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25/09/2020

New Wolsey extend Mods & Rox


The New Wolsey Theatre is pleased to announce an extended run of its world premiere production, Mods and Rox, which will now run to Sat 6 October.

The show opened on 7 September and was scheduled to run to Saturday 29 September. Interest in the show has exceeded expectations so eight additional performances have been added:

Mon 1 Oct – 7.45pm
Tue 2 Oct – 7pm
Wed 3 Oct – 7.45pm
Thu 4 Oct – 7.45pm
Fri 5 Oct – 5.30pm & 9pm
Sat 6 Oct – 2.30pm & 7.45pm

Mods and Rox by Paul Sirett (Reasons to be Cheerful) is a new take on Cyrano de Bergerac set in 1960’s London. Cyril (played by Peter Manchester) the best dressed, quick-witted, fast-fisted, king of the Mods falls in love with Rox (played by Francesca Jackson). There’s only one problem – Cyril has a very big nose. When the young Italian looker, Cristiano (played by Michael Woolston-Thomas), rides into town on his Lambretta, Rox is smitten, and Cyril ends up playing Cupid, pouring his heart out to Rox through Cristiano’s mouth. The show features a series of classic period songs including Substitute, Keep on Runnin’, Itchycoo Park, She’s Not There, The Kids are Alright and many more.

Photo-by-Mike-Kwasniak

Mods and Rox has received rave reviews and tremendous audience feedback with many booking to see the show a second time. A number of scooter clubs from across the region have scheduled ‘ride-outs’ to see the show and on Saturday 15 September the New Wolsey presented a scooter display with over 100 scooters from the following clubs; Sudbury Scooter Club, Colchester DVLC, The Coasters Scooter Club (Ipswich), The Arrows (Halstead), Colchester A12s, Chelmsford Scooter Cub, Haverhill Circles, Wildcats Scooter Club, Norwich Mods, Mods and Casuals (Colchester), Clacton Scooter Collective, Norwich Broadsmen Scooter Club and Backstabbers Scooter Club from Bury St Edmunds.

“It was an amazing spectacle,” said director Peter Rowe. “The show has struck a chord with both the original Mod generation and younger audiences who clearly love the romance of it all and are fascinated by the enduring Mod’s legacy and style. Our musical theatre audience is coming out in great numbers to see the show which has also attracted new audiences and they are all having a great time. That makes me very happy and it’s a major achievement for all involved.”

The extra week includes, on Friday 5 October, performances at 5.30pm and 9pm, times chosen to accommodate those who want to come to the theatre direct from work or want to get home earlier as well as those who might want to have meal and a drink before the late show.

“Every autumn our musical sells out and people are disappointed not to be able to book,” says Sales and Programming Manager Stephen Skrypec. “With eight extra performances we hope that no one will miss out but we do urge people to book quickly as demand is high.”

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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