Nottingham Playhouse creates digital production on Brexit


A NEW digital production, inspired by the challenges and uncertainty over Brexit, has been created by Nottingham Playhouse’s recently appointed creative associate Ben Norris.

Produced by the award-winning theatre, the new film-poem named Sovereignty captures Brexit issues and frustrations faced by the nation, from the writer’s point of view.

The piece, which was shaped as part of Nottingham Playhouse’s remit for supporting new writing and creative work, was written and performed by local playwright, poet and actor Ben, who started his career at Nottingham Playhouse’s youth theatre, and is now a two-time national poetry slam champion.

Ben said: “My issue is both with the mess we’re currently in, and how we ended up here in the first place. But I wanted to write something that took aim not at anyone who voted a certain way, on either side of the leave-remain divide, but rather the individuals and institutions responsible.

“Domestic policy making has had to essentially halt for the last two years to make room for the giant octopus that is Brexit; we are hemorrhaging money in order to try and make a fantasy a reality, all the while being told it’s in the national interest.

“Those who ask serious questions of Brexit are often accused of being unpatriotic. Yet I find that deeply insulting. I love this country, and that’s why I don’t want to see it run into the ground.”

Fraser Youngson, digital producer at Nottingham Playhouse, worked with Ben to help bring the idea to life and was responsible for the production and direction of the piece.

Fraser said: “It’s been great working in partnership with Ben on such a timely piece of work. Nottingham Playhouse has allowed us the opportunity to produce a substantial piece of work to help spark a conversation about the state of our country and I’m looking forward to seeing the general public’s response.

“I’m really excited to work on more thought-provoking digital productions and to continue working with Nottingham Playhouse’s exceptional talent on a daily basis.”

Adam Penford, artistic director at Nottingham Playhouse, said: “Nottingham Playhouse is delighted with the work we commissioned from Ben and Fraser. They both felt passionately about generating a response to the current political situation and a digital poem felt like an immediate art form which could reach a wide audience.

“Their collaboration has produced a dynamic poem that is bold, witty and engaging. We hope viewers will find it entertaining and thought-provoking, whatever their political standpoint.”

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Nottingham Playhouse announces Autumn Season – Alex Kingston stars in An Enemy Of The People, new production of Sondheim’s Assassins and much much more!

  • Film, TV and theatre star Alex Kingston confirmed to play the lead in specially-adapted Rebecca Lenkiewicz version of Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People
  • New production of Assassins confirmed for Autumn 2019
  • World premiere of LIT by Sophie Ellerby
  • Casting for Memory of Water announced
  • Details of Adam Penford’s production of Coram Boy revealed
  • Emerging BAME playwright Nathaniel Price under commission for a new Nottingham-based drama

NOTTINGHAM PLAYHOUSE has unveiled its 2019 Autumn season, including a specially-adapted version of An Enemy of the People starring Alex Kingston.In the new 2019 Autumn brochure, the Playhouse has also revealed another new production for the theatre Assassins, as well as announcing a world premiere for the Neville Studio LIT and its epic community project Coram Boy, to take place at Nottingham’s Albert Hall.

Celebrated for 12 years in renowned US drama series ER, award-winning actress, TV and film star Alex Kingston will take on the lead of Dr Stockmann in An Enemy of the People in September. The timely and gripping play about fake news, whistle-blowers and the corruption of power is set in contemporary Norway where Dr Stockmann discovers the town’s famous spa waters are poisoned.

British playwright Rebecca Lenkiewicz, has specially adapted An Enemy of the People for Nottingham Playhouse. Lenkiewicz is also an esteemed screenwriter whose credits include co-writing the Oscar winning Ida, and Colette which starred Keira Knightley.

Adam Penford, artistic director at Nottingham Playhouse, said:
“I am thrilled that An Enemy of the People is our headline drama this Autumn, following on from the major success of The Madness of George III in November. It’s a play I’ve had my eye on for a few years as the themes it explores feel so current; it’s hard to believe Ibsen wrote it 130 years ago.

