Nottingham Playhouse - Upcoming events http://www.nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk/events/rss/ Upcoming events at Nottingham Playhouse en-gb <![CDATA[A Skull in Connemara]]> Main House 0.00000000 0.00000000 An uproarious comedy that digs beneath the tranquil surface of life in rural Ireland.

A Skull in Connemara

Friday 22 May - Saturday 6 June 2015

£9.50 - £28.50

Production Company: Nottingham Playhouse Theatre Company present

Author: Martin McDonagh

Reviews: _“McDonagh's gift is at its most naked and infectious ...it leaves you giddy with gruesome exhilaration”_ ,*Financial Times* , ,_“A macabre little masterpiece...”_ ,*The Spectator* , ,_“This slice of Irish gothic isn't for the faint-hearted: with all the fecks and blood and smashing of skulls, it's a bit of an assault on the senses.”_ ,*Time Out* ,


<p><iframe width="600" height="320" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/wWo9ozy7GfI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>Mick Dowd’s wife died seven years ago. An accident it was, so they said. But now the local cemetery’s full; it’s time for a clear-out, and as the spades dig down into the earth of Connemara, might it be more than just bones they find? Might the secrets of seven years ago be exhumed as well?</p> <p>From the Quentin Tarantino of the stage, the writer of <strong><em>In Bruges</em></strong> and <strong><em>Seven Psychopaths</em></strong>, this uproarious comedy digs beneath the tranquil surface of life in rural Ireland. </p> <p>Please be advised that there is strong language in this show.</p> <p><em>“McDonagh&#8217;s gift is at its most naked and infectious &#8230;it leaves you giddy with gruesome exhilaration”</em> <br /> <strong>Financial Times</strong></p> <p><em>“A macabre little masterpiece&#8230;”</em> <br /> <strong>The Spectator</strong></p> <p><em>“This slice of Irish gothic isn&#8217;t for the faint-hearted: with all the fecks and blood and smashing of skulls, it&#8217;s a bit of an assault on the senses.”</em> <br /> <strong>Time Out</strong></p> <h2><span class="caps">CAST</span></h2> <p>MaryJohnny Rafferty <strong>Paddy Glynn</strong><br /> Mairtin Hanlon <strong>Rhys Dunlop</strong><br /> Mick Dowd <strong>Ged McKenna</strong><br /> Thomas Hanlon <strong>Paul Carroll</strong> </p> <h2><span class="caps">CREATIVE</span> <span class="caps">TEAM</span></h2> <p>Director <strong>Fiona Buffini</strong><br /> Designer <strong>Madeleine Girling</strong></p> ]]>
2015-05-22T19:45:00 2015-06-06T19:45:00
<![CDATA[A Skull in Connemara - Pay What You Can Performance]]> Main House 0.00000000 0.00000000 This performance of A Skull in Connemara is a 'pay what you can' performance.

Wednesday 27 May at 7:45pm

Pay What You Can!


