Conspiracy time at theatre

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There are conspiracies galore at Nottingham Playhouse this autumn as the theatre presents its latest season.

The Conspiracy Season gets under way next month and features four plays, linked by the themes of secrets, surveillance and the misuse of power.

The season starts on September 10 with the return of the hugely acclaimed production of George Orwell’s 1984.

Following two completely sold out runs and a critically acclaimed UK tour, the smash hit production of 1984 is back.

A co-production with Headlong and Almeida Theatre, this chilling examination of untrammelled state control was ingeniously adapted for the stage by writer/directors Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan and was nominated for the 2014 Olivier Award for Best New Play.

It can be seen from September 10-26.

The second play in the season is The Rubenstein Kiss, by James Phillips, which is to be performed from October 2-17.

Amidst rampant paranoia about the enemy within, the shadow of suspicion falls on two radicals from a religious minority.

This multi award-winning play skips back and forth in time, as a later couple questions the Rubensteins’ guilt.

Zoe Waterman returns to the Playhouse to direct this searing, intelligent and poignant drama, inspired by the real-life Ethel and Julius Rosenberg, accused in the early 50s of passing US atomic secrets to the Soviet Union.

The third play in the season is The Duchess Of Malfi, by John Webster, which you can see from October 30-November 14.

A secret marriage provokes fury, espionage and bloody murder in one of the most celebrated plays of the Jacobean era.

Finally, there’s Any Means Necessary, written by Kefi Chadwick, which you can see from February 5-20.

In the dock at Nottingham Crown Court, a group of environmental activists are charged with trespassing at a nearby power station.

But the case collapses when it emerges police spies have been infiltrating political groups, allegedly colluding in criminal acts and forging relationships under their false identities.

This real-life story is the inspiration for a major new commission, directed by Giles Croft, artistic director at Nottingham Playhouse.

For ticket details for all of these four plays, go to www.nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk or call 0115 9419419.