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New Wolsey Autumn Season 2012

Tickets for the autumn 2012 season at the New Wolsey Theatre are on sale from 10am on Friday 1 June.

The season opens on 7 September with the world premiere of MODS AND ROX (7 to 29 Sept). Paul Sirett’s (Reasons to be Cheerful) stunning new take on Cyrano de Bergerac is the latest in the New Wolsey’s line of actor-musician musicals. With a series of classic period songs including – Substitute, Keep on Runnin’, Itchycoo Park, She’s Not There, The Kids are Alright and many more – this evergreen romantic story is given an electric score. As the story reaches its climax and the Mods and Rockers face off in the battle of Brighton Beach, will Rox discover the true writer of the song that stole her heart before it’s too late?

Following the success of Tartuffe in autumn 2011, English Touring Theatre make a return visit with SACRED FLAME (9 to 13 Oct). Putting a twist on the classic murder mystery, this part thriller, part love story is by the enduringly popular playwright and novelist, Somerset Maugham, whose brilliance is discovered afresh in this vivid new production. This tense and graceful play is a fascinating exploration of love, devotion and family.

Pilot Theatre also returns to present a new adaption of Alan Sillitoe’s THE LONELINESS OF THE LONG DISTANCE RUNNER (16 to 20 Oct) by Roy Williams and The Watermill Theatre and Radio Times Ltd. present RADIO TIMES (23 TO 27 Oct), a fabulously entertaining musical, chock-full of quick-fire gags, side-splitting routines and classic songs from Noel Gay (Me and My Girl). Highly praised by the national press, it features the combined talents of West End stars, Gary Wilmot and Sarah Crowe with a company of The Watermill’s most gifted actor musicians.

International innovators Forced Entertainment have been turning theatre upside down and exploding audience expectations for over a quarter of a century. The New Wolsey is delighted to present their latest tour de force, THE COMING STORM (2 Nov), as part of SPILL Festival of Performance.

Rannel are back with their new show, DEEP (5 Nov), which has been developed in association with the New Wolsey Theatre and Hugh Hughes is back with STORIES FROM AN INVISIBLE TOWN (6 & 7 Nov) which he recently presented to a full-house as a work-in-progress in PULSE 12.

Musical treats in the season include GOD BLESS THE CHILD (An evening with Billie Holiday), THE BLOCKHEADS, STRING FEVER, THE BACK TO BASIE ORCHESTRA and A TOUCH OF WEST END, in which five top voices from West End musicals, accompanied by Piano and Cello take you on a whistle stop tour of some of the World’s greatest musicals.

DUKES COMEDY return on Sunday 7 October for another evening with the finest comics from around the world and Dukes also present Under 12 and Under 18 Comedy on Mon 29 October.

Saturday shows for children include THE UGLY DUCKING (15 Sept), LITTLE SUNSHINE, LITTLE RAINFALL (22 Sept), FROG PRINCESS (29 Sept), THE THREE BILLY PIGS (13 Oct) and THE GINGERBREAD MAN (27 Oct). In half-term Big Wooden Horse present STUCK on Tues 30 October and Clydebuilt Puppet Theatre present PETER AND THE WOLF on Wed 31 October and the Christmas show for ages 3+ is THE MAGICIAN’S DAUGHTER by Little Angel Theatre which runs from 4 December to 5 January. This year’s rock ‘n’ roll panto, SLEEPING BEAUTY, runs from 22 November to 26 January. 50% of tickets have been sold already.

STORYMAKER continues on Saturday morning with Little Story for ages 3 & 4 at 11am and Big Story for ages 5 & 6 at 12 Noon on 5 dates in the season.

Also in the autumn season, RSC Open Stages and the New Wolsey Theatre present ROMEO AND JULIET at Ipswich Town Hall. New Wolsey Associate Director Rob Salmon will direct a cast of 40 in this unique production for which open auditions take place on Sunday 17th June at New Wolsey Studio (St George’s St) from 10:30 – 1:00 for 16 – 25’s, and 3:00 – 5:30 for 25 and over’s. So if you fancy taking part in this exciting production sign up to audition by emailing creativelearning@wolseytheatre.co.uk by Wednesday 13th June.

The New Wolsey Young Company presents CAN’T PAY? WON’T PAY! by Dario Fo. Fo’s brilliant play may be almost 40 years old, but with banker’s bonuses, politicians on the make, and the threat of strikes very little seems to have changed. The New Wolsey Youth Theatre present MILLIONS by Frank Cottrell Boyce, a bittersweet story will make you laugh and maybe even make cry.

Accessible performances include:

MODS AND ROX – Sat 22 September at 2.30pm
SACRED FLAME – Sat 13 October at 2.30pm
RADIO TIMES – Sat 27 October at 2.30pm
SLEEPING BEAUTY – Sat 12 Jan at 2.30pm

CAPTIONED PERFORMANCES – sponsored by Hearing Care Centre:
MODS AND ROX – Thu 27 September at 7.45pm
SACRED FLAME – Sat 13 October at 2.30pm
SLEEPING BEAUTY – Friday 25 January at 7.30pm

SLEEPING BEAUTY – Sat 19 Jan at 2.30pm
THE MAGICIAN’S DAUGHTER – Fri 4 Jan at 11am and 2pm

You can find more information about the autumn season as well as other events and projects at the New Wolsey Theatre at www.wolseytheatre.co.uk where you can also book tickets. You can also call the New Wolsey Box Office on 01473 295900.

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