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The Children’s Theatre Partnership and Royal & Derngate Northampton present the Nottingham Playhouse production of Holes by Louis Sachar.


Stanley Yelnats can’t catch a break. Born into a family cursed with bad luck, it comes as no surprise when he finds himself accused of a crime he didn’t commit.


Sent to a labour camp as punishment, he is tasked with digging one hole, five-foot-wide by five-foot-deep, every day. He’s told it is to build ‘character’. But the tyrannical Warden is definitely hiding something.


How will Stanley and his fellow inmates deal with her demands, her two cronies, plus the fearsome rattlesnakes and yellow-spotted lizards? And will Stanley and his new friends unearth what’s really going on?


Holes is the brilliant, inventive and creative new stage show based on the multi-award-winning novel and the Hollywood blockbuster.


This hit production is a thrilling and off-beat comedy adventure and is perfect for adults and children aged 8 and up.



Change to performance times in our Brochure: Tuesday: 7pm, Wednesday: 10am and 1:30pm, Thursday: 10:30am and 2:30pm, Friday: No Performance, Saturday: 2:30pm and 7pm.





Teachers Resource Pack – Can be found here.


Watch the the interviews with some of the team of HOLES, for the Director to Accountant, Designer to Marketing.





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Show information

Act One 53 mins
Interval 20 mins
Act Two 53 mins

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Ticket Prices


£21 to £26




£3 Off

Under 18s

£3 Off

18 to 26s (first 50 tickets, weekdays only; subject to availability)


1894 Club | SILVER

£5 Off (Opening Night)

1894 Club | GOLD

2 for 1 (Opening Night)

1894 Club | DIAMOND

2 for 1 (Opening Night)

Friends of The Grand

£5 Off (Opening Night)

Family of Four (Select Four Adult Top Price Band Tickets and enter Promo Code HOLES4)


Group 10+

£4 Off

Group 20+

£5 Off

Schools (Additional free teacher place with every 10 tickets purchased)

£13.50 (Wed 10am and 1:30pm, Thu 10:30am)

Cast and Creatives

Adam Penford (Director)

Adam has been Artistic Director of Nottingham Playhouse since 2017. The venue won Regional Theatre of the Year 2019 in The Stage Awards, with the judges saying: For Nottingham Playhouse: Piaf,An Enemy of the People, Coram Boy, The Madness of George III and Wonderland. For the National Theatre: A Small Family Business (Olivier), Dorfman Opening Gala (Dorfman), Is There Wi-Fi in Heaven (The Shed), Island (Cottesloe). Revival Director on One Man Two Guvnors (West End, Broadway, UK and International Tour). Associate Director on NT 50 Years on Stage. Staff Director on Season’s Greetings.

Harold Addo

Harold Addo is an actor, known for PREMature (2015), Urban Decay (2016) and The Telemoan Company (2019). Theatre includes: Duane in Sing Yer Heart Out for the Lads (Chichester Festival Theatre); Moritz in Spring Awakening (Young Vic); Sailor in Billy Budd (Royal Opera House); Horatio in Hamlet and Jim Hawkins in Treasure Island (Iris Theatre); Nkrumah in Womb (Black Lives, Black Words/Bush Theatre); Toe-Rag/Hoodie 2 in The Gift of the Gab (White Bear Theatre); Teddy in Beyond the Blue (Cut the Cord Theatre/Stratford East); Estragon in Waiting for Godot (Sweaty Palms Productions/site-specific); Scott/Male 2 in It Might Never Happen (Doll’s Eye Theatre); Prince Charmont/ ensemble in Ella Enchanted (Bushel/Barrel/Tun and Edinburgh Festival Fringe); Tom in The 49.

Leona Allen (Zero)

Her recent theatre credits include: I’d Rather Go Blind (Omnibus Theatre); The Meeting (Chichester Festival Theatre); My Brother, My Sister and Me (Polka Theatre); The Crucible (Selladoor/UK and Luxembourg tour); Pride and Prejudice (Sheffield Crucible Theatre); The Walworth Farce (Olympia Theatre, Dublin); Girls Like That (Unicorn Theatre); Enduring Song (Southwark Playhouse); Sixteen (Theatre503); The Site (Roundhouse Theatre); Orpheus and Eurydice (Old Vic Tunnels) and Crossing the Line (Hampstead Theatre). Film credits include: The Scar (no.w.here/HOME, Manchester).

James Backway

Known for featuring in Subnautica (2018), Humans (2015) and Hanna (2019).Theatre includes: Albert Narracott in War Horse (National Theatre/West End); Lucentio in The Taming of the Shrew (Shakespeare’s Globe); Jay in Is There WiFi in Heaven? (National Theatre); Algernon Moncrieff in The Importance of Being Earnest (Theatr Clwyd); Hazel in Watership Down (Watermill Theatre); Friedrich in The Sound of Music (London Palladium) and The Hollow, Jackie the Baboon and Rubbish (Brunskill & Grimes).

Joëlle Brabban (Magnet)

Joëlle is a northern actor raised in an English/ French bilingual family. She is a 2017 graduate of the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts. She is also a recipient of the CNI (Casting Network Inc) Prize for Acting, awarded to the ‘most versatile actor’. Credits (whilst training) include: Rose in 3 Winters, Aaron in Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus, Bloch in Kafka’s The Trial of Josef K (adapted by Robert Farquhar), Rent - the Musical and Roberto Zucco. Joëlle made her film debut playing Elise in Jason Wingard’s The Crossing, before going on to play Emilie and Baby Joey in the National Theatre’s War Horse straight from drama school. More recently, she played the title role of Little Voice in The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, Sonya in Dear Uncle and Rosie in My Mother Said I Never Should as a part of Theatre by the Lake’s 2019 season.

