Nottingham Playhouse - Upcoming events http://www.nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk/events/rss/ Upcoming events at Nottingham Playhouse en-gb <![CDATA[THE GREATEST ASHES SERIES OF ALL TIME: 10th Anniversary evening with Simon Jones]]> Main House 0.00000000 0.00000000 Join former England fast bowler *Simon Jones* for a special Anniversary evening as he takes us back ten years to the greatest Ashes series of all time.

Wednesday 8 July 2015 at 7:45pm

Tickets: £12.50

Duration: 95 minutes - including interval.


<h3>Due to unforeseen circumstances, unfortunately this show has been cancelled. If you have purchased tickets to this event the Box Office will contact you to arrange a refund. </h3> ]]>
2015-07-08T19:45:00 2015-07-08T19:45:00
<![CDATA[Say Sum Thin 9]]> Nottingham Playhouse 0.00000000 0.00000000 Mouthy Poets take over Nottingham Playhouse to host their very own carnival!

Saturday 25 July at 12pm

Tickets: £10.50 - £12.50


<p>Mouthy Poets take over Nottingham Playhouse to host their very own Carnival! Inviting a plethora of international, national and local guests to fill the space with words, music and art.</p> <p>Get lost in a carnival of performances, workshops and activities. A mouth- watering line-up of spoken word, theatre, music, film, talks and probably some juggling. There will be collaborations a plenty with some of your favourite Nottingham artists. Not to mention 2 specially commissioned Mouthy Poets shows, all included in the ticket price.</p> <p><strong>Full festival line up &#8211; 12pm to 10pm including:</strong></p> <p><strong>Mouthy Poets Studio Show 3.00-4.30pm</strong> <br /> <strong>Mouthy Poets Auditorium Show 7:30-10.00pm</strong></p> <p>Some spaces have limited capacity so arrive early to avoid disappointment.</p> <img src="/files/images/applicationfiles/810.7592.SST9Flyerback/600x600.fitdown.jpg" alt="" /> ]]>
2015-07-25T12:00:00 2015-07-25T12:00:00
<![CDATA[Tony's Last Tape]]> Neville Studio 0.00000000 0.00000000 Due to popular demand, Andy Barrett's show, based on the diaries of Tony's Last Tape returns to Nottingham Playhouse.

Thursday 30 July - Saturday 1 August 2015

Tickets: £15 (£12 concessions)

Reviews: _"A theatrical gem."_ ★★★★ ,*The Stage* , ,_"Superb"_ ★★★★ ,*The Public Reviews* , ,_"Funny and heart-warming"_ ★★★★ ,*Platform Magazine* , ,_"Highly enjoyable and compelling..."_ ,*Nottingham Post*


<p><strong><span class="caps">BACK</span> BY <span class="caps">POPULAR</span> <span class="caps">DEMAND</span>!</strong></p> <p>An old man sits in a room faced with a collection of recording devices that he has collected over his long and eventful life. He opens a drawer, takes out a pipe, unscrews his flask and pours himself the first cup of tea of the day.</p> <p>For more than fifty years he has been recording everything that has happened to and around him, and as the years have passed so the burden of this documentation has grown. And today he has decided to make his last tape.</p> <p>Based on the diaries of Tony Benn, one of Britain’s most respected, divisive and celebrated politicians, this new play examines the struggle of a man who realises that maybe it is time to withdraw from the fight, to let others take over, but just doesn’t quite know how.</p> <p>Andy Barrett’s long-standing relationship with Nottingham Playhouse Theatre Company has included productions such as <em>The Day that Kevin Came</em>, <em>Garage Band</em>, <em>The League of Youth</em> and most recently the acclaimed touring production of <em>The Second Minute</em>, which was also performed as part of the neat14 Festival.</p> <h2><span class="caps">CAST</span></h2> <p>Tony Benn <strong>Philip Bretherton</strong></p> <h2><span class="caps">CREATIVE</span> <span class="caps">TEAM</span></h2> <p>Director <strong>Giles Croft</strong><br /> Designer <strong>Rachael Jacks</strong><br /> Lighting and Sound Designer <strong>Martin Curtis</strong><br /> Assistant Director <strong>Rachel Ross</strong></p> ]]>
2015-07-30T20:00:00 2015-08-01T20:00:00
<![CDATA[Grease]]> Neville Studio 0.00000000 0.00000000 Nottingham Playhouse Summer School present one of the biggest smash-hit musicals of all time!

Friday 14 & Saturday 15 August 2015

Tickets: £8

Production Company: Nottingham Playhouse Summer School presents


<p>Summer Nights don’t come hotter than this &#8211; join us for one of the biggest smash-hit musicals of all time, performed by Nottingham Playhouse Summer School. This ticket’s the one that you want&#8230;!</p> <h3>Creative Team</h3> <p>School Edition Book, Music, and Lyrics by <strong>Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey</strong><br /> Director <strong>Allie Spencer</strong><br /> Designer <strong>Sarah Lewis</strong><br /> Musical Director <strong>Brian Humpherson</strong><br /> Choreographer <strong>Amanda Hall</strong></p> ]]>
2015-08-14T13:30:00 2015-08-15T19:00:00
<![CDATA[Phoenix Rising]]> Neville Studio 0.00000000 0.00000000 First performed at Nottingham Playhouse as part of the International D. H. Lawrence Centenary Festival, Phoenix Rising returns to mark the 130th anniversary of Lawrence's birth.

Tuesday 8 - Saturday 12 September 2015

Tickets: £13 (£11 concessions)

Production Company: Nottingham Playhouse and Eastwood Productions presents

Author: Campbell Kay


<p>Phoenix Rising was first performed at Nottingham Playhouse as part of the <strong>International D. H. Lawrence Centenary Festival</strong> in September 1985 and returns to its roots to mark the 130th anniversary of Lawrence&#8217;s birth. <strong>Paul Slack</strong> reprises his critically acclaimed performance as D. H. Lawrence.</p> <p><em>&#8220;This is a performance of great skill and dexterity by an extremely gifted and talented actor.&#8221;</em> <br /> <strong><span class="caps">BBC</span></strong></p> <p><em>&#8220;A powerhouse performance.&#8221;</em> <br /> <strong>Adelaide Advertiser</strong></p> <p>Written and directed by Nottingham playwright <strong>Campbell Kay</strong>, <em>Phoenix Rising</em> is set in the year 1928 at the Ile de Port-Cros, Var, in France where Lawrence and his wife Frieda are living on a small island off the Southern French coast. Lawrence is a very ill man and less than two years from his own untimely death. An unexpected letter from David Chambers, the brother of his early and influential muse Jessie (Miriam in <em>Sons and Lovers</em>), spurs D. H. Lawrence to reminisce about his early life&#8230; aeons away!</p> <p><em>&#8220;Writer Campbell Kay and actor Paul Slack have combined to make a small gem&#8230;Kay&#8217;s writing which is vigorous and utterly compelling is splendidly served by Slack.&#8221;</em><br /> <strong>Alan Geary, Nottingham Post</strong></p> <p><em>&#8220;Kay swoops like a magpie into a wide range of Lawrence&#8217;s work picking up a jewel every time.&#8221;</em> <br /> <strong>The Stage</strong></p> <p><em>&#8220;A moving and skillfully scripted piece.&#8221;</em> <br /> <strong>Sir Derek Jacobi</strong></p> ]]>
2015-09-08T20:00:00 2015-09-12T20:00:00
<![CDATA[1984 ]]> Main House 0.00000000 0.00000000 Following two completely sold-out runs and a critically acclaimed UK tour, Nottingham Playhouse’s smash hit co-production of *George Orwell’s* _1984_ returns.