<h2>This performance of A Skull in Connemara is a &#8216;pay what you can&#8217; performance.</h2> <p>We’re proud that coming to see a production at Nottingham Playhouse is already very reasonable, but thanks to a partnership between us and the Nottingham Post, great theatre is now even more accessible with our Pay What You Can performances.</p> <p><strong>Join us for A Skull in Connemara on Wednesday 27 May at 7:45pm</strong> and pay…whatever you can. 1p, 50p, £1, £5; whatever you can afford to give us, that’s what the tickets cost for that performance. All you need to do in advance is <a href="http://www.nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk/mmlib/includes/sendapplicationfile.php?id=3703"><strong>download and print out the Pay What You Can form here.</strong></a> Then fill it out and bring it with you to the Box Office on Wed 27 May, along with however much money you want to pay for your ticket!</p> <p><strong>Tickets will only be available to purchase on the day of the performance, in person from Box Office and cannot be bought online or over the telephone. Box Office will be open from 10am and tickets will be allocated on a first come first served basis and issued in sequence. No choice of ticket is possible. Tickets are limited to two per person. Payments must be made in cash only. Tickets cannot be exchanged to other performances or refunded. Subject to availability. If you have mobility requirements or use a wheelchair please contact Nottingham Playhouse Box Office on 0115 941 9419 on Wednesday 27 May only.</strong></p> <p><iframe width="600" height="340" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/wWo9ozy7GfI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>Mick Dowd’s wife died seven years ago. An accident it was, so they said. But now the local cemetery’s full; it’s time for a clear-out, and as the spades dig down into the earth of Connemara, might it be more than just bones they find? Might the secrets of seven years ago be exhumed as well?</p> <p>From the Quentin Tarantino of the stage, the writer of <strong><em>In Bruges</em></strong> and <strong><em>Seven Psychopaths</em></strong>, this uproarious comedy digs beneath the tranquil surface of life in rural Ireland. </p> <p><em>“McDonagh&#8217;s gift is at its most naked and infectious &#8230;it leaves you giddy with gruesome exhilaration”</em> <br /> <strong>Financial Times</strong></p> <p><em>“A macabre little masterpiece&#8230;”</em> <br /> <strong>The Spectator</strong></p> <p><em>“This slice of Irish gothic isn&#8217;t for the faint-hearted: with all the fecks and blood and smashing of skulls, it&#8217;s a bit of an assault on the senses.”</em> <br /> <strong>Time Out</strong></p> <h2><span class="caps">CAST</span></h2> <p>MaryJohnny Rafferty <strong>Paddy Glynn</strong><br /> Mairtin Hanlon <strong>Rhys Dunlop</strong><br /> Mick Dowd <strong>Ged McKenna</strong><br /> Thomas Hanlon <strong>Paul Carroll</strong> </p> <h2><span class="caps">CREATIVE</span> <span class="caps">TEAM</span></h2> <p>Director <strong>Fiona Buffini</strong><br /> Designer <strong>Madeleine Girling</strong></p> ]]>
2015-05-27T19:45:00 2015-05-27T19:45:00
<![CDATA[The Government Inspector]]> Neville Studio 0.00000000 0.00000000 Hilarious physical comedy meets biting social satire in this contemporary version of the Russian classic.

The Government Inspector

Friday 29 and Saturday 30 May 2015

£8 (£6 concessions)

Author: Nikolai Gogol in a version by David Harrower


<p>Hilarious physical comedy meets biting social satire in this contemporary version of Russian classic <strong><em>The Government Inspector</em></strong>. A simple case of mistaken identity brings a small town to its knees, as the chaos and corruption of the Mayor and his inept officials is brutally exposed.</p> <p>Nottingham Playhouse&#8217;s acclaimed <strong>Senior Youth Theatre</strong> brings this electric ensemble comedy to the Neville Studio.</p> ]]>
2015-05-29T19:30:00 2015-05-30T19:30:00
<![CDATA[The Harder They Laugh]]> Main House 0.00000000 0.00000000 After their success last summer, Upfront Comedy are back with The Harder They Laugh.

Sunday 31 May 2015 at 7.30pm

Tickets: £16 (£13 concessions)

Age Rating: Age guidance: 16+


<p>After their success last summer, <em>Upfront Comedy</em> are back at the Playhouse with <strong>The Harder They Laugh</strong>. An international comedy and music showcase hosted by The Real McCoy stars Eddie Nestor and Robbie Gee, the show introduces near the knuckle humour from <em>3 Non Blondes</em> star Ninia Benjamin, jockish jokes from Florida’s Sean G, silly asides from boxer turned comic Glazz Campbell, and a special music set from lovers rock queen Sandra Cross, showcasing her 20 years of soulful hits.</p> ]]>
2015-05-31T19:30:00 2015-05-31T19:30:00
<![CDATA[Kings]]> Neville Studio 0.00000000 0.00000000 Kings bursts with the chaotic lives lived by a group of men in a Nottingham hostel.

Thursday 4 June 2015 at 7pm

Tickets: £3

Author: Daniel Hoffmann-Gill


<p><strong><em>Kings</em></strong> bursts with the chaotic lives lived by a group of men in a Nottingham hostel. Local writer Daniel Hoffmann-Gill was born and raised in St. Ann’s. </p> <p><strong>This is a rehearsed reading.</strong></p> ]]>
2015-06-04T19:00:00 2015-06-04T19:00:00
<![CDATA[Dead Boy Café]]> Neville Studio 0.00000000 0.00000000 A stranger seeks refuge in a café and impacts the life of the owner.

