New Wolsey Theatre Autumn Season Annouced

This Autumn Season, join the New Wolsey Theatre as they present the brilliantly funny ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS by Richard Bean in association with Nuffield Southampton Theatres.

Set in the colourful underworld of Brighton in the swinging sixties, Richard Bean’s riotous farce mixes all the elements of classic comedy into a fizzing cocktail of fun. Mistaken identity, cross-dressing, slapstick, mad gags and outrageous puns are shaken and stirred as Francis Henshall, cast out of his skiffle band, finds the best route to satisfy his considerable appetites for food, sex and money is to become One Man serving Two Guvnors.

This joyous updating of Goldoni’s classic Italian comedy from the 18th century, The Servant of Two Masters, has quickly established itself as one of the great British comedies of the 21st Century.  The New Wolsey Theatre are delighted to be working, for the first time, in association with Nuffield Southampton Theatres on this brand new production, which will launch their Autumn Season showing from Thu 5 to Sat 28 Sep.

Also this Autumn, the New Wolsey Theatre will co-produce with Royal & Derngate, Northampton a brand new romantic comedy, THE SEASON. Filled with heart-warming and hilarious songs, from award-winning writers Jim Barne and Kit Buchan, winners of the 2018 MTI Stiles and Drewe Mentorship Award, this musical debut celebrates the very best of emerging British song-writing talent.

It’s Christmas Eve and Dougal has travelled from Ipswich to New York for his father’s wedding. At JFK Airport he’s greeted by Robyn. Tomorrow her sister becomes his stepmother and Robyn’s dreading it. Dougal can’t wait. But then Dougal loves Christmas and Robyn is the original Grinch.

Thrown together for a wild weekend in the city that never sleeps, their adventure becomes a musical whirlwind of confession, frustration and maxing-out credit cards in Macy’s. Will these two endearing misfits provide the ultimate test for the theory that opposites always attract? Running from Tue 5 to Sat 16 Nov.

Original Theatre take to the New Wolsey Stage this October with THE NIGHT WATCH adapted by Hattie Naylor from the Sarah Waters novel. This return visit follows the success of their production of The Habit of Art last spring.  A story of illicit love and everyday heroism, which takes us from a dazed and shattered post-war Britain back into the heart of the Blitz, towards the secrets that are hidden there. This drama is not to be missed between Mon 30 Sep and Sat 5 Oct.

English Touring Theatre co-produce with Royal & Derngate, Northampton to bring TWO TRAINS RUNNING to Ipswich. The iconic American playwright August Wilson paints a vivid portrait of everyday lives in this defining moment of American history. When Two Trains Running opened on Broadway in 1992, its legendary premiere won TONY and Drama Desk Awards. Directed by the 2018 winner of the Royal Theatrical Support Trust Sir Peter Hall Director Award, Nancy Medina, this major revival will take to the New Wolsey Theatre stage from Tue 8 to Sat 12 Oct.

Join the acclaimed New Wolsey Young Company as they present THE LARAMIE PROJECT this October. In October 1998 in the middle of the prairie outside Laramie, Wyoming, 21-year-old student Matthew Shepard, was tied to a fence post, severely beaten, robbed, tortured and left, alone, to die. His body was discovered eighteen hours late, where he was rushed to the hospital and put on life support. Five days later, Matthew died. The reason for this brutal crime? Matthew Shepard was gay.

The hate crime attracted vast attention worldwide, bringing sexual discrimination and violence to the forefront of public discourse. The Tectonic Theatre Project travelled to Laramie in the aftermath of the murder with the intent of creating a theatrical portrait of a town coming to grips with horrible, hate-fuelled violence.  This astonishing drama has been hailed as one of the most captivating and encompassing pieces of contemporary theatre, and will be showing at the New Wolsey Studio from Tue 8 to Sat 12 Oct.

Also coming up, Graeae return to the New Wolsey stage in co-production with Theatre Royal Plymouth, bringing a reimagined version of ONE UNDER from playwright Winsome Pinnock and Graeae’s associate director Amit Sharma. One Under has been commissioned by Ramps on the Moon, a collaborative network of Arts Council of England National Portfolio Organisations aiming to achieve a step change in the employment and artistic opportunities for disabled performers and creative teams, and a cultural change in the participating organisations to enable accessibility to become a central part of their thinking and aesthetics. Showing only on Thu 31 Oct and Fri 1 Nov.

Also this Autumn, do not miss the Gothic retelling of BLEAK HOUSE, adapted by David Glass from the Dicken’s novel. This physical drama follows Esther Summerson’s search for family and identity set against a brutal legal system hell bent of destroying those beneath it.  This performance runs from Fri 18 to Sat 19 Oct.

From Mon 28 to Wed 30 Oct, Agatha Christie turns sleuth in a play by Philip Meeks. Tilted Wig present MURDER MARGARET AND ME, a story of friendship identity and the achievement of women in the longlost world of the silver screen. As Agatha and Margaret play tug of war with Miss Marple, the Queen of Crime finally unearths the shocking truth buried in Margaret’s past.

There’s plenty to please music fans this autumn too as Terry Dash presents music sensation BLUE HARLEM on Sun 13 Oct, STRINGFEVER – LIVE IN CONCERT takes over the Ipswich stage on Wed 16 Oct, and on Sat 27 Oct do not miss MARI WILSON AND THE WILSATIONS.

This season will see plenty of family friendly performances with the New Wolsey Youth Theatre presenting an adaptation of Roald Dahl’s much-loved story FANTASTIC MR FOX between Tue 29 Oct and Sat 2 Nov. This Christmas also will see the return of a festive family friendly show over at the New Wolsey Studio this December as little ones will be delighted by Long Nose Puppet’s ARTHUR’S DREAMBOAT, based on the book by Polly Dunbar. There’s plenty more entertainment for younger audiences including: JAY FOREMAN’S DISGUSTING SONGS FOR REVOLTING CHILDREN, MOOMIN VALLEY, JACK AND THE BEANSTALK, OI FROG plus many more!

Tickets for all shows will go on General Sale from Saturday 13th April via www.wolseytheatre.co.uk or the Box Office on 01473 295900. Presale for Members is now available.