Nottingham Playhouse - Upcoming events http://www.nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk/events/rss/ Upcoming events at Nottingham Playhouse en-gb <![CDATA[Wigglegiggle]]> Neville Studio 0.00000000 0.00000000 A poetry slam show for 3 to 5 year olds

Tuesday 16 December - Saturday 3 January 2015

Tickets: £8 (Adults) £7 (Children) £25 (Family Ticket*)

Production Company: Nottingham Playhouse Theatre Company and Re:Play Theatre presents

Duration: Approx. 30 mins

Age Rating: Suitable for ages 3-5


<p>An energetic, wigglesome, gigglesome mashup of words and rhythms and nifty noises designed to engage children’s imaginations and to enchant their eyes and ears!</p> <p>Inspired by conversations with children themselves, this show takes as a starting point the substantial research around how music and rhythm can develop listening and language skills in this age group. It will excite and intrigue them with what language can do – and what they can do with language.</p> <p>But most of all, Wigglegiggle promises to delight its audience as it messes around with wonderful words, marvellous music, the silliest of sounds and some very interesting moves!</p> <p>#wigglegiggle </p> <p><strong>For performances in January, please contact our Box Office for performance times and tickets.</strong></p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/rGoxcPY5SL8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <h2>£25 Family Ticket</h2> <p><em>The £25 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.</em></p> <p><strong>Please note that we are not affiliated with Wiggle and Giggle Music and Movement Classes</strong></p> ]]>
2014-12-16T11:00:00 2014-12-31T10:30:00
<![CDATA[Sleeping Beauty ]]> Main House 0.00000000 0.00000000 Kenneth Alan Taylor's 31st pantomime is a spellbinding treat for all the family!

Friday 28 November 2014 - Saturday 17 January 2015

Tickets: £22.50 - £29.50 (Family Ticket £65*)

Production Company: Nottingham Playhouse Theatre Company presents

Duration: Approx. 2 hours and 30 mins including 20 min interval


<p>Join us as we tell the magical tale of Sleeping Beauty, a princess cursed by a wickedly evil witch. Will a handsome young prince be able to save our beautiful princess and help her live happily ever after?</p> <p>Featuring everything you have come to love about Nottingham Playhouse pantomimes such as dazzling costumes, stunning sets, mischievous fun and thrilling musical numbers that will excite the whole family.</p> <p>We welcome back long-standing Nottingham Playhouse favourite John Elkington as Nurse Tilly Trott and Rebecca Little as Queen Gertrude.</p> <p>Princess Rosalind <strong>Kelly Edwards</strong><br /> Nurse Tilly Trott <strong>John Elkington</strong><br /> Fairy Wisheart <strong>Francesca Ellis</strong><br /> Prince Alexander <strong>Jonny Fines</strong><br /> Jerry the Jester <strong>Tim Frater</strong><br /> King Hubert/Monster <strong>Anthony Hoggard</strong><br /> Queen Gertrude <strong>Rebecca Little</strong><br /> Maleficent <strong>Hannah Whittingham</strong> </p> <p>Director <strong>Kenneth Alan Taylor</strong><br /> Designer <strong>Tim Meacock</strong><br /> Lighting Designer <strong>Jason Taylor</strong><br /> Choreographer &amp; Assistant Director <strong>Adele Parry</strong><br /> Sound Designer <strong>Adam P McCready</strong></p> <p>#sleepingbeauty #playhousepanto</p> <p><a href="http://www.nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk/support/backstage-pass/"><span class="caps">BSP</span> <span class="caps">MEMBERS</span> <span class="caps">SAVE</span> UP TO 50%</a></p> <p><strong>Please note that the £65 family ticket is only available for Monday &#8211; Thursday performances and excludes the period 22 December 2014 – 4 January 2015. 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.</strong></p> <h2><span class="caps">RELAXED</span> <span class="caps">PERFORMANCE</span> &#8211; 13 January at 1.30pm </h2> <p>On Tuesday 13 January at 1.30pm we are pleased to present a relaxed performance of Sleeping Beauty. This performance is designed for families with children that have an autistic condition, sensory and communication disorder or learning disability.</p> <p><strong>The relaxed performance is supported by the Amanda Lee Charitable Trust</strong></p> <p><strong>Sponsored by</strong><br /> <a href="https://www.nctx.co.uk/" target="_blank"><img src="http://i60.tinypic.com/30xeoeg.gif" border="0" alt="Nottingham City Transport"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.waltimation.co.uk/theatres/NP/sleepingbeauty/NP_sleeping_beauty.htm" target="_blank"><img src="http://i60.tinypic.com/2czexy0.jpg" border="0" alt="Sleeping Beauty"></a></p> ]]>
2014-11-28T19:30:00 2015-01-17T19:30:00
<![CDATA[What Flows Past the Baltic]]> Neville Studio 0.00000000 0.00000000 This new play by Liam Shannon explores the shifting nature of our identity and purpose over time, and what it means to call somewhere home.

Friday 9 January 2015 at 7pm

Tickets: £3 (£2 Backstage Pass members)

Author: Liam Shannon


<p>This new play by Liam Shannon explores the shifting nature of our identity and purpose over time, and what it means to call somewhere home.</p> <p>Followed by a post-show talk.</p> ]]>
2015-01-09T19:00:00 2015-01-09T19:00:00
<![CDATA[Sleeping Beauty - Relaxed Performance]]> Main House 0.00000000 0.00000000 Relaxed performance of Kenneth Alan Taylor’s 31st pantomime especially for people with learning disabilities and their families.

Tuesday 13 January 2015 at 1.30pm

Tickets: £9

Director: Kenneth Alan Taylor


<p>We are proud to present a relaxed performance of the magical tale of <em>Sleeping Beauty</em>, a princess cursed by a wickedly evil witch. Will a handsome young prince be able to save our beautiful princess and help her live happily ever after? Featuring everything you have come to love about playhouse pantomimes &#8211; 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>Please see to the right for the <strong>Social Story</strong> available to download. </p> <p>Ask us about familiarisation visits, wheelchair access and disabled parking by emailing <a href="mailto://access@nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk">access@nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk</a></p> <p>Princess Rosalind <strong>Kelly Edwards</strong><br /> Nurse Tilly Trott <strong>John Elkington</strong><br /> Fairy Wisheart <strong>Francesca Ellis</strong><br /> Prince Alexander <strong>Jonny Fines</strong><br /> Jerry the Jester <strong>Tim Frater</strong><br /> King Hubert/Monster <strong>Anthony Hoggard</strong><br /> Queen Gertrude <strong>Rebecca Little</strong><br /> Maleficent <strong>Hannah Whittingham</strong></p> <p>Director <strong>Kenneth Alan Taylor</strong><br /> Designer <strong>Tim Meacock</strong><br /> Lighting Designer <strong>Jason Taylor</strong><br /> Choreographer &amp; Assistant Director <strong>Adele Parry</strong><br /> Sound Designer <strong>Adam P McCready</strong></p> <p>#sleepingbeauty #playhousepanto</p> <p><strong>The relaxed performance is supported by the Amanda Lee Charitable Trust</strong></p> <p><strong>Sponsored by</strong><br /> <a href="https://www.nctx.co.uk/" target="_blank"><img src="http://i60.tinypic.com/30xeoeg.gif" border="0" alt="Nottingham City Transport"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.waltimation.co.uk/theatres/NP/sleepingbeauty/NP_sleeping_beauty.htm" target="_blank"><img src="http://i60.tinypic.com/2czexy0.jpg" border="0" alt="Sleeping Beauty"></a></p> ]]>
2015-01-13T13:30:00 2015-01-13T13:30:00
<![CDATA[Vanessa Millar School of Dancing Showcase ]]> Main House 0.00000000 0.00000000 Enjoy a fabulous evening of dance in a showcase presented by Vanessa Millar School of Dance.

