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The Who’s Tommy – Nottingham Playhouse

Three young men dancing in front of a statue

Music & Lyrics: Pete Townsend Book: Pete Townsend & Des McAnuff Additional Music & Lyrics: John Entwistle & Keith Moon Director: Kerry Michael Reviewer:  Dave Smith It’s nearly 50 years since The Who released Tommy, one of two concept albums by the band (along with Quadrophenia) that helped turn them from Mod favourites to genuine rock icons. The plot concerns ...

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The Grapes of Wrath – Nottingham Playhouse

Molly Logan (Rose)

Writer: Frank Galati adapted from the novel by John Steinbeck Director: Abbey Wright Reviewer:  Claire Going John Steinbeck’s 1939 novel is widely acknowledged as an epic tale of struggle and unity, and Frank Galati’s stage adaptation has been lauded, winning a Tony Award back in 1990.  What a shame, then, that Abbey Wright’s new production of The Grapes of Wrath never quite ...

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Touched – Nottingham Playhouse

Chloe Harris as Betty, Aisling Loftus as Joan, Vicky McClure as Sandra, Esther Coles as Mary and George Boden as Johnny in Touched

Writer: Stephen Lowe Director: Matt Aston Reviewer: Dave Smith Forty years after its premiere at the same venue, Stephen Lowe’s Touched gets a welcome revival, with the added attraction of one of TV’s hottest properties, Vicky McClure (Line of Duty, This Is England, Broadchurch), taking on her first professional stage rôle in her home city. The play is set in ...

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Darkness Darkness – Nottingham Playhouse

Jonathan Woolf and Simone Saunders. in Darkness Darkness

Writer: John Harvey Director: Jack McNamara Reviewer: Phil Lowe In a first time co-production between Nottingham Playhouse and New Perspectives, crime writer John Harvey takes his popular Detective Inspector Resnick from his novel Darkness Darkness and places him fair and square on the Nottingham Playhouse main stage in a dark, gripping and moody adaptation. This is the second play in ...

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Sleuth – Nottingham Playhouse

The cast of Sleuth

Writer: Anthony Shaffer Director: Giles Croft Reviewer: Dave Smith Nottingham Playhouse kicks off its autumn season – put together under a collective banner entitled ‘Sweet Vengeance’ - with Anthony Shaffer’s classic two-hander, probably best remembered for the 1972 film version that starred Laurence Olivier and Michael Caine. Wealthy crime writer and game player Andrew Wyke (Miles Richardson) lures his wife’s ...

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INTERVIEW: Michael Socha contemplates new horizons

Michael Socha

No stranger to television and cinema audiences, actor Michael Socha is making a rare appearance on stage in Liam Borrett'ssupernatural two-hander This Is Living at Trafalgar Studios, London, in May. Paul Couch caught up with him before rehearsals to talk ghosts, werewolves, aliens, and skinheads.   It’s difficult not to warm pretty quickly to actor Michael Socha. The 28-year-old is ...

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Noises Off – Nottingham Playhouse

Patrick Osborne (Garry), Carla Mendonça (Dotty), Sophia Nomvete (Brooke), Orlando Wells (Lloyd) and Ritu Arya (Poppy) in Noises Off

Writer: Michael Frayn Director: Blanche McIntyre Reviewer: Laura Jayne Bateman Noises Off is often hailed as the funniest play ever written. Starting life in 1977 as a one-act play called Exits, playwright Michael Frayn then developed the show into Noises Off in time for its London premiere in 1982. It has since been seen regularly in the West End and ...

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Any Means Necessary – Nottingham Playhouse

Any Means Necessary Mel (Kate Sissons), Gav (Nick Karimi), Dave (Samuel Oatley) and Karen (Lily Lowe-Myers) Photo by Robert Day

Writer: Kefi Chadwick Director: Giles Croft Reviewer: Laura Jayne Bateman In 1968, the Special Demonstration Squad was set up to infiltrate protest and activist groups and take them down from the inside. The men (and, eventually, women) who infiltrated these groups would target a specific woman, set up a romantic relationship with her (often lasting over five years), and garner ...

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