The Next Six Weeks

Wed 29 May

12:30

Morgan & West's Massive Magic Show For Kids

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

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Relentlessly funny and bursting with magic for ages five to 105!

Roll up, roll up! Morgan & West are back with a massive magic show for kids (and their childish grown-ups)!
Expect gawps, gasps, and guffaws in this relentlessly funny and fantastical magic filled extravaganza, guaranteed to delight those aged five and 105, and indeed everyone in between!
Morgan & West have shown their scientific skills in Unbelievable Science (national tour), brought good will to all with their Great Big Christmas Magic Show (national tour), attempted to escape The Slammer (CBBC), and even fooled Penn & Teller (ITV/CW Network). This season their hitting the road with their brand new magic show full of their trademark wit, whimsy, and wall-to-wall silliness.
Conjuring capers, mysterious magic tricks, larger than life laughs, and fantastic facial furniture all crammed into one hour of non-stop fun for all the family.

“Hilarious and good for all ages” - Primary Times
★★★★ “hugely talented” - Daily Mirror
★★★★ “superbly crafted – The Stage

Duration: 60 Minutes without an interval

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15:30

Morgan & West's Massive Magic Show For Kids

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

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Relentlessly funny and bursting with magic for ages five to 105!

Roll up, roll up! Morgan & West are back with a massive magic show for kids (and their childish grown-ups)!
Expect gawps, gasps, and guffaws in this relentlessly funny and fantastical magic filled extravaganza, guaranteed to delight those aged five and 105, and indeed everyone in between!
Morgan & West have shown their scientific skills in Unbelievable Science (national tour), brought good will to all with their Great Big Christmas Magic Show (national tour), attempted to escape The Slammer (CBBC), and even fooled Penn & Teller (ITV/CW Network). This season their hitting the road with their brand new magic show full of their trademark wit, whimsy, and wall-to-wall silliness.
Conjuring capers, mysterious magic tricks, larger than life laughs, and fantastic facial furniture all crammed into one hour of non-stop fun for all the family.

“Hilarious and good for all ages” - Primary Times
★★★★ “hugely talented” - Daily Mirror
★★★★ “superbly crafted – The Stage

Duration: 60 Minutes without an interval

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Thu 30 May

19:30

Windrush Secret

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

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A one-man drama by Rodreguez King-Dorset.

The Windrush Secret, set in 2018, is about a young white far-right racist party leader, a black Caribbean diplomat and a white Oxford educated Home Office government official who are giving speeches on the same day, at different times, in separate locations about a million people who migrated from the Caribbean to Britain between 1948 and 1973 (The Windrush Generation), and the British political scandal which began in 2018.

One of them has a dark secret that he struggles to come to terms with during his fiery speech – it will change his life forever!

‘Pulling no punches in its portrayal of racist rage and proselytising’ The Guardian

Presented by makin projects ltd
Age Guidance 16+
Duration: 90 minutes no interval

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Fri 31 May

19:30

Comedy Store Stand Up - May 2024

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

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Presented by The Comedy Store

The world-famous Comedy Store is releasing another five of its best and brightest stand-up comedians into the English countryside, ready to give the New Wolsey Theatre a night it won't easily forget.

Expect 2 hours of belly-laughing comedy from a specially chosen line-up.

Age guidance 18+

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Sat 1 Jun

10:30

Wolsey Writers 2024

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

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WOLSEY WRITERS

Meet. Write. Share.

Wolsey Writers is a creative writing group based at New Wolsey Theatre since 2015.

Our community includes novelists, scriptwriters, poets, storytellers, children’s literature, comedy, and nonfiction. We welcome writing in any genre. We welcome writers from diverse backgrounds. We welcome all levels of experience and aspirations of every size – from haiku to blockbuster trilogy.

Wolsey Writers is led by Katie Ward, an award-winning novelist and lecturer in creative writing at University of Suffolk. Every session includes tips to improve your creative practice, focused writing time, peer support and inspiration.

‘You have boosted my ability to ‘just write’ beyond my expectations and it is helping me push my current novel forward.’

‘Excellent forum to meet other writers, share work and get constructive feedback.’

‘Humble, informative and inspirational – that is surely the success and key to Wolsey Writers.’

Check socials links below for updates: Instagram @wolseywriters; Twitter/X @WolseyWriters; Facebook @katiewardwriter. Suitable for adults, and young people age 16+ with a commitment to creative writing.

