London theatre news: Tuesday 1 September 2020
Festivals - Performing arts - Theatres
For 3 weeks this Autumn, Nottingham Playhouse will open its doors to the public for the first time since March to host an eclectic festival of live and live-streamed events.
Image courtesy Nottingham Playhouse
Like other theatres across the country, Nottingham Playhouse has been closed to the public now for almost 6 month since the Covid 19 pandemic errupted into our lives.
But the venue is going to welcome back live audiences with a three week festival, aptly titled Unlocked.
With a programme that features a mix of world class performers, East Midlands talent, specially created work and work in progress, the festival is a celebration of live performance with its focus firmly on the future.
With a line up including West End stars Jodie Prenger, Rosalie Craig and Sandra Marvin with a programme of songs that made their careers, East Midlands based writer Naomi Obeng's new work about mixed race identity, Mark Gatiss and Jade Anouka reading ghost stories on Halloween, and a new work from playwright James Graham, each of the talents featured has a particular relationship with Nottingham Playhouse and each are excited about bringing live performance back to the main stage.
Social distancing measures will be in place during the programme of events, so there will be a strictly limited number of tickets for the live productions.
However, all the events will also be streamed live for audiences to attend virtually who are not able to attend in person.
Artistic Director of Nottingham Playhouse, Adam Penford said ...
"Whilst we've continued to make work online throughout the pandemic, it's time to reengage audiences and artists on stage again.
We've curated a programme that combines local theatre-makers and our associate companies, alongside household names, including the world premiere of a new James Graham play, providing employment and encouraging audiences back into the venue.
The festival will be stripped-back and simple, top-class talent coming live from the Playhouse stage.
Ensuring the venue is Covid-safe for audiences, staff and freelancers is our first priority and we will follow the latest Government guidelines.
It's a financial risk to be programming theatre again in this environment, but we have a responsibility and desire to do so.
I can't describe the buzz of excitement at the Playhouse to be producing live theatre again and hope audiences will support us as we navigate how to get theatre back on the road again."
Nottingham NG1 5AF
October 21 to November 7
ROOTLESS ISLAND BABY
Wednesday 21 October 2020, 7.30pm
A staged reading of this brand new play from Nottingham Playhouse Associate Artist Sarah 'Rain' Kolawole.
Friday 23 - Saturday 24 October 2020
Two people. One perfect date. And then, the world collapses … A punchy, playful and romantic new play.
Tuesday 27 October 2020
Gemma and Narisha from Major Labia are here to make your funny bones gyrate in this entertaining evening.
A DOUBLE BILL OF NEW WORK BY EAST MIDLANDS TALENT
Wednesday 28 October 2020
A double-bill of exciting new work from Ben Norris and Naomi Obeng
GHOST STORIES WITH MARK GATISS, FEATURING JADE ANOUKA
Friday 30 - Saturday 31 October 2020
The master of spooky tales, Mark Gatiss, invites you to hear him read some of his favourite ghost stories …
WOLF BY LEWIS DOHERTY
Wednesday 4 November 2020
Lewis Doherty mimes every prop, makes every sound effect and brings to life over thirty characters in this cyberpunk, neon-noir, one man action...
ROSALIE, SANDRA AND JODIE: LIVE IN CONCERT
Friday 6 - Saturday 7 November 2020
Live from the Nottingham Playhouse stage, three West End leading ladies perform a programme of the songs which made their careers.
Various prices depending on the event
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