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Mercury Theatre announces 2022/23 season led by Alice in Wonderland

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Mercury Theatre has announced its 2022/23 season led by a new production of Alice in Wonderland.

The season also includes brand new comedy Good Luck, Studio, in a co-production with Wiltshire Creative and Mischief, the company behind The Play that Goes Wrong.

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Beauty and the Beast will be the venue’s Christmas pantomime on its main stage while Nottingham Playhouse Theatre Company’s production of Pinocchio, for younger audiences, will run in the Mercury Studio.

Steve Mannix, Executive Director, said: “We are going from strength to strength as we continue to harness the potential of our eco-friendly building having completed our £11.8m refurbishment last year. Against all the odds and the challenges of the last two years for us all, our work has continued to expand. We are now able to programme exciting new work in our Studio year-round and grow our education and participatory programme in new dedicated spaces.

“We are thrilled to be able to co-produce with new partners like Mischief for the world premiere of Good Luck, Studio while also supporting new emerging artists and locally based creatives in the East. It’s an exciting time to welcome you to Mercury – they say, ‘build it and they will come’ and you have – look forward to seeing you soon!”

Mercury Theatre 2022/23 season

ALICE IN WONDERLAND (29 July – 14 August 2022)

By Lewis Carroll, adapted by Mike Kenny with music by Ivan Scott.

Directed by Emma Earle with design by Anisha Fields and movement director Dan Canham.

Alice is under a lot of pressure. She’s anxiously about to sit an exam, when she accidentally falls down a rabbit hole and plunges into the magical world of Wonderland. There, she encounters some of the strangest and most peculiar creatures she’s ever met, including a very bossy White Rabbit, a Cheshire Cat who can’t stop grinning and a Mad Hatter who’s, well, mad!

Can Alice defeat the formidable Queen of Hearts and get back home in time to finish her test?

Olivier Award-winning playwright Mike Kenny has reimagined Lewis Carroll’s beloved classic for the stage. This promises to be an evening of mirth, music and mayhem – fun for all the family!

 

GOOD LUCK, STUDIO (30 September – 15 October 2022)

Written by Henry Shields, directed by Henry Lewis.

It’s the final night of recording Wibble the Dragon. The show is massively over budget and under written. With one hour left to film, 16 pages to go, and an audience of screaming children getting more and more impatient, the cast and crew know big cuddly heads are going to roll.

The last thing anyone needs is a failed actor showing up with a sinister vendetta and his own dragon costume. In this kid’s TV show, more than just careers will die.

 

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (26 November 2022 – 25 January 2023)

Written by Andrew Pollard.

Directed by Donnacadh O’Briain with design by Jasmine Swan, lighting design by Ben Ormerod, musical direction by Paul Herbert and choreography by Simon Hardwick.

The mysterious Beast imprisons beautiful Belle in his enchanted castle. Can she escape with the help of her family and melt Beast’s icy heart before it’s too late? Will Cupid’s plan work before the last rose petal falls? It’s a tale as old as time and a panto that will be unmissable for the whole family. Discover what it takes for true love to conquer all and whether love is all you really need?

Leading our talented cast in this delicious treat are pantomime royalty, Antony Stuart Hicks and Dale Superville.

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PINOCCHIO (7 – 31 December 2022)

Written by Sarah Middleton, directed by Hannah Stone.

When Pinocchio discovers that he’s a puppet and not a human, he sets off on an exciting adventure with his trusty sidekick Cricket to find the magic potion that will transform him into a real boy. As he travels the land in search of the potion, Pinocchio meets a whole host of larger-than-life characters. The only trouble is that each teeny-tiny lie he tells makes his wooden nose grow longer! And before he knows it, Pinocchio’s on the run from a fairground master who wants to throw him onto the woodpile. Filled with music, dancing and interaction, this retelling of the classic tale is packed with fun and surprises.

Will he become a real boy? Or can Pinocchio – and the world around him – learn to accept this puppet boy for who he really is? Perfect for ages 3-8, enter Pinocchio’s magic world and make lasting memories with your little ones this Christmas.

 

Ryan McBryde, Creative Director commented: “This season we have worked hard to present a selection of world-class theatre experiences that will electrify, transform and enrich the lives of our audiences. We’re in the business of telling stories and this season’s shows combine inspiring tales which bring some much-needed joie de vivre, with plays that provocatively question the society we live in.

“Our Mercury Productions are unashamedly mainstream, with an all-singing, all-dancing version of Shakespeare’s farce, The Comedy of Errors; a fun for all the family Alice In Wonderland, and the world première of a brand new comedy from Mischief. In the studio our Mercury Originals have a strong East of England focus, championing the unique perspective of our region through three powerful new voices. At the Mercury, we are fired up with a renewed sense of the power theatre has to connect people with stories that enable us to empathise with one another and have a great night out!”

For more information and tickets, visit www.mercurytheatre.co.uk


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