What’s On

Jul
7
Fri
Outdoor Theatre Season – Coming Soon! @ Nottingham Castle
Jul 7 @ 7:00 pm – Sep 1 @ 8:00 pm

Dust off your picnic blanket, Nottingham’s Summer Season of Outdoor Theatre is back from July – September 2017!

Listings for Nottingham Castle include:

Friday, 7th July 2017
A Midsummer Night’s Dream 
Nottingham Castle
Gates 6.00pm 7.00pm start
Chapterhouse Theatre Company

Saturday, 15th July 2017
Jane Eyre
Nottingham Castle
Gates 6.00pm 7.00pm start
Chapterhouse Theatre Company

Thursday, 20th July 2017
The Comedy of Errors
Nottingham Castle
Gates 6.00pm 7.00pm start
The Lord Chamberlain’s Men

Friday, 21st July 2017
Macbeth
Nottingham Castle
Gates 6.00pm 7.00pm start
Oddsocks

Saturday, 22nd July 2017
Romeo and Juliet
Nottingham Castle
Gates 6.00pm 7.00pm start
Oddsocks

Thursday, 27th July 2017
Peter Pan
Nottingham Castle
Gates 5.30pm 6.00pm start
Chapterhouse Theatre Company
Written by J M Barrie
Adapted by Laura Turner.
Presented by special arrangement with Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity and Samuel French Ltd

Saturday, 29th July 2017
The Mikado
Nottingham Castle
Gates 6.00pm 7.00pm start
Illyria

Friday, 4th August 2017
Billionaire Boy
Nottingham Castle
Gates 5.30pm 6.00pm start
Heartbreak Productions

Friday, 11th August 2017
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Nottingham Castle
Gates 6.00pm 7.00pm start
The Pantaloons

Saturday, 12th August 2017
Great Expectations
Nottingham Castle
Gates 6.00pm 7.00pm start
Chapterhouse Theatre Company

Sunday, 13th August 2017
Pride and Prejudice
Nottingham Castle
Gates 6.00pm 7.00pm start
Chapterhouse Theatre Company

Friday, 1st September 2017
Peter Pan
Nottingham Castle
Gates 5.30pm 6.00pm start
Chapterhouse Theatre Company
Written by J M Barrie
Adapted by Laura Turner.
Presented by special arrangement with Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity and Samuel French Ltd

 

 

To buy tickets please call The Royal Centre Box Office on 0115 989 5555

Prices are:
£15 Full Price
£10 Concessions
£40 Family Ticket

Except for The Mikado which is:
£16 Full Price
£15 Concessions

 

Jul
29
Sat
The Mikado Outdoor Theatre @ Nottingham Castle
Jul 29 @ 6:00 pm – 9:45 pm

In the town of Titipu flirting has been made illegal. The penalty, by order of The Mikado, is death. Too bad then that the main culprit is the Lord High Executioner Ko-Ko, who wishes to marry his beautiful young ward Yum-Yum, and who has no intention of executing himself. Can the itinerant musician Nanki-Poo be persuaded to be executed in his place?

Gilbert & Sullivan’s wry comic opera is set in Japan, but its satire of the ways a lie can be twisted into a truth is perhaps more blisteringly relevant to the political landscape of the English-speaking world than ever before! Performed by a cast of 6 actor/singers accompanied by a musical director on keyboards, it gets the complete Illyria treatment, and is produced on a stage boasting a strikingly large (and authentic) Japanese torii gate. Despite the reduction in scale not a single word from WS Gilbert’s libretto is cut, nor a single note or harmony from Sir Arthur Sullivan’s score unsung.

Prices are as follows:
£16 Full price
£15 Concessions

To book please go to:
https://www.gigantic.com/the-mikado-nottingham-castle-2017-07-29-18-00

Booking fees apply.

Aug
1
Tue
Once upon a time at Nottingham Castle @ Nottingham Castle
Aug 1 @ 10:00 am – Aug 31 @ 5:00 pm

Drop into the project lab for portrait drawing and collage activities for all ages. Follow the ‘Faces from History’ trail featuring key characters from Nottingham Castle’s rich past.

Fine Feathers, 1939, oil on canvas, NCM 1949-91

 

 

 

Aug
4
Fri
Billionaire Boy Outdoor Theatre @ Nottingham Castle
Aug 4 @ 5:30 pm – 8:45 pm

A David Walliams bestseller: Follow Joe as he becomes the richest boy in the world.

Mr Spud has lost all his money. Not much….just a few billion pounds. Heartbreak Productions, Mr Spud and his son, Joe, would like to invite you to a garage sale (they used to own 500 garages) where they will be selling their final belongings to raise some money to buy food. The Formula 1 racing car has already been taken by the bailiffs, but there might be something interesting left. Bring your picnics, blankets and fold up chairs and come to the helicopter pad outside at Bumfresh Towers to hear the story of how Mr Spud made his billions, lost it all and how Joe became the richest boy in the world.

