On Wednesday 8 February, we announced two exciting new productions to bookend our Autumn 2017 Season.
After 18 years at Nottingham Playhouse, Giles Croft will be stepping down as Artistic Director after directing The Cherry Orchard in November 2017. Anton Chekhov’s last and greatest play tells the story of a family on the edge of ruin and a country on the brink of revolution. When Ranevskaya returns to her country home – with its famous orchard – she is torn between its past and the future. By turns tragic and funny, this new version by Olivier Award-winner Simon Stephens (A Doll’s House, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time), is both dynamic and profound.
Giles Croft has chosen this masterpiece as his final play – and first Chekhov – as Artistic Director. He leaves an incredible legacy of productions, including Polygraph, Rat Pack Confidential, All Quiet on the Western Front, The Ashes, Arcadia and The Kite Runner.
Giles said: “During my time at Nottingham Playhouse I have been fortunate enough to direct work by writers as varied as Robert Lepage, Henrik Ibsen and Noel Coward so when thinking about what would be my final production I was unsure of where to begin. I knew that it had to be a play that I love, that it should be connected with the theme of change and would also present me with a new challenge. I have never directed Chekov, I love The Cherry Orchard and is there a better play about change?”
In addition to this bittersweet production, we’re delighted to announce that our first show of Autumn 2017 will be Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, a co-production with York Theatre Royal. In a brand new comic-adaptation by stand-up comedian Sara Pascoe with an original score from Emmy the Great and directed by Susannah Tresilian (Posh) prepare yourself for a playful, truthful and occasionally disrespectful take on this brilliant novel.
Susannah Tresilian said: “It is a dream come true to be asked to direct a new adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, one of history’s greatest love stories. I’m interested in taking a fresh look at it, whilst staying loyal to the original. I’m so pleased to be working with two other Austenites, the brilliant Sara Pascoe and Emmy the Great, to create an authentic Pride and Prejudice for a modern audience – combining, one might say, a 21st century sense with a 19th century sensibility…”
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Both The Cherry Orchard and Pride and Prejudice are now on sale to Playhouse Pass Members, and if you book before Wednesday 15 February, you can save 25% on your seats! There’s also priority booking on a whole host of fantastic new shows for Summer 2017.
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General booking opens on Wednesday 15 February 2017 at 10am.