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Coming Soon: Nottingham's Theatre Royal and Royal Concert Hall

In a new monthly feature here on Beyond The Curtain we're bringing you a monthly series where we focus on the forthcoming shows and events at individual venues.

The first venue under the microscope is Nottingham's gorgeous Theatre Royal and Royal Concert Hall with an exciting array of theatre, dance, opera, music and more in the months ahead.

The Theatre Royal is one of the best Victorian theatres around and was built in 1865 and transformed in 1897 by renowned theatre architect Frank Matcham. Today the theatre seats 1107 across 4 levels. The Royal Concert Hall was built in 1982 on the site of the former Empire Theatre and boasts superb visual and acoustic design. The venue can hold 2257 people across 3 levels.

March 2024
Opera North return to the Theatre Royal with two operas. Playing on Wednesday 6th and Friday 8th March is Cavalleria Rusticana/Aleko. The red-blooded double-bill contains some of opera's most beautiful music. Playing on Thursday 7th and Saturday 9th March is Cosi fan tutte which features the sheer beauty of Mozart's music.

Empowering pop musical Fantastically Great Women Who Changed The World celebrates the important stories of incredible wonder women who made a difference to the world, names including Frida Kahlo, Rosa Parks, Amelia Earhart, Marie Curie and more feature in the show. Cast member Leah Vassell explains "these women are literal proof that you can achieve your dreams, no matter your gender, race, heritage, sexuality, or disability." This uplifting musical runs at the Theatre Royal from Tuesday 12th until Saturday 16th March 2024.

Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World. Photo by Pamela Raith Photography.

Family favourite Shrek The Musical has been delighting audiences on a UK and Ireland tour and beloved Ogre plays at the Theatre Royal from Tuesday 19th until Sunday 24th March. The cast is led by Anthony Lawrence as Shrek, Joanne Clifton as Fiona, James Gillan as Lord Farquaad and Brandon Lee Sears as Donkey. Limited tickets remain across the week.

Events in the Royal Concert Hall include Ben Portsmouth: This Is Elvis on Friday 8th March, singing star Tony Hadley on Tuesday 12th March, The Halle Film Music Concert: Action Movies which has will feature music from James Bond, Indiana Jones, Pirates of the Caribbean and more. The concert takes place on Friday 15th March. 

10cc visit on Monday 18th March, Jerry Sadowitz: Magician, Comedian, Pychopath! on Tuesday 19th March, Wild Isles Live in Concert with the BBC Concert Orchestra on Wednesday 20th March. Sinfonia Viva brings classic music under Australian conductor Natalie Murray Beale on Saturday 23rd March. 90s Live! bring a night of nostalgic tunes from artists including Take That, Oasis, The Spice Girls, Britney Spears, Aqua, S Club 7 and many more with the show taking place on Tuesday 26th March.

Several events are sold out in March including OMD on Wednesday 13th March, Jonathan Pie: Heroes and Villains on Saturday 16th March, Michael Ball on Friday 22nd March, James Acaster: Hecklers Welcome from 27th until 30th March and An Evening With The Fast Show on 27th March. Check the website for any returns.

April 2024
April begins with The Tell-Tale Heart in the Theatre Royal. A new supernatural murder mystery by John Goodrum and based on Edgar Allan Poe's classic Victorian chiller. The show staged by Rumpus Theatre Company will run from Tuesday 2nd until Thursday 4th April.

Marmalade sandwiches at the ready on Thursday 4th April as Paddington with Live Orchestra plays in the Royal Concert Hall. The first of Paul King's brilliant Paddington films will be shown on a giant HD screen and accompanied by the London Concert Orchestra.

On Saturday 6th April, Karl Jenkins 80th Birthday Concert will take place in the Royal Concert Hall 
at 3pm, whilst in the Theatre Royal Beyond The Barricade celebrates all things musical theatre with previous cast members from Les Miserables.

Direct from Curve and The London Palladium comes The Wizard of Oz in the Theatre Royal from Tuesday 9th until Saturday 13th April. Drag Race star The Vivienne stars as The Wicked Witch of the West alongside rising star Aviva Tulley as Dorothy.

