Lace Market Theatre 2022/23 Season Brochure

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Welcome to the 2022-23 Season From a tentative opening for members only in July 2021, the 2021-22 season saw a gradual return to normality with almost all the shows originally planned for the previous year eventually staged. For this season we have been able to return to our usual pattern of nine Auditorium shows and four in the Studio and we have put together what we hope provides something for everyone – covering the whole range of Western theatre from 423BCE to 2019. There’s classical tragedy, Shakespearean comedy, an iconic twentieth century American drama and a hilarious new version (written specially for the Lace Market Theatre) of a nineteenth century European classic. There is also a wide range of plays written in the twenty first century, some experimental in form, some more traditional psychological drama. And, for the first time for several years, there are two musical shows: a Christmas Nativity play with a difference, and one of the best loved full musicals to end the season. One production stands out: in 2022 the Lace Market Theatre celebrates the centenary of the foundation of the first of its parent organisations, the Nottingham Playgoers’ Club. To mark the occasion we are staging a production of a play written just two years later and which still enthrals audiences all over the world – Noël Coward’s Hay Fever. We hope you will be able to join our celebrations in November – and enjoy the shows throughout the season. As we say, there is something here for everyone. My thanks to the PAG team who helped to put this programme of plays together – Cynthia Marsh, Anne McCarroll and Jim Brooks. David Dunford Artistic Director


20-24 September 2022 The Studio Showtimes: Weekdays 19.30 Saturday 14.30 & 19.30

Directed by Guy Evans Audition: Monday 20th June 2022

Vincent BRIXTON in

by Nicholas Wright

It’s black and it’s bright, just like you said. It’s like stars in the sky.

An amateur production by arrangement with Nick Hern Books

Aged 20, Vincent, employed in the family business of art dealers, is transferred from his native Holland to the London branch. Taking lodgings with a widowed school teacher and her daughter, he discovers a house filled with secrets, falling first for the daughter and then the mother as he is drawn into the household’s web of duplicity. Author Nicholas Wright presents Van Gogh as he genuinely might have been, on one level raw, ruthless, naive, tactless and comically direct and at another level he displays the instinctive arrogance of talent. The play traces the transforming effects of love, sex and youthful adventure on the young artist’s burgeoning artistic genius. Winner of the 2003 Olivier Award for Best New Play.



MEDEA IN A VERSION BY BEN POWER 10-15 October 2022 The Auditorium Showtimes: Weekdays 19.30 Saturday 14.30 & 19.30

Directed by Nik Hedges Audition: Tuesday 12th July 2022

I chose to take back my life. My life.

Contains adult themes. An amateur production by arrangement with United Artists

Medea is a wife and a mother. For the sake of her husband, Jason, she’s left her home and borne two sons in exile. But when he abandons his family for a new life, Medea faces banishment and separation from her children. Cornered, she begs for one day’s grace. It’s time enough. She exacts an appalling revenge and destroys everything she holds dear. Ben Power’s version of Euripides’ tragedy Medea premiered at the National Theatre, London, in July 2014.


25-29 October 2022 The Studio Showtimes: Weekdays 19.30 Saturday 14.30 & 19.30

Directed by Lesley Brown Audition: Wednesday 27th July 2022

ESCAPED by Caryl ALONE Churchill “

I’m walking down the street and there’s a door in the fence open and inside there are three women I’ve seen before. This amateur production is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals Ltd. on behalf of Samuel French Ltd.

Three old friends and a neighbour sit for a summer of afternoons of tea and company, or is it catastrophe? The four converse about topics both trivial and serious; family members, lost keys, personal maladies, the only thing missing is the tea which sits on the ground on a tray but is never touched, perhaps because there’s something unspeakably nasty in the water? Celebrating the often unheard voices of older women, Caryl Churchill's convention-defying play juxtaposes backyard tea with environmental disaster, exploring themes of politics, crisis, communication and female endurance scattered with humour and whimsy.



by Noël Coward

14-19 November 2022 The Auditorium Showtimes: Weekdays 19.30 Saturday 14.30 & 19.30

Directed by Peter Konowalik Audition: Tuesday 16th August 2022

I’ve reached an age now when I just want to sit back and let things go on around me – and they do. This amateur production is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals Ltd. on behalf of Samuel French Ltd.

