Theatrical treats at the Playhouse

Arcadia at Nottingham Playhouse
Arcadia at Nottingham Playhouse

Nottingham Playhouse has announced its bold new season of work that includes three plays exploring the theme of Time and Memory.

The spring season has begun with Nottingham Playhouse’s five-way co-production, (Graeae, Birmingham Rep, New Wolsey and West Yorkshire Playhouse), of The Threepenny Opera.

A ground breaking project that sees a fully integrated cast of disabled and non disabled actor musicians bring to life a production of uprising and dispossession, The Threepenny Opera is touring until May 2014.

May sees the return of the neat festival, (Nottingham European Arts Theatre Festival), first launched in Nottingham back in 2011. neat14 will feature work from Spain, Croatia, Poland, Canada and Germany amongst many other countries. Nottingham Playhouse will once again be a key partner in hosting this ten-day festival (May 23-June 1).

Launching neat 14 will be a major new community project - Mass Bolero, an eight-minute film involving the people of Nottingham. This mass participation event will see community groups, schools, organisations and individuals recreate Torvill and Dean’s iconic Bolero; paying tribute to two of Nottingham’s finest, with a powerful regional resonance.

In the autumn season, the Playhouse presents three plays by British writers that all use two time frames to explore the impact of the past on the present.

In Time and the Conways, J B Priestley explores how the optimism at the end of WW1 is replaced by cynicism and discontent en route to the inevitable tragedy of WW2.

In Propaganda Swing, Peter Arnott’s new play, (a co-production with the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry), tells the story of an American journalist remembering his time in Berlin during WW2 and his unwilling involvement in the Nazi propaganda programme.

The final autumn main stage production, (before the venue’s much-celebrated pantomime) is Arcadia.

Tom Stoppard explores, with brilliant wit, how we can never fully understand the past and how the journey to the future is constant and unchangeable.

The Playhouse will be complementing these plays with a programme of work by emerging artists, chosen after an open-call this spring, which will create a contemporary response to both the stylistic and political content of the season, using the Neville Studio and other spaces.

Fiona Buffini, Nottingham Playhouse’s associate director, (National Theatre, RSC and a volunteer with VSO), will be making her Playhouse directorial debut with Time and the Conways working alongside Linbury Prize winner, Madeline Girling who will be designing the set for Time and the Conways and Arcadia. Giles Croft directs Arcadia and Propaganda Swing is directed by Hamish Glen.

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Nottingham Playhouse’s Youth Theatre will be performing Peter Shaffer’s Equus in the Neville Studio, from August 11-16.

Ending the year will be the return of Kenneth Alan Taylor’s 31st pantomime, Sleeping Beauty; look out for a new dame, (it won’t be Kenneth Alan Taylor!)

Other highlights this year include:

Benjamin Zephaniah’s Refugee Boy, (A WYP production), to be seen on March 28-29 and Richard Alston Dance Company’s Shimmer, on April, 29 as part of a powerful season of visiting dance.

For more details on any of these productions, you can call the box office at Nottingham Playhouse on 0115 9419419.