Premières and panto in Nottingham new season

Published: 30 March 2022
Reporter: Steve Orme

Adrian Scarborough and Sophie Thompson will appear in The Clothes They Stood Up In

An open-air staging of a Shakespeare work performed by four actors, the première of an Alan Bennett novella and the regional première of a National Theatre show are among the highlights at Nottingham Playhouse until the end of 2022.

The Playhouse will move outside onto a specially built stage in Wellington Circus next to the theatre for A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which will be reduced to 80 minutes when it is performed from Wednesday 13 until Saturday 16 July.

Adrian Scarborough will adapt and feature alongside Sophie Thompson in Bennett’s The Clothes They Stood Up In. A night at the opera ends with a shock for mild-mannered couple Maurice and Rosemary Ransome when they open their front door to discover their flat completely empty. Without their worldly possessions, they are forced to examine their lives and their relationship and are confronted with some uncomfortable truths. It will run from Friday 9 September until Saturday 1 October.

The Sheffield Theatres and Ramps on The Moon production of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing will visit Nottingham from Tuesday 11 until Saturday 15 October. The Playhouse is a founding member of Ramps on the Moon, the initiative committed to putting deaf and disabled artists and audiences at the centre of their work.

The regional première of Natasha Gordon’s Nine Night, co-produced with Leeds Playhouse, will run from Wednesday 19 October until Saturday 5 November.

Natasha Gordon was the first black, British, female playwright to have her work produced in the West End. Nine Night is “an inherently funny and intensely moving family celebration of life”.

Rounding off the year will be the Nottingham Playhouse pantomime, Dick Whittington, which will be on stage from Friday 25 November until Saturday January 14.