Friday 5 June 2015 at 7pm

Tickets: £3

Author: Grant Corr


<p>After her fiancée disappears time stands still for Janet, but when a stranger seeks refuge in her run down café her life is cracked wide open and time set free. </p> <p><strong>Grant Corr</strong>, originally from Belfast has worked as a secondary school Drama teacher for fourteen years, he has written several stage plays and a short radio play for <span class="caps">BBC</span> Radio Ulster. He has an MA in creative writing from City University London. </p> <p><strong>This is a rehearsed reading.</strong></p> ]]>
2015-06-05T19:00:00 2015-06-05T19:00:00
<![CDATA[Mrs McMoon]]> Neville Studio 0.00000000 0.00000000 You have been cordially invited to Mrs McMoon's house for an entertaining tea party.

Mrs McMoon

Saturday 6 June at 11am & 1.30pm

Tickets: Adults £8, Children £7

Production Company: Katie Cooper & Worboys Productions Present

Age Rating: Suitable for ages 3+


<p>You have been cordially invited to Mrs McMoon&#8217;s house for an entertaining tea party. Please bring mischief, surprise &amp; laughter. Singing flowers, scrumulumptious biscuits and a Scottish jig are all just a door knock away.</p> <p>Set in the warm surroundings of her cosy old living room where tea is brewing and the smell of freshly baked cookies tickle your nostrils. “A cuddle a day keeps the blues away!” says Mrs McMoon.</p> <p>Through the medium of immersive, engaging and interactive storytelling, let a sweet old lady take you by the hand to explore a world of brave and daring adventures.</p> <p><em>&#8220;This was storytelling at its purest and most comforting.&#8221;</em><br /> <strong>FringeReview</strong></p> <p><em>&#8220;Mrs McMoon is a cheekily lovely engaging character.&#8221;</em><br /> <em>&#8220;Children were completely engrossed in the fast paced plot&#8221;</em><br /> <em>&#8220;Fun, colourful and warm, bright and well paced.&#8221;</em> <br /> <strong>Total Theatre</strong></p> ]]>
2015-06-06T11:00:00 2015-06-06T13:30:00
<![CDATA[Fortnight]]> Various Venues 0.00000000 0.00000000 Something poetic, beautiful and strange is coming to Nottingham.

Fortnight Nottingham

Monday 8 - Sunday 21 June 2015

£20


<p><iframe src="https://player.vimeo.com/video/120699595?title=0&byline=0&portrait=0" width="600" height="320" frameborder="0" webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen allowfullscreen></iframe> </p> <p>Something poetic, beautiful and strange is coming to Nottingham. It will encourage you to peel back the layers of where you live. To look for secrets and surprises. To meet someone new. Or hide in a crowd. On Monday 8 June, Fortnight comes to Nottingham. And you are invited&#8230;</p> <p>Fortnight is a two-week, bespoke experience that unfolds in real-time for participants who live in Nottingham. It is a theatrical intervention into the daily lives of those who sign up, that takes place largely via the modes of communication we use everyday (mobile phone, email, and post) and through invitations to interact with objects located throughout the city.</p> <p>Accept the invitation and over the course of two weeks you will receive secret invites, poetic nudges and mysterious communications that will ask you to look again and look anew at the way you navigate the journeys through your home; through your city. It’s not a play. It’s not a game. It’s a series of fireworks and you have the matches; what you choose to do with the matches is up to you.</p> <h2>A few terms and conditions&#8230;.</h2> <p>In order to participate, you must live in (or have access to a postal address in) Nottingham, UK in postcodes <strong>NG1, NG2, NG3, NG7, NG8, NG9</strong> and you need to be in Nottingham from 8 June to the 21 June.</p> <p>To take part in Fortnight, you first must register at <a href="http://www.fortnightproject.com/registration"><strong>www.fortnightproject.com</strong></a>. Once completed, you will receive a booking link via email from which you can purchase tickets. Tickets will need to be purchased before 5pm on Thursday 4 June.</p> <p>If you have any queries, or need help with this process, please do not hesitate to contact Fortnight here: <a href="mailto:info@fortnightproject.com"><strong>info@fortnightproject.com</strong></a> </p> ]]>
2015-06-08T00:00:00 2015-06-21T00:00:00
<![CDATA[An Evening with David Sedaris]]> Main House 0.00000000 0.00000000 Following a sell-out UK 2014 tour, masterful comic writer David Sedaris is back with a brand new show.