Saturday 24 January at 6pm

Tickets: £15 (£11 Concessions)


<p>The Vanessa Millar School of Dance presents a showcase of dance which includes ballet, tap, street, contemporary and salsa, as well as singing and musical theatre – all performed by its talented dancers. The show is suitable for the whole family so come along, sit back and enjoy. </p> ]]>
2015-01-24T18:00:00 2015-01-24T18:00:00
<![CDATA[Episodes 15]]> Main House 0.00000000 0.00000000 Nottinghamshire’s finest young dancers present an evening of energy, creativity and brilliance

Sunday 25 January 2015 at 7pm

£9 (£7 Concessions)

Dance company / producer: Dance4


<p>Dance4 presents <em>Episodes</em>, an annual sell-out event that brings a blast of dance and creativigty from across Nottinghamshire, giving young people an opportunity to showcase their work through the regional and National U.Dance events.</p> <p><em>Episodes</em> offers an insight into the wealth of dance and creativity in the country, and provides participants with an opportunity to showcase their work in a professional environment.</p> ]]>
2015-01-25T19:00:00 2015-01-25T19:00:00
<![CDATA[PARTICIPATORY THEATRE: THE SAVIOUR OF REGIONAL THEATRE?]]> Main House 0.00000000 0.00000000 Why is art that speaks to the community so engaging?

Thursday 29 January at 4.00pm

Tickets are free but need to be reserved at Box Office on 0115 941 9419


<h2>Participatory Theatre: The Saviour of Regional Theatre?</h2> <p>With yet another British Theatre funding crisis, the future of regional theatre remains uncertain. Reports of English arts funding of £69 per head in London and £4.60 elsewhere illustrate the problem.</p> <p>Nonetheless, some forms of Participatory Theatre appear to be thriving. These include Theatre in Education, Young People’s Theatre, Forum Theatre and Theatre for Development; performance-focussed work and process‐based activity aimed at personal, group and/or social development. This is happening in diverse areas such as work, political, social and community settings, and practitioners may be professional theatre performers and directors, facilitators in social work and education.</p> <p>Many regional theatres have a long-standing and precious relationship with their communities. Could a dynamic and participating community be the life blood that regional theatre seeks? Will theatre ensure that community participation is central to artistic endeavour? And how does it affect theatres’ relationships with funding bodies, communities, education and art?</p> <p>Giles Croft, Artistic Director of Nottingham Playhouse will chair the debate.</p> <p><strong>The Panel</strong><br /> • Fiona Buffini, Nottingham Playhouse Associate Director<br /> • Adrian Jackson, founder and Artistic Director of Cardboard Citizens Artistic Director <br /> • Bill Mitchell, Artistic Director of Wildworks. <br /> • Richard Willacy, Associate Artistic Director and Executive Director of Birmingham Opera Company. </p> <p><strong>This is event is free to attend but please reserve your place by calling the Box Office on 0115 941 9419.</strong> </p> <p><strong>This debate is hosted by Nottingham Trent University and Nottingham Playhouse</strong></p> <p><em>Photo by David Baird</em></p> ]]>
2015-01-29T16:00:00 2015-01-29T16:00:00
<![CDATA[Forever Young]]> Main House 0.00000000 0.00000000 The smash-hit musical comedy is here to banish those post-panto blues.

Thursday 29 January - Saturday 7 February

Tickets: £11 - £21

Production Company: Nottingham Playhouse Theatre Company and Oldham Coliseum Theatre present

Reviews: rv. ‘Sacks of bad taste… a toe-tapping laugh generator ,rn. Nottingham Post , ,rv. Goes down a storm ,rn. The Guardian , ,rv. A lesson in how to grow old disgracefully ,rn. British Theatre Guide


<blockquote class="pullquote"> <div class="quote"><p>‘Sacks of bad taste… a toe-tapping laugh <span class="last">generator</span></p></div> <p class="cites">&mdash; <cite>Nottingham Post</cite></p> </blockquote> <p>Welcome to the Nottingham Playhouse Home for Aging Thespians. The times – and hips – might be tight, but in this nursing home for actors, a group of aged panto performers are determined to prove that it’s not all behind them.</p> <p>A devastating, moving and hilarious look at getting on and letting it all hang out with a host of classic routines, surprisingly athletic dancing and a rock ‘n’ roll sing-along. From Nirvana to Tom Jones, Aqua to Bob Dylan and Aretha Franklin to Gloria Gaynor, nothing is off vocal limits… or off key!</p> <blockquote class="pullquote"> <div class="quote"><p>Goes down a <span class="last">storm</span></p></div> <p class="cites">&mdash; <cite>The Guardian</cite></p> </blockquote> <blockquote class="pullquote"> <div class="quote"><p>A lesson in how to grow old <span class="last">disgracefully</span></p></div> <p class="cites">&mdash; <cite>British Theatre Guide</cite></p> </blockquote> <p>#foreveryoung</p> <p>Bargain seats £11<br /> Group 8+ £17 per ticket </p> <p><a href="http://www.nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk/support/backstage-pass/"><span class="caps">BSP</span> <span class="caps">MEMBERS</span> <span class="caps">SAVE</span> UP TO 50%</a></p> ]]>
2015-01-29T19:45:00 2015-02-07T19:45:00
<![CDATA[Wave]]> Neville Studio 0.00000000 0.00000000 Wave explores the relationship between a parent and their offspring as they reach adulthood and leave home.

Wednesday 11 February - Saturday 14 February

Tickets: £6 (or £8 to see the play twice)

Production Company: Nottingham Playhouse Roundabout presents

Author: Gill Brigg

Age Rating: Suitable for teenagers and adults with profound learning disabilities, including autism.


<p><strong>Please note you cannot book online for this event</strong> <br /> <strong>To book your tickets please call the Box Office on 0115 941 9419</strong></p> <p>Inspired by Shakespeare’s The Tempest, Wave explores the relationship between a parent and their offspring as they reach adulthood and leave home. It is written for an audience of teenagers and adults with severe learning disabilities along with their companions.</p> <p>Performed for small audiences in a purpose-built theatre, and featuring live music, singing and digital projection, this play offers a unique experience rich in action, colour, sound, touch and emotion.</p> <p>A vibrant multi-sensory play for young people with profound and multiple learning disabilities (<span class="caps">PMLD</span>) and autism. Wave is the follow up to White Peacock.</p> <h2>Performance Dates </h2> <p>Wednesday 11 February at 12.30pm<br /> Thursday 12 February at 10am, 12.30pm and 3pm<br /> Friday 13 February at 10am, 12.30pm and 3pm<br /> Saturday 14 February 10am and 3pm</p> <p>Director <strong>Natasha Holmes</strong><br /> Designer <strong>Sophia Lovell Smith</strong></p> <p>This production is suitable for teenagers and adults with profound learning disabilities, including autism. Tickets are priced at £6 or £8 to see the play twice. </p> <h2>Thanks To</h2> <p>Arts Council Strategic Touring programme<br /> University of Nottingham<br /> 29th May 1961 Charitable Trust<br /> J N Derbyshire Trust<br /> John Thaw Foundation<br /> Lady Hind Trust<br /> Winnifred Potter Charitable Trust</p> ]]>
2015-02-11T12:30:00 2015-02-14T15:00:00
<![CDATA[Posh]]> Main House 0.00000000 0.00000000 Darkly comic and disgracefully entertaining, this isn’t just one big party though: the boys are planning a revolution.

