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Casting announced for Goldilocks and the Three Bears

10 November 2022

Today, Nottingham Playhouse announces the casting for its brand new adaptation of the classic children’s story Goldilocks And The Three Bears.


10 November 2022


Written by Anna Wheatley
Music Composed by Jack Quarton
Directed by Hannah Stone


Thursday 8 – Saturday 31 December 2022

“Somebody’s been sleeping in my bed”

Packed with original songs and larger than life characters, this specially created show for children ages 3 – 8 is the latest in a long line of Nottingham Playhouse Christmas productions for younger audiences.

The two-hander, written and composed by local artists, Anna Wheatley and Jack Quarton, and directed by Playhouse Associate Artist, Hannah Stone will feature Nottingham actor Julia Bird (The King and I – Nottingham Theatre Royal, Mountain Language – Royal Court Theatre) as Goldilocks and Reece Carter (The Girl of Ink and Stars – The Spark Arts, Terrible Tales of Horrible Horror – Arm and a Leg) as Big, Medium and Small bear and other parts

No matter how hard she tries, Goldilocks can’t sit still. She just wants to dance but where she’s from, it’s forbidden. Unable to keep her toes from tap tap tapping, she has no option but to make her great escape.
She runs through busy cityscapes and frosty beaches until she reaches a magical forest and a home like none she’s ever known. But what happens when a family of bears return to find that someone has made a right old mess of their lair?
Goldilocks and the Three Bears is a pop-tastic dance-party of an adventure exploring friendship, home and daring to share. With music, magic and plenty of opportunities to join in along the way, this show is ‘just right’ for little humans and their grown ups.

Goldilocks and The Three Bears sits alongside the theatre’s famous panto, which this year is an all-singing, all-dancing version of Dick Whittington.

Teddys get in free but real life bears are strictly prohibited.



For review tickets please contact / 07789 754089

Full performance dates are Thu 8 Dec 2022 – Sat 31 Dec 2022.
Press performance: Fri 9 Dec, 1.15pm

All performances contain creative captioning
Relaxed performance: Sat 10 Dec – 1:15pm, Sat 17 Dec -10:30am, Tue 27 Dec – 1:15pm

BSL and captioned: Fri 16 Dec – 10:30 am, Thu 29 Dec – 10:30 am

Tickets from £13.50
Family Tickets from
£38 ( 3 people)
£50 (4 people
Box Office: 0115 941 9419



Nottingham Playhouse is dedicated to making bold and thrilling theatre in the heart of Nottingham and was named Regional Theatre of the Year in The Stage Awards 2019. In 2021, both Chief Executive Stephanie Sirr and Artistic Director Adam Penford featured in The Stage’s 100 and Stephanie Sirr was awarded the MBE for Services to Theatre in 2022.

Following two years of closure and disruption due to Covid, in which the theatre faced the challenge by creating new work and moving to digital platforms, Nottingham Playhouse reopened its doors in summer 2021 with an acclaimed production of Pam Gems’ Piaf, starring Jenna Russell in the title role, Mark Gatiss’s adaptation of A Christmas Carol, which completely sold out and transferred to The Alexandra Palace Theatre for a six-week run. This year the theatre has continued its triumphant return with a critically praised stage adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s Private Peaceful, which subsequently toured to venues across the country, Caroline Bird’s Red Ellen, the world premieres of Nathaniel Price’s First Touch, Styles and Drewe’s new musical Identical and packed houses for Adrian Scarborough’s adaptation of Alan Bennett’s The Clothes They Stood Up In.
Sitting alongside Goldilocks and The Three Bears, 2022 culminates with the legendary Playhouse Panto which this year is Dick Whittington. 2023’s programme begins with two co-productions that will subsequently tour throughout the country: Nesrin Alrefaai and Matthew Spangler’s adaptation of Christy Lefteri’s acclaimed novel The Beekeeper of Aleppo and Samson Hawkins’s Village Idiot, originally commissioned by Nottingham Playhouse.

Nottingham Playhouse believes that theatre should be accessible to everyone. Its Encore sessions created 2,240 engagements with over 50s in the past year and the Playhouse has continued to reach out to Nottingham’s communities, including young people and those who are at risk of being isolated or marginalised. Its Amplify programme – which seeks to inspire and support theatre-makers from the East Midlands – offers one-to-one sessions, panel discussions, open call outs and podcasts.
Nottingham Playhouse Trust Ltd relies on ticket sales for 75% of its income, and continues to fundraise through its Curtain Up appeal. It is a registered charity (no. 1109342).

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