“Alex Kingston is a tremendous actor with a powerful stage presence and global profile. I was delighted by how passionately she felt about both the play and the character and was excited about coming to Nottingham. Likewise, Rebecca Lenkiewicz is one of the most renowned British playwrights and her new incisive adaptation brings the play bang up-to-date so it has the freshness and mass appeal of a contemporary thriller.

“An Enemy of the People is one of the greatest dramas ever written and audiences will be gripped by its dramatic narrative and the mirror it holds up to our society.”

Speaking about her role in An Enemy of the People, Alex Kingston said:
“I am really excited about participating in the 2019 season at Nottingham Playhouse. The lead main character was written for a man and has always been played by a man; in this version it is being adapted to allow me to play this role.

“The piece is really timely – there are a lot of shadows within the play that echo what we are going through right now – the Flint water scandal in Michigan, the vilification of Hillary Clinton, the general state of democracy and post Brexit Britain – there are a lot of themes that will resonate for the audience in this play.”

The award-winning theatre, which recently won Regional Theatre of the Year at The Stage Awards 2019, has also confirmed the world premiere of LIT – a co-production with HighTide, directed by Stef O’Driscoll and the debut play of local writer Sophie Ellerby. Taking place in the Neville Studio in late September and October, the play will explore the turbulent teenage years of a girl looking for love in all the wrong places.

The Autumn will also see Nottingham Playhouse and The Watermill Theatre produce Stephen Sondheim’s multiple Tony Award-winning musical Assassins in November.
Bill Buckhurst will return to the Playhouse following universal acclaim for his direction of 2018’s Sweet Charity, to direct the clever, funny and thought-provoking musical about the power of the President, lure of celebrity and the failure of the American dream.

The latest announcement also includes casting for heart-breaking drama The Memory of Water, taking place in May.
The comedy drama directed by highly acclaimed director and National Theatre, Royal Court and Shakespeare’s Globe regular Adele Thomas follows three estranged sisters who return to their childhood home on the eve of their mother’s funeral. Shelagh Stephenson’s Olivier award-winning story is a relatable drama about the complexities of family relationships.

Cuckoo and EastEnders actress Juliet Cowan will be taking on the role of Teresa, along-side EastEnders actor Nicholas Bailey who will be playing Mike. People Like Us and Love and Marriage actor Stewart Wright has also been confirmed to play Frank.

Nottingham Playhouse also announced it has commissioned a new drama for its theatre from stage and screenwriter Nathaniel Price. Set in the early 1980s Nottingham, the drama centres on the lives of a dual heritage family. Nathaniel is currently writing episodes for a major new adaptation of Malorie Blackman’s Noughts & Crosses (Mammoth Screen/BBC) and Tin Star II starring Tim Roth (Kudos/Sky).

Coram Boy, led by Adam Penford, has also been announced as the theatre’s most ambitious community project yet, which will be taking centre stage at the Albert Hall in August.
Up to 100 amateur performers will form the production’s acting and choral ensemble working alongside a cast of professional actors.

The epic adventure play, based on the award-winning novel by Jamila Gavin, features twists and danger and is about the strength of love between a parent and child.
To apply to take part in Coram Boy and to book into an audition workshop complete the online application form by Sunday 17 March at

Participants will need to commit to weekly evening rehearsals from week commencing 6 May – 20 July, as well as evening technical and dress rehearsals running from 22 July – 6 August and the performances from 7 – 10 August.

Nottingham Playhouse Autumn shows will go on sale to Playhouse Pass members on Wednesday 6 March and will go on general sale on Friday 15 March.

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Adam Penford announces second Spring Season at Nottingham Playhouse

Adam Penford, Artistic Director at Nottingham Playhouse photo credit Creative by Wren - low res
Adam Penford, Artistic Director at Nottingham Playhouse photo credit Creative by Wren - low res

Adam Penford, Artistic Director at Nottingham Playhouse photo credit Creative by Wren – low res

Nottingham Playhouse has announced Adam Penford’s second season as artistic director, including the return of the hugely popular Wonderland.