1984

Wednesday 9 September - Saturday 26 September 2015

Tickets: £9.50 - £28.50

Production Company: Headlong, Nottingham Playhouse Theatre Company and Almeida Theatre present

Author: George Orwell. A new adaptation created by Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan


<p><em>&#8220;I urge you to see this stunning show&#8221;</em><br /> <strong>The Times</strong></p> <p>The international 5-star smash hit production of Orwell&#8217;s dystopian masterpiece <em>1984</em> returns to Nottingham this Autumn, following two completely sold-out runs and a critically acclaimed UK tour. Theatre&#8217;s most powerful event is a co-production between <strong>Nottingham Playhouse</strong>, <strong>Headlong</strong> and <strong>Almeida Theatre</strong>, which has now been seen by a quarter of a million people. Don&#8217;t miss your chance to see it when it opens in Nottingham on Wednesday 9 September. </p> <p>April, 1984. 13:00. Comrade 6079, Winston Smith, thinks a thought, starts a diary, and falls in love. But Big Brother is always watching. </p> <p>Orwell&#8217;s ideas have become our ideas; his fiction is often said to be our reality. The &#8220;definitive book of the 20th century&#8221; (The Guardian) is re-examined in this radical and much lauded staging exploring surveillance, identity and why Orwell&#8217;s vision of the future is as relevant now as ever.</p> <p>★★★★★ <strong>The Observer</strong><br /> ★★★★★ <strong>The Times</strong><br /> ★★★★★ <strong>Financial Times</strong><br /> ★★★★★ <strong>The Guardian</strong><br /> ★★★★★ <strong>The Daily Telegraph</strong></p> ]]>
2015-09-09T19:45:00 2015-09-26T19:45:00
<![CDATA[The Rubenstein Kiss]]> Main House 0.00000000 0.00000000 Amidst rampant paranoia about the enemy within, the shadow of suspicion falls on two radicals from a religious minority.

The Rubenstein Kiss

Friday 2 October - Saturday 17 October 2015

Tickets: £10.50 - £28.50

Author: James Phillips


<p>Amidst rampant paranoia about the enemy within, the shadow of suspicion falls on two radicals from a religious minority. The Rubensteins are a devoted Jewish couple, closely modelled on the real-life <strong>Ethel and Julius Rosenberg</strong> who went to the electric chair in 1953 for passing US atomic secrets to the Soviet Union – protesting their innocence to the end. </p> <p>This multi award-winning play by <strong>James Phillips</strong> skips back and forth in time, as a later couple questions the Rubensteins’ guilt. <strong>Zoë Waterman</strong> returns to the Playhouse to direct this searing, intelligent and poignant drama. </p> <h2><span class="caps">CREATIVE</span> <span class="caps">TEAM</span></h2> <p>Writer <strong>James Phillips</strong><br /> Director <strong>Zoë Waterman</strong></p> ]]>
2015-10-02T19:45:00 2015-10-17T19:45:00
<![CDATA[Josh Widdicombe - What Do I Do Now?]]> Main House 0.00000000 0.00000000 Josh Widdicombe, that guy from the TV comedy shows with the curly hair, is back on the road with a brand new tour.

Josh Widdicombe

Sunday 11 October at 7:30pm

Tickets: £17.50

Reviews: _"This Devonian observationalist has embedded himself among the comedy elite"_ ,*The Guardian* , ,_"Nicely crafted observational comedy"_ ,*The Independent*


<p>Josh Widdicombe, that guy from the TV comedy shows with the curly hair, is back on the road with a brand new tour. Since he&#8217;s been away from stand up Josh has been working hard on other things but don&#8217;t worry in his spare time he has found a lot of minor things to get annoyed about, and now he has a chance to talk about them on stage (in the form of jokes). If you have seen him before live or on TV and enjoyed yourself then this is the show for you. If you didn&#8217;t like him then it probably isn&#8217;t. </p> <p>Since he was last on tour Josh&#8217;s Channel 4 show <em>The Last Leg</em> has gone from strength to strength and been nominated for various awards including a British Comedy Award and a Broadcast Award, while finally winning one at the Royal Television Society Awards. He has also been seen on <em>Mock the Week</em> and <em>QI</em>, <em>Live at the Apollo</em> and <em>Have I Got News for You</em>. If it is only his voice you like then he is now the host of BBC5Live&#8217;s legendary Saturday morning sport show <em>Fighting Talk</em> and <em>The Josh Widdicombe Show</em> on Xfm. Most excitingly of all he has also written and starred in his own sitcom <em>Josh</em> which will be broadcast on BBC3 in autumn. To be honest, it is going to be a blessed relief to get back to the relaxing world of live stand up.</p> ]]>
2015-10-11T19:30:00 2015-10-11T19:30:00
<![CDATA[Hardeep Singh Kohli: Big Mouth Strikes Again]]> Neville Studio 0.00000000 0.00000000 When you've a mouth this big, is it any wonder you get into trouble?

Saturday 17 October at 8pm

Tickets: £13

Reviews: _"Immensely funny."_ ,*Daily Express* , ,_"Very funny… with a touching truth in the stories he tells and a truthful integrity in the way he tells them."_ ,★★★★ *Edinburgh Guide* , ,_"Mixes stories with fantastic quick-witted patter."_ ,★★★★ *Skinny* , ,_Something quite special... in between the laughter are stories of genuine power._ ,★★★★★ *Broadway Baby*


<p>When you&#8217;ve a mouth this big, is it any wonder you get into trouble? The comedian, broadcaster, journalist and chef explains all in a brand new show, on the back of its premier at this year’s Edinburgh Festival. </p> <p><em>&#8220;Immensely funny.&#8221;</em> <br /> <strong>Daily Express</strong> </p> <p><em>&#8220;Very funny… with a touching truth in the stories he tells and a truthful integrity in the way he tells them.&#8221;</em> <br /> ★★★★ <strong>Edinburgh Guide</strong> </p> <p><em>&#8220;Mixes stories with fantastic quick-witted patter.&#8221;</em><br /> ★★★★ <strong>Skinny</strong></p> <p><em>&#8220;Something quite special&#8230; in between the laughter are stories of genuine power.&#8221;</em><br /> ★★★★★ <strong>Broadway Baby</strong></p> ]]>
2015-10-17T20:00:00 2015-10-17T20:00:00
<![CDATA[Nina Conti -In Your Face]]> Main House 0.00000000 0.00000000 With the help of Monkey and a bag of tricks, truly anything can happen in this unmissable improvised adventure of hilarious witchery.

