Mark Gatiss to appear in Adam Penford’s first season at Nottingham Playhouse

Taken out of context: Mark Gatiss, who is currently appearing in Three Days in the Country at the National Theatre, agrees with Juliet Stevenson's comments on high ticket prices. Photo: Tristram Kenton Mark Gatiss, Photo: Tristram Kenton
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Nottingham Playhouse has announced Adam Penford’s first season as artistic director, which will include The Madness of George III, starring Mark Gatiss.

Penford has announced eight new productions for the upcoming season, as well as a new production for the Neville Studio.

He said: “Not only is 2018 my first year, it’s also the Playhouse’s 70th anniversary, an important milestone for us all and a great opportunity to take risks and produce shows that open up the theatre to new audiences.”

The first new production will be Beth Steel’s Wonderland, directed by Penford and designed by Morgan Large.

Holes, based on the novel by Louis Sachar, will also feature as part of the theatre’s season and is designed by Simon Kenny.

Gatiss will star in the season’s finale, The Madness of George III by Alan Bennett, which is produced by the Nottingham Playhouse and directed by Penford.

The theatre has also announced the production of Lava by James Fritz, for the Neville Studio. The play is directed by Angharad Jones and co-produced with Associate Artists Fifth Word.

The season will also consist of productions of Our Country’s Good by Timberlake Weternbaker, new play Shebeen, musical Sweet Charity, Kindertransport and pantomime Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood.

The season at a glance:

Wonderland by Beth Steel

Directed by Adam Penford
February 9 to 24, with press night on February 13

Our Country’s Good by Timberlake Wertenbaker

Directed by Fiona Buffini
March 9 to 24, with press night on March 13

Holes by Louis Sachar

Directed by Adam Penford
March 31 to April 22, with press night on April 5

Shebeen by Mufaro Makubika

Directed by Matthew Xia
June 1 to 16, with press night on June 5

Sweet Charity by Federico Fellini, Tullio Pinellie and Ennio Flaiano

Directed by Bill Buckhurst
August 31 to September 22, with press night on September 5

Kindertransport by Diane Samuels

Directed by Fiona Buffini
October 2 to 20, 2018, with press night on October 9

The Madness of George III by Alan Bennett

Directed by Adam Penford
November 2, 2018, with press night on November 6

Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood

Directed by Kenneth Alan Taylor
November 30, 2018 to January 19, 2019, with press night on December 1

Lava by James Fritz

Directed by Angharad Jones
Performance dates yet to be announced