Nottingham Playhouse Theatre Company Present


By Beth Steel

Friday 9 - Saturday 24 February 2018

Main House - Tickets: £37.50 - £8.50

Age guidance: 14+ - Running time: 2hrs 25 minutes (incl. interval)


Nottinghamshire, 1983. Two 16 year olds wait nervously at the pithead. Guided by a veteran miner, they descend into the brotherhood, banter, searing heat and liquid blue light of Welbeck Colliery.

Meanwhile in London, an American CEO known as The Butcher is brought in to reform King Coal. Pits close and a strike is called.

A Tory MP tussles with his leader’s hard line ideology, whilst an eccentric dandy is sent undercover to break up the strike. Cracks appear on all sides as the embattled miners are torn apart trying to protect their livelihoods and families. Nothing will be the same again.

Wonderland is a regional premiere, a spirited and uplifting drama written by the daughter of a Nottingham miner. Expect dark humour and tension in Adam Penford’s first play as Artistic Director in this gripping 360° look at the events leading up to and during the miner’s strike.

Age Guidance: Suitable for ages 14+. Contains strong language and some nudity.

★★★★ “This is a big play, ambitious in the way it melds the public and the private, full of heart and very little sentimentality.” The Guardian
★★★★ “Powerful, pertinent drama” The Stage
★★★★ “Exceptional programming from Nottingham’s new Artistic Director Adam Penford” WhatsOnStage

Cast and Creative Team

Malcolm Chris Ashby
David Hart/Mr Bishop/Chief of Metropolitan Police Jamie Beamish
Bobbo Tony Bell
Ian MacGregor Robin Bowerman
Peter Walker Matthew Cottle
Jimmy Joshua Glenister
Spud Harry Hepple
Tilsley/Nicholas Ridley/Milton Friedman/Security Guard/Chief of Metropolitan Police Nicholas Khan
Fanny Jack Quarton
Colonel Deka Walmsley

Writer Beth Steel
Director Adam Penford
Designer Morgan Large
Lighting Designer Jack Knowles
Composer/Sound Designer Jon Nicholls
Movement Director Naomi Said
Voice Coach Kay Welch
Casting Directors Sarah Bird CDG and Vicky Richardson
Dance Captain Jamie Beamish
Singing Captain Jack Quarton

Pre-Show Talk

A History of Nottinghamshire’s Mines – Monday 12 February 6.15 – 7pm
Free – please reserve in advance

Post-Show Discussion – Thursday 15 February


Exploring Wonderland – Tuesday 23 January at 7pm

Schools Tickets

School tickets are £12 each (subject to availability). One teacher goes free with every ten tickets purchased.
Book by calling the Box Office on 0115 941 9419.
Take a look at our range of wraparound workshops and sessions for your school in connection with Wonderland and download the Insight Pack.

Groups Tickets

Groups of 10 or more can save up to 20% on tickets (subject to availability). Book by calling the Box Office on 0115 941 9419.


We provide British Sign Language Interpretation, Captioning and Audio Description for this production.
Everyone is welcome to attend accessible performances, customers experience the full show including the accessible services.
Find out more on our Access page.

Want to see it all? Find out more about our Playhouse Saver offer here.

Dates & Times

Wonderland - Fri 9 Feb 7:30pm Fri 9 Feb Main House 7:30pm £27.50 - £8.50
Wonderland - Sat 10 Feb 7:30pm Sat 10 Feb Main House 7:30pm £37.50 - £12.50
Wonderland - Mon 12 Feb 7:30pm Mon 12 Feb Main House 7:30pm £37.50 - £12.50
Wonderland - Tue 13 Feb 7:00pm Tue 13 Feb Main House 7:00pm Press Night £37.50 - £12.50
Wonderland - Wed 14 Feb 7:30pm Wed 14 Feb Main House 7:30pm £37.50 - £12.50
Wonderland - Thu 15 Feb 1:30pm Thu 15 Feb Main House 1:30pm £31.50 - £10.50
Wonderland - Thu 15 Feb 7:30pm Thu 15 Feb Main House 7:30pm Post Show Talk £37.50 - £12.50
Wonderland - Fri 16 Feb 7:30pm Fri 16 Feb Main House 7:30pm £37.50 - £12.50
Wonderland - Sat 17 Feb 7:30pm Sat 17 Feb Main House 7:30pm £37.50 - £12.50
Wonderland - Tue 20 Feb 7:30pm Tue 20 Feb Main House 7:30pm £37.50 - £12.50
Wonderland - Wed 21 Feb 7:30pm Wed 21 Feb Main House 7:30pm £37.50 - £12.50
Wonderland - Thu 22 Feb 7:30pm Thu 22 Feb Main House 7:30pm Audio Described Performance £37.50 - £12.50
Wonderland - Fri 23 Feb 7:30pm Fri 23 Feb Main House 7:30pm Sign Interpreted £37.50 - £12.50
Wonderland - Sat 24 Feb 2:30pm Sat 24 Feb Main House 2:30pm Captioned Performance Audio Described Performance £31.50 - £10.50
Wonderland - Sat 24 Feb 7:30pm Sat 24 Feb Main House 7:30pm £37.50 - £12.50

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