Throughout 2024 Wolsey Writers will meet on the first Saturday of the month (except August) in the upstairs bar. Doors open 10am for 10:30am start (ends 12pm). Pay what you feel tickets available from the Box Office.

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19:30

Tenors Unlimited

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

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Tenors Unlimited – Celebrating Twenty Years

Twenty years of performing make Tenors Unlimited the UK’s original classical crossover ‘man band’. Their repertoire includes popular classics with crooner and pop favourites as well as original songs.

Now into their third decade, Jem and Paul are at their best!

Indulge yourself in an exciting night’s entertainment as these great showmen captivate you with soaring vocals, velvet harmonies and a killer sense of humour!

Tenors Unlimited have shared stages with Sting, Lionel Richie, Katherine Jenkins, Beyoncé, Hayley Westenra, Simply Red and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, to name a few.

They have appeared on television, radio and at top venues such as The Royal Albert Hall and the Royal Festival Hall. The group sang at the memorial service for football legend Sir Bobby Robson and sang live at Wembley Stadium at the FA Cup final.

In 2019 the group won the Broadway World Best Touring Show Award in the USA then achieved a number one selling single in the UK with Who is He?, in aid of The Salvation Army.

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Mon 3 Jun

16:30

Theatre Design - Virtual Workshop

Zoom, Your Screen, Your Location

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A 2 hour online CPD workshop with award winning theatre designer Sara Perks who has designed for over 300 productions and has received the John Elvery Theatre design Award and a Vision Design Award from the BBC. Sara will unpack the creative process she goes through when she is designing her set and costumes and link it directly to examination criteria for Drama and Theatre Studies students. There will be practical exercises explained for ways to introduce students to design and support them in their creative process of designing for a production. The course is suitable for teachers but also theatre creatives wanting to find out more about theatre design.

To find out more about Sara please visit her website: http://saraperkstheatredesign.co.uk/
To find out more about the course email rhall@wolseytheatre.co.uk

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Tue 4 Jun

19:00

What The Butler Saw

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

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By Joe Orton

Within the pristine walls of his private psychiatric clinic, Doctor Prentice is interviewing a new secretary. Geraldine wants the position but seems underqualified and uncertain about her parentage. Mrs Prentice appears, flushed and in urgent need of a drink, following an illicit encounter with Nick Beckett, blackmailer and bell boy at the Station Hotel. In the meantime, Doctor Rance, a Government Inspector and Sergeant Match, a policeman, arrive amidst increasing chaos with searching questions of their own.

'What The Butler Saw' is Joe Orton’s final, most ambitious play, manic farce and masterclass in fearless comic writing. No institution, political view or tradition is safe, as Orton focuses his wicked sense of humour on a range of targets, including the establishment, an ex-Prime Minister, cross-dressing, misogyny and the medical profession. He brings together an array of distinctive characters, placing them in a series of improbable situations, unflinchingly exploring comic territory few playwrights before or since have dared to visit.

John Kingsley (Joe) Orton, playwright, author and diarist was born in Leicester in 1933. During a short, but dazzling career in the London theatre world, he shocked, outraged, and delighted audiences with his riotous black comedies, including Loot, The Erpingham Camp, The Ruffian on the Stair and Entertaining Mr Sloane. Joe Orton was battered to death by his lover, Kenneth Halliwell, in 1967.

Contains strong language and subject matter which the playwright very much hoped audiences would find offensive.

Presented by London Classic Theatre Ltd, who brought the smash hit Abigail’s Party to the stage at the New Wolsey Theatre in October 2023.

Age Guidance: 14+. Contains strong language, adult theses, mild nudity, and discussions of sexual assault.

Production photography: Sheila Burnett

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Wed 5 Jun

14:30

What The Butler Saw

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

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By Joe Orton

Within the pristine walls of his private psychiatric clinic, Doctor Prentice is interviewing a new secretary. Geraldine wants the position but seems underqualified and uncertain about her parentage. Mrs Prentice appears, flushed and in urgent need of a drink, following an illicit encounter with Nick Beckett, blackmailer and bell boy at the Station Hotel. In the meantime, Doctor Rance, a Government Inspector and Sergeant Match, a policeman, arrive amidst increasing chaos with searching questions of their own.