Sunday 18 October 2015 at 7.30pm

Tickets: £19.50

Reviews: _"Uproariously hilarious"_ ★★★★ ,*The Scotsman* , ,_"Put simply, Nina Conti is a genius"_ ,*Mirror* , ,_"A gem… funny, poignant, novel"_ ,*Guardian* , ,


<p>She’s won a <strong>British Comedy Award</strong>, stormed Live at the Apollo, Russell Howard’s Good News, Sunday Night at the Palladium, and made a <strong><span class="caps">BAFTA</span> nominated film</strong> &#8211; all without moving her lips.</p> <p>This year, Nina will create a new show each night by plucking inspiration from the audience. Strap into the mask as Nina gets in your face. With the help of Monkey and a bag of tricks, truly anything can happen in this unmissable improvised adventure of hilarious witchery. </p> ]]>
2015-10-18T19:30:00 2015-10-18T19:30:00
<![CDATA[The Face of Britain: An Evening with Simon Schama]]> Main House 0.00000000 0.00000000 Join Simon Schama for a thrilling evening discussing the images that tell the story of the British.

Monday 19 October at 7:45pm

Tickets: £15


<p>Simon Schama’s new book <strong>The Face of Britain: A History Of The Nation Through Its Portraits</strong> combines his two great passions for the first time: British history and art history. With an accompanying 5-part <span class="caps">BBC</span> TV series and major exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery he embarks on a landmark journey of discovery, exploring the history of our nation through its portraits. To experience his discoveries firsthand, join Simon Schama for a thrilling evening where he will be discussing the stunning and surprising array of images that tell the story of the British from the Tudors to the present day. It will be sure to give a new perspective on the way we see Britain and each other. </p> <p>Art historian, university professor and prize-winning author of sixteen books, Simon Schama has written widely on music, art, politics and food. As a populariser of art history, he believes in bringing history to the people and his television work as writer and presenter for the <span class="caps">BBC</span> has achieved exactly that. Stretching over two decades it includes the fifteen-part A History of Britain and the eight-part, Emmy-winning Power of Art. Awarded <span class="caps">CBE</span> in 2001, his work has successfully brought academic teaching to a wider audience.</p> ]]>
2015-10-19T19:45:00 2015-10-19T19:45:00
<![CDATA[Georgie Fame ]]> Main House 0.00000000 0.00000000 In this, the 50th anniversary of his chart-topping hit _Yeh, Yeh_, Georgie Fame hits the road for a very limited number of UK tour dates.

Tuesday 20 October at 7:45pm

Tickets: £21


<p>In this, the 50th anniversary of his chart-topping hit <em>Yeh, Yeh</em>, Georgie Fame hits the road for a very limited number of UK tour dates. </p> <p>With his much loved blend of Jazz and Rhythm &amp; Blues, Georgie Fame has consistently worked in the highest musical circles and has become a true icon of the British music scene.</p> <p>So far there have been more than twenty albums and fourteen hit singles, including the Number 1’s: <em>Yeh Yeh, Getaway and The Ballad of Bonnie and Clyde</em>. Add to this a long list of collaborations with some of music’s most famous names, including Muddy Waters, Gene Vincent, Bill Wyman, Eric Clapton and Van Morrison, amongst many others, and in Georgie Fame you have bona fide music legend!</p> <p><em>&#8220;Sends us home happy to have been in the presence of genuine cool&#8221;</em><br /> <strong>The Guardian</strong></p> ]]>
2015-10-20T19:45:00 2015-10-20T19:45:00
<![CDATA[Festival of the Spoken Nerd - Just for Graphs]]> Main House 0.00000000 0.00000000 The science comedy phenomenon returns, and this time they're off the chart!

Festival of the Spoken Nerd

Wednesday 21 October 2015 at 8pm

£16 (£14 concessions)


<p>The science comedy phenomenon returns, and this time they&#8217;re off the chart. Join acclaimed stand-up mathematician <strong>Matt Parker</strong>, experiments maestro <strong>Steve ‘Danger’ Mould</strong> and geek songstress <strong>Helen Arney</strong> for graph-a-minute fun on an unprecedented linear scale.</p> <p>Last year’s smash hit <em>Full Frontal Nerdity</em> was &#8220;great, funny, clever… even the heckles at this terrific show are smart&#8221; *★★★★ (The Scotsman). Since then, the Nerds have appeared across TV and Radio, at the Hammersmith Apollo and in their own peer-reviewed <span class="caps">DVD</span> &#8211; recorded at London’s Bloomsbury Theatre. </p> <p>Watch the “resplendently geeky trio” (The Times) as they Excel themselves in a new show packed with explosive live experiments and statistically significant laughter. Will they stay on-trend, or lose the plot completely?</p> <p>Warning: Contains graph-ic material only suitable for ages 15+. </p> <p><em>&#8220;A riotously funny show about science… brimming with unashamed geekery&#8221;</em><br /> <strong>Three Weeks</strong></p> <p><em>&#8220;Charm and perky curiosity is in its <span class="caps">DNA</span>&#8221;</em> <br /> <strong>Guardian</strong></p> <p><em>&#8220;Harnesses comedy to highlight what is fun – and funny – about science&#8221;</em> <br /> <strong>New Scientist</strong></p> ]]>
2015-10-21T20:00:00 2015-10-21T20:00:00
<![CDATA[Andy Hamilton - Change Management]]> Main House 0.00000000 0.00000000 Award winning comedian and comedy writer Andy Hamilton is back with a brand new solo stage show.

Andy Hamilton

Thursday 22 October 2015 at 8pm

Tickets: £21 (£19 concessions)


<p>In his 60 years on this planet, comedy writer and performer <strong>Andy Hamilton</strong> has experienced many changes. For instance, he was once a 6’4”-tall professional basketball player, until a tree fell on him. But, of course, change is an inescapable part of the human condition. Why? Is that fair? Some changes are good, some bad. Why can’t they be more clearly labelled? How did we end up working longer hours? Where did all the sparrows go?</p> <p>If you’re feeling flustered because of flux, Andy will teach you how to cope with the changes we have seen and the changes yet to come. Contains mild peril.</p> <p>During the past few years Andy and his writing partner Guy Jenkin have co-created, written and directed the hit <span class="caps">BBC</span> 1 sitcom <strong><em>Outnumbered</em></strong> and the acclaimed 2014 UK feature film <strong><em>What We Did on Our Holiday</em></strong>. Their impressive back catalogue includes Channel 4&#8217;s <strong><em>Drop The Dead Donkey</em></strong>.</p> <p>Andy is also renowned for his long-running <span class="caps">BBC</span> Radio 4 sitcom <strong><em>Old Harry&#8217;s Game</em></strong> and as a panel regular on <strong><em>The News Quiz</em></strong> and <strong><em>I&#8217;m Sorry I Haven&#8217;t A Clue.</em></strong> </p> ]]>
2015-10-22T20:00:00 2015-10-22T20:00:00
<![CDATA[Show of Hands]]> Main House 0.00000000 0.00000000 Show of Hands are undeniably one of the strongest current forces in acoustic music.

