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April – August 2011 Box Office: 0115 941 9419

Enjoy a summer of scorching entertainment at Nottingham Playhouse

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Photo: Arno Declair

26 May – 12 June 2011

Including: Blast Theory Cheek by Jowl Company of Angels Det Norske Teatret Deutsches Theater Gob Squad Gruppe 38 Hanby and Barrett Hatch Mark Ravenhill Nats Nus Dansa New Perspectives Theatre Company Nottingham Playhouse Theatre Company Opera North Teatr Nowy Theatre Writing Partnership Reckless Sleepers

A major new festival is taking place this summer. See the best European theatre and performance from over 20 countries right here in Nottingham. Nottingham Playhouse Youth Theatre presents

The Trial

By Franz Kafka, adapted by Steven Berkoff AGE  Thursday 28 – Saturday 30 April 14+ at 7.30pm Tickets: £5 (£4)

Joseph K is under arrest. But he doesn’t know what for. He needs a good lawyer and he needs one fast. Steven Berkoff’s striking theatrical adaptation portrays a world where justice and freedom are elusive. This version is performed by the acclaimed Nottingham Playhouse Youth Theatre. Director: Sarah Stephenson, Designer: Nathan Rose, Lighting Designer: David Phillips, Sound Designer: Drew Baumohl, Assistant Director: Augharad Jones, Singing Coach: Ray McLeod Contains scenes of a sexual nature.

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Drama Nottingham Playhouse Theatre Company presents

The League of Youth

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By Henrik Ibsen, in a version by Andy Barrett

 riday 13 May – Wednesday 1 June F Tickets: £7.50 – £26.50 Bargain Seats and Previews £10. Groups (10+) £16. Matinees £7.50 – £12 Post Show Discussion: Tuesday 24 May

UK Premiere

“Vote for change!” Sick of the two established parties, one man promises a third option: to champion the people and remake politics. Ibsen’s political farce has long been praised for its sparkling wit and cynical humour. But The League of Youth is uncanny in the mirror it holds up to present-day Britain, where every promise leads to compromise in the rush to snatch a share of the power. A brand new adaptation by Andy Barrett (Garage Band, The Day That Kevin Came) finds fresh satire in this rarelyseen comic gem. Cast includes: Sam Callis, Phillip Betherton, Robin Kingsland, Mark Jardine, David Acton and Chris Nayak Director: Giles Croft Designer: Dawn Allsopp Sam Callis Lighting Designer: Alexandra Stafford Composer/Sound Designer: Matthew Bugg

Nottingham Playhouse Theatre Company presents

The Ashes

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By Michael Pinchbeck

When Australian batsman Donald Bradman notched up over 1000 runs for his team and returned home bearing The Ashes, England was determined to avenge the defeat. By the time the England team set sail for Australia two years later, under the captaincy of Douglas Jardine, a new line of bowling attack had been devised – Bodyline. Jardine chose Harold Larwood, a coal miner World from Nottinghamshire, for the job and as a result, Premiere England were victorious – but at what cost? Written by Michael Pinchbeck (The White Album), The Ashes explores how stories live on in the soil long after the game has finished. Director: Giles Croft Designer: Michael Vale Belvoir Castle Cricket Trust Celebrity Gala Performance Tuesday 13 September 7pm Tickets: £39.50 – £45 For more information or to book call the Box Office on 0115 941 9419 or visit

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Friday 2 – Saturday 17 September Tickets: £7.50 – £26.50. Bargain Seats and Previews £10. Groups (10+) £16. Matinees £7.50 – £12

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Now booking... Nottingham Playhouse Theatre Company presents