Monday 8 June 2015 at 7.15pm

Tickets: £27

Duration: Running time: 90 minutes


<p>You may have heard him on the hugely popular <span class="caps">BBC</span> Radio 4 series <em>Meet David Sedaris</em> or you might be one of the millions worldwide who have read one of his many books. Now, after three sell-out runs in London, two sell-out Edinburgh Fringe Festival stints and a sell-out UK 2014 tour; David Sedaris will once again set out across the UK in June 2015.</p> <h2><span class="caps">BOOK</span> <span class="caps">SIGNING</span></h2> <p>Please note: Doors open at 5.45pm for a pre-show book signing and there will also be a post-show book signing.</p> <p><em>&#8220;David Sedaris isn’t a stand-up, or even much of a showman. But in his own dry and unassuming way, he’s one of the finest comic talents currently living on this planet.</em>&#8220;<br /> <strong>The Guardian</strong></p> <p><em>&#8220;He has a Bennett-like way with a pause, and pitch perfect comedy timing…&#8221;</em> ★★★★<br /> <strong>Scotsman</strong></p> <p><em>&#8220;Profanity seldom sounds this refined, phrases so expertly massaged, or laughs so lovingly engineered.&#8221;</em> ★★★★<br /> <strong>The Herald</strong></p> ]]>
2015-06-08T19:15:00 2015-06-08T19:15:00
<![CDATA[The Siege]]> Main House 0.00000000 0.00000000 Inspired by the true stories of a group of fighters, The Siege is a gripping piece of theatre.

Wednesday 10 & Thursday 11 June 2015 at 8pm

Tickets: £14 (£12 concessions)

Production Company: The Freedom Theatre of Jenin

Duration: Running time: 80 mins - no interval


<p>May 2002. Spring in Bethlehem. A group of armed men seek sanctuary in one of the world’s holiest sites as the Israeli army closes in with helicopters, tanks and snipers. Along with the fighters are some 200 priests, nuns and civilians. The siege lasts for 39 days, paralysing the centre of Bethlehem and keeping tens of thousands under curfew. </p> <p>In the spring of 2015, The Freedom Theatre from Jenin Refugee Camp, Palestine, will embark on its first-ever UK tour with <strong>The Siege</strong>. It is inspired by the true stories of a group of fighters, now exiled across Europe, who during the summer of 2002, became leading actors in an event that with time has taken on almost mythical proportions.</p> <p>The Freedom Theatre is one of Palestine’s leading cultural centres with the first professional theatre school in the West Bank and acclaimed theatre productions that tour locally and internationally. It has been described as one of the world&#8217;s most revolutionary artistic platforms, with cultural resistance at the core of all its work. </p> <p>The Siege will be performed in English and Arabic (with English surtitles).</p> ]]>
2015-06-10T20:00:00 2015-06-11T20:00:00
<![CDATA[Gedling Ballet School]]> Main House 0.00000000 0.00000000 Gedling Ballet School celebrates the start of its 30th year with a showcase of a variety of different dance forms.

Saturday 13 & Sunday 14 June 2015

Tickets: £12.50


<p>Gedling Ballet School, based in Carlton &amp; Gedling, celebrates the start of its 30th year with a showcase of Classical Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz and Tap Dance, with pupils from 3 years of age upward.</p> ]]>
2015-06-13T19:00:00 2015-06-14T15:00:00
<![CDATA[Special Flight]]> Main House 0.00000000 0.00000000 A unique film screening to mark National Refugee Week.

