Dancing England

Dancing England

Saturday 26 January 2019 at 6.30pm

Theatre - Tickets: £17.50 (Concs £12.50)


A Glimpse of Spring in the Depths of Winter with Dancing England’s Dance Extravaganza

Dancing England is bringing the best in traditional dance to the Nottingham Playhouse stage this coming January for an extravaganza of English culture that will be a sight to behold – even for many who think they know what traditional dance is all about. Blending together the history of our Sceptred Isle, its emotions and stories, combined with traditional English folklore, this event will present true English dance and music to a wider audience.

Attendees can expect a marvellous concoction of Englishness. We’ve brought together such things as Carnival Morris; a pom-pom, tiptoed spectacle, to counterpoint the bedlam of Herefordshire’s wild and wondrous Border Morris. Cotswold Morris brings the vibes of the summer’s village fete to the stage, whilst the discipline and quasi-militaristic lines and power of the North West Clog Morris will blow you away.

Look out for Heraldry coming to life as the giant 16th Century Snap the Dragon and its Whifflers from Norwich accompanies our distinguished guests, and then wanders about the Playhouse keeping all in order. Also, on show will be the oldest recorded dance tradition in Europe when the unique Abbots Bromley Horn Dancers take the stage.

And how could we forget the award-winning English sword dancing teams? They will dazzle you with their flashing blades of steel. The out-of-work Molly-dancing Plough Boys from East Anglia demanding money with menaces? Or the Lancashire cloggers rattling out the complex rhythms of the old cotton mills?

Not only do you get all the breathtaking action on stage, but the whole event comes together during the day with workshops, exhibitions, films, music, craft stalls, merchandise and downright oddities.

If you want to experience an onstage celebration of all things English, and you want to get a true feel for what traditional English dance and indeed traditional English culture is all about, this is the event for you. Not only will you witness historical/authentic dance styles, but there are incredible stories that intertwined them. Experience how miners and workers entertained themselves before the Great War and see how the changing seasons and the working week were marked and celebrated in the form of dance and music.

Watch our musicians and dancers tell the story of our industrial and rural history and heritage. You will not find a stage show like this anywhere else in the UK.

On Saturday 26th January 2019, starting at 6.30pm, for one night only, you will experience a glimpse of spring in the depths of winter, whose brightness and colour could spark a new interest that continues to bloom throughout the new year.

The show will end on a high with a fabulous ceilidh courtesy of the Melrose Ceilidh Band, one of the UK’s premier dance bands. Alongside a top notch caller, you can dance on the Playhouse stage with everyone to tunes traditional and new, with added voices.

Dates & Times

Dancing England - Sat 26 Jan 6:30pm Sat 26 Jan Theatre 6:30pm £17.50

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