Blood Wedding

A bride looks out over the Wiltshire countryside. Red petals fly all around her. BLOOD WEDDING title in white is centred

Thursday 6 – Saturday 22 February 2020 at 7.30pm
Thursday and Saturday matinees at 2.15pm

WORLD PREMIERE

Lorca’s BLOOD WEDDING

Retold by Barney Norris

A Wiltshire village, 2019. Rob and his fiancée Georgie are checking out the village hall for their wedding reception. They think it’s ideal, but Rob’s mum isn’t so sure and wonders if they are rushing into things. Just when they begin to talk her round, a school friend of Georgie’s turns up, along with an old flame who could shatter the wedding plans. Very soon Georgie’s past is making her question who really is the love of her life.

Barney Norris’s explosive retelling of Lorca’s classic tragedy sets the action firmly in a modern day village community that’s rocked by revelations and gossip. His previous plays include Echo’s End (Salisbury Playhouse), Nightfall (The Bridge Theatre, London) and The Remains of the Day.

 

Recommended age 14+ (contains some strong language)

Mame

Mame title in red and gold on a black background

Tuesday 21 – Saturday 25 January at 7.30pm
Thursday and Saturday matinees at 2.15pm

An Aria Entertainment, Hope Mill Theatre and
Ray Rackham Theatricals Production

MAME

Life is a banquet, and most poor suckers are starving to death! That’s the motto of Mame Dennis, one of musical theatre’s all-time greatest heroines, in this brassy, hilarious and touching adaptation of Patrick Dennis’s bestseller, Auntie Mame, starring critically acclaimed and two-time Olivier Award-winner Tracie Bennett as Mame (End of the Rainbow, Hairspray, Blood Brothers, Coronation, Scott & Bailey) and film, TV and theatre favourite Harriet Thorpe as Vera (Absolutely Fabulous, The Brittas Empire, new BBC comedy Mister WinnerWicked, Mamma Mia! – National Theatre & West End).

Set in New York City and spanning the Great Depression and World War II, Mame Dennis and her intellectual and arty clique are disrupted when her deceased brother’s 10-year-old son Patrick is entrusted into her care. Rather than bow to convention, Mame tries her hand at a number of jobs with comically, disastrous results but perseveres with good humour and an irrepressible sense of style.

Jerry Herman’s celebrated musicals includes the rousing title number, plus “Open a New Window,” “If He Walked into My Life,” “We Need a Little Christmas,” “Bosom Buddies” and “That’s How Young I Feel.”

With spirit, humour, class and wit, Mame is sure to thrill audiences for generations to come.

Presented by arrangement with Tams Witmark

The Night Watch

The Night Watch title, coloured in purple, with a backdrop of airborne WW2 planes

Monday 11 – Saturday 16 November at 7.30pm
Thursday & Saturday matinees at 2.15pm

From the international number one best-selling author, Sarah Waters

THE NIGHT WATCH

Adapted by Hattie Naylor

London in the 1940s. A time when hearts beat faster and life burned more brightly. The Night Watch is a tender, tragic and beautifully poignant portrait of four ordinary people caught up in the aftermath of an extraordinary time.

Olivier-nominated playwright Hattie Naylor creates a gripping and theatrically inventive adaptation of this great modern novel. From the team that brought you Birdsong, The Habit of Art and The Importance of Being Earnest.

Toast

Title "Toast" in burned orange. In the background, a woman watches as a young man sprinkles flour into a bowl

Monday 4 – Saturday 9 November

NIGEL SLATER’S

TOAST

Direct from the West End

Toast vividly recreates Nigel Slater’s childhood through the tastes and smells he shares with his mother, culminating in the young Nigel’s escape to London.

From making the perfect sherry trifle, through the playground politics of sweets, the rigid rules of restaurant dining, and a domestic war over cakes, this is a moving and evocative tale of love, loss and… toast.

You’ve Got Dragons

Illustration of a little girl with a mean looking black dragon for her shadow.

Thursday 31 October at 11am and 2pm
YOU’VE GOT DRAGONS

“Dragons come when you least expect it. You turn round… and they’re there.”

Lots of people get them. Sometimes they make you feel alone. So, what can a young child with a bad case of the dragons do? With live music, this sensitive production is a humorous exploration of the dragons we face.

Featuring creative captioning, BSL and Audio Description, it’s a treat for the whole family. And remember… “No dragon is more powerful than YOU!”

Ideal for ages 3+

 

DRAGON TAMING WORKSHOPS

FREE at 12pm & 3pm – suitable for ages 3+ 
Have you or anyone in your family ever felt anxious or overwhelmed with worries? Do you want to build emotional resilience and discover some new, fun techniques to use with very young children to tackle their anxiety? Join this family-friendly session of activities that can help tame the dragons we all face. Devised by Taking Flight and clinical psychologist Dr Sara Rhys-Jones. Free tickets available from Ticket Sales.

