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New Wolsey Theatre

Address

Civic Drive
Ipswich
Suffolk
IP1 2AS

Contact Details

Tel: 01473 295900
With a 400 seat main auditorium, and 100 seat studio, the New Wolsey Theatre is nationally renowned for the quality and diversity of its productions. Recent musical revivals have included an actor-musician version of Sweet Charity, Jason Robert Brown’s The Last Five Years, and Made in Dagenham in co-production with Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch. They have joined forces with six other mid-scale theatres and Graeae to create Ramps on the Moon, an Arts Council funded strategic touring project, with the aim of increasing the engagement and participation of D/deaf and disabled actors, artists and audiences. 2017 saw their own critically acclaimed production of The Who’s Tommy open in Ipswich before embarking on a national tour.

The New Wolsey Theatre is committed to developing new talent and new voices. Their annual PULSE Festival acts as a spring-board for new and emerging artists, as well as providing a home for risk-taking and innovative work from more established companies. The theatre runs an extensive Creative Learning programme providing opportunities for young people to develop their creative, personal and social skills, as well as touring work to primary and secondary schools in and around Suffolk.

As a not-for-profit organisation and a registered charity, they are funded by the Arts Council England, Suffolk County Council and Ipswich Borough Council as well as through the invaluable donations, individual giving and corporate support of their many friends, patrons and sponsors. For further information visit: http://www.wolseytheatre.co.uk

Directions

By car:
From London, Chelmsford and Colchester (A12 northbound) -
Take the A12 to Ipswich. At the roundabout where the A12 and the A14 intersect take the second exit onto the A1214. Go straight over the next roundabout (Tesco is on you left) and continue on London Road through several sets of traffic lights.

You will eventually see Sainsbury’s on your left at a set of traffic lights – continue straight, go straight through 2 more sets of traffic lights onto Handford Road. At the Handford Rd. – Civic Drive roundabout, take the third exit onto Civic Drive, then the first left onto Elm Street, then immediately left onto Black Horse Lane and left again at the T-Junction with St Matthews Service Street. The pay & display car parks are on the left.

From Southwold, Aldeburgh and Woodbridge (A12 southbound) -
Take Woodbridge Road (A1214) into Ipswich, turn left on Argyle Street, take a right onto St Helen’s Street, continue straight on Crown Street to the roundabout, take the first exit (which takes you past the theatre), then the second exit off the next roundabout (Handford Rd.) and an almost immediate left onto Elm Street, then left again onto Black Horse Lane and again at the T-Junction with St Matthews Service Street. The pay & display car parks are on the left.

From Felixstowe (A14 westbound) -
Take the A1156 into Ipswich from the A14. Continue straight on Bishop’s Hill and on Fore Hamlet. Bear left on A1156 and continue straight on Fore Street. Take a left onto Salthouse Street, bear right onto Key Street, continue straight on College Street, left onto Bridge Street, bear left onto Grey Friars Road, right onto Franciscan Way, continue straight on Princes Street and bear left onto Civic Drive.

At the roundabout (Handford Rd.) take the fourth exit and an almost immediate left onto Elm Street, then left again onto Black Horse Lane and again at the T-Junction with St Matthews Service Street. The pay & display car parks are on the left.

By public transport:
If you’re using public transport we recommend visiting www.travelineeastanglia.co.uk which has up to date information and journey planning for the Eastern region by all methods of public transport.

Prices and opening

Tickets start from £10 for most of the performances, with concession rates available for under 26’s and companions of those with disabilities. Group rates are available on certain performances and dates. Contact the Ticket Sales team for more information.

Opening details

Season DatesOpening Hours
NotesThe theatre is open from 10am until late into the evening if there is a show. If there is no show, the Ticket Sales desk closes at 3pm, with the phones open until 6pm. The Café Bar also adheres to these opening times.

On Sunday and Bank Holidays, the theatre is open 2 hours before the start of the performance, or closed if there are no performances.