IAA Town Lecture – Wolsey vs Cromwell: Who Did for Ipswich Theatre? – Ivan Cutting

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Date(s) - 13/05/2021
1:00 pm



Wolsey vs Cromwell: Who Did for Ipswich Theatre?
Speaker: Ivan Cutting, Artistic Director, Eastern Angles

In 1504 the Annals of Ipswich record “Granted to John Stangilts, 20s 8d yerely for 12 yeres to find the stageing for Corp’ Chr’i  play”. And yet, in 1531 they include the command: “Corpus Christi play laide for ever aside by order”. So, what happened in those 27 years to prompt this change of heart?
Why was this important and popular piece of street theatre shelved?

Ivan Cutting of Eastern Angles takes a journey of discovery through this crucial period
of history and speculates on the town’s theatrical heritage tourist appeal.

 Anyone interested in attending the lecture will need to register in advance to receive a link to the Zoom meeting. Please email Vera Rogers at vera.rogers1@btinternet.com to express your interest.

Mystery plays could have been a source of inspiration for medieval carvers. This wood relief comes from Bristol Cathedral.

Ivan Cutting, Artistic Director, Eastern Angles.


Following this lecture we hope to continue the 2021 season with a concert in

We can only work within government guidelines in place at the time, so watch
this space for news of developments following any Government announcements.

Details on the TOWN LECTURES & CONCERTS page.