Prices are as follows:
£15 Full price
£10 Concessions
£40 Family Ticket

To book please go to:
https://www.gigantic.com/billionaire-boy-nottingham-castle-2017-08-04-17-30

Booking fees apply.

Aug
5
Sat
HORSE-PLAY @ Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery
Aug 5 @ 11:00 am – 11:30 am

HORSE-PLAY*            
Performance
Saturday 5 August 2017, 11-11.30pm
Nottingham Castle Grounds

CLICK HERE TO BOOK

Arianne Churchman has taken the folk costume worn by the Hopper Joe character in the Cropwell Bishop Plough Monday play as the focus for her performance and exhibition. The smock that was last worn in 1895 is on display in Nottingham Castle’s Threads gallery, on permanent loan from the Folklore Society.

Hopper Joe appears only momentarily during the play, but is one of the only characters to pass between audience and an informal stage. He is a farm labourer as he can plough, sow, reap and mow. His role throughout the play is to collect money from the audience and place it in the seed hopper that he carries in front of him.

HORSE-PLAY utilises Hopper Joe’s ‘ragbag’ sensibilities to explore the costumes context within The Story of English Clowning and the dubious authenticity of the smock. The Story of English Clowning was staged at Nottingham Castle in 1977 and curated by poet and exhibition designer Arnold Rattenbury (1921-1967). Rattenbury grouped folkloric objects and costumes into two categories – those involved in horseplay, and those used in the transformation of normative modes of behaviour. Hopper Joe falls into the latter.

The performance will channel the Hopper Joe character and the 1977 procession of the Minehead Hobby Horse, which took place around the castle site and grounds. Originating from Somerset (c.1830) and traditionally performed on May Day, the brightly coloured and decorated Minehead Hobby Horse traverses the town’s borders creating a ritual space.

Arianne is the winner of the Nottingham Castle Open 2016 solo exhibition prize. Within her practice Arianne investigates British folk traditions and celebrations using performance, film, sound and sculpture. She questions how we might import or re-imagine ancient rituals, beliefs and rites within our modern life.

Itinerary

  • The performance begins at 11am on the grassy area to the right of the main walkway leading up to the castle and will then move to the play area on the Castle Green and conclude on the Colonnade.
  • HORSE-PLAY will take place come rain or shine unless of extreme weather, so please dress appropriatly as the event will be taking place outdoors.
  • This ticket admits you to Nottingham Castle on Saturday 5 August only, tickets are limited.
  • Please ensure you bring a digital or physical copy of your ticket to show at the gate when attending the event.

*The HORSE-PLAY performance will be filmed to create content for the solo exhibition by Arianne Churchman, also entitled HORSE-PLAY, taking place at Nottingham Castle msueum and Art Gallery from 16 September – 31 October 2017.

For inquiries please contact Colette Griffin at Colette.Griffin@nottinghamcity.gov.uk or 0115 876 1433.

Aug
11
Fri
A Midsummer Night’s Dream Outdoor Theatre @ Nottingham Castle
Aug 11 @ 6:00 pm – 9:45 pm

Midsummer night. An enchanted forest. Puck and his musical fairy band tell a tale of lovers, mechanicals, and magical mayhem. The critically-acclaimed Pantaloons present their innovative and hilarious open-air version of Shakespeare’s timeless comedy – told, as ever, in their own distinctive and anarchic style.

Prices are as follows:
£15 Full price
£10 Concessions
£40 Family Ticket

To book please go to:
https://www.gigantic.com/a-midsummer-nights-dream-nottingham-castle-2017-08-11-18-00

Booking fees apply.

Aug
12
Sat
Great Expectations Outdoor Theatre @ Nottingham Castle
Aug 12 @ 6:00 pm – 9:45 pm

Chapterhouse Theatre Company presents Charles Dickens’ unforgettable story of love, family and friendship set in the depths of Victorian England. From the haunting marshlands of Kent to the bustling streets of Victorian London, this epic tale follows the fortunes of a young Pip as he falls in love, finds his fortune and makes his way in the world.

This beautiful romantic tale is brought to life with traditional music, full period costume and a whole host of colourful characters, from the dangerous convict Magwitch to the elusive Estella and of course, the eccentric and mysterious Miss Havisham. Join family and friends to follow Pip’s adventures of discovery and expectation in Dickens’ best loved tale, presented at Nottingham Castle.

Prices are as follows:
£15 Full price
£10 Concessions
£40 Family Ticket

To book tickets please go to:
https://www.gigantic.com/great-expectations-nottingham-castle-2017-08-12-18-00

Booking fees apply.

Please note that unless stated normal admission applies to all events and all children must be accompanied by an adult.