Wednesday 17 June 2015 at 7pm

Tickets: FREE (please reserve via booking link)

Certificate: TBC


<p>Running Time: 1hr 34mins<br /> Director: Fernand Melgar<br /> Subtitled</p> <p>A unique film screening to mark <strong>National Refugee Week</strong>.</p> <p>Switzerland still carries out special flights, where passengers are chained to their seats for 40 hours at worst. They are accompanied by police officers and immigration officials. The passengers are flown to their native countries, where they haven&#8217;t set foot in in up to twenty years, and where their lives might be in danger. Children, wives and work are left behind in Switzerland. Near Geneva, in Frambois prison, live 25 illegal immigrants waiting for deportation. They are offered an opportunity to say goodbye to their families and return to their native countries on a regular flight, escorted by plain-clothes police officers. If they refuse this offer, the special flight is arranged fast and unexpectedly. The stories behind the locked cells are truly heartbreaking.</p> ]]>
2015-06-17T19:00:00 2015-06-17T19:00:00
<![CDATA[Animal Farm]]> Neville Studio 0.00000000 0.00000000 The Playhouse Ensemble present George Orwell’s ageless satire.

Animal Farm

Thursday 18 and Friday 19 June 2015 at 8pm

Tickets: £7

Production Company: Playhouse Ensemble

Author: George Orwell, adapted by Peter Hall, with lyrics by Adrian Mitchell and music by Richard Peaslee


<p><strong>“To the prosperity of Manor Farm! More profit for fewer people! More profit in fewer hands!”</strong></p> <p>With each approaching election, and every revolution, comes new hope for a better future. The Playhouse Ensemble (Nottingham Playhouse’s Community theatre company) present <strong>George Orwell’s ageless satire</strong> that explores revolution, democracy, friendship and betrayal alongside capitalism and its propaganda.</p> <p>This play contains scenes that may be disturbing to some audience members. </p> <h2><span class="caps">CREATIVE</span> <span class="caps">TEAM</span></h2> <p>Director Allie Spencer<br /> Assistant Director Amanda Hall<br /> Designer Dorrie Scott</p> <p><strong>This amateur production of “Animal Farm (Hall)” is presented by special arrangement with <span class="caps">SAMUEL</span> <span class="caps">FRENCH</span>, <span class="caps">LTD</span>.</strong></p> ]]>
2015-06-18T20:00:00 2015-06-20T20:00:00
<![CDATA[MADD Gala Showcase 2015]]> Main House 0.00000000 0.00000000 MADD present their annual showcase which promises to be a vibrant evening of entertainment.

Friday 19 & Saturday 20 June 2015

Tickets: Full price £20, Under 18s £16.50

Dance company / producer: Midland Academy of Dance & Drama


<p><span class="caps">MADD</span> College Nottingham celebrating its 48th year, is proud to present its Annual Gala Showcase featuring performances by the Full Time Students on the 3 Year Professional Musical Theatre Diploma Course. Directed by Olivier Award Nominee Emma Clayton assisted by leading professionals from the Performing Arts Industry. If you are looking for a night of sheer entertainment complete with a live Band then this is definitely one show you don’t want to miss!</p> ]]>
2015-06-19T19:30:00 2015-06-20T19:30:00
<![CDATA[Aliens Love Underpants ]]> Main House 0.00000000 0.00000000 This zany and hilarious tale based on the best-selling children’s book is wonderfully brought to life on stage.

Tuesday 23 & Wednesday 24 June 2015

Tickets: £13.50

Production Company: Big Wooden Horse & Nick Brooke Limited present

Duration: Duration: 50 mins

Age Rating: Ages 3+

Reviews: rv. An excellent show for the entire family. ,rn. Primary Times , ,rv. Close encounter of the most entertaining kind! ,rn. Metro


<p><em>Aliens love underpants</em><br /> <em>Of every shape and size</em><br /> <em>But there are no underpants in space</em><br /> <em>So here&#8217;s a big surprise!</em></p> <p>This zany and hilarious tale based on the best-selling children’s book is wonderfully brought to life on stage. With stunning effects, madcap action, original music (and lots of aliens of course!) this fantastically fresh and funny production will delight the whole family.</p> <p>You&#8217;ll laugh your <span class="caps">PANTS</span> off!</p> <p>Based on the book by Claire Freedman &amp; Ben Cort<br /> Adapted &amp; directed by Adam Bampton-Smith</p> ]]>
2015-06-23T13:30:00 2015-06-24T16:30:00
<![CDATA[Ballet Black - Triple Bill]]> Main House 0.00000000 0.00000000 Ballet Black presents a triple bill, featuring Mark Bruce’s The Second Coming.

