Second innings for hit play The Ashes

Nottingham Playhouse''Photo by David Baird
Nottingham Playhouse''Photo by David Baird

Nottingham Playhouse Theatre Company will be presenting a revival of its acclaimed play The Ashes, from June 27-July 6.

Written by Michael Pinchbeck and directed by Giles Croft, it can be seen just as the nation’s cricket fans prepare for the start of the age-old sporting contest against old foes the Australians. The five-test Ashes series begins next month at Trent Bridge, Nottingham.

The hit play tells the story of the infamous ‘bodyline’ cricket tour in 1932/3

In 2011, Nottingham-based writer Michael Pinchbeck’s play was a big success with audiences and critics alike.

The Ashes tells the story of the infamous ‘bodyline’ cricket tour, which was spearheaded by a fast-bowling miner from Kirkby-in-Ashfield, Harold Larwood. Encouraged by his upper-class captain Douglas Jardine, who wanted revenge for the previous season’s defeat at the hands of Australia’s Donald Bradman, Larwood tore the Australian team apart by bowling directly at the body. Accusations of ‘unsportsmanlike behaviour’ flew and diplomatic relations fell to an all-time low.

The play struck a chord both for its evocation of the stresses and politics of that extraordinary sporting moment, and as a touching portrait of human lives caught up in events that touched, amazed and angered millions.

Giles Crof said: “After the global success of the London Olympics, and as the England team of 2013 gets ready to fight Australia for the Ashes once again, this is a chance to look back to the drama and passion of the first truly international sporting controversy and get in the mood for the Ashes coming to Trent Bridge. We thank our generous sponsors for supporting this revival.”

Tickets to see The Ashes at Nottingham Playhouse are available on 0115 9419419.