Nottingham Playhouse Theatre Company and The Belgrade Theatre, Coventry presents

Propaganda Swing

By Peter Arnott

Friday 3 - Saturday 18 October

Main House - Tickets: £9.50 - £28.50


How did the Devil have the best tunes?

The jazz scene in 1930s Berlin was one of the most vibrant and exciting in the world – a time captured brilliantly in the musical, Cabaret. But what happened to those talented singers and musicians as the Nazis’ grip tightened?

Propaganda Swing throws a spotlight on the gripping true story of ‘Charlie and his Orchestra’. Featuring a fantastic swing band live on stage, this enthralling show reveals the characters behind the story of how some of the greatest German jazz musicians of the day entered into a Faustian pact with the Fascists – they could keep playing their beloved music at the price of seeing it corrupted for evil.

The captivating combination of WWII intrigue and drama set against a backdrop of glitz, glamour and Big Band swagger, makes Propaganda Swing a must-see show this autumn.

Read the Guardian article: Swing time for Hitler: how the Nazis fought the allies with jazz

Until 16 October listen to cast members Clara Darcy and Tomm Coles chat to BBC Radio Nottingham’s Alan Clifford (skip to 17m – 25m)



Joyce / Lord Haw Haw Callum Coates
LaLa Anderson Miranda Wilford
Anita Spada Clara Darcy
Otto Stenzl Chris Andrew Mellon
Heinrich Hinkel Paul Lincoln
Lutz Templin Tomm Coles
Bill Constant Richard Conlon
Charlie Schwedler Jonny Bower

All other parts played by members of the Company.


Band Leader / Assistant Musical Director / Piano / Keyboards Steve Tromans
Bass David Storer
Drums / Vibraphone Matthew Green

Creative Team

Writer Peter Arnott
Director Hamish Glen
Designer Libby Watson
Lighting Designer Mike Robertson
Sound Designer Martyn Davies
Musical Supervisor Hilary Brooks
Band Fixer Derek Nisbet
Assistant Director Jouvan Fucinni

Dates & Times

Propaganda Swing - Fri 3 Oct 7:45pm Fri 3 Oct Main House 7:45pm Preview Hot Night £9.50 - £12
Propaganda Swing - Sat 4 Oct 7:45pm Sat 4 Oct Main House 7:45pm Preview £9.50 - £12
Propaganda Swing - Mon 6 Oct 7:45pm Mon 6 Oct Main House 7:45pm Preview Hot Night £9.50 - £12
Propaganda Swing - Tue 7 Oct 7:45pm Tue 7 Oct Main House 7:45pm Press Night £10.50 - £26.50
Propaganda Swing - Wed 8 Oct 7:45pm Wed 8 Oct Main House 7:45pm £10.50 - £26.50
Propaganda Swing - Thu 9 Oct 7:45pm Thu 9 Oct Main House 7:45pm £10.50 - £26.50
Propaganda Swing - Fri 10 Oct 7:45pm Fri 10 Oct Main House 7:45pm £11.50 - £28.50
Propaganda Swing - Sat 11 Oct 2:30pm Sat 11 Oct Main House 2:30pm Audio Described Performance £9.50 - £14
Propaganda Swing - Sat 11 Oct 7:45pm Sat 11 Oct Main House 7:45pm £11.50 - £28.50
Propaganda Swing - Tue 14 Oct 7:45pm Tue 14 Oct Main House 7:45pm £10.50 - £26.50
Propaganda Swing - Wed 15 Oct 7:45pm Wed 15 Oct Main House 7:45pm Audio Described Performance £10.50 - £26.50
Propaganda Swing - Thu 16 Oct 1:30pm Thu 16 Oct Main House 1:30pm £9.50 - £14
Propaganda Swing - Thu 16 Oct 7:45pm Thu 16 Oct Main House 7:45pm Captioned Performance £10.50 - £26.50
Propaganda Swing - Fri 17 Oct 7:45pm Fri 17 Oct Main House 7:45pm Sign Interpreted £11.50 - £28.50
Propaganda Swing - Sat 18 Oct 7:45pm Sat 18 Oct Main House 7:45pm £11.50 - £28.50


I’d like you to see this show. It’s revelatory, hugely entertaining, beautifully produced and laced with laughs. Broadway beckons ★★★★★

What’s On Live

While all the cast members are strong, Chris Andrew Mellon manages a fine balance of comedy and tragedy as the Jewish nightclub owner Otto Stenzl, and Callum Coates is a particularly chilling William Joyce ★★★★

The Stage

As thought-provoking as it is toe-tapping ★★★★

It’s not to be missed

Nottingham Post

An intelligently staged history play…with an outstanding cast of actor-musicians ★★★★

Coventry Telegraph/Midlands Metro

The slick combination of live jazz and swing music, humour and Nazi history really make for an interesting mix of emotions…the most interesting and lively history lesson I have ever had

Nuneaton News

You’d expect that a stage production that picks up where Kander and Ebb’s musical Cabaret left off would be full of swagger, glamour and sexy swing music – and Peter Arnott’s Propaganda Swing…is that and also much, much more

Stratford Herald

A quality production, directed by Hamish Glen, which is entertaining, funny or sad at times, but has a sinister undercurrent ★★★★

Behind The Arras

Propaganda Swing is an exceptionally good piece of writing…vastly political in its nature yet heartfelt in places; the show has a great balance

Broadway World

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