Brassed Off marks strike anniversary

Brassed Off starring Andrew Dunn and John McArdle is coming to Nottingham's Theatre Royal in March 2014.
Brassed Off starring Andrew Dunn and John McArdle is coming to Nottingham's Theatre Royal in March 2014.

To coincide with the 30th anniversary of the 1984 Miners’ Strike, a new stage version of the film Brassed Off is being performed at Nottingham’s Theatre Royal next month.

Featuring rousing live music including Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez and Jerusalem played live on stage by Trent Brass, a band of locally based musicians commissioned especially for this production, it stars John McArdle as Danny.

A highly respected actor, his credits include Billy Corkhill in Brookside, Merseybeat and Waterloo Road.

Set in 1992, Grimley Colliery faces the threat of closure and the future of the brass band seems uncertain.

With the miners torn between redundancy packages and the picket lines, bandleader Danny’s hopes of winning the national brass band competition seem like a distant dream. But the arrival of flugelhorn-playing Gloria brings hope, romance and controversy to the band on the brink of collapse.

Brassed Off runs from 4th to 8th March. Tickets are from £14 and available on www.trch.co.uk or 0115 9895555.