Madcap comedy launches season

THE post-pantomime spring/summer drama season at Nottingham Playhouse gets under way from February 1-4 with a production of Court In The Act!

This will be live theatre at its liveliest – and funniest. Six intrepid improvisers create a completely madcap court case before your eyes – featuring you, The Jury. The show features special guest Pippa Evans from the BBC2 comedy improvisation show Fast and Loose.

A one-off event takes place on February 7 when the show Shakespeare’s Villains is presented. Once again, Steven Berkoff holds the stage alone, this time with his exploration and analysis of Shakespeare’s most villainous characters: Iago, the Macbeths, Shylock, Richard III, to name just a few.

For the third and final time, smash-hit musical comedy Forever Young can be seen at the Playhouse, from February 29 to March 10.

Back once more by public demand, Forever Young is set in a nursing home for actors. A group of aged panto performers are determined to prove that it’s not all behind them with a host of classic routines, surprisingly athletic dancing and a rousing rock ‘n’ roll sing-along.

Romeo and Juliet, the world’s greatest love story, is to be staged at the Playhouse between March 13 and 24.

This hot-blooded, deeply moving new production is an explosive collision of youth with age, sex with death and love with tragedy.

Fans of the music of Ian Dury and The Blockheads are in for a real treat when Reasons To Be Cheerful is staged from April 3-7. Part gig, part play, this acclaimed coming-of-age tale, directed by Graeae’s Jenny Sealey and featuring Ian Dury and the Blockheads’ greatest hits, will fill Nottingham Playhouse with raucous glee.

Mary Shelley, on from April 17 to May 5, is a new play that explores Mary Shelley’s remarkable life – from her controversial philosopher father, and her scandalous elopement, to how, at the age of 19, she wrote one of the greatest stories ever told, so radical in its ideology that it changed the literary landscape forever.

Roots, by veteran theatre legend Arnold Wesker, can be seen from May 23 to June 2 and is set in Norfolk, 1959.

Beatie Bryant returns home from 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, but her family make her question whether she has truly discovered her own voice. Roots marks Wesker’s 80th birthday year.

Finally, Woyzeck, running from April 12-14, tells the tale of a poor soldier forced to sell his body for scientific experiments to support his family. When his partner is distracted by another man, Woyzeck commits the ultimate crime.

Tickets for any of the offerings in this wide-ranging play, are available from the box office on 0115 9419419.