 

Robin Hood

Robin Hood title image in gold, with a castle and archery rings in the background

ROBIN HOOD
By Andrew Pollard

Join Robin and his merry band for a fantastic adventure this Christmas. With all the elements of a traditional pantomime – comedy, dance, audience participation, fantastic sets – and familiar songs, you won’t want to miss this year’s Playhouse extravaganza. It’s the perfect treat for all ages.

Robin Hood is written by Andrew Pollard, writer of previous Playhouse pantomimes Beauty and the BeastJack and the BeanstalkAladdin and Cinderella.

Sales for last year’s production of Beauty and the Beast were record-breaking, so don’t leave it too late to book your tickets!

One Under

Three faces - a woman and man looking forward and a man looking to the left. Coloured in blues, greens and yellows.

Wednesday 27 – Saturday 30 November ONE UNDER

By Winsome Pinnock. Commissioned by Ramps on the Moon.
Presented in association with Curve. 
A Graeae & Theatre Royal Plymouth production

Age Guidance 16+

An evocative play about the power of guilt and the quest for atonement, award-winning playwright Winsome Pinnock (Rockets and Blue Lights) and Amit Sharma (Deputy Artistic Director, Birmingham Rep) join forces to explore the fragility of human relationships in this re-imagining of One Under.

When a young man jumps in front of a train that Cyrus is driving, the mysterious circumstances prompt him to search for answers. In pursuing the truth of Sonny’s final hours, Cyrus is led to laundrette worker Christine, as the past begins to catch up with people whose lives are changed forever.

Graeae are world-renowned for placing D/deaf and disabled artists centre-stage.

Please Note All performances of One Under will feature creative captioning and audio description.

 

Breaking the Code

by Hugh Whitemore
A Wiltshire Creative production

BREAKING THE CODE

Saturday 5 – Saturday 26 October at 7.30pm
Thursday and Saturday matinees at 2.15pm

At the height of the Second World War eccentric genius Alan Turing was breaking the complex German code, Enigma, at Bletchley Park. Since his work was classified top secret for years after the war, no one knew how much was owed to him when he was later put on trial and publicly humiliated by the revelation of his sexuality. Hugh Whitemore’s compelling play intertwines an account of Turing’s most heroic hour with that of his betrayal by the nation he had helped in its darkest hour. Turing’s story went on to be told in the 2014 Oscar-winning film The Imitation Game, starring Benedict Cumberbatch.

 

NEW FOR AUTUMN 2019

MAIN HOUSE TRANSFORMED!

For Relatively Speaking and Breaking the Code, the Main House will be transformed.  With seating on all sides of the stage you will find yourself closer than ever to the action.  Please see our new seating plan upon booking your tickets for both of these productions.

If you require any further information regarding accessibility for our new seating layout, please contact our Ticket Sales team who will be happy to help.

Generously supported by Jim Douglas

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie

WINNER of Best New Musical – Whats On Stage Awards, London

The smash-hit and critically acclaimed West End musical, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, comes to the Theatre Royal Nottingham from 20-25 April 2020.

Funny, fabulous and feelgood, this is the musical sensation for all the family and not to be missed!

Jamie New is sixteen and lives on a council estate in Sheffield. Jamie doesn’t quite fit in. Jamie is terrified about the future. Jamie is going to be a sensation.

Supported by his brilliant loving mum and surrounded by his friends, Jamie overcomes prejudice, beats the bullies and steps out of the darkness, into the spotlight.

With an original score of catchy pop tunes by lead singer-songwriter of The Feeling, Dan Gillespie Sells and writer Tom MacRae (Doctor Who), this brand-new musical will have everybody talking about Jamie for years to come.

Sixteen: the edge of possibility. Time to make your dreams come true.

Matthew Bourne’s The Red Shoes

Based on the film by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger
and the Hans Christian Andersen fairytale
Music by Bernard Herrman

A sell-out before its world premiere tour opened in 2016, Matthew Bourne’s triumphant adaptation of the legendary film returns after winning two Olivier Awards and dazzling audiences across the UK and the USA.

The Red Shoes is a tale of obsession, possession and one girl’s dream to be the greatest dancer in the world. Victoria Page lives to dance but her ambitions become a battleground between the two men who inspire her passion.

Set to the achingly romantic music of golden-age Hollywood composer Bernard Herrmann, The Red Shoes is orchestrated by Terry Davies, with cinematic designs by Lez Brotherston, lighting by Paule Constable and sound by Paul Groothuis.

Early booking is highly recommended for the show’s much anticipated return.