'What The Butler Saw' is Joe Orton’s final, most ambitious play, manic farce and masterclass in fearless comic writing. No institution, political view or tradition is safe, as Orton focuses his wicked sense of humour on a range of targets, including the establishment, an ex-Prime Minister, cross-dressing, misogyny and the medical profession. He brings together an array of distinctive characters, placing them in a series of improbable situations, unflinchingly exploring comic territory few playwrights before or since have dared to visit.

John Kingsley (Joe) Orton, playwright, author and diarist was born in Leicester in 1933. During a short, but dazzling career in the London theatre world, he shocked, outraged, and delighted audiences with his riotous black comedies, including Loot, The Erpingham Camp, The Ruffian on the Stair and Entertaining Mr Sloane. Joe Orton was battered to death by his lover, Kenneth Halliwell, in 1967.

Contains strong language and subject matter which the playwright very much hoped audiences would find offensive.

Presented by London Classic Theatre Ltd, who brought the smash hit Abigail’s Party to the stage at the New Wolsey Theatre in October 2023.

Age Guidance: 14+. Contains strong language, adult theses, mild nudity, and discussions of sexual assault.

Production photography: Sheila Burnett

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19:30

What The Butler Saw

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

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By Joe Orton

Within the pristine walls of his private psychiatric clinic, Doctor Prentice is interviewing a new secretary. Geraldine wants the position but seems underqualified and uncertain about her parentage. Mrs Prentice appears, flushed and in urgent need of a drink, following an illicit encounter with Nick Beckett, blackmailer and bell boy at the Station Hotel. In the meantime, Doctor Rance, a Government Inspector and Sergeant Match, a policeman, arrive amidst increasing chaos with searching questions of their own.

'What The Butler Saw' is Joe Orton’s final, most ambitious play, manic farce and masterclass in fearless comic writing. No institution, political view or tradition is safe, as Orton focuses his wicked sense of humour on a range of targets, including the establishment, an ex-Prime Minister, cross-dressing, misogyny and the medical profession. He brings together an array of distinctive characters, placing them in a series of improbable situations, unflinchingly exploring comic territory few playwrights before or since have dared to visit.

John Kingsley (Joe) Orton, playwright, author and diarist was born in Leicester in 1933. During a short, but dazzling career in the London theatre world, he shocked, outraged, and delighted audiences with his riotous black comedies, including Loot, The Erpingham Camp, The Ruffian on the Stair and Entertaining Mr Sloane. Joe Orton was battered to death by his lover, Kenneth Halliwell, in 1967.

Contains strong language and subject matter which the playwright very much hoped audiences would find offensive.

Presented by London Classic Theatre Ltd, who brought the smash hit Abigail’s Party to the stage at the New Wolsey Theatre in October 2023.

Age Guidance: 14+. Contains strong language, adult theses, mild nudity, and discussions of sexual assault.

Production photography: Sheila Burnett

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Thu 6 Jun

19:30

What The Butler Saw

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

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By Joe Orton

Within the pristine walls of his private psychiatric clinic, Doctor Prentice is interviewing a new secretary. Geraldine wants the position but seems underqualified and uncertain about her parentage. Mrs Prentice appears, flushed and in urgent need of a drink, following an illicit encounter with Nick Beckett, blackmailer and bell boy at the Station Hotel. In the meantime, Doctor Rance, a Government Inspector and Sergeant Match, a policeman, arrive amidst increasing chaos with searching questions of their own.

'What The Butler Saw' is Joe Orton’s final, most ambitious play, manic farce and masterclass in fearless comic writing. No institution, political view or tradition is safe, as Orton focuses his wicked sense of humour on a range of targets, including the establishment, an ex-Prime Minister, cross-dressing, misogyny and the medical profession. He brings together an array of distinctive characters, placing them in a series of improbable situations, unflinchingly exploring comic territory few playwrights before or since have dared to visit.

John Kingsley (Joe) Orton, playwright, author and diarist was born in Leicester in 1933. During a short, but dazzling career in the London theatre world, he shocked, outraged, and delighted audiences with his riotous black comedies, including Loot, The Erpingham Camp, The Ruffian on the Stair and Entertaining Mr Sloane. Joe Orton was battered to death by his lover, Kenneth Halliwell, in 1967.

Contains strong language and subject matter which the playwright very much hoped audiences would find offensive.

Presented by London Classic Theatre Ltd, who brought the smash hit Abigail’s Party to the stage at the New Wolsey Theatre in October 2023.

