NTU Students to Provide Costumes for Theatre’s 150th Anniversary show

School for Scandal

Nottingham’s Theatre Royal is set to re-host the first show ever performed there to commemorate it’s 150th anniversary, featuring ‘bold’ and ‘sumptuous’ costumes created by students from Nottingham Trent University.

On dates throughout September, a rerun of Sheridan’s “The School for Scandal” will be performed again. It was the first play to be seen at the Theatre when it opened in 1865. Performed by The Royal Company, theatre goers can expect to see an exciting new adaptation of the show, featuring costumes from NTU students which combine both eighteenth century and modern references to highlight the contemporary aspect of the play.

Sheridan’s “The School for Scandal” was the first production to be performed on the newly built Theatre Royal stage, and is seen as a classic comedy of gossip, intrigue and amorous goings-on. The production will be performed in a promenade style, using the theatre’s portico, foyers, staircases and café bar.

“The School for Scandal” is a play written by Richard Brinsley Sheridan. 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 25th September 1865. 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!”

“The School for Scandal” is being performed at the Theatre Royal from Tuesday 8th – Saturday 12th September 2015. Shows are performed from Tuesdays to Saturdays at 7pm, with Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday performances also including a 2pm matinee. Tickets cost £13.50, which includes a glass of fizz or soft drink.