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Nottingham Playhouse

(formerly Cast, Limelight)

East Circus Street
The Park

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  • No real ale Real Ale is NOT Available

Opening Times


Monday11.00 am - 11.00 pm
Tuesday11.00 am - 11.00 pm
Wednesday11.00 am - 11.00 pm
Thursday11.00 am - 11.00 pm
Friday11.00 am - 11.00 pm
Saturday11.00 am - 11.00 pm
Sunday11.00 am - 11.00 pm

Meal Times

Mon - Sun noon - 8pm

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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  • DisabledAccess Disabled Access

    With disabled toilets.

  • LunchtimeMeals Lunchtime Meals
  • EveningMeals Evening Meals

    Require pre-booking.

  • Garden 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

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52.95408, -1.156403


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Outside seated area in front of Nottingham Playhouse

Nottingham Playhouse

East Circus Street
The Park

Pub Features

  • No Real Ale
  • Disabled Access
  • Lunchtime Meals
  • Evening Meals
  • Garden
  • Dog Friendly
  • Family Friendly
  • Function Room
  • Live Music
  • Newspapers
  • Restaurant Area
  • Smoking Area
  • Wifi
  • Close to Bus Routes
  • Close to Metro

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