Friday 23 October 2015 at 7:45pm

Tickets: £23

Reviews: _"Formidable operators in the roots arena. A class act"_ ,*The Independent* , ,_"Voted Best Duo and the Best Original Song"_ ,*2010 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards*


<p>Show of Hands are undeniably one of the strongest current forces in acoustic music &#8211; England&#8217;s finest and most popular roots duo and something of a &#8220;people&#8217;s band&#8221;</p> ]]>
2015-10-23T19:45:00 2015-10-23T19:45:00
<![CDATA[AN EVENING WITH SIR ROGER MOORE]]> Main House 0.00000000 0.00000000 Celebrating 70 years in show business this year, the Hollywood legend and James Bond star chats with biographer Gareth Owen about his extraordinary life and career.

Saturday 24 October 2015 at 7:30pm

Tickets: £26

Production Company: Suzanna Rosenthal and Jeremy Meadow present


<p>Celebrating 70 years in show business this year, the Hollywood legend and <strong>James Bond</strong> star chats with biographer <strong>Gareth Owen</strong> about his extraordinary life and career. </p> <p>Featuring inside stories and exclusive anecdotes from an astonishing career that has included the hit TV series <em>The Saint</em> and <em>The Persuaders</em>, plus Hollywood blockbusters and, of course, seven iconic movies as the world’s most famous spy, 007. </p> <p>There will also be a unique opportunity to put your own question, live, to Sir Roger at the end of the show.</p> <p><em>&#8220;A marvellous raconteur&#8221;</em> <br /> <strong>Baz Bamigboye, Daily Mail</strong></p> ]]>
2015-10-24T19:30:00 2015-10-24T19:30:00
<![CDATA[The Duchess of Malfi]]> Main House 0.00000000 0.00000000 A secret marriage provokes fury, espionage and bloody murder in John Webster’s tragedy.

The Duchess of Malfi

Friday 30 October - Saturday 14 November 2015

Tickets: £10.50 - £28.50

Author: John Webster


<p>A secret marriage provokes fury, espionage and bloody murder in John Webster’s tragedy, one of the most celebrated plays of the Jacobean era. When the Duchess of Malfi marries below her class, her brothers – a ferocious duke and ice-cold cardinal – set a dangerous spy against her. Their schemes spiral out of control, until nightmare engulfs them all. Nottingham Playhouse Associate Director <strong>Fiona Buffini</strong> directs this blood-soaked masterpiece following her critically acclaimed production of <em>Time and the Conways</em> last autumn.</p> <p><strong>This production is sponsored by Nottingham Girls High School.</strong> </p> <p><a href="http://www.nottinghamgirlshigh.gdst.net/"><img src="/files/images/applicationfiles/790.4299.NGHSbanner/300x300.fitdown.jpg" alt="" /></a></p> ]]>
2015-10-30T19:30:00 2015-11-14T19:30:00
<![CDATA[An Evening with Richard Dawkins]]> Main House 0.00000000 0.00000000 An evening with the Prospect Magazine's World's Top Thinker Richard Dawkins

Monday 9th November - 7.45pm

£15


<p>Voted by Prospect Magazine as the World&#8217;s Top Thinker, <strong>Richard Dawkins</strong> is a pioneering scientist and public thinker who is famous (and infamous to some) around the world. Dawkins was bound to have biology in his genes: he was born to parents who were enthusiastic naturalists, and linked through his wider family to a clutch of accomplished scientists. But what are the influences that have shaped his life and intellectual development? Who and what inspires him?</p> <p>This promises to be a fascinating evening in which Richard Dawkins will discuss his memoir <strong>Brief Candle in the Dark</strong>, following the threads that have run through his life so far and homing in on the key individuals, institutions and ideas that have inspired and motivated him. Most important of all, for the first time he reviews with fresh and stimulating insights the evolving narrative of his ideas about science over the course of his highly distinguished career as thinker, teacher and writer, helping us to finally understand the private influences that shaped the world’s most famous atheist, who, more than anyone else in his generation, has explained our own origins. </p> ]]>
2015-11-09T19:45:00 2015-11-09T19:45:00
<![CDATA[Lee Nelson: Suited and Booted]]> Main House 0.00000000 0.00000000 Due to exceptional demand Lee Nelson’s brand new show has been extended into autumn 2015!

Lee Nelson

Sunday 15 November 7.30pm

Tickets: £21


<p><iframe width="600" height="320" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/zBRh5IdY--4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>Due to exceptional demand Lee Nelson’s brand new show has been extended into autumn 2015! You may have seen him host Live at The Apollo, caught him singing on The X Factor, or trying to board the plane to the World Cup with the England squad, now come and experience the world through Lee’s eyes as he takes on the big issues: family, fatherhood, politics… and the true value of the Cadbury&#8217;s Creme Egg.</p> <p><em>“Never less than ingenious. . . a seamlessly entertaining touring show”</em> <br /> <strong>The Times</strong></p> <p><em>“Comedy Genius”</em><br /> <strong>Daily Mirror</strong></p> ]]>
2015-11-15T19:30:00 2015-11-15T19:30:00
<![CDATA[Beryl]]> Main House 0.00000000 0.00000000 Maxine Peake’s witty and critically-acclaimed play celebrates the life of unsung sporting legend Beryl Burton – the greatest woman on two wheels.

Beryl by Maxine Peake

Monday 16 - Wednesday 18 November 2015

Tickets £10.50 - £26.50

Production Company: A West Yorkshire Playhouse Production

Author: Maxine Peake


<p><strong>Maxine Peake’s</strong> witty, charming and critically acclaimed play celebrates the life of unsung sporting legend <strong>Beryl Burton</strong> – the greatest woman on two wheels.</p> <p>When Beryl Charnock met keen cyclist Charlie Burton she was smitten, not only with Charlie but by the thrill and freedom found on her bike. She would out-work the men in the rhubarb fields, she could out-class the cyclists on the road, and still find time to over-knit young Denise a cycling jumper (it wasn&#8217;t meant to come down to her knees!)</p> <p>With her husband, daughter and cycling club at her side, she became 5 times world pursuit champion, 13 times national pursuit champion, twice road-racing world champion and still made it home in time for dinner.</p> <p><strong>Beryl Burton <span class="caps">MBE</span>, <span class="caps">OBE</span>, wife and mother</strong>, cycled her way into the record books becoming world and British record-holder and, with a determination to be the best, she always cycled home a hero.</p> <p>★★★★ The Guardian<br /> ★★★★ The Observer<br /> ★★★★ The Stage<br /> ★★★★ The Independent</p> <p><em>&#8220;Burton&#8217;s story&#8230;.brought to theatrically inventive and comically freewheeling life&#8221;</em><br /> <strong>The Telegraph</strong> </p> <h2><span class="caps">CREATIVE</span> <span class="caps">TEAM</span></h2> <p>Writer <strong>Maxine Peake</strong><br /> Director <strong>Rebecca Gatward</strong><br /> Designer <strong>Naomi Dawson</strong></p> <p><strong>There will be a <span class="caps">FREE</span> post-show talk with members of the cast and creative team on Tuesday 17 November.</strong></p> ]]>
2015-11-16T19:45:00 2015-11-18T19:45:00
<![CDATA[Dave Gorman Gets Straight To The Point* (*The PowerPoint) ]]> Main House 0.00000000 0.00000000 The wonderfully innovative comedy mind is back by popular demand.