Noël Coward’s Private Lives

Janie Dee

Friday 7 October – Saturday 22 October Tickets: £7.50 – £26.50 Bargain Seats and Previews £10. Groups (10+) £16. Matinees £7.50 – £12 A riotous comedy of manners! Elyot and Sybil are married and honeymooning in the south of France. In the adjoining room, Amanda and Victor are enjoying their first moments of wedded bliss. The only problem is Elyot and Amanda used to be married to each other. When they meet again they throw themselves into a love affair without a care for the scandalous consequences. Noël Coward’s passionate and witty love story, glittering with razor-sharp dialogue, remains one of the most successful and popular comedies ever written. Cast includes: Janie Dee and Rupert Wickham Director: Giles Croft Designer: Dawn Allsopp Lighting Designer: Alexandra Stafford

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Written and directed by Kenneth Alan Taylor Friday 25 November – Saturday 14 January Tickets: £18 – £25 Join us for the ultimate Royal Wedding! Prepare yourself for the greatest panto of them all with sparkling song and dance routines, dazzling costumes and lashings of glitter. You’ll have a ball! Designer: Tim Meacock Musical Director: John Morton

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Nottingham Playhouse Theatre Company in a co-production with Liverpool Playhouse and Everyman Theatres present

The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui

By Bertolt Brecht Translated by Stephen Sharkey Wednesday 26 October – Saturday 12 November Tickets £7.50 – £26.50. Bargain Seats and Previews £10. Groups (10+) £16. Matinees £7.50 – £12 In 1930s Chicago local crime boss Arturo Ui has the town in his hands. With a winning smile, a machine gun and an army of hoods he offers protection – but it comes at a very high price. Brecht’s farce about the rise of a fascist dictator has all too many modern parallels. Originally written in 1941, The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui is a highly satirical, no-holds-barred allegory of the rise of Hitler in Nazi Germany. Director: Walter Meierjohann

Autumn Saver

See 3 shows for £42 pounds* The League of Youth The Ashes Private Lives The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui Offer only available until Friday 9 September, so book early and save! *Excludes Super Seats and Bargain Seats. Subject to availability. Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer or on tickets already purchased. Not available online


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Phoenix Dance Theatre Reflected

Richard Alston Dance Company

 ednesday 4 May at 8pm W Tickets: £12 – £16. Bargain Seats £8. Schools and Quids In £8.50

Friday 6 – Saturday 7 May at 8pm Tickets: £10 – £18. Schools and Quids In £8.50

Join Phoenix Dance Theatre as the company starts a year of celebration of three decades of outstanding and inspiring dance. Artistic Director Sharon Watson has revitalised Phoenix, taking the company back to what it does best – compelling, entertaining and diverse programmes – and reintroducing classic pieces from Phoenix’s rich history. This programme features world premieres of Richard Wherlock’s sensual and vibrant Switch and Sharon Watson’s Melt, plus UK premieres of Philip Taylor’s What It Is and a welcome return for Pave Up Paradise.

The company presents three pieces danced to a diverse selection of musical scores in a programme to excite and inspire dance fans new and old. Roughcut – a euphoric display of pure energy – is danced to the cascading pearls of Steve Reich’s shimmering New York and Electric Counterpoints. ‘Sends You Home Cloud-High’ Sunday Times Lie of the Land – the sharp sweetness of Ned Rorem’s string quartet has inspired lyrical yet urgent dancing. ‘Fierce nuances of rhythm and line’ The Guardian Out Of The Strong is performed to Prokofiev’s Sixth Piano Sonata. ‘Threatens to burst through the confines of the stage’ The Guardian

Royal New Zealand Ballet From Here to There Tuesday 19 July at 8pm Tickets: £14 – £20 Renowned for their fresh and artistically adventurous programmes, Royal New Zealand Ballet presents the UK premiere of a stunning trio of contemporary works that will inspire, move and mesmerise audiences. This dynamic young company receives accolades wherever they perform, and this triple bill features work by some of the most sought-after and interesting choreographers working today. ‘Breathtakingly tender, hypnotically beautiful, wondrously absorbing – you never want it to end’ New Zealand Herald


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Back by popular demand

Edinburgh sell out!

