Your Handy Christmas Gift Guide

Wednesday 7th December 2016

Christmas shopping can be stressful, and as 2016 has not exactly been a classic year, it would be nice to get to 2017 without throwing some traumatic present-purchasing experiences into the mix. With that in mind, Nottingham Playhouse is here to make your festive shopping experience easy, because we’ve got Christmas all wrapped up. Providing joyful, entertaining shared experiences with friends or family is what we do best, so check out your options below and give them something to look forward to!

Playhouse Pass

Our membership scheme delivers a whole year of entertainment. Give a gift membership and you’ll be giving great nights out with great discounts. Our annual membership starts at £35 with discounts of up to 25% for two people. So buy a membership for your Mum, and she’ll be able to take your Dad, or a friend, or YOU along too with the same epic savings!

With new shows going on sale every month, members can be at the front of the queue for those shows that are bound to sell out, thanks to our priority booking period. It’s the gift that keeps on giving. Click here to find out all the benefits of a Nottingham Playhouse membership.

Gift Vouchers

Got a friend or family member who’s difficult to buy for? Let THEM choose from the entire Nottingham Playhouse programme with a Gift Voucher – available from the Box Office and online for whatever value you’d like to give. No need to stick to denominations of £5 or £10 – if you want to give a Gift Voucher to the value of £23.76, you can! Even better, the gift voucher arrives immediately via email as part of your receipt – perfect if you’ve left it a bit late! Click here to find out more about Gift Vouchers.

The Playhouse Panto

Nottingham Playhouse is renowned for our Panto, and this year is no different! Have you read the reviews for our current show Aladdin yet? We’re a class act, and the perfect post-Christmas treat. With shows running into the new year, banish those January blues and treat your loved ones to a bit of glitter and sparkle. You can also buy tickets for next year’s panto, Cinderella.

Musical Lovers

The wonderful mash-up of of music and theatre is a joyous experience, and we’ve got some great shows coming up in 2017 for those who love a singalong! First up, in January, Broadway and West End star Ramin Karimloo will be here with his Broadgrass Band. Ramin is a bona fide star of the stage, nominated for Olivier and Tony Awards for his roles in Love Never Dies and Les Misérables. The musical aficionados in your life will instantly recognize the hits as he sings Bring Him Home, Empty Chairs at Empty Tables and Music of the Night.

For the full-on musical experience, we’ve got two classics for the new year: the pinball wizard will be in residence for The Who’s Tommy, and in its 20th Anniversary year the runaway smash-hit Rent will have them dancing in the aisles – perfect for any stage school dreamers!


We could all do with a good laugh every now and again, and we’ve got just the thing for that – some of the best comedians in the business will be gracing the Playhouse stage in 2017. Got a friend with a twisted sense of humour who loves comedy with bite? Try Richard Herring, Stewart Lee or Reginald D Hunter.

Like a dose of musical whimsy and some Irish charm to boot? David O’Doherty will be here in February. Love comedy panel shows? Mock the Week regular Andy Parsons will be stopping off on his UK tour. And for those who know laughter is the best medicine, check out Ruby Wax – she’ll be getting funny and insightful about mental health in her new show, Frazzled.


It’s a bumper year for beautiful dance shows that are destined to make you gasp at how graceful and incredible the human body is. Motionhouse, known for amazing digital projections that their dancers interact seamlessly with, will present Scattered. Then the all-male dance superstars BalletBoyz will be here with their new show Life. The perfect present for someone who wants to be surprised and delighted this Christmas. Click here to see all the Dance shows coming up in 2017.


If it’s pure, quality theatre you’re looking for, let us point you in the direction of Spring 2017’s stellar line-up of drama. A play by a Nottingham writer, set in our city, starring some of our finest actors will kick off the new season. Touched is guaranteed to be the hot ticket, with people from all over the country eager to see Vicky McClure, star of This is England and Line of Duty in the role of Sandra.

For literary lovers, check out our timely adaptation of the Pulitzer-prize winning novel The Grapes of Wrath. A family driven by desperation make an epic journey in search of a better life – this story could hardly be more pressing.

If it’s light relief you’re looking for, then see a British comedy classic brought to the stage – a family runs riot in East is East – we’ve all been there! A ticket for any of these shows will give them a hot date for their diary. Click here to see all the theatre shows taking place at Nottingham Playhouse.

From all at Nottingham Playhouse we wish you a very Merry Christmas!