The New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

NWT. Photo by Carl Lamb (6)About Us:

With a 400 seat main auditorium, and 100 seat studio space, the New Wolsey Theatre is nationally renowned for the quality and diversity of its productions, both as a sole producer, and in collaboration with a diverse range of artists and companies. With a particular reputation for musical work, often employing actor-musicians, the New Wolsey is a leading player in the development of new musicals, staging the world premieres of It’s A Wonderful Life, 20th Century Boy, Mods & Rox, Miss Nightingale and Midsummer Songs.

Recent musical revivals have included, a national tour of the Tim Firth and Madness musical Our House, Brecht and Weill’s The Threepenny Opera and an actor-musician version of Sweet Charity. They have recently joined forces with six other regional theatres and Graeae Theatre Company 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. The first production under this banner, The Government Inspector, was launched from Birmingham Repertory Theatre in 2016, and 2017 sees their own production of The Who’s Tommy opening 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. They run 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 part of its work to support disabled artists the New Wolsey began its ‘Agent for Change’ initiative in 2013, to extend its engagement with disability arts and artists in the eastern region and to provide a support network for artists and arts organisations. The building prides itself in being accessible to all, with provisions in place for step-free access to the building and its features as well as offering accessible services on productions for all to enjoy.

The New Wolsey Theatre is surrounded by over-ground parking, with a multi-story car park underneath the grounds which is open during the day. The theatre sits in the heart of Ipswich, which itself hosts a variety of restaurants, cafes and bars. However, audiences can make their evening complete by purchasing a pre-performance meal before the show to have at the theatre itself at competitive rates.

NWT Auditorium Photo Carl Lamb


Booking is available through the theatre website.  

By phone or in person at the Ticket Desk on 01473 295900 between 10am – 8pm, Monday to Saturday.

By Email to


How to find us:

By train: Ipswich has a train station and the theatre is a 20-minute walk from the station.

By Car: The postcode for your satnav is :IP1 2AS

Follow the signs for the town centre, until you get to the  Hanford Road  – Civic Drive roundabout where you will see the theatre and the entrance to the pay & display car park.


The Spiral Car park below the theatre is now closed to evening performances but a brand new surface car park has recently opened and it can be accessed directly from Civic Drive. All car parks are £2 after 6pm and during the day around £1.50 per hour


Disabled Parking

For easiest access, we recommend the Pay & Display car park. A number of blue badge spaces are available.


The Venue is accessible from the street without encountering any steps and the front doors are automated for easy access. Row C is accessible from the Ground Floor Foyer without using steps, and Row K also, via the passenger lift to the Bar area on the first floor. Guide dogs are welcome throughout the building and, if you prefer, we will happily look after your dog whilst you watch the performance.

Outlets & Amenities

The Box Office is located inside the main entrance. It has a low-level service counter and an induction hearing loop system – to use turn your hearing aid to T. There is one accessible toilet on the ground floor near the Café Bar and one in the Bar on the first floor. You can pre-order interval drinks at the Café Bar and the Bar to avoid queuing.

Infra Red Hearing Enhancement System

There is an Infra Red Hearing System in the auditorium for patrons who need hearing enhancement. This replaces the traditional ‘loop’ that you might come to expect. You will need a headset to take advantage of the system. Headsets are collected from the Box Office for a returnable deposit of £10.00. You can either choose an in-ear headset that acts as headphones or a transmitter that enables your hearing aid to pick up a personally created loop by switching your hearing aid to ‘T’.


At the Wolsey Theatre we have a lovely bar where you can eat and drink at any time – no ticket required. The Café Bar is open from 10am to the end of the last interval of the day Monday to Saturday. We close at 3pm when there is no evening performance and on Sunday’s and Bank Holiday’s we’ll be open 2 hours before the performance.

NWT Cafe Bar Photo Carl Lamb (1)

Our menu offers a wide range including freshly prepared rolls, sandwiches and paninis; Homemade soups; jacket potatoes with a variety of fillings and a wide range of hot and cold drinks.

A pre-order performance menu is available up to two hours before any New Wolsey Theatre performance


The Upstairs Bar & Glass Box

Turn right as you head into the theatre and up the stairs to find the New Wolsey’s modern bar and an area that we’ve come to call the Glass Box

We offer a wide range of beverages including a variety of wines, beers and spirits. Opening one hour before the show, the Bar is the ideal place to catch a post-show chat with cast and crew members. Don’t forget to order your interval drinks too.

NWT. Photo by Carl Lamb (2)

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