Jeremy Hardy

Isy Suttie Greg Davies Love Lost In The British Firing Cheeseballs Retail Industry at a Dog

Saturday 16 April at 8pm Tickets: £14 (£12)

Monday 18 April at 8pm Tickets: £12 (£10)

Wednesday 15 June at 8pm Tickets: £15

Known for his work on BBC Radio 4’s I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue and Jeremy Hardy Speaks to the Nation.

An acclaimed musical comic and best known as Dobby from Peep Show, Isy Suttie performs her multi-character love story set in a northern supermarket.

You’ll already know him as the psychotic Head of Sixth Form, Mr Gilbert in The Inbetweeners, and as the most out-of-shape member of We are Klang.

Mark Steel

Jenny Eclair Old Dog New Tricks

Dom Joly Welcome to Wherever I Am

Friday 17 June at 8pm Tickets: £15 (£13)

Monday 20 June at 8pm Tickets: £16.50

Tuesday 21 June at 8pm Tickets: £19.50

Following the publication of his latest book What’s Going On? The Meanderings of a Comic Mind in Confusion, Mark brings his brilliant comic musings to Nottingham Playhouse for one night only.

Jenny Eclair is 50 years old, which in dog years would qualify for The Guinness Book of Records. Having recently been de-wormed and with her teeth newly bleached, she’ll be prancing around the regions, basically doing her comedy tricks for a nice biscuit and maybe a glass of chardonnay.

Trigger Happy TV’s Dom Joly has led the most extraordinary of lives. In this highly original and funny show, Dom attempts to make sense of it all with the aid of some very peculiar holiday snaps.


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Paul Chowdhry Not PC

Rory Bremner and Friends

Sunday 26 June at 7.30pm Tickets: £15

Tuesday 28 June at 8pm Tickets: £16

After gigs at the Indigo O2 and Edinburgh Festival, Paul will be taking his show Paul Chowdhry: Not PC out on the road with new material and unscripted improvisation.

A rare opportunity to enjoy Britain’s best known and sharpest impressionist. He is joined by stylish stand-up Hattie Hayridge (Red Dwarf) and awardwinning singer and entertainer Ian Shaw.

Edinburgh Comedy

Before the Fringe...

Your chance to preview a selection of top comedy acts, before they hit the Edinburgh Festival Fringe!

Tuesday 14 June at 8pm Jigsaw Peacock and Gamble Tickets: £8

Wednesday 15 June at 8pm Gareth Richards Steve Hall Tickets: £8

Thursday 23 June at 8pm Naz Osmanoglu Tickets: £8

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The Tiger Who Came To Tea  Thursday 14 April at 1.30pm AGE 3+ Friday 15 – Sunday 17 April at 10.30am and 1.30pm Tickets: £10 The doorbell rings just as Sophie and her mummy are sitting down to tea. Who could it possibly be? What they certainly don’t expect to see at the door is a big, stripey tiger! For the first time ever, this much-loved tale of a tiger creating tea-time mayhem is brought vividly to life on stage in a show packed with oodles of magic, sing-a-long songs and clumsy chaos. Expect to be surprised! Based on the picture book written and illustrated by Judith Kerr. Adapted for the stage with songs and lyrics by David Wood. Tall Stories presents

Mr Benn

The Extraordinary Adventures of an Ordinary Man



Tuesday 26 July at 1.30pm, Wednesday 27 – Thursday 28 July at 10.30am and 1.30pm Tickets: £10. Schools £8.50

Share the magic of Mr Benn with your children... Mr Benn is an ordinary man who lives in an ordinary street. One day he gets an invitation to a fancy dress party. Mr Benn sets off to look for a costume and finds himself drawn into a small shop he’s never noticed before. As if by magic the shopkeeper appears and shows Mr Benn into the changing room. But this is no ordinary changing roomit contains a special door that leads to adventures. Join Mr Benn on his exciting journey in this magical musical show!

