Theatre Group

The group meet on the second Tuesday of each month, at Dora Phillips Hall from 1.00-3.00 p.m. to plan future events and review past ones.

The contact for the group is Marianne Sparrow tel. 01773 717 500 or email

Future events:
NB.  The planning meeting will be on the 3rd Tuesday in May 2022 rather than the 2nd Tuesday.

Confirmed bookings:
We tend to go to the Playhouse fairly often as we get full price tickets for £7.50 via their hotnights scheme.


Theatre Review 2021

Beauty and the Beast – 4th December at Nottingham Playhouse

Our group felt this was a sparkly piece of Christmas magic, sure to captivate and delight everyone over the festive period.

Costumes, songs, choreography, cheesy Dad jokes, audience participation, topical humour, innuendo and general silliness, are all led by the Dame John Elkington as Madam Fifi, who kept the audience entertained throughout.

The soundtrack of the show is peppered with mashups of upbeat contemporary music and works well; every single member of the cast has a strong voice and manoeuvres the choreography well. As a company, they have excellent chemistry, and all have exceptional comic timing.

All our group made positive comments such as the pantomime was really first class.
Marianne Sparrow

Christmas Carol  – November  at  Nottingham Playhouse.

Overall, this production by Mark Gatiss is ‘traditional with a twist.’ The script lives up to his stellar reputation.

The costumes generally stay true to the Victorian roots. There is comfort in this familiarity, which makes the unexpected more pronounced. This is exemplified in the digital effects which are stunning. These dovetail adroitly with the more naturalistic aspects of the production. Spectacular lighting effects are used to foreshadow events, move the plot forward or to ‘spook’ the audience.

The set is like nothing I have seen before. Huge towers of antiquated filing cabinets and bureaus fill the stage. Victorian accoutrements are everywhere, from leather bound books to burning braziers and the attention to detail is consummate. Director Adam Penford tells us in the programme that there are ‘over fifty characters and thirty scenes.’ Our group marvelled at how expertly the set was manipulated and how well the actors managed the innumerable costume and set changes. A feat in itself.

 I have seen many versions of this production, and this one was so dramatic. The story was adhered to, and it was a fantastic performance from the whole cast.

 A stunning performance, the actors super, the effects magnificent, and the whole staging superb.                                                                                         Marianne Sparrow

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