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.

  • Swallow by Stef Smith

    28 Feb to 3 Mar 2018

    “Who said smashing things up was a bad thing? It’s actually quite liberating.” Three strangers’ lives are on the edge of self-destruction. Anna hasn’t left her flat for two years, refuses to eat solid food and is tearing up her apartment piece by piece. Rebecca has spiralled into a cycle of rage, despair, sadness and anger she cannot control in the wake of ending a long-term relationship. Sam is discovering his new identity in a world of violence and discrimination, that is preventing him from becoming his true authentic self. When these three strangers come into contact with each other, their lives are changed forever. Passionate, complex, furious and funny, Swallow promises to be an emotional and visceral Experience. One that explores the difficulties of surviving in the modern world, exposes us to the darkest corners of our minds, but reinforces the power we have to overcome even our darkest and most vulnerable moments.

    Venue: New Theatre
    In House
  • Why Is John Lennon Wearing A Skirt? by Claire Dowie

    7 Mar to 10 Mar 2018

    This powerful comedic monologue is by a woman who doesn’t want to be a ‘girl’. She doesn’t want to wear skirts or makeup and adjust herself to conform to obligatory femininity within society. It takes us through a journey of her life from being a young girl into an adult. It revolves around the ideas and implications of the entrenched social constructions that have been imposed on gender identity and focuses on expectations of men and women within society. The play explores both her vulnerability and her strength in being ostracized in such a society where being masculine is solely confined to males. The play focuses on difficult and thought provoking topics but is accompanied by the character’s quick wit and inspiring strength in her sense of self.

    Venue: New Theatre
    In House
  • Black Comedy by Peter Shaffer

    14 Mar to 17 Mar 2018

    In one hilarious act, the action supposedly in the dark is illuminated; when the lights are to be on, the stage is dark. Lovesick and desperate, sculptor Brindsley Miller has embellished his apartment with furniture and object d’arte (that are not his) to impress his fiancee’s pompous and stern father and a wealthy art dealer, Georg Bamberger. The fussy neighbour, Harold Gorringe returns, whom Brindsley has stolen all the furniture from, just as the blown fuse plunges the apartment into darkness and Brindsley is revealed to be teetering on the verge of very ripe farce. Unexpected former/current lovers, ageing spinsters, errant phone cords and other snares impede his frantic attempts to return the purloined items before light is restored.

    Venue: New Theatre
    In House
  • Do I Wanna Know by Felicity Chilver

    19 Mar to 20 Mar 2018

    ‘Do I Wanna Know’ explores love and loss, and the ways in which people enter and permanently alter our lives. The play follows writer James and performer Evelyn as they meet, fall in love and build a partnership whilst facing struggle and tragedy. By examining the way in which audiences react and interact with the performance, we gain insight into the relationship between actor and character in order to break down our notion of theatre as a passive viewing experience. All of us have experienced, or will experience, loss at some point in our lives, and this play looks at the way in which this has an impact on every aspect of our life. Ultimately, this piece portrays a truthful relationship and an optimistic and life-affirming story - just not in the most obvious or conventional way.

    Venue: New Theatre
    Fringe
  • Rotterdam by Jon Brittain

    20 Mar to 23 Mar 2018

    It’s New Year in Rotterdam, and Alice has finally plucked up the courage to email her parents and tell them she’s gay. But before she can hit send, her ‘girlfriend’ reveals that he has always identified as a man and now wants to start living as one. As Fiona/Adrian starts his journey, Alice must also figure out how she fits into this new life. Can a lesbian really be in love with a man? And when the changes which Adrian has longed for start coming too fast for Alice, their relationship becomes strained.

    Venue: New Theatre
    In House
  • Fairytaleheart by Philip Ridley

    23 Apr to 24 Apr 2018

    This uncharacteristically wholesome play by Philip Ridley shows two young people who deal with ruptured families and homelessness by embracing their hopes and fears in a derelict community centre. Kirsty has run away from her 15th birthday party and found solace in the nearby abandoned community centre. As she enters and calms down by adding to a mysterious mural that has appeared over the last few weeks she is confronted by Gideon, an eccentric boy who is the one responsible for the mural. After a brief back and forth they open up to each other and, using Gideon’s make believe world of Karamazoo, begin to address their problems together, helping each other see their lives in a different light.

    Venue: New Theatre
    Fringe
  • Quiz Show by Rob Drummond

    25 Apr to 28 Apr 2018

    It is perfectly healthy to suppress memories. False! Eventually suppressed memories can cause debilitating psychological problems, such as anxiety, depression, or dissociative disorders. Did you know that? 2017 was the year for Fake News, how good are you at calling out lies? Come and see a live recording of our Quiz Show, False!, where three contestants test their knowledge of what is real to get to go through the door of truth! They say ignorance is bliss but for one of the three contestants, only the truth will set them free. *There will be live recording so please be aware as part of our audience you may be on camera during the show

    Venue: New Theatre
    In House
  • Satan on a Sunday by Emily Wong

    30 Apr to 1 May 2018

    This semi-devised piece is about Satan, the person who decides how people pay for their sins on Earth once they have departed from the human life. He/she believes that humans are silly, ungrateful beings that do not understand the how lucky they are to be alive and to have the world they have. Satan is also bored with his/her job. Satan finally snaps after receiving a letter from Heaven that deems his/her work inadequate and he/she decides they will take Sunday off and travel to the human world to observe God’s creations while giving his/her opinions on it.

