NEWS: Pinball mania as Tommy leads New Wolsey Spring season


Ipswich’s New Wolsey Theatre have today [Thursday 27 October 2016] announced a brand new production of The Who’s Tommy as the second Ramps on the Moon touring production, The Who’s Tommy will tour to Birmingham, Nottingham, Leeds, Sheffield and London but Ipswich will see the show first from Thu 30 March to Sat 15 April 2017.

With a cast of 22 performers and musicians, this is the story of the pinball-playing boy which has entertained and intrigued audiences for more than 40 years.

Tommy will feature a creative use of audio description, captioning and British Sign Language interpretation which will enhance the experience for everyone. It is made in association with Ramps on the Moon – a consortium of theatres across the UK that are committed to driving change in their organisations.

The Suffolk theatre will also co-produce with Salisbury Playhouse and Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch to present The Worst Wedding Ever,  a huge hit when it premiered at Salisbury Playhouse in 2014. The production is written by Chris Chibnall, creator of ITV’s Broadchurch and from 2018 will be Head Writer and Executive Producer of BBC TV’s Doctor Who.

Other new shows announced include visits by English Touring Theatre with Silver Lining by Sandi Toksvig, Gecko’s brand new show The Wedding, neighbouring venue the Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds with their production of Northanger Abbey, local actor Roy Hudd in the stage premiere ofTV classic Waiting for God and Creative Cow’s Our Man In Havana.


The season goes on sale to Friends on 29 October, and on general sale on  12 November. For more information visit


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