Tag: New Wolsey Theatre

7 December 2018

Review of Cinderella, Rock ‘n’ Roll Panto at the New Wolsey Theatre

I often think that the annual pantomime at the New Wolsey Theatre, in Ipswich, should come with a warning: Once experienced, this show will spoil every other pantomime for you! Once you have seen one of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Panto’s, a fast-moving riot of colour, laughter and pop, everything else will seem a little, well, old-fashioned. Peter Rowe and his team take a traditional […]

7 March 2016

Review of “The Last Five Years” (New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich 25 Feb – 11 March 2015.)

With their well-deserved reputation for actor-musician musicals it was quite a surprise to find that the New Wolsey Theatre had returned to a more traditional format for The Last Five Years by Jason Robert Brown.   With just two actors and a five-piece band (on a platform high above the stage), a sung-through musical was always going to be a challenge to those involved. However, […]

12 January 2015

Review of Beauty and the Beast – the Roll ‘n’ Roll Panto

I was a bit worried about going to see the Rock 'n' Roll Panto at the New Wolsey Theatre in January. Previoulsy I had always been when the annual pantomime opens in late November – so would it seem weird, with Christmas references and jokes, when the festivities were all over?   Not a problem. There was nothing said about Christmas, just the usual pantomime-cum-rock […]

10 July 2014

Review of “Galileo”, Gallery Players

New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich 9-12th July 2014. It is often hard for theatre companies, especially amateur groups, to get an audience to come to any unfamiliar production.  All I can say is, if you like a musical with a strong story and memorable songs, well-sung,  you won’t be disappointed by Galileo, a brand new musical by Martin Waddington. The simple set of columns and arcades, […]

24 April 2014

Review of Tom! at the New Wolsey Theatre

  What did I know about Tom Jones life? Very little, before I went to see Tom!  at the New Wolsey Theatre.  The Welsh company Theatr na nOg’s play was a perfect production to bring to Ipswich, to the theatre that is increasingly making actor/musician shows their speciality.   I now know that Tom Jones (played by Kit Orton, who has a powerful voice and […]

19 September 2013

Review of Our House, New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

The pop group Madness were at the height of chart fame in the late 1970's and 1980's and it is easy  to forget just how good their music is. The high energy numbers like Our House and I Like Driving in My Car are sure-fire sing-along numbers, but more thoughtful numbers, that were never such big hits, are long forgotten by most people. That isn't […]

27 November 2012

ISSBA Meet the Members Networking Event

  The Ipswich and Suffolk Small Business Association (ISSBA) Meet the Members  Networking coffee morning  The New Wolsey Theatre – in the upstairs bar. The pantomime is on at the New Wolsey Theatre so you might want to “look behind you” whilst at the latest networking opportunity being organised by ISSBA! Both ISSBA members and visitors are welcome to attend the January ISSBA networking event […]

27 September 2012

Review of The Ugly Duckling at New Wolsey Studio, 15 September 2012

  Two actors, lots of props and a well-known tale: the perfect combination for a very young audience, from Kipper Tie Theatre. Four year old Bethany and  I went to see The Ugly Duckling at the New Wolsey Studio in Ipswich. At just under one hour’s length,  it  kept the audience (including  parents and grandparents ) amused and happy with jokes, songs and a story […]

25 April 2012

Bedroom Farce at the New Wolsey Theatre

19 April-12 May 2012 As you might expect with a play called Bedroom Farce there was a lot of running in and out of doors, jumping into beds and the wearing of nightwear – although they were sensible pyjamas rather than scanty nighties. However, the play is written by Alan Ayckbourn so, as you watch and laugh, you have to remember the other meaning of […]

30 November 2011

Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood – the rock’n’roll panto

  24 November 2011 – 28 January 2012 This years Rock’n’Roll panto is well underway at the New Wolsey Theatre, (“oh no it isn’t… oh yes it is!”)……. The team on Civic Drive have been very clever, carving a niche (albeit a rather large one!) for a pantomime audience who don’t want the sugary, romantic style of traditional pantomime but something more sassy, that appeals to older children, teenagers […]