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Thu 7 November, 2019


Director of Nuffield Southampton Theatres, Samuel Hodges, today announces the company’s Spring 2020 season.


Highlights of the season include new adaptations of three classic novels including a co-production of H.G. Well’s The War of the Worlds created by Rhum and Clay and written with Isley Lynn, a co-production of Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights created by Inspector Sands and the critically-acclaimed co-production of Tron Theatre Company and Blood of the Young’s Pride and Prejudice* (*sort of) which arrives at NST City as part of its UK tour on 17 March and will be extending its run by a week, running until 4 April 2020. In addition, the company present Heist with its resident dance company, ZoieLogic Dance Theatre.


Director of Nuffield Southampton Theatres, Sam Hodges, said today “This is a season of radical new versions of much-loved texts with Blood of the Young’s hilarious and moving Pride & Prejudice* (*sort of), Rhum & Clay’s thrilling, shape-shifting The War of the Worlds and Inspector Sands’ sensory Wuthering Heights. In each adaptation, these fiercely talented theatre-makers are telling the story from a new perspective, and by doing so, making them funnier, more relevant, and more gripping - exactly what theatre should be.


It’s also a season about supporting some of the country’s most exciting up-and-coming theatre companies. We’re delighted to be working in partnership to introduce Blood of the Young, an excellent Scottish company, to England, and support Rhum & Clay, Inspector Sands and our resident dance company ZoieLogic all to grow their work to the mid-scale for the very first time.”


In April 2020 NST Campus will be closing in order to undergo a major refurbishment as part of The University of Southampton’s wider renovation of the Highfield Campus. The theatre will continue to present a full programme of produced and touring work at their city centre venue NST City.


NST City

A Nuffield Southampton Theatres co-production with Brighton Festival, HOME Manchester and New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth

The War of the Worlds

Created by Rhum and Clay and written with Isley Lynn

Directed by Hamish McDougall and Julian Spooner; Designed by Bethany Wells

15 - 25 April 2020

Press night: Friday 17 April, 7pm


“No-one would have believed in the early years of the twentieth century that this world was being watched...”


But we did believe. We believed that Martians landed in New Jersey. We believed a water tower was an alien war machine. We believed a man walked on the moon. We believe everything the internet trolls tell us and now the end of the world is being broadcast live...


Inspired by H.G. Wells’ novel and Orson Welles’ classic radio play, this legendary science fiction thriller is playfully reimagined for our era of Fake News and ‘alternative facts’.


Originally commissioned by New Diorama Theatre.



NST City

A Nuffield Southampton Theatres, Royal & Derngate, China Plate and Inspector Sands co-production in association with Oxford Playhouse production

Emily Brontë’s 

Wuthering Heights

Created by Inspector Sands

Conceived by Lucinka Eisler and Ben Lewis

Written by Ben Lewis


Directed by Lucinka Eisler


11 - 23 May 2020

Press night: Thursday 14 May, 7pm


"We don't in general take to foreigners here… unless they take to us first”


Does it take a village to raise a monster?


Channelling Emily Brontë’s piercing wit and fierce emotion, Inspector Sands present this classic story of obsessive love and revenge in a thrilling new version for our times.


Expect violence, passion, peril, social awkwardness, high winds, heavy rain, loud music and mud. 



NST City

A ZoieLogic Dance Theatre and Nuffield Southampton Theatres co-production. Co-commissioned by Gulbenkian and Pavilion Dance South West


Directed and Choreographed by Zoie Golding


31 January – 1 February 2020


When did you last face your fears?


An unlikely band of brothers embark on a heist to reclaim what’s important to them. Expect the unexpected in this gripping and suspense-filled journey as the men are forced to confront their fears in a fight to survive.


A new action-packed dance show from Nuffield Southampton Theatre’s resident dance company ZoieLogic Dance Theatre and makers of the smash hit Sleuth.



NST City

Nuffield Southampton Theatres and Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh present a Tron Theatre Company and Blood of the Young’s production with co-producers Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Bristol Old Vic, Leeds Playhouse, Northern Stage and Oxford Playhouse

Pride and Prejudice* (*sort of)

by Isobel McArthur after Jane Austen


Directed by Paul Brotherton; Designer by Ana Inés Jabares-Pita 


17 March - 4 April 2020 

Guest night: Tuesday 17 March, 7pm

A fun new musical take on the original rom-com, Pride & Prejudice. Men, money and microphones will be fought over in this loving and irreverent all-female adaptation of Jane Austen’s unrivalled literary classic.


An adaptation like no other, drawing on over two-hundred years of romantic pop history this is Blood of the Young’s unique take on a beloved novel - the hugely acclaimed Pride and Prejudice* (*sort of).


Let the ruthless match-making begin!



Alongside the company’s main season of work Nuffield Southampton Theatres presents a season of work by NST Youth Theatre which provides the opportunity for local young people to work with professional theatre makers.


Nuffield Southampton Youth Theatre present Mayflower 400, a one-off commemorative season of plays, new and old, to mark the 400th year since Southampton’s Mayflower sailed for the New World.


NST City

A Nuffield Southampton Youth Theatres production


26 – 27 March 2020


NST City

A Nuffield Southampton Youth Theatres production


7 - 8 August 2020


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