Up ‘n’ Under

Fingersmiths in co-production with the New Wolsey Theatre.

The Wheatsheaf Arms amateur rugby league team has never won a game. They don’t have enough players and they have no kit. Can Arthur, our hero, coach them to beat the mighty Cobbler’s Arms in a cup final?

They need to beat Reg’s team The Cobblers Arms who aretop of the league, superbly fit, physically enormous and terrify every team they play. But how does Arthur train his new team? They are Deaf, he doesn’t sign and he only has 5 weeks to get his team into shape or he loses his house in the bet.

This fast moving and witty re-telling of John Godber’s award-winning and much-loved play, Up ’n’ Under will delight audiences, bringing together Fingersmiths’ visual and physical storytelling with a cast of Deaf and hearing actors using British Sign Language and spoken English.

All shows are BSL integrated and audio-described. Friday evening and Saturday matinee performances will be captioned.

There will be a post-show discussion after the Friday performance that will be BSL interpreted.

Madama Butterfly

One of the best-loved operas of all time, this is the tragic tale of innocent love crushed by betrayal. Cio-Cio San is a young Japanese woman who sacrifices everything to marry Pinkerton, the dashing American naval officer. Cruelly discarded when he returns to America, Butterfly is driven to a final and dramatic act of despair.

With its exquisite set and costumes, this emotionally direct and beautiful production by Tim Albery is devastating in its impact. Madama Butterfly features some of Puccini’s most famous music including ‘One Fine Day’ and the ‘Humming Chorus’. French soprano Anne Sophie Duprels has won widespread praise in this production in the role of Cio-Cio San.

Additional information
Running Time Approximately 2 hour 30 minutes
Language Sung in Italian with English titles

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Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella

Following the sold-out and critical success of The Red Shoes and Sleeping Beauty, New Adventures return to the Theatre Royal Nottingham with one of their most popular and beloved productions, Matthew Bourne’s CINDERELLA – a thrilling and evocative love story, set in London during the Second World War, which forms part of the company’s 30th anniversary celebrations.

Matthew Bourne’s interpretation of the classic fairytale, has, at its heart, a true war-time romance. A chance meeting results in a magical night for Cinderella and her dashing young RAF pilot, together just long enough to fall in love before being parted by the horrors of the Blitz.

With Lez Brotherston’s sumptuous costumes and sets, which won an Olivier Award for his original designs, and lighting by Olivier Award-winning Neil Austin, CINDERELLA will be performed in Surround Sound, designed by Paul Groothuis and featuring a specially commissioned recording played by a 60 piece orchestra. Matthew Bourne’s vivid story telling has never been more heart-stopping and touching, and will take the audience into the heart of Prokofiev’s magnificent score, and the sights and sounds of war-torn London.

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Hairspray

The smash hit musical comedy Hairspray is coming to Nottingham with a production, guaranteed to have you dancing the night away!

It’s Baltimore, 1962 where Tracy Turnblad, a big girl with big hair and an even bigger heart, is on a mission to follow her dreams and dance her way onto national TV. Tracy’s audition makes her a local star and soon she is using her new-found fame to fight for equality, bagging local heartthrob Link Larkin along the way!

Award winning comedian Norman Pace will star as Wilbur Turnblad with previously announced Matt Rixon reprising the role of Edna Turnblad.

Also returning to the production, Layton Williams will play the role of Seaweed alongside musical theatre star Brenda Edwards as Motormouth Maybelle.

Rebecca Mendoza will make her professional debut as Tracy Turnblad.

Joining them, Gina Murray will play Velma Von Tussle, Jon Tsouras returns as Corny Collins, Edward Chitticks will play heart-throb Link Larkin, Aimee Moore joins as Amber Von Tussle, Annalise Liard-Bailey as Penny Pingleton and Monifa James as Little Inez.

The full cast includes Lauren Concannon, Melissa Nettleford and Emily-Mae Walker as The Dynamites, Shay Barclay, Ben Darcy, George Hinson, Jordan Laviniere, Graham MacDuff, Lindsay McAllister, Tracey Penn and Freya Rowley

Featuring the hit songs Welcome To The 60s, You Can’t Stop The Beat, The Nicest Kids in Town and many more.

Don’t miss this irresistible feel-good show that will have you smiling for days – let your hair down and book now!

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War Horse

Following 8 record-record breaking years in London’s West End and having played in 10 countries around the world, the National Theatre’s acclaimed play WAR HORSE is coming to Nottingham in 2018!

At the outbreak of World War One, Joey, young Albert’s beloved horse, is sold to the Cavalry and shipped to France. He’s soon caught up in enemy fire, and fate takes him on an extraordinary journey, serving on both sides before finding himself alone in no man’s land. Albert, who remained on his parents’ Devon farm, cannot forget Joey. Though still not old enough to enlist he embarks on a treacherous mission to find him and bring him home.