Ballet Black

Friday 26 June at 8pm

Tickets £17 - £9, Under 26s £9


<p>Join Ballet Black for their latest story ballet, The Second Coming a gothic fairytale created by award-winning choreographer, Mark Bruce&#8230;</p> <p>The Ruler looks over the world he has created. In his court he creates creatures in his own image. In the dark forest below he creates savages. One night, with the aid of his Angel assistant, the Ruler visits the savages, and, leading a maiden into a trance, has her bear him a son. The son grows in the forest. The son is gifted and worshipped by the savages until they have fed off him so much they destroy him. As the son&#8217;s soul leaves the forest he takes with him the memory of a serpent woman he loves. The son is welcomed into the kingdom of his father but he rejects this &#8211; believing the earthly love he felt to be more true. The son and his lover are condemned to descend into an underworld where they make their own kingdom, from which one day they will emerge to stake their own claim on all things.</p> <p>This triple bill also features <em>To Fetch a Pail of Water?</em> by emerging choreographer, <strong>Kit Holder</strong> (Birmingham Royal Ballet) and Ballet Black&#8217;s 2009 ballet, <em>Depouillement</em>, created by <strong>Will Tuckett.</strong></p> <p>Suitable for ages 7+.</p> <p><em>&#8220;The Company have never looked better.&#8221;</em> <br /> <strong>The Independent</strong></p> ]]>
2015-06-26T20:00:00 2015-06-26T20:00:00
<![CDATA[Beyond Cragporth Rock]]> Neville Studio 0.00000000 0.00000000 A nerve-jangling, one-act tour de force, *_Beyond Cragporth Rock_* comes with a capella harmonies, clashing egos, murder and a few surprises along the way.

Beyond Cragporth Rock

Saturday 27 June 2015 at 8pm

Tickets: £13 (£11 concessions)

Production Company: Haste Theatre presents

Reviews: _‘Genuinely shocking, powerful…and beautiful.’_ ,*London Theatre1* ,


<p><iframe width="600" height="320" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/SpnLhtPgl_U" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><strong>Beyond Cragporth Rock</strong> invites the audience to ride a roller coaster of bleak laughs and horror. The lights rise upon a bizarre sprawl of bodies. Six sisters, driven to a ramshackle cottage on the edge of an eroding cliff, explain differing versions of their total demise. Beyond the four walls lies a nightmarish, futuristic world plunged into dystopia by economic crisis. Afraid of the outside, the sisters live in constant fear of faceless foes and unspecified attacks. Here we find them ten years later, fresh risen from their own deaths to tell their bizarre, back-to-front story.</p> <p><strong>Haste Theatre</strong> and director <strong>Ally Cologna</strong> create a heightened microcosm of humdrum family life put under intolerable pressure. With six highly individual, beleaguered characters playing games of mutually destructive intent, this black comedy ticks away to a terrible, tense finale.</p> <p>This nerve-jangling, one-act tour de force comes with a capella harmonies, clashing egos, murder and a few surprises along the way.</p> <p><em>‘Genuinely shocking, powerful…and beautiful.’</em> <br /> <strong>London Theatre1</strong></p> <h2>Cast</h2> <p>Eleanor Beaman-Brinklow<br /> Valeria Compagnoni<br /> Elena Costanzi<br /> Jesse Dupré <br /> Anna Plasberg-Hill <br /> Sophie Taylor</p> <h2>Creative Team </h2> <p>Director <strong>Ally Cologna</strong><br /> Costume &amp; Set Design <strong>Kate Rigby</strong><br /> Lighting Design <strong>Stuart Glover</strong></p> ]]>
2015-06-27T20:00:00 2015-06-27T20:00:00
<![CDATA[Acting Alone]]> Neville Studio 0.00000000 0.00000000 Acting Alone is a funny and moving story of one actor's struggle to come to terms with trying to change the world alone...