Thursday 19 November 2015 at 8pm

£25

Reviews: rv. [Dave Gorman] has transformed the seemingly mundane into hours of unabashed hysteria ,rn. Metro


<p>The wonderfully innovative comedy mind behind <em>Modern Life Is Goodish</em> (Dave TV), <em>Are You Dave Gorman?</em> and <em>Googlewhack Adventure</em> returns to Nottingham Playhouse due to popular demand with his hit live show that promises more of his unique blend of stand-up comedy and visual story-telling as Dave Gorman <em>Gets Straight To The Point*&#8230; (*The PowerPoint).</em></p> <p>Yes. That’s right. It’s a PowerPoint presentation. We know what you’re thinking. But don’t worry… this show follows the phenomenal success of his critically-acclaimed UK Tour, <em>Dave Gorman’s Powerpoint Presentation</em>, which included a sold-out 5-night run at London’s Southbank Centre, we think you’re in pretty safe (and funny) hands. You won’t need to take notes and you almost certainly won’t be tested on it later.</p> <p><strong>We are delighted to bring back Dave Gorman’s show after it sold out so quickly last October.</strong></p> <blockquote class="pullquote"> <div class="quote"><p>[Dave Gorman] has transformed the seemingly mundane into hours of unabashed <span class="last">hysteria</span></p></div> <p class="cites">&mdash; <cite>Metro </cite></p> </blockquote> ]]>
2015-11-19T20:00:00 2015-11-19T20:00:00
<![CDATA[Henning Wehn - EINS, ZWEI, DIY]]> Main House 0.00000000 0.00000000 After more than a decade in Britain, the German Comedy Ambassador has ‘groan’ to like puns.... though he still couldn't eat a whole one.

Henning Wehn

Friday 20 November 2015 at 8pm

Tickets: £16.50

Reviews: _“A diplomatic master class”_ ,*The Scotsman* , ,_“Brought the audience to its knees”_ ,*The Telegraph* , ,_“Marvellous”_ ,*The Guardian*


<p><strong><span class="caps">BACK</span> BY <span class="caps">POPULAR</span> <span class="caps">DEMAND</span>!</strong></p> <p>After more than a decade in Britain, the German Comedy Ambassador has ‘groan’ to like puns&#8230;. though he still couldn&#8217;t eat a whole one. As Henning’s assimilation is not yet complete he hasn&#8217;t lost his sense of Westphalian wonderment at the foibles of British society. Why does everybody want to be owned by a house? What’s wrong with having the Euro? And why hold society and government responsible for personal underachievement? You’ve only got yourself to blame for not being born into a better social class. Expect an evening-long crash course in personal accountability and have a right old laugh at the same time! Wunderbar!</p> <p>Henning’s recent TV and radio appearances include various <em>8 Out Of 10 Cats</em> , <em>Would I Lie To You</em>, <em>Room 101</em>, and his own six part series on <span class="caps">BBC</span> Radio 2, <em>Henning Knows Best</em>. In 2014, he co-presents with Mark Watson a six part travel series, <em>The Road To Rio</em>.</p> ]]>
2015-11-20T20:00:00 2015-11-20T20:00:00
<![CDATA[Pam Ann: Queen of the Sky]]> Main House 0.00000000 0.00000000 Pam Ann’s caustic wit knows no boundaries so fasten your seat belts and prepare for take-off.

Saturday 21 November 2015 at 8pm

Tickets: £22 - £28

Age Rating: Suitable for ages 16+

Reviews: rv. Pam Ann is right up there with Joan Rivers in her spontaneity and the audience loves it. ,rn. Times Sq. Chronicle , ,rv. A delicious comic creation. ,rn. The Independent , ,rv. Like being held hostage on a plane filled with laughing gas. ,rn. The Telegraph , ,rv. Our favourite foul-mouthed trolley dolly. ,rn. QX Magazine


<p>The world’s favourite International Air Hostess, <strong>Pam Ann</strong> is back in the UK with a new show for 2015. Pam Ann’s caustic wit knows no boundaries so fasten your seat belts and prepare for take-off – she’s <strong>Queen of the Sky</strong> and it’s guaranteed to be a turbulent flight.</p> <p>Hilarious, often shocking and totally politically incorrect, <strong>Pam Ann</strong> keeps things lively and nail bitingly unpredictable as she takes off her pristine white gloves and delivers an unrelenting barrage of “shoot-from-the-lip” observations. </p> <p><strong><span class="caps">WARNING</span>: This show contains jokes that some people may find offensive!</strong></p> <p><iframe width="600" height="320" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/eEUj3C1al0I" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><iframe width="600" height="320" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/XuMD8jvfsoo" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <blockquote class="pullquote"> <div class="quote"><p>Pam Ann is right up there with Joan Rivers in her spontaneity and the audience loves <span class="last">it.</span></p></div> <p class="cites">&mdash; <cite>Times Sq. Chronicle</cite></p> </blockquote> <blockquote class="pullquote"> <div class="quote"><p>A delicious comic <span class="last">creation.</span></p></div> <p class="cites">&mdash; <cite>The Independent </cite></p> </blockquote> <blockquote class="pullquote"> <div class="quote"><p>Like being held hostage on a plane filled with laughing <span class="last">gas.</span></p></div> <p class="cites">&mdash; <cite>The Telegraph</cite></p> </blockquote> <blockquote class="pullquote"> <div class="quote"><p>Our favourite foul-mouthed trolley <span class="last">dolly.</span></p></div> <p class="cites">&mdash; <cite>QX Magazine</cite></p> </blockquote> <p><iframe src="https://player.vimeo.com/video/119861161" width="500" height="281" frameborder="0" webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen allowfullscreen></iframe> <p><a href="https://vimeo.com/119861161">Pam Ann Recap</a> from <a href="https://vimeo.com/pulsarstudio">Pulsar Studio</a> on <a href="https://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>.</p></p> ]]>
2015-11-21T20:00:00 2015-11-21T20:00:00
<![CDATA[Dick Whittington]]> Main House 0.00000000 0.00000000 Laugh, shout and sing along with next year's Playhouse pantomime adventure