Set in an English country house on the River Thames, this play blends over-the-top hijinks, slapstick, satire, and a comedy of manners to present a unique portrait of a wacky and endearing English family in the early 1920s. Each of the four members of the Bliss family has invited a guest to stay at the family estate for the weekend. This sets the stage for a series of raucous misunderstandings that only serve to underscore an unspoken but universal fact: There is no such thing as a normal family. Noël Coward’s sparkling comedy was written just two years after the foundation of the Nottingham Playgoers’ Club, which eventually became the Lace Market Theatre. A perfect tribute to the gaiety – and fragility – of the mood of the 1920’s, it celebrates our centenary in style.


12-17 December 2022 The Auditorium Showtimes: Weekdays 19.30 Saturday 14.30 & 19.30

Directed by David Dunford Audition: Tuesday 13th September 2022



There’s no treachery assassination, doubledealing, deceit, coercion or blackmail that you encounter later in life that you will not have been prepared for in the classroom. This amateur production is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals Ltd. on behalf of Samuel French Ltd.


Tim Firth

Miss Horrocks' class of seven-year-olds is about to perform their nativity play at Flint Street Junior School for the proud mums and dads - and the occasional social worker. This funny, nostalgic and poignant play, where the children are played by adults, is sure to delight and fill you with Christmas cheer. Tim Firth, writer of Calendar Girls originally wrote The Flint Street Nativity as a TV comedy which aired during Christmas 1999. Like all good Nativity plays, the story is carried by a number of well-known Christmas hymns and carols – though some of the words are unconventional! (Be prepared to sing along.)



PERFORMING If you have a passion for performing, the Lace Market Theatre is a great place to get on stage – whether you’ve been treading the boards for years or are curious about acting for the first time. We always welcome new talent at our auditions and you’ll be given all the guidance and support you need as you rehearse your role and get ready to perform with us.



Come along to an audition if you’re interested in performing in one of our plays. They are open to everyone so you don’t need to become a theatre member beforehand, but you will need to join if you accept a part. Audition dates are listed alongside the details for each play in this brochure and we will publish more information on our website ahead of each audition to help you prepare.

Find out more about the Lace Market Theatre and meet some of our knowledgeable volunteers at one of our Open Evenings and Showcase Events

Friday 9th September 2022 Open Evening Tuesday 18th October 2022 Open Evening Saturday 21st January 2023 Lunchtime Open Event th Thursday 9 March 2023 Open Evening Friday 5th May 2023 Open Evening 8

The Lace Market Theatre is entirely run by our members volunteering in their free time – from the actors on stage and the backstage crew to the box office and bar staff. Below are some of the many ways you can contribute to our friendly theatre community.




There’s a lot that goes into a successful show besides the performers and each of our productions needs a dedicated team of creative and technical volunteers working behind the scenes to develop the look and feel of the play and make sure everything runs smoothly. These are some of the offstage roles you could get involved in, and we’ll provide all the training you need.

We provide a welcoming experience for our visitors and strongly encourage all of our theatre members to support us in our customer-facing activities. We will provide you with full training if you would like to get involved in essential roles including

Directing or assisting a director Stage managing or assisting backstage Set design, building and decoration Costumes – selecting or creating Props – sourcing and making Sound design and operation Lighting design and operation

Front of house greeting visitors Box office managing ticket sales Serving refreshments in our licenced bar or coffee bar

Lunchtime Theatre Our monthly Lunchtime Theatre event, held in our bar on a weekday, includes a talk from some of our members or guest speakers on theatre, literature or music, followed by a lively discussion. Some sessions also include a performance or a workshop. Open to all theatre members and their guests. Contact:


For details of how to join the Lace Market Theatre see page 23. As a member, we’ll keep you updated via email and our social media pages on what’s happening in our thriving social scene throughout the season.


Celebrating Our Award-Winning Team! A true testament to our amazing volunteers, in June 2022 we received the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service for outstanding community service. This is the highest award which can be given to a local voluntary group. It is a tremendous achievement and one that all our members, past and present, can be immensely proud of!