Based on the beloved novel by Michael Morpurgo, this powerfully moving and imaginative drama, filled with stirring music and songs, is a show of phenomenal inventiveness. At its heart are astonishing life-sized horses by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company, who bring breathing, galloping, charging horses to thrilling life on stage.

War Horse is an unforgettable theatrical event which takes audiences on an extraordinary journey from the fields of rural Devon to the trenches of First World War France.

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Jerusalem by Jez Butterworth

England’s green and pleasant land.

St George’s Day. It’s the day of the Flintlock Fair and the day Kennet and Avon Council want to see the back of Johnny ‘Rooster’ Byron for good. The new estate want the maverick local boy evicted, but Johnny has other plans.

At his ramshackle caravan kingdom, the charismatic hellraiser entertains his band of ‘undesirable’ scallywags with outlandish tales, unbelievable antics and an ample supply of booze and drugs. Infamous for holding the most riotous parties this side of the Wiltshire border, Johnny is a hero to many but a villain to others. Pursued by the authorities, threatened by the local thug and reprimanded by his ex, Johnny is not a man to be beaten down.

Inciting his own special brew of anarchy, Johnny fights against the hypocrisy of modern suburban life and embodies the spirit of England’s legendary giants of myth. A raucous, earthy contemporary classic, Jerusalem paints a rebellious alternative vision of the idyllic English countryside.

Following enormous success in the West End and Broadway, Jez Butterworth’s startling, multi award-winning play is brought to life in its first major revival since its London premiere.

This production contains especially strong language throughout. Age guidance 16 and upwards. Parental discretion advised.

‘A wonderful, rollicking, dark comedy about contemporary life in rural England’ Financial Times

‘Fantastic, shocking and fresh’ Daily Mail
Jerusalem in the West End, 2011.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Pity the fool who falls in love…

Following the great success of last year’s Twelfth Night and Romeo + Juliet, the Watermill Ensemble return with A Midsummer Night’s Dream, fusing actor musicianship with one of Shakespeare’s greatest comedies.

Four lovers escape the decorum of the royal courts, eluding tradition and etiquette on one fateful, intoxicating night in the Athenian woods.

Secrets, love and mistaken identities collide with a fusion of rich and beautiful music inspired by the hedonistic soulful sounds of Nina Simone and Billie Holiday.

Hermia is to be married to Demetrius.But she actually loves Lysander and after the lovers runaway to marry in secret, pursued by Demetrius, who has been told by Helena of their plan, all respectability begins to unravel.

Enter an enchanted world of dreams and passion, where the powerful spirits of a midsummer’s night will put a spell on you.

‘This highly talented company… creates many magical and inventive theatrical moments’ British Theatre Guide

‘A fresh and richly coloured take on a timeless tale’ The Stage (Romeo + Juliet)

The Rivals

By Richard Brinsley Sheridan
Adapted by Beth Flintoff

Bath 1775.

Lydia Languish is passionately in love with a dashing but penniless soldier with whom she plans to elope.

Mrs Malaprop, her guardian, commands she ‘illiterate him’ from her memory and marry the rich and handsome son of a friend who is ‘the very pineapple of politeness’.

Little do they realise that both poor Beverley and the wealthy Captain Absolute are one and the same young man. Cue confusion, romance, misunderstanding and a twilight duel.

Taking place over one hilarious day, this classic comedy of desire, intrigue and romantic delusion, bursts onto The Watermill stage. An energetic ensemble perform a fresh, funny and fast-moving new version directed by Jonathan Humphreys whose previous credits include The Mighty Walzer (Manchester Royal Exchange) and Romeo and Juliet (Sheffield Crucible).

Heritage Financial Advisers are Principal Sponsor of The Rivals.

Aladdin

Festive fun for all the family as Writer/Director Richard Gauntlett returns to star alongside Ben Langley.
Genie’s magical offer: Bands A – D £3 off if paid before the end of February 2018. Applies to all performances on top of published discounts.

Cilla the musical

CILLA – THE MUSICAL is a spectacular and heart-warming musical adaptation of the critically acclaimed ITV mini-series based on the early life of Cilla Black, by BAFTA award winner, Jeff Pope (Philomena, Little Boy Blue).
The story follows the extraordinary life of the ordinary teenage girl from Liverpool, Priscilla White, and her rocky, yet incredible, rise to fame. The musical score is the ultimate soundtrack to the 60s, including Cilla’s greatest hits Anyone Who Had A Heart, Alfie and Something Tells Me, The Beatles’ Twist And Shout, California Dreamin’ by The Mamas And The Papas, and many more.
Kara Lily Hayworth plays Cilla. Following weeks of open auditions countrywide, Kara fought off thousands of hopefuls to be cast as Cilla in the first ever musical about the star’s life. Executive Producer and Cilla’s son, Robert Willis, said of Kara:
“I knew she was the one my mum would have wanted!”. In the role of Brian Epstein is TV and stage favourite Andrew Lancel, best known for his portrayal of Frank Foster in Coronation Street.