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February at the New Wolsey

The New Wolsey Theatre start 2018 still in the throes of their rock ‘n’ roll pantomime Red Riding Hood – which runs until 27th January! But, they are very excited for the start of their Spring 2018 season, which begins on Thu 1st February. Here’s what’s coming up at the theatre this February:

The New Wolsey Theatre and fingersmiths co-produce John Godber’s award-winning comedy Up ‘n’ Under from Wed 7 Feb to Sat 10 Feb. Set up in a bet with his arch rival Reg, our hot-headed hero Arthur discovers he has to coach The Wheatsheaf Arms; bottom of Castleford’s Amateur Rugby League who have never won a game, don’t have 7 players and spend more time in the pub than on the pitch. They need to beat Reg’s team The Cobblers Arms who are top of the league, superbly fit, physically enormous and terrify every team they play. But how does Arthur train his new team? They are Deaf, he doesn’t sign and he only has 5 weeks to get his team into shape or he loses his house in the bet.

This fast moving and witty re-telling of John Godber’s award winning and much loved play, Up ’n’ Under, will delight audiences, bringing together fingermiths’ visual and physical storytelling with a cast of Deaf and hearing actors using British Sign Language and spoken English.

Backed by a brilliant band, Olivier Award-nominated actress Josette Bushell-Mingo mixes story and song in Nina – A Story About Me and Nina Simone from Tue 20 to Thu 22 Feb. She will draw together tales from the life of Nina Simone and her own extraordinary career, touching upon the 1960’s civil rights movement, and drawing into parallel the struggles of the civil rights movement today.

From Mon 26 Feb to Sat 3 March. Paul Nicholas (The Real Marigold Hotel, Just Good Friends, EastEnders) Wendi Peters (Coronation Street, Oh What A Lovely War), Sue Holderness (Only Fools and Horses, The Green Green Grass) and Jeff Rawle (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Drop the Dead Donkey) star in a brand-new revival of the bitter-sweet comedy Quartet by Oscar-winning writer Sir Ronald Harwood and directed by the New Wolsey Theatre’s Artistic Director Peter Rowe

Quartet is the charming tale of four ageing opera singers. Cecily, Reggie and Wilfred reside in a magnificent retirement home in Kent, where the rumour circling the halls is that the home will soon play host to a new resident, and word is it’s a star. When Jean arrives old rivalries resurface, secrets are revealed and chaos unfolds, but in true theatrical tradition – the show must go on. A celebration of the twilight years and the hilarity of growing old disgracefully!

Following their hugely popular and critically acclaimed re-imaginings of operas including Tosca and Don Giovanni, OperaUpClose come to the New Wolsey Theatre with a bold new take on the Mozart classic The Magic Flute on Thu 1 Feb. Invited behind the velvet rope at London’s most exclusive club, Tamino doesn’t have time to stop for beggars, paparazzi, or even his girlfriend Pamina. Going to bed after a blazing row later that night, this ordinary couple relive the events and encounters of the evening in dreams made extraordinary by the lateness of the hour, their befuddled senses, and yes, a touch of magic.

Join us for the annual Chinese New Year celebration event on Sat 3 Feb, incorporating an exciting line-up of Traditional and Western style performances of dance, singing, and musical instruments performed by local members of the community alongside professional acts. This year’s production celebrates the Year of the Dog.

On Fri 23 Feb, the award-winning Vamos Theatre brings its trademark, wordless, full mask style to a story that needs to be told. Set in Afghanistan in 2009, A Brave Face explores Post-Traumatic Stress, an unseen injury of war, and the impact it can have on even the closest of families. With engaging storytelling, physical dexterity and emotional insight, A Brave Face engages audiences across borders and boundaries.

PULSE Presents, the New Wolsey Theatre’s continuing work to develop new contemporary theatre outside of the PULSE Festival will continue this Spring prior to the PULSE Festival itself. The PULSE Presents line-up includes: Townsend Productions with We Are The Lions, Mr Manager; back by popular demand The Pretend Men with Police Cops In Space; Ragged Edge Productions present The Chef Show, and Gein’s Family Giftshop bring their dark humour to Ipswich.

Performances for children and families during the February Half Term include: Daryl Barton’s A Square World; M6 Theatre with Mike Kenny’s A Tiger’s Tale; a new version of Snow White with Mirror, Mirror; an interactive performance with Little Howard’s Big Show for Kids; one for all the family with Mark Thompson’s Spectacular Science Show featuring vortex generating dustbins, vanishing bears and exploding Pringles tubes, and Oliver Jeffer’s award-winning picture book live on stage Lost & Found.

Music events in February include the hugely popular A Salute to Sinatra and the Swing Legends with award winning singer Matthew Ford, the classical gypsy-folk romp stand-up comedy Graffiti Classics, and amazing new musical experience Judy & Liza.

Tickets at the New Wolsey Theatre are on sale now and can be booked through the Tickets Sales Team by calling 01473 295 900 or by booking online at www.wolseytheatre.co.uk.