Nottingham Playhouse

With the conclusion of World Theatre Day, residents in Nottingham are being urged to get back into theatre.

Nottingham is known for its independent shopping and retail. However it is also home to a host of theatres, such as the Nottingham Theatre Royal which opened in 1865. These theatres help to provide entertainment, music and drama to audiences all across the city.

World Theatre Day is a global celebration which celebrates those who can see the value and importance of the art form “theatre”. It also helps to act as a wake-up to politicians, institutions and governments around the world who have not yet realised the importance to the people but also towards a growing economy.

Nottingham’s theatres have been hit hard during the pandemic and theatres and producers within the UK have lost over £1.8 billion since March 2020.

Tess Ellison is the executive producer at Nottingham Playhouse and says that they are seeing an increase in visitor numbers for certain events but people are still less inclined to attend the more alternative events.

Video: Tess Ellison, Nottingham Playhouse, explains the importance of theatre

Tess also goes on to state that theatre is a safe environment and people can wear facemasks if they wish to within the venue.

Nottingham Playhouse has released its summer and autumn 2022 programme which shows all the upcoming productions.

These include the production of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing which will run from 11 to 15 October and their Christmas pantomime Dick Whittington which will run from 25 November to 14 January 2023.

You can see what is on at the Nottingham Playhouse here: https://nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk/whats-on/

If however, being a part of the drama is more your thing instead of taking a seat and watching, why not take part in a drama club or society? These clubs help people to let loose, have fun and engage in drama-based skills and activities, whilst also helping to make friends and create memories.

Frankie Cummings is the drama president at Nottingham Trent University and says that she encourages students to join. She goes on to say that drama is like escapism and it helps you to get out of your skin and try things you would not usually do.

Audio: Frankie Cummings, NTU drama president, encourages people to try out theatre

If you are not a student, however, Nottingham is home to a host of drama and theatre groups for children and adults. So have a look and join one in your area.