Nottingham Playhouse Theatre Company in a co-production with Colchester Mercury Theatre present


By Arnold Wesker

Wednesday 23 May - Saturday 2 June

Auditorium - Tickets: £7.50 - £26.50 (Matinees £7.50 - £12)

2h40 including two intervals.


Director: Andrew Breakwell

1959. Norfolk. Beatie Bryant returns home after three years in London. She has fallen in love with Ronnie and passionately believes she has escaped her rural roots through the love and education of a good man.

As her family anticipate Ronnie’s arrival, Beatie talks about London and her new-found ideals, but they are Ronnie’s words, not hers. Will she ever find her own voice?

Roots is a revolutionary play bursting with humour, imagination and compassion by one of the greatest playwrights of our generation. A must-see for all lovers of modern classics.

On these lovely summer evenings you are welcome to take your ice cold drinks into the theatre while you are watching the show. You can do this all year round, not just when it’s hot.

Sponsored by Nottingham City Transport

Designer Jane Linz-Roberts
Lighting Designer David Phillips
Sound Designer Adam McCready

Special Events

Both events are free just call the Box Office on 0115 941 9419 to reserve your space.

Thursday 24 May, 12pm – 2pm

Rehearsed reading of the final part of The Wesker Trilogy I’m Talking About Jerusalem to celebrate the Playwright’s 80th birthday.

Friday 1 June, 1pm – 2pm

Share the highs and lows of the unmarried mother, the mother who never was, the failed mother and the Earth Mother in Wesker’s Four Portraits – Of Mothers.

Roots is sponsored by:

Nottingham City Transport

Dates & Times

Roots - Wed 23 May 7:45pm Wed 23 May Auditorium 7:45pm Preview Hot Night £7.50 - £26.50
Roots - Thu 24 May 7:45pm Thu 24 May Auditorium 7:45pm Press Night Hot Night £7.50 - £26.50
Roots - Fri 25 May 7:45pm Fri 25 May Auditorium 7:45pm £7.50 - £26.50
Roots - Sat 26 May 2:30pm Sat 26 May Auditorium 2:30pm £7.50 - £12.00
Roots - Sat 26 May 7:45pm Sat 26 May Auditorium 7:45pm £7.50 - £26.50
Roots - Mon 28 May 7:45pm Mon 28 May Auditorium 7:45pm £7.50 - £26.50
Roots - Tue 29 May 7:45pm Tue 29 May Auditorium 7:45pm Post Show Talk £7.50 - £26.50
Roots - Wed 30 May 7:45pm Wed 30 May Auditorium 7:45pm £7.50 - £26.50
Roots - Thu 31 May 1:30pm Thu 31 May Auditorium 1:30pm £7.50 - £12.00
Roots - Thu 31 May 7:45pm Thu 31 May Auditorium 7:45pm £7.50 - £26.50
Roots - Fri 1 Jun 7:45pm Fri 1 Jun Auditorium 7:45pm £7.50 - £26.50
Roots - Sat 2 Jun 7:45pm Sat 2 Jun Auditorium 7:45pm £7.50 - £26.50


An absorbing production

The Stage

Natasha Rickman doesn’t disappoint (as Beatie Bryant)…It’s a performance of great sensitivity, even maturity, from a young actress just at the start of her career * * * *

What’s on Stage

This superbly constructed Kitchen Sink Drama is a real window on the changing lifestyles of the fifties.

Essex Chronicle

(A) lovingly crafted production * * * *

The Public Reviews


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