Following an exceptionally successful first year in post, Nottingham Playhouse’s artistic director Adam Penford has announced his spring season for 2019, which includes four main stage productions and a refreshed take on the theatre’s approach to working with associate artists.

Nottingham Playhouse’s chief executive Stephanie Sirr said: “We’ve been thrilled with the response to Adam’s fantastic first year as artistic director. A really creative and very ambitious season has truly paid off – we’ve loved audiences’ reactions to the work.

“2019 is already looking like it will have the same high-profile potential and we can’t wait to get started.”

Penford’s hugely ambitious 2018 programme brought some of the UK’s best actors, directors and playwrights to the city and has also provided a platform for Nottingham’s artists and theatre makers. Well received by audiences and theatre critics alike, his debut programme is due to culminate this year with the production of Alan Bennett’s The Madness of George III, which will also be broadcast across the world through National Theatre Live.

Adam Penford said: “Everyone at the theatre has been delighted with the audience response to our 2018 programme. The reaction to the work has been generous and supportive.

“I’m excited our plans for the first half of next year includes four varied main stage shows; a revival, an adaptation of a family novel, a modern classic and a regional premiere.

“We’re also excited to confirm directors for all four shows too; including the return of Matthew Xia – who directed Shebeen for us earlier this year – and two of the most innovative directors in the industry at the moment; Lisa Blair and Adele Thomas.

“The intention is to build upon some of the ideas we introduced with this year, whilst continuing to explore new approaches.

“I hope to always keep the work fresh and innovative, balancing offering a great night out at the theatre, whilst challenging the artists we collaborate with to be bolder and more inventive, attracting the highest quality theatre-makers.”

In February, Adam’s first production of 2019 is the previously announced return of Wonderland by Beth Steel, a gripping play that takes a 360° look at the events of the 1984-85 miners’ strike.

Following the success of Holes in the 2018 programme, Penford continues his programming of titles aimed at schools and family audiences. Nottingham Playhouse will produce David Almond’s adaption of his own modern classic novel Skellig, which follows the story of a 12-year-old boy – Michael – whose younger sister is born prematurely. With his parents focusing much of their attention on the newborn, Michael is left to explore the new family home and discovers a creature in its crumbling garage; Skellig.

Fresh from her acclaimed revival of Jez Butterworth’s Jerusalem, Lisa Blair is confirmed to direct Skellig, which will look to strike the perfect balance between magic and real life, and take the audience on a visually thrilling journey as the Whitbread Children’s Book of the Year story is retold on stage.

Next in the 2019 season will be The Memory of Water; a comedy drama directed by highly acclaimed director and National Theatre, Royal Court and Shakespeare’s Globe regular, Adele Thomas. The story follows three estranged sisters who return to their childhood home on the eve of their mother’s funeral. Shelagh Stephenson’s Olivier award-winning story is a relatable drama about the complexities of family relationships.

Completing the spring line up is the regional premiere of acclaimed American play One Night in Miami…, which will see the return of director Matthew Xia to the Playhouse. The role of soul singer Sam Cooke will be played by Olivier award winner Matt Henry who won best actor for his performance in Kinky Boots.

Also new for 2019 will be Nottingham Playhouse’s approach to working with associate artists. Three exciting appointments have been made: director Matthew Xia, and playwrights James Graham and Amanda Whittington. To open up access to this important new group, the theatre is also advertising for a passionate and dedicated fourth associate artist to join the cohort.

Adam said: “I am over the moon that James, Amanda and Matthew have agreed to join us. Not only are they three of the most acclaimed theatre practitioners working in UK theatre, both James and Amanda also hail from the region.

“The associate artists bring with them a variety of skills, experiences and interests and will act as a diverse sounding board, ensuring Nottingham Playhouse’s artistic decisions are truly representative.

