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Nottstopping Festival

In May 2020, the Nottstopping Festival was created to provide entertainment during the national lockdown as well as raising money for NHS frontline workers.

Nottingham Playhouse was thrilled to be involved and can now share each of our commissions created specially for the Festival.

We tasked our Associate Artists, and one local artist via an open call-out, to help us create a psychogeographic map of Nottingham. Psychogeography describes the effect of a geographical location on the emotions and behaviour of individuals. Think of it as a way of diving into the soul of a city or urban environment.

We hope you enjoy the films our wonderful artists created.

Ben Norris

Chronic Insanity

Kate Spencer

Lewis Doherty

Major Labia


SceneChange – #MissingTheatre

Like you all, we’re #MissingLiveTheatre and can’t wait to welcome you back as soon as we can.

Thank you to SceneChange, a community of freelance Theatre Designers, who have created the #MissingLiveTheatre project to bring joy and colour to theatres whilst they are closed, and to celebrate their role in the community.

Thank you, too, to Eleanor Field and team for making our building look pretty in pink! Here’s our makeover as it happened…


Hymne A L’Amour – the cast of Piaf

A huge thank you to our Musical Director Alex Parker for coordinating this stunning tribute to Piaf, which should have opened on 8 May, as well as cast members Jenna Russell, Sara Poyzer and Sally Ann Triplett, and our team of talented musicians. Piaf will be back in May 2021.


Shakespeare in Lockdown by Jessica Temple

When we challenged actor Jessica Temple (The Madness of George III, The Merchant of Venice) to send us some videos of her favourite Shakespearean speeches re-imagined for lockdown life, there could only ever have been one choice for her first video…

In Jess’s second video, we see one of the Bard’s most famous characters in a whole new setting…

Thanks for helping to keep us entertained, Jess!


Social Dis-Dance

Week one: Jo Petch, who teaches our over 55s dance class, has created the Social Dis-Dance! Have a look at her online dance tutorials to help keep everyone moving and smiling.

All the tutorials will play one after the other automatically below, but if you’d like to see the full list and choose which exercise to do, you can view the playlist in YouTube here.

Week two: click here
Week three: click here
Week four: click here
Week five: click here


Prologue – Midst Strange Corona

Lots of our staff got creative whilst staying at home! Here, our Administration Assistant Frances made a few changes to Shakespeare’s well-known Romeo and Juliet prologue to reflect world events…


Welcome to Drawing Club

Before we had to close our doors in March, some of our wonderful Paint Shop team filmed this video at their regular drawing club. Full of handy tips, they hoped to inspire you all to get creative during isolation.

So, whether you’re a novice or experienced artist, have a watch and let us know how you get on. We’d love to see your work!


Sweet Charity – ‘If My Friends Could See Me Now’

We’ll be back as soon as we can with more thrilling theatre but, until that time, how about a sing-along as we throwback to Rebecca Trehearn’s award-winning performance in Sweet Charity…


Distan-sing with Alex Patterson

As our Choir weren’t able to meet up in person, our wonderful Conductor Alex Patterson kindly created a video class for everyone to follow at home. We hope you enjoy singing the ever-cheerful ‘Bring me Sunshine’ – and please share your singing videos with us on social media by tagging @NottmPlayhouse and #Distansing!


Mass Bolero – A Tribute To Torvill & Dean

Featuring cameo appearances by Chris and Jayne themselves, this short film, Mass Bolero, was conceived and directed by Fiona Buffini, former Associate Director of Nottingham Playhouse, in partnership with Dance4, Confetti Media Group and Spool and choreographed by Jeanefer Jean-Charles.

Mass Bolero stars hundreds of people from Nottingham and Nottinghamshire and was made in the spring of 2014 in tribute to Torvill and Dean marking 30 years since their Olympic triumph in Sarajevo.


Still want more to watch?

Head over to our YouTube channel to look back through our archive of show trailers, interviews and ‘making-of’ videos!