Photographer: Richard Lakos

Friday 13 February - Saturday 28 February 2015

Tickets: £10.50 - £28.50

Production Company: Nottingham Playhouse Theatre Company and Salisbury Playhouse present

Author: Laura Wade

Age Rating: 16+

Reviews: rv. ‘Savagely funny’ ,rn. Time Out , ,rv. ‘Disgustingly smug, and deeply disturbing’ ,rn. What’s On Stage


<p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/aCgWfCkcHlY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>An elite Oxford dining society has hired a gastro pub for their termly dinner with the sole aim of getting totally ‘chateaued’. As the evening progresses and the booze flows, tempers fray and things get disastrously out of hand.</p> <p>Darkly comic and disgracefully entertaining, <strong>Posh</strong> isn’t just one big party though: the boys are planning a revolution.</p> <p>Based on the real-life Bullingdon Club, which counts the Prime Minister, Chancellor and Mayor of London amongst its former members, Laura Wade’s critically acclaimed play is a razorsharp portrayal of what Boris Johnson himself described as superhuman arrogance, toffishness and twittishness. As we look ahead to the next General Election, we explore what our leaders were really up to before we handed them the keys to power.</p> <p>Welcome to the Riot Club.</p> <p>Contains very strong language</p> <p><img src="/files/images/applicationfiles/728.6801.Poshtable/597x297.fitdown.jpg" title="Photographer: Richard Lakos" alt="Photographer: Richard Lakos" /></p> <p>Directed by Susannah Tresilian<br /> Designer Ellan Parry</p> ]]>
2015-02-13T19:45:00 2015-02-28T19:45:00
<![CDATA[How To Breathe]]> Neville Studio 0.00000000 0.00000000 A man’s instinct in a moment of fear is fight or flight. What if neither is an option?

Tuesday 17 February - Saturday 21 February 2015

Tickets: £9 - £11

Production Company: Nottingham Playhouse Theatre Company and BBC Writersroom present

Director: Esther Richardson

Author: Mufaro Makubika


<p><em>‘I want to tell you something. I want to tell you the truth. The truth is supposed to set you free, right? I mean how else would you breathe&#8230; I shouldn’t be here. I shouldn’t be here and I’m scared.’</em></p> <p>A man’s instinct in a moment of fear is fight or flight. What if neither is an option?</p> <p>Joseph a Zimbabwean national, is a soldier in the British army. It’s the eve of his deployment to Afghanistan. He has to pack but first he has a letter to write and a choice to make.</p> <p>Nottingham based Mufaro Makubika has had a number of readings performed at Nottingham Playhouse including <em>Good Teacher</em> which was part of <strong>The Lost Plays Revue</strong>. He is a member of the prestigious <span class="caps">BBC</span> Writersroom 10 scheme which included a year long attachment with the Nottingham Playhouse.</p> ]]>
2015-02-17T20:00:00 2015-02-21T20:00:00
<![CDATA[Kemet's Got It ]]> Main House 0.00000000 0.00000000 Kemet FM shines a light on some of Nottingham's finest artistes.

Sunday 22 February 2015 at 7pm

Tickets: £15 (£10 Concessions, £8 Early Bird*)


<p>Celebrating 97.5 Kemet FM’s eighth birthday with awards and accolades for the DJ’s as well as shining a light on the best of Nottingham with J Gold, Geno, Ann and Sonia and more. </p> <p>The evening will be packed full of exceptional entertainment and see exciting national performers exploring our musical roots with classics like ‘Shaving Cream’ and ‘Return of the Mack’.</p> <p>Keep it locked onto 97.5 Kemet FM at Nottingham Playhouse.</p> <p>(*Early Bird booking is available until Saturday 31 January)</p> <p><em>Photo by Toby Neal</em></p> ]]>
2015-02-22T19:00:00 2015-02-22T19:00:00
<![CDATA[Do We Deserve More From Our Politicians?]]> Main House 0.00000000 0.00000000 The masses have never been more vocal but are we demanding enough from our politicians?

Monday 23 February 2015 at 7.45pm

Tickets: £11


<p>The rise of <span class="caps">UKIP</span>, the Scottish referendum, the creeping privatisation of the <span class="caps">NHS</span> – the masses have never been more vocal but are we demanding enough from our politicians? What has history taught us about the role of the population in determining the future of a nation and what does that mean for 2015’s big vote? Inspired by history and the upcoming general election, expert panellists from across the political spectrum discuss the role of politics in our lives in an entertaining and inspiring debate.</p> <p>The event will be hosted by John Hess, <span class="caps">BBC</span> Political Correspondent for the East Midlands, with panellists Chris Bryant, Labour MP and author of Parliament: The Biography; Zoe Williams, Guardian columnist and author of the forthcoming book Get It Together: We Deserve More than the Politics We’re Given, and Jonathan Isaby, former columnist for the <em>Daily Telegraph</em> and Chief Executive of the TaxPayers’ Alliance. </p> ]]>
2015-02-23T19:45:00 2015-02-23T19:45:00
<![CDATA[Tony's Last Tape]]> Neville Studio 0.00000000 0.00000000 A new play based on the diaries of one of Britain's most respected, divisive and celebrated politicians, Tony Benn.

Wednesday 25 February - Saturday 28 February 2015

Tickets: £9 - £11

Production Company: Nottingham Playhouse Theatre Company presents

Author: Andy Barrett


<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> <p>Director Giles Croft</p> ]]>
2015-02-25T20:00:00 2015-02-28T20:00:00
<![CDATA[Al Murray - The Pub Landlord - EXTRA PERFORMANCE ADDED ]]> Main House 0.00000000 0.00000000 Join this icon as he celebrates 20 years of common sense with his brand new show.

Sunday 1 March 2015 at 4.00pm & 7.30pm

Tickets: £26.50

Reviews: rv. A national treasure ,rn. The Daily Telegraph , ,rv. Al Murray has become a bona fide British institution ,rn. The Independent , ,rv. Murray’s interaction with the crowd remains one of the wonders of the comedy world ,rn. The Times


<p><a href="http://ticketing.nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk/tickets/reserve.aspx?performanceNumber=118682">Due to popular demand a matinee performance has been added</a></p> <p>Twenty years ago Britain’s favourite publican Al Murray, The Pub Landlord, embarked on his one man mission as the King Cnut of Common Sense, holding back a tide of bottled beer and ninny state nonsense.</p> <p>To celebrate this milestone join this icon on his new tour with his brand new show One Man, One Guvnor. </p> <p><em>&#8216;A national treasure&#8217;</em><br /> <strong>The Daily Telegraph</strong></p> <p><em>&#8216;Al Murray has become a bona fide British institution&#8217;</em><br /> <strong>The Independent</strong></p> <p><em>&#8216;Murray’s interaction with the crowd remains one of the wonders of the comedy world&#8217;</em><br /> <strong>The Times</strong></p> ]]>
2015-03-01T16:00:00 2015-03-01T19:30:00
<![CDATA[John Shuttleworth in A Wee Ken to Remember]]> Main House 0.00000000 0.00000000 Versatile singer/organist, John Shuttleworth is back with a hilarious new show, telling us all about his most memorable weekends.