Friday 27 November 2015 - Saturday 16 January 2016

Tickets from: £25.50 (Family ticket £75)

Production Company: Nottingham Playhouse Theatre Company presents


<p>Join us for <em>Dick Whittington</em>, the story of a poor country lad who sets out into the big wide world to seek his fortune, along with his amazing rat-catching cat. But are the city street’s really paved with gold? And was the path to happily-ever-after ever an easy one?</p> <p>Kenneth Alan Taylor returns to direct next year’s magical Christmas panto – with glittering scenery, fabulous frocks and mesmerizing musical numbers, <em>Dick Whittington</em> is a whirl-wind adventure for all the family.</p> <p>After all, it wouldn’t be Christmas without the Playhouse panto!</p> <p><a href="http://www.nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk/whats-on/family/dick-whittington-relaxed-performance/"><strong>Relaxed Performance:</strong> Tuesday 12 January 2016 at 1.30pm. Click here to book.</a></p> <p><strong>Please note that the £75 family ticket is only available for Monday &#8211; Thursday performances and excludes the period 21 December 2015 – 2 January 2016. Family tickets are however available for the following performances:</strong><br /> Friday 4 December 2015 at 1pm and 5.50pm<br /> Friday 11 December 2015 at 1pm and 5.30pm<br /> Friday 18 December 2015 at 1pm and 5.30pm<br /> Friday 8 January 2016 at 5.30pm<br /> Saturday 9 January 2016 at 1pm and 5.30pm</p> <p>To book, please call Box Office on 0115 941 9419. A family ticket is not available on group bookings and is for four people maximum per household, with a maximum of two of those being adults.</p> <p>Groups are £23.50 &#8211; £25.50 (10 or more, not available Thu 24 &amp; Sat 26 Dec and Sat 16 Jan)<br /> Schools £11 (One teacher free with every ten tickets bought)</p> <p><strong>Please note</strong> that Family, Groups and Schools tickets can only be booked through Box Office.</p> <p><strong>Some ticket prices may increase if demand is high so we strongly advise early booking for popular shows.</strong></p> ]]>
2015-11-27T19:30:00 2016-01-16T19:30:00
<![CDATA[Hare and Tortoise]]> Neville Studio 0.00000000 0.00000000 Join us for this magical modern classic, and follow Hare and Tortoise through the seasons as the two friends get ready to race each other!

Wednesday 9 December 2015 - Saturday 2 January 2016

Tickets: £10 (Adult) £8 (Child) £28 (Family Ticket) £7 (Schools Ticket)


<p><strong>“The world was winter: shivery and shaking…</strong><br /> <strong>Tortoise sleeping: sound and silent…</strong><br /> <strong>Hare was waiting, wishing, wondering</strong><br /> <strong>When will Tortoise wake?”</strong></p> <p>Hare is always in a rush. Everything is <span class="caps">SOOOOO</span> exciting! Tortoise, on the other hand, takes her time, notices the smallest of things and loves every minute, living life to the full. </p> <p>Join us for this magical modern classic, and follow Hare and Tortoise through the seasons as their wintry world turns firstly to spring and then finally summer as the two friends get ready to race each other!</p> <p>A fast (and slow!), fun-packed show about friendship, the passing of time, and the excitement of growing up, suitable for 4 to 8 year olds.</p> <p><strong><span class="caps">BEST</span> <span class="caps">PLAY</span> <span class="caps">FOR</span> <span class="caps">CHILDREN</span> <span class="caps">AND</span> <span class="caps">YOUNG</span> <span class="caps">PEOPLE</span></strong><br /> Writers’ Guild of Great Britain Awards 2012</p> <p><a href="http://www.nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk/whats-on/family/hare-and-tortoise-relaxed-performance/"><strong>Relaxed Performance: Friday 11 December at 10.30am. Click here to book.</strong></a></p> <p>Writer <strong>Brendan Murray</strong><br /> Director <strong>Allie Spencer</strong><br /> Designer <strong>Sarah Lewis</strong></p> <h2>Family and School Tickets </h2> <p><strong>£28 Family Tickets</strong> (max 2 adults) and <strong>£7 School Tickets</strong> (Buy 10 tickets and get the 11th free) must be purchased through the <strong>Box Office on 0115 941 9419.</strong></p> ]]>
2015-12-09T10:30:00 2016-01-02T13:00:00
<![CDATA[Hare & Tortoise Relaxed Performance]]> Neville Studio 0.00000000 0.00000000 A relaxed performance of Hare & Tortoise, especially for people with learning disabilities and their families.

Friday 11 December 2015 at 10.30am

Tickets: £7


<p><strong>“The world was winter: shivery and shaking…</strong><br /> <strong>Tortoise sleeping: sound and silent…</strong><br /> <strong>Hare was waiting, wishing, wondering</strong><br /> <strong>When will Tortoise wake?”</strong></p> <p>Hare is always in a rush. Everything is <span class="caps">SOOOOO</span> exciting! Tortoise, on the other hand, takes her time, notices the smallest of things and loves every minute, living life to the full. </p> <p>Join us for this magical modern classic, and follow Hare and Tortoise through the seasons as their wintry world turns firstly to spring and then finally summer as the two friends get ready to race each other!</p> <p>A fast (and slow!), fun-packed show about friendship, the passing of time, and the excitement of growing up suitable for 4 to 8 year olds.</p> <p><strong><span class="caps">BEST</span> <span class="caps">PLAY</span> <span class="caps">FOR</span> <span class="caps">CHILDREN</span> <span class="caps">AND</span> <span class="caps">YOUNG</span> <span class="caps">PEOPLE</span></strong><br /> Writers’ Guild of Great Britain Awards 2012</p> <p>Writer <strong>Brendan Murray</strong><br /> Director <strong>Allie Spencer</strong><br /> Designer <strong>Sarah Lewis</strong></p> <p><strong><span class="caps">WHAT</span> IS A <span class="caps">RELAXED</span> <span class="caps">PERFORMANCE</span>?</strong><br /> We are delighted to present a performance especially for people with learning disabilities and their families and carers so that everyone can enjoy the magic of Hare and Tortoise, in an environment that is comfortable and supportive. Carefully created for people with on the autistic spectrum, or with a learning disability, sensory or communication disorder relaxed performances are also great for those with dementia. We’ll reduce elements of surprise and bangs, crashes and flashes will be kept to a minimum. The house lights will be partially up throughout and noise and moving around the studio is no problem.</p> <p>Prior to the performance, there will be a Social Story available to download. Ask us about familiarisation visits, wheelchair access and disabled parking by emailing <a href="mailto:access@nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk">access@nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk</a> or calling Box Office on <strong>0115 941 9419.</strong></p> ]]>
2015-12-11T10:30:00 2015-12-11T10:30:00
<![CDATA[Dick Whittington - Relaxed Performance ]]> Main House 0.00000000 0.00000000 Relaxed performance of Dick Whittington, especially for people with learning disabilities and their families.