Age Guidance: 14+. Contains strong language, adult theses, mild nudity, and discussions of sexual assault.

Production photography: Sheila Burnett

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Fri 7 Jun

19:30

What The Butler Saw

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

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By Joe Orton

Within the pristine walls of his private psychiatric clinic, Doctor Prentice is interviewing a new secretary. Geraldine wants the position but seems underqualified and uncertain about her parentage. Mrs Prentice appears, flushed and in urgent need of a drink, following an illicit encounter with Nick Beckett, blackmailer and bell boy at the Station Hotel. In the meantime, Doctor Rance, a Government Inspector and Sergeant Match, a policeman, arrive amidst increasing chaos with searching questions of their own.

'What The Butler Saw' is Joe Orton’s final, most ambitious play, manic farce and masterclass in fearless comic writing. No institution, political view or tradition is safe, as Orton focuses his wicked sense of humour on a range of targets, including the establishment, an ex-Prime Minister, cross-dressing, misogyny and the medical profession. He brings together an array of distinctive characters, placing them in a series of improbable situations, unflinchingly exploring comic territory few playwrights before or since have dared to visit.

John Kingsley (Joe) Orton, playwright, author and diarist was born in Leicester in 1933. During a short, but dazzling career in the London theatre world, he shocked, outraged, and delighted audiences with his riotous black comedies, including Loot, The Erpingham Camp, The Ruffian on the Stair and Entertaining Mr Sloane. Joe Orton was battered to death by his lover, Kenneth Halliwell, in 1967.

Contains strong language and subject matter which the playwright very much hoped audiences would find offensive.

Presented by London Classic Theatre Ltd, who brought the smash hit Abigail’s Party to the stage at the New Wolsey Theatre in October 2023.

Age Guidance: 14+. Contains strong language, adult theses, mild nudity, and discussions of sexual assault.

Production photography: Sheila Burnett

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Sat 8 Jun

14:30

What The Butler Saw

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

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By Joe Orton

Within the pristine walls of his private psychiatric clinic, Doctor Prentice is interviewing a new secretary. Geraldine wants the position but seems underqualified and uncertain about her parentage. Mrs Prentice appears, flushed and in urgent need of a drink, following an illicit encounter with Nick Beckett, blackmailer and bell boy at the Station Hotel. In the meantime, Doctor Rance, a Government Inspector and Sergeant Match, a policeman, arrive amidst increasing chaos with searching questions of their own.

'What The Butler Saw' is Joe Orton’s final, most ambitious play, manic farce and masterclass in fearless comic writing. No institution, political view or tradition is safe, as Orton focuses his wicked sense of humour on a range of targets, including the establishment, an ex-Prime Minister, cross-dressing, misogyny and the medical profession. He brings together an array of distinctive characters, placing them in a series of improbable situations, unflinchingly exploring comic territory few playwrights before or since have dared to visit.

John Kingsley (Joe) Orton, playwright, author and diarist was born in Leicester in 1933. During a short, but dazzling career in the London theatre world, he shocked, outraged, and delighted audiences with his riotous black comedies, including Loot, The Erpingham Camp, The Ruffian on the Stair and Entertaining Mr Sloane. Joe Orton was battered to death by his lover, Kenneth Halliwell, in 1967.

Contains strong language and subject matter which the playwright very much hoped audiences would find offensive.

Presented by London Classic Theatre Ltd, who brought the smash hit Abigail’s Party to the stage at the New Wolsey Theatre in October 2023.

Age Guidance: 14+. Contains strong language, adult theses, mild nudity, and discussions of sexual assault.

Production photography: Sheila Burnett

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19:30

What The Butler Saw

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

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By Joe Orton

Within the pristine walls of his private psychiatric clinic, Doctor Prentice is interviewing a new secretary. Geraldine wants the position but seems underqualified and uncertain about her parentage. Mrs Prentice appears, flushed and in urgent need of a drink, following an illicit encounter with Nick Beckett, blackmailer and bell boy at the Station Hotel. In the meantime, Doctor Rance, a Government Inspector and Sergeant Match, a policeman, arrive amidst increasing chaos with searching questions of their own.

