Touch of brass in much-loved tale

Brassed Off at Theatre Royal Nottingham''Photo by Sam Atkins
Brassed Off at Theatre Royal Nottingham''Photo by Sam Atkins

You’ve seen the film, you’ve loved the music, now you can see Brassed Off onstage when it is performed at Nottingham’s Theatre Royal from March 4-8.

Presented by Touring Consortium Theatre Company, York Theatre Royal and Bolton Octagon, this all-new production of Brassed Off is touring the country to mark the 30th anniversary of the start of the 1984-85 Miners’ Strike.

In 1992, Grimley Colliery faces the threat of closure and the future of the brass band seems uncertain.

With the miners torn between redundancy packages and the picket lines, bandleader Danny’s hopes of winning the national brass band competition seem like a distant dream.

But the arrival of flugelhorn-playing Gloria brings hope, romance and controversy to the Yorkshire brass band on the brink of collapse.

This production features rousing live music. including Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez and Jerusalem, played live on stage by Trent Brass, a band of locally-based musicians commissioned especially for this production.

John McArdle stars as Danny. A highly respected and accomplished actor, his credits include Billy Corkhill in Brookside, Firm Friends, All The Small Things, Merseybeat and Waterloo Road.

Also in the cast is Andrew Dunn, a familiar face from his leading role in Victoria Wood’s sitcom dinnerladies and for portraying Alastair Campbell for a number of years in Channel Four’s Bremner, Bird and Fortune.

Director Damian Cruden is artistic director at York Theatre Royal and his previous collaborations with TCTC include the Olivier Award winning The Railway Children at Waterloo Theatre and To Kill a Mockingbird with Duncan Preston.

Passionate and inspiring, Brassed Off is adapted by Paul Allen and based on Mark Herman’s much-loved 1996 British movie. It is a celebration of human endeavour and community spirit in triumph against all the odds.

Evening performances will be at 7.30pm, with Wednesday and Thursday matinees at 2pm and a Saturday matinee at 2.30pm.

Tickets are priced at £27.50-£14 (plus concessions) and are available on or via the box office on 0115 989 5555.

n There will be an evening of Heroes And Villains at Nottingham’s Royal Concert Hall on Saturday, March 1, courtesy of Nottingham Youth Orchestra and Nottingham Youth Jazz Orchestra.

The talented young musicians in the ensembles will be performing an exciting selection of music, in a concert condicted by James Lowe and presented by Des Coleman.

The programme will include excerpts from The Planets, plus Star Wars, James Bond themes and Sweeney Todd.

Tickets are £10-£17 (plus concessions). Call the box office on 0115 9895555.