The annual Nottingham Playhouse OPEN DAY on Saturday 12 September 2009 promises free entertainment and backstage insights for theatre fans young and old.
A packed morning of activities features a variety of dance workshops, face painting, exhibitions, crafts and even a family pub quiz – and of course, there’s also the chance to take a backstage tour of the Playhouse’s workshops and have a close encounter with the spooky set of the hit production of Noël Coward’s comedy Blithe Spirit. Best of all, the tours, rehearsals and dance sessions and quizzes are all free of charge. The Open Day takes place this Saturday, 12 September from 10am – 1pm, prior to a matinee performance of Blithe Spirit at 2.30pm.
Backstage tours are always a highlight of the Open Day. The Playhouse’s productions are made in Nottingham and the theatre’s staff will be on hand to show just how, conducting tours of the backstage workshops where the plays and pantomimes are created. Whisper it, but they may even give away a few secrets about the set of Blithe Spirit and how its ghostly special effects are achieved. There’s even speculation that the Playhouse’s resident spook Brian might make his presence felt on the day.
There’s plenty of fun Front of House as well. Rebecca Little, the star of ten Playhouse pantos as well as the upcoming Beauty & the Beast and Forever Young, will be leading free half-hour tasters of stage dance routines, designed to get fans of all ages making a move. To tie in with next month’s production of Our Man in Havana, there will also be Salsa workshops for all those whose toes tap to a Latin beat.
The Open Day will wrap up at lunchtime with a family pub quiz, with the victors set to win an exclusive family pass for the pantomime press night. Add in a raffle, face painting, displays of programmes and poster artwork and sundry other treats, and the morning really does offer something for everyone.
The day continues with performances of Noël Coward’s wickedly witty supernatural comedy Blithe Spirit at 2.30pm and 7.45pm, with tickets available from just £7.50 (Box Office: 0115 941 9419 or www.nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk ).
Backstage Tour and workshop places are limited. Visit the Box Office on Saturday from 10pm to book your place.