Nottingham Playhouse is the City’s world-renowned Producing Theatre, welcoming around 300,000 people per year to see its productions and to view Anish Kapoor’s award winning and wonderful Sky Mirror which flanks the Grade 2 * listed playhouse.
Its purpose is to enrich the cultural life of our region through making great theatre, engaging creatively with our community and giving it a national and international presence.
Around 20,000 young people per year participate in Playhouse activities and we are proud to create bespoke creative programmes with and for everyone from recovering addicts, to older people, to businesses seeking team building or presentation skills, to under 3’s and so forth. For over 40 years we’ve been touring our work into schools and, more recently, community centres across the region.
Recent successes have included London and international transfers, taking the name of the Nottingham Playhouse far and wide. These include multi award nominated 1984, which played for 3 months in the West End and is about to embark on an international tour. Our production of The Kite Runner enjoyed huge success at the Playhouse and subsequently toured the UK, being shortlisted for Best Regional Production. On The Waterfront played for 3 months in the West End and represented the UK at the Hong Kong International Festival. And on a smaller scale our bespoke and ground-breaking work for children and young people with autism and multiple learning disabilities is recognised as trail blazing and of a very high standard.
Nottingham Playhouse works within and with all the most challenging areas of the city and prides itself on helping to unleash and cultivate the huge creativity of its young people. Our recent community project Mass Bolero harnessed the talent of everyone from Nottingham Rugby Club, to Oakfield Special School, to the Police, Fire brigade and bus company as well as Boots, Nottingham University, Notts TV and a host of others.
Nottingham Playhouse is a very proud member of Nottingham Means Business – working closely with the ambitious and far sighted companies within the group has enabled many really key partnerships for us. We’re always pleased to fly the flag for Nottingham whether that’s through innovation, world and national touring or simply creating projects around our many heroes – be they Robin Hood, Brian Clough or Torvill and Dean.
Our audience make up is diverse and working with key local sponsors such as Russell Scanlan, The Big Wheel, Nottingham City Transport, Experian and Ikano has provided a link between those significant businesses and their target markets.