Monday 2 March at 8pm

Tickets: £16.50

Reviews: rv. Sheffield's funniest man ,rn. The Times , ,rv. The 42nd best reason to love Britain ,rn. The Telegraph , ,rv. His stand up is second to none, his timing is impeccable, and you can practically warm your hands on his good nature ,rn. The Guardian


<p>Versatile singer/organist, John Shuttleworth, has a dilemma: he wanted to tell the audience all about his most memorable weekends in his exciting new show &#8211; <strong>A Wee Ken to Remember</strong>. But next-door neighbour and sole agent, Ken Worthington has thwarted John&#8217;s plans, by cocking up the artwork of the show&#8217;s poster. &#8220;Weekend&#8221; has become &#8220;Wee Ken&#8221; and there&#8217;s nothing John can do about it. He is now duty-bound to steer the evening towards a celebration of the diminutive impresario&#8217;s life in <strong>A <span class="caps">WEE</span> <span class="caps">KEN</span> to Remember</strong>.</p> <p>And so we learn of Ken&#8217;s period as a beatnik in the 60s when he owned a finger monkey, his legendary appearance on New Faces in &#8217;73, and Ken&#8217;s botched suicide attempt when he planned to throw himself into the canal. &#8220;But he tested the temperature of the water, and it was too cold for him!&#8221; explains John. And what of John&#8217;s own past weekends? Surely some of them involved Ken, and what about his wife, dinnerlady, Mary? Is there a particular reason she&#8217;s giving John the silent treatment?</p> <p><strong>A Wee Ken to Remember</strong> is a hilarious new show from <em>The king of retro and old-school England (This Is Cornwall)</em> and features onstage phone calls to Ken and Mary, plus musical interludes performed as ever on John&#8217;s Yamaha organ with built-in auto accompaniment. Old favourites like, <em>Two Margarines</em> and <em>I Can&#8217;t Go Back To Savoury Now</em>, will nestle alongside newer ditties &#8211; <em>Visiting Time</em>, <em>Midweek</em> and the rocknroll footstomper, <em>Early Tea</em>.</p> <blockquote class="pullquote"> <div class="quote"><p>Sheffield&#8217;s funniest <span class="last">man</span></p></div> <p class="cites">&mdash; <cite>The Times</cite></p> </blockquote> <blockquote class="pullquote"> <div class="quote"><p>The 42nd best reason to love <span class="last">Britain</span></p></div> <p class="cites">&mdash; <cite>The Telegraph</cite></p> </blockquote> <blockquote class="pullquote"> <div class="quote"><p>His stand up is second to none, his timing is impeccable, and you can practically warm your hands on his good <span class="last">nature</span></p></div> <p class="cites">&mdash; <cite>The Guardian</cite></p> </blockquote> <p>As heard recently on <span class="caps">BBC</span> Radio 4&#8217;s <em>John Shuttleworth&#8217;s Lounge Music</em> (Available on CD, November 1st 2014)</p> ]]>
2015-03-02T20:00:00 2015-03-02T20:00:00
<![CDATA[The Elvis Years ]]> Main House 0.00000000 0.00000000 Mario Kombou delivers a tour de force performance in this spectacular show packed with over 50 Elvis greatest hits.

Wednesday 4 March at 7.30pm

Tickets: £21 (£18.50 Concessions)

Duration: 130 minutes with a 20 minute interval

Reviews: rv. The best Elvis since Elvis ,rn. Donna Presley , ,rv. The King is re-born – the audience loved it ,rn. The Times , ,rv. Elvis lives ,rn. Daily Mirror , ,rv. He lights up the stage ,rn. BBC1


<p>You ready to rock ’n’ roll?</p> <p>An outstanding concert production of the West End musical <em>Jailhouse Rock</em> featuring original star Mario Kombou and his incredible band led by legendary producer, musical director and Ivor Novello award-winner David Mackay, in the UK’s number one Elvis show.</p> <p><em>Images of the King</em> World Champion Mario delivers a tour de force performance in this spectacular show packed with over 50 greatest hits, from the early days of Sun Studios and That’s Alright Mama, through the Hollywood years of GI Blues and It’s Now or Never, the ‘68 TV special with All Shook Up, culminating in the legendary Las Vegas concert, with In The Ghetto, Suspicious Minds and American Trilogy.</p> <p>This is as close as you can get to the King.</p> <p><em>“The best Elvis since Elvis!”</em> <strong>Donna Presley</strong></p> <p><em>“The King is re-born – the audience loved it.”</em> <strong>The Times</strong> </p> <p><em>“Elvis lives.”</em> <strong>Daily Mirror</strong></p> <p><em>“He lights up the stage.”</em> <strong>BBC1</strong></p> <p>For more information see <a href="http://www.theelvisyears.com/">www.theelvisyears.com</a></p> ]]>
2015-03-04T19:30:00 2015-03-04T19:30:00
<![CDATA[Ultima Vez : What The Body Does Not Remember]]> Main House 0.00000000 0.00000000 One of the most exciting pieces of dance ever made is once again on an unmissable world tour.

Friday 6 and Saturday 7 March, 8pm

£9.50 - £19.50

Reviews: rv. “Tough, brutal, playful, ironic and terrific. Adjectives seem unduly passive in describing What the Body Does Not Remember, an extraordinarily innovative dance piece.” ,rn. The New York Times, November 22nd, 1987 ,


<p>The amazing debut of Wim Vandekeybus and Ultima Vez in 1987 stunned the world of dance at the time. Vandekeybus and composers Thierry de Mey and Peter Vermeersch received the prestigious Bessie Award in New York for this ‘brutal confrontation of dance and music: the dangerous, combative landscape of What the Body Does Not Remember.’ 28 years later and with a new cast, the show still stands as one of the most exciting pieces of dance ever made and is once again on an unmissable world tour.</p> <p>Vandekeybus’ first piece of choreography balances on the razor edge of attraction and repulsion. Dancers are driven to act and react at high speed and with split second timing, to each other, and the music. Moments of humour thread through explosions of aggression, fear and danger in this adrenaline-fuelled distinctly physical performance.</p> ]]>
2015-03-06T20:00:00 2015-03-07T20:00:00
<![CDATA[Mermaid]]> Main House 0.00000000 0.00000000 A bold reimagining of Hans Christian Andersen’s tale of love, loss and desire.

Friday 13 March - Saturday 21 March 2015

Tickets: £10.50 - £28.50

Production Company: Nottingham Playhouse Theatre Company and Shared Experience present

Author: Polly Teale

Age Rating: 12+

Reviews: rv. ‘Pushing the boat of theatricality way beyond its usual moorings’ ,rn. The Guardian on Shared Experience


<p>A bold reimagining of Hans Christian Andersen’s tale of love, loss and desire.</p> <p>Below the ocean there is no death or pain or separation. Above the water is the modern world beset with war, poverty and need. On her sixteenth birthday, a mermaid rises up to the surface, leaving her childhood behind forever when she falls in love with a mortal prince. She knows that she can no longer live at the bottom of the ocean, but must she destroy herself in order to be loved? </p> <p><strong>Shared Experience</strong> is renowned for its thrilling adaptions of literary classics. Plundering <strong>Hans Christian Andersen’s</strong> haunting tale for its dark, erotic, mythic power, writer and director* Polly Teale *(<em>Jane Eyre, After Mrs Rochester, Brontë</em>) transports the story to a contemporary setting in this spell binding new production. </p> <p>Using a choir of local young women to create an unearthly musical landscape Shared Experience conjures the magical world of Mermaids.</p> ]]>
2015-03-13T19:45:00 2015-03-21T19:30:00
<![CDATA[Steeleye Span In Concert ]]> Main House 0.00000000 0.00000000 See the new live show from folk rock pioneers Steeleye Span.

Sunday 15 March 2015 at 7.45pm

Tickets: £23

Reviews: rv. Don't miss them... ,rn. The Independent


<p>Folk rock pioneers Steeleye Span are touring with a new live show. Maddy Prior &#8211; the voice of the band &#8211; leads a line-up featuring faces old and new. </p> <p>Having recently collaborated with Sir Terry Pratchett on a record based on his Wintersmith novel, their 2015 performances will see them perform new gems alongside classics that have made them one of the most successful British Folk Rock bands ever.</p> <p><em>&#8220;Don&#8217;t miss them&#8230;&#8221;</em><br /> <strong>- The Independent</strong></p> ]]>
2015-03-15T19:45:00 2015-03-15T19:45:00
<![CDATA[Mugs' Arrows ]]> Neville Studio 0.00000000 0.00000000 A surreal, black comedy set in very ordinary surroundings - a local Derbyshire pub.