“In 2019 we’ll also be continuing our focus on local artist development through our programme Amplify, which will continue to act as a springboard for East Midlands theatre makers looking to develop their professional careers.”

Nottingham Playhouse announces return of the ‘unmissable’ drama Wonderland

Wonderland - Feb 2018 P © Nottingham Playhouse (23) - low res
Wonderland - Feb 2018 P © Nottingham Playhouse (23) - low res

Wonderland – Feb 2018 P © Nottingham Playhouse (23) – low res

FOLLOWING rave reviews from critics and audiences Nottingham Playhouse has revealed that Wonderland will be returning to the theatre as part of the 2019 season, prior to a run at Northern Stage in Newcastle.

Ahead of the full Spring 2019 season announcement on 15 October, Nottingham Playhouse has confirmed that the play based on the miners’ strike in Nottingham will be returning to the venue for a second leg in February (Friday 8 – Saturday 23), before heading to Northern Stage in Newcastle from Wednesday 27 February through to Saturday 9 March.

Written by the daughter of a Nottinghamshire miner Beth Steel, Wonderland was the first in a string of highly successful shows for Adam Penford’s debut season as artistic director at the Playhouse and its set designer Morgan Large has since been nominated for a UK Theatre Award for his ambitious Wonderland set design.

Adam said: “We had an overwhelming response to Wonderland earlier this year, with standing ovations every night, and audiences have constantly been calling for its return. I’m thrilled we’ve been able to make that happen and also to take the production to Newcastle, another city where I’m sure it will resonate just as strongly.

“The story produced a passionate response in audiences, both tears and laughter, irrespective of whether they lived through that period in our history or are just learning about it. Beth’s play is a masterwork, full of gritty dialogue, larger-than-life characters, plus songs and movement – it’s great to be giving further life to a local writer’s work.”

Matt Runham, Northern Stage senior producer said: “Building on the recent success of co-productions East is East andNoises Off, we’re excited to be working with Nottingham Playhouse again to bring Wonderland to Newcastle as part of our Spring 2019 season.

“People in the North East know only too well how the pit closures affected local communities so we think this gripping story of the events leading up to the miner’s strike will resonate with our audience.

“Designer Morgan Large’s stunning set design was widely praised by critics, so we’re not surprised to hear it has just been nominated for Best Design at the UK Theatre Awards and we can’t wait to see Wonderland on our main stage.”

Set in Nottinghamshire in 1983, Wonderland follows two 16-year-olds as they wait nervously at the pithead. Guided by a veteran miner, they descend into the brotherhood, banter, searing heat and liquid blue light of Welbeck Colliery.

Meanwhile in London, an American CEO known as The Butcher is brought in to reform King Coal. Pits close and a strike is called.

A Tory MP tussles with his leader’s hard line ideology, whilst an eccentric dandy is sent undercover to break up the strike. Cracks appear on all sides as the embattled miners are torn apart trying to protect their livelihoods and families. Nothing will be the same again.

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Friday 8 – Saturday 23 February

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Tickets are priced £37.50 – £8.50


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Wednesday 27 February – Saturday 9 March

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Theatre Diary: Sweet Charity, SIX The Musical, Abigail’s Party & Eugenius!

It’s a popular misconception, and one frequently held by opportunists, that low quality, no-redeeming-features musicals are easy to palm off on theatre fans. See: Heathers / The Band.

Far from being guaranteed to rock your world, EUGENIUS! is guaranteed to bore you rigid. It is with deep regret that I inform you this sci-fi super hero show is not a good musical in any world.

There are moments you feel the show wants to get out of first gear; when the bizarre dancing fish people appear. Aaron Renfree’s choreography is perfectly satisfactory. Oh, and he was an S Club Junior as well.

This production has been tottering around London for 2 years now – originally staged as a concert at the London Palladium in 2016. But it is 2018 and Ben Adams and Chris Wilkins’ 80’s inspired show is back at The Other Palace. It has very few redeeming features, aside from Rob Houchen. He plays the lead role of Eugene well.