Acting Alone - Ava Hunt

Friday 3 July 2015 at 7.30pm

Tickets: £10 (£8 concessions)

Reviews: "Hunt's performance is compelling, imbued with a rare empathy and compassion..." ★★★★★ Broadway Baby , ,"Ava Hunt gives an inspiring and thought provoking performance...stirring and sincere" ★★★★ Public Reviews , , , , ,


<p>Acting Alone is a funny and moving story of one frantic actor&#8217;s struggle to come to terms with trying to change the world alone&#8230;.</p> <p><em>Acting Alone</em> is a one-woman show from theatre-maker Ava Hunt that weaves together the stories — some heartbreaking, some funny, all intensely human &#8211; of the people Ava Hunt met in the West Bank and on the streets of Tel Aviv. The stories are set into a narrative about the highs and lows of performing alone and the contradictions of being an actor, from the bizarre to the downright foolhardy!</p> <p>Using live performance and interaction, the audience is drawn into a world created in front of their eyes. Through characters inspired by people Hunt met in refugee camps, people who have risked their lives for others—we explore the complexity of the challenges faced by those who want to help, and what war and conflict do to our beliefs, our actions, and ultimately our humanity asking one powerful question. Can one person make a difference?</p> <p><em>&#8220;Hunt&#8217;s performance is compelling, imbued with a rare empathy and compassion&#8230;&#8221;</em> ★★★★★ <br /> <strong>Broadway Baby</strong></p> <p><em>&#8220;Ava Hunt gives an inspiring and thought provoking performance&#8230;stirring and sincere&#8221;</em> ★★★★ <br /> <strong>Public Reviews</strong></p> ]]>
2015-07-03T19:30:00 2015-07-03T19:30:00
<![CDATA[The Horne Section]]> Main House 0.00000000 0.00000000 The Horne Section brings its indomitable fanfare to Nottingham Playhouse.

The Horne Section

Friday 3 July at 8pm

Tickets: £15


<p>The first band to ever host <strong><em>Never Mind The Buzzcocks</em></strong> are rolling into town with brand new barnstorming show. </p> <p>Hot on the heels of their <span class="caps">BBC</span> Radio 4 series, four years of sell out shows in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and West End – expect a heady mix of spontaneous stand-up, spectacular performance and outlandish musical talent led by the brilliant comedian Alex Horne. </p> <p>Gathering together the UK&#8217;s finest musicians and throwing them together on stage with the world’s most exciting comics, The Horne Section brings its indomitable fanfare to Nottingham Playhouse. </p> <p><em>&#8220;An absolute blast&#8221;</em> ★★★★★ <br /> <strong>The Metro</strong></p> <p><em>&#8220;Wildly entertaining welding of stand-up comedy and big bang music&#8221;</em> <br /> <strong>The Guardian</strong></p> <p><em>&#8220;A riotous splicing of live music and comedy&#8221;</em> <br /> <strong>The Observer</strong></p> ]]>
2015-07-03T20:00:00 2015-07-03T20:00:00
<![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>Festival line-up with shows throughout the building: 12pm &#8211; 7pm</strong></p> <p><strong>Auditorium Show: 7:30pm &#8211; 10:00pm</strong></p> <p>Some spaces have limited capacity so arrive early to avoid disappointment.</p> ]]>
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)


<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></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[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 the 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 the <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[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[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> ]]>
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>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</p> <p>Friday 8 January 2016 at 5.30pm<br /> Saturday 9 January 2016 at 1pm and 5.30pm</p> <p>*Family tickets cannot be booked online. 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><strong><em>Please note</em></strong>: <em>Ticket prices are guaranteed until Tuesday 17 March 2015, after which point we reserve the right to change ticket prices. Backstage Pass members, group bookers, schools bookings and family tickets will not be affected by this pricing. <strong>Some ticket prices may increase if demand is high so we strongly advise early booking for popular shows</strong>.</em></p> ]]>
2015-11-27T19:30:00 2016-01-16T19:30:00
<![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> ]]>
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<![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> ]]>
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<![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.

Thursday 10 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> ]]>
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