Nottingham Playhouse have an exciting and varied programme of events to enjoy in their Spring/Summer season including two touring musicals, The Who’s rock opera Tommy (Wed 19 – Sat 29 April ) by Ramps On The Moon and an acclaimed production celebrating the 20th anniversary of Jonathan Larson’s Rent (Tue 16 – Sat 20 May).
Giles Croft will be directing Anton Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard ( Fri3 – Sat 18 Nov) adapted by Simon Stephens. Stephens is a well known name in theatre circles having written the stage versions of A Doll’s House and The Curious Incident of The Dog In The Night-time. The play will be current Artistic Director Giles Croft’s last play for Nottingham Playhouse before he leaves for new adventures.
A Nottingham Playhouse and York Theatre Royal co-production of Pride and Prejudice (Fri 15 – Sat 30 Sept) adapted by Sara Pascoe from the novel by Jane Austen is one to look forward to and to quote the new brochure – ‘If you’ve always heard people saying that Austen is so funny and never got it – you will now!’ Sara Pascoe is a stand up comedian and the piece promises an original score from Emmy The Great. It is directed by Susannah Tresilian who suggests her stage version will be funny, playful, truthful and occasionally disrespectful!
John Steinbeck’s The Grapes Of Wrath (Tue 20 March – Sat 8 April) is another show to look forward too. It is adapted by Frank Galati and is a Nottingham Playhouse co-production with Nuffield Southampton Theatres, Royal and Derngate Northampton and West Yorkshire Playhouse. A big proportion of the cast with be local non-professional players and Galati’s adaptation has been called ‘majestic’ and ‘ground-breaking’. The Grapes Of Wrath is a towering testament to the integrity, strength and perseverance of the human spirit. Abbey Wright (Nuffield Southampton Theatres Artist Director) is directing and the composer and musical director is Matt Regan. The Grapes of Wrath will feature a community chorus.
Whilst the characters in The Grapes Of Wrath may be heading West director Suba Das is directing Ayub Khan Din’s comical story of Asian family discord East Is East (Thurs 10 May – Sat 10 Jun). This is a brand new production of the Olivier award winning comedy that went on to become a BAFTA winning film sensation. The Nottingham Playhouse production will feature Vicky Entwistle as the English wife of Asian Fish and Chip Shop owner, George. Suba Das promises that the production will be full of belly laughs!
Next Door Dance and Nottingham Playhouse Neville Studio present Home (Thur 20 – Sat 22 July) which is directed by Fionna Buffini. Expectations are for this to be a beautiful, funny and original look at that place we all call home. It will be an illuminating and enjoyable look into what we Nottingham folk take for granted as our four walls.
Nottingham Playhouse Youth Theatre will be performing Holloway Jones by Evan Placey (Fri11 – Sat 12 Aug.) at the Neville Studio.
Whilst the Nottingham Theatre Royal goes through a major upgrade the Nottingham Playhouse will be hosting The Colin Mcintyre Classic Thriller Season (dates throughout July 2017). The programme includes Dial M For Murder by Frederick Knott, Dangerous Corner by J. B. Priestley and Marie Lloyd And The Music Hall Murder by Karen Henson will be presented at The National Justice Museum or as Nottingham folk know it – The Galleries of Justice.
The Nottingham Playhouse will also be presenting Love And Information by Caryl Churchill (Thurs 18 and Fri 19 May), Spring Reign by Rob Johnston (Sat 27 May), Every Brilliant Thing by Duncan Macmillan with Jonny Donahoe (Sat 3 Jun) and Between The Two by Rochi Rampal and Daniel Tyler (Fri 16 Jun). All these plays will be presented in the Neville Studio.
The full to bursting season promises a big selection of dance based works including a welcome return to Coal (Mon 19th – Tues 20 Jun). Coal became the winner of the 2016 UK Theatre Awards Achievement In Dance.
Throughout May and June there are plenty of comedy evenings to enjoy and of course it is never too late to book for the annual pantomime, Kenneth Alan Taylor’s Cinderella (Fri 1 Dec – Sat 20 Jan 2018).