie will never know. Susie is desperate to help them and there might be a way of reaching them…

Alice Sebold’s novel The Lovely Bones is a unique coming-of-age tale that captured the hearts of readers throughout the world. Award-winning playwright Bryony Lavery has adapted it for this uplifting play about life after loss.

Recommended for ages 13+, at parents' discretion.
Contains themes of a violent and sexual nature.

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Thu 15 Nov

14:30

The Lovely Bones

New Wolsey Theatre, Civic Drive, Ipswich, IP1 2AS

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The stage premiere of the world-famous novel.

Susie Salmon is just like any other young girl. She wants to be beautiful, adores her charm bracelet and has a crush on a boy from school. There’s one big difference though – Susie is dead.
Now she can only observe while her family manage their grief in their different ways. Her father, Jack is obsessed with identifying the killer. Her mother, Abigail is desperate to create a brighter future. And her sister, Lindsay is discovering the opposite sex with experiences that Susie will never know. Susie is desperate to help them and there might be a way of reaching them…

Alice Sebold’s novel The Lovely Bones is a unique coming-of-age tale that captured the hearts of readers throughout the world. Award-winning playwright Bryony Lavery has adapted it for this uplifting play about life after loss.

Recommended for ages 13+, at parents' discretion.
Contains themes of a violent and sexual nature.

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19:45

The Lovely Bones

New Wolsey Theatre, Civic Drive, Ipswich, IP1 2AS

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The stage premiere of the world-famous novel.

Susie Salmon is just like any other young girl. She wants to be beautiful, adores her charm bracelet and has a crush on a boy from school. There’s one big difference though – Susie is dead.
Now she can only observe while her family manage their grief in their different ways. Her father, Jack is obsessed with identifying the killer. Her mother, Abigail is desperate to create a brighter future. And her sister, Lindsay is discovering the opposite sex with experiences that Susie will never know. Susie is desperate to help them and there might be a way of reaching them…

Alice Sebold’s novel The Lovely Bones is a unique coming-of-age tale that captured the hearts of readers throughout the world. Award-winning playwright Bryony Lavery has adapted it for this uplifting play about life after loss.

Recommended for ages 13+, at parents' discretion.
Contains themes of a violent and sexual nature.

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Fri 16 Nov

19:45

The Lovely Bones

New Wolsey Theatre, Civic Drive, Ipswich, IP1 2AS

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The stage premiere of the world-famous novel.

Susie Salmon is just like any other young girl. She wants to be beautiful, adores her charm bracelet and has a crush on a boy from school. There’s one big difference though – Susie is dead.
Now she can only observe while her family manage their grief in their different ways. Her father, Jack is obsessed with identifying the killer. Her mother, Abigail is desperate to create a brighter future. And her sister, Lindsay is discovering the opposite sex with experiences that Susie will never know. Susie is desperate to help them and there might be a way of reaching them…

Alice Sebold’s novel The Lovely Bones is a unique coming-of-age tale that captured the hearts of readers throughout the world. Award-winning playwright Bryony Lavery has adapted it for this uplifting play about life after loss.

Recommended for ages 13+, at parents' discretion.
Contains themes of a violent and sexual nature.

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Sat 17 Nov

11:00

Storymaker - Little Story - Autumn 18

New Wolsey Theatre, Civic Drive, Ipswich, IP1 2AS

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If you’re 3 or 4 years old and love silly stories and tremendous tales then you’ve got to come and meet the Storymaker at the New Wolsey Theatre.

Mums, Dads, Grans, Grandads, big brothers and big sisters should come too, they can look after you and pick up some tips along the way.

Storymaker takes place in the upstairs foyer of the theatre where the children sit on cushions around the Storymaker chair.

NOTE: You only need to book tickets for children.

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12:00

Storymaker - Big Story - Autumn 18

New Wolsey Theatre, Civic Drive, Ipswich, IP1 2AS

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If you’re 5 or 6 you can leave your family downstairs in the New Wolsey Café Bar and come upstairs to meet the Storymaker yourself for an amazing adventure, or an exciting escapade.