'What The Butler Saw' is Joe Orton’s final, most ambitious play, manic farce and masterclass in fearless comic writing. No institution, political view or tradition is safe, as Orton focuses his wicked sense of humour on a range of targets, including the establishment, an ex-Prime Minister, cross-dressing, misogyny and the medical profession. He brings together an array of distinctive characters, placing them in a series of improbable situations, unflinchingly exploring comic territory few playwrights before or since have dared to visit.

John Kingsley (Joe) Orton, playwright, author and diarist was born in Leicester in 1933. During a short, but dazzling career in the London theatre world, he shocked, outraged, and delighted audiences with his riotous black comedies, including Loot, The Erpingham Camp, The Ruffian on the Stair and Entertaining Mr Sloane. Joe Orton was battered to death by his lover, Kenneth Halliwell, in 1967.

Contains strong language and subject matter which the playwright very much hoped audiences would find offensive.

Presented by London Classic Theatre Ltd, who brought the smash hit Abigail’s Party to the stage at the New Wolsey Theatre in October 2023.

Age Guidance: 14+. Contains strong language, adult theses, mild nudity, and discussions of sexual assault.

Production photography: Sheila Burnett

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Wed 12 Jun

19:30

Miles Jupp: On I Bang (June)

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

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After selling out his first performance at the New Wolsey theatre so quickly, an additional date has been added for Miles Jupp on Wednesday 12th June starting at 7:30pm

Since Miles’ last tour finished at The London Palladium in 2017, he’s been in The Full Monty on Disney Plus, The Durrells and Why Didn’t They Ask Evans? on ITV, as well as a heap of episodes of Frankie Boyle’s New World Order and Have I Got News For You. He’s made an award-winning radio series and he’s published a novel. But for Covid, he would have played a lead at the RSC. Hey ho. Nevertheless he’s done a play in the West End and played the Emperor of Austria and Europe in a Ridley Scott film.

Yet one sunny day in the middle of all this, he suddenly suffered a brain seizure. This led to the discovery of a tumour the size of a cherry tomato, and a rather pressing need to undergo major neurosurgery. Obviously, one doesn’t wish to make a big deal of it, but the experience has left him with a story to tell and a few things that he’d like to share with the room. So that’s exactly what he’s doing in his new show On I Bang – a tale about surprise, fear, luck, love and qualified medical practitioners.

“JOYFUL SHOW ABOUT NEAR-DEATH IS HIS BEST YET” **** THE TIMES 2024

“ELEGANTLY FUNNY ,TERRIBLY ENGLISH ACCOUNT OF A TUMOUR “ **** THE GUARDIAN 2024

**** The Telegraph **** Chortle 2024

Age Guidance 14+.

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Sat 15 Jun

19:30

Laugh Out Proud

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

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Laugh Out Proud! at The Wolsey Theatre
Saturday 15th June 2024
7.30pm Age 18+

LAUGH OUT PROUD IS LONDON’S BRAND NEW LGBTQIA+ COMEDY NIGHT Featuring the best in established and upcoming acts from the community on the UK comedy circuit.

This night is all about giving acts and audiences alike a fun and friendly place to express themselves, kick back, have a laugh and good time in an inclusive and welcoming comedy club environment.

Whether it's comedy, cabaret or anything in between - Laugh Out Proud is the queer night out you're looking for.

Laugh Out Proud at the New Wolsey Theatre will feature the stand-up-comedy delights of Mark Cram, Alice Frick, Katie Price and John Robertson!

Do note that lines ups are subject to change

Join us after Laugh Out Proud for our free LGBTQIA+ disco, Queer Joy is coming back prouder than ever as part of the glorious Suffolk Pride Fringe. Click the link below to book your tickets.

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21:30

Queer Joy Disco (Sat 15 June 2024)

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

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QUEER JOY DISCO

Our free LGBTQIA+ disco is coming back prouder than ever as part of the glorious Suffolk Pride Fringe.

Queer Joy Disco will be playing the best of 2024 so far plus some delicious retro treats.

You can expect pop, R&B, dance and trash - including Beyonce, Dua Lipa, Troye Sivan, Ariana Grande, Charli XCX, Kim Petras, Olly Alexander and many more.

You’ll find it impossible not to dance to this blazing DJ set from Tom of Swindon.

Tickets are free - make sure you grab yours here.

Saturday 15 June 2024 - starts 9.30pm til late

The disco will start after the production of 'Laugh Out Proud'.
We encourage you to see the show and join us afterwards or arrive at 9.30pm and have a drink in our cosy comfortable bar upstairs until the show has finished and we start the disco.

