2019 at Nottingham Playhouse

Friday 20th December 2019

We’re taking a look back at our time as Regional Theatre of the Year, celebrating different successes from each month.

Gecko returned to Nottingham Playhouse with a mesmerising performance of Missing – see them in 2020 with Institute

Adam Penford’s award-winning mining drama Wonderland by Nottinghamshire writer Beth Steel packed houses before transferring to Northern Stage in Newcastle.

Schools Massive welcomed over 300 children to perform on the Nottingham Playhouse stage alongside our Shine free youth theatres and community groups.

Skellig was our family show – made here in Nottingham, our cast flew through the air and delighted thousands of children and their teachers and families. Over 100 local school children entered our short story competition.

The Party Somewhere Else celebrated women’s theatre in the region – showcasing the best new writing and performers.

Our Amplify Artistic Associate Lewis Doherty created the extraordinary Boar – the sequel to Wolf – and toured it nationally and to the Edinburgh Fringe. Sir Ian McKellen returned to Nottingham Playhouse, home of his first ever professional performance, and raised over £50,000 for our work with young people and the local community.

The Regional Premiere of One Night In Miami… wowed Nottingham audiences with its incredible portrayal of 1960s race relations. Matt Henry and cast stunned audiences here and then in Bristol and Manchester as Sam Cooke and friends.

Coram Boy was our biggest Community Production to date featuring over 100 local people in the iconic Nottingham Albert Hall. We’ve now created a short film celebrating the project and its legacy.

Lit and An Enemy of the People were two incredible pieces of new writing by women. The latter starring Alex Kingston. Lit went on to be nominated in the Broadway World awards for its central performance by Nottingham’s very own Eve Austin.

Assassins was the first Sondheim produced at Nottingham Playhouse for many years and our first ever actor-musician piece. It attracted a clutch of 5 star reviews. We welcomed back Nottingham favourites Sara Poyzer and Jack Quarton. Vicky McClure joined many other industry professionals and over 120 young people to explore creative careers as part of Open Door.

Sleeping Beauty is Kenneth Alan Taylor’s 35th pantomime for Nottingham Playhouse and an absolute stunner. John Elkington once again stars as Dame. The Nottingham Playhouse choir was launched.

Pinocchio, written and directed by two local Amplify artists, closes our year with 5 star reviews in our Neville Studio before a 2020 tour to local schools and community centres.