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Nottingham Playhouse

(formerly Cast, Limelight)

East Circus Street
The Park
Nottingham
NG1 5AL

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Opening Times

11-11

Meal Times

12-8

Owner

Nottingham Playhouse

About the Pub

Bar for Nottingham Playhouse popular for pre-show meals and drinks during intermissions. Ample seating inside on various levels and alongside a separate restaurant area. Closing times are typically at 11pm, but can vary depending on show so ringing ahead is advised.

Historic Interest

Cast is in a Grade II* listed building (No. 1255252) and is located in Nottingham City Council's Wellington Circus Conservation Area. Once known as the Limelight, it was for many years a popular real ale pub when there were comparatively few in the City. "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)." (Historic England). [Nottingham City Council; Radford & Park Ward / Nottingham South Parliamentary Constituency]

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Nottingham Playhouse, Nottingham

Features

  • RealAle Real Ale Available

Facilities

  • DisabledAccess Disabled Access

    With disabled toilets.

  • LunchtimeMeals Lunchtime Meals
  • EveningMeals Evening Meals

    Require pre-booking.

  • Garden Pub Garden

    Patio area to front.

  • DogFriendly Dog Friendly

    Outside of food service.

  • FamilyFriendly Family Friendly

    During matinees.

  • FunctionRoom Function Room

    For 30

  • LiveMusic Live Music

    Open mic on Mondays.

  • Newspapers Newspapers
  • Restaurant Restaurant Area
  • Smoking Smoking Area

    Outside seating.

  • WiFi Wifi

    Password at bar.

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Nottingham Playhouse

East Circus Street
The Park
Nottingham
NG1 5AL

Sat Nav Reference

52.95408, -1.156403

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Nearby Bus Routes (50m)

Various

Nearby Metro (400m)

Royal Centre

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  • Evening Meals Evening Meals
  • Disabled Access Disabled Access
  • Traditional Pub Games Traditional Pub Games
  • Smoking Area Smoking Area
  • Live Music Live Music
  • Sports TV Sports TV
  • Wifi Wifi
  • Close to Railway Station Close to Railway Station
  • Close to Metro Close to Metro
  • Close to Bus Routes Close to Bus Routes

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  • Real Ale Available Real Ale Available
  • Quiet Pub Quiet Pub
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly
  • Pub Garden Pub Garden
  • Accommodation Accommodation
  • Lunchtime Meals Lunchtime Meals
  • Evening Meals Evening Meals
  • Disabled Access Disabled Access
  • Traditional Pub Games Traditional Pub Games
  • Parking Parking
  • Smoking Area Smoking Area
  • Restaurant Area Restaurant Area
  • Dog Friendly Dog Friendly
  • Sports TV Sports TV
  • Wifi Wifi
  • Close to Metro Close to Metro
  • Close to Bus Routes Close to Bus Routes

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  • Real Ale Available Real Ale Available
  • Pub Garden Pub Garden
  • Lunchtime Meals Lunchtime Meals
  • Evening Meals Evening Meals
  • Disabled Access Disabled Access
  • Smoking Area Smoking Area
  • Restaurant Area Restaurant Area
  • LocAle Accredited LocAle Accredited
  • Close to Metro Close to Metro
  • Close to Bus Routes Close to Bus Routes

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  • Real Ale Available Real Ale Available
  • Cask Marque Accredited Cask Marque Accredited
  • Pub Garden Pub Garden
  • Lunchtime Meals Lunchtime Meals
  • Evening Meals Evening Meals
  • Smoking Area Smoking Area
  • Newspapers Newspapers
  • Wifi Wifi
  • LocAle Accredited LocAle Accredited
  • Close to Railway Station Close to Railway Station
  • Close to Metro Close to Metro
  • Close to Bus Routes Close to Bus Routes

FeaturesClose

  • Real Ale Available Real Ale Available
  • Lunchtime Meals Lunchtime Meals
  • Evening Meals Evening Meals
  • Disabled Access Disabled Access
  • Restaurant Area Restaurant Area
  • Close to Metro Close to Metro
  • Close to Bus Routes Close to Bus Routes
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