The New Wolsey Theatre is a regional theatre with a national reputation for the quality, range and reach of its work and for embracing cultural diversity in the widest sense. The theatre is central to the creative life of Suffolk and seeks to expand the horizons of audiences and artists by presenting a programme designed to entertain, enrich and challenge. The watchwords for all work are highest quality, greatest diversity and maximum accessibility.
The New Wolsey produces and presents a year-round programme of work for all ages in both the main theatre (400 seats) and the studio (104 seats), combining its own productions with a wide range of visiting theatre, music, comedy, and other performing arts.
The theatre is nationally renowned for its producing work both as sole producer and in collaboration with a diverse range of UK and international artists and companies. In recent years it has co-produced with other regional theatre including: Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch, Nottingham Playhouse, Leeds Playhouse, Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Sheffield Theatres, Northampton and Southampton Theatres and touring companies such as Graeae, Talawa, ETT and Fingersmiths.
The theatre has a particular reputation for musical work, often employing actor-musicians. It is increasingly acknowledged as a leading player in the development of new musicals staging the world premieres of It’s A Wonderful Life (2009), 20th Century Boy (2011), Mods & Rox (2012), Midsummer Songs (2014), Oxy & The Morons (2017), Our Blue Heaven (2018) and Grandma Saves the Day! (2019). Our annual actor-musician Rock’n’Roll Pantomime continues to be a record breaking success and is firmly established as an Ipswich institution. In December 2019 we will be remounting our 2018 production of Cinderella at Arts Depot, North London.
Our mission is to create, develop and produce a vital and dynamic programme of theatre, and other live performances and projects, for all the people of Suffolk and surrounding areas.
We aim to combine our own productions, projects, collaborations with other partners and touring work, to create a programme of performances and creative learning projects of the highest quality, maximum diversity and greatest possible accessibility, within a sound and sustainable financial framework.