We are delighted to announce Adam Penford’s first season as Artistic Director, which will include the multi-award winning drama The Madness of George III starring Mark Gatiss.
We will be bringing some of the UK’s best actors, directors and playwrights to the city as well as providing a platform for Nottingham’s artists and theatre makers. In his new role, Adam has revealed a total of eight brand new productions for the Playhouse’s main stage, as well as announcing a new production for the Neville Studio and a series of initiatives to support artist development and new writing. The 2018 programme also has a strong focus on accessibility.
In February, Penford’s first production as Artistic Director is Wonderland by Beth Steel, a gripping play that takes a 360° look at the events of the 1984-85 miners’ strike.
Featuring creative use of audio description, captioning and British Sign Language interpretation, Timberlake Wertenbaker’s Our Country’s Good, a co-production with Ramps on the Moon, follows in March.
Based on his own award-winning novel, Louis Sachar’s family show Holes provides a quirky adventure for Easter.This will be followed by the world premiere of Shebeen – a new play by Nottingham writer Mufaro Makubika and directed by Matthew Xia – that sees a forbidden party in 1958 St. Ann’s under threat from the police.
The Autumn season will see an ultra-stylish new production of the hit Broadway musical Sweet Charity, directed by Bill Buckhurst and featuring choreography by Alistair David. This is followed by Diane Samuels’ Kindertransport, telling the poignant story of a child refugee sent to England in the months leading up to World War II.
The culmination of the autumn’s main stage programme will be Alan Bennett’s The Madness of George III starring Olivier award-winner Mark Gatiss (Sherlock, The League of Gentlemen, Doctor Who, Wolf Hall).
Adam’s first year is rounded off with a panto: Kenneth Alan Taylor’s Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood, which will go on sale on Friday 1 December 2017, the first day of this year’s pantomime, Cinderella.
All of our newly announced mainstage productions are now open for prioirty booking, exclusively to our Playhouse Pass members. On top of first access to our new shows, Playhouse Pass members will also receive a minimum of 25% off thier tickets, rising to 30% off if they book four or more shows at once. Click here to find out more about Playhouse Pass and all its benefits.
The Playhouse is also developing a new intergenerational project Being Old, directed by Fiona Buffini that will culminate in a film screening in the Neville Studio. Adam has also announced the first Neville Studio production under his tenure as Artistic Director: Lava by James Fritz, co-produced with Associate Artists Fifth Word.
The commitment to new writing is complemented with a reinvigorated artist development programme called Amplify that is designed to provide a pathway of opportunity to assist artists through their career. The programme includes advice surgeries, workshops, feedback on performances, as well as development time, Scratch Nights and the annual Playground Festival in the Neville Studio, alongside the Playhouse’s Associate Artists scheme.
As well as announcing new productions and the Amplify artist development programme, Adam is also on the hunt for homegrown acting talent.
He said: “We’re immensely proud that Nottinghamshire has produced and is home to a huge number of talented actors. As we begin a fresh chapter, we’re looking to expand our casting pool for future projects by meeting a host of local talent.”
General auditions are open to performers who have trained or worked professionally. Applicants must be over 18, either born, raised or currently living in Nottinghamshire and available on the following dates:
London based performers: Monday 16 and Tuesday 17 October in London.
Nottinghamshire based performers: Monday 30 and Tuesday 31 October in Nottingham.
To apply, send CV and headshot or Spotlight link for the attention of Vicky Richardson, Casting Director to firstname.lastname@example.org by Tuesday 3 October.