A 400-seat theatre in the heart of Suffolk’s county town, The New Wolsey Theatre was established in 2000, building on the foundations of the regional repertory company that had opened the theatre in the late 1970s.
With a mission of presenting high quality, diverse and accessible work, it has emerged as a national leader recognized for the diversity of its audiences; for engaging with a broad cross-section of theatre-going and non-theatre-going communities; for nurturing and developing Black and Minority Ethnic artists; and for its style of actor/musician productions – from Sondheim to rock ‘n’ roll pantomime. Within its eclectic programme of own-produced and touring work, The New Wolsey also co-produces and collaborates with leading UK producing theatres and companies and engages extensively with a wide range of people through its Creative Learning work. In 2007, The New Wolsey won an Edinburgh Festival Fringe First with Hoipolloi for their co-production of Story of a Rabbit which went on to tour nationally and internationally. More recently, renowned physical theatre company Gecko has relocated to Ipswich to become a New Wolsey Associate Company.