Laughter will top the bill this autumn at the Theatre Royal and Royal Concert Hall Nottingham, with a rib-tickling season featuring some of the nation’s best-loved comedians: Ross Noble, Jimmy Carr, Adam Hills, Sean Lock, Catherine Tate and Reeves & Mortimer are all due to visit the venue in this coming season.
Music will play a starring role throughout the autumn, too, with a range of pop, classical and variety concerts on offer. ABC, Ronan Keating, David Essex, Van Morrison, Rebecca Ferguson, Deacon Blue, Jools Holland and Daniel O’Donnell will all visit the venue this forthcoming season. The nation’s leading musicals star, Michael Ball, and the nation’s favourite tenor, Alfie Boe, will join forces for the first time with a brand new live show visiting the Royal Concert Hall for three nights in the autumn.
Back by popular demand, other bands returning to the venue include The Hollies, Halfway to Paradise – The Billy Fury Story, The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, The Australian Pink Floyd, Vampires Rock and the Sensational 60s Experience, which features legendary 60s performers Freddie and the Dreamers, Chris Farlowe, Herman’s Hermits, The Merseybeats, The Swinging Blue Jeans and more.
Acclaimed composer, Debbie Wiseman, and The Locrian Ensemble of London will perform The Music of Wolf Hall. Debbie’s score for the BBC’s recent adaptation of the award-winning novel will be performed alongside readings from the book.
The autumn season will offer a programme of dance to appeal to all ages and tastes, from the dazzling contemporary talent of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, to a reimagining of the treasured classic Beauty & the Beast in a stunning new production from Northern Ballet. Little ones can also experience the magic of attending their first live ballet with Northern Ballet’s Goldilocks and the Three Bears.
Musical theatre fans will have plenty of choice in a season brimming with iconic music, much-loved storylines and legendary star names. Britain’s greatest song and dance man, Tommy Steele, will star in The Glenn Miller Story, a brand new musical about the life of the American band leader. Jason Donovan will star as record producer Sam Phillips in Million Dollar Quartet, a musical inspired by the famous recording session that brought together Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins for the first and only time. Other musical highlights of the season include The Sound of Music, starring The Voice’s Lucy O’Byrne, and the fantastic feel-good celebration of soul, The Commitments, starring Kevin Kennedy. Taking its inspiration from the classic romantic movie, Ghost – The Musical will return once more to the venue with its innovative live stage production. Nottingham Operatic Society will present the madcap musical The Producers, based on Mel Brooks’ Oscar-winning film.
Set in a time of citizen protests and radical regime change, the Touring Consortium Theatre Company will present a bold, new dramatic adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities. The Full Monty, a play based on the hilarious and heartfelt British film, will return with an all-star cast led by Gary Lucy, Joe Absolom and Andrew Dunn.
The Nottingham Classics season 2016-17 will launch this autumn with Brussels Philharmonic under the charismatic conductor Stéphane Denève, performing music from Beethoven, Connesson and Respighi. Renowned pianist, Stephen Hough, will perform with the Hallé orchestra under the baton of Sir Mark Elder, performing Brahms Piano Concerto No. 2 and music from Janáček and Dvořák. The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra will perform music from Britten, Korngold and Berloiz under conductor Nicholas Collon and featuring violin soloist Vilde Frang. Duncan Ward will conduct Sinfonia Viva and pianist Cordelia Williams as they perform music from Stravinsky, Sibelius and Beethoven. The world’s favourite guitarist Miloš Karadaglić, with Royal Northern Sinfonia, will perform a selection of music for classical guitar along with new arrangements of timeless Beatles songs. Opera North will return with a week of stunning operas including Richard Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier, Britten’s Billy Budd and Puccini’s Il Tabarro and Suor Angelica.
Music, dance and laughter will also be provided this autumn by The Ken Dodd Happiness Show, The Good Old Days of Variety featuring The Grumbleweeds, the RAF in Concert, the Magic of Motown (enter our competition here for your chance to win tickets), John Wilson and the John Wilson Orchestra performing music from the movies and Simply Gershwin, a glamorous, toe-tapping celebration of George and Ira Gershwin’s greatest works.
Families can enjoy all the fun of the fair with the Chinese State Circus or take a wild journey of exploration with TV presenter Steve Backshall. Stars of the Canadian teen TV dance show, The Next Step, will bring their high energy live stage show to the venue this season. Professor Brian Cox will take audiences on a dazzling journey through space and time with his captivating new science show.
The Beanbag Music Club, which gives children under 6 a fun introduction to live music, will celebrate its 10th anniversary in style this season with a very special musical birthday party. On stage, Roald Dahl’s George’s Marvellous Medicine will bring fizztickling fun and wizzpopping magic for all the family.
