Only Fools And Boycie: An Evening with John Challis

An intimate evening with Only Fools And Horses actor John Challis.

Enjoy an intimate evening with John Challis, one of the nation’s greatest comedy actors, best known as Boycie in BBC1’s Only Fools and Horses. In this one-off show the national treasure will reveal secrets from the set with stories and anecdotes from his dazzling career.

Having worked with some of the biggest names in show business, he’ll be spilling the beans about Only Fools and Horses co-stars like Sir David Jason and Nicholas Lyndhurst and friends and fellow performers like The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Oliver Reed and George Best. He’ll also recall tales from his time in Dr Who, Coronation Street and other TV classics.

Mr Challis will also meet fans after the show to sign autographs and pose for pictures, while signing copies of his autobiography, Being Boycie, and novel, Reggie: A Stag At Bay.

NT Live: The Madness of George III

By Alan Bennett

★★★★★ THE TELEGRAPH | ★★★★ THE METRO | ★★★★ THE STAGE

Multi-award-winning drama The Madness of George III will be broadcast live to cinemas, in National Theatre Live’s first ever broadcast from Nottingham Playhouse.

Written by one of Britain’s best-loved playwrights Alan Bennett (The History Boys, The Lady in the Van), this epic play was also adapted into a BAFTA Award-winning film following its premiere on stage in 1991.

The cast of this new production includes Olivier Award-winners Mark Gatiss (Sherlock, Wolf Hall, NT Live Coriolanus) in the title role, and Adrian Scarborough (Gavin and Stacey, Upstairs Downstairs, After the Dance).

It’s 1786 and King George III is the most powerful man in the world. But his behaviour is becoming increasingly erratic as he succumbs to fits of lunacy. With the King’s mind unravelling at a dramatic pace, ambitious politicians and the scheming Prince of Wales threaten to undermine the power of the Crown, and expose the fine line between a King and a man.

Show image photograph (Mark Gatiss) by Creative by Wren

The 39 Steps

Adapted by Patrick Barlow
From the novel by John Buchan

From the movie of Alfred Hitchcock, licensed by ITV Global Entertainment Limited and an original concept by Simon Corble and Nobby Dimon.

Direction: Antoinette Keylock and Caroline Millington
Performing rights: Samuel French

Actors play over 100 different characters in this brilliant staging of ’39 Steps’ set in London,1935. When the play went to Broadway, it won two Tony awards and took the UK by storm in the 10th anniversary re-revival back in 2016. The actors’ multi-role episodes and comedic use of props will be sure to have its audience laughing out of their seats!  Don’t miss a chance to re-connect with these cherished characters and great feats of vocal and physical slap-stick!

Note that our Friday 30th November 1.30pm performance is for school groups only (by invite)

Good Dog

By arinze kene

Mum’s promised him that bike so even when school or homelife bites, he knows to keep his chin up, his head down and his shirt clean. No harsh word, no sudden push to the ground will distract him from growing up to be a good man. Because in the end, everyone who’s good gets what they deserve. Don’t they?

good dog – set during the early noughties – tells the story of growing up in a multi-cultural community, and the everyday injustices that drive people to take back control.

Delicately observed and fearlessly told by writer Arinze Kene (Netflix’s Crazyhead, Eastenders, Channel 4’s Youngers, West End smash Girl From the North Country, and Misty at Bush Theatre), good dog embarks on its second national tour following its acclaimed premiere in spring 2017.

“a finely observed new play” ★★★★ WHATSONSTAGE

Robin Hood and the Revolting Peasants

Audiences are in for a treat as Oddsocks bring their trademark humour, fast-paced action and live music to the legend that is Robin Hood!

Join Robin, Little John, Maid Marion and of course Friar Tuck as they take on some of their hardest challenges to date: A conniving king, a sinister sheriff and a downtrodden village of peasants who’s ‘get up and go’ has got up and gone.

Can the merry band teach the baddies a lesson?
The villagers to revolt?
The world to sing?

Find out when Oddsocks rumble in with their rumbustious new adventures of this legendary folk hero in a show for all the family.

