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The Nottingham Playhouse is a theatre in Nottingham. It was first established as a repertory theatre in the 1950s when it operated from a former cinema. Directors during this period included Val May and Frank Dunlop Nottingham is a city located in Nottinghamshire, in the East Midlands of England. ... Properly, repertory is a style of a number of repertory companies which rehearsed and performed plays in a fortnight. ... Millennia: 1st millennium - 2nd millennium - 3rd millennium Events and trends Technology United States tests the first fusion bomb. ...


The Building

The current Modern movement theatre was opened in 1963. The architect was Peter Moro who had worked on the interior design of the Royal Festival Hall in London. It was initially controversial as it faces the gothic revival Roman Catholic cathedral designed by Augustus Pugin This article focuses on the cultural movement labeled modernism or the modern movement. See also: Modernism (Roman Catholicism) or Modernist Christianity; Modernismo for specific art movement(s) in Spain and Catalonia. ... 1963 was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... The Royal Festival Hall is a conference, concert, dance and art performance venue in Lambeth, London. ... London is the capital city of the United Kingdom and of England. ... Victoria Tower at the Palace of Westminster, London: Gothic details provided by A.W.N. Pugin The Gothic revival was a European architectural movement with origins in mid-18th century England. ... The Roman Catholic Church, most often spoken of simply as the Catholic Church, is the largest Christian church, with over one billion members. ... Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin (March 1, 1812 _ September 14, 1852) was an English-born architect, designer and theorist of design now best remembered for his work on churches and on the Houses of Parliament. ...


Despite the modern external appearance and the circular auditorium walls, the theatre has a conventional proscenium layout, seating an audience of 750. A proscenium theater is a theater space whose primary feature is a large archway (the proscenium arch) at or near the front of the stage, through which the audience views the play. ...


During the 1980s, when the concrete interiors were out of fashion, the Playhouse suffered from insensitive "refurbishment" that sought to hide its character. Since 1996, it has been a Grade II* listed building and in 2004, the theatre was sympathetically restored and refurbished with a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund This article is about the construction material. ... 1996 is a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... Buckingham Palace, a Grade I listed building. ...


A new sculpture Sky Mirror by Anish Kapoor has been installed between the theatre and the adjacent green space of Wellington Circus. Anish Kapoor (born 1954) is a sculptor. ...


Performance history

The new theatre's artistic direction was shared between Frank Dunlop and actor John Neville with Peter Ustinov as associate. Sir Peter Alexander Ustinov (born Peter Alexander von Ustinow) (April 16, 1921 – March 29, 2004) was a British-born and raised actor, writer, dramatist and raconteur. ...


The first production in the new theatre was Shakespeare's Coriolanus in a production by Tyrone Guthrie. This included a young Ian McKellen as Tullus Aufidius opposite Neville in the title role. Coriolanus is widely believed to be a legendary figure who is said to have lived during the 5th century BC. Born Gaius Marcius, he was given the surname as a result of his action in capturing the Volscian town of Corioli in 439 BC. Venturia at the Feet of Coriolanus... William Tyrone Guthrie (2 July 1900 - 15 May 1971) was a British theatrical director. ... Sir Ian McKellen takes a day out at Universal Studios, Hollywood, April 2000. ...


Subsequent artistic directors were Stuart Burge, Richard Eyre, Geoffrey Reeves, Richard Digby Day, Kenneth Alan Taylor, Pip Broughton and Martin Duncan. The Playhouse is currently under the leadership of Stephanie Sirr, Chief Executive and Giles Croft Artistic Director. Sir Richard Eyre, (born 28 March 1943), is a British film and theatre director. ...


The Playhouse has a strong tradition of new works for children, both in the form of original writing and more recently in the form of classic panotomimes conceived by current artistic director Kenneth Alan Taylor.


Financial constraints have meant that the theatre no longer generally has a repertory approach to programming. Properly, repertory is a style of a number of repertory companies which rehearsed and performed plays in a fortnight. ...


Links

Official Site (http://www.nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk)


Sky mirror sculpture site (http://www.nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk/skymirror/index.htm)


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