Award winner launches season

Tracie Bennett as Judy Garland
Tracie Bennett as Judy Garland

THE Theatre Royal in Nottingham has an exciting programme of plays lined up for its new season over the next few months.

First up, from September 12-17, is End Of The Rainbow, featuring Tracie Bennett’s award-winning turn as Judy Garland.

Written by Peter Quilter, this is a hilarious, moving and tragic production set in London during 1968 with Garland about to make her latest comeback, and incorporates a six-piece live band, plus some of her most memorable songs.

Northern Ballet return from September 27-October 1 to perform Cleopatra, to music by Miss Saigon/Les Miserables composer Claude-Michel Schonberg.

This is a new work, first performed in February, and focuses on the title character, an enduring icon of the ancient world.

David Haig stars in Alan Bennett’s The Madness Of George III, from October 3-8.

One of the playwright’s biggest hits (and famously filmed in 1994) this is an epic production which combines drama, politics and humour into a vivid theatrical portrait of English history.

Amanda Donohoe stars in Noel Coward’s play Star Quality, from October 10-15.

She plays theatrical legend Lorraine Barrie in a bitingly witty play that takes you behind the scenes of a new West End production.

Dreamboats and Petticoats is the West End sellout sensation and runs from October 17-22. In 1961, emotions run high as young musicians Norman and Bobby compete to win a national songwriting competition and more importantly the attention of the gorgeous Sue. This musical contains classic hits from the 60s.

Nigel Havers stars in Basket Case, from October 24-29, a new comedy by Nick Fisher.

This is a well-crafted, quick-witted, contemporary comedy packed with memorable lines.

Opera North perform Gilbert and Sullivan’s Ruddigore, Puccini’s Madame Butterfly and Tchaikovsky’s The Queen Of Spades, from November 1-5.

RC Sherriff’s classic anti-war piece Journey’s End makes its latest visit to the area on November 15-19.

Finally, this year’s panto is Sleeping Beauty, starring Joe Pasquale, from December 10 to January 15.

For more details, call the box office on 0115 9895555.