Most of the music doesn’t work, but it scores a palpable hit with ‘Comic Book Kind Of Love’. Every other line, every other character, seems mechanical. It just doesn’t know what it is or who it is for. I also take issue with the grossly stereotype homosexual character – played by Scott Paige. It’s just not funny to have an effeminate individual just for their gayness. Basic.

The Warwick Davies produced musical starts off being far better than you might have expected, ends up being far worse than you could ever have feared. Sadly, it swerves anything meaningful and hurls itself into a sort of risible parody of a parody affair with basic gender stereotypes, a ropey design and misguided sexual politics, which is a bit disappointing but, well, it’s 2018 isn’t it. Avoid.

Life in prison for Warwick and the other two, please.

At Nottingham Playhouse, Rebecca Trehearn demonstrates how Sweet Charity should be done. Everything glides by like a dream.

As Charity Hope Valentine Rebecca Trehearn enters like a ditzy lioness in Bill Buckhurst’s triumphant revival of the 1966 Broadway hit – the first musical produced by the Playhouse in over a decade. Everyone is in most assured hands with choreographer Alistair David, master of clever choreography that animates everything. Sizzling stuff.



Things soar with a dazzling interpretation of Big Spender and Buckhurst brings his particular gifts to the show: nimble direction, razzle-dazzle, pinpoint characterisation. Yes, it goes on a bit, at nearly three hours long. Nonetheless, an evening of many enchanting charms with a winning vitality.

Another year, another revival of Abigail’s Party. Douglas Rintoul’s treacle slow production both stages and stays faithful to Mike Leigh’s acidic comedy about 1970s social norms at Queen’s Theatre, HornchurchMelanie Gutteridge is beautifully contained as the ghastly host Beverley, though. Her delivery of: “Laurence, Angela likes Demis Roussos. Tony likes Demis Roussos, I like Demis Roussos, and Sue would like to hear Demis Roussos: so please, d’you think we could have Demis Roussos on?” brought a wide smile to my face. Brilliant.

There are plenty of quietly enjoyable moments. But everything lacks depth that would give it savour. The design helps; Lee Newby’s smartly 70’s kitch work frames the action acutely.

But this is a safe evening: a retrieval rather than a rediscovery, it adds nothing new. The greatness of Leigh’s play lies in its unspoken wish that aggressive suburban consumerism might itself one day have the courage to confront reality.

A new British musical that’s as brilliant as it is absolutely daft, Six The Musical has made the last few years of Arts Theatre, London worth all the hassle.

Managing to be an inspiring piece about female empowerment without being trite and generally shit, SIX The Musical enjoyed a sell-out run at Edinburgh Fringe this year and arrives in town evolved with a real buzz.

Cheers all round for a resounding bunch of queens. A royal affair, sassy performances and a show-making all-female crew stir in tinselly costumes. This concert-style show about the six wives of Henry VIII is a real joy.



Yes, the message here is probably as substantial as Girl Power once was / is, but this is stompy musical theatre perfection nonetheless. There’s a strong sense of ‘imperial phase Little Mix’ in this musical, which is to say it’s close to pop musical perfection. There’s a lesson to be learned here.

Eugenius! is at The Other Palace until 21 October.

Sweet Charity is at Nottingham Playhouse until 22 September.

Abigail’s Party is at Queens Theatre Hornchurch until 22 September, then touring. 

SIXthe Musical is at Arts Theatre, London until 1 December.



Nottingham Playhouse announces casting for world premiere Lava on stage next month

Ted Reilly
Ted Reilly

Ted Reilly

  • Full casting for new play from award-winning writer James Fritz announced
  • Lava is Nottingham Playhouse’s first Neville Studio production under Adam Penford’s tenure as artistic director
  • EastEnders star Ted Reilly to take lead role as Vin

NOTTINGHAM Playhouse and Fifth Word has announced the full cast for its first Neville Studio production under the artistic direction of Adam Penford.