Mums, Dads, Grans, Grandads, siblings can come too, but they’ll have to join in with the fun.

Storymaker takes place in the upstairs foyer of the theatre where the children sit on cushions around the Storymaker chair.

NOTE: You only need to book tickets for children.

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12:30

Backstage Tour (The Lovely Bones)

New Wolsey Theatre, Civic Drive, Ipswich, IP1 2AS

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The New Wolsey Theatre is opening its stage door to offer a brilliant and rare opportunity you go behind the scenes. Our engaging, knowledgeable tour guides will lead you through the theatre to the dressing rooms, the green room, the lighting box, the trap doors, onto the stage and beyond! Tours can be booked online but if you have access requirements please contact the Ticket Sales Team on 01473 295900.

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Only 15 tickets left.

14:30

The Lovely Bones

New Wolsey Theatre, Civic Drive, Ipswich, IP1 2AS

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The stage premiere of the world-famous novel.

Susie Salmon is just like any other young girl. She wants to be beautiful, adores her charm bracelet and has a crush on a boy from school. There’s one big difference though – Susie is dead.
Now she can only observe while her family manage their grief in their different ways. Her father, Jack is obsessed with identifying the killer. Her mother, Abigail is desperate to create a brighter future. And her sister, Lindsay is discovering the opposite sex with experiences that Susie will never know. Susie is desperate to help them and there might be a way of reaching them…

Alice Sebold’s novel The Lovely Bones is a unique coming-of-age tale that captured the hearts of readers throughout the world. Award-winning playwright Bryony Lavery has adapted it for this uplifting play about life after loss.

Recommended for ages 13+, at parents' discretion.
Contains themes of a violent and sexual nature.

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19:45

The Lovely Bones

New Wolsey Theatre, Civic Drive, Ipswich, IP1 2AS

A few more details ...

The stage premiere of the world-famous novel.

Susie Salmon is just like any other young girl. She wants to be beautiful, adores her charm bracelet and has a crush on a boy from school. There’s one big difference though – Susie is dead.
Now she can only observe while her family manage their grief in their different ways. Her father, Jack is obsessed with identifying the killer. Her mother, Abigail is desperate to create a brighter future. And her sister, Lindsay is discovering the opposite sex with experiences that Susie will never know. Susie is desperate to help them and there might be a way of reaching them…

Alice Sebold’s novel The Lovely Bones is a unique coming-of-age tale that captured the hearts of readers throughout the world. Award-winning playwright Bryony Lavery has adapted it for this uplifting play about life after loss.

Recommended for ages 13+, at parents' discretion.
Contains themes of a violent and sexual nature.

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Thu 29 Nov

19:30

Cinderella

New Wolsey Theatre, Civic Drive, Ipswich, IP1 2AS

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This year, the New Wolsey Theatre goes back to where it all began, Cinderella – the Rock’n’Roll panto!

Sponsored by Ipswich Building Society

It’s time to Shake a Tail Feather and head Downtown to Ipswich Town Hall to meet the Mayor, Baron Hardup! It’s not easy being Mayor, with Prince Charming due in town for a Royal visit and a staff of only two – his beautiful, feisty daughter, Cinderella and the loyal and loveable Buttons. But when his lonely hearts ad is answered by the mysterious Rubella De Zees, who brings along her two dangerous daughters Hernia and Verruca, it seems he’s far more than Three Steps to Heaven. Thankfully, there’s a Fairy Godmother to make sure Cinderella is ready to Rock Around The Clock!

Written by Peter Rowe, the classic rock’n’roll panto, with a hint of soul, is back with another multi-talented cast of actor-musicians. Rock, pop and soul classics include It's Raining Men, In the Midnight Hour, Try a Little Tenderness and more!

We're Gonna Make You Wanna Shout!

Please note, the one and only late night special is Friday 21 December at 9pm.

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