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Thu 20 Jun

19:30

Luke Wright's Silver Jubilee

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

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Crack out the bunting! It’s Luke Wright’s Silver Jubilee.

Over twenty-five years, Luke Wright has built up a reputation for being one of Britain’s most popular live poets. He has won an unprecedented four Saboteur Awards (national awards for spoken word), a Stage Award, and a Fringe First. He’s sold out shows across the world and regularly tours with John Cooper Clarke and The Libertines.

This show debuted to a packed arena at Latitude Festival before a sell out run at the Edinburgh Fringe where it was the toast of the critics.

“This is the best thing that poet Luke Wright has done, which is saying something.” ★★★★★ The Telegraph

This year, thwarted in his attempts to hold a street party by the philistines on the council and unable to shift the over-ordered commemorative plates, Wright does what a poet does best, and takes a deep dive into himself. What follows is his most confessional show to date.

“Breathtaking … with a sharpness and wisdom that lifts the soul, and soothes the battered heart.” ★★★★ The Scotsman

Written & performed by Luke Wright
Supported by Norwich Arts Centre and Arts Council, England

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Sat 22 Jun

19:30

Richard Herring: Can I Have My Ball Back?

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

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In 2021 Richard Herring went to his GP to find out why his right ball seemed to be growing bigger. It turned out that he had testicular cancer and one month later he was lying in hospital waiting to have his murderous gonad removed. Would he survive?
(No spoilers!).

For a comedian who had done a whole show on male genitalia (Talking Cock) and written a book about toxic masculinity (The Problem With Men) this felt like some cruel trick of fate.

In his much-anticipated return to stand-up after six years, Richard talks bollocks and answers the question on everyone's lips: Is a severed gonad in a jar a fitting prize to bring in for Taskmaster?

Priority Booking opens at 10am on Thursday 7th December.
General on sale opens from 10am on Friday 8th December.

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Fri 28 Jun

19:30

Bindweed

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

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An award-winning shattering and darkly funny new play.

TW: This show contains swearing, violence, misogynistic conversation, reference to coercive control, rape and sexual assault, reference to murder and suicide, and references to children obtaining and sharing pornography.

“Thursdays, curry night. Curry and a pint for a fiver. Go at five thirty, home by ten. Beat my mum up for a while. Bed by ten thirty.”

Each week, four men convicted of domestic abuse offences meet in a community centre to undergo a perpetrator programme. Jen, the new group facilitator, feels out of her depth. But as she starts to make progress with the men inside the room, life outside begins to buckle.

A shattering and darkly funny new play about responsibility and rehabilitation, Bindweed looks at what can be done to tackle the endemic of abuse at its root.

Written by Martha Loader, Bindweed was first written as part of the Mercury Playwrights scheme and won the Judges’ Award at the Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting 2022.

A Mercury Original co-produced with HighTide and New Wolsey Theatre in association with The Royal Exchange Theatre.

Content Advice: This show is recommended to those aged 18+, those aged between 16-18 may attend but will need to be accompanied by an adult. This performance contains swearing, violence, misogynistic conversation, reference to coercive control, rape and sexual assault, reference to murder and suicide, and references to children obtaining and sharing pornography.

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Sat 29 Jun

19:30

Bindweed

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

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An award-winning shattering and darkly funny new play.

TW: This show contains swearing, violence, misogynistic conversation, reference to coercive control, rape and sexual assault, reference to murder and suicide, and references to children obtaining and sharing pornography.

“Thursdays, curry night. Curry and a pint for a fiver. Go at five thirty, home by ten. Beat my mum up for a while. Bed by ten thirty.”

Each week, four men convicted of domestic abuse offences meet in a community centre to undergo a perpetrator programme. Jen, the new group facilitator, feels out of her depth. But as she starts to make progress with the men inside the room, life outside begins to buckle.

A shattering and darkly funny new play about responsibility and rehabilitation, Bindweed looks at what can be done to tackle the endemic of abuse at its root.

Written by Martha Loader, Bindweed was first written as part of the Mercury Playwrights scheme and won the Judges’ Award at the Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting 2022.

A Mercury Original co-produced with HighTide and New Wolsey Theatre in association with The Royal Exchange Theatre.

