Despite Nottinghamshire County Council’s recent 100% cut of its funding to us we are delighted to announce a bold new season of work that includes three plays exploring the theme of ‘time and memory’. One of those plays is a piece of new writing and will be on our main stage this autumn. We are also thrilled to welcome back one of last year’s main stage successes, The Kite Runner, before it goes on a national tour.
Our spring season began with a five-way co-production of The Threepenny Opera, which is now on tour. It’s a huge and ground breaking project that sees a fully integrated cast of disabled and non-disabled actor musicians. May will see the return of the neat festival, (Nottingham European Arts Theatre Festival), which was first launched in Nottingham back in 2011. neat14, taking place 23 May – 1 June, will feature work from Spain, Croatia, Poland, Canada and Germany amongst many other countries and we will once again be a key partner in hosting this ten-day festival. Launching neat14 will be Mass Bolero, a huge participation project.
Our autumn season will feature J. B. Priestley’s Time and the Conways. The play explores how the optimism at the end of WW1 is replaced by cynicism and discontent en route to the inevitable tragedy of WW2. Peter Arnott’s new play Propaganda Swing follows and tells the story of an American journalist remembering his time in Berlin during WW2 and his unwilling involvement in the Nazi propaganda programme. Our final autumn main stage production will be Arcadia. With Arcadia Tom Stoppard explores, with brilliant wit, how we can never fully understand the past and how the journey to the future is constant and unchangeable.
Ending the year will be Kenneth Alan Taylor’s 31st pantomime, Sleeping Beauty look out for a new dame, (it won’t be Kenneth Alan Taylor!).
We will be complementing our autumn season with a programme of work by emerging artists, to be chosen after an open-call this spring.
Other highlights this year include Nottingham Playhouse’s Youth Theatre performance of Peter Shaffer’s Equus, Benjamin Zephaniah’s Refugee Boy, our ongoing season of dance and the In House project which is a collaboration with SEA (Services for Empowerment and Advocacy) which has seen us work with socially isolated members of the community, many of which have experienced homelessness.
The support of local businesses is vital for us to continue to thrive and to help us entertain, educate and involve more and more people every year in our many participation projects. We would like to thank all our current sponsors and indeed those that have in one way or another supported us in the last 60 years. If you are a business and would like to support Nottingham Playhouse contact Nick Lawford.