The New Wolsey Theatre has announced their Spring Season for 2020. Highlights for the season include:
• The New Wolsey Theatre present a brand new black comedy Burke and Hare, a new version by Tom Wentworth, directed by Abigail Pickard Price and based on the true story of the Edinburgh murderers.
• Ramps on the Moon present a new version of Oliver Twist, adapted by Bryony Lavery.
• Shakespeare’s darkest and spookiest thriller Macbeth also takes to the stage.
This Spring Season, the New Wolsey Theatre presents the hilarious musical, murderous romp Burke and Hare, a new version by Tom Wentworth, originally created by Jenny Wren Productions and directed by Abigail Pickard Price.
The backstreets of Edinburgh in the 1830s take centre stage as Burke and Hare burst onto the scene this Spring. Directed by Abigail Pickard Price, this riotous show will have people rolling in the aisle. Tom Wentworth’s breathless take on the infamous grave-robbing duo is packed with mayhem, laughs and music in a play that’s more hysterical than historical. Catch it at the New Wolsey between Thursday 14 and Saturday 30 May.
Also this Spring, the New Wolsey Theatre welcomes Leeds Playhouse in association with Ramps on the Moon with Oliver Twist. This newly adapted version by Bryony Lavery is a bold, brutal and beautiful retelling of Dickens’ classic novel. After being born into misfortune Oliver Twist escapes the workhouse for a life of adventure where he joins the Artful Dodger, Fagin and their mischievous gang of pickpockets. But enjoyment is short-lived as he falls under the influence of the vicious Bill Sykes. This show is on the New Wolsey Stage from Wednesday 25 March to Saturday 4 April.
Another highlight of Spring 2020 will be the visit of Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch with Macbeth, undoubtedly Shakespeare’s darkest and spookiest thriller. This chilling play takes us up north to Scotland, witnessing the prophecy of three witches for the Scottish king. As Macbeth’s obsession with the future takes hold, he and Lady Macbeth embark on a bloody and fateful path, from which there is no turning back. The tale of this complex couple will be showing at the New Wolsey from Tuesday 17 to Saturday 21 March.
A Murder is Announced continues the New Wolsey on down this path of twists and turns, as Middle Ground Theatre Company Limited follow Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple as she investigates the complex relationships intertwined with a dark mystery. Directed by Michael Lunney, this popular performance in its fifth year of touring will stop at the New Wolsey from Monday 13 to Saturday 18 April.
Early 2020 will also bring Nottingham Playhouse Theatre Company’s adaptation of the beloved novel Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo. A tragic and affecting story of sibling rivalry, Simon Reade adapts the novel into an ensemble version, encapsulating perfectly the sense of courage, devotion and injustice as the hero, “Tommo,” reflects on his childhood from the trenches. Deeply moving, Private Peaceful will be on the New Wolsey Stage from Tuesday 21 to Saturday 25 April.
The well-loved show of Once will be making a return to the New Wolsey Theatre. Hopes, dreams and the love of two lost souls fill this beautiful production, based on the critically acclaimed and popular film. Following the relationship of a Dublin street busker and a Czech musician, you are bound to be entranced by the magic of this show, one that is infused with stunning live music. This production will beam from the New Wolsey stage from Monday 24 to Saturday 29 February.
Looking at three married couples, three kitchens and three Christmas parties, London Classic Theatre’s Absurd Person Singular also gives the season a lighter tone, blending together farce and black comedy as Alan Ayckbourn combines class differences, ambition and social climbing in 1970s suburbia to hilarious effect. All these ingredients add up to create a perfect comic masterpiece that will be here in Ipswich from Tuesday 3 to Saturday 7 March.
Also coming up:
My Mother Said I Never Should, directed by Jeni Draper, shifts back and forth in time, looking at the lives of four generations of women in one family. A show that will make you both laugh and cry, we see the women’s loves, expectations and choices play out against the backdrop of huge social change across the 1900s. A Fingersmiths co-production with Sheffield Theatres in partnership with the New Wolsey Theatre, this evocative performance is presented in British Sign Language and Spoken English with both hearing and d/Deaf actors, capturing and using a rich breadth of communication styles. Watch it at the New Wolsey on Thursday 13 and Friday 14 February.
A local murder mystery is retold through The Ballad of Maria Marten, set in Suffolk in 1827. One day Maria Marten is awaiting her lover. One year later her body is found in a grain sack. Based on real events and presented by Eastern Angles and Matthew Linley Creative Projects in association with the Steven Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, the New Wolsey is showing this chilling thriller from Thursday 20 to Saturday 22 February.
Mind the Gap and Gecko are also presenting A Little Space – a unique and wonderful blend of theatre, choreography and stunning imagery. An intricately crafted performance, including incredible performers from one of Europe’s leading learning disability theatre companies, a little space will be here on Tuesday 10 and Wednesday 11 March.
H. G. Wells’ sci-fi novel and Orson Welles’ classic radio play have inspired War of the Worlds, a transportation of legendary science fiction totems to the modern era, exploring our culture of Fake News and ‘alternative facts.’ On at the New Wolsey on Monday 27 and Tuesday 28 April, this production was originally commissioned by New Diorama Theatre and is now co-produced by Brighton Festival, HOME Manchester, New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth and Nuffield Southampton Theatres.
The New Wolsey Theatre has a fantastic playlist set up for Spring too with The Ultimate Louis Armstrong Show with The Bateman Brothers Jazz Band and presented by Terry Dash Music on Sunday 9 February. On Sunday 16 February and Some Kind of Wonderful, an all-star celebration of Stevie Wonder presented by Stephen Foster on Sunday 1 March. Other musical numbers include the rhythm-and-blues band Nine Below Zero on Sunday 8 March, Sing Sing Swing with the UK’s finest Big Band singer Matt Ford on Friday 13 March and Frankie’s Guys, a celebration of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, on Saturday 2 May. A sure fire highlight of the music line up for Spring 2020 is SK Shlomo’s Surrender, part wild gig, part devastatingly honest theatre. Surrender is an uplifting survival story from the world-record breaking live looping beatboxer SK Shlomo,
And there’s more! A whole range of nights out will be on at the New Wolsey next season, including a talk on The Mountbattens, presented by Andrew Lownie on Thursday 6 February, a return of Duke’s Comedy Club as it celebrates its 10th birthday at the New Wolsey on Friday 7 February, Box, a tale about sibling connection told with acrobatics, tricks and hand-balancing that comes hand-in-hand with a workshop on Tuesday 18 February, Dad’s Army Radio Show where two actors will play over twenty-five characters on Saturday 14 March, An Evening with Eric & Ern on Wednesday 29 April, involving the most loved Morecambe & Wise routines and songs, and the Piccadilly Dance Orchestra dazzling with 1920s and 30s music in You’re The Top! on Thursday 30 April.
Families will have plenty to see too next Spring! Both a workshop and performance of Shlomo’s Beatbox Adventure for Kids will be available on Sunday 16 February and there’s also an exciting revival of the classic tale of The Elves and the Shoemaker by Stuff and Nonsense, which will be here on Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 April. Other brilliant shows for all the family include: Morgan and West: Unbelievable Science, The Mystery of Raddlesham Mumps and Comedy Club 4 Kids.
Tickets at the New Wolsey Theatre will go on General Sale from Sat 9 Nov. For more information visit wolseytheatre.co.uk