Thomas Wolsey - The Rise & Fall

Black & White Productions present THOMAS WOLSEY – THE RISE & FALL written by Suzanne Hawkes

To celebrate the 550th anniversary of Wolsey’s birth, Black & White Productions are reviving their play about the life and times of this great man.

Thomas Wolsey – born in Ipswich from humble beginnings - rose to become Henry VIII’s right hand man and as Chancellor, the most powerful force in England. But swept up in the storm of Reformation, and the jealousies of rich men and vengeful women, his career followed a dramatic course to a bitter end.

This play looks at his life through the eyes of George Cavendish of Glemsford, his servant and biographer during his glorious rise and his subsequent battle to survive the turbulence of King Henry’s determination to turn the world upside down in his pursuit of love and an heir.

It also features his relationships with Thomas Cromwell, The Boleyn women and his mistress Jane Larke.

Performed in the atmospheric surround of churches, some of which have connections to the Wolsey story, and featuring live music, this is an event not to be missed.

Tickets are £14 (standard price) and £12 (concessions), plus a booking fee and are available by calling 01394 279613 or online at

Part of the Thomas Wolsey 550 Celebrations, Ipswich

Date & Time

21st April 2023, 7:30pm - doors open 7:00pm


St Peter's by the Waterfront St Peter's Church, College Street, Ipswich, IP4 1BF

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