New Wolsey Theatre

New Wolsey Theatre
New Wolsey Theatre
Civic Drive, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP1 2AS
  • Telephone 01473 295900
  • Opening times Mon–Sat 10am–8pm
  • Seasonal times From end of July to beginning of Sept reduced hours – see website
  • Box office times Reduced hours from end of Jul to beginning of Sep.
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The New Wolsey Theatre is a 400-seat theatre in the heart of Ipswich, Suffolk. We're a registered not-for-profit charity, which means every penny of our income goes straight back into our work in the community.

With a range of productions to suit every taste, young and old and every pocket…we're certain you'll find something great on our stage that you'll come to see soon.

Ticket prices are from just £8.50 for every performance. We've a range of discounts and concessions and, if you're under 26 you can grab any unsold seats on the day at a bargain £5. We also have special £10 nights where all or some of the seats are £10. And guess what … we don't charge booking fees - the price you see is the price you pay.

If you're nearby, come in and see us, our Cafe is open every day and you can soak up the atmosphere of a working theatre while having a freshly brewed coffee! We can't wait to welcome you here soon.

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  • Provides: Free wi-fi

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The Best Of BE Festival

Travel across Europe in a night! Birmingham's genre-bending European arts festival takes to the road and shines a light on the continent's diverse and emerging talent in theatre, dance and performance art. Experience the highlights of the 2016 festival with three exceptional shows from Italy, Germany & Switzerland…

Thu 27 Apr

£10–£26.50 / 01473 295900

Fri 28 Apr

£10–£26.50 / 01473 295900

The Best Thing

Vamos Theatre present a bittersweet story of mistaken morals and broken hearts set in the 1960s.

Thu 23 Feb

£10–£20.50 / 01473 295900

Fri 24 Feb

£10–£20.50 / 01473 295900

Bring On The Bollywood

Phizzical presents a romantic musical comedy about a doctor who is compelled to return to her dysfunctional ancestral home at the foothills of the Himalayas for her younger brother's wedding, blissfully unaware of the mayhem that awaits her as her estranged mother lines up eligible suitors.

Tue 16 May

£10–£26.50 / 01473 295900

Wed 17 May

Thu 18 May

£10–£26.50 / 01473 295900

…and 2 more dates until 20 May

Chinese New Year Celebration 2017

Traditional and Western style performances in dancing, singing and music to celebrate the Year of the Rooster.

Sat 4 Feb

£11–£15 / 01473 295900

Comedy Club 4 Kids

Side-splitting comedy for the little ones.

Wed 15 Feb

£5–£12 / 01473 295900

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Duke's Comedy Club

Stand-up from a variety of comedians.

Fri 3 Feb

£10–£26.50 / 01473 295900

An Evening With An Immigrant

Written and performed by poet and playwright Inua Ellams.

Thu 2 Feb

£10–£16 / 01473 295900

Gecko: The Wedding

The physical theatre company combines movement, imagery and provocative narratives to create emotionally charged and spectacular performances inspired by the complexity of human nature. They share their struggle between love and anger, creation and destruction, community and isolation.

Thu 20 Apr

Fri 21 Apr

£10–£26.50 / 01473 295900

Sat 22 Apr

£10–£26.50 / 01473 295900


Presented by Joli Vyann, this energetic, thought-provoking performance explores our obsessive dependence with technology, asking whether our lives are 'in' or 'out' of balance?

Sun 30 Apr

£10–£20.50 / 01473 295900

Jonny & The Baptists: Eat The Poor

The duo perform their musical comedy about poverty, inequality and revolution, with an epic story of friendship, betrayal and swans.

Sun 21 May

£10–£26.50 / 01473 295900

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King Arthur

Story Pocket Theatre present an adaptation of Arthur: High King of Britain, by Michael Morpurgo, in an epic adventure of love, chivalry and magic.

Mon 13 Feb

£5–£12 / 01473 295900

Tue 14 Feb

£5–£12 / 01473 295900

The Magic Paintbrush

Set to an urban soundtrack, the ensemble's version of the book follows the young heroine as she leaps, splatters, swirls, boogies and paints her world into a brighter place and tries to vanquish the mighty shadow of greed.

Sat 25 Mar

The Magnificent Music Hall

The Paper Moon Theatre Company presents a variety of show of song dance, magic and laughter typical of the music halls around 1890s, featuring performers from BBC TV's The Good Old Days.