    Venue: New Theatre
    Fringe
  • Salome by Oscar Wilde

    2 May to 5 May 2018

    In a play originally banned in Victorian England for its unbridled presentation of female sexuality, when the young princess Salomé first sees John the Baptist she is enthralled. A servant to her stepfather, the all-powerful Tetrarch Herod, she must endure his persistent attraction, to discover the power she has over those who desire her. Set against the backdrop of the tumultuous Judea in the aftermath of the rising of Christ, Salomé by Oscar Wilde is a tantalising exploration of morality, sexuality and the consequences of wanting what you can never have. How deadly can it be?

    Venue: New Theatre
    In House
  • Cogito Ergo Bum by Ian Sheard & Jonathan Davies

    7 May to 8 May 2018

    Set against the backdrop of Major’s Britain and in a very real sense, against the backdrop of their own studio apartment, two dashing wastrels - caught on the fringes of grunge and sense - pursue a lifelong dream they’ve had for at least a week: winning a Battle of the Bands, producing the seminal 1990s album, and getting invited onto Top of the Pops. Along the way our plucky Brit-Pop duo must overcome the seemingly insurmountable hurdles of a rival band that’s much better than them, and the weight of cursed knowledge supplied by a Daemon of utmost power and cunning. Does fame have a price? Can you be a successful musician if you can’t play? Does a deal with the devil ever end well?

    Venue: New Theatre
    Fringe
  • Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency

    9 May to 12 May 2018

    When Richard’s boss Gordon is shockingly murdered he is thrust into the bizarre and fast-paced world of Dirk Gently – his old room-mate from university who now works as a holistic detective. Dirk takes it upon himself to help Richard by finding the murderer using his unique detective techniques. What Richard doesn’t realise is that accepting Dirk’s service will lead to the uncovering of a long-kept secret of Cambridge’s resident Professor of Chronology and an attempt to help an alien from the beginning of time. This play, based on the hit novel by Douglas Adams, is a whirlwind sci-fi epic encapsulating comedy, heartfelt moments and the fate of all humanity.

    Venue: New Theatre
    In House
  • Vaginal Discharge by Florence Bell

    14 May to 15 May 2018

    ‘The world is not your oyster. It isn’t my oyster. None of us have a right to be liked, to be listened to. It’s time I grew up and got used to that. The world is just separate contained people walking around. We all live our own lives. People can never really be joined. And the ending never comes.’ Four people. Three women, one man. Four separate ways of living. A new short on what happens when family routines and rituals collide with the orbits of individual humans. This is a play in search of an ending that will never find one.

    Venue: New Theatre
    Fringe
  • NSFW by Lucy Kirkwood

    16 May to 19 May 2018

    Sam wants to be a journalist. Despite the extra degree, the extra debt and the extra work experience, he’s still on the bottommost rung of the editorial ladder, at a bottommost lad’s magazine. Doghouse is far from fantastic and his co-workers are pretty similar; Charlotte might be nice, but Rupert’s an upper-class annoyance and Aiden’s oddly difficult to pin down. But Sam thinks he can make the best of it and at least do his job properly. Right? Lucy Kirkwood’s ‘NSFW’ takes a searing look behind the front covers of both men and women’s magazines, encapsulating the current cultural climate surrounding hypocrisy and sexuality. Satire and comedy collide with commercial exploitation to reveal those editors behind the scenes, and what’s resorted to when it all goes horribly wrong.

    Venue: New Theatre
    In House
  • Franz Woyzeck by Daniel McVey (based on Georg Buchner’s ‘Woyzeck’)

    11 Jun to 12 Jun 2018

    War has now been raging for many years; peace is as good as forgotten, soldiers have become a part of everyday life and death is more visible than ever. But now Franz is home, with his loving wife Marie, and both are as safe as they can be. So why is it that he cannot seem to relax around anyone, or trust anybody? Why can he barely look his baby daughter in the eye, or even acknowledge her existence? Will Franz and Marie ever be able to be truly happy again? Loosely based on Georg Buchner’s incomplete 19th century German classic Woyzeck, this modern adaptation focuses on remembering victims of war, and questioning how it is we remember them, exploring this through physical theatre.

    Venue: New Theatre
    Fringe
  • Macbeth by William Shakespeare

    12 Jun to 15 Jun 2018

    Three witches approach two nobles late at night, their faces mangled and their motives unclear. They foretell great fortune for Macbeth, great fortune that leads, ultimately, to downfall. One of Shakespeare’s greatest tragedies, Macbeth deals with many themes: from the fight between free will and fate to the psychological breakdown caused by murder and betrayal. The characters of this play struggle for power, might and for their lives, as the forces of fate and greed propel them to extreme action. A poetic masterpiece, this show offers some of the most famous and interesting characters in theatrical history

    Venue: New Theatre
    In House