2020 NANDA Awards Yes, there are some things worth remembering from 2020... Since we weren’t able to celebrate in person the amateur theatre awards we received from our curtailed 2020 season, we are making up for it now!

2020 Director of the year Chris Sims, Foxfinder The Lace Market Theatre

2020 Best Supporting Actress Emily Kelsey, Foxfinder The Lace Market Theatre

2020 Best All Round Play Consent, The Lace Market Theatre

2020 Actress of the year

Laura Chambers, Consent The Lace Market Theatre

2020 Set Design


Jim Brooks, Consent The Lace Market Theatre


10-14 January 2023 The Studio Showtimes: Weekdays 19.30 Saturday 14.30 & 19.30

Directed by Chris Sims Audition: Thursday 29th September 2022

Do you know it’s impossible to lick the tips of your elbows? They hold the secret to immortality.

This amateur production is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals Ltd. on behalf of Samuel French Ltd.

A quantum physicist and a beekeeper meet at a barbeque and become romantically involved or perhaps they don’t. They move in together or maybe they go their separate ways. In the multiverse every possible future ahead of them. The play follows Marianne, the quantum physicist and Roland, the beekeeper, through their romantic relationship. Marianne often waxes poetic about cosmology, quantum mechanics, string theory and the belief that there are multiple universes that pull people's lives in various directions. Winner of the Evening Standard Theatre award for best play and nominated for the Olivier award for best new play.


30 January-4 February 2023 The Auditorium Showtimes: Weekdays 19.30 Saturday 14.30 & 19.30

Directed by Colin Treliving Audition: Tuesday 1st November 2022


by Moira Buffini

Whatever we say must stay between these three walls.

An amateur production by arrangement with Nick Hern Books

The monarch and her most powerful subject. One believed there was no such thing as society and the other vowed to serve it. Moira Buffini’s sparkling and insightful piece cleverly explores the nature of history – and what might have gone on behind closed doors at the weekly meetings between the Queen and Mrs Thatcher. The story of Britain in the 1980s, and its changing role in the world, unfolds through the relationship between these two formidable stateswomen – two very different characters. Moira Buffini’s high-spirited play, premiering in 2013, views both her main protagonists with an empathetic and respectful eye. We catch a glimpse of the awkwardness and sharpness beneath a polite and formal surface. The result is funny and fast-moving, taking in snapshots of the historical highlights of the time, and shifting effortlessly from high comedy to occasional moments of tragedy.




an adaptation of Nokolai Gogol’s classic comedy by Philip Goulding

or A Little Local Difficulty

27 February-4 March 2023 The Auditorium Showtimes: Weekdays 19.30 Saturday 14.30 & 19.30

Directed by Matt Huntbach Audition: Tuesday 29th November 2022

My purpose in calling you together this morning, is, I’m afraid, distinctly unpleasant. I have received word that we are to expect... an inspector.

By Ukranian Nikolai Gogol, adapted by Philip Goulding. In this version, specially written for the Lace Market Theatre, of Gogol’s satirical masterpiece, the Mayor of a mid Victorian East Midlands town is thrown into a panic at the news that an imminent inspection by a high-ranking government official, the Government Inspector! The Mayor’s fears are well-founded as he has been somewhat lacking in his duties and the town’s officials waste no time covering up their corruption. Surely the only possible solution is bribery; it seems to have worked so well for the Mayor and his team in the past! Alas a simple case of mistaken identity leads matters to spiral hysterically out of control. Could it be that they have met their match in the complicated business of deception? A hilarious riot of corruption, lies and greed.



If you want to see a stage full of energy and bursting with young talent, crafted with as much care and attention to detail as the adult plays, the Youth Theatre show is definitely not to be missed. Our theatre is home to one of the most highly regarded, creative and energetic youth theatres in Nottingham. Its reputation is one of pushing the boundaries and never doing the ordinary. We aim to inspire and challenge young people to explore all aspects of theatre through various techniques and approaches, whatever your experience. We work to a professional level and never settle for less.

