Nottingham Playhouse has announced that it has now joined forces with the Theatre Royal Stratford East to produce a new digital documentary series, The Revival, a series of online discussions that reunite the people behind some of the most popular and critically acclaimed stage productions at each of the theatres in recent years.
Co-hosted by Nottingham Playhouse Artistic Director, Adam Penford, together with Nadia Fall, Artistic Director of Theatre Royal Stratford East, The Revival brings cast and creatives together with historians and cultural commentators to give behind the scenes insights and a wider context of some of the two theatres’ recent hits.
Kicking off with the award-winning Nottingham Playhouse production of The Madness of George III, the first episode features Mark Gatiss who received critical praise for his portrayal of George III, alongside Adrian Scarborough who won the What’s On Stage Best Actor in a Supporting Role award for his role as Doctor Willis.
They are joined by Debra Gillett (Queen Charlotte), Sara Powell (Lady Pembroke) and Adam Karim (Fortnum), as well as Professor Arthur Burns of The Georgian Papers Project, who was the production’s historical consultant.
Together these six contributors give an enlightening and entertaining insight into the production, which is currently being screened in its entirety as part of The National Theatre At Home Season.
Future episodes of The Revival will include the Theatre Royal Stratford East production of August Wilson’s epic play King Hedley II, where the panel will include, Sir Lenny Henry (Elmore), alongside co-star Cherelle Skeete (Tonya) and Constanza Romero, the late playwright’s wife. With more panellists to be announced the episode will be available in July.
The episode on King Hedley II will be followed by an insight into the Nottingham Playhouse/Theatre Royal co-production of Mufaro Makubika’s Shebeen. This episode will feature the production’s director Matthew Xia, writer Mufuro Makubika, actor Martina Laird and designer Grace Smart. Online date to be announced
More episodes of The Revival are due to be announced over the coming months.