Nottingham Playhouse unveils plays for autumn 2022

Last Updated on 30 March 2022 by Showcall Editorial Team

29Natasha Gordon’s Nine Night and a new adaptation of an Alan Bennett novella feature in Nottingham Playhouse’s new season

Adrian Scarborough Sophie Thompson
Adrian Scarborough and Sophie Thompson are to star in The Clothes They Stood Up In at Nottingham Playhouse

Nottingham Playhouse has announced new shows including Natasha Gordon’s acclaimed Nine Night and an adaptation of an Alan Bennett story with Sophie Thompson and Adrian Scarborough.

The autumn season will also feature two Shakespeare comedies: an outdoor A Midsummer Night’s Dream and, in association with Sheffield Theatres and Ramps on The Moon, Much Ado About Nothing.

Today’s announcement takes the schedule up to Christmas, with a new staging of panto Dick Whittington.

Nottingham Playhouse artistic director Adam Penford said: “When combined with our spring shows, we’re very proud that so many productions this year are new works, ensuring we are supporting living writers.

“We’re also glad to continue developing and providing employment opportunities for all the fantastic talent which exists locally.”

The new season begins with A Midsummer Night’s Dream from 13 to 16 July, performed on a specially built stage in Wellington Circus next to the theatre. Distilled into 80 minutes and with just four actors, it follows the success of last year’s outdoor production of The Tempest. It is presented with Lakeside Arts and directed by Martin Berry.

Sophie Thompson and Adrian Scarborough star in the premiere of The Clothes They Stood Up In, an adaptation by Scarborough himself of a novella by Alan Bennett. Running from 9 September to 1 October, it follows a couple who assess their lives after coming home to find their home emptied out. It is described as “a bittersweet exploration of marriage, dreams and lives unlived”.

Penford, who is directing the production, said: “The Clothes They Stood Up In has been a labour of love, developed over several years, and I’m delighted it’s finally hitting the stage. Alan’s story is a beautiful exploration of marriage and dreams unfulfilled – very funny, characteristically understated, combined with a gripping plot. Sophie Thompson and Adrian Scarborough are two of our nation’s finest actors.”

Much Ado About Nothing runs from 11 to 15 October in a co-production with Sheffield Theatres and Ramps on The Moon, a pioneering initiative committed to putting deaf and disabled artists and audiences at the centre of work. It features the use of integrated creative sign language, audio description and captioning.

Natasha Gordon’s Nine Night has its regional premiere from 19 October to 5 November in a co-production with Leeds Playhouse. Originally a hit at the National Theatre and Trafalgar Studios in London in 2018, it combines comedy and drama in its tale of family celebrating a traditional Jamaican Nine Night Wake.

“The regional premiere of Natasha Gordon’s recent smash hit is also an event that audiences won’t want to miss,” Penford added. “It made waves when it opened at the National Theatre, before securing a West End transfer, and this brand-new production promises to be powerful and hilarious in equal measure.”

The 2022 season ends with Nottingham Playhouse’s annual panto which this year will be Dick Whittington, running from 25 November to January 14.

The theatre will also commission a Christmas show for younger audiences, Goldilocks and The Three Bears, which will be performed in the Neville Studio and tour primary schools, libraries and other venues in the region.

Tickets are on sale now at nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk.

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