Nottz Diary
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The Wind in the Willows
adaptation by Toby Hulse of Kenneth Grahame’s classic
A Derby Theatre production

Derby Theatre
Until 31st Dec

wind in the willows This Christmas, join Toad, Ratty, Mole, Badger and their animal friends for an exciting whirlwind adventure amidst the English countryside.

The Wind in the Willows is a funny, timeless tale of friendship, courage, consequences and bravery.

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Dick Whittington (In Person)

Nottingham Playhouse
Until 14th Jan

dick whittington Pack up your hanky and join plucky Dick Whittington and his trusty cat on their quest for fame and fortune. Their magical rags to riches tale takes us to London where the streets are paved with gold.

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Alice in Wonderland

Newstead abbey
Until 2nd Jan

alice at newstead Back by popular demand, this festive season, Newstead Abbey is hosting a magical Storybook Christmas with the story Alice in Wonderland.

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Jack And The Beanstalk
The Young Theatre Company

Acorn Theatre, Worksop
Until 4th Dec

Jack And The Beanstalk Jack & Dotty Trott don’t have a bean to their name, and now a giant’s terrifying the village! Join Jack and his gang as they take you take you up the beanstalk on a crazy quest to rescue Jill, defeat the evil Fleshcreep and bring a hungry giant down to size!

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Christmas at Wollaton 2022
Light Show

Wollaton Park, Nottingham
Until 1st Jan

Christmas at Wollaton After a sensational debut, Christmas at Wollaton is back in 2022. As twilight descends, Wollaton Hall and Gardens once again promise a visually stunning multi-sensory experience as they become an enchanting world of light and music.

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Puss In Boots
Presented by Nottingham Arts Theatre, in association with Amanda Hall

Nottingham Arts Theatre
Until 18th Dec

puus in boots Book Early For Our 2022 Pantomime - Puss In Boots

Written by Amanda Hall and Matt Wesson, this panto tale will delight all the family, with lots of comedy capers, a fabulous dame and of course a talking cat.

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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Theatre Royal, Nottingham
Until 8th Jan

snow white Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs will be spectacularly brought to life with an abundance of comedy, sensational song and dance numbers, fabulous costumes and stunning scenery. Throw in a magical mirror, seven friendly dwarfs, a beautiful princess, a handsome prince and plenty of audience participation and you have the perfect recipe to outwit the Wicked Queen and let love prevail in this glittering festive treat for all ages.

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Solidarity With Iran and Ukraine World Jam

The Carousel 25 Hockley Nottingham
4th Dec

world jam Join the Iranian and Ukrainian communities of Nottingham for an afternoon of Music, Poetry, Speeches and Performances!

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The Defamation
by Jenny Tucker

New Theatre, Nottingham University
4th - 6th Dec

theatre masks What happens when you die? And are you going up or down? For the women of The Defamation, it is a question they must ponder as they await trial in the courts of the afterlife. But something is rotten in this court. When Charity, a woman infamous on earth, arrives at the court, the corruption of the system is truly revealed, as the women crowd around her to push for a fair trial.

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Christmas Online Writing Retreat
Part of the October-December writing events collection

Online
5th Dec

A five-day online writing retreat, covering a range of topics with guest workshoppers Joanna Courtney, Charlotte Lunn and Roz Watkins.

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Verständnis (Understanding)
by Dan Scott

Nonsuch Studios
5th Dec

understanding Dan Scott’s moving new play, Verständnis (Understanding), is about feeling 'in-between' and about the importance of understanding one another. It reflects the experiences of so many individuals who have at some point felt ‘other’.

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Exhibition on Screen
Cézanne - Portraits of a Life

Bonington Theatre, Arnold, Nottingham
5th - 7th Dec

cezanne Exhibition on Screen is thrilled to be bringing back one of its most successful ever films, dedicated to the life and work of Paul Cézanne.

One cannot appreciate 20th century art without understanding the significance and genius of Paul Cézanne. Filmed at the National Portrait Gallery in London, with additional interviews from experts and curators from MoMA in New York, National Gallery of Art in Washington DC, and Musée d’Orsay in Paris, and correspondence from the artist himself, the film takes audiences to the places Cézanne lived and worked and sheds light on an artist who is perhaps one of the least known and yet most important of all the Impressionists.

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Open Book
wordy stuff at the organ grinder
Andrea Bowd, Neil Fulwood & Trevor Wright 

Organ Grinder, Nottingham
6th Dec

open book Open Book is held on the first Tuesday of the month in the function room of the Organ Grinder, Nottingham. The format is two (sometimes three!) headline poets and an open mic slot.