Tuesday 12 January 2016 at 1.30pm

Tickets: £10


<p>We are proud to present a relaxed performance of Dick Whittington, the story of a poor country lad who sets out into the big wide world to seek his fortune, along with his amazing rat-catching cat. But are the city street’s really paved with gold? And was the path to happily-ever-after ever an easy one? Featuring everything you have come to love about playhouse pantomimes – dazzling costumes, stunning sets, mischievous fun and thrilling musical numbers that will excite the whole party but in a version designed to avoid sensory overload or anxiety.</p> <h3>What is a Relaxed Performance?</h3> <p>We are delighted to present a performance especially for people with learning disabilities and their families and carers so that everyone can enjoy the magic of the Nottingham Playhouse Pantomime, in an environment that is comfortable and supportive. Carefully created for people with on the autistic spectrum, or with a learning disability, sensory or communication disorder relaxed performances are also great for those with dementia. We’ll reduce elements of surprise and bangs, crashes and flashes will be kept to a minimum. The house lights will be partially up throughout and noise and moving around the auditorium is no problem. Finally, ‘chill-out’ areas will be available before, during and after the performance.</p> <p>Prior to the performance, there will be a Social Story available to download. Ask us about familiarisation visits, wheelchair access and disabled parking by emailing <a href="mailto://access@nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk">access@nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk</a> or calling box office. </p> ]]>
2016-01-12T13:30:00 2016-01-12T13:30:00
<![CDATA[Motown's Greatest Hits - How Sweet It Is]]> Main House 0.00000000 0.00000000 Featuring The Formations, this ultimate celebration of the sweet sound of MOTOWN is back!

Friday 22 January 2016 at 7:30pm

Tickets: £24 (£20 concessions)

Musicians: The Formations

Promoter: Peter Brent Promotions present


<p><strong>Featuring The Formations, this ultimate celebration of the sweet sound of <span class="caps">MOTOWN</span> is back!</strong></p> <p>Now in its 13th successive year, this stunning 100% live show combine’s first class music together with the slickest choreography, and an amazing band, to deliver truly outstanding performances for the best <span class="caps">MOTOWN</span> experience you will ever have! </p> <p>This show will have you ‘Dancing On The Ceiling’, with songs from legendary artistes such as Lionel Richie, The Temptations, Stevie Wonder, The Four Tops, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, The Jackson Five, The Isley Brothers, Edwin Starr and many, many more.</p> <p>Let’s ‘Get Ready’&#8230;. to ‘Go Loco&#8230; Down in Acapulco’. The UK’s Number 1 <span class="caps">MOTOWN</span> production is guaranteed to have you dancing ‘All Night Long’.</p> ]]>
2016-01-22T19:30:00 2016-01-22T19:30:00
<![CDATA[Reduced Shakespeare Company ]]> Main House 0.00000000 0.00000000 All 37 Plays in 97 Minutes! An irreverent, fast-paced romp through the Bard’s plays.

Thursday 28th January 2016 at 7:45pm

Tickets: £11 - £19, £13 Groups of 8+

Production Company: Newbury Productions (UK) Ltd presents

Author: Written by Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield.

Duration: 110 minutes - including interval.

Reviews: _“Pithier Than Python. Irresistible.”_ *New York Times* , ,_“Stupendous, Anchorless Joy!”_ *The Times* , ,_“If You Like Shakespeare, You’ll Love This Show._ ,_If You Hate Shakespeare You’ll Love This Show!”_ ,*The Today Show* , ,_“Rollicking, Fast-Moving And Hilarious!”_ *The Guardian* , ,_“Totes Amazeballs”_ *William Shakespeare* , ,_“Wildly Funny. Masteful!”_ *Los Angeles Times* , ,_“Shamelessly Heretical!”_ *Time Out – London* , ,_“Gloriously, Relaxing Funny.”_ *Financial Times* ,


<p>All 37 Plays in 97 Minutes! An irreverent, fast-paced romp through the Bard’s plays, <em>The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)</em> was London’s longest-running comedy, having clocked a very palpable nine years in London’s West End at the Criterion Theatre.</p> <p>Join these madcap men in tights as they weave their wicked way through all of Shakespeare’s Comedies, Histories and Tragedies in one wild ride that will leave you breathless and helpless with laughter.</p> <p><strong>Written by Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield.</strong><br /> <strong>Directed by Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor.</strong></p> <p><em>“Pithier Than Python. Irresistible.”</em> <br /> <strong>New York Times</strong></p> <p><em>“Stupendous, Anchorless Joy!”</em> <br /> <strong>The Times</strong></p> <p><em>“If You Like Shakespeare, You’ll Love This Show.</em> <br /> <em>If You Hate Shakespeare You’ll Love This Show!”</em><br /> <strong>The Today Show</strong></p> <h2>group tickets</h2> <p><strong>Group tickets at the price of £13 each are available for groups of 8 or more.</strong> These tickets can only be booked by calling <strong>Box Office on 0115 941 9419.</strong></p> ]]>
2016-01-28T19:45:00 2016-01-28T19:45:00
<![CDATA[Any Means Necessary]]> Main House 0.00000000 0.00000000 The case against a group of environmental activists collapses when it emerges that police spies have been infiltrating political groups.

Any Means Necessary

Friday 5 February - Saturday 20 February 2016

Tickets: £10.50 - £28.50

Production Company: Nottingham Playhouse Theatre Company present

Author: Kefi Chadwick


<p>Nottingham Crown Court, 2011. In the dock: a group of environmental activists, charged with trespass at nearby Ratcliffe-on-Soar power station. But the case collapses when it emerges that police spies have been infiltrating political groups, allegedly colluding in criminal acts and forging relationships – even fathering children – under their false identities. Now, this real-life scandal is the inspiration for a major new commission, written by <strong>Kefi Chadwick</strong> and directed by Nottingham Playhouse Artistic Director <strong>Giles Croft.</strong></p> ]]>
2016-02-05T19:45:00 2016-02-20T19:45:00
<![CDATA[The Conspiracy Season]]> Main House 0.00000000 0.00000000 Our Conspiracy Season is a scandalous programme of plays about secrets, surveillance and the misuse of power.