Wednesday 18 - Saturday 21 March 2015

£10/£7

Production Company: Third Man Theatre in association with Nottingham Playhouse and The Bike Shed Theatre present

Author: Eddie Elks

Reviews: rv. "Eddie Elks is one of the most distinctive voices around if anyone's going to write the next Withnail and I, it's Elks." ,rn. Matt Trueman (Daily Telegraph/ Guardian/ FT/ Time Out) , ,rv. "One of the best pieces of theatre that I've seen in years." ,rn. Remote Goat 4 star , ,rv. "Stunning performances... deeply satisfying." ,rn. Exeunt Magazine 4 star , ,rv. "frequently funny, whether provoking laughter through its black humour or its swift and increasingly surreal handbrake turns... a brilliantly bizarre nightmare... never less than compelling." ,rn. Whatsonstage , ,rv. “Sustaining the fine balance between comedy and drama, it's the inventive writing and truthful characterisations that lingers in the memory.” ,rn. Public Reviews , ,rv. "Go see this show if cutting edge independent theatre is your thing." ,rn. Everything Theatre 4 star , ,rv. "A thrilling theatrical roller-coaster - brilliantly acted, extremely funny, strangely moving and utterly, gut-wrenchingly, gripping." ,rn. Exeter Express and Echo ,


<p>Mugs&#8217; Arrows is a surreal, black comedy set in very ordinary surroundings &#8211; a local Derbyshire pub. The show delves into a world that is on the change. It explores the depths of the human psyche, love, loss, friendship&#8230; and darts, leading to hilarious, strange and ultimately disturbing results. Just your average night down the local then&#8230; <span class="caps">GAME</span> ON!</p> <p>Third Man Theatre is an award-winning theatre company specialising in new writing. Mugs&#8217; Arrows is written by award-winning local actor and writer Eddie Elks.</p> ]]>
2015-03-18T20:00:00 2015-03-22T20:00:00
<![CDATA[Sophie’s Academy of Performing Arts]]> Main House 0.00000000 0.00000000 Sophie's Academy of Performing Arts is ready to entertain you with ballet, musical theatre, tap, disco and so much more!

Sunday 22 March at 5.00pm

Tickets: £15


<p>Sophie’s Academy of Performing Arts proudly presents their 2015 Academy show <strong>Dancing On The Ceiling</strong>. From Ballet to Musical Theatre, Tap to Freestyle/Disco there’s something for everyone, so come along and let all our dancers from age 2-18 entertain you in this exciting showcase of their talents! </p> ]]>
2015-03-22T17:00:00 2015-03-22T17:00:00
<![CDATA[One Man Breaking Bad]]> Main House 0.00000000 0.00000000 Join us on a rip roaring ride through the greatest television show ever made.

Monday 23 March 2015 at 7.45pm

Tickets: £19.50

Reviews: <a href=" " target="_blank"><img src="http://i45.tinypic.com/20k9grl.jpg" border="0" alt=></a> <a href=" " target="_blank"><img ,<a href=" " target="_blank"><img src="http://i45.tinypic.com/20k9grl.jpg" border="0" alt=></a> <a href=" " target="_blank"><img ,<a href=" " target="_blank"><img src="http://i45.tinypic.com/20k9grl.jpg" border="0" alt=></a> <a href=" " target="_blank"><img ,<a href=" " target="_blank"><img src="http://i45.tinypic.com/20k9grl.jpg" border="0" alt=></a> <a href=" " target="_blank"><img ,<a href=" " target="_blank"><img src="http://i45.tinypic.com/20k9grl.jpg" border="0" alt=></a> ,rv. Miles Allen is a supreme entertainer ... he nail impressions of pretty much every character in the series ... a high-tempo, laugh out loud, beautifully executed homage to one of the best TV shows of our generation. ,rn. What's On Stage , ,rv. Miles Allen’s high-energy, warp-speed romp through all five seasons is bringing the house down every night. ,rn. The Guardian , ,<a href=" " target="_blank"><img src="http://i45.tinypic.com/20k9grl.jpg" border="0" alt=></a> <a href=" " target="_blank"><img ,<a href=" " target="_blank"><img src="http://i45.tinypic.com/20k9grl.jpg" border="0" alt=></a> <a href=" " target="_blank"><img ,<a href=" " target="_blank"><img src="http://i45.tinypic.com/20k9grl.jpg" border="0" alt=></a> <a href=" " target="_blank"><img ,<a href=" " target="_blank"><img src="http://i45.tinypic.com/20k9grl.jpg" border="0" alt=></a> ,rv. Hilarious ... non-stop energy and enthusiasm ... a must-see for Breaking Bad fans. ,rn. The Skinny , ,rv. One Man 'Breaking Bad' kills on stage! Extremely enjoyable ... a huge hit. ,rn. Daily Beast , ,<a href=" " target="_blank"><img src="http://i45.tinypic.com/20k9grl.jpg" border="0" alt=></a> <a href=" " target="_blank"><img src="http://i45.tinypic.com/20k9grl.jpg" border="0" alt=></a> <a href=" " target="_blank"><img src="http://i45.tinypic.com/20k9grl.jpg" border="0" alt=></a> <a href=" " target="_blank"><img src="http://i45.tinypic.com/20k9grl.jpg" border="0" alt=></a> ,rv. It’s high energy, funny, manic and definitely one for the fans. Miles Allen is bitchin! ,rn. Edinburgh Reporter , ,


<p>Sixty Awesome Episodes. One Awesome Show. Yo! </p> <p>LA actor Miles Allen smacks the senses with his super-charged, hilariously accurate renditions of all the iconic characters, including Walter White, Jesse, Saul, Skyler, Hank, Walt Junior, Mike and Gus Fring.</p> <p>With over a million hits on YouTube, and sell-out runs at comedy festivals in Melbourne and Edinburgh, Allen’s incredible impersonations break all six seasons down into one, exhilarating, uproarious tour-de-force performance. </p> <p><a href=" " target="_blank"><img src="http://i45.tinypic.com/20k9grl.jpg" border="0" alt=></a> <a href=" " target="_blank"><img <br /> <a href=" " target="_blank"><img src="http://i45.tinypic.com/20k9grl.jpg" border="0" alt=></a> <a href=" " target="_blank"><img <br /> <a href=" " target="_blank"><img src="http://i45.tinypic.com/20k9grl.jpg" border="0" alt=></a> <a href=" " target="_blank"><img <br /> <a href=" " target="_blank"><img src="http://i45.tinypic.com/20k9grl.jpg" border="0" alt=></a> <a href=" " target="_blank"><img <br /> <a href=" " target="_blank"><img src="http://i45.tinypic.com/20k9grl.jpg" border="0" alt=></a> <br /> <blockquote class="pullquote"> <div class="quote"><p>Miles Allen is a supreme entertainer &#8230; he nail impressions of pretty much every character in the series &#8230; a high-tempo, laugh out loud, beautifully executed homage to one of the best TV shows of our <span class="last">generation.</span></p></div> <p class="cites">&mdash; <cite>What&#8217;s On Stage</cite></p> </blockquote> <blockquote class="pullquote"> <div class="quote"><p>Miles Allen’s high-energy, warp-speed romp through all five seasons is bringing the house down every <span class="last">night.</span></p></div> <p class="cites">&mdash; <cite>The Guardian</cite></p> </blockquote> <p><a href=" " target="_blank"><img src="http://i45.tinypic.com/20k9grl.jpg" border="0" alt=></a> <a href=" " target="_blank"><img <br /> <a href=" " target="_blank"><img src="http://i45.tinypic.com/20k9grl.jpg" border="0" alt=></a> <a href=" " target="_blank"><img <br /> <a href=" " target="_blank"><img src="http://i45.tinypic.com/20k9grl.jpg" border="0" alt=></a> <a href=" " target="_blank"><img <br /> <a href=" " target="_blank"><img src="http://i45.tinypic.com/20k9grl.jpg" border="0" alt=></a> <br /> <blockquote class="pullquote"> <div class="quote"><p>Hilarious &#8230; non-stop energy and enthusiasm &#8230; a must-see for Breaking Bad <span class="last">fans.</span></p></div> <p class="cites">&mdash; <cite>The Skinny</cite></p> </blockquote> <blockquote class="pullquote"> <div class="quote"><p>One Man &#8216;Breaking Bad&#8217; kills on stage! Extremely enjoyable &#8230; a huge <span class="last">hit.</span></p></div> <p class="cites">&mdash; <cite>Daily Beast</cite></p> </blockquote> <p><a href=" " target="_blank"><img src="http://i45.tinypic.com/20k9grl.jpg" border="0" alt=></a> <a href=" " target="_blank"><img src="http://i45.tinypic.com/20k9grl.jpg" border="0" alt=></a> <a href=" " target="_blank"><img src="http://i45.tinypic.com/20k9grl.jpg" border="0" alt=></a> <a href=" " target="_blank"><img src="http://i45.tinypic.com/20k9grl.jpg" border="0" alt=></a><br /> <blockquote class="pullquote"> <div class="quote"><p>It’s high energy, funny, manic and definitely one for the fans. Miles Allen is <span class="last">bitchin!</span></p></div> <p class="cites">&mdash; <cite>Edinburgh Reporter</cite></p> </blockquote> ]]>
2015-03-23T19:45:00 2015-03-23T19:45:00
<![CDATA[Andy Parsons ]]> Main House 0.00000000 0.00000000 Following four sell out national tours star of BBC2’s Mock The Week and Live At At The Apollo entertains us with his fifth live show.