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Sea Legs Puppet Theatre presents

The Ugly Duckling By Hans Christian Andersen Adapted by Rob Ashman & Matthew Hart AGE  Saturday 9 July at 11am and 1pm 3+ Tickets: Adults £6 Children £5

Follow the story of the ugly duckling who became a majestic swan, in Hans Christian Andersen’s famous fairy tale. Set on the banks of a magical river, and involving a host of beautiful puppet characters, Sea Legs’ musical re-telling of The Ugly Duckling is a joy to behold.

KW Ltd and NB Ltd and Curve Leicester with Hackney Empire and Nottingham Playhouse present

Mr Stink Live On Stage

AGE Tuesday 16 – Sunday 28 August 6+ Tue 16 at 7pm, Wed 17 – Thu 18 at 2.30pm, Fri 19 – Sun 21 at 2.30pm and 7pm, Tues 23 – Wed 24  at 7pm, Thu 25 – Sat 27 at 2.30pm and 7pm, Sun 28 at 11am and 3pm. Tickets: £16, £13, £11 David Walliams, that funny tall bloke from Little Britain, has written the smelliest book of all time and in this live world premiere Nottingham Playhouse will break new wind ground with a SCRATCH AND SNIFF production which will bring the book PONGINGLY to life. Chloe doesn’t like school very much. She isn’t as cool as the other kids. No iPhone, no DS and no friends. Then she meets Mr Stink – the local tramp. Yes, he smells a bit but he’s the only person who’s ever been nice to her and that includes her mother – an awful snob who wants to be the local MP and is trying to rid the streets of its homeless. About to lose her only friend, Chloe finds somewhere for him to hide… but is there more to Mr Stink than meets the nose? Directed by Matthew White Book Illustrated by Quentin Blake

Special Offer Special offer Book before Thursday 30 June and get a Family Ticket for just £54! (Max 2 adults)

Playhouse Folk

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Jez Lowe

Vin Garbutt

WarHorse: The Concert

Thursday 19 May at 8pm Tickets: £10 in advance, £12 on the door

Thursday 16 June at 8pm Tickets: £10 in advance, £12 on the door

 unday 25 September 6pm S Tickets: £16 (£15) Under 16’s £8

Jez Lowe has been playing the songs and music of northern England for almost twenty years. With half-a-dozen albums with his band The Bad Pennies, and a number of solo albums, Jez is one of the top performers on the folk/acoustic/Celtic circuit.

Winner of ‘Best Live Act’ at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2001. An outstanding whistle player and guitarist, Vin’s songs are powerful, hugely moving, warm, humane and honest. Vin has performed all over the world and his shows are continually sell-outs so early booking is recommended!

A reading by the author Michael Morpurgo with songs from BBC Radio 2 Folk Award Winners John Tams and Barry Coope A unique opportunity to hear author Michael Morpurgo recount the tale of his own novel. Seen through the eyes of Joey, a horse, this is an epic journey from life on a farm in peaceful Devon to the trenches of the First World War – from farm horse to war horse.

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An Evening with Rick Wakeman

Clare Summerskill Well That Explains It!

Thursday 16 June at 8pm Tickets: £26.50

Friday 17 June at 8pm Tickets: £10, £12 on the door

Rick is probably best-known as a member of the super group Yes. With 50,000,000 record sales world-wide, numerous television appearances including Countdown, Top Gear and Grumpy Old Men, and more than 4,000 world-wide concert performances of one sort or another under his belt, Rick has endeared himself to all genres and ages. In his fantastic one-man show, Rick will perform solo on the piano and tell ludicrously ridiculous and funny anecdotes.

Let’s talk about Sex! Lets talk about being single, being married, being Gay, Bi, Lesbian, Queer, Straight and those who just see themselves as a bit on the wonky side. Everything you’ve ever wanted to know about these matters but were too afraid to ask! All is finally revealed by lesbian actress/ singer stand-up Clare Summerskill who in this new show will take you on a song-singing, side-splitting evening of comedy and music.

