Cracks appear on all sides as embattled miners are torn apart trying to protect their livelihoods and families.

Nottingham Playhouse and Northern Stage present a Nottingham Playhouse production.

Written by Beth Steel
Directed by Adam Penford

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

Post Show Discussion
Thu 7 Mar

A Post Show Discussion with Ross Forbes from the Durham Miners Association and members of the cast of Wonderland will take place following the 6pm performance on Thursday 7 March. 

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    “This is a big play…full of heart.” 

    ★★★★ The Guardian

    “Powerful, pertinent drama” 

    ★★★★ The Stage

    Behind The Scenes

    Wonderland Trailer
    Wonderland Beth Steel in conversation with her dad, David, a former miner:
    The cast of Wonderland visits the National Coal Mining Museum:

    Set pictures:


    BSL Signed Performance logo

    BSL signed performance*

    Tue 5 Mar, 7.30pm (Caroline Ryan)
    Captioned Performance logo

    Captioned performance**

    Wed 6 Mar, 7.30pm (Philip Armstrong)

    Touch Tour logo Touch Tour Sat 9 Mar, 12.30pm (Michael Davies)
    Audio Description logo Audio Described performance Sat 9 Mar, 2pm (Michael Davies) 


    * The BSL interpreter will be positioned on stage left / auditorium right. For best view we recommend sitting in seat numbers 1-10

    ** For best visibility of our caption units, we would recommend sitting in rows E – L.

    Northern Stage is fully accessible. The theatre has three lifts providing access to all parts of the building, including the accessible toilets, baby changing facilities, stages 2 & 3 and the backstage area. Buggy parking is available. To discuss any access needs, take a look at our access page or please call our Box Office on 0191 230 5151.