Tickets have gone on sale for Open Season 2017 at the New Wolsey Theatre. From Tuesday 13th June to Sunday 23rd July, there is a range of musicals, new comedy, dramas and the chance to celebrate the creativity of children and young people from across Suffolk.
Open Season at the New Wolsey Theatre continues to go from strength to strength and this year is no exception. Local amateur, youth and community companies will be ready to take over the stages with work that stretches from contemporary to musical theatre, with plenty to see for all the family.
Musicals at New Wolsey Theatre this year include the return of Ipswich Operatic and Dramatic Society after 20 years with their production of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels from Tuesday 13th to Saturday 17th June. Appeal Theatre Group are back with Gypsy, the musical based on the true life memoirs of Gypsy Rose Lee, from Wednesday 21st to Saturday 24th June; the award winning CTC return with Seven Brides for Seven Brothers from Wednesday 5th to Saturday 8th July, and Co-op Juniors Theatre Company will raise the roof with the hit musical comedy Sister Act from Wednesday 12th to Saturday 15th July.
Other live music events at the theatre include Back to Basie on Sunday 25th June, presented by Fleece Jazz as part of the Ipswich Jazz Festival, and Suffolk Soul Singers, led by Suffolk based vocalist Andi Hopgood, on Saturday 1st July.
Over at the New Wolsey Studio, productions include: Spinning Wheel Theatre’s The Secret Garden, a charming adaptation of the childhood novel for all the family, on Saturday 17th June; Kesgrave Amateur Theatre Society with the comedy Spirit Level by Pam Valentine from Thursday 29th June to Saturday 1st July, and Horizon Theatre presents the UK premiere of M.A.M.I.L (Middle Aged Men In Lyrca), supported by The Pedal House, Hadleigh, from Wednesday 19th June to Saturday 22nd July.
On Saturday 15th July, Unscene Suffolk – Ipswich’s resident theatre company of blind and partially sighted performers – presents its fifth annual production, Time Hackers, fresh from its tour of local primary schools. A group of children ignore Grandma’s warning about the old games console on the attic, and find themselves sucked into a virtual world of curious characters and perplexing problems! All performances are accessible for blind and partially sighted audiences, and will be audio described.
This year’s Youth Perform! will be back at the New Wolsey Theatre from Tuesday 27th to Friday 30th June, asking the question Who Invented The Sausage?! students from schools across Suffolk will be working with the New Wolsey Creative Learning team to create performances based on how discoveries in science and technology have changed the world.
On Sunday 23rd July, the New Wolsey Young Company present exciting theatre for ages 3+, created in just 5 days as part of the ninth annual Big Ideas. These young theatre makers will present The Storymakers, an interactive performance that will take young audience members to spaces across the theatre. Running at 25 minutes at a time, performances are limited to 15 children per performance, so early booking is advised.