Jeremy cobb (Tough Kid/Mr Tennyson/Ensemble)

Jeremy trained at Rose Bruford College. Since graduating in 2018, he has performed in Riding Lights Theatre Company’s Gospel Street; the Barn Theatres’ production of The Butterfly Lion; and most recently toured the UK as part of Lamphouse Theatre Company’s The Jungle Book.

Rhona Croker (Madame Zeroni/Warden)

Theatre includes: On Christmas Night and Balancing Act (Riding Lights Theatre); The Alchemist (York Friargate Theatre); Friendly Fire (Riding Lights Theatre); Shouting at Shadows (Sixth Sense Theatre Co); Cinderella and Twelfth Night (Cheltenham Everyman); A Perfect Match (Vienna’s English Theatre); Somewhat Confused (Canal Cafe Theatre); Olivia Twist (Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch); Playback (Salisbury Playhouse); The Winter’s Tale (Riding Lights Theatre); The Reduced Edinburgh Fringe Impro Show (Scratch Impro); Pot Noodle - the Musical (Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh); Spyski (Peepolykus/Hammersmith Lyric Theatre).Television includes: The Wrong Door (BBC); Micro Men (BBC); Space Hoppers (CBBC); Watson & Oliver (BBC); Little Howard’s Big Question (CBBC); My Family (BBC); Eve (CBBC); Doctors (BBC); Summerlake (PQA Productions); Fit (CBBC); Coronation Street (ITV); Informer (BBC) and Emmerdale (ITV). Film includes: The Mummy, Prometheus, The Wedding Video, Cycle, Exposed and Bad News.

Grace Davey (Linda Walker/Ensemble)

Grace trained at Fourth Monkey Actor Training Company on the Two-year rep course. She recently graduated in August after her final show, Valhalla, which was performed as part of the Camden Fringe Festival. This is her professional debut.

John Elkington (Judge/Mr Sir/Igor Barkov/Sheriff)

John has also worked consistently in television, appearing in several BBC, ITV and Channel 4 dramas, including The Village, The Mill, The Syndicate, Oakfield, Our Zoo, Sunshine, Legless, New Street Law, Cold Blood, Shameless, Emmerdale, Family Affairs, Coronation Street, Hollyoaks, The Final Quest, 73 Million to One, The Illustrated Mum, The Royal, Playing the Field, Fat Friends, Real Men, Cold Feet, Heartbeat, Sparkhouse, The Cops and City Central.

Ashley D Gayle (Policeman/Myra’s Father/Sam/Attorney General/Clyde Livingston)

Theatre credits include: George in Stop Kiss (Above the Stag Theatre); Mandras in Captain Corelli’s Mandolin (UK tour and West End); Shakespeare in Love (UK tour); The Duchess of Malfi (RSC); The Fantastic Follies of Mrs Rich (RSC); Othello (the Globe Theatre); Jay Johnson in The Realness (The Big House Theatre) and Mike in Ring of Fire: a Drinking Game (Courtyard Theatre).

Henry Mettle (Armpit)

Henry is an actor-musician who trained at Drama St Mary’s. Recent roles: Peter Pan (the Dukes, Lancaster); Holes (Nottingham Playhouse); Muse of Fire (Shakespeare’s Globe) and Not Now, Darling, Avenue Q and Pity in History (Drama St Mary’s).

Matthew Romain (Stanley’s Dad/Mr Pendanski/Elya/Trout Walker)

Matthew trained at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. Theatre includes: Rage but Hope (Edinburgh/Streatham Space Project); The Indian Queen (Opéra de Lille); Macbeth, The Inn at Lydda, Hamlet (world tour), King Lear and Hamlet (Shakespeare’s Globe); Blithe Spirit (Frinton Festival Theatre); Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde (UK tour); The Borrowers and Sleeping Beauty (Watermill); Pride and Prejudice (Nottingham Playhouse/York Theatre Royal); Before the Party (Salisbury Playhouse); The Delicate Art of Keeping in Touch (Lion & Unicorn Theatre); Twelfth Night (Orange Tree); The Recruiting Officer (Donmar Warehouse); Privates on Parade, See How They Run, My Fair Lady and Trelawny of the ‘Wells’ (Pitlochry Festival Theatre); Onassis (West End and Derby Playhouse) and The Shape of Things (Arts Theatre). Television includes: World on Fire (BBC/Mammoth) and Sherlock (BBC). Film includes: Clay Kickers and Blue Iguana (UK Film Studio Productions).

Elizabeth Twells (Stanley’s mom/Myra/Sarah MIller/’Kissin’ Kate Barlow/Ms Morengo)

Elizabeth trained at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. Theatre: The Importance of Being Earnest (Octagon Theatre); Death of a Salesman (Royal Exchange Theatre); Holes and Darkness, Darkness (Nottingham Playhouse); Harvest (New Perspectives/UK tour); Anna Karenina (Arcola Theatre); Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (Mercury Theatre); Pygmalion and The 39 Steps (Vienna’s English Theatre); Bells (Soho Theatre); Three Sisters, Blood Wedding and Fiesco (The Faction, New Diorama Theatre); Pot (Ovalhouse Theatre); Bush Bazaar and Aloe Aloe (Bush Theatre); A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Othello (The Faction, UK tour) and Two Boys (ENO/London Coliseum). Television: Emmerdale (ITV). Film: Bath Bomb (Vanheim Films), Eva’s Legacy (Red Stable Films) and The Situation Is (RM Films).