I can’t believe it was only July that we performed Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance. As far as shows go it was certainly a challenge; after a bumpy start we changed directors and our very own Meng Khaw (who played the pirate king) took over and steered our ship into smoother waters, though we still hit a few icebergs along the way. Scheduling conflicts meant that we lost our original Major General and Ruth, but the team worked quickly to replace them and unlike the Titanic our ship docked safely. Frederic was a challenge to find as well but we discovered a hidden gem within our Chorus, and Andrew Rushton stepped up. The whole team pulled together and we succeeded as we always do. The audiences loved it and this was a great close to our 2016/17 season.
What to expect from us in the future
We pride ourselves on never leaving the audience without a fantastic show for longer than a few months, and so kicking off our 2017/18 season we have Alan Ayckbourn’s The Boy who fell into a book. It tells the story of Kevin, who goes to bed after reading his favourite book but suddenly finds himself in the middle of the action with his detective hero Rockfist Slim! Somehow they must travel through all the books on Kevin’s bookshelf to find a way home, and escape from the mysterious Green Shark.
This is an action packed family friendly show that is directed by Chris Mercer, whose last directed Brassed Off with us last year, and it broke records for ticket sales on straight plays – nearly selling out completely! There are quite a few new faces involved, some new to theatre and some branching out from our friends at other theatres in Nottingham, and it’s going to be well worth a watch. Tickets can be bought on the NAT website at www.nottingham-theatre.co.uk or by calling the Box Office on 0115 947 6096
Also to be expected from us before the year is out is our traditional Pantomime, directed again by the award winning Amanda Hall. This year she will be bringing to life the classic tale of Jack and the Beanstalk! Our Pantomimes are well known for being top quality and the best value for money within the city. Rehearsals haven’t even begun yet and we’ve already sold out on some performances (that’s how well regarded the PTC Panto has become!) so make sure you book your tickets as soon as possible to get the best seats for the best performance. This year we have a lot of new faces in the principle roles, and also some highly talented youngsters who you may remember from the children’s company in previous years and who have now grown up and will be joining the adult company. Guaranteed to be a great show, as always.
The beginning of 2018 will bring you two more fabulous shows: the first being Oscar Wilde’s world-renowned comedy of manners The Importance of being Earnest, directed by our own Robbie Robb. Auditions for this will be held on the 1st October 2017 and the performances will be in March 2018. Closing our 2017/18 season will be another fabulous musical where Meng Khaw will once again be leading the team, as they bring to you the beautiful story of Chess, which includes well-known songs like “Anthem” and “I know him so well”. Chess will be auditioning in November, with details to come soon.
So there we go – that’s our season complete! Are you as excited as we are? Make sure you keep up with all the adventures by following us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and by subscribing to our regular newsletters.