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)

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

Relatively Speaking

RELATIVELY SPEAKING
by Alan Ayckbourn

Wednesday 4 September – Saturday 28 September at 7.30pm
Thursday and Saturday matinees at 2.15pm

Greg and Ginny are living together. Ginny is keen to marry Greg, but with unfamiliar slippers under the bed and a delivery of flowers and chocolates, Greg is becoming suspicious that he is not the only man in her life.

When Ginny says she is visiting her parents, a dizzying series of misunderstandings unravel into chaotic comedy in this brilliantly constructed play – Ayckbourn’s first big West End hit.

Generously supported by Jim Douglas

 

ALSO 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 on 01722 320 333 who will be happy to help.

Beautiful – The Carole King Musical

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.

The Taming Of the Shrew

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.

Cinderella

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

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.

On Your Feet!

Her voice. His vision. Their story…

The Broadway and West End production of Gloria and Emilio Estefan’s smash-hit musical embarks on a UK and Ireland tour this Autumn.

On Your Feet! is the inspiring true love story of Emilio and Gloria and charts their journey from its origins in Cuba, onto the streets of Miami and finally to international superstardom.

This exhilarating musical features some of the most iconic pops songs of the era, including Rhythm Is Gonna Get You, Conga, Get On Your Feet, Don’t Want To Lose You Now and 1-2-3. Directed by two-time Tony Award® winner Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots, Legally Blonde), with choreography by Olivier Award-winner Sergio Trujillo (Jersey Boys) and book by Academy Award® winner Alexander Dinelaris (Birdman).

Winner of 26 Grammy awards, Gloria Estefan has sold over 100 million records worldwide. Emilio Estefan is a founding member of the pioneering Miami Sound Machine, who created a brand new Latin crossover sound – fusing infectious Cuban rhythms with American pop and disco.

King John

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.

The Boy in the Dress

‘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.