A line-up including West End stars Jodie Prenger, Rosalie Craig and Sandra Marvin, 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 will feature in Nottingham Playhouse Unlocked, Nottingham Playhouse’s three-week reopening season which runs from 21 October to 7 November 2020.
The programme will see the venue opens its doors to the public for the first time since March 2020. Each of the talents featured has a particular relationship with Nottingham Playhouse.
With social distancing measures in place a strictly limited number of tickets will be available to attend the live events held in the theatre auditorium to ensure that a safe environment is created for audiences and performers alike. All the events will also be streamed live for audiences to attend virtually who are not able to attend in person.
Adam Penford, artistic director of Nottingham Playhouse, said:
“Whilst we’ve continued to make work online throughout the pandemic, it’s time to re-engage 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.
“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.
The programme includes:
World premiere 23-24 October 2020
Nottingham Playhouse associate artist James Graham (Ink, This House, ITV’s Quiz), returns to his home city with a love story for today.
Two people. One perfect date. And then, the world collapses… Ashley and Morgan both think they’ve found the one after years of break-ups, ghosting, and swiping left. Now butterflies, a million things in common, and embarrassing fantasies about the future.
Then, a national lockdown is announced and they’re faced with an impossible and urgent decision – quarantine apart? Or maybe, just maybe, take the crazy decision to isolate together?
Follow two alternative versions of the couple’s future as they navigate a strange new reality together, and apart.
A Double Bill of New Work by East Midland Talent
28 October 2020
Ben Norris: A Short Tour of the Heart: Join star of The Archers and two-time UK National Poetry Slam champion Ben Norris on a short tour of the heart. Fusing spoken-word and music with his trademark storytelling panache and famous modesty, the Notts-born writer-performer will be trialling brand new work as well as sharing pieces from his back catalogue.
Naomi Obeng: Where it lands: The first reading of a new Nottingham Playhouse commission by East Midlands based writer, Naomi Obeng who was previously a member of the theatre’s Homegrown group for young theatre-makers.
Ghost Stories with Mark Gatiss
30-31 October 2020
Mark Gatiss reads some of his favourite ghost stories, live from the Nottingham Playhouse stage. Featuring special guest Jade Anouka, the duo will bring you classics of the genre along with lesser-known gems.
Rosalie, Sandra and Jodie: Live in Concert
6-7 November 2020
West End leading ladies Rosalie Craig, Sandra Marvin and Jodie Prenger, with Amy Shackcloth on keys, perform a programme of the songs which made their careers.