NT LIVE: ANTONY & CLEOPATRA

Broadcast live from the National Theatre, Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo play Shakespeare’s famous fated couple in his great tragedy of politics, passion and power.

Caesar and his assassins are dead. General Mark Antony now rules alongside his fellow defenders of Rome. But at the fringes of a war-torn empire the Egyptian Queen Cleopatra and Mark Antony have fallen fiercely in love. In a tragic fight between devotion and duty, obsession becomes a catalyst for war.

Director Simon Godwin returns to National Theatre Live screens with this hotly anticipated production, following broadcasts of Twelfth Night, Man and Superman and The Beaux’ Stratagem.

Jazz At The Movies: A Swinging Christmas

Sold out annually at Ronnie Scott’s in 2012-2017, this festive jazz entertainment is the perfect way to swing into the holidays.

Fronted by acclaimed singer Joanna Eden (“UK’s answer to Norah Jones and Diana Krall” TIME OUT) and featuring the groovy sounds of the Chris Ingham Quartet (“a first-class band” JAZZ JOURNAL), Jazz At The Movies: A Swinging Christmas gathers jazzy festive favourites as made famous by Ella, Eartha, Frank, Doris, Dean, Bing and a whole gang of cool celluloid cats and hip Hollywood chicks.

An enchanting show rich with anecdote, sophistication and swing, it was described by one audience member as “pure joy”.

Santa In Love

He’s back!

Have you ever wanted to know a secret?

A Christmas secret!

Maybe you’d like to know where the fairy on top of the Christmas tree comes from, or why you never see a Christmas elf, or what exactly happened to Frosty the Snowman?

Or maybe you’d like to know the greatest secret of them all… the one about Santa Claus and the thing he secretly loves best.

Could it be presents? Could it be reindeer? Could it be snow?

You’ll never guess, so if you want to find out then join Santa and his friends in this fun filled family musical complete with games, giggles and all your favourite Christmas songs.

Santa will be available after the show to meet your little ones and give them a present, so don’t forget to bring your camera to capture the smiles!

A magical fun filled Christmas show with sing along songs and lots of interaction followed by a meet and greet with Santa that includes free presents for the children and photo opportunities!

NT Live: I’m Not Running

By David Hare

I’m Not Running is an explosive new play by David Hare, premiering at the National Theatre and broadcast live to cinemas.

Pauline Gibson has spent her life as a doctor, the inspiring leader of a local health campaign. When she crosses paths with her old boyfriend, a stalwart loyalist in Labour Party politics, she’s faced with an agonising decision.

What’s involved in sacrificing your private life and your piece of mind for something more than a single issue? Does she dare?

Hare was recently described by The Washington Post as ‘the premiere political dramatist writing in English’. His other work includes Pravda and Skylight, broadcast by National Theatre Live in 2014.

Show image photograph (Sian Brooke) by Felicity McCabe

The Oresteia

Splendid Productions present an epic, murderous tale of family, history, vengeance and honour in a story nearly as old as theatre.

Condensing Aeschylus’s classic trilogy into an hour, Splendid’s regal cast of three retell the story of King Agamemnon, his queen Clytemnestra, and their children, Iphigenia, Electra and Orestes. A legendary family born to power, but destined to rip itself apart in a bloody cycle of tragedy.

In the aftermath of the Trojan War, victorious Agamemnon returns home to find that after ten years of war, the greatest danger lives in his own house. Unforgivable acts demand unforgivable retribution in a world that never forgets and cannot forgive.

Splendid’s new creative adaptation explores the place where rage meets justice in an artful, political, physical, musical, entertainingly furious – and furiously entertaining – piece of theatrical magic.

“Imagine Greek drama performed by The Three Stooges on speed and you’ll have some idea of what this production was like… a matchless way of introducing ancient theatre to the young.” ★★★★★ SOUTH WALES ARGUS ON ANTIGONE

“I’ve rarely seen a better example of how to involve an audience in a production and I generally don’t laugh this loud when called upon to watch a Greek myth… ingenious… accomplished… it all works brilliantly” ★★★★★ BOUQUETS & BRICKBATS ON THE ODYSSEY