THE NEW WOLSEY THEATRE: WHAT’S ON MARCH 2018
This March at the New Wolsey Theatre will see the latest co-production between New Wolsey Theatre and Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch come to Ipswich, Nottingham Playhouse bring their Ramps on the Moon offering, as well as the latest New Wolsey Young Company production. The New Wolsey Theatre will also host a punchy rock ‘n’ roll musical, a trio of family shows, and completion of the PULSE Presents line-up for the season.
Here’s what’s coming up at the theatre this March:
From Wed 7 to Sat 17 March, Patrick Hamilton’s Rope will be performed Ipswich. Chilling and spine-tinglingly gripping, this production is co-produced with Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch, who last collaborated with the New Wolsey for the classic Ealing comedy The Ladykillers in Autumn 2017. Rope will star James Sutton as Charles Granilli, best-known for playing John Paul McQueen in Hollyoaks - a role he was thrice nominated for a British Soap Award in 2007 for and shortlisted for a National Television Award in 2007. Rope will be directed by the Queen’s Theatre’s Artistic Director Douglas Rintoul who directed The Crucible and Much Ado About Nothing.
Nottingham Playhouse will produce the third Ramps on the Moon touring production, Our Country’s Good which will arrive in Ipswich from Wed 28 March to Sat 7 April. Both a comedy and powerful drama, Our Country’s Good tells the extraordinary true story of a group of convicts and a young officer who rehearse and perform a play – Australia’s first theatrical production. With opposition from the officers and a leading lady who may be hanged, the odds are stacked against them. All performances will contain a creative use of audio description, captioning and British Sign Language interpretation, making the performances accessible to all. This production will be the third Ramps on the Moon collaboration, following on from the comedy hit The Government Inspector and a critically acclaimed version of The Who’s Tommy over the past two years. Ramps on the Moon is an Arts Council England invested touring project, and in January was awarded another £2.1m to continue the work for another 3 years.
The New Wolsey Theatre’s Young Company presents Büchner’s Woyzeck from Thu 22 to Sat 31 March.
Adapted by Daniel Kramer, and directed by Associate Director Rob Salmon, Woyzeck tells the story of a poor soldier manipulated and abused by his superiors, turned into a specimen for cruel experimentation at the hands of the medical establishment, and who is finally betrayed by the woman he loves, with devastating consequences. This production coincides with the 10 year anniversary of the New Wolsey Young Company - a milestone which is being celebrated with a fundraising campaign that will contribute towards the future work of the theatre with young people, ensuring a continuation of opportunities for future generations of theatre lovers.
Also on this March:
The award-winning new musical Teddy will run at the theatre from Mon 19 to Sat 24 March. Bursting with the energy of a live gig, this musical production follows Teddy and Josie on a night out as they race through the dark and damaged world of post-war London: bombed by the Blitz but ripe and ready for revolution! Featuring an electrifying playlist of original songs and some of the hugest hits from the 1950s performed by a live band, Teddy is the ultimate story of teenage rebellion and the birth of a new musical era.
The New Wolsey Theatre will produce a brand new primary schools tour Based on a True Story Part 1 which embarks on a tour of schools in Ipswich and Suffolk this Spring. The general public can book in to see the show on Sat 10 March at the New Wolsey Studio, suitable for ages 7 and over. The show follows the journey of Billy the Alien, telling a story of feeling different and finding your place in a new world and the universe! Based on a True Story Part 1 has been written and devised by New Wolsey Associate Director Rob Salmon.
Families can enjoy even more performances this month at the HEG (High Street Exhibition Gallery) on Saturdays. On Sat 24 March, join You’ve Got Dragons, based on the book by Kathryn Cave. This production has been shortlisted by Family Arts for the Fantastic for Families Awards in the Best Family Event, and tells the tale of one child’s journey to tame their dragons – recommended for ages 5+. On Sat 31 March multi award-winning theatre company ThisEgg invite you to save the world – one bee at a time with Me & My Bee a brilliant new comedy for children and adults alike!
This season, the New Wolsey Studio will conclude its run of PULSE Presents shows for the season with three more shows. On Thu 1 celebrate LGBT History Month with a New Wolsey Theatre production Then & Now which will present an evening of readings and short plays from some of British theatre’s finest gay voices both past and present. Hail to the People present Poll Function - a hilarious and empathetic look at social responsibility in 2018 on Tue 13. The PULSE Presents line-up will be completed on Thu 15 with Confabulation! - a comedy about memory and making stuff up presented by performer and writer Eamonn Fleming. The New Wolsey Theatre will also announce the line-up of the 2018 PULSE Festival in March.