On Friday 25 September 2015, the Theatre Royal Nottingham will celebrate its 150th anniversary. To commemorate this special occasion, a revival of Sheridan’s The School for Scandal will be performed.
• A revival of the first play to be seen at the Theatre Royal in 1865
• Performed by The Royal Company, the theatre’s community ensemble
• A promenade performance using the Theatre Royal’s stage, foyers, staircases and portico
• Costume design by students at Nottingham Trent University
Sheridan’s The School for Scandal was the first production on the newly built Theatre Royal stage, celebrating its opening night performance on Monday 25 September 1865. To mark the theatre’s 150th anniversary year, the Theatre Royal’s community ensemble, The Royal Company, will revive this classic comedy of gossip, intrigue and amorous goings-on from Tuesday 8 to Saturday 12 September 2015.
The production will be performed as a promenade, using the theatre’s portico, foyers, staircases and café bar. For the play’s final scene cast and audience will be on the stage, with the Theatre Royal’s beautiful Victorian auditorium providing a stunning backdrop.
The School for Scandal is a play written by Richard Brinsley Sheridan. It was first performed in London at Drury Lane Theatre on 8 May 1777. The play is a comedy of manners, satirizing the social values, virtues and vices of its time. Sir Peter Teazle and his family, Lady Sneerwell and her gossips and Charles Surface and his party boys provide the central characters for the many plots, sub-plots and complex intrigues woven throughout this play.
The play will be performed as an ensemble piece by twenty one local community actors ranging from 19 to 75 years old. The Theatre Royal’s Creative Learning Manager, David Longford, who is directing the production, will host the evening in the role of the Theatre Royal’s first actor / manager, Walter Montgomery. Walter Montgomery opened the Theatre Royal on 25 September 1865 with a production of Sheridan’s The School for Scandal.
David said, “I want this production to be both a celebration of Sheridan’s play and the Theatre Royal itself. In our gossip-fuelled, social media dominated world, Sheridan’s play is still incredibly relevant and this will be reflected in our show, through the performances, costume design and music. Be prepared for some surprises!”
Bold and sumptuous costumes for the production have been created by students from Nottingham Trent University combining both eighteenth century and modern references to highlight the contemporary aspect of the play.
Follow the Theatre Royal’s 150th anniversary celebrations throughout 2015 at www.trch.co.uk/anniversary and on Twitter and Facebook @RoyalNottingham #150years
THE SCHOOL FOR SCANDAL
Theatre Royal Nottingham
Tuesday 8 – Saturday 12 September 2015
Tues – Sat 7pm, Weds, Thurs and Sat matinees 2pm
Tickets £13.50 (includes a celebratory glass of fizz or soft drink)
www.trch.co.uk Box Office 0115 989 5555
Please note this is a promenade production using foyers, staircases and portico. Places are limited so early booking is advised