Theatre In Nottingham
After a hard day sightseeing, it’s time to sit back,
put your feet up and be entertained at one of Nottingham’s
top theatre venues.
If a hit musical extravaganza direct from the West End
sets your pulse racing then book your seat at the city’s Theatre Royal [map], which is part of the Royal
Built in 1865 at a cost of £15,000, the Royal was
designed by architect C.J Phipps and was dubbed one of
the most luxurious theatres of its day. During the 1920s
and 30s the theatre played host to numerous Hollywood-style
musicals and pantomimes, along with exciting new drama,
opera and dance. However, by the late 1960's it had become
run down and had a reputation for some of the worst backstage
conditions in the country. So in 1969, Nottingham City
Council bought the building and set about restoring it
to its former glory.
The beautifully renovated Theatre Royal as we know it
today reopened in 1978, boasting elegant foyers and bars,
a 1,186 seat auditorium and technically upgraded backstage
facilities. Now regarded as one of the best touring
venues in the country, the theatre now attracts major
touring dramas, operas, ballets, West End musicals and
stages an annual pantomime.
Right next door to the Theatre Royal you’ll find
the Royal Concert Hall [map] on the site of the old Empire Theatre, which was demolished
in 1969. This state-of-the-art concert hall opened to
much acclaim in 1982, boasting an air-conditioned auditorium
for 2,499 people and a versatile sound and lighting system.
Now one of the country’s most popular concert
venues, the Royal Concert Hall plays host to leading
orchestras, comedians and dance acts, along with rock
bands and international pop stars.
Situated on Wellington Circus, the Nottingham Playhouse [map] is the city’s other premiere theatre
venue, which stages contemporary drama and dance productions.
The Playhouse was originally housed in a converted cinema
in Goldsmith Street, where it won a loyal local following
and national acclaim for its creative productions. In
the 1950s the theatre moved to its present home, which
was granted Grade II* listed building status in 1996.
The Playhouse’s auditorium seats 750 people making
it an ideal setting for more intimate dramas, concerts
Outside on the forecourt is the hugely popular Sky
Mirror sculpture, which was designed by Anish Kapoor,
which has won national praise.
Established in 1948, the Nottingham Arts Theatre [map] on George Street is a registered charity providing
entertainment, training and development to the world of
performing arts. These days more than 250 volunteers
produce and perform in the eight-show season, bringing
some of the best classic and contemporary dramas, operas,
musicals and pantomimes to the city’s stage.
And if all that is not enough to keep you going, why not
check out the Lakeside Arts Centre [map] on the University of Nottingham campus. Here you’ll
find the Djanolgy Theatre, which hosts a magnificent
programme of visiting contemporary drama, dance, jazz
and world music, as well as literary events and foreign
language film screenings.
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