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


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.

Suitable for 8+ | Running time: 2 hours 10 mins inc interval | Contains theatrical smoke, sudden loud noises and strobe lighting



“Storytelling at its best. An absolute must see


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


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


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


“This delightfully magical stage adaptation… entertains the whole family in spades


  • Harold Addo
  • Leona Allen
  • James Backway
    Stanley Yelnats
  • Joëlle Brabban
  • Jeremy Cobb
    Tough Kid/Mr Tennyson/Ensemble
  • Rhona Croker
    Madame Zeroni/Warden
  • Grace Davey
    Linda Walker/Ensemble
  • John Elkington
    Judge/Mr Sir/Igor Barkov/Sherrif
  • Ashley D Gayle
    Policeman/Myra's Father/Sam/Attorney General/Clyde Livingston
  • Henry Mettle
  • Matthew Romain
    Stanley's Dad/Mr Pedanski/Elya/Trout Walker
  • Elizabeth Twells
    Stanley's Mom/Myra/Sarah Miller/Kissin' Kate Barlow/Ms Morengo


  • Louis Sachar
  • Adam Penford
  • Simon Kenny
  • Prema Mehta
    Lighting Designer
  • Adam P McCready
    Sound Designer
  • Tom Attwood
  • Matthew Forbes
    Puppet Director and Co-Designer
  • Emma Annetts
  • Duncan McLean
    Video Designer
  • Sarah Bird CDG
    Casting Director
  • Vicky Richardson
    Casting Director


UK Tour 2020

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