Five crackers at the Playhouse

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The autumn season at Nottingham Playhouse promises you spies, criminals, kings and dames.

The popular venue will be the setting for productions of 1984, Charlie Peace, Richard III and Jack And The Beanstalk.

Described as one of the defining novels of the 20th century, George Orwell’s 1984 explores the concept of total state control.

It remains one of the most powerful warnings ever issued against the dangers of a totalitarian society. In our age of mass surveillance, state spying online and GPS tracking, 1984 is as relevant now as it’s ever been. 1984 is a co-production with Headlong and will be directed by Robert Icke, who brought us Romeo and Juliet in 2012. 1984 runs from Friday, September 13-Saturday, September 28.

Celebrated Nottingham author Michael Eaton brings us Charlie Peace - His Amazing Life and Astounding Legend in October. The greatest celebrity villain of the Victorian age, Charlie Peace’s life became legend.

He was a master of disguise, an accomplished musician and on the run. This modern musical melodrama asks the question why, now as then, are we terrified of crime but fascinated by criminals? Premiering in Nottingham, from Friday, October 4-Saturday, October 19, Charlie Peace will also feature traditional folk songs and the work of internationally renowned graphic artist, Eddie Campbell.

In the first major staging since the discovery of the real Richard III’s remains, Nottingham Playhouse and York Theatre Royal bring Shakespeare’s play of the most infamous king to the stage.

Playing the murderous and power-hungry Richard will be Ian Bartholomew, who was a huge audience favourite at the Playhouse playing Arturo Ui in The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui. Richard III will run from Friday, October 25- Saturday, November 16.

Kenneth Alan Taylor, Nottingham Playhouse’s long-standing dame will be back one last time starring as Dame Daisy in Jack & the Beanstalk, the same pantomime he started with three decades ago. Joining Kenneth on stage will be Playhouse favourites John Elkington, Rebecca Little and Daniel Hoffmann-Gill.

It runs from November 29-January 18.

The New Year sees the arrival of a new play and new production - My Judy Garland Life. Written by acclaimed writer Amanda Whittington, this touching and uplifting play takes you through the joy and heartache of hero worship.

Featuring Garland’s best-loved songs, alongside key moments in Susie’s and Judy’s lives, this is an original take on the relationship between a fan and a star. My Judy Garland Life runs from Friday, January 31-Saturday, February 15.

Ticket details for all of these productions are available by calling the box office on 0115 9419419.