Membership is £50 and open to anyone aged 11-18 years

The next Youth Theatre Open Day is Saturday 10th September 2022 10am - 12pm 15



24-29 April 2023 The Auditorium Showtimes: Weekdays 19.30 Saturday 14.30 & 19.30

Directed by Hazel Salisbury and Laurie Owen Audition: Tuesday 17th & Thursday 19th January 2023

To whom should I complain? Who would believe me?

Contains adult themes.

A young girl, confused about her sexuality, seeks refuge from a world of pimps, people-traffickers, and drugdealers, while her brother is sentenced to death for getting his girlfriend pregnant. Should she prostitute herself to a corrupt judge, or let her brother die? Rescue appears to come from a stranger, but can Isabel trust this woman, who seems to know everyone and everything? Or does she have her own agenda? All set against a background of not-so-lovable rogues, comically inept police, and an institutionally biased justice system sound familiar? #Me Too


9-13 May 2023 The Studio Showtimes: Weekdays 19.30 Saturday 14.30 & 19.30

Directed by Clare Choubey Audition: Monday 6th February 2023

THE SON by Florian Zeller, translated by Christopher Hampton

I’m telling you I don’t understand what’s happening to me.

Contains adult themes. This amateur production is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals Ltd. on behalf of Samuel French Ltd.

Nicolas, just two years ago a smiling boy, is going through a difficult phase after his parents’ divorce. He’s listless, skipping classes, lying. He believes moving in with his father and his new family may help, and a different school, a fresh start. When he senses he isn’t wanted there and feels uncomfortable, maybe going back to live with his mother is the answer. What if it isn’t? then what? Third part of Florian Zeller’s trilogy after The Father and The Mother.


TOWARDS ZERO by Agatha Christie

29 May-3 June 2023 The Auditorium Showtimes: Weekdays 19.30 Saturday 14.30 & 19.30

Directed by Helen Sharp Audition: Thursday 16th February 2023

A murder is a culmination of a lot of different circumstances, all converging at a given moment. This amateur production is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals Ltd. on behalf of Samuel French Ltd.

When a house party gathers at Gull's Point, the seaside home of Lady Tressilian, Neville Strange finds himself caught between his old wife Audrey and his new flame Kay and the scene is set for one of Agatha Christie’s most intriguing plays. A nail-biting thriller, the play probes the psychology of jealousy in the shadow of a savage and brutal murder as an investigation unpeels before our eyes and brings the story to a pointed ending. A classic whodunit with plenty of suspects and red herrings from the pen of the Queen of Crime, dramatised by Gerald Verner. Who will be murdered and who will be revealed as the sadistic killer?


26 June-1 July 2023 The Auditorium Showtimes: Weekdays 19.30 Saturday 14.30 & 19.30

Directed by Gordon Parsons Audition: Thursday 6th April 2023

Something Unspoken/ Suddenly Last Summer by Tennessee Williams

Isn’t that what love is? Using people? Contains adult themes.

This amateur production is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals Ltd. on behalf of Samuel French Ltd. Presented by special arrangement with the University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee, USA

How far would you go to cover up an unpalatable truth? On the patio of her “well groomed” jungle, Mrs Venable has bribed a young doctor from the Lion’s View Sanitorium to find out, from the only witness, what really happened to her son in the city of Cabeza de Lobo. This powerful, lyrical one act play is preceded by Something Unspoken, a thirty minute two hander, the title of which neatly sums up the main theme of pretty well all Tennessee Williams’ work including Suddenly Last Summer.




Book and Lyrics by Dorothy Reynolds and Julian Slade Music by Julian Slade

24-29 July 2023 The Auditorium Showtimes: Weekdays 19.30 Saturday 14.30 & 19.30

Directed by Meng Khaw Audition: Tuesday 14th & Thursday 16th March 2023

I’ll remind you to remind me / We said we wouldn’t look back

This amateur production is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals Ltd. on behalf of Samuel French Ltd.

Summer 1954: an enchanting tale of a young couple discovering love. Timothy and Jane leave university to make their own way in the world. A chance meeting with a tramp brings the couple together as his street piano gives everyone around them an irresistible and unstoppable urge to dance. A timeless, frothy, totally escapist musical that has delighted audiences since its first performances in the 1950s – the perfect way to enjoy a summer’s evening.


