Touch of brass at Theatre Royal

Brassed Off at Theatre Royal Nottingham''Photo by Sam Atkins
Brassed Off at Theatre Royal Nottingham''Photo by Sam Atkins

You’ve seen the film, you’ve loved the music, now you can see Brassed Off onstage when it is performed at Nottingham’s Theatre Royal from March 4-8.

Presented by Touring Consortium Theatre Company, York Theatre Royal and Bolton Octagon, this all-new production of Brassed Off is touring the country to mark the 30th anniversary of the start of the 1984-85 Miners’ Strike.

In 1992, Grimley Colliery faces the threat of closure and the future of the brass band seems uncertain.

With the miners torn between redundancy packages and the picket lines, bandleader Danny’s hopes of winning the national brass band competition seem like a distant dream.

But the arrival of flugelhorn-playing Gloria brings hope, romance and controversy to the Yorkshire brass band on the brink of collapse.

This production features rousing live music. including Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez and Jerusalem, played live on stage by Trent Brass, a band of locally-based musicians commissioned especially for this production.

John McArdle stars as Danny. A highly respected and accomplished actor, his credits include Billy Corkhill in Brookside, Firm Friends, All The Small Things, Merseybeat and Waterloo Road.

Also in the cast is Andrew Dunn, a familiar face from his leading role in Victoria Wood’s sitcom dinnerladies and for portraying Alastair Campbell for a number of years in Channel Four’s Bremner, Bird and Fortune.

Evening performances will be at 7.30pm, with Wednesday and Thursday matinees at 2pm and a Saturday matinee at 2.30pm.

Tickets are priced at £27.50-£14 (plus concessions) and are available on or via the box office on 0115 989 5555.

n Welsh singing brothers Richard and Adam Johnson will bring their first ever UK tour to Nottingham’s Royal Concert Hall tonight (Thursday).

Richard And Adam’s debut album The Impossibly Dream fought off tough competition to hold onto the Number One spot on the Official Albums Chart for four weeks in a row.

The brothers broke the record of Justin Timberlake’s The 20/20 Experience for most consecutive weeks spent on top in 2013.

Millions watched last summer as the former sandwich-making brothers from Holywell wowed the four judges and the nation with their extraordinary performances on ITV1’s Britain’s Got Talent.

They earned numerous standing ovations and were placed third in the final.

Tenor Richard and baritone Adam honed their skills watching Pavarotti masterclasses online, and their hard work and dedication certainly paid off.

For ticket availability for their show at Nottingham’s Royal Concert Hall, which starts at 7.30pm, call the box office at the Royal Centre on 0115 9895555.

n The Gramophones Theatre Company will be performing the show Playful Acts of Rebellion at Nottingham Playhouse on March 14-15 and Derby Theatre on March 16.

Inspired by protesters who risk everything for what they believe in, three women decide to take action.

They resolve to stop their ineffectual moaning and complaining and to find playful ways to stand up for what they believe in.

Devised by the company, Playful Acts of Rebellion questions what makes something worth the fight, what effect can an individual have and how does trying to change the world end up changing us?

Charting the performers journeys, from unusual concepts to moments of desperation, despair and human triumph, Playful Acts of Rebellion uses exciting visual storytelling to tell three uplifting stories about what it is that makes us act.

Using projections, picket signs, ladders and whiteboards, the show animates their honest attempts to fight against injustices.

It explores how protest, although difficult can also be joyous.

The Gramophones are an all-female theatre company based in Nottingham.

For ticket details, call 0115 9419419 or 01332 593939.