Spoken word and music events on the Theatre Royal’s Dress Circle foyer continue throughout the autumn with a programme of free Live at Lunch performances and Third Stage evening shows, including a sell-out week of performances from Faulty Towers – The Dining Experience. The popular Sunday Morning Piano series also continues, with performances this coming season from Nicholas McCarthy, Isata Kanneh-Mason and Alexander Ullman.
For more information or to book tickets, visit www.trch.co.uk or call Box Office on 0115 989 5555.
THEATRE ROYAL AND ROYAL CONCERT HALL NOTTINGHAM
Tue 6 – Sun 11 Sep FAULTY TOWERS – THE DINING EXPERIENCE (TR) Tue-Sat 7pm, Wed, Sat & Sun 12.30pm £49.50 including 3-course meal
Wed 7 Sep CHINESE STATE CIRCUS (RCH) 7.30pm £25 Concessions available plus discounts available for Groups
Sat 10 Sep DANIEL O’DONNELL (RCH) 7.30pm £42.50 – £39.50
Tue 13 – Sat 17 Sep THE GLENN MILLER STORY (TR) Tue – Sat 7.30pm, Wed & Thu 2pm, Sat 2.30pm £39 – £15 Concessions available plus discounts available for Members, Go Card and Groups
Sat 18 Sep THE KEN DODD HAPPINESS SHOW (TR) 5pm £23 – £20
Tue 20 – Sat 24 Sep THE SOUND OF MUSIC (TR) Tue – Sat 7.30pm, Wed & Thu 2pm, Sat 2.30pm £39 – £15 Concessions available and discounts available for Members, Go Card and Groups
Tue 20 Sep THE GOOD OLD DAYS OF VARIETY (RCH) 2.30pm £14.50 Concessions available and discounts available for Groups
Thu 22 Sep LIVE AT LUNCH: LAID BACK JAZZ FROM THE TOM HEWSON TRIO (TR) 1pm Free event
Thu 22 Sep RONAN KEATING (RCH) 7.30pm £35
Fri 23 Sep THE MAGIC OF MOTOWN (RCH) 8pm £25 – £22
Sun 25 Sep SUNDAY MORNING PIANO SERIES: NICHOLAS McCARTHY (RCH) 11am £10 including tea, coffee and cake
Mon 26 Sep – Sat 1 Oct THE FULL MONTY (TR) Mon – Sat 7.30pm, Wed 2pm, Sat 2.30pm £33.50 – £17 Discounts available for Members and Groups
Wed 28 Sep BRUSSELS PHILHARMONIC (RCH) 7.30pm £34.50 – £10 Season subscription packages available
Fri 30 Sep – Sat 1 Oct ALVIN AILEY AMERICAN DANCE THEATER (RCH) 7.30pm £32.50 – £18 Discounts available for Members, Go Card and Groups
Fri 7 Oct THE HOLLIES (RCH) 7.30pm £28.50 – £25.50
Tue 11 – Sat 15 Oct MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET (TR) Tue – Sat 7.30pm, Wed 2pm, Sat 2.30pm £37.50 – £15 Concessions available plus discounts available for Members, Go Card and Groups
Tue 11 Oct HALFWAY TO PARADISE (RCH) 7.30pm £24 Concessions available
Wed 12 Oct THE HALLE (RCH) 7.30pm £34.50 – £10 Season subscription packages available
Thu 13 Oct PROFESSOR BRIAN COX LIVE (RCH) 7.30pm SOLD OUT
Sat 15 Oct BEANBAG MUSIC CLUB BIRTHDAY PARTY with MAS Y MAS (RCH) 11am, 1.15pm & 3pm £7 Under 1s £1
Sat 15 Oct UKULELE ORCHESTRA OF GREAT BRITAIN (RCH) 7.30pm £23 – £20 Discounts available for Members, Under 16s and Groups
Sun 16 Oct THE MUSIC OF WOLF HALL (RCH) 3pm £20 – £15 Concessions available, discounts available for Members, Go Card and Groups
Mon 17 Oct THIRD STAGE EVENT: NEW ORLEANS PIANO FROM DALE STORR (TR Dress Circle Foyer) 7.30pm £8.50
Wed 19 – Sat 22 Oct GEORGE’S MARVELLOUS MEDICINE (TR) Wed, Fri & Sat 10.30am, Wed – Fri 7pm, Thu 1.30pm, Sat 2.30pm £22.50 – £10 Concessions available plus discounts for Members, Go Card and Groups
Wed 19 Oct ROSS NOBLE (RCH) 8pm £25
Fri 21 Oct CITY OF BIRMINGHAM SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA (RCH) 7.30pm £34.50 – £10 Season subscription packages available
