December 2020

The New Wolsey Theatre dedicates a whole performance of its 5* reviewed Rock ‘n’ Roll panto The Snow Queen to Carers

The Snow Queen has gone down a storm with audiences and reviewers - online and in the auditorium - since opening on Thursday 17th December.

The performance on Tuesday 22nd December at 7pm is dedicated to Carers.
Every member of the audience in the auditorium will be a Carer (or a member of their household bubble) and hundreds of people watching online will be Carers also. There will be special dedications to Carers during the show and the Dame (played by ‘Romford’ Simmonds ) will reference Carers and the valuable work they do, based on his own experience.

Many people coming in to the theatre have been quite emotional about coming back after months of the theatre being closed. We are expecting The Carers’ Big Night in on Tuesday 22nd to be an especially emotional evening as we pay tribute to these unsung heroes and heroines in our communities.

When we opened nominations for the Carers’ Big Night In, we were so touched by the stories members of the public told us about Carers, we decided to share these (with permission) on our website and social media every day throughout December in a ‘Christmas Carers Advent Stories.’ Last-minute nominations for free Carers tickets can still be made by emailing

The Snow Queen is an extremely ambitious blend of live action, animation, audience interaction, pre-recorded film and even a live ‘doorstep’ moment with a member of the audience watching from home.

Sarah Holmes, CEO of The New Wolsey Theatre says:
‘We are immensely proud to be supporting Carers in this extraordinary year. The role of theatre in the community has never been more important than it is now and it remains a strong part of the New Wolsey’s mission, despite the challenges we face. Through our Carers Big Night In, we’re offering the joy of live performance to those who work tirelessly to care for others, some of whom may be new to the theatre experience. We’re looking forward to building on these relationships in the coming months.’

Peter Rowe, Artistic Director of the New Wolsey Theatre says:
‘We’ve worked incredibly hard to make this a satisfying experience whether you’re watching from home or in the auditorium. It’s gratifying to see the feedback from our livestream viewers who’ve had a brilliant time watching the show on a screen. I’m looking forward to sharing this show on Tuesday night with Carers, who deserve a joyful evening of fun and escapism perhaps more than any of us.’