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New Wolsey Spring season announced

The New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich has announced its spring 2013 season which runs from 30 January to 25 May.

And Then The Dark by Michael Lesslie (8 Feb – 2 Mar) is a gripping psychological thriller guaranteed to send chills creeping down your spine. Since having his first play adaptation, Swimming With Sharks, produced on the West End in 2007, Michael Lesslie has written several feature-length film and theatre scripts for companies such as Pathé Films, Film Four, Blueprint Pictures, Element Pictures, CMP Ltd and the Royal National Theatre, and has had work staged and screened all over the world. Mike’s writing has been nominated for a range of awards, including a BAFTA, and he is currently developing new work for the stage, TV and screen.

New Wolsey Artistic Director, Peter Rowe:

“Mike Lesslie has taken all the familiar elements of a thriller – a haunted house, murder in a locked room, ghostly appearances – and fashioned a contemporary play which ratchets up the tension from the first heartbeat to the last breath. This is a brand new play that feels like a classic, and provides us with a great opportunity to immerse the audience in the room alongside the central character, with the sights, sounds and shocks happening all around them. This is another world premiere for the New Wolsey and its always the most exciting thing to work on a play for the very first time – none of us knows exactly what will happen when the audience encounter the action of this gothic chiller.

This season we also co-produce Miss Nightingale – The Burlesque Musical with Matthew Bugg Presents, we are working in association Birmingham Repertory Theatre Company, Nottingham Playhouse and Teatro Kismet to present the UK premiere of Philip Pullman’s I Was A Rat! and have co-commissioned Dan Canham’s finished piece Ours Was The Fen Country which was presented as a work-in-progress at PULSE 2012.”

I Was A Rat! opens at Birmingham Rep and plays at the New Wolsey from 12 to 16 March. Philip Pullman’s glorious and gripping is adapted and directed by Teresa Ludovico, artistic director of Teatro Kismet in Bari, Southern Italy, best known here for her thrilling visual and physical productions of Beauty and the Beast, The Snow Queen and The Mermaid Princess.

Miss Nightingale – The Burlesque Musical (2 – 11 May) brings the period glamour, sparkling wit and vintage sounds of the 1940s thrillingly to life. This acclaimed show features original songs performed by a band of actor musicians and stars burlesque bombshell Amber Topaz. Find out more about the show at www.missnightingale.co.uk

The season also sees the return of Lip Service with Inspector Norse (5 – 7 Mar), a self-assembly Swedish crime thriller, 20 Stories High presenting Whole (12 & 13 Mar), a new play by Philip Osment with a pulsating live hip-hop soundtrack, The Original Theatre Company & Birdsong Ltd presenting Birdsong (25 – 30 Mar), the epic of love and war by Sebastian Faulks in an adaptation by Rachel Wagstaff, Ockham’s Razor presenting Not Until We Are Lost (11 – 13 April), the company’s second full-length performance, using aerial movement to create atmospheric, exciting physical theatre, direct from the West End, Yes, Prime Minster, a new play by the original writers of the classic BBC TV series, Antony Jay and Jonathan Lynn, English Touring Theatre and Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse presenting the Molière classic The Misanthrope (14 – 18 May) by Roger McGough and Fresh Glory Productions present The Watermill Theatre production of Some Like it Hotter (21 – 25 May), a fast-moving fantasy comedy by Richard Hurford. Kerry Ellis appears for one night only (17 Mar), a unique one-off opportunity to see her perform an acoustic set joined by the Wattisham Military Wives Choir and The New Wolsey Young Company presents One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest (11 – 20 Apr).

Nottingham Playhouse Roundabout presents White Peacock (7 – 11 May) by Ipswich writer Gill Brigg. White Peacock is for young people aged 11 and above with profound learning disabilities including autism which is performed for audiences of just six young people and six companions in a purpose-built micro-theatre, and offers a unique experience rich in action, colour, sound, touch and emotion. The New Wolsey presents White Peacock at the HEG (High Street Exhibition Gallery, Museum St) which was formally opened by New Wolsey Patron Trevor Nunn in March 2012.

To celebrate Lesbian Gay Bisexual Trans History Month (LGBT) the New Wolsey presents a rehearsed reading of Killing Me Softly (23 Feb) by John Binnie. Killing Me Softly is set in the early days of AIDS. It toured extensively to community and theatre audiences after it was first performed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 1987. Again and again it was acclaimed by audiences as an emotional and hugely entertaining play.

Shows for children include We’re Going On A Bear Hunt (2 to 5 April) by Kenny Wax Productions, brought vividly and noisily to life on stage by director Sally Cookson’s loving adaptation and Benji Bower’s versatile lively score.


AND THEN THE DARK – Sat 23 Feb at 2.30pm
BIRDSONG – Sat 30 Mar at 2.30pm

AND THEN THE DARK – Thu 23 Feb at 7.45pm
THE MISANTHROPE – Sat 18 May at 2.30pm

In spring 2013 the New Wolsey has more tickets for £10 than ever before, including all matinee tickets, and the long-standing Under 26 offer of tickets for £5 on the day of a performance can now be booked in advance on selected shows.

New Wolsey Chief Executive, Sarah Holmes:

“I take great delight in the fact that New Wolsey audiences are adventurous. We, in turn, are committed to presenting a diverse programme and to providing affordable access, factors which also bolster our efforts to engage new audiences. We maintain our lowest ticket price at £8.50 and have significantly increased the number of £10 tickets because we want more people to experience the thrill and excitement of live performance in our wonderful auditorium, and to do so more frequently. We inspire, we challenge, we entertain… and we look after our audiences by investing in customer care.”

The spring 2013 season is on sale from Friday 9 November.
New Wolsey Patrons can book from 26 October and New Wolsey Friends, Group Bookers and schools can book from Friday 2 November.

BOX OFFCE / 01473 295900
ONLINE / www.wolseytheatre.co.uk

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