Fri 24 Feb

£10–£40 / 01473 295900

The MGM Story

Written by Chris Burgess and directed and choreographed by Matthew Cole the story will trace the history of the golden age of song and dance with classics from Singin' In The Rain, An American In Paris and The Wizard Of Oz making an appearance.

Sun 5 Feb

£10–£40 / 01473 295900

Mike Vernon & The Mighty Combo

The influential and highly-successful record producer from Harrow brings his unique blues-rock style to a live performance alongside his backing band.

Fri 24 Feb

£10–£26.50 / 01473 295900

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Our Man In Havana

Clive Francis's adaptation of Graham Greene's farce, produced by Creative Cow in association with Malvern Theatres and Buxton Opera House.

Tue 23 May

£10–£35 / 01473 295900

Wed 24 May

Thu 25 May

£10–£35 / 01473 295900

…and 2 more dates until 27 May

Robyn Bennett & Bang Bang

The American-turned-Parisian and her band perform jazz, rock, swing, soul and funk.

Sat 29 Apr

£10–£26.50 / 01473 295900

The Scarecrow's Wedding

Presented by Scamp Theatre and Watford Palace Theatre Based on the book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, creators of The Gruffalo DIRECT FROM THE WEST END Betty O'Barley and Harry O'Hay invite you to … The best wedding ever, the best wedding yet, The wedding that no one will ever forget. Betty O'Barley and Harry…

Sun 23 Apr

£9–£16 / 01473 295900

Silver Lining

English Touring Theatre and Rose Theatre Kingston present the world premiere of the new comedy by writer, actor, presenter and political activist Sandi Toksvig, telling the tale of five extraordinary yet forgotten women, who come together one treacherous night to recreate The Great Escape, senior citizen style! Starring…

Tue 14 Mar

£10–£40 / 01473 295900

Wed 15 Mar

£10–£40 / 01473 295900

Thu 16 Mar

£10–£40 / 01473 295900

…and 2 more dates until 18 Mar


Peter Rowe's brand new adaptation of the amazing adventures of Sinbad in this energetic rock'n'roll panto. Sinbad sets sail on an adventure on the Saucy Sausage to win the hand of the beautiful Princess Pearl. Including hit songs The Boys Are Back In Town, The Power Of Love, Living On A Prayer.

Wed 18 Jan

£10–£35 / 01473 295900

Thu 19 Jan

£10–£35 / 01473 295900

Fri 20 Jan

£10–£35 / 01473 295900

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Swansea City Opera: Lakme

The company performs Leo Delibesa's opera, with this production set in India during the Raj of the 1880s. Featuring the famous Flower Duet. Sung in English.

Sun 7 May

£10–£35 / 01473 295900

The Syd Lawrence Orchestra

The swing band in its 50th anniversary tour, led by virtuoso trombonist Chris Dean.

Sun 14 May

£10–£40 / 01473 295900

Waiting For God

Michael Aitkens' production based on the popular 1990s BBC sitcom of the same name, starring Roy Hudd and Nichola McAuliffe.

Mon 8 May

£10–£40 / 01473 295900

Tue 9 May

£10–£40 / 01473 295900

Wed 10 May

£10–£40 / 01473 295900

…and 3 more dates until 13 May

Where is Home?

A new twist on a 1000 year old fable, presenting music and dance from South Africa, mixed with urban culture from London and Los Angeles. Presented by State Of Emergency.

Tue 25 Apr

£10–£26.50 / 01473 295900

The Who's Tommy

Peter Townshend's epic rock musical based on The Who's 1969 concept album about the pinball-playing boy.

Thu 30 Mar

£10–£40 / 01473 295900

Fri 31 Mar

£10–£40 / 01473 295900

Sat 1 Apr

£10–£40 / 01473 295900

…and 9 more dates until 14 Apr

Wisdom Of A Fool

  • Directed by: Kenny Clayton
  • Written by: Jack Lane and Martyn Bell

Jack Lane's one-man show tells the story of 'Chaplin's favourite clown', the entertainer Norman Wisdom, from his difficult and lonely childhood to success on the silver screen. In the play, co-written with Martyn Bell, Lane plays 30 different characters - and his genuine Gump suit was loaned by Wisdom's son and daughter.

Sun 26 Feb

£10–£40 / 01473 295900

Worst Wedding Ever

ITV's Broadchurch creator Chris Chibnall presents the hit comedy which follows Rachel and Scott as they navigate the choppy waters of wedding preparation.

Wed 1 Mar

£10–£35 / 01473 295900

Thu 2 Mar

Fri 3 Mar

£10–£35 / 01473 295900

…and 6 more dates until 11 Mar

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