What's on at the New Wolsey Theatre this April!
There’s something for everyone at the theatre this April, whether you are thrilled by drama, history, music, comedy or children’s shows.
Our Country’s Good opens in Ipswich from Wed 28 March to Sat 7 April. A powerful drama with plenty of humour, it tells the extraordinary true story of Australia’s first theatrical production, performed by a group of convicts and a young officer. With odds stacked against them, they face opposition from other officers and the threat of their leading lady being hanged. A Ramps on the Moon collaboration with The Nottingham Playhouse, following on from The Government Inspector and the critically-acclaimed The Who’s Tommy. Creative audio description, captioning and British Sign Language interpretation makes these performances accessible to all.
Kindertransport, from Tue 17 to Sat 21 April, is a timely drama about a Manchester woman’s struggle in 1980 to come to terms with her past in Hamburg 1938, as a nine year old Jewish child facing the threat of World War II. Forced onto a train by her desperate mother, Eva arrives in Liverpool Street Station, where she is handed over to strangers. This deeply moving production marks the 80th anniversary of the Kindertransport, when thousands of Jewish children were ferried to safety from Austria and Germany. You can join a Preshow Talk on Fri 20 April at 6 pm with Dr Edward Packard from the University of Suffolk, outlining the history and legacy of the Kindertransport.
Also on this April:
A welcome return to English Touring Theatre on Tues 24 to Sat 28 April, in a bold revival of the Tennessee Williams masterpiece, A Streetcar Named Desire. A Pre-Show Talk is available on Thu 26 April at 6 pm, led by Mark Brayley, poet and author. Mark will explore Williams’ life and works in relation to how masculinity has changed over seventy years.
Classic comedy fans will enjoy David Benson and Jack Lanes’ brilliant performance of 25 characters in Dad’s Army Radio Hour on Fri 13 April. This staging of radio scripts is based on favourite episodes from the original TV series. Described by The Daily Mail as “an absolute treat form start to finish. Wonderful stuff!”
Adam Kay shares entries from his Sunday Times bestseller This is Going to Hurt in an “electrifying” (The Guardian) hour of stand-up and music. Adam will be available to sign books after the performance on Sat 14 April.
On Sun 22 April Si Cranstoun and his band create a foot-tapping party with an energetic live music show that blends Rocking Rhythm & Blues, Doo Wop and Rock n Roll. Find out why Si is called the Vintage King and is so revered for his soaring vocals.
The Easter Holiday includes two shows for children. Sarah and Duck’s Big Top Birthday on Tues 10 April, uses puppetry, storytelling and music to bring to life the wonderful characters from the BAFTA award-winning CBeebies show. Les Petits Theatre Company’s action packed show Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs 2: The Magic Cutlass opens from Wed 11 to Thu 12 April and features live music and puppetry.