The New Wolsey Theatre bring access performances this autumn


As the New Wolsey Theatre gear up for the Autumn Season, they would like to remind you, your friends and families of the access performances they have on offer over the coming months.

Audio Description is a great way for anyone who finds it difficult to see the details of a performance to still enjoy coming to the theatre. If you use television audio description, a magnifier or large print books at home then live audio description means you can enjoy a theatre outing with your friends and family. The Audio Described performances for this season are:  the world premiere of MODS AND ROX, a new musical set in 1960’s London, on Saturday 22 September 2.30pm; classic murder mystery SACRED FLAME by W Somerset Maugham on Saturday 13 October 2.30pm; the heart-warming and fast-moving musical RADIO TIMES starring Gary Wilmot on Saturday 27 October 2.30pm, and the rock ’n’ roll pantomime SLEEPING BEAUTY on Saturday 12 January 2.30pm. Audio Description headsets can be pre-booked at the Box Office for a returnable deposit of £10.00. An Audio Brochure is also available for those who would like to listen to a full reading of all shows in the Autumn Season.

Anyone who finds it difficult to hear the actors speak on stage would benefit greatly from the Captioned performances. Words spoken by the performers are displayed as text on a screen on or next to the stage, a bit like television subtitles. The name of the character who is speaking and a description of any sound effects also feature on the captioning units, and people who are studying classic texts or want to improve their English may also find them useful! The Captioned performances for this season are: MODS AND ROX on Thursday 27 September 7.45pm; SACRED FLAME on Saturday 13 October 2.30pm; Pilot Theatre’s adaption of Alan Sillitoe’s classic text THE LONELINESS OF THE LONG DISTANCE RUNNER on Wednesday 17 October 2.30pm, and SLEEPING BEAUTY on Friday 25 January 7.30pm and Saturday 19 January 2.30pm. These captioned performances are proudly sponsored by Karen Finch RHAD FSHAA FRSA and The Hearing Care Centre, East Anglia’s multi-award winning private, independent hearing company. With 18 centers across East Anglia, more information about their work can be found at

During the British Sign Language (BSL) Interpreted performances an interpreter stands on or at the side of the stage, Clearly visible to the audience, and interprets the spoken word and sound effects for Deaf patrons who use BSL. Our BSL performances are SLEEPING BEAUTY on Saturday 19 January 2.30pm and our Christmas Studio Show for ages 3 and over THE MAGICIAN’S DAUGHTER on Friday 4 January at 11am and 2pm. When booking for these performances, BSL users are advised to inform the Box Office so they can be sat appropriately to fully enjoy the show.
The New Wolsey Theatre strive to provide an improved service every season and want to provide a positive experience for those who haven’t been to see us before or who, for whatever reason, feel that theatre is no longer an option. The Box Office staff are extremely helpful and the Access Manager Kelly Kirkbride is on hand and available to chat about any worries you may have.  For more information call 01473 295900 or visit


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