Tuesday 24 March at 8pm

Tickets: £17.50

Duration: Running Time: 1h50 including a 20 minute interval

Reviews: rv. Hysterical live show. Andy Parsons is on fire ,rn. The Mirror , ,rv. A merciless, Swiftian dissection. Bubbling over with righteous and very funny indignation ,rn. The Times , ,rv. His delivery multiplies the humour. Big laughs unloading both barrels at British political and public life ,rn. The Guardian , ,rv. Britain's got precious few perceptive informed satirists, and Parsons is one of the best ,rn. Mail on Sunday , ,rv. Parsons is acerbic, sharp-witted and edgy… taking well-aimed potshots at politicians, celebrities and anyone who dares to talk rubbish. ,rn. The Express


<p>With four sell out national tours, three <span class="caps">DVD</span> releases and a special for Comedy Central already under his belt, Andy Parsons, is back on the road and coming to a theatre near you. </p> <p>Andy’s fifth show <em>Live And Unleashed &#8211; But Naturally Cautious</em> will see the star of BBC2’s <em>Mock The Week</em> and <em>Live At The Apollo</em> hit the road again delivering more sharp comedy up and down the UK.</p> <p>Andy has enjoyed huge success as a writer and performer on television, radio and the live comedy stage. As well as a series regular on the award-winning <em>Mock The Week</em> (<span class="caps">BBC</span> 2) and numerous spots on <em>Live At The Apollo</em> (<span class="caps">BBC</span> 1), Andy has also appeared on <em>QI</em> (BBC2), <em>The Politics Show</em> (BBC1), <em>Newsnight</em> (BBC2), <em>World’s Most Dangerous Roads</em> (BBC2), <em>Saturday Live</em> (<span class="caps">ITV</span>) and Channel 4’s <em>Comedy Gala At The O2</em>, Andy was also lead writer on ITV’s hugely influential <em>Spitting Image</em>.</p> ]]>
2015-03-24T20:00:00 2015-03-24T20:00:00
<![CDATA[Count Arthur Strong]]> Main House 0.00000000 0.00000000 Fresh from donkeys years on his award winning BBC Radio 4 series and the huge success of his BBC2 TV Show, Count Arthur Strong gets back to doing what he does best. This show. !

Wednesday 25 March at 7.45pm

£18.50


<p>Fresh from donkeys years on his award winning <span class="caps">BBC</span> Radio 4 series and the huge success of his BBC2 TV Show, Count Arthur Strong gets back to doing what he does best. This show. !</p> <p>In ‘Somebody Up There Likes Me’ he’ll be doing all sorts of wonderful things for you to sit there staring at as you quietly suck your Maltesers and don’t get up to go to the toilet, applauding loudly at the appropriate moments. You’ll laugh, cry and the other one. Here’s a personal message from Arthur himself. !</p> <p><em>‘If you only buy one ticket for something this year buy a ticket for this one twice and bring a friend. I promise you won’t regret it. And if you do there must be something wrong with you. No refunds’.</em></p> ]]>
2015-03-25T19:45:00 2015-03-25T19:45:00
<![CDATA[Swinging at the Cotton Club]]> Main House 0.00000000 0.00000000 Take a step back into 1920s and 1930s New York City and through the doors of Harlem’s hottest nightclub.

Thursday 26 March at 7.45pm

Tickets: £18 (£16.50 Concessions)

Promoter: By arrangement with The John Boddy Agency LLP

Reviews: rv. The Jiving Lindy Hoppers worked themselves and their audience into a fine lather…a delirium of dance fever. ,rn. The Washington Post , ,rv. A positive pleasure to behold. ,rn. The Guardian


<p>Take a step back into 1920s and 1930s New York City and through the doors of Harlem’s hottest nightclub…The Cotton Club! </p> <p>Enjoy music from the world’s premier jazz-dance company The Jiving Lindy Hoppers and Europe’s hottest jazz orchestra.</p> <p><em>“The Jiving Lindy Hoppers worked themselves and their audience into a fine lather…a delirium of dance fever.”</em><br /> <strong>The Washington Post</strong></p> <p><em>“A positive pleasure to behold.”</em><br /> <strong>The Guardian</strong> </p> ]]>
2015-03-26T19:45:00 2015-03-26T19:45:00
<![CDATA[The ELO Experience]]> Main House 0.00000000 0.00000000 In 1970 in a city called Birmingham in England a musical super power was established.

Friday 27 March 2015

£21/£19


<p>In 1970 in a city called Birmingham in England a musical super power was established. Jeff Lynne and the Electric Light Orchestra became one of the world’s best known and greatest recording bands. Packing stadiums throughout the world <span class="caps">ELO</span> played sell out tours such as the Face the Music tour, Out of the Blue tour and Time tour to name just a few. </p> <p>A seemingly endless list of hit records stormed the charts throughout the world. Radio broadcasts worldwide played hits such as Living Thing, Telephone Line, Wild West Hero, Sweet Talking Woman, and perhaps their most famous &#8211; Mr Blue Sky. </p> <p>Come and hear their greatest hits reproduced by the exciting and incredible “ELO EXPERIENCE”. </p> ]]>
2015-03-27T19:45:00 2015-03-27T19:45:00
<![CDATA[Ellie Taylor: Elliementary]]> Neville Studio 0.00000000 0.00000000 The star of ITV2’s Fake Reaction, Channel 4’s 8 Out Of 10 Cats and host of BBC3’s Snog Marry Avoid, presents her critically acclaimed fringe show.

Friday 27 March 2015 at 8pm

Tickets: £13

Reviews: rv. A smart, self-mocking and very amusing debut ,rn. The Scotsman , ,rv. Charismatic, personable and bright ★★★★ ,rn. Chortle , ,rv. Snappy, relatable and downright funny ★★★★ ,rn. Broadway Baby ,


<p>The star of ITV2’s Fake Reaction, Channel 4’s 8 Out Of 10 Cats and host of BBC3’s Snog Marry Avoid, takes her critically acclaimed fringe show ‘Elliementary’ on the road for her debut UK tour. Join Ellie as she takes on such hard hitting issues as love, life… and Matalan.</p> <p>Comedian Simon Feilder will be supporting Ellie, opening the first 15-20 minutes of the show.</p> ]]>
2015-03-27T20:00:00 2015-03-27T20:00:00
<![CDATA[Elements]]> Main House 0.00000000 0.00000000 The Sandra Taylor School of Dance celebrates 35 years of dance excellence with their 2014 showcase.