Strictly Come Dancing's Johannes Rabebe's House of Jojo comes to Royal Concert Hall on Saturday 13th April. The BBC Concert Orchestra celebrates the music of video games in Beyond the Console on Thursday 18th April. There will be music from The Legend of Zelda, Kingdom Hearts, Final Fantasy VIII and more.

The Life of Pi will enchant audiences with the five-star 'theatrical phenomenon' (Telegraph) playing in the Theatre Royal from Monday 15th until Saturday 20th April. The stage adaption based on Yann Martel's best-selling book won five Olivier Awards including Best New Play.

The Life of Pi.

The original cast of Drop The Dead Donkey are reuniting for a UK tour. It's 30 years since the launch of the trailblazing series and the Globelink News team are back playing live for the first time. Cast members Susannah Doyle, Robert Duncan, Ingrid Lacey, Neil Pearson, Jeff Rawle, Stephen Tompkinson and Victoria Wicks will star in the show at the Theatre Royal from Tuesday 23rd until Saturday 27th April.

April sees Nottingham's Puppet Festival with a variety of events taking place at the venue. On Tuesday 9th April Ronnie Le Drew who brought Zippy to life in Rainbow visits the venue. On Thursday 11th April there are Puppet workshops for all ages as well as an In Conversation with Nick Barnes who has created the puppets for the stage adaptation of The Life of Pi. Wise Owl Theatre brings Tea With Alice on Friday 12th April. The Life of Pi will host a puppet workshop on Wednesday 17th April to coincide with the show playing at the venue. Sooty - This Is Your Life sees the children's favourite visit alongside some of his friends on Sunday 21st April.

May 2024
Northern Ballet's Romeo and Juliet breathes new life into Shakespeare's tragedy of star-crossed lovers with the production playing in the Theatre Royal from Tuesday 30th April until Saturday 4th May.

Symphonic Queen will rock out with the epic songbook of Queen's music. West End star of We Will Rock You and Wicked Kerry Ellis joins the show to bring her amazing vocals to the show. Taking place on Sunday 5th May in the Royal Concert Hall this is one not to miss for Queen and music fans alike. 

The new stage phenomenon 2:22 A Ghost Story visits the Theatre Royal for the first time. Winner of the Best New Play award at the Whatsonstage Awards this edge-of-our-seat thriller will star Jay McGuiness, Fiona Wade, George Rainsford and Vero Chok and plays from Tuesday 7th until Saturday 11th May.

Another Whatsonstage Award winner will follow 2:22 as Bonnie and Clyde brings to life the story of the hell-raising duo in a musical that is enjoying cult status. Danny Hatchard and Katie Tonkinson take on the roles of the notorious duo. The show plays from Tuesday 14th until Saturday 18th May.

YouTube stars and podcasters Jack, Robbie and Alfie return with a new tour of JaackMaate's Happy Hour Podcast. The "tricky second tour" sees the guys head out on a quest that makes The Lord of the Rings look like an uneventful trip to an industrial estate. The show takes place in the Theatre Royal on Sunday 19th May.

Following the success of Cluedo, the show is back with a brand new hilarious sequel Cluedo 2. Set in the swinging 60's, we meet a host of new suspects, a new house and a lot of bodies. The cast is led by Jason Durr and Strictly Come Dancing champion Ellie Leach. The production runs from Tuesday 21st until Saturday 25th May in the Theatre Royal. 

Flash, Bang, Walloping their way back to the stage is the Carlton Operatic Society with their version of Kipps - The New Half A Sixpence Musical. The amateur production plays in arrangement with Cameron Mackintosh and runs in the Theatre Royal from Tuesday 28th May until Saturday 1st June.

Events taking place in the Royal Concert Hall include Philharmonia Orchestra on Wednesday 1st May, The Halle with Sir Mark Edler on Friday 17th May, Lost in Music on Saturday 18th May, Strictly Come Dancing: The Professionals on Friday 23rd May and the BBC Concert Orchestra: CBeebies Prom on Sunday 26th May.

You can find out about all the events taking place across both venues and links to tickets from

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