Mon 24 Oct THIRD STAGE EVENT: MARTIN STEPHENSON (TR Dress Circle Foyer) 7.30pm £10
Mon 24 Oct THE NEXT STEP (RCH) 6pm £40 – £28.50
Tue 25 – Sat 29 Oct NOTTINGHAM OPERATIC SOCIETY: THE PRODUCERS (TR) Tue – Sat 7.30pm, Weds & Sat 2.30pm £22 – £10 Concessions available
Tue 25 Oct AUSTRALIAN PINK FLOYD (RCH) 7.30pm £39.50 – £28.50 VIP packages from £79
Wed 26 Oct VAMPIRES ROCK: GHOST TRAIN (RCH) 7.30pm £28 – £26
Thu 27 Oct LIVE AT LUNCH: CLASSICAL PIANO FROM PATRYK FRAC (TR) 1pm Free event
Thu 27 Oct STEVE BACKSHALL (RCH) 7pm £19.50 Concessions available
Fri 28 Oct JIMMY CARR (RCH) 8pm £27.50
Sat 29 Oct ADAM HILLS (RCH) 8pm £21
Sun 30 Oct SUNDAY MORNING PIANO SERIES: ISATA KANNEH MASON (RCH) 11am £10 including tea, coffee and cake
Mon 31 Oct THIRD STAGE EVENT: HAUNTING TALES! AN EVENING OF GHOST STORIES FOR HALLOWEEN (TR Dress Circle Foyer) 7.30pm £7 Age guidance 12+
Tue 1 Nov ABC (RCH) 7.30pm £65 – £35 VIP packages available from £129
Tue 1 – Sat 5 Nov NORTHERN BALLET: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (TR) Tue – Sat 7.30pm, Thu 2pm, Sat 2.30pm £39.50 – £15 Concessions available plus discounts available for Members, Go Card and Groups
Fri 4 Nov NORTHERN BALLET: GOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE BEARS (TR) 12pm & 2pm £7 Concessions available
Sat 5 Nov DAVID ESSEX (RCH)7.30pm £75 – £28.50
Mon 7 – Sat 12 Nov THE COMMITMENTS (TR) Mon – Sat 7.30pm, Wed 2pm, Sat 2.30pm £45 – £19.50 Concessions available plus discounts available for Members, Go Card and Groups
Tue 8 Nov REBECCA FERGUSON (RCH) 7.30pm £35 – £22.50
Wed 9 Nov SENSATIONAL 6Os EXPERIENCE (RCH) 7.30pm £28 – £26
Fri 11 Nov MILOS KARADAGLIC (RCH) 7.30pm £34.50 – £15.50 Discounts available for Go Card and Groups
Tue 15 Nov DEACON BLUE (RCH) 7.30pm £39.50 – £29.50
Wed 16 – Sat 19 Nov OPERA NORTH (TR) Der Rosenkavalier Wed 16 & Sat 19 Nov 6.30pm, Billy Budd Thu 17 Nov 7pm, Il Tabarro / Suor Angelica Fri 18 Nov 7pm £60 – £15 Concessions available
Thu 17 Nov SEAN LOCK (RCH) 8pm £23
Thu 17 Nov LIVE AT LUNCH: GREAT OPERA ARIAS FROM OPERA NORTH ASSOCIATE ARTISTS (TR Dress Circle Foyer) 1pm Free event
Sat 19 Nov BEANBAG MUSIC CLUB: OPERA NORTH’S BIG SING (RCH) 11am, 1.15pm & 3pm £7, Under 1s £1
Sat 19 Nov BEST OF BRITISH ENTERTAINMENT: RAF IN CONCERT (RCH) 7.30pm £25 – £19 Discounts available for Groups
Mon 21 Nov THIRD STAGE EVENT: DECLAN ZAPATA GUITAR MULTIVERSE (TR Dress Circle Foyer) 7.30pm £8.50
Sun 20 – Mon 21 Nov MICHAEL BALL & ALFIE BOE (RCH) 7.30pm £65 – £35
Tue 22 Nov JOHN WILSON AND THE JOHN WILSON ORCHESTRA (RCH) 7.30pm £47 – £24
Tue 22 – Sat 26 Nov A TALE OF TWO CITIES (TR) Tue – Sat 7.30pm, Wed 2pm, Sat 2.30pm £29.50 – £13.50 Concessions available plus discounts available for Members, Go Card and Groups
Wed 23 Nov SIMPLY GERSHWIN (RCH) 7.30pm £34.50 – £23.50 Discounts available for Groups
Thu 24 Nov SINFONIA VIVA (RCH) 7.30pm £34.50 – £10 Season subscription packages available
Fri 25 – Sat 26 Nov THE CATHERINE TATE SHOW (RCH) 7.30pm £35 – £29.50
Sun 27 Nov SUNDAY MORNING PIANO SERIES: ALEXANDER ULLMANN (RCH) 11am £10 including tea, coffee and cake
Mon 28 Nov VAN MORRISON (RCH) 8pm £75 – £45
Mon 28 – Sat 3 Dec GHOST THE MUSICAL (TR) Mon – Sat 7.30pm, Wed 2pm, Sat 2.30pm £39 – £15 Concessions available plus discounts available for Members, Go Card and Groups
Wed 30 Nov JOOLS HOLLAND (RCH) 7.30pm £37