Andrew Penford

The Nottingham Playhouse’s programme for 2018, which will be the first season under the new artistic director, Adam Penford, has been revealed.

In February 2018, Penford’s first production as artistic director is Wonderland by Beth Steel, a play that takes a 360 degree look at the events of the 1984-85 miners’ strike. 

Timberlake Wertenbaker’s Our Country’s Good, which features creative use of audio description, captioning and British Sign Language interpretation, made in association with a consortium of theatres called Ramps on the Moon, follows in March. 

Family show, Holes, by Louis Sachar, based on his own award-winning novel provides a quirky adventure for Easter, whilst Shebeen, a new play by Mufaro Makubika set in St. Ann’s in Nottingham in 1958, will be staged during May and June.

The end of summer and beginning of autumn kicks off with an new production of the Broadway musical Sweet Charity, featuring hits Hey Big Spender and The Rhythm of Life, and 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. 

November will see the highly anticipated The Madness of George III which will star Olivier award-winner Mark Gatiss, best known for his work in the BBC’s Sherlock, Doctor Who and The League of Gentlemen.

Group benefits

Groups of ten or more booking at Nottingham Playhouse can benefit from up to 20% off ticket prices for Nottingham Playhouse Theatre Company productions.

There are also some group discounts on selected visiting shows and groups can arrange backstage tours of the theatre.

Group organisers can call the box office to book tickets on 0115 941 9419. Tickets can also be reserved and paid for at a later date.

For more information and group discounts, visit

Lead image: Artistic director, Andrew Penford.