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  • Venue: Quarry Theatre
  • Duration: 2 hour 15 minutes (including a 20 minute interval)
  • Age Guidance: 8+
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    This production contains theatrical smoke, loud noises and strobe lighting

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More Information on Holes

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-footdeep, every day. He’s told it is to build ‘character’, but the tyrannical Warden is hiding something. How will Stanley and his fellow inmates deal with her demands and will Stanley and his new friends unearth what’s really going on?

A thrilling off-beat comedy, perfect for adults and children aged 8 and up.

★★★★★ ‘Storytelling at its best. An absolute must see’ What’s good to do

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


Cast & Credits

By Louis Sachar /


“ Storytelling at its best. An absolute must see”

- What’s good to do

“ Like the novel, Penford’s production gets the balance between gritty realism and wild fantasy just right.”

- The Guardian

“ It’s a show that grows in pace, wit and emotional resonance the longer it goes on; you’ll leave smiling.”

- The Times

“ A fast-paced and inventive family show that works on every level.”

- The Stage

Book Tickets

Tue 7 Apr 20
01:30 PM
Tue 7 Apr 20
07:00 PM
Wed 8 Apr 20
07:00 PM
Thu 9 Apr 20
01:30 PM
Thu 9 Apr 20
07:00 PM
Sat 11 Apr 20
01:30 PM
Sat 11 Apr 20
07:00 PM
Captioned Performance

Open captioning allows theatre goers with varying degrees of hearing to view the full text as it is spoken or sung, including sound effects and off stage noises. These appear on a scrolling screen, positioned on or at the side of the stage.

British Sign Language Interpreted

A signed performance is the usual full production using either the creative use of sign integrated into the performance or a British Sign Language Interpreter on stage interpreting the show for D/deaf attendees.

Audio Described

Audio Described performances are designed to improve the experience of visually impaired and blind attendees. As well as listening to the dialogue on stage the customer can wear a headset and listen to a live description of the action on stage.

Relaxed Performance

A relaxed performance is a specially selected show from our programme, with slight adaptations to make it suitable for an audience of young people or adults with learning disabilities. This may include extra lighting, additional wheelchair spaces and the freedom to move to alternative seating if required.

Dementia-Friendly Performance

Dementia friendly performances are for all audiences. The theatre experience is enhanced for people living with dementia and their supporters, with adaptations to front of house service, the show and pre-show information packs. Additional dementia-aware staff, quiet spaces, clear signage and visual markers, sound and lighting adjustments and flexible seating options all help to create a supportive, shared experience.

Sing Along

Singalong with the cast in this exclusive performance. Join in as loud as you like, fancy dress is optional but highly recommended.

Post Show Discussion

Parent & Baby Performance

A Parent and Baby performance enables parents to attend the theatre with their baby (under 12 months). We make small adaptations to the lighting and sound effects, including keeping the auditorium lights slightly raised. The seating is unallocated and there is a relaxed attitude to noise.

Booking Fees:

*A transaction fee of £2.50 will be applied to all phone and internet bookings.


  • Captioned - Captioned
  • Signed - Signed
  • Audio Description - Audio Description
  • Relaxed Performance - Relaxed Performance
  • Dementia Friendly Performance - Dementia Friendly Performance
  • Post Show Discussion - Post Show Discussion
  • Sing Along - Sing Along
  • Parent & Baby Performance - Parent & Baby Performance
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Major funders
Arts Council England Leeds City Council The Liz and Terry Bramall Foundation
Principal Capital and Families Partner
Caddick Developments
Principal Capital and Access Partner
Irwin Mitchell Solicitors