Spring 2012 at the New Wolsey Theatre is destined to be the season in which in the New Wolsey sells its millionth ticket. So what’s on offer?
The acclaimed smash hit musical Reasons to be Cheerful which Graeae and The New Wolsey presented to full houses in 2010 returns to Ipswich at the start of a national tour. The coming of age tale featuring Ian Dury and the Blockheads’ greatest hits will fill the theatre with raucous glee once again. Early booking in advised as lots of people were disappointed to miss out last time.
The New Wolsey also presents the Alan Ayckborn classic, Bedroom Farce. Four couples, three bedrooms… sulking, shouting, flirting, fighting, making-up… ingenious, inventive and incredibly funny
In Forever Young, a Nottingham Playhouse production, audiences find themselves in 2050 and the New Wolsey is a rest home for actors determined to go down singing! Described as a ‘song drama’, Forever Young features hits such as Smells Like Teen Spirit, I Love Rock and Roll and, of course, Forever Young.
Another hot ticket is sure to be Top Girls, the Out of Joint and Chichester Festival Theatre production direct from the West End. This production is directed by Max Stafford-Clark, who directed the premiere of Top Girls in 1982. One of the seminal plays of the twentieth century, Top Girls flashed with razor-sharp wit and ingenious theatricality.
Spymonkey make a return visit (they previously presented Moby Dick) with Oedipussy, a glorious anarchic physical subversion of the quintessential Greek tragedy – a tale of forbidden lust, violent murder and the ultimate dysfunctional family.
Souvenir D’Anne Frank is the beautiful story of the Souvenir D’Anne Frank rose, told in song and music by Ensemble. Live piano, violin and cello weave through this new work in a unique music and theatre fusion.
The adaptation of Robert Tressell’s famous novel The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists is a hilarious fast-paced show that shares with its audience a year in the life of a group of painters and decorators, as they renovate a three-storey town house in Edwardian England. This vibrant story is brought to life by two hugely talented performers using comedy routines, entertaining songs and live music.
New Wolsey Associate Company, Gecko present their exhilarating new show, Missing, which will turn your imagination upside down and inside out and Talawa Theatre and West Yorkshire Playhouse present Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot, one of the most significant English language plays of the 20th Century.
Shorter runs include: the return of Beating Berlusconi, the hilarious tale of love, life and football based on the true story of the football fan who say next to Silvio Berlusconi at the Liverpool v AC Milan Champions’ League final in Milan in 2005; Zhe, a humorous, thought-provoking and haunting drama by Collective Artistes programmed to celebrate Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans History Month; The Games by Spike Theatre, a bit hit at the 2011 Edinburgh Fringe and Spitfire Solo, a one-man show about an ex-battle of Britain Spitfire pilot in which Nicholas Collett plays a multitude of characters and re-creates the Battle of Britain on stage.
Also coming up… Dukes Comedy Night, Under Age Comedy for eight to 12 year olds and for under 18s, The Vocal Ensemble of Africa, six singers from six countries combining multiple influences to create music of astonishing power, a return visit from The Charleston Chasers presenting exciting, exhilarating swing music from the 1920s and 1930s and a celebration of Chinese New Year 2012 on Saturday 4th February.
The New Wolsey Theatre Young Company presents DBC Pierre’s Vernon God Little in an adaptation by Tanya Ronder. This dark, funny satire is packed with a host of colourful characters and a soundtrack to die for.
There are seven children’s shows throughout the season including Tiddler in Easter week. Tiddler and Other Terrific Tales is a brand new show from the award-winning Scamp Theatre. It is a magical collection of Julia Donaldson’s most popular titles woven together with live music, songs and puppets. Parents and children can also look forward to The Own and the Pussycat, Aesop’s Fables, How to be a Hero, Red Riding Hood, Chicken Licken and Kid Carpet and the Noisy Animals.
The New Wolsey has also scheduled four dates when you can take a theatre tour and Saturday morning Storymaker sessions continue with stories for three and four year olds at 11am and for five and six year olds at Noon.
In a change to the usual schedule, Tuesday evening performances at the theatre will start at 7pm in future. This was successfully trialed with 20th Century Boy which opened the autumn season, and audience members who have to travel longer distances or need to catch trains have responded positively.
Over 50% of tickets for events at the New Wolsey Theatre are now sold online. To book online go to www.wolseytheatre.co.uk or you can call the Box Office on 01473 295900.