Make a Meal of it When you come to see one of our shows why not treat yourself to an early evening meal out in the city centre. We’ve teamed up with the following nearby pub-restaurants who are offering our theatre-goers a 20% discount on pre-theatre dining. When redeeming an offer be sure to present your Lace Market Theatre show ticket or confirmation email valid for a performance that day.


20% off your pre-theatre meal bill at the Cross Keys 15 Byard Lane, NG1 2GJ. 0115 941 7898. When booking please quote the Lace Market theatre food discount

20% off your pre-theatre meal bill at Pitcher & Piano The Unitarian Church, High Pavement, NG1 1HN. 0115 958 6081 Terms and conditions apply

Exhibition Space

We invite local artists to display their work in our small gallery during the run of an auditorium production. Paintings, sculptures and photographs are welcome. For further information contact Doreen Hunt via our website.

The Story of the Lace Market Theatre If you are curious to find out more about our 100-year history pick up a copy of Story of the Lace Market Theatre for £3


Your Visit Getting Here The Lace Market Theatre Halifax Place, Nottingham, NG1 1QN Find us in the heart of Nottingham’s former lace-making district just east of the city centre shopping area, less than a 5-minute walk from Lace Market tram stop and Lace Market car park.

Parking Offer Nottingham City Council offers our theatregoers a special parking rate of £3 for 4 hours at the Lace Market Car Park. You can validate your parking ticket at our Box Office desk. Terms and conditions apply – see our website for details.

Accessibility We can accommodate assistance dogs and have a loop hearing system in both of our performance spaces. Unfortunately we are as yet unable to provide wheelchair access. Please contact our box office in advance with any special requirements. Some of our performances may include flashing light effects. We have noted this on the play pages where this information was available at the time of publication, but in some cases this may not be confirmed until later so please check our website for any updates or contact us if you have concerns about lighting effects.


Refreshments Upstairs at the theatre you will find our fully licensed bar, open from 19:00 to 22.30 on performance nights and from 2pm for matinée performances. You can take your drinks into the theatre – just ask for a plastic glass – and you can also pre-order drinks for the interval. Our tea and coffee bar is also open for auditorium performances.

Book Tickets

Ticket Prices Standard Concession Members

Book tickets on our website: Click on What’s On and follow the links.





Call our box office on 0115 950 7201 which is normally staffed between 7.30pm – 10pm Monday to Friday and 12.30 – 2pm Saturday










Season ticket*








Salad Days

Membership To become a member of the Lace Market Theatre, pick up an application form from the Box Office and return it in person or by post along with payment for your annual subscription. Membership rates: Individual £50 Joint (for both members) £90 Concessionary £40 Youth Theatre £50

*A member’s season ticket covers one ticket to each production throughout the season. Season ticket holders should still reserve seats to individual performances (at no additional cost) as tickets may sell out and we cannot guarantee a seat without a booking.

Group Bookings & Hire

Find out about how you can support the Lace Market Theatre on pages 8-9. For further information or enquiries contact

About this Brochure This brochure was designed, illustrated and written entirely by our member volunteers. Many thanks to Hannah Coxon, David Babington, Colin Treliving and Emma Carlton for their creative input. With thanks to David Dunford (Artistic Director) and Alison Hope (Publicity Coordinator).

If you wish to book tickets for a large group, for every 12 tickets one ticket is free. For parties over 50 a special rate can be arranged, both subject to availabillity. The Lace Market Theatre is an ideal venue for party bookings and charity fundraising events. We are happy to hire out our theatre, studio area and facilities for private functions, small conferences and private parties at certain times. For information please call 0115 950 7201 or contact

All information accurate at the time of printing (June 2022) but in case of any possible changes please check our website for the latest information. © Lace Market Theatre, 2022. All rights reserved.


At a Glance Sept


Vincent in Brixton





Escaped Alone

Hay Fever

The Flint St Nativity








The Government Inspector

Measure for Measure

The Son




Towards Zero

Something Unspoken/ Suddenly Last Summer

Salad Days



Halifax Place Nottingham NG1 1QN Box Office: 0115 950 7201

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