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Wok'Roll Hotting Up in Ipswich

The New Wolsey Theatre in Ipswich has established a tradition of Christmas shows – yes I know we're still waiting for summer, but these things take time to come to the boil – which blend pantomime as you know it with rock'n'roll.

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Wok'n'roll hotting up in Ipswich

This November it's Aladdin who takes to the stage.

It's written by the New Wolsey's artistic director Peter Rowe with Alan Ellis and has a cast of actor-musicians performing over 20 rock and soul classics as they tell the story of hard-working Widow Twankey, her lazy son, dim-witted assistant, a mysterious traveller and a beautiful princess. Oh yes, there's also a musical monkey and a magical genie.

The New Wolsey’s commitment to accessible theatre continues with a BSL signed performance on Saturday 2 January at 2.30pm, a touch tour and audio-described performance on Saturday 16 January (also at 2.30pm and a captioned performance on Thursday 21 January at 7.30pm. The late night special, a popular choice for work groups and Christmas party animals is on Thursday 17 December at 10.30pm. The last performance is on 30 January.

“Aladdin is a classic panto story which I love working on,” says Peter Rowe. “Nanas the monkey is great fun and a wonderful challenge for the actor playing the role. And it’s got great music – "Born to be Wild" being a real crowd-pleaser. I’m looking forward to another wonderful fun production and to giving Suffolk audiences a real Christmas treat. The audience contributes a lot to the success of rock ‘n’ roll panto and Suffolk audiences are very giving and always up for having a great time."


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