Lava, directed by Angharad Jones and written by award-winning playwright James Fritz(Ross & Rachel, Parliament Square), takes a timely look relationships, young people and a world that makes little sense – in a story set during a natural disaster.

Safiyya Ingar

Safiyya Ingar

A small asteroid has hit the capital city. Thousands have been displaced. And in a town far away, a young man called Vin (Ted Reilly) is finding it hard to talk.

The only person who seems to notice is Rachel (Safiyya Ingar), who resolves to find out what’s troubling him and help him find his voice again. But when Rach’s family take in the articulate and charismatic survivor of the asteroid incident, Vin’s silence is no longer her first priority.

Emma Pallant

Emma Pallant

Joining Reilly and Ingar on stage will be Nottingham-born Emma Pallant as Vin’s mum Vicky and Fred Fergus as Rachel’s friend Jamie.

Fifth Word is an associate company at Nottingham Playhouse run by joint artistic directors Laura Ford and Angharad Jones that produces and tours ambitious new plays from the most exciting voices around the UK. Its work focusses on shining a light on unheard stories that entertain, emotionally engage and spark debate in younger audiences.

Fred Fergus

Fred Fergus

Fiona Buffini, associate director at Nottingham Playhouse, said: “Lava is our fourth collaboration with Fifth Word, reflecting our commitment both to staging excellent new writing and to helping local companies develop.”

Angharad Jones, joint artistic director at Fifth Word and director of Lava, said: “Lava is a really exciting new play from James Fritz that I think will really connect with people. It’s funny, moving and bold and I think particularly right for 2018 when sometimes we struggle to make sense of the world and how we communicate about the difficult things that happen.”

Lava runs from Friday 15 to Saturday 30 June 2018 at Nottingham Playhouse, Neville Studio, with matinees at 2pm and evening performances at 7.45pm.

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Full cast biographies:

Ted Reilly – Theatre: Heretic Voices: Dean McBride (Arcola Theatre); Plaques and Tangles; Vera Vera Vera (Royal Court); Things That Make No Sense; The Test; A Bigger Banner (Red Ladder);

TV: EastEnders; Call the Midwife; Casualty (BBC); Hetty Feather (CBBC); Grantchester (ITV);

Safiyya Ingar – Holes (Nottingham Playhouse); The Captive Queen (Sam Wanamaker Playhouse); Box of Delights (Wilton’s Music Hall);

Emma Pallant – A Christmas Carol (Royal Shakespeare Company); William Wordsworth (English Touring Theatre/Theatre by the Lake); The Wind in the Willows (Rose Theatre Kingston);

Fred Fergus – Julius Caesar (The Bridge Theatre); Rebel Angel (Old Operating Theatre Museum, London); One Night Stand (Siberian Lights)


Nottingham Playhouse goes global: National Theatre Live announces The Madness Of George III broadcast

Mark Gatiss as King George in The Madness of King George III
Mark Gatiss as King George in The Madness of King George III

Mark Gatiss as King George in The Madness of King George III

NOTTINGHAM Playhouse will partner with National Theatre Live for the first time to broadcast their new production of The Madness of George III.

The royal-themed drama will be broadcast live from the theatre in Wellington Circus to cinemas across the UK and beyond onTuesday 20 November, reaching tens of thousands of people.

Artistic director at Nottingham Playhouse and director of The Madness of George III Adam Penford said: “This is really exciting news. Nottingham Playhouse has been producing world-class drama for the last seventy years and I’m thrilled that this special production will reach theatre lovers around the globe. It’s the perfect finale to our 2018 season.

“National Theatre Live is the leading broadcaster in its field. It brings iconic productions to a world-wide audience. Their specialist knowledge and creativity will perfectly capture on screen Alan’s modern classic and this cast of exceptional actors at the top of their game.

“I’m honoured that National Theatre Live has chosen Nottingham Playhouse and this production.”