Saturday 28th March 7.00pm and Sunday 29th March 2.30pm

Tickets: £15


<p>Ballet, Tap, Musical Theatre, Contemporary, Lyrical, <strong>Elements</strong> of dance both current and classical, performed by the full cast of the Sandra Taylor School of Dance, now celebrating its 35th year of creativity, inspiration and motivation. This show is unmissable!</p> ]]>
2015-03-28T19:00:00 2015-03-29T14:30:00
<![CDATA[The Mist in the Mirror]]> Main House 0.00000000 0.00000000 A tense and unnerving Gothic fireside story from Susan Hill, the first lady of horror and author of the smash hit _The Woman in Black_

Tuesday 31 March – Saturday 4 April 2015

Tickets: £10.50 - £28.50

Production Company: Oldham Coliseum Theatre and Imitating the Dog present


<p>A seasoned traveller, Sir James Monmouth has spent most of his life abroad. But when he arrives in England on a dark and rainy night in search of more information about the explorer who has inspired him, it is a series of ghostly, chilling and unsettling happenings he encounters instead.</p> <p>Set against a backdrop of Edwardian London, old docks, the North Yorkshire Moors and an English country house, <em>The Mist in the Mirror</em> is a tense and unnerving Gothic fireside story from Susan Hill, the first lady of horror and author of the smash hit <em>The Woman in Black</em>.</p> ]]>
2015-03-31T19:45:00 2015-04-04T19:45:00
<![CDATA[Gina Yashere: Laugh Riot]]> Main House 0.00000000 0.00000000 After rapturously received shows at The Underbelly Festival this summer, Gina Yashere is back with her new show and a couple of classic stories.

Thursday 9 April at 8pm

£16 in advance, £18.50 on the day

Reviews: rv. One of the best comics in the world ,rn. The Guardian , ,rv. 10 Best Female Comedians... ,rn. The Observer , ,rv. Hip, hyper and adventurous ,rn. Time Out , ,rv. Shrapnel-sharp gags ,rn. Evening Standard ,


<p>Multi-award winning <strong>Gina Yashere</strong> is back in the UK with her biggest tour to date!</p> <p>A former lift engineer, Gina made her comedy debut at the Edinburgh Festival in 1996 and went on to sell out shows across the world.</p> <p>She has appeared on various American TV shows such as <em>The Tonight Show with Jay Leno</em>, <em>Def Comedy Jam</em>, <em>The Rosie O&#8217; Donnell show</em>, as well as being a staple on <em>The Lenny Henry Show</em>, <em>Mock the Week</em> and <em>Live at the Apollo</em>, here in the UK.</p> <p>After rapturously received shows at The Underbelly Festival this summer, she is back with her new show and a couple of classic stories.</p> <p>From her disappointment at being diagnosed with sleep apnoea despite losing over 5 stone in weight, to being coughed on, stared at and followed in China, to finding herself in a brothel in Singapore, Gina has plenty of stories to tell!</p> ]]>
2015-04-09T20:00:00 2015-04-09T20:00:00
<![CDATA[The Wind in the Willows]]> Main House 0.00000000 0.00000000 A spectacular musical adaptation of the classic tale.

Friday 10 April 2015 at 2pm & 7pm

Tickets: £13 (£11 Concessions, £40 Family Ticket*)

Production Company: Immersion Theatre and Cambridge Touring Theatre presents


<p>Award-nominated Immersion Theatre and the critically-acclaimed Cambridge Touring Theatre join forces to present a spectacular musical adaptation of the classic, <em>The Wind in the Willows</em>. </p> <p>Join the boat-loving Ratty, the sensible yet curious Mole, wise old Badger and the fantastically irrepressible Toad as they embark on the adventure of a lifetime culminating in a colourful battle with a pair of pick-pocketing weasels to save Toad Hall! </p> <p>Eye-catchingly elaborate costumes, toe-tapping music and larger than life characters promise to capture the imagination of the youngest of audience members whilst the sheer nostalgic charm of this beloved story is guaranteed to take older generations on a glorious trip down the riverbank onto memory lane. The perfect treat for all the family!</p> <p>*Family ticket is for four people.</p> ]]>
2015-04-10T14:00:00 2015-04-10T19:00:00
<![CDATA[Beautiful Thing]]> Main House 0.00000000 0.00000000 Direct from a sell-out West End run, Beautiful Thing is a glorious urban love story between two young men set on an inner city housing estate.

Tuesday 21 April - Saturday 9 May 2015

Tickets: £10.50 - £28.50

Production Company: Nottingham Playhouse Theatre Company, Curve Theatre Leicester and Tom O’Connell for QNQ present

Author: Jonathan Harvey

Age Rating: 12+


<p>Direct from a sell-out West End run</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/Mp8jH1F957o" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>Nikolai Foster’s celebrated anniversary production of Jonathan Harvey’s modern comedy classic Beautiful Thing returns in 2015 to make audiences laugh and cry in equal measure.</p> <p>Starring multi-award winning actress <strong>Charlie Brooks</strong>, (<em>Janine Butcher</em> in <em>EastEnders</em>), <strong>Thomas Law</strong>,(<em>EastEnders</em>, <em>The World’s End</em>) and <strong>Sam Jackson</strong>, (<em>Skins, Kes</em>). </p> <p><strong>Beautiful Thing</strong> is a glorious urban love story between two young men set on an inner city housing estate. It tells the story of teenager Jamie’s relationship with classmate and neighbour, Ste. Together the two boys find comedy, warmth and the music of Mama Cass through their loud-mouthed next door neighbour, Leah. Jonathan Harvey wittily combines comedy with drama in his critically acclaimed award-winning play. <strong>Beautiful Thing</strong> truly captures what it is to be a teenager and to fall in love.</p> <p>Directed by Nikolai Foster</p> ]]>
2015-04-21T19:45:00 2015-05-09T19:45:00
<![CDATA[Blood]]> Neville Studio 0.00000000 0.00000000 A 21st century urban love story.

Thursday 23 April - Saturday 25 April 2015

Tickets: £10 (£8 Concessions)

Production Company: Tamasha and Belgrade Theatre Coventry present

Director: Esther Richardson

Author: Emteaz Hussain

Reviews: <a href=" " target="_blank"><img src="http://i45.tinypic.com/20k9grl.jpg" border="0" alt=></a> <a href=" " target="_blank"><img src="http://i45.tinypic.com/20k9grl.jpg" border="0" alt=></a> <a href=" " target="_blank"><img src="http://i45.tinypic.com/20k9grl.jpg" border="0" alt=></a> <a href=" " target="_blank"><img src="http://i45.tinypic.com/20k9grl.jpg" border="0" alt=></a> ,rv. An assured debut. ,rn. Time Out on _Sweet Cider_ , ,<a href=" " target="_blank"><img src="http://i45.tinypic.com/20k9grl.jpg" border="0" alt=></a> <a href=" " target="_blank"><img src="http://i45.tinypic.com/20k9grl.jpg" border="0" alt=></a> <a href=" " target="_blank"><img src="http://i45.tinypic.com/20k9grl.jpg" border="0" alt=></a> <a href=" " target="_blank"><img src="http://i45.tinypic.com/20k9grl.jpg" border="0" alt=></a> ,rv. Tamasha means commotion or creating a stir, and _Sweet Cider_ does just that. The fact that this is Emteaz Hussain’s dramatic debut is even more stirring as it displays remarkable maturity and lyrical grace. ,rn. What's On Stage on _Sweet Cider_ ,


