Thursday 6 – Saturday 22 February 2020 at 7.30pm
Thursday and Saturday matinees at 2.15pm
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)
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
Beautiful – The Carole King Musical, the Olivier award-winning West End and Broadway show is coming to Nottingham!
Long before she was Carole King, the chart-topping music legend, she was an ordinary girl with an extraordinary talent.
Beautiful tells the inspiring true story of King’s remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit song-writing team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history.
Along the way, she wrote the soundtrack to a generation, with countless classics such as (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman, Take Good Care of My Baby, You’ve Got a Friend, So Far Away, It Might as Well Rain Until September, Up on the Roof, and The Locomotion.
In a reimagined 1590, England is a matriarchy.
Baptista Minola is seeking to sell off her son Katherine to the highest bidder. Cue an explosive battle of the sexes in this electrically charged love story.
Justin Audibert turns Shakespeare’s fierce, energetic comedy of gender and materialism on its head to offer a fresh perspective on its portrayal of hierarchy and power.
Direct from the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon, the Royal Shakespeare Company returns to the Theatre Royal with a season of exhilarating Shakespeare plays bursting with contemporary resonance.
Opening the season is Shakespeare’s dark comedy, Measure for Measure. Directed by RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran, this intense and compelling production is shockingly relevant for today. Following this, an imaginative new take on Shakespeare’s riotous comedy As You Like It, directed by Kimberley Sykes. Come on a journey of laughter, romance and self-discovery and completing the season is The Taming of The Shrew, directed by Justin Audibert, the ultimate battle of the sexes is turned on its head in a fresh portrayal of gender politics.
Don’t miss the magic of this year’s must-see production of Cinderella, the Fairy Godmother of all pantomimes! You and your family shall go to the ball with yet another spectacular family panto, packed with traditional pantomime ingredients.
Coronation Street’s Les Dennis and Connor McIntyre will swap the cobbles for clutch bags as the Ugly Sisters, alongside Pop Idol star Gareth Gates as Prince Charming, with Richard Cadell and Sooty starring as Buttons.
With laugh-out-loud comedy, jaw-dropping special effects, stunning song and dance and plenty of boos and hisses, Cinderella is the ultimate pantomime brought magically to life.
With generous discounts for members and groups, concessions and special rates for schools available for selected performances, it’s never too early to secure the best seats.
The Sound of Music has a special place in Nottingham Operatic Society’s history. Nottingham Operatic Society last performed Rodgers & Hammerstein’s blockbuster musical in 1970, only three years after the original production starring Jean Bayless and Constance Shacklock had closed in London. We were the first amateur society to stage the show, and we are delighted to bring it back once again to the Theatre Royal in Autumn 2019, to celebrate its sixtieth anniversary.
The Sound of Music remains one of the top three most successful films in history, and could be the world’s most popular musical, translated into dozens of languages, with record-breaking productions still touring across the world.
Telling the uplifting true story of the von Trapp Family Singers, you can enjoy this unforgettable score once again – Do-Re-Mi, Climb Ev’ry Mountain, My Favourite Things, Edelweiss and The Sound of Music. This will be the perfect half-term family treat, so be sure to book your seats soon.
A MAD WORLD OF MAD KINGS, TEETERING ON THE BRINK OF DISASTER
Richard the Lionheart is dead. His brother John is King of England. Threatened from all sides by Europe, the English noblemen and even his own family, King John will stop at nothing to keep hold of his crown.
Shakespeare’s rarely performed tale of a nation in turmoil vibrates with modern resonance in this vivid new production by Director Eleanor Rhode in her debut at the RSC.
‘I THINK I MIGHT BE DIFFERENT. I MIGHT NOT BE THE SAME’
Dennis is 12 years old and his school football team’s star striker. But when Mum leaves home, life is tough. The only reminder Dennis has of Mum is a photo of her in a beautiful yellow dress. A dress rather like the one on the cover of Vogue on sale at Raj’s newsagents. And also a bit like the one that Lisa James, the coolest girl in the school, is sketching in her note book. What do you do if you like both football and dresses? And what will Mr Hawtrey the headteacher do when he discovers that his strict uniform code has been broken by a boy in a dress?
David Walliams’ heart-warming comedy is brought to the stage for the first time in a musical with all new songs from Robbie Williams and Guy Chambers, script by former RSC playwright in residence Mark Ravenhill and in a production for all the family directed by RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran.
New York City, West Side, 1957. In the midst of gang rivalry and racial tensions, love at first sight strikes between Tony, a founding member of the White-American Jets and Maria, the sister of Bernardo, leader of the Puerto Rican Sharks. In the face of danger, the two young lovers continue to meet in secret – but the Jets and the Sharks have one last rumble to fight out.
We are back with another charming pantomime for 2019!
MERCURY AT ABBEY FIELD
This event will take place in our new location ‘Mercury at Abbey Field’.
This is a state-of-the-art pop-up theatre that will house a limited season of shows from Autumn 2019 and is situated on Abbey Field in Colchester.
The site will be a fully enclosed and heated temporary theatre, with dedicated parking and coach drop off points and is accessible for those on foot from Circular Road East Lower.
After its second record-breaking year, the Mercury panto has been supersized to fill our new pop-up performance space. Which can only mean more glitter, glamour, songs and seats at our stunning new Abbey Field location!
You are cordially invited to the ball of the year with Cinderella, the ultimate rags-to-riches tale.
Poor Cinderella spends her days cleaning, cooking and tidying for her rotten step-sisters. That is until one day the Prince decides to host an extravagant ball to find his princess and insists that every eligible lady should attend. Little does Cinderella know, life is about to turn itself upside down and an exciting adventure awaits.
Will Cinderella escape her daily chores? Will the Prince find his happy ever after? Will the Sisters ever stop their incessant whining? Cinderella is the perfect festive fix for the whole family to enjoy and will leave you singing all the way home – just don’t leave your slippers behind!