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Goldilocks and the Three Bears
by Annette MacQuillan
East Leake Amateur Players

east Leake Village Hall
7th - 10th Dec

goldilocks East Leake Amateur players are an Amateur Dramatics group located in the Village of East Leake in Rural Nottinghamshire

The group has been running for over 10 years now with the aim of providing an arts and entertainment outlet for the local community.

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Yarns at Yuletide
Discover Stamford at Christmas

Stamford Arts Centre
7th, 10th, 14th, 17th Dec

carol singers Meet at 3pm at Stamford Arts Centre for a guided walk with tales of Stamford at Christmas, expect twinkly lights and traditions, followed by warming mulled wine or hot chocolate and mince pies.

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Catch Your Breath
comedy with plenty of laughing gas
with Ed Patrick

Five Leaves Bookshop
8th Dec

rick Strong drugs for his patients, strong coffee for him. But it’s not just sleep-giving for this anaesthetist, as he navigates emergencies, patients not breathing for themselves and living with a terrifying sense of responsibility. It’s enough to leave anyone feeling numb. Ed is, by the way, an anaesthetist and a comic. So don’t worry, there’s plenty of laughing gas to be had.

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Nutcracker
ROH Live

Bonington Theatre, Arnold
8th Dec

nutcracker Discover the enchantment of ballet with this sparkling festive treat for the whole family.

Join Clara at a delightful Christmas Eve party that becomes a magical adventure once everyone else is tucked up in bed. Marvel at the brilliance of Tchaikovsky’s score, as Clara and her enchanted Nutcracker fight the Mouse King and visit the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Prince in the glittering Kingdom of Sweets.

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Writer Highway
Anthology Launch
Five Leaves Bookshop

International Community Centre, Nottingham
8th Dec

writer highway Join the Writer Highway for the launch and celebration of their first Writer Highway Anthology. There will be readings from contributors.

The Writer Highway is a community of creative writers with writers’ individual wellbeing at its heart. It offers workshops and coaching support on a termly basis, and was founded and is directed by Cathy Grindrod, who is the main Course Tutor and Coach, currently assisted by co-tutor Lizzie Dunford and occasional guest tutors.

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Real Talk
Tender folk/soul singer Aayushi Poet, writer, storyteller, musician, Noor Comedic poet and storyteller, Robert Stamper.
plus open mic

Maypole Derby
8th Dec

real talk Real Talk is back with a bang! You don't want to miss this one. Last one of the year and sadly the last one at the Maypole! So come along and say goodbye.

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Jack Absolute Flies Again
NT Live
by Richard Bean

Bonington Theatre, Arnold, Nottingham
9th Dec

jack absolute After an aerial dog fight, Pilot Officer Jack Absolute flies home to win the heart of his old flame, Lydia Languish. Back on British soil, Jack’s advances soon turn to anarchy when the young heiress demands to be loved on her own, very particular, terms.

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The Singing Mermaid
Christmas Show for Families
by Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks

Lakeside Arts
9th Dec - 31st

singing mermaid This Christmas join the singing mermaid, who is tempted away to join a travelling circus, with the promise of a life of excitement (and her own swimming pool!). The audiences love her singing but she soon finds out she’s been tricked by the dastardly circus master. Will she ever escape? And who will help her along the way?

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Merrily Ever After
with Cathy Bramley, Cressida McLaughlin & Isabelle Broom

Newark Town Hall, Newark-on-Trent
10th Dec

merrily ever after Get into the Christmas spirit with romantic fiction authors Cathy Bramley, Cressida McLaughlin and Isabelle Broom as they engage in feel-good festive conversation with Tim Rideout about writing Christmas and romance.

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Jingle Spells
with James Brown
Newark Book Festival

Newark Town Hall
10th Dec

child holding book oin Trixie and Rudy the cat in Jingle Spells, a beautifully illustrated picture book by children’s author James Brown.

This event includes storytelling, a sing-along, a drawing demo, colouring in, activities, and the chance to draw yourself as an elf!

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A Christmas Carol
Craig Cowdroy One Man Show

St Mary's Church Market Place Ilkeston
10th Dec

scrooge at desk Playing all twenty-two roles in this one man tour de force, Craig breathes new life into this classic narrative, taking you on a roller coaster of emotions.

Charles Dickens' famous story about selfishness is stripped down to its bare essence. Ebenezer Scrooge is determined not to let Christmas interfere with his miserly routine. But, for one Christmas Eve, Scrooge receives some unexpected supernatural visitors who are determined to show him the error of his ways.

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Caves, Dwellings & Vibration
The two-day event Caves, Dwellings & Vibration

Nottingham Contemporary Weekday Cross Nottingham
10th Dec

caves and dwelling In the framework of our exhibition Hollow Earth: Art, Caves & The Subterranean Imaginary we cordially invite you to Caves, Dwellings & Vibration, a two day programme deepening and complexifying our relationship with caves through talks, music, film and performances.

