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Wonderland Runs From Friday 8 Feb Through to Saturday 23 Feb 2019 at Nottingham Playhouse
And From Wednesday 27 Feb to Saturday 9 Mar 2019 at Northern Stage in Newcastle

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‘THE BEST PLAY about the Miners’ Strike’ Nottingham Post


Nottinghamshire, 1983. Two 16 year olds wait nervously at the pithead. Guided by a veteran miner, they descend into the brotherhood, banter, searing heat and liquid blue light of Welbeck Colliery.

Meanwhile in London, an American CEO known as The Butcher is brought in to reform King Coal. Pits close and a strike is called.

A Tory MP tussles with his leader’s hard line ideology, whilst an eccentric dandy is sent undercover to break up the strike. Cracks appear on all sides as the embattled miners are torn apart trying to protect their livelihoods and families. Nothing will be the same again.

Wonderland is the spirited and uplifting drama written by the daughter of a Nottinghamshire miner. Expect dark humour and tension in this 360° look at the events leading up to and during the miner’s strike.

★★★★ “This is a big play…full of heart.” The Guardian
★★★★ “Powerful, pertinent drama” The Stage
“Exceptional programming from Nottingham’s new Artistic Director Adam Penford” WhatsOnStage

Age Guidance: Suitable for ages 14+. Contains strong language and some nudity

Post-show discussion on Thursday 21 February following the 7.30pm performance. (This is a change to the previously advertised date of Thursday 14 February which has been moved due to scheduling reasons)


Malcolm John Booker
Tilsley/Nicholas Ridley/Milton Friedman/Security Guard/Chief of Metropolitan Police Geff Francis
Jimmy Joshua Glenister
Bobbo Karl Haynes
Peter Walker Paul Kemp
Fanny Jack Quarton
Spud Nicholas Shaw
David Hart/Mr Bishop/ Chief of Metropolitan Police Giles Taylor
Ian MacGregor Robin Bowerman
Colonel William Travis


Writer Beth Steel
Director Adam Penford
Designer Morgan Large
Lighting Designer Jack Knowles
Associate Lighting Designer Dan Saggars
Sound Design/Original Composition Jon Nicholls
Associate Sound Designer Martin Curtis
Assistant Musical Director Jack Quarton
Movement Director Naomi Said
Associate Movement Director Jess Williams
Voice Coach Kay Welch
Original Casting Directors Sarah Bird CDG and Vicky Richardson
Revival Casting Director Sophie Parrott CDG
Dance Captain Nicholas Shaw

Schools Tickets

School tickets are £12 each (subject to availability). One teacher goes free with every ten tickets purchased. 
Book by calling the Box Office on 0115 941 9419.

Schools workshops are available, please contact for more information.

Groups Tickets

Groups of 10 or more can save up to 20% on tickets (subject to availability). Book by calling the Box Office on 0115 941 9419.

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