The New Wolsey Announce Autumn 2016 Season

The New Wolsey Theatre in Ipswich has today announced their Autumn season for 2016.

There will be a ‘Friends’ 14 day priority booking begins on Sat 16th April 10am, and the General on sale begins on Sat 30th April 10am.

This autumn, the New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich in co-production with the Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch, present the first revival of the smash hit musical MADE IN DAGENHAM.

Directed by the Queen’s Artistic Director Douglas Rintoul this inventive co-production will be performed in Ipswich from Wed 21 September to Sat 15 October.

Dagenham, 1968: Rita’s a busy mum, loving wife and hard-working Ford factory employee. But something’s very wrong. Rita and her female colleagues find themselves working long hours sewing car seats for far less money than the men. And they’ve had enough.

Finding a voice she never knew she had, Rita leads the women on a trailblazing battle for equal pay, taking on the unions, Ford’s top brass and the Government. As the pressure mounts, Rita struggles to keep up the fight and the happy home she’s worked so hard for.

Inspired by a true story and based on the hit movie, Made in Dagenham is an uplifting musical comedy about how ordinary people can do extraordinary things.

Don’t miss the regional premiere of this very British musical, following the 2014 critically acclaimed West End run.

Also coming up in September, October and November:

Rock N Roll Productions present ALL OR NOTHING – THE MOD MUSICAL, featuring the music of the Small Faces, from Mon 12th to Sat 17th September. Hits from their back catalogue includes Whatcha Gonna Do About It, Itchycoo Park, and of course All Or Nothing.

From Mon 17th to Sat 22nd October, Original Theatre return with psychological thriller NIGHT MUST FALL by Emlyn Williams – all the tension, atmosphere and suspicion of the best British mysteries which will leave you on the edge of your seat.

A highly praised and sparkling interpretation of PRIDE & PREJUDICE will run from Mon 31st October to Wed 2nd November. Richard Darbourne Ltd presents this Two Bits Classics production – a fresh and surprising new look at a classic text.

From Thu 3rd to Sat 5th November, Sketty Theatre and DEM productions present RESULT – an evocative examination of mental health and football, friendship and masculinity, in a world where it’s seen as weak to admit ‘I’m struggling’.

Trademark Films and the Watermill Theatre present the extraordinary true story of THE WIPERS TIMES from Mon 7th to Sat 12th November. Written by Ian Hislop and Nick Newman, this comedy is a tribute to the resilience of the human spirit in the face of overwhelming adversity.

The New Wolsey Theatre’s acclaimed Young Company will present Dennis Kelly’s DNA from Tue 18th to Sat 22nd October, directed by Associate Director Rob Salmon. A group of teenagers attempt to cover up a big mistake, but will it actually unite them in their need to be part of something more?

The New Wolsey Youth Theatre will present Roald Dahl’s THE TWITS adapted for the stage by David Wood, from Tue 29th November to Sat 3rd December, suitable for the whole family. Don’t miss your chance to see ‘the great upside down trick!’

The New Wolsey Theatre’s ever popular rock’n’roll pantomime this year will be the second brand new show from Artistic Director Peter Rowe – SINBAD, which will run from Thu 24th November to Saturday 28th January 2017. As always will the rock’n’roll pantomimes, advanced booking is recommend as a quarter of tickets across 85 performances have already been snapped up!

If you have younger theatre fans in your party, bring them along to Stuff and Nonsense’s 3 LITTLE PIGS from Tue 6th December to Tue 3rd January 2017. Perfect for ages 2 and beyond, it is chock full of puppets, music, comedy and thrills!

Returning to the New Wolsey Theatre this season:

Frozen Light present their new show for young adults with Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities – HOME, from Thu 22nd to Sat 24th September.

Mind The Gap are back with DAUGHTERS OF FORTUNE: MIA on Tue 4th October, with their new story about parents with learning disabilities.

SPILL Festival will present Oblivia’s ENTERTAINMENT ISLAND on Sat 29th October as part of SPILL Festival of Performance 2016, which will be held in Ipswich from Wed 26 to Sun 30 October.

Pulse Presents, the New Wolsey Theatre’s continuing work to develop new contemporary theatre outside of the Pulse Festival includes: Show and Tell’s A GAMBLER’S GUIDE TO DYING, How Small How Far’s GARDEN, and Ben Norris’ THE HITCHHIKER’S GUIDE TO THE FAMILY.

Performances for children and families include: Garlic Theatre’s GEORGE AND THE DRAGON, Goblin Theatre’s PENGUIN! ELEPHANT!, Lyngo Theatre’s THE CURIOUS ADVENTURES OF PINOCCHIO, and Story Pocket Theatre’s A POCKETFUL OF GRIMMS.


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The season will go on sale to Friends on Sat 16 April, and on general sale on Sat 30 April.

Tickets can be booked through the Tickets Sales Team by calling 01473 295900 or by booking online at