Moonlight Serenade Orchestra UK

Sing-a-long-a Rocky Horror Picture Show

Saturday 2 July at 7.30pm Tickets: £16 (£14)

AGE 12+

The Moonlight Serenade Orchestra UK has wowed audiences with their skills and passion for swing music. From selling out the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, to playing under the wing of a bomber at the American Air Museum, they have always hit the right note.

The Campest Cult Classic of all time gets the Sing-a-long-a treatment it’s been screaming for! Featuring the film, starring Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, Meatloaf and Richard O’Brien, it’s the most outrageous, riotous, kitsch, wonderful romp ever. If you’ve done The Time Warp before, you’ll never have done it quite like this!

With a repertoire including Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman and Sinatra, enjoy an evening of nostalgia, foot-tapping and good humour.

Thursday 23 June at 7.45pm Tickets: £12 (£10)

Fancy dress is not obligatory but highly recommended!

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Education Summer Schools

Workshops for Schools

9 — 11 years

Discover Through Drama

Monday 25 – Friday 29 July

For Years 4, 5 and 6

If your child would like the opportunity to perform The Whatsit by Allie Spencer in our Studio, this Summer School is for them. Join us for week packed full of drama games and exercises, with a performance for family and friends at the end.

A full-day workshop for one class, bringing to life a period in history. Our Education Officer uses participatory drama techniques to explore what life was like. Choose from the Vikings, the Romans, World War II, the Aztecs or the Tudors.

12 – 14 years

Play in a Day

Monday 1 – Friday 5 August

For Years 5 and 6

Learn about physical theatre, ensemble performance and character development. See at first-hand how the play The Wish Collector by Oladipo Agboluaje is transformed from page to stage.

One class of children spends a whole school day working with our Education Officer to create their very own play, which they perform at the end of the day. Choose from Omutugwa (an Africa Cinderella story) or Henry VIII.

Adults aged 16+ Monday 11 – Saturday 16 July Develop your skills in movement, voice and characterisation as you rehearse and perform the play Kaspar the Wild by award-winning playwright Tim Crouch. Our Summer Schools for 9 – 14 years cost £75, and our Adult Summer School costs £125. All prices include two complimentary tickets for the performances (additional tickets extra). Book your places for all three Summer Schools at the Box Office.

Play in a Day and Discover Through Drama cost £250 plus VAT per day, and are available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays during the summer and autumn terms (subject to availability). Please contact Kitty Parker for further information on 0115 873 6203 or email

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Access Wheelchair Access There is level access to the auditorium on East Circus Street and we have a lift providing access to all levels from the main auditorium. There are also two adapted toilets. We now have 8 wheelchair spaces available and in better spaces. These can be booked at Box Office. Wheelchair users can buy tickets for half-price (max. 2 tickets per person). Parking for blue badge holders is available. Please ask for further information from the Box Office when booking tickets. Sign Interpreted, Audio Described and Captioned performances Tickets for Audio Described, Sign Language Interpreted and Captioned performances can be purchased for half price by patrons requiring these services (max. 2 tickets per person). Guide Dogs and Hearing Dogs are always welcome: please advise the Box Office when booking. For those with partial hearing loss, Sennheiser Infrared Enhanced Hearing headsets are available. Please reserve your headset with the Box Office when booking. Captioned performances are available for selected performances. In captioning, the words appear on a screen at the same time as they are spoken. Publications are available in alternative formats on request. To order any of the above items please call the Box Office on 0115 941 9419.

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Nottingham Playhouse Summer 2011 Brochure  

Full details of our summer 2011 season including Nottingham Playhouse Theatre Company productions, Children's Theatre, Playhouse Folk, comed...

Nottingham Playhouse Summer 2011 Brochure  

Full details of our summer 2011 season including Nottingham Playhouse Theatre Company productions, Children's Theatre, Playhouse Folk, comed...