Just half way through his first season as artistic director for Nottingham Playhouse Adam has been making waves in the regional and national theatre scene, receiving five star reviews for his productions of Wonderland and Holes and drawing industry stars such as Olivier award-winners Mark Gatiss, Adrian Scarborough and Rebecca Trehearn to the local theatre.

Emma Keith, head of National Theatre Live said: “We’re over the moon to be working with Nottingham Playhouse on their production of Alan Bennett’s masterpiece The Madness of George III. We’re very excited to be collaborating with this hugely talented creative team and cast to bring this show to a larger audience here in the UK and internationally.

“The main aim of National Theatre Live is to bring the best theatre to those who otherwise might not be able to see it. There’s so much great work taking place across the UK that we want people to be able to access and we’re hoping to do more broadcasts from regional theatres in the near future.’’

Olivier award-winner Mark Gatiss, who will be taking to the stage in the role of King George, said:  “I’m thrilled that, thanks to National Theatre Live, our production of Alan Bennett’s brilliant play will reach so many more people across the UK and the world. We can’t wait for everyone to see this wonderful, funny and touching drama. What, what?”

The Madness of George III runs from Friday 2 November until Saturday 24 November.
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Nottingham Playhouse announces new casting and added dates for The Madness of George III

Mark Gatiss as King George in The Madness of King George III
Mark Gatiss as King George in The Madness of King George III

Mark Gatiss as King George in The Madness of King George III

  • Extra performances added for The Madness of George III at Nottingham Playhouse
  • Dates include: Wednesday 21 November through to Saturday 24 November 2018
  • Olivier Award winner Adrian Scarborough confirmed to join Mark Gatiss on stage as Dr Willis

DUE to popular demand from across the UK, tickets are now on sale for extra performances of Nottingham Playhouse’s highly anticipated production of The Madness of George III.

Confirmed dates include 7.30pm evening performances on Wednesday 21 November through to Saturday 24 November 2018, plus a1.30pm matinee performance on Thursday 22 November.

Marking the 70th anniversary of Nottingham Playhouse Theatre Company will be a special Gala performance – sponsored by Russell Scanlan – on the evening of Thursday 22 November. The theatre aims to celebrate this milestone by raising £20,000 on the night to support its access and community work and its artist development programme.

The additional dates, which are exclusively on offer today (6 April) to Nottingham Playhouse Pass members, will go on general sale Friday 13 April.

Adrian Scarborough

Adrian Scarborough

Having already been named as a theatre highlight of 2018 by BBC News, the show has drawn much media attention thanks to the casting of Mark Gatiss in the lead role of King George III.

No stranger to a royal-themed production, Olivier Award winner Adrian Scarborough will join the The League of Gentleman writer as Dr Willis. Scarborough, who is also due to appear with Gatiss in the upcoming Disney film, Christopher Robin, is best known for his involvement in hit TV sitcom Gavin and Stacey and appearance in Oscar winning film The King’s Speech, as well as his National Theatre performances in King Lear, and After the Dance. He is also well-versed with The Madness of George III production, after appearing as Fortnum in the 1994 film version.

Commenting on the casting, director Adam Penford said: “Adrian Scarborough and I have been looking for a project to work on together for a long time. He and Mark Gatiss are two of the UK’s leading theatre actors; their combined talents on stage in this modern classic will be theatrical dynamite. Nottingham’s in for a real treat!

“The play is dramatic, moving and funny and focuses on power and identity, examining the fine line between a King and a man.”

The Madness of George III, written by Alan Bennett, is an epic, multi award-winning drama. Set in 1786, King George III is the most powerful man in the world. However, his behaviour is becoming increasingly erratic as he succumbs to fits of lunacy; and his mind unravels at a dramatic pace.

As the Queen and Prime Minister attempt to hide the king’s illness from his subjects, royal doctors hopelessly squabble over the correct cure, subjecting him to torturous medical treatments.

Ambitious politicians and the scheming prince begin a power struggle, endangering the stability of the crown.

The Madness of George III runs from Friday 2 November until Saturday 24 November

Tickets are priced £8.50 – £37.50

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