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Rag rug workshop

Framework Knitters Museum Chapel Street Ruddington
11th Dec

rag rug Our friends at Mrs Smith cottages will be showing our guests how to make a rag rug, you will be given all the materials to make one. Our cafe will provide a hot drink and a mince pie too.

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Cuba ’62
an illustrated talk by JS Tennant
Five Leaves

Five Leaves Bookshop
12th Dec

cuba '62 poster The thirteen-day stand-off between the US and USSR in October 1962 was the most dangerous period of the Cold War. Richard Hollis chanced to be in Cuba as the Soviet troops were arriving, documenting his experiences with a camera, through diaries and letters. Months before, the Spanish novelist Juan Goytisolo had toured the island writing the journals he was to turn into a book.

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We. Are. Derby Launch Event
A Historic England funded project exploring the stories of historic Derby County FC
Writing East Midlands

Pride Park, Derby, - 1884 Lounge
12th Dec

we are derby Calling all Rams fans!

What does Derby County mean to you?

Join us for the launch of We.Are.Derby, a project designed to help document memories of historic Derby County Football Club and keep them safe for future generations.

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The Flint Street Nativity
by Tim Firth

Lace Market Theatre, Nottingham
12th to 17th Dec

flint street Miss Horrocks' class of seven-year-olds is about to perform their nativity play at Flint Street Junior School for the proud mums and dads - and the occasional social worker.

This funny, nostalgic and poignant play, where the children are played by adults, is sure to delight and fill you with Christmas cheer.

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Theft
by Eric Chappell

Robin Hood Theatre, Averham, Notts
13th - 17th December

theft Thus witty comedy-thriller charts a couple returning home to find they have been burgled. The burglar is still in the house and has them convinced, that he is, in fact, a policeman investigating the break-in. It is packed with one-liners, daring reversals and comments on marriage, money, and crime. This production is in tribute to our late Patron - Eric Chappell

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Oz
TaylorMade Productions

Acorn Theatre, Worksop
14th - 17th December

oz Following their acclaimed festive productions A Christmas Carol, Oliver with a Christmas Twist, and Flint Street Nativity, TaylorMade present their original production of OZ, a new innovative musical play inspired by Frank L Baum’s books of Oz with elements of the movie.

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An Unbelievable Evening
An evening of illusion and sleight of hand with magician Chris Wilder

West Bridgford Baptist Church
17th Dec

magician An evening of illusion and sleight of hand with magician Chris Wilder, member of the Magic Circle. Includes a short interview and chat with Chris and drinks and nibbles on the tables. All welcome.

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Writing the Seasons
Exploring Winter Poetry
 Leanne Moden

Online
18th Dec

open book With Christmas just around the corner, take a bit of time for yourself to doing some creative writing. We’ll be reading a selection of winter poetry and using them as the inspiration for writing our own work. If you’re keen for a new challenge, then join poet and workshop leader Leanne Moden for “Writing the Seasons”. This workshop is great for writers of all genres, looking to discover new ways of writing by reading and experimenting with wintery poetry.

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Christmas Cheer
Presented by Nottingham Arts Theatre

Nottingham Arts Theatre
22nd December

poster A Concert of seasonal entertainment featuring a host of Songs, Poems, Sketches, Mince Pies and Mulled Wine to get you in the festive spirit.

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Hey, Fiddle Diddle!
Far Out Theatre
Suitable for age 18+ only

Acorn Theatre, Worksop
7th Jan

man in cat suit Cinderella wants to go to the ball; but she doesn’t have the dress or the shoes (and she can’t dance anyway). Meanwhile, her true love Prince Charles is feeling a little self conscious about his big ears (and sharp teeth).

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An Inspector Calls
by JB Priestley

Theatre Royal, Nottingham
17th to 21st Jan

shadowy man in a hat When Inspector Goole arrives unexpectedly at the prosperous Birling family home, their peaceful dinner party is shattered by his investigations into the death of a young woman. His startling revelations shake the very foundations of their lives and challenge us all to examine our consciences. More relevant now than ever, this is a must-see for a whole new generation.

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9 to 5 The Musical
music and lyrics by Dolly Parton and book by Patricia Resnick
Mansfield Amateur Operatic & Dramatic Society.

Mansfield Palace Theatre
15th - 19th February

9 to 5 Set in the late 1970s this hilarious story of friendship and revenge in the Rolodex era is outrageous, thought-provoking, and even a little romantic. Pushed to the boiling point, three female co-workers concoct a plan to get even with the sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot they call their boss.

In a hilarious turn of events, Violet, Judy and Doralee live out their wildest fantasy - giving their boss the boot! While Hart remains "otherwise engaged," the women give their workplace a dream makeover, taking control of the company that had always kept them down. Hey, a girl can scheme, can't she?

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