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New Wolsey: Mods and Rox

The New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich opens it’s autumn season with Mods and Rox, the world premiere of a new musical by Paul Sirett (Reasons to be Cheerful). Mods and Rox is a new take on Cyrano de Bergerac and 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?

Peter Manchester plays unlucky-in-love Cyril. Peter last appeared at the New Wolsey in 20th Century Boy directed by Gary Lloyd playing Simon Napier-Bell. I’d Do Anything Nancy finalist Francesca Jackson plays Rox. Francesca performed in the West End revival of Rent at the Duke of York Theatre alongside Denise van Outen. Michael Woolston-Thomas plays Cyril’s love rival Cristiano.

James Haggie, who played Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors at the New Wolsey Theatre in 2008, plays Titch, Daniel Lloyd plays Stevo, Alex Parry plays Baz, Tom Connor plays Mugsy, Trevor Jary plays Dougie and Dan De Cruz plays Spike.

Mods and Rox is directed by New Wolsey Artistic Director Peter Rowe, Musical Director is Ben Goddard, Set and Costume Designer is Mark Walters and the Choreographer is Francesca Jaynes.

This production is further realisation of The New Wolsey Theatre’s commitment to the development of new musicals. In autumn 2011 the New Wolsey presented the world premiere of 20th Century Boy, a celebration of the life of Marc Bolan and his band T.Rex, and in 2009 the world premiere of It’s a Wonderful Life.
Paul Sirett (Reasons to be Cheerful, a Graeae & New Wolsey Theatre co-production) is excited to finally see this play in production, “Mods and Rox is a play I have wanted to write for a very, very long time. It is a piece based on one of my favorite plays, Cyrano de Bergerac by the brilliant French playwright Edmond Rostand. Many people will know the play from its cinematic incarnation starring Gérard Depardieu or the Steve Martin film Roxanne. My version of Rostand’s timeless, beautiful, funny, heartbreaking love story is set in London in the swinging sixties and has a soundtrack of fabulous Mod classics from the era.”

Director Peter Rowe relishes the opportunity to produce another new musical, “It’s a wonderful challenge for all involved and we can’t wait to get into the rehearsal room. Paul’s script is perfect for development as an actor-musician production but it’s also a very beautiful, poignant story. I’m also delighted to be working with Mark Walters, Ben Goddard and Francesca Jaynes again.”

• Tickets can be booked online at www.wolseytheatre.co.uk or by calling the New Wolsey Box Office on 01473 295900.

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