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Nottingham Playhouse

A Grade II* Listed Building in Radford and Park, City of Nottingham

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Latitude: 52.9538 / 52°57'13"N

Longitude: -1.156 / 1°9'21"W

OS Eastings: 456796

OS Northings: 339940

OS Grid: SK567399

Mapcode National: GBR LMP.T8

Mapcode Global: WHDGZ.60RV

Entry Name: Nottingham Playhouse

Listing Date: 14 July 1994

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1255252

English Heritage Legacy ID: 459064

Location: Nottingham, NG1

County: City of Nottingham

Locality: Radford and Park

Traditional County: Nottinghamshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Nottinghamshire

Church of England Parish: Nottingham St Peter with St James

Church of England Diocese: Southwell and Nottingham

Listing Text


646-1/19/824 (South East side)
14/07/94 Nottingham Playhouse


Repertory theatre. 1961-3. By Peter Moro. Reinforced concrete.
A square plan with a 2-storey foyer to Wellington Circus,
which drops sharply with the fall of the hill to the rear to
allow backstage workshops and dressing room space. Projecting
arm to left contains rehearsal room, and bars and restaurants
held by separate lessees and not of special interest. From
within this square body rises the circular auditorium with
stalls and a single circle, and behind it a higher flytower.
EXTERIOR: glazed ground floor with above it the first floor
treated as a low, horizontal band, chequer-patterned with
opaque white panels and dark glazing - the pattern of light
and dark is reversed at night. The effect serves to entice one
into the interior. Foyer with open tread staircases and a
balcony following the perimeter of the square outside walls;
the round drum of the auditorium is largely left free, save
for a sculpture by Geofrey Clarke. Circular auditorium clad
with black timber treated as a series of vertical slats that
continues the theme of the exterior whilst serving also as a
covering for extra wiring or lighting. Proscenium-arch stage
is adaptable as apron or thrust stage which can be raised over
the orchestra pit and the front stalls; the surrounding row of
seats can be adjusted round this altered form; a novelty in
1963. A circular grid serves this apron stage whilst
contributing to the architectural form of the interior.
HISTORICAL NOTE: the Nottingham Playhouse was the first
theatre in England to break away from the conventional
proscenium stage. It marks the beginning of a new and
extremely successful period for the British theatre.
Stylistically it is a crucial link between the Royal Festival
Hall and the Royal National Theatre whilst standing as the
supreme example of the new and successful wave of repertory
theatres built outside London.
(Interbuild : July 1959: 38-40; Architect's Journal : 2 Sep
1959: 209-10; Architect's Journal : 1 Jan 1964: 27-44;
Architect and Building News : 11 Dec & 18 Dec 1963; Concrete
Quarterly : October 1964: 2-5).

Listing NGR: SK5679639939

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