Content Advice: This show is recommended to those aged 18+, those aged between 16-18 may attend but will need to be accompanied by an adult. This performance contains swearing, violence, misogynistic conversation, reference to coercive control, rape and sexual assault, reference to murder and suicide, and references to children obtaining and sharing pornography.

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Sun 30 Jun

19:00

Boy On The Roof - On Demand

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Vamos Theatre, in a co-commission with London International Mime Festival and a co-production with New Wolsey Theatre, presents Boy on the Roof.

Vamos Theatre’s five-star production, Boy on the Roof, is now available exclusively for schools to stream online.

Created through Community Conversations across the UK, gathering people’s experiences of ADHD, loneliness, aging, hearing loss, connection and community, Vamos Theatre’s Boy on the Roof is the story of an unlikely friendship, where acceptance, understanding and love find their way to centre stage.

At no.73 Cooper St, Brian Baxter wishes his son wasn’t so irritating. Liam Baxter can’t switch off, can’t sit still, he’s disruptive at school and chaotic at home. As for Liam, he just wishes someone understood him. Three doors down, Albert keeps himself to himself, sticks to his routines. At 91, he knows what he likes and likes what he knows. But Albert misses his wife and just wishes that someone, somewhere would have time for him. When Liam and Albert’s paths cross, no one can fathom what on earth they have in common. But the boy and the man share more than they know, and what slowly grows is a friendship that both of them need, even if the rest of the world can’t see it.

Now available to view online, this wordless and extraordinary 70-minute performance - filmed live at New Wolsey Theatre - brings together the best of the UK’s mask actors to tell a compelling, funny, emotionally moving and visually delightful story.

Age guidance: 12+. Contains references to drugs.

A Schools ticket for Boy on the Roof On Demand allows educational establishments to screen the performance film internally for students. Screenings must not be open to members of the public and tickets must not be sold. Schools and colleges who have seen Boy on the Roof live on tour, please get in touch for free access - learning@vamostheatre.co.uk

Please allow at least 24 hours after booking to receive the link.

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Wed 3 Jul

19:30

Les Misérables School Edition

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

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The Co-op Juniors Presents Les Misérables School Edition
Performed entirely by students
A musical by ALAIN BOUBLIL and CLAUDE-MICHEL SCHÖNBERG
School Edition special adaptation licensed by
MUSIC THEATRE INTERNATIONAL and CAMERON MACKINTOSH (OVERSEAS) LIMITED

An epic musical phenomenon of passion, redemption, and revolution!

Prepare to be swept away by the timeless tale of Les Misérables School Edition, brought to life by the award-winning Co-op Juniors Theatre Company! With over 100 international awards and a staggering 70 million viewership, this musical masterpiece is a testament to its enduring popularity. Set against the backdrop of revolution, it's a story of passion, redemption, and the unyielding human spirit. From the stirring melodies to the heart-wrenching drama, Les Misérables School Edition delivers an unforgettable theatrical experience.

Join the Co-op Juniors as they embark on this epic journey filled with hope, love, and the pursuit of justice. Don't miss your chance to witness the emotional power of Les Misérables School Edition– it's a production that will leave you spellbound!

This is an amateur production presented as part of the New Wolsey Theatre’s Summer '24 programme.

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Thu 4 Jul

19:30

Les Misérables School Edition

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

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The Co-op Juniors Presents Les Misérables School Edition
Performed entirely by students
A musical by ALAIN BOUBLIL and CLAUDE-MICHEL SCHÖNBERG
School Edition special adaptation licensed by
MUSIC THEATRE INTERNATIONAL and CAMERON MACKINTOSH (OVERSEAS) LIMITED

An epic musical phenomenon of passion, redemption, and revolution!

Prepare to be swept away by the timeless tale of Les Misérables School Edition, brought to life by the award-winning Co-op Juniors Theatre Company! With over 100 international awards and a staggering 70 million viewership, this musical masterpiece is a testament to its enduring popularity. Set against the backdrop of revolution, it's a story of passion, redemption, and the unyielding human spirit. From the stirring melodies to the heart-wrenching drama, Les Misérables School Edition delivers an unforgettable theatrical experience.

Join the Co-op Juniors as they embark on this epic journey filled with hope, love, and the pursuit of justice. Don't miss your chance to witness the emotional power of Les Misérables School Edition– it's a production that will leave you spellbound!

This is an amateur production presented as part of the New Wolsey Theatre’s Summer '24 programme.

Full performance details

Buy Tickets