<p><em>Love ain’t something you just say</em><br /> <em>Just this word</em><br /> <em>It’s something you do</em></p> <p>Caneze meets Sully in the college canteen. The heat rises over triple chilli sauce in Nando’s. She makes her move in the sweet smoke of a shisha bar. A touchpaper is lit… but neither of them bargained on the lengths to which her brother would go to keep them apart. <em>Blood</em> is a heartfelt new play by the writer of Tamasha’s <em>Sweet Cider</em>.</p> ]]>
2015-04-23T20:00:00 2015-04-25T20:00:00
<![CDATA[Musicians of Bremen]]> Neville Studio 0.00000000 0.00000000 An enchanting new production for children and their adults, with fabulous puppets, an innovative stage set and a brilliant musical soundtrack

Saturday 2 May 2015 at 11am & 1.30pm

Tickets: Adults £8, Children £7

Production Company: Adapted by Sea Legs Puppet Theatre

Duration: Duration: 45 minutes + 15 minute “Meet the Puppets” session

Age Rating: Suitable for ages 3+


<p>What happens to old toys when nobody loves them any more? There is a place where they are sorted into those who will find new homes, and those who will never be loved or played with again.</p> <p>A worn out toy donkey, a push along dog, a bedraggled cat and a mechanical cockerel find themselves in just such a place. Rather than waiting to find out their fate, they escape and run away to Bremen Town to try their luck as musicians. So begins the greatest adventure of their lives in this classic fairytale of friendship and courage.</p> <p>Toy Story meets the Brothers Grimm in this enchanting new production for children and their adults. Told with fabulous puppets, an innovative stage set and a brilliant musical soundtrack!</p> ]]>
2015-05-02T11:00:00 2015-05-02T13:30:00
<![CDATA[Stewart Francis: PunGent ]]> Main House 0.00000000 0.00000000 The star of Mock The Week embarks on a brand new stand up tour.

Sunday 10 May 2015 at 7.30pm

Tickets: £18.50

Age Rating: Suitable for those aged 16+

Reviews: rv. A brilliant comic brain... this stand-up cracks some of the best one liners I've ever heard ,rn. The Guardian , ,rv. Perfectly crafted gags ,rn. The Sunday Times


<p><em>Presented by Live Nation in association with <span class="caps">MHA</span></em></p> <p>The star of &#8216;Mock The Week&#8217;, &#8216;Michael McIntyre&#8217;s Roadshow&#8217; and &#8216;Live At The Apollo&#8217;, embarks on a brand new stand up tour with a fantastic and hilarious new show!</p> <p><em>&#8220;A brilliant comic brain&#8230; this stand-up cracks some of the best one liners I&#8217;ve ever heard&#8221;</em> – <strong>The Guardian</strong></p> <p><em>&#8220;Perfectly crafted gags&#8221;</em> – <strong>The Sunday Times</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.stewartfrancis.com/">www.stewartfrancis.com</a><br /> <a href="https://twitter.com/StewartFrancis1">@StewartFrancis1</a></p> ]]>
2015-05-10T19:30:00 2015-05-10T19:30:00
<![CDATA[Tim Vine - SOLD OUT! ]]> Main House 0.00000000 0.00000000 The punslinger returns with lots of new jokes in his first stand-up tour in four years.

Wednesday 13 May 2015 at 8pm

Tickets: £22

Age Rating: 14+

Reviews: rv. Vine is a supreme punmeister ,rn. Time Out , ,rv. Must-see manic hilarity ,rn. Edinburgh Reporter , ,rv. Offering line after line of glorious goofing ,rn. The Times


<p><strong>Please note this show has now sold out. For returns please contact our Box Office on 0115 941 9419. Many thanks. NP 10-9-2014.</strong></p> <p>First stand-up tour in four years, the punslinger returns with lots of new jokes, silly songs and twitchy dancing. Joke, joke, joke. Prop, prop, prop. Song, song, song. (Sorry the laptop&#8217;s jammed.) It&#8217;s time to put the satire on hold and watch a grown man act the goat. Come along and enjoy the nonsense. </p> <p><span class="caps">WARNING</span>: This show will contain wobbly props, one reference to a panda and a song about getting water in your ear after you&#8217;ve been swimming. </p> <p><em>&#8216;Vine is a supreme punmeister.&#8217;</em> <strong>Time Out</strong></p> <p><em>‘Must-see manic hilarity.’</em> <strong>Edinburgh Reporter</strong> </p> <p><em>‘Offering line after line of glorious goofing.’</em> <strong>The Times</strong></p> <p><strong>Support act is John Archer.</strong></p> ]]>
2015-05-13T20:00:00 2015-05-13T20:00:00
<![CDATA[Ministry of Science Live]]> Main House 0.00000000 0.00000000 _Ministry of Science Live_ is not your ordinary science show – it comes with a bang.

Saturday 16 May 2015 at 2pm & 6pm

Tickets: £13.50 (Family ticket £48)


<p><strong><span class="caps">WARNING</span>. <span class="caps">WARNING</span>.</strong> </p> <p><strong>This is a public safety announcement…</strong> </p> <p>Please keep your head firmly on your shoulders, and your arms, legs and feet inside the ride at all times – <em>Ministry of Science Live</em> is about to explode onto a stage near you soon! </p> <p><em>Ministry of Science Live</em> is not your ordinary science show – it comes with a bang. It comes with a whoosh. But most of all is comes with a hovercraft built on stage…. Oh, and a Human Cannon too! From the creative team behind Brainiac Live and a whole load of other explosive science shows, the new production takes an anarchic approach to science communication whilst looking at the inventors and engineers who have shaped and inspired the modern world that we live in. From Liquid Nitrogen frozen flowers to Hydrogen Bottle Rockets. From Buzz Aldridge to Virgin Galactic. From a cat food tin to the Hovercraft. From the discovery of Methane to the invention of the Battery. Join the team and the voiceover from above (X Factor’s Peter Dickson) as they take you on a journey using demonstrations and a few loud bangs to lead the way. </p> <p><strong>100% Educational. 200% Anarchic. 300% Explosive. Fingers in ears advised…</strong> </p> ]]>
2015-05-16T14:00:00 2015-05-16T18:00:00
<![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: 90 minutes

Reviews: rv. 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. ,rn. The Guardian , ,rv. He has a Bennett-like way with a pause, and pitch perfect comedy timing… ,rn. Scotsman ,★★★★ , ,rv. Profanity seldom sounds this refined, phrases so expertly massaged, or laughs so lovingly engineered. ,rn. The Herald ,★★★★ , ,rv. No, Sedaris isn’t a stand-up, but he’s certainly a masterful comic writer, whose modest delivery brings his words to hilarious life. ,rn. Chortle ,★★★★ ,


<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> <p><strong>Please note: Doors open at 5.45pm for a pre-show book signing and there will also be a post-show book signing.</strong></p> <blockquote class="pullquote"> <div class="quote"><p>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 <span class="last">planet.</span></p></div> <p class="cites">&mdash; <cite>The Guardian</cite></p> </blockquote> <blockquote class="pullquote"> <div class="quote"><p>He has a Bennett-like way with a pause, and pitch perfect comedy <span class="last">timing…</span></p></div> <p class="cites">&mdash; <cite>Scotsman<br /> ★★★★</cite></p> </blockquote> <blockquote class="pullquote"> <div class="quote"><p>Profanity seldom sounds this refined, phrases so expertly massaged, or laughs so lovingly engineered. </p></div> <p class="cites">&mdash; <cite>The Herald<br /> ★★★★</cite></p> </blockquote> <blockquote class="pullquote"> <div class="quote"><p>No, Sedaris isn’t a stand-up, but he’s certainly a masterful comic writer, whose modest delivery brings his words to hilarious life. </p></div> <p class="cites">&mdash; <cite>Chortle<br /> ★★★★</cite></p> </blockquote> ]]>
2015-06-08T19:15:00 2015-06-08T19:15:00
<![CDATA[Dave Gorman Gets Straight To The Point* (*The PowerPoint) ]]> Main House 0.00000000 0.00000000 The wonderfully innovative comedy mind is back with a brand new live show.

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> is back with a brand new 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… as this all-new 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> <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[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><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><strong>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.</strong></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