Wednesday 9 September 2015 - Saturday 20 February 2016

Tickets: £10.50 - £28.50


<p>Our Conspiracy Season is a scandalous programme of plays about secrets, surveillance and the misuse of power. These include the return of our celebrated co-production with Headlong, <em>1984</em> before it embarks on a world tour, and the classic John Webster tragedy, <em>The Duchess of Malfi</em>. </p> <p>The shows in The Conspiracy Season are: <ul> <li><a href="http://www.nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk/whats-on/drama/1984-2015/"><strong>1984</strong></a></li> <li><a href="http://www.nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk/whats-on/drama/the-rubenstein-kiss/"><strong>The Rubenstein Kiss</strong></a></li> <li><a href="http://www.nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk/whats-on/drama/the-duchess-of-malfi/"><strong>The Duchess of Malfi</strong></a></li> <li><a href="http://www.nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk/whats-on/drama/any-means-necessary/"><strong>Any Means Necessary</strong></a></li> </ul></p> <p>Click through to each event to book tickets now, or call Box Office on 0115 941 9419.</p> <h2>delve deeper into our conspiracy season&#8230;</h2> <p>Starting this autumn, our <strong>Conspiracy Season</strong> deals in secrets and subterfuge, as issues of surveillance and the misuse of power play out on the main stage at Nottingham Playhouse. This examination of the relationship between the individual and the state makes for four compelling dramas, but a vein of truth runs through each play, seeking to hold up a mirror to our world and encourage audiences to question the status quo. </p> <p><strong><em>1984</em>, <em>The Duchess of Malfi</em>, <em>The Rubenstein Kiss</em></strong> and <strong><em>Any Means Necessary</em></strong> – a brand new play – are united by this underlying theme of the individual against the state or a superior, overpowering force, and across the season we shall see these elements appear in a multitude of different guises. </p> <p>In our season opener <a href="http://www.nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk/whats-on/drama/1984-2015/"><strong><em>1984</em></strong></a>, the struggle between the individual and the state can be seen at its most explicit through Winston Smith’s attempts to battle for free will against the might of Big Brother. Watched everywhere one goes, and the control of the Party able to be felt through every element of life, even the mere thought of opposition is illegal in this smash-hit Olivier Award-nominated production.</p> <p>The ways in which <em>1984’s</em> echoes are felt in the modern day are striking – as recently as 2013, the <strong>New Yorker</strong> wrote an article that asked <a href="http://www.newyorker.com/books/page-turner/so-are-we-living-in-1984"><strong>“So are we living in 1984?”</strong></a> reflecting on the recent revelations by former intelligence contractor turned whistle-blower Edward Snowden:</p> <p><strong><em>“Thinking about Edward Snowden…it wasn’t much of a leap to imagine him and his colleagues working in some version of Oceania’s Ministry of Truth, gliding through banal office gigs whose veneer of nine-to-five technocratic normality helped to hide their more sinister reality…. Holed up in a hotel room in Hong Kong, Snowden seemed, if you squinted a bit, like Orwell’s protagonist-hero Winston, had he been a bit more ambitious, and considerably more lucky, and managed to defect from Oceania to its enemy Eastasia and sneak a message to the telescreens back home.”</em></strong></p> <p><strong>Edward Snowden&#8217;s Christmas Message, December 2013</strong><br /> <iframe width="600" height="338" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/QA5Odb0fg5I" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>In 1953, a mere 4 years after George Orwell’s <em>1984</em> was first published, Ethel and Julius Rosenberg went to the electric chair for selling atomic secrets to the Russians after World War II. The second play of our season – <em>The Rubenstein Kiss</em> – is inspired by these events and reflects upon the sorts of questions the case posed using the fictional Rubensteins, a devoted Jewish couple who are closely modelled on the real life Rosenbergs. </p> <p>With China rising to new prominence, and her ideologies in stark contrast to those upheld by the capitalist West now being heard louder than ever, with oil prices rising, and Trident a constant political controversy, the repercussions of a time that changed the shape of the world and relationships within it continue to play out across the political stage. The uncertainty of that time forced politically minded citizens like the Rosenberg’s to make the most impossible decisions, and it is these decisions that we have an opportunity to examine in James Phillips’ critically acclaimed play.</p> <p><em>The Duchess of Malfi</em> again looks at this complex relationship between the individual and the state, but here the conflict is closer to home, realised on albeit smaller, but far bloodier scale. Of course gender equality and opportunities for women have improved significantly since the play was first performed just over four centuries ago, but in many ways, the state continues to impose sanctions on women that hark back to the dark ages, perpetuating their position as second-class citizens. </p> <p><img src="/files/images/applicationfiles/794.3208.MillionWomenRisemarch009/600x360.fitdown.jpg" title="Protesters call for end to violence against women" alt="Protesters call for end to violence against women" /></p> <p>Statistics collated from various sources by feminist organisation <a href="http://ukfeminista.org.uk/take-action/facts-and-statistics-on-gender-inequality/"><strong>UK Feminista</strong></a> reveal that on average two women a week are killed by a violent partner or ex-partner in the UK and up to 3 million women and girls across the UK experience rape, domestic violence, stalking, or other forms of abuse each year. The horrific extent of this issue is heightened further when we look at it on an international scale. According to a <a href="http://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/10665/85239/1/9789241564625_eng.pdf"><strong>global review</strong></a> of available data by <strong>The World Health Organisation</strong> in 2013, 35 per cent of women worldwide have experienced either physical and/or sexual violence. <strong>The United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime</strong> <a href="http://www.unodc.org/documents/gsh/pdfs/2014_GLOBAL_HOMICIDE_BOOK_web.pdf"><strong>has also estimated</strong></a> that of all the women killed in 2012, almost half were killed by intimate partners or family members. The ordeal of the Duchess then serves as a powerful reminder of the prevalence of violence against women that still exists in today’s society. </p> <p>The final play in the Conspiracy Season is a new work, which brings the subterfuge right to our doorstep. <em>Any Means Necessary</em> is inspired by the real life case of a group of environmental activists who were charged with trespassing as they attempted to shut down Ratcliffe-on-Soar power station in 2009. Moving far beyond the “Us vs Them” scenario of the individual versus the state, the conflict here is clouded when an undercover police officer infiltrates, and becomes embroiled in the world of the protesters. In the real-life events that inspired the play, the case against the protesters was dropped and scandal ensued when it emerged that a member of the Metropolitan Police had been working undercover within the group, to the point of being instrumental in organising their actions. Despite being charged with <em>“conspiracy to commit trespass”,</em> the case fell apart, and the actions of the police were held up for scrutiny by the protester’s barrister: </p> <p><strong><em>&#8220;Their honourable and decent motives perhaps might be contrasted with what we now know about the long-term deployment of undercover police officers, one of whom acted on the &#8216;extreme boundary of legality&#8217;, if not decency, if the reports of agitation and so on across Europe are to be believed. The deployment of that officer has been concealed from the defendant by the crown in these proceedings.&#8221;</em></strong></p> <p><img src="/files/images/applicationfiles/794.2164.powerstationREUTERS/600x409.fitdown.jpeg" title="Protesters at Radcliffe-On-Soar Power Station" alt="Protesters at Radcliffe-On-Soar Power Station" /></p> <p>A play drawn from life seeks to hammer home the possibility that even those who are meant to protect us can seek to betray us. The local setting provides the perfect landscape in which to close the season and only serves to emphasise that the issues raised on stage are not just the stuff of storytelling. These are real and present dangers, and it is our duty to keep questioning the status quo, through theatre, and conversation, before the fiction becomes fact.</p> ]]>
2016-02-20T19:30:00 2016-02-20T19:30:00