The Nottingham New Theatre

What’s On

Box Office opens half an hour prior to start time, 7pm for a 7:30 evening show and 2pm for a 2:30 matinee.

As well as shows, you can see what’s coming up on our calendar.

  • 'Adult Child / Dead Child' by Claire Dowie

    18 Nov to 20 Nov 2018

    ‘When you are a child and you don't get any love, when there is no love when you get this feeling that you can't explain this feeling that's inside you but you can't explain you don't know what it is, you can't say it's lack of love because you don't have those words.’ Adult Child/Dead Child follows our unnamed protagonist as they look back on how they grew up, through neglect and eye-for-an-eye punishments. Their only solace is imaginary friend, Benji, who provides a constant source of company and comfort in their darkest times. However, Benji is not the positive force that she first appears, and slowly turns into something more sinister. Using poetry, projection and live sound looping, this powerful yet surprisingly uplifting monologue explores loneliness, recovery and the universal need for love.

    Venue: New Theatre Studio A
    Fringe
  • 'The Beauty Queen of Leenane' by Martin McDonagh

    21 Nov to 24 Nov 2018

    In a rural village among the mountains of Connemara, County Galway, live Maureen Folan, a plain, lonely woman in her early forties, and Mag, her manipulative ageing mother. Maureen’s sisters have fled their toxic home and left her single-handedly responsible to care for her mother, a thorny and abusive woman who controls Maureen’s life and denies others from offering her the one thing she seeks from life, a genuine human connection. Then Pato, the village charmer, enters Maureen’s life and offers her opportunities beyond the limited scope of her Irish home, disrupting Mag’s carefully maintained status quo, which sets in motion a tragic train of events. Looking at family bonds and the effects of abuse on the human psyche, yet handled with surprising humour, McDonagh’s darkly comic domestic piece is laced with hubris and sympathy, violence and tenderness, youth and tradition.

    Venue: New Theatre
    In House
  • 'Esse SA Essay' by Callum Walker

    25 Nov to 27 Nov 2018

    Aged sixteen, Skipper was raped by a woman eight years his senior. As a way of dealing with the trauma, he unconsciously suppresses the memories of what happened. Years later, he begins to unpack it all, slowly learning the fragmentary nature of memories and the danger they can pose in the present. The impact this has on his life creates a difficult question: Are some things better left buried? Or is the truth worth seeking, no matter how terrible it might be? Esse SA Essay is a play about masculinity, rape, and memories. In today’s culture of sexual assault scandals, toxic masculinity, and the importance of personal image, this is a discussion that needs to be held.

    Venue: New Theatre Studio A
    Fringe
  • 'Doctor Faustus' by Christopher Marlowe (Adapted by Daniel McVey)

    28 Nov to 1 Dec 2018

    After years of supressed feelings and being told "boys don’t cry" Faustus is emotionally stunted. No more, he wants to feel again. He has tried various methods, but none have worked. So, when he finds a new book in his library, he can’t see the harm in trying. But unbeknownst to Faustus, chaos and evil have been carefully placed between the pages and a tempest of devils have set their sights on his soul. And in the midst of this madness where is God? Why will they not save Faustus? Only one thing is for sure, damnation awaits you, Faustus. In this abstract adaptation, Marlowe’s classic play is deconstructed and reassembled with scenes from other versions of the tale.

    Venue: New Theatre
    In House
  • 'The Escape Room' by Emma Collingwood

    2 Dec to 4 Dec 2018

    ‘Attention ladies and gentlemen. Welcome to our 999th edition of the Escape Room. The year is 1945 and those Nazis need a damn good hiding. The fate of our beloved country rests on your shoulders! So, what do you intend to do about it? Solve the mystery, crack the code and save the day hurrah! Fail to complete the tasks and you fail to escape.’ Three people wake up in a room with no memory of who they are, where they are or how they arrived there. All they know is that they have to escape. The game leads them on moments of introspection that they would rather not face. Loosely based on Sartre’s In Camera or No Exit, The Escape Room explores existentialist ideas and the self in relation to society.

    Venue: New Theatre Studio A
    Fringe
  • 'Grant Meets Death' by Sam Morris

    5 Dec to 8 Dec 2018

    One night a man named Grant McKenzie wakes up to find Death standing over his bed. Death has come with one purpose only, to take Grant’s life. Grant desperately wants to live, and an overworked Death wants their lunch break. So a deal is struck, Grant and Death use Grant’s (last?) 90 minutes going back through Grant’s memories to decide whether he deserves to live or die. Darkly comedic and slightly surreal, Grant Meets Death explores through montages, music and a literal trolley problem, the question of what each individual life is worth. Through a rollercoaster of both heart-warming and painful memories, this new piece of theatre explores a life from beginning to end and attempts to reassure us all that every life is unique, even if we all meet Death in the end.

    Venue: New Theatre
    In House
  • 'Order From Chaos' by Jonny Khan

    9 Dec to 10 Dec 2018

    Jay grew up on music: house, jungle, jazz, drum and bass, acid house, classical. They were obsessed. They’d play their favourite tracks repeatedly before falling asleep. Music is the most important and treasured part of of Jay’s life. But Jay is losing their hearing. As it slowly deteriorates, Jay comes to realise their musical passion becomes much more disconnected than before. They begin to explore ways to reconnect with music, with the struggle of a changed perception of noises and sounds in the world around them. A journey of passion, rebellion, youth and love through musical expression, Order from Chaos tells the story of Jay, a teenager learning to reconnect with their passion for music after thinking they never could again.

    Venue: New Theatre Studio A
    Fringe
  • 'Breathing Holes' by Jonathan Taylor Davies

    11 Dec to 14 Dec 2018

    A case study in observation and isolation, Breathing Holes is a monologue in four parts. Who do you talk to when you’re on your own? Who is listening? A show blending performance, reaction, and observation, Breathing Holes is about control, treading water, and what to do when you can’t breathe.

    Venue: New Theatre
    In House