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At Nottingham Playhouse we make bold and thrilling theatre. It is world-class, made in Nottingham and as diverse as our community.  Nottingham Playhouse Trust is a not-for-profit organisation and a registered charity. For 60 years we have been producing bold and thrilling theatre that is world-class, made in Nottingham, and as diverse as our local community. 
 
Through our world famous education company, Roundabout, we also take smaller plays and groundbreaking educational workshops into schools and colleges throughout the region. We have a fantastic family of supporters, sponsors and friends who help us broaden the programme of world-class theatre at Nottingham Playhouse and enable us to continue and expand our work in the local community
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The Glass Menagerie

11th to 26th March 2016

Nottingham Playhouse Theatre Company presents-

The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams
Director- Giles Croft

Designer- Tim Meacock
Lighting Designer- Mark Howland
Sound Designer- Adam P McCready

One of the most powerful plays of the 20th century, The Glass Menagerie is a tale of love, loss and the disparate hopes and dreams of a family at odds.

An evocative and deeply personal play, heartfelt and passionate, from one of the 20th Century’s most celebrated playwrights, Tennessee Williams. The Glass Menagerie is seen through the memories of Tom Wingfield, a poet and a dreamer. Constrained by his life working in a warehouse and his tenement apartment, he rebels against the strictures of his controlling mother, Amanda. He escapes through the movies, fulfilling his dreams through the Hollywood greats of the 1930s.

Amanda lives by her charm and the steely gentility of her Deep Southern roots, her purpose centred on finding a gentleman caller for her shy and reclusive daughter. But Laura has long since shunned the real world for one of fantasy and escapism – her menagerie of glass animals.

Starring Susannah Harker (Pride & Prejudice), Daniel Donskoy (BBC Four’s The Detectorists), and Chris New, (Weekend), The Glass Menagerie is the second main stage show of Nottingham Playhouse’s Spring/Summer 2016 season.

This year, Nottingham Playhouse is part of a consortium of regional theatres across the UK, who will be putting disabled artists and audiences at the centre of their programmes, to help the mainstreaming of disability arts and culture. During the ambitious six-year project, called Ramps on the Moon, with the first three years funded by Arts Council England, artists will be integrated into casts in a variety of ways, such as using sign language, screen projections and live audio descriptions. Each of the theatres involved will also reach out and develop disabled audiences within their own communities.

Giles Croft, Artistic Director of Nottingham Playhouse, said: “When programming this season we looked at how we could build towards the first production of The Ramps on the Moon project. In the casting of Amy Trigg in The Glass Menagerie, a brilliant young actress who happens to be a wheelchair user, we are marking the start of a new approach to casting at Nottingham Playhouse, not only for our main stage work, but also within our Neville Studio too.”

Full cast:

Susannah Harker- Amanda Wingfield
Susannah’s theatre credits include: Abigail's Party (The Chocolate Factory), A Good Death (National Theatre Studio), Uncle Vanya (The Gate and New York). Susannah’s television credits include Jane Bennett in the BBC’s adaption of Pride and Prejudice, and her BAFTA nominated Mattie Storin in House of Cards (BBC).

Daniel Donskoy – Jim O’Connor.
Daniel can currently be seen as a series regular in the BAFTA winning BBC4 series Detectorists. Later this year he will be seen in ITV’s new drama series Victoria (Mammoth Screen). Theatre credits include: Now This Is Not The End (Arcola Theatre); Bad Jews (Arts Theatre, West End). Further television credits include: Casualty; SS-GB (BBC).

Amy Trigg- Laura Wingfield
Theatre credits whilst training include: Guys And Dolls; Yerma; The Hired Man; Company; The Winter’s Tale; Factory Girls; My Fair Lady. Television credits include: Doctors (BBC); Stella (Tidy Productions Limited)​.

Chris New- Tom Wingfield
Theatre credits include: Edward II (Royal Exchange Theatre); Pictures From An Exhibition (Sadler's Wells); Hay Fever (The Royal Exchange); Twelfth Night; The Comedy Of Errors (RSC).Television credits include: New Blood (Eleventh Hour Films/BBC); Garrow's Law (Shed Media Scotland); Doctors; Silent Witness; Frankie Howerd: Rather You Than Me; Casualty (BBC). Film credits include: (Weekend).

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