Nottingham has an incredibly wide and varied performing Arts scene; you’ll find everything here from the student writing at the New Theatre to national touring productions at the Playhouse; whatever your taste you’ll find something of interest. All Nottingham venues offer student discounts so a trip to the theatre can be surprisingly cheap – just remember your student card! So skip the clubs and pay a visit to a theatre for a memorable night; and if you need another reason, it’s a perfect excuse to get dressed up.
The Universities’ very own New Theatre is unique, it is run and managed entirely by students and productions run virtually weekly in term time; quite an achievement considering the commitment involved and coursework deadlines! You’ll find high quality classic productions here as well as new writing; some great productions written by Nottingham students are regularly shown. If you’re a budding playwright or actor don’t just watch but get involved.
(See the New Theatre website for listings www.newtheatre.org.uk ; Tickets: £5)
This classic Victorian venue is one of the major landmarks in the city. Go inside and you’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time – there is a wonderful, elaborate auditorium; complete with a huge chandelier and painted ceiling. If modern drama is your thing don’t be put off; it is one of the best touring venues in the country and you’ll find West End musicals, drama, opera and ballet in the listings and a great Christmas pantomime.
Coming up: 6th-18th October, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat (Tickets: £13 Stalls, Monday-Thursday evening performances)
Don’t miss this striking theatre hidden near Maid Marian Way. The Playhouse has a strong tradition for supporting new writing and there are regular top touring productions; a high quality performance here is virtually guaranteed. The theatre’s wonderful CAST restaurant and Anish Kapoor’s Sky Mirror sculpture outside are worth a visit themselves.
Coming up: 9th-18th October, All Quiet on the Western Front (Tickets: £10-£13.50, Stalls, Tuesday to Friday).
Lakeside Arts Centre
It is easy to overlook the Universities second venue; the Lakeside is a performing Arts Centre that has plays and much, much more: if you’re into dance, comedy, literature or musicals you’ll find something and the Djanogly Arts Gallery is definitely worth visiting. A word of warning: productions come and go very quickly, so check their listings regularly.
Coming up: Zero 7th-8th October. (Tickets: £9 or £5 restricted view).
This cosy amateur theatre is a bit different and it produces a wide and varied range of modern and traditional drama and which get regularly well reviewed.
Coming up: Improbable Fiction 6th-11th October (Tickets: £8)
Nottingham Arts Theatre
This is more than just an amateur theatre; it is a true community theatre that is run by volunteers and anyone can attend auditions and get involved. Productions are quite infrequent but there are regular workshops and Improv classes.
Coming up: A Midsummer Nights Dream: 1st-8th November (Tickets: £5-10).
Visit the Impact